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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed on: October 10, 2011. Packaged on October 25, 2011. Our first ever collaborative beer has all the familiar flavors of the season, but done with Epic style. To a base of strong, roasty, and chocolaty porter, we add 200 pounds of real pumpkin per batch, five spice and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. As you pour this deeply ruby brown beer, youíre greeted by the aroma of fresh cut squash, followed by rich chocolate. The flavor starts sweet with marshmallow, vanilla, and some pumpkin pie, then yields to a coffee roast and dark chocolate dryness. This beer is a great introduction for curious drinkers and a special holiday treat for fans of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Epic edition. Clear amber pour with a small, off-white head. Nose is salted salami, cooked olives, very raw earthy notes like rotting flower pedals. Strange. Taste is odd salami meatiness, meaty, smokey, with last minute notes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices. Drier palate. Such a weird beer. Smoked pumpkin beer? Lightest SRM for a porter Iíve seen in awhile. Oops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear brown color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Toasted malt, pumpkin and spice aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced pumpkin spice flavor with a medium dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good seasonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3491) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso DuPont Circle. Dark brown in color with a small tan head. †Spicy aroma with pumpkin and chocolate. †The flavor is as big on allspice as any beer Iíve had. †Besides that, there is cocoa and roast with a bit of vanilla. †Medium-bodied with a long spicy finish and medium-plus carbonation. †A good but not quite "epic" pumpkin porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3836) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Labeled Release #1 Imperial Pumpkin Porter: Pronounced pumpkin nose with significant portions of nutmeg and brown sugar. Cola brown, medium tan head, nice lacing Grilled pumpkin flesh flavor? Dry, bark finish. I donít care for this style, but this is a well crafted example. Itís not overly spiced and the pumpkin is nicely blended in with the roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours almost black with a large tan head. Aroma of pumpkin and coffee with hints of vanilla and spice. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with nice hints of pumpkin and spices (cinnamon/nutmeg). Nice slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1714) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bomber. 7.5 % ABV. Release #3. Pours deep mahogany with a medium beige lacy head. The head holds itself up well. Aroma is toasty pumpkin pie. Taste is lightly sweet, roasty; finishes dry and faintly tart. Has a bit of a nutty flavor. The pumpkin and spices are there but I wish the flavors were more prominent. Itís good but I was hoping to be blown away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ovechkinator (18) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2011
22 oz bottle recommended by the Beverage Baron. Pours a muddy brown with a generous khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Tastes of much the same, a bit on the sweet side. Very smooth, great thanksgiving beer. Good call, Baron.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2011
22 oz bomber
As pumpkin beers go this is not bad. It was loaded with spices, there was also some vanilla, chocolate, earthy notes. I would have enjoyed this beer more if the spices were restrained a little, but overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Opened after Thanksgiving dinner of course. A very drinkable pumpkin beer with a great balance between the burnt malts and chocolate flavors along side the pumpkin. A little thin in the body with a small weak head. But overall, a nice porter with pumpkin accent. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1360) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a modest off white head in this glass; the nose is dank hops, bittersweet chocolate morsels, and a certain nuttiness. The flavor profile has a hint of vanilla, chocolate morsels, a fairly balanced american hop profile - but lest we forget the pumpkin addition - which doesnít dominate, nor does it stick out whatsoever. Well - this is the best pumpkin porter Iíve had thus far, if it means anything.

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