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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bomber from Samís in Durham. Pouts dark brown with a thin light beige head. Nose and taste of sweet pumpkin, lots of vanilla, chocolate, and fairly subtle Chinese five spice, at least in relation to the other flavors. Just as described. Interesting and unique, even it it gets old a bit quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Nice deep dark pour with a moderate carbonation and some mild sediment barely detectable. Nose is heavy dark malts, a touch of roasts, and some sweet elements too. To taste, the beer isnít so much pumpkin specifically as a sweet velvety porter that might go well on top of vanilla ice cream. Fruity in places and very mildly spiced. But just a bit heavy overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle picked up from Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia mini-snifter. Pours a nearly-black deep brown color with a thin light tan head and not much in the way of lacing. Thin tan collar as it goes down. The nose carries some light pumpkin spice and plenty of porter character. Fairly roasty with a bit of chocolate. Faint spice. Flavor has chocolate and a fair amount of roast. Medium body with light carbonation and a nice full mouthfeel. Not over the top in any direction. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strap (575) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - FEB 3, 2012
pours dark with a small offwhite head. aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla and a few other spices. pumpkin flavor isnít overpowering with a hint of vanilla and roasted malts. overall a solid seaonal brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Reviewed from notes. A. Pours a dark brown orange, 1 finger thick head, great lacing and rests at a 1mm head S. Mild to no smell, pumpkin and a hint of light chocolate. T. Tastes of sweet pumpkin,lots of orange and a hint of spices, but not too much. M. Medium body, high carbonation, mildly chewy and coarse. O. A pretty decent beer, but could use a more over the top pumpkin flavor. It was very blended and more simple than what you normally get from Epic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2012
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium creamy tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, lactose, pumpkin, caramel, and chocolate whey powder. Flavor of roasted malt, pumpkin, earth, caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7543) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2012
22 oz. bottle from daknole- thanks again, Dak! Release #1. Pours a dark, deep, not quite opaque brown with amber highlights around the edges and a small tan head that settles into a film and leaves some lace in the glass. Aroma of squash right away, with toasted brown sugar, chocolate, an even blend of nutmeg and other seasonal spices, pumpernickel, and vanilla. Flavor of dark chocolate, nutmeg, pumpkin, vanilla, coffee, pepper, and dark fruit. Finishes with lingering roast. Light-medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a roasty, astringent mouthfeel. After the first few things Iíve had from these breweries, my hopes were a little higher. Not bad, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1847) - Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. Pour is black with a tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma of light pumpkin spice, chocolate, roast, ginger, light salsa. Taste is chocolate, pumpkin, roasty, lightly bitter. Palate is oily, full bodied, lightly sweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Release #1. A deep mahogany pour with a thick & smooth khaki head. A pleasing aroma of cocoa, caramel, roasty coffee, woodsiness, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some light cloves. Medium-bodied and smooth on the way down. Caramel and some creamy vanilla qualities upfront in the taste. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee follows. A tad sour at the end. A mildly bitter finish. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of pumpkin throughout. There is a presence of warming alcohol that intensifies as the beer gets to room temperature. VERY nicely done! Now get this bad boy released when it counts...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle purchased at Whole Foods Sawmill. Darkest brown to black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, roast and wood. Flavor starts spicy with cinnamon and ginger, then moves to a slight booziness before a roasted malt finish.

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