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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, you’re 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4599) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear rich chestnut with a large creamy tan head that dissipates slowly with great lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, ashtray, allspice, vanilla. Flavor is rich and roasty, cocoa powder, spice is light, not getting much pumpkin per se. A bit of vanilla, some cigarette and coffee. Light sweet, light plus bitter. I really like the fact that the spices do not play a central role here. Makes for a nice enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2538) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2014
22oz bomber shared by JohnGonk. Pours a dark brown/almost black color with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of pumpkin pie filling, roasted malt, sweet caramel, and light floral hop notes. Taste is of old chocolate bars, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and hints of ash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmanock (28) - - FEB 22, 2014
the pumpkin in here is quite subtle. the spice and vanilla come out a lot more it seems. there is also a taste of unfermented wort and a smell of unfermented grain on the nose. not sure if that was intentional. still, very tasty and not cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
fakebeersnob (228) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours dark brown with a light tan head that lingers longer than expected. Color reminds me of a Guiness, but with longer lasting head. Smells faintly of pumpkin, a spice, and maybe slightly of vanilla. Has a light pumpkin pie taste with vanilla. There is a bit of a coffee backend, but more of a dark chocolate. Creamy. Then it turns wrong. There is a feeling on the tongue that lasts long. It reminds me of an IPA feel, but it is not hops. I think it is a spice. It tingles a bit. The feeling for this style of beer is off-putting to me. The finish just doesn’t fit. It is what keeps making me change the taste rating from 7 to 8, as I am having trouble separating the displeasure on the palate from the actual taste. It is definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I have had, but the finish makes it so I am still probably not having another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2014
22oz bottle pours a watery mahogany brown with some thin, white head. Nose is a big punch of spice, cardamom, candied ginger, cinnamon, some vanilla, a little toast. Flavor is the same, if you wanted to spice a porter then this is the way to do it, malt, molasses, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, some deeply caramelized root veg. Lightly sweet, lightly spicy finish. Liked this much more than I thought.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crispy34 (465) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bomber bottle. Aroma is sweet and earthy with some hints of vanilla and dark malt. Appearance is a deep brown with a little tan head. Taste is dark malt with some sweetness at the end. There is also some dryness and earthy notes. Palate is dark and dry. Overall, a decent porter. Would have likes more pumpkin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1933) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Dark brown/black pour. Nose is dark malts some booze. Flavour is inky not a ton of pumpkin, kinda clovey... Not a fav. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1540) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle pour dark brown with ruby. Nose sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, spice. Taste mostly sweet pumpkin, pie filling, clove, spice. Mild roast flavor early. Pleasing bitter and spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (866) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2014
On tap at Stapleton Tap House. Listed as 8.1% with medium IBUs. Pours dark brown. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, prunes, tobacco. Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cardamon, nutmeg, carob, molasses, pumpkin. Overall big, bold, rich dark malts and some significant spice notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
650 ml bottle. Batch/release #10. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that has fair retention and ample lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with pumpkin, vanilla and pie spices. The taste, like the aroma, is bitter-sweet with more pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, earthy grains and bitter walnuts. The palate was full, but just a bit slick and oily, and with soft carbonation. Finished long and dry with lingering bitter walnuts. Overall: Better than average pumpkin ale.

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