CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle form Beaumont Market. Dark brown appearance;; itís nearly black. Head was fine at first, but it receded into a thin and wispy little fucker. Roasted pumpkin, with lots of cinnamon hitting my nostrils. The vanilla is complimentary. The pumpkin they used in the mash is really coming through. I appreciate the aroma of actual pumpkin. Not tons of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a bit of pumpkin, that masks the true flavor/aroma of pumpkin. Slightly earthy. Taste is earthy pumpkin flavor, with a tiny bit of cinnamon and vanilla. The unique pumpkin (which is SLIGHTLY sour at times) hits the taste buds exactly the way I was hoping. A nice subtle texture, that could be backed up by a better body, carries the pumpkin flavor through well enough. A great pumpkin beer, with an actual pumpkin flavor.
lamas (1280) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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...
UDBeernut (1254) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark amber with moderate cinnamon and nutmeg. solid body holds up the spicing with pumpkin midway, moderate sweetness with roasted malt undertones.
Hair6a11 (1229) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is slight spice with a hint of pumpkin and jus a bit of porter mocha goodness. this beer pours a rich reddish brown with barely any head. Taste is roasted mocha pumpkin goodness. Body is very mildly lively. finish is clean with just a bit of roasted malts that have an aspect pumpkin if that makes any sense. it does in this beer. very nice.
DCLawyer (1164) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber->stem. Deep brown with thick tan head. A: chocolate malt, spices, bread, hint of pumpkin. T: chocolate, coffee, spices, melon rind. Bittersweet. Interesting.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet chocolate malts and some pumpkin and pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice).
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little roast and a lot of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a nice pumpkin porter.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a very deep garnet color, nearly black, and a beige, pillowy, average head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some drippy lace. The nose is full of dark chocolates and molasses, some pumpkin notes, mace, nutmeg, and some toasted caramel. The flavor is full of toasted marshmallow, some pumpkin pie filling, very nutmeg-y, rich chocolate, herbal coffee bitterness, toasted caramel, and an underlying vanilla bean note. The palate is velvety, more than medium, soft to lively, and drying. The finish is still drying, coffee-filled, still chocolatey, and full of nutmeg. This one was nice and one of my favorite pumpkin beers. The richness was nice to match a great complexity. The bitterness was perfect for the beer being more than medium to balance the malt richness. The spicing was just enough and the porter base was complementary to the pumpkin. I donít know about DC Brau and Epic has been a bit hit or miss, but this beer really was a nice late fall beer.
keanex (1134) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The body is a deep garnet with brown on the edges and a thin tan head.
S: The aroma is mostly of the porter characteristics, roasted malts, light smoke, and chocolate, no pumpkin noticed in the aroma hints of spices.
T: Vanilla is upfront with light spices and pumpkin flavors that are quickly taken over by a heavy roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors.
M: Medium to thick bodied with medium sharp carbonation.
O: The pumpkin flavors are really subdued, but thatís a good thing. The vanilla is an interesting addition to a really solid porter.
bluejacket74 (1131) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, Release #9, 8.1% ABV. I checked Epicís website, and it says it was brewed on 6/26/2012, packaged on 7/8/2012. Looks like our local beer stores are still selling last yearís bottles since I just picked this up a few weeks ago, kinda surprised since I didnít see it around last year. Oh well, this should still be good. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a long time. Thereís also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted/grainy malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some ginger. Nice mix between pumpkin and porter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís coating, smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, although I would like to try a fresher bottle of this at some point. Definitely worth a try. $5.99 a bomber.