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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, 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1258) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjgmd (1229) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bomber. Pours a dark black brownish color with a small head. Nose is roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, malt and sweet, cannot really appreciate any knockout pumpkin flavor or fall spices. Finish is sweet with chocolate and coffee. Great porter but without pumpkin representation. Quaff Score 7 / 10 ... ( rated as a pumpkin porter ? )

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1224) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2013
22 ounce bottle, Release #9, 8.1% ABV. I checked Epic’s 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 year’s bottles since I just picked this up a few weeks ago, kinda surprised since I didn’t 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. There’s 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, it’s 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (1187) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 Bottle: Almost black with an ominous, deep ruby tone all around. Light tan head fades to a collar in moments. Aroma is light ginger, cinnamon, & clove, a mild pumpkin smell with some faint vanilla and a touch of wet cardboard, almost like oxidation? Taste is sweet, maybe a little too sweet. Some deep, dark prune & grape sweetness with a light bit of cocoa malt & pumpkin spice. Mild roast, finishing vanilla sweetness, & a slight touch of musty cardboard again. Hoped for a thicker mouth feel. Not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zgaier (1186) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Pours a dark brown red with a tan head and aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is roasty, lots of chocolate and roasted malt with coffee, alcohol, and light spice leading to a warming, roasted finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
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 don’t know about DC Brau and Epic has been a bit hit or miss, but this beer really was a nice late fall beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1141) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
22oz bottle from Belmont. Tobacco brownish black with creamy light tan head. Hints of smoke and chocolate malt, pumpkin spice undertones, cookie vanilla with maybe a hint of pumpkin vegital and coffee. Chocolate coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla. Solid and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
From a keg on the Beers In Paradise Oktoberfest bus trip to Alpine Village. Dark pour into a plastic cup :( Aroma was pumpkin seeds, cinnamon. Taste was vanilla, some chocolate marshmallow, with a nice porter roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2012
I enjoyed this one, and closer to a porter than anything else. It’s got a rich roasted flavor of an imperial porter, and a hint of pumpkin. Good hops, very roasty. Smoothes out as it warms up.

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