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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Pours dark with a lighter off white head. Smell mostly roasted pumpkin. Taste slight pumpkin and coffee roast. Medium body. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zgaier (1357) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1355) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1346) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, slight roasted malts, and just a hint of pumpkin. More pumpkin and nutmeg coming out on the flavor of this beer. Finishes with some chocolate and roasted malts on the finish. Pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1345) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1310) - Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2013
From 2012 bottle, labeled Release #7, with 7.7% ABV. Deep dark brown color. Aroma is rich dark chocolate, vanilla, and spices. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, and pumpkin notes. Pumpkin is fairly subtle at first, but there is a touch of pumpkin pie aftertaste mingled with the chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1308) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1297) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1295) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1282) - 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.

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