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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a combination of dry roasted malts and coffee with some sweet coffee, vanilla and marshmallow supported by a decent amount of spice. Flavor starts with roasted malts and sweet chocolate but has a bit of coffee, roasted malts and pumpkin pie towards the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a deep brown hued, not quite black body with a very large, deep tan head. Tight carbonation, great lace and retention. Aromas of pumpkin seeds, chocolate, fresh baked bread, nutmeg, cinnamon, lightly vegital, clove, leather, lactose and graham cracker. Flavors are nutty and leathery with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, lactose/milk sugar, and chocolate. Malty, pine and a bit spicy. Pumpernickel. On the drier side of things for a big porter. Odd but pretty tasty. Medium carbonation, medium to slightly sweeter finish. Full bodied. Spiced fudge.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2012
Bomber. Nose of pumpkin pie, spices: cinnamon and nutmeg, plus pumpkin, caramel. Flavors pretty much the same, very much like pumpkin pie with chocolate and caramel. Nice, a bit over the top. And not what I would do.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7419) - 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 I’ve had from these breweries, my hopes were a little higher. Not bad, though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7415) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2011
On tap at Papago pouring up dark mahogany body and lasting dark tan head. The modest aroma offers up dark roasted malts, unmistakable pumpkin notes and faint spiciness. The taste is a bit spicy to start with a winter spice like twist and then quickly followed by sweet cherry esters, yeast, dark roasted malts, slightly burnt malts and then ribbons of sweet pumpkin meat amid the spices and dark roasted maltiness. This has a full rich brew flavor where a bit more pumpkin would be interesting although it is pretty nice as is.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bomber. Poured medium brown with a short, well-retained tan head. The aroma picked up competing, yet complementary vanilla, pumpkin, and chocolate notes with accents of nutmeg and cinnamon.. warmth brought out licorice to supplant some of the chocolate.. really nice! The flavor found tangy, well-roasted black malts and dark chocolate at the core, with vanilla taking over from there.. pumpkin meat and nutmeg accented well.. finished dry and very roasty along with more vanilla.. could’ve been an "8", but the malt lost some definition as the drink progressed. Medium-bodied, dry, and very roasty as mentioned on the palate.. the vanilla gave a savory component, and wasn’t really sweet.. overall this worked well, and is something I’d gladly drink again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2011
22 ounce bottle from the brewery, batch 5. Pours a very dark black color with a medium tan head. The aroma is rich spices and vanilla. The flavor is a rich chocolate porter, some vanilla, light milkiness, very smooth, loads of spices and certainly pumpkin. Very good, excellent actually. Mostly a rich porter but very strong and distinct pumpkin flavors. Awesome.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2011
22oz bottle, Release #2: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and cinnamon nose with some pumpkin notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and toasty dark caramel malts with some earthy bitterness and spices before a drier lightly roasted bittersweet finish. Could use a little more pumpkin flavor, but otherwise pretty well balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
[5673-20130817] Bottle. Toasted pumpkin skins aroma. Clear, dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted gourd grains flavour. Full body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6916) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"They really nailed the pumpkin in this one, and the balance between the fruit, and the roasted and chocolate malts. Looks light on the pour, but the mouthfeel is easily adequate if not overly indulgent. The aroma of pumpkin, spices, and cocoa takes a while to open up, but does so nicely. Flavor is definitely the strength."


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