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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - NOV 5, 2011
22oz bottle (Batch #5) from Epic
Appearance: Pours clear dark mahogany with a nice sized beige head that leaves some good lacing in the glass
Aroma: Pumpkin, spices, yeast and chocolate
Taste: Full mouthfeel of toasted malts, pumpkin, spices and a mild bitterness
Nice and easy drinking

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3869) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Belmont bottle, Release #3. This was pretty nice overall. It trended towards the sweeter side of pumpkin pie and not so much the spicy. Definitely the meaty portion of the pumpkin included. I liked it because it was not overpowering at any point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Opened after Thanksgiving dinner of course. A very drinkable pumpkin beer with a great balance between the burnt malts and chocolate flavors along side the pumpkin. A little thin in the body with a small weak head. But overall, a nice porter with pumpkin accent. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2840) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2011
22 oz bomber
As pumpkin beers go this is not bad. It was loaded with spices, there was also some vanilla, chocolate, earthy notes. I would have enjoyed this beer more if the spices were restrained a little, but overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours almost black with a large tan head. Aroma of pumpkin and coffee with hints of vanilla and spice. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with nice hints of pumpkin and spices (cinnamon/nutmeg). Nice slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5723) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Labeled Release #1 Imperial Pumpkin Porter: Pronounced pumpkin nose with significant portions of nutmeg and brown sugar. Cola brown, medium tan head, nice lacing Grilled pumpkin flesh flavor? Dry, bark finish. I don’t care for this style, but this is a well crafted example. It’s not overly spiced and the pumpkin is nicely blended in with the roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13618) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear brown color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Toasted malt, pumpkin and spice aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced pumpkin spice flavor with a medium dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good seasonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (6154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2011
22oz Bottle Release #1 Imp pumpkin porter. Pours out a dark brown topped with a big tan head quickly going to a tan ring. Aroma of roast, light spice, nutmeg, card, and some pumpkin pie notes. Taste is more of the roast with a nice pumpkin pie spice at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
22 oz bottle. Release #4. 7.7%abv. A: Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a 1/2 finger beige head. S: Lots of vanilla bean and a bit of cinnamon. T: Similar to the taste, but other spices come out here, especially cloves. Some bitter chocolate is present on the finish to balance out the sweetness and spice from the adjuncts used in this beer. M: Good carbonation, medium bodied, and no alcohol bite at all. O: I think this is a good spiced winter porter, but could have used more flavor of the pumpkin. Otherwise, I think the brewery should go a little lighter on the vanilla bean, cinnamon, clove, and whatever else was used in this beer, if they would like to market it as a pumpkin porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11641) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2012
This brew pours dark brown with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of chocolate malt and pumpkin. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, pumpkin, chocolate and hops. The finish is malty with a lingering pumpkin and bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Above average overall.

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