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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle at Papago. Dark brown. Big beige head. Chocolathe, pumpkin, spice, brown sugar, toasted nuts in the nose. Creamy body. Light roast, pumpkin, cocoa, light bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3316) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle with Keith, Simon, and Kev. Pours a dark purple color with medium head. Aromas of pumpkin, chocolate, pumpkin guts, squash, vanilla beans. Taste is a rich chocolate pumpkin soaked experience with gingerbread, pumpernickel, cloves, cinnamon. Awesome pumpkin porter, if it was aged in bourbon barrels, it would be a homerun. Next year?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadRobin (1995) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for almost a year. Opaque, brown-black with a khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of pumpkin fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, allspice and mild nutmeg. Taste of milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla, sweet roasted malt, pumpkin fruit, light molasses and a modicum of pumpkin pie spices. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization. The fruit and chocolate malt come through strong and work very well together. The spices you'd expect in a pumpkin ale are quite subdued--perhaps as a result of the aging and perhaps for the better. The is a delicious ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (1437) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2014
From notes, consumed 8/22/2013. 22 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Release 9. Black with 2.5 fingers of fluffy light tan head. Great lacing. Aromas of roast, coffee, pumpkin, spices, chocolate. Tastes of coffee, pumpkin, spices, light bitter hops. Medium body with a dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bomber that helped me through my (almost) Solistice Brew Day. Pours a dark and dreary brown... fitting for the shortest day of the year. Aromas are sweet with chocolate, pie spices and dark brown sugar. Flavor is a mix of the above with a distinct vegetable pumpkininess to it all... not sure if it’s suggestion from the spices or if it’s there, but this is mighty fine stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pour is dark brownish with nice off white almost tan head out of 22 oz bottle, release #4, aroma has notes of chocolate, pumpkin, sweet biscuit, nice caramel and toffee notes, some nice cinnamon and clove notes. Taste is a nice mix of caramel and toffee, chocolate and roast, slight pumpkin vegetal notes but really nice sweetness from it goes into a crackery, biscuity finish, dries out fairly well. Delicious stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (849) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Found this bottle interesting because I had just homebrewed a Pumpkin spice porter myself. Pumpkin spice is dominate on the aroma with some other fain notes of cocoa and clove. Appears a purple-ish black color with very tamed foam. Strong chocolate and coffee notes upfront with an assertive pumpkin background. Full-bodied with some pleasant earthy/smokey texture to it. Overall, this is a very well done Pumpkin Black Ale. Fairly similar to my homebrew except, this one contains more chocolate and earthy notes. I am very fond of this ale. A must try. I’d give this an A+ rating.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. We shared it together via facebook chat. This pours dark brown and sports a large beige head that has strong retention. The nose is pumpkin centered and is like a pumpkin pie. The flavor offers more of the porter. It brings chocolate over the top of the pumpkin. Some hops add spice and bitterness. Vanilla is nice here. This could be a pumpkin pie / chocolate pie mix with some hops and vanilla. Some fudge in the finish. This beer might be the best collaboration I have ever had. Just a solid beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3385) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
This was a joint tasting with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. This brew poured a very dark brown with an attractive and long lasting tan head and good lacing rings. The nose shows the pumpkin for sure, but there is more with roasted malts and spices in the aroma. Medium to bold in body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is very rich and complex with the porter dominating unlike a lot of pumpkin beers and chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spices, and the finish is lingering and simply perfect.. I like the way the alcohol was hidden This is an outstanding beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2013
22floz/650ml bottle into a shaker glass. Served cool. Aroma: Milk chocolate and toasty malt backed up by a huge punch of spice and some faint pumpkin. Quite strong! Appearance: Barely translucent dark blood-ruby body with a massive, creamy, tan head. Taste: Oh wow that is fantastic.Starts off nice and creamy with the spice and pumpkin and rounds off with that chocolate and malt. Fantastic! Palate: Feels really creamy. Finish is nice and spicy pumpkin with that wonderful chocolate. Overall: This may be a new favorite. It is absolutely fantastic.


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