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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; release #12 bottled 7/22/2012. Pours nearly opaque clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, pumpkin, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, vanilla, dark bread, ginger, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, dark bread, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent pumpkin porter! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stef92 (127) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Release #13. Poured dark burgundy almost black with a thick cream colored head. Definite pumpkin & spice on the nose. Taste is more porter than the typical pumpkin beer that overwhelms with cinnamon & nutmeg flavors. Very smooth with hints of caramel, vanilla as well as pumkin.This is a special beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2014
22 oz. Bottle. Nutmeg, chocolate, and butternut squash on the nose. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Some nice lacing. Great balance with a mix of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin, hops, roasted barley, and nutmeg. Great football watching beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mysticbrew (83) - - OCT 4, 2014
From a bottle in a tulip. Dark chocolate pour with non-persistent creamy tar colored head. Head lacing hangs to the finish of the glass. The rich flavor of coffee, chocolate and toasted malt. Subtle flavor of pumpkin and nutmeg as the beer warms and the fizz dissipates. There is a creamy silky mouthfeel with a bit of a smokey & spicy finish. Very tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1936) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2014
A roasty, slightly spicy aroma. Smooth and roasty in the mouth with some cinnamon and vanilla, a touch of pumpkin flesh flavor and sweetness. This is like a wonderful pumpkin version of Anchor’s Our Special Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (841) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin, long-lasting off-white head. Aroma is toast/nut, chocolate, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice. Flavor is roast, toast, chocolate, pumpkin, and nutmeg, among other spices. Has a dry, slightly bitter finish. I really enjoyed this. Every sip yields some new flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (16434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft. Listed as the Epic version. Nearly black, large thick brown head. Aroma of gourd and coffee grounds, not much spice. Taste is fruit, coffee, chocolate, prunes, dates. Medium body. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5396) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Thanks to Armin for sharing - dark ruby pour - aroma of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), vanilla, rum, light pumpkin flesh, bittersweet chocolate - full to medium body - nicely dry and roasty, with a fair amount of cocoa - light amount of cinnamon - a bit or earthy pumpkin on the tail end - a fair amount of black malt bitterness - lingering coffee and roast - a very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strap (593) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - FEB 3, 2012
pours dark with a small offwhite head. aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla and a few other spices. pumpkin flavor isn’t overpowering with a hint of vanilla and roasted malts. overall a solid seaonal brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4839) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 5/25/12

Aroma: It has a nose of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.
Appearance: This one pours a brownish color with a small head and some drippy lacing.
Flavor: It starts off with some sweetness from the chocolate, caramel, and vanilla, which works nicely alongside the pumpkin spice. Eventually the sweetness and spice is rounded out nicely by a roasted finish.
Palate: The body medium, it is fairly creamy, with a smooth, flowing mouthfeel, and a soft carbonation.
Overall Impression: I thought this one was quite good (and also felt fairly unique). There was quite a bit going on, but it all worked well together, and it didn’t really feel at all muddled to me. The flavors all really just worked well together. This turned out to be quite a nice collaboration.

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