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RATINGS: 295   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1339) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Quite good but nut spectacular. Very nice pumpkin spice aroma. Good porter base, and good pumpkin taste. But maybe just a hair too dry and roasty. If they dialed in a bit of malty sweetness this would be a home run. That said, very enjoyable! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roonai (245) - - SEP 29, 2013
bottle shared by deyholla. i love a pumpkin porter and the time is finally here! kicking of the the season w this one- and im not mad about it! pours black with yellow cream head that dissipates. nose is that sweet spiced pumpkin that i love! taste is dryer but with a nuttiness and creamy mouthfeel. rich with spices but not cloyingly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
theothermatt (206) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2013
On tap at Epic - Denver. Pours pitch black. Slight lacing. Sweet pumpkin aroma, malt bitterness, and spice. Very malty forward then moving into spicy pumpkin. Not too much to overwhelm the rest of the beer. Very well balanced and really great Pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhunter151 (577) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, brown sugar. Very good pumpkin beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3237) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Draft pour. Darker brown with lots of beige head. Roast, spice, nuts. Bigger bodied with a sticky mouthfeel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (542) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2013
DATE TASTED: October 26, 2013... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick... OCCASION: offering PSU some comeback inspiration... APPEARANCE: jet black body; oatmeal-thick brown head; lacing is uneven but thick as well... AROMA: crisp, candied flavor; toasted nut and oat undergird thee spiciness that is as much holiday as mischief night...PALATE: slightly warming, medium-bodied and drinkable--the IMPERIAL aspect is so subtle one quickly/nervously sips...TASTE: pumpkin, apple, peat and an odd funk of medicinal/plastic bottle vodka that takes the rating down a click--still big and old...OVERALL: of the handful of fall bombers I bought, this dares to blend the fall and winter seasons, and it does so deftly; a powerful punch of alcohol by the bottle’s end only endears the drink more...more the Galloping Hessian than the Great Pumpkin, in terms of its substance and strength...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CObiased (48) - - DEC 5, 2014
Bomber release #19....8.4 % ABV. Nice aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, light nutmeg, light pumpkin and molasses. Nice mouthfeel and balance between bitter, roast and sweet. Lingering finish melds with some vanilla notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ovechkinator (18) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2011
22 oz bottle recommended by the Beverage Baron. Pours a muddy brown with a generous khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Tastes of much the same, a bit on the sweet side. Very smooth, great thanksgiving beer. Good call, Baron.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
The pour is a very deep garnet color, nearly black, and a beige, pillowy, average head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some drippy lace. The nose is full of dark chocolates and molasses, some pumpkin notes, mace, nutmeg, and some toasted caramel. The flavor is full of toasted marshmallow, some pumpkin pie filling, very nutmeg-y, rich chocolate, herbal coffee bitterness, toasted caramel, and an underlying vanilla bean note. The palate is velvety, more than medium, soft to lively, and drying. The finish is still drying, coffee-filled, still chocolatey, and full of nutmeg. This one was nice and one of my favorite pumpkin beers. The richness was nice to match a great complexity. The bitterness was perfect for the beer being more than medium to balance the malt richness. The spicing was just enough and the porter base was complementary to the pumpkin. I don’t know about DC Brau and Epic has been a bit hit or miss, but this beer really was a nice late fall beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1580) - Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2012
22 oz. bottle, release #1- Pours black with red highlights in the light with a one finger light tan head. The aroma is pumpkin, not pumpkin spice, but the real thing, not much roastiness actually, pretty smooth and mellow. The taste is creamy and smooth, a nice pumpkin flavor, roasted malt, toasty, it has a little spice, but not full blown out pumpkin pie spices. I really dig this, much more than I thought I would, a nice way to kick off my infatuation of pumpkin beers around this season.

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