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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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, youíre 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (502) - 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 bottleís 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 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 donít 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 (1498) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Pours dark brown, nearly black with deep ruby highlights. Typical head with nice lacing quality. Slight spice but little pumpkin on the nose. Taste starts with mild sweetness with notes of vanilla and whipped cream. A bit of pumpkin then shows through, transitioning into roast coffee and chocolate. Dry, lingering finish. Body is medium to light for a porter with a slight sparkle of carbonation at the end. Not as pumpkiny sweet or spicy as many other pumpkin beers, mostly because the solid roasty porter base is the star of the show. Also, the year of aging may have mellowed the spices. Iím not complaining, though, as this is one of the tastiest porters Iíve had in some time. The pumpkin and spice elements add a great touch without overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2012
what i live 4 blocks from brewery?! ok ill drink their beer. often. pour: porterishky brown, complementary head. nose: amber/dark malts, pumpkin meat, slight hop bitters. mouth: malty sweet, pumpkinish, pie spices. have had a many pumpkin porters, and this is certainly different, can almost touch into stout flavorings, otherwise to the point of pumpkin ales for this season,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2219) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
February 2012. 22 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. The pumpkin is really showing through and adds a nice balance to the dark malts and chocolate flavors. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Very small tan head into a black beer with ruby tinges. Smell is very nice, buttered pumpkin, cinnamon/spice cake, vanilla. Slight booziness. Taste is lots of woodiness and vanilla. Burnt wood reminds me of coffee. Much drier than smell, and a little booze on the tongue. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (566) - - SEP 12, 2013
From a bomber. Delicious, subtle pumpkin, not so subtle chocolate and vanilla. Creamy, milky, not too boozy. Very nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1297) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2013
22 ounce bottle, Release #9, 8.1% ABV. I checked Epicís website, and it says it was brewed on 6/26/2012, packaged on 7/8/2012. Looks like our local beer stores are still selling last yearís bottles since I just picked this up a few weeks ago, kinda surprised since I didnít see it around last year. Oh well, this should still be good. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a long time. Thereís also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted/grainy malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some ginger. Nice mix between pumpkin and porter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís coating, smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, although I would like to try a fresher bottle of this at some point. Definitely worth a try. $5.99 a bomber.

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