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Starr Hill Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter

Formerly brewed at Starr Hill
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Crozet, Virginia USA


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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Boxcar Pumpkin Porter is a traditional English-style Brown Porter with pumpkin added to the mash. Light spicing allows the subtle flavors of pumpkin and roasty porter to shine through. Boxcar is a session beer at 5.2% and very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidobutai (643) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Very dark red, no head to speak of, and poor lacing. Slight cinnamon odor. Earthy taste with a real bitterness that I haven’t tasted in other pumpkin beers. Most disappointing was the lack of any pumpkin flavor to speak of.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Darwenus (906) - Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Pours dark brown, the small head fades quickly. The aroma is slight. I picked up on a little malt and some spice, maybe allspice. The taste is slight, too. This thing is watery. Nothing at all up front, but in the finish there is a little bit of pumpkin and spice. And I mean a VERY little bit. There is just nothing going on here. But at least it doesn’t taste bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiddleBrau (1168) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
On tap at Anthony’s. Dark brown, white head. Roasty nose and spice. Dry roast flavor, spice here but light. Lighter robust porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Poured from tap at GoFest in Roanoke. It’s supposed to be a porter with spices and pumpkin added, but the additions are so small that it’s almost too subtle to notice. Tastes like a nice porter with incredibly subtle hints of pumpkin sweetness and very soft notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrodooo5 (1509) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - OCT 7, 2013
If sessionable = watered down then they succeeded. Some ok spices in the aroma. The pour has a huge foamy tan head w/ spotty lacing. The taste has a very unbalanced blend of spice but doesn’t resemble a porter. Way too watery! Not very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (1805) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with pumpkin spices. Sweet caramel malt flavor with roasted malt notes and some smokiness. Cinnamon and nutmeg finish with slight hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
rxeight (2627) - Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Darrk brown hint of orange pour. Aroma of ppumpkin spices vanilla cinnamon, allspice. Flavor really not much there. Bit of tart infectedness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Bottle->willibecher. Deep brown with small tan head. Roasted malt, holiday spices, pumpkin notes, as expected. Not really a porter, and not really good. Mild and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
r464 (2293) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pumpkin, malt, toast, leading to a bit of char then a thinning finish. A bit dark in the middle. Interesting, different, but a bit too light in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Slightly metallic aftertaste on this brew. Dark pour. Flavor is a bit of burnt chocolate and pumpkin with spice.

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