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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2811) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle from Bottle Revolution. I gave up on pumpkin beers a couple of autumns ago, but this one caught my interest. I canít remember seeing a pumpkin porter before. This actually works because the fuller bodied beer covers up the spices a little. So while there is plenty of cinnamon and pumpkin in the flavor, itís not overwhelming by any means. Itís on the lighter side of porters, but certainly full bodied enough. I might like it if it were roastier, but this is actually pretty pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pours a dark porter looking with a ever so slightly reddish tint to it (that could have been the dark red walls in the dark basement of Black Squirrel though) with a somewhat stiff foam head. The aroma was sweet and pumpkin pie-y, but the fla vor had a little more roasted/toasted/burtn malt to it than the nose did.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Pours a dark cola brown with a quickly-dissipating tan head. Aroma is light, sweet and malty. Flavor is quite spicy. Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Not quite as strong upon the swallow but still pretty decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (9484) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Dark brown. Tan head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, roast, lactose, and cloves are heavily noticeable. Flavor has clove, spice, pumpkin, roast, lactose and a lightly tart note.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jefcon (1426) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2012
I was excited to try a pumpkin porter, because I really am not a fan of traditional pumpkin ales and I thought this approach might offer more depth and character. Unfortunately, I found the beer watery and thin, the spices didnít taste real, and I missed the punch of hops to get the fruit of the pumpkin across to me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zizzybalubba (1506) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Cola-like brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of light floral hops, chocolate, and a trace of pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin really barely appears to be present in the flavor. Mostly smoky malts, coffee, and dark chocolate are tasted but there is a slight sharpness from the pumpkin that I do detect. A decent beer.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Deep, rich malt comes out first in the aroma, chocolatey, roasted, complimented by the pumpkin, and a little bit of hop with a hint of mint. Light has a difficult time getting through the dark brown body, but it cracks clear red-orange to gold at the edges when held at an angle. I managed to get a pretty good tan head out of it, but less retention than I would have liked, and no lace. The flavor is understated at the front, but it does a bit of a dance in the middle. It drops off in the back end, leaving a bitter aftertaste that fades to sweet. Itís got a full almost creamy body with a good deal of carbonation. Itís unique among pumpkin beers, and commendable for that. I like most of the pieces, but somehow they just donít add up, and leave something to be desired.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3526) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Tap. Pours clear dark brown to black - mahogany, with a small brown head no lacing. Aroma is strong cloves, allspice, nutmeg and a bit of dark roasted malt. Flavor is the same, very spicy with notes of coffee. Lightly sweet, lightly citric astringent. Fairly light body. Did not come together well for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7001) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2012
12oz bottle, thanks to Andrew. Bottled 8/10/12. Thin lighter brown head. Dark brown but clear color. Some dots of lace. Very nice pumpkin taste, works well with the standard porter flavors, much more interesting than your standard pumpkin ale. Great smooth carbonation, dry finish. Awesome toasty malty pumpkin aftertaste. Nice light bitter and sweet taste. Good stuff for sure, interesting beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cjbphd (6) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2012 does not count
Great aroma; excellent blend of roasty porter malt and pumpkin pie spices. Very dark brown, creamy looking, though little head fades quickly. Flavor is a sweet rendition of porter with a nice touch of pumpkin and spice in the background. Could use some balance. Good mouthfeel, though a touch watery for the style. Overall, a nice experience - my first time trying this style, and Iíll seek out others that might be more full bodied and balanced.


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