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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1926) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Draft at Moriartys. Very dark brown pour with a large fizzy tan head. Burnt chocolate. Chai tea. Black coffee. Quite spicy. Pepper. Cinnamon. Clove. Pumpkin Spice but no pumpkin. Very carbonated. Full flavor for a session beer. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s and on draft at Capone’s. Bottled version rated here. Pours turbid thick deep blackish brackish brown with tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, pumpkin puree and spice, mild hops and popcorn butter. Tastes malty, with hints of cacao, pumpkin, allspice, and a medium palate. Overall good but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
edgallow (2634) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2012
16 oz draft pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, spices and cocoa. Taste is malts, spices and a hint of pumpkin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2923) - 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 can’t 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, it’s not overwhelming by any means. It’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thechandler (584) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (10162) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jefcon (1474) - 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 didn’t taste real, and I missed the punch of hops to get the fruit of the pumpkin across to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zizzybalubba (1594) - 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.

   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. It’s got a full almost creamy body with a good deal of carbonation. It’s unique among pumpkin beers, and commendable for that. I like most of the pieces, but somehow they just don’t add up, and leave something to be desired.

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