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Summit Unchained 05 Imperial Pumpkin Porter



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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The fifth beer in the Unchained Series will be from brewer Nate Siats and is an Imperial Pumpkin Porter. Nate is a big fan of pumpkins and wants to do this up right, starting with where the pumpkins come from. The small, local, organic farm that is providing the pumpkins just so happens to be owned by Charles Jones, one of the strong fellas who work on our keg line! Nate’s desired flavor profile in his own words- A dark, chocolaty, full bodied beer with a slight bitter after taste. Evenly spiced with a hint of pumpkin, you would think you were sitting down for thanksgiving dessert. Perfect for a cool, fall afternoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Tried this at a tasting awhile back. Dark brown pour, not much of a head. This may have been the end of the bottle. Aroma was quite spicy, light dark malt mixed with some nutmeg, cinnamon etc... Mouthfeel was light to medium. Bitter roasty finish with a definite spice character. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11 brune foncée, mousse beige Note d’épice et citrouille qui reste un peu en retrait pour laisser plus de place à l’aspect porter de la bière. Reste légère au palais avec pas mal de malt grillé et noir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Bottle... Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, beige head. Good retention. The bouquet is very reminiscent of chocolate pumpkin pie - if there is such a thing. Full-bodied and oily with nearly-expired carbonation. Up front, the chocolaty-sweet flavor offers a nice amount of raw pumpkin and subtle pumpkin pie spices. Burnt, carbonaceous bitterness balances things out on the backside - without diminishing the rich, chocolate and pumpkin pie essences. Roasty, bittersweet, lightly acidic finish. Exciting brew from an otherwise humdrum brewery. Bottle courtesy of HonusWagner!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottled. Poured very deep brown with a short-lived dark beige head.. great color, but the head didn’t stick around very long. The aroma picked up lots of sweeter chocolates with fine accents from pumpkin meat, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla.. sweet and totally decadent. The flavor found sweeter chocolates and pumpkin meat at first, with some acrid roast coming shortly after, and continuing through the finish.. burnt, smoky malts and pumpkin-y spices accented.. balance was solid. Medium-bodied with ideal carbonation on the palate.. a touch of malty sourness worked well here.. not the greatest flow, but balance between the components was very good, and I’d drink it every day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Great pumpkin beer, not too fragrancy and seasoned like some pumkins. Wish i wouldn’t have shared with my friends...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle courtesy of drowland, aroma of pumpkin, sweetness, a little water, some malty bitterness, nice stuff for a pumpkin beer. Not quite Pumpking level however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very deep slight viscous black color. Just a hint of foam on top. Flavor is heavy roast, dark chocolate, some nuttiness, a hint of pumpkin and spice at the back end. Just a hint of booze and hops at the back end to dry it out. Thick and creamy, lingers on the palate. Medium to full bodied. Well done for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlruthven (609) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle. The pour is much more viscous than expected for a porter, even one as strong as this. All black, no brown highlights, fluffy brown head that dimishes by about half. Lots of roasted malts in the nose, plus raw pumpkin, hints of brown sugar and chocolate. A bit of coffee on the tongue, a little more pumpkin, slight ginger, and an herbal funkiness I can’t quite put my finger on. Enjoyable brew, but very strange, and tough to pin down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a nice tan head and lacing in the glass, the aroma is sweet with malt and has a nice touch of nutmeg and other spices, the flavor is strong with chocolate notes mixed in with the pumpkin and the nutmeg, pretty tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
On tap at Jake Melnick’s. Pours a black body with a thick, two finger-width, very dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a heavy lacing throughout. Aroma is smooth and rich chocolate, some roast, caramel, and some pumpkin spices with nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Flavor is similar. Very smooth, rich, darker chocolates with lots of caramel and a soft roast. Nutmeg and pumpkin spices come out at the end with more and more bitter cocoas and dry roasts as this dries and accentuates the spice and bitterness nicely. Still has a rich chocolatey goodness with the light-moderate bitterness in the finish before leaving a bitter cocoa and roasty aftertaste that lingers for a lengthy duration. Smooth, creamy, medium body and very soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty porter. Roasty with tons of rich cocoas, a pleasant bitterness, and a light pumpkin spicing. Very easy drinking and enjoyable.

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