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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2010
12oz bottle. Glowing red-black-brown color. Big beige head the quickly fades into an oily layer. Sweet sugary pumpkin aroma. Wow. They really nail it. Captures both Pumpkin Ale and Porter characteristics, combining them quite nicely. Rich, sugary, and full bodied, this is getting close to dessert beer. The alcohol doesn’t really show, just incorporates itself into the big flavor profile. Another solid Unchained.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PintPiner (22) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Aroma of chocolate and pumpkin. Dark foamy head with good lacing. Dark brown color. Low carbonation. Big, full body. Chocolate and pumpkin with a hint of spice. Very nice dessert beer. Paired it with pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate decadence cake and it was awesome with both.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours a very viscous black with a very dense, heavily creamed deep tan head that looks the density of cheese cake. Aroma has a hefty roasted barley, light black patent and a late, faint pumpkin spiciness. Flavor starts off with a pretty strong kick of pumpkin spices with the nutmeg and allspice coming through stronger than the rest. Following this up is a very smooth roasted barley flavor that adds a modest roasted bitterness and finishes up with a sweet chocolate presence. The beer has a modest density with a very creamy feeling due to the low fine carbonation. Overall a pretty tasty brew. It’s interesting to see pumpkin in a porter as I would of thought the heavy roasted dark malts would of overpowered any spiciness but the spices come through perfectly. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2014 One of the the best products Summit has ever made. A thick and heavy porter. Black with roasted malt. Aroma has cloves and spice. Full flavor, malt, spice including nutmeg and cardamom. The pumpkin compliments, rather than dominates. Thick on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2597) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Nice, nearly black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma strong with spices, pumpkin, and roasted and chocolate malt. Full flavored, roasted, chocolatey, and spicy. Medium-full bodied and smooth. Excellent beer, every element is well done, with nothing overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3838) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2010
12oz traded bottle (w/ nice detailing). Really pretty dark brown pour with active carbonation and a medium tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is dark, sweet malt but then the pumpkin pie and spice come through at the very end. Flavor leans a little more towards to impy porter side of the house with some burnt malt, coffee-like bitterness If you’re not getting much "pumpkin" out of this, let it sit and warm up towards room temp. I liked it as an impy porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pours deep brown almost black with one finger of chocolate brown head and almost zero retention and lacing. Nose is malty chocolate roast, pumpkin, pie spice, coffee and a hint of both yeast and smoke. Tastes like pumpkin, sweet toasty chocolate malt and spice up front and has a really nice long bittersweet cocoa, coffee and smoke finish. Medium bodied palate with minimal carbonation. All in all a really intriguing change from the standard pumpkin beer, something with a little complexity from the malt rather than the spice and pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Pour from bottle, deep brownish black with nice tan head. Aroma has notes of pumpkin, spices, touch of yeast, leading into nice smoke, chocolate, and roast. Taste is some slight pumpkin up front, leading into spices and yeast mixing well, finishing chocolate, roast, and a delicious bitter smoke. Excellent brew, could drink this all the time!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1281) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2010
[Bottle] Pours very dark brown with a nice brown head. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, burnt malt, and faint notes of chocolate. Taste has lots of pumpkin and spices (nutmeg and allspice, I think) up front, followed by heavily charred malt. Makes me think of burnt pumpkin bread, but the flavors actually blend together pretty well. Medium-thin mouthfeel, smooth, very long finish. This is a nice beer that with a few tweaks could be world class. The pumpkin character could be upped a little, the chocolate that is mentioned in the description (and which is almost completely absent from the beer) could be greatly increased, and the burnt malt toned down. Regardless, well done, Summit!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1518) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2010
On tap at Pizza Luce. I found this wonderful. A very dark, roasted, full-bodied porter with a really nice dose of pumpkin flavor. I love that it’s actual pumpkin rather than pumpkin spices--roast malt with pumpkin flavor is a great combo here.

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