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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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! Nateís 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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Excellent brew. Mahogany body and superpb lacing. Mostly dark roasted malts and spices but faint pumpkin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
bottle bonused by tyto, thanks a ton dude! dark brown murky pour with a slightly ornagish head. the aroma is, in order, pumpkin, lager yeast, roasty. the taste is similar, lots of nice choclate, and the pumpkin snd spice profile is there without a doubt, but very balanced, not overpowering the beer. i could use a lil more myself, but this beer could be enjoyed by just about anyone. good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (422) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle, pours a pitch black body with chocolate brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, pumpkin, nutmeg, and a hint of clove. Taste is chocolate and toasted malts with hints of spice and pumpkin throughout the palate. Slightly bitter and spicy on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (490) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours near black with a mocha colored head. Aroma is of hops, dry pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice. Smells like a pumpkin pie without the sweetness and cinnamon scents. Light bitterness and a medium body. I would buy this one again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1100) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2010
16 oz. pour, on tap at Groveland Tap in St. Paul, MN. Pours an opaque, rich, chocolate dark brown. Moderate amount of taupe head. Aroma features chocolate with an unmistakable pumpkin and spicy character. Nice smell. Chocolate taste. A pumpkin spiciness and lightly vegetal character emerges in the flavor eventually. The pumpkin thankfully is muted in the taste. Some tar. Gingerbread cookie. A touch milky. Dark, dry, bitter chocolate finish. Dry, roasted coffee bitter aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Silky in the palate. Nice liveliness. A bit of a challenge to imbibe due to its thickness. Unmistakably a big, substantial beer. This beer rates an across-the-board-solid 3.7. Iím pleasantly surprised, given that Iím generally a fan neither of porters nor of pumpkin beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dregs (20) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Aroma: Coffee, spicy malty aroma Appearance: Black with a fluffy light brown head. Taste: heavy sweetness with a light hop flavor. Palate: This is a full bodied beer with a slick feel, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Overall: This is easily Summitís best offering in their unchained series and sadly their most over the top beer. This is a great beer much better than my first tasting at the muddy pig in st. paul. however this was a bad first taste as it was following a bellís batch 9000. I would definitely order/drink this again!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1976) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour, a little cookie colored carbonation and an aroma of heavy pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is plenty of earthy peat initially, pumpkin, subtle spices and finishes creamy. Not bad, but I canít see myself drinking this on a regular basis.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 Bottle to glass. Not much head, plenty lacing though. Nose is burnt malt and some dark coco. Flavor is awesome. Smokey peat, burnt malt and coffee and chocolate notes. Just great. Nice and thick. Another great Unchained beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2010
I was told by the guys selling it to me that this one leaned really heavily toward the pumpkin. Hardly. The gist of the other ratings gets it right: this is a powerful imperial porter, so much so that the spicy inflections typical of a pumpkin beer (when given plenty of winter spices and not just a pumpkin character) have a hard time coming through. I found that to be the case even with warming. Thereís a lot of dark, roasted, even burnt flavors, but quite enjoyable. Imperial Porters have a lot going for them in terms of palate, too. Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
dark brown/black pour with a medium dark tan head. aroma is initially lots of chocolate on the pour, then ginger/nutmeg spice and roasted pumpkin. hints of roasted coffee as well. Flavour has a fair bit of dark roast coffee bitterness. chocolate combines well with the hint of pumpkin, and the spice is present but not overwhelming. Still, those dark roast flavours run the show. Overall, I like it. Bit of burnt bitterness lingering in the finish though.


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