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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21654) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar, thanks! Dark brown, beige edge head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, pumpkin, and the usual pumpkin spices. Taste is coffee grounds and gourd. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (13316) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, pumpkin/allspice/cinnamon, some ginger. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some allspice. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear dark brown with an average, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin, brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11627) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2010
On tap. Poured a dark brown, almost black, color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of roast, chocolate, and lighter spices. Not overly spiced. Lacing left on the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10645) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy onyx with 3-finger brown head. Nose is black patent malt, cacao, pumpkin puree. Tastes hoppy, malty, with some cacao, minor pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Tap. At Muddy Pig. Very dark pour with a hint of red at the edges when held up to light. Thin brown head. Nose is mildly herby. Smooth mouthfeel with chocolate, Christmas spices, and a hint of pumpkin. Slightly bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9598) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
Did they JUST retire this? Because I just had it on tap 10 days ago @ Radio Maria in Champaign. It came in a shaker pint glass, the dark brown colour of an old penny, and with just a skiff ofa head. The aroma was nice-- sweet pumpkin with just a hint of roast. The palate didn’t quite deliver though. The backbone flavour seemed sweet and cola-ish, with a little pumpkin and a little roast, but overall it was weak and thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Draft served in a Maudite glass at Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville. Pours a deep, opaque brown color with a very thick, rocky, foamy dark tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin, roasted malts, dark chocolate, nuts, and a bit of cinnamon. Flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark chocolate, dry roasted malts, vegetal and earthy notes, and dust. Medium-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Somewhat sweet, too. Not bad at all.

   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 ŕ l’aspect porter de la bičre. Reste légčre au palais avec pas mal de malt grillé et noir.

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