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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dudeski (2) - Hugo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2010 does not count
I just straight up loved it from first sip to last. The spice notes and hint of chocolate was right up my alley. A well balanced beer. The pumpkin name shouldn’t deter those that are on the fence. You wouldn’t even know it if it wasn’t in the name. In my opinion a must for the holidays coming up.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2011
More spice than pumpkin flavor, noticeable alcohol presence. Smoky finish sticks around but isn’t overpowering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2595) - 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 17/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Tap. Black color with a large head. Aroma of nutmeg, cloves and strong roasted barley. The roast really pours out in the flavor. Moderate to heavy spicing, mainly nutmeg. Dry cocoa notes. Really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (916) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Pours a dark black .. great foam, but lacking lacing .. . aroma is mixed up, some spice and other oddities .. . flavour is nice, spice, and light roast- well done .. . my new favourite pumpkin brew and a worthy addition to the style of imperial porter - and the nicest Summit brew i’ve had .. . You could always subscribe to a site like Perfect Ten. I mean that could be anything, it could be a bowling site.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Sampled at Winterfest 2011: Slightest hints of nutmeg...clean, dark appearance with thin head...the pumpkin finish was a nice surprise, as most pumpkin porters tend to have a bold flavor, but this was turned up to the right volume. Summit does it again with a top-shelf beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (1028) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2011
On tap. Black body with a small tan head. Strong aroma of roast, smoke, pumpkin, spices and a hint of coffee. The flavor is similar, lots going on in this. Very smooth texture with a nice long finish. De-e-ecent!

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