Travlr (26436) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Draft murky maroon color, small beige head. Aroma of burnt coffe grounds and gourd. Taste has prunes, dates, espresso. Very nice. ao125 (18) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
It’s important to note that there are two versions of this beer - one brewed by DC Brau, on site in Washington DC. The other is brewed on site in Salt Lake City Utah by Epic brewing.
This review is for the DC Brau version.
A: Dark, similar to any other porter. Hints of copper in the thick foam
S: Roast, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla
T: This is a really well balanced beer. A lot of "pumpkin" beers hit you over the head with piles of cinnamon. That isn’t the case with this beer. You really do get a lot of the sweetness and flavor of the pumpkin, which is balanced out with deep roast typically found with DC Brau’s "Penn Quarter Porter". The other spices round out the flavor, but don’t overwhelm.
M: Smooth going down. Alcohol definitely sneaks up on you.
O: So far, this is one of my favorite "pumpkin" beers, because it really IS about the pumpkin, and not about how much spice you can cram into a beer.
Serving type: on-tap Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Served on draft at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of pumpkin, smoke and faint spicy notes. The taste is smoke, nuts, roasted malts, pumpkin and a sweet finish. Medium bodied. Nice. evanlarkin (315) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Very small tan head into a black beer with ruby tinges. Smell is very nice, buttered pumpkin, cinnamon/spice cake, vanilla. Slight booziness. Taste is lots of woodiness and vanilla. Burnt wood reminds me of coffee. Much drier than smell, and a little booze on the tongue. Very nice. lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Growler straight from the brewery. A murky deep mahogany pour with a smallish creamy mocha head. A lovely autumnal aroma. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin pie, coffee, cola, and caramel maltiness dominate. Medium-bodied and pretty smooth on the way down. Very light caramel upfront in the taste. Some bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder follows. Cola in the middle. Finishes with some roasty black coffee bitterness. A tad dry. A faint smokiness, some raw squash, and lots of pumpkin pie spice throughout. Tasty stuff!
nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Tap at Birreria Paradiso. Reddish black body, steady beige head. a really balanced pumpkin porter, very drinkable. Not so forward in the pumpkin, lots of chocolate. Mellow bitter coffee notes complement the pumpkin. Really well executed. radagast83 (8625) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. 99.9% certain this is the DC Brau version. Poured a near-pitch black color with a off-white (tan/medium-brown) head. Aroma was creamy sweet notes - I’d say a tad latic, with notes of squash/pumpkin. Roasted malts, creamy bitter-sweet chocolates. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Serving: Draft at Fireworks Leesburg. Cloudy brown pour with a thin tan head. The nose is pumpkin, light molasses, earth and a good bit of roasted malt. The flavor seems to emphasize the gourd up front with dark caramel, light molasses and finishes with a slight earthy bitterness. Medium bodied. Pretty solid.