RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed on: October 10, 2011. Packaged on October 25, 2011. Our first ever collaborative beer has all the familiar flavors of the season, but done with Epic style. To a base of strong, roasty, and chocolaty porter, we add 200 pounds of real pumpkin per batch, five spice and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. As you pour this deeply ruby brown beer, you’re greeted by the aroma of fresh cut squash, followed by rich chocolate. The flavor starts sweet with marshmallow, vanilla, and some pumpkin pie, then yields to a coffee roast and dark chocolate dryness. This beer is a great introduction for curious drinkers and a special holiday treat for fans of the style.

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GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
Release #6. Nice cloudy brown with a beige head rhat leaves a little lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, ginger, cloves, figs, chocolate. Slightly spicy on the palate with some upfront maltiness followed by a slightly bitter and vegetal finish. Taste is pumpkin pie, chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla. A little lacking in depth and a touch unbalanced.

HenryXXX (238) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
Release #6. Pours a rusty root beer brown with a creamy tan head. The nose is vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. It also has hints of bitter chocolate. The pallet is pumpkin pie, burnt sugar, vanilla, spiced cake, and chocolate. It finshes with a bitter hoppiness and bitter sweet chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Ernest (7863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2012

Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.

Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with a strong note of nutmeg/mace.

Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.

Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.

Very overspiced. Nutmeggy odor all virtually obliterates everything else (or what little else I could detect). Yikes. Easy, boys, you don’t need so much of that stuff! Too many cooks spoiled the broth? Flavor balance is not bad, a little sour though.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light ginger. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a one finger tan head with decent retention. The flavor starts with moderate sweet chocolate and a touch of fruit. The finish has moderate-heavy cinnamon with lighter nutmeg and ginger. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, it’s tasty, but it seems more like a spiced Stout/Porter than a pumpkin beer.

MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Really excited about this beer- but somewhat dissappointing. Nose was not great. Flavors of roasted malts, distant chocolate, nuttiness. Some pumpkin upfront. Ended w/ an unpleasant vegetal/ medicinal note. Might be decent after aging a year? Not too enjoyable.

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Release #7.

A: The body is a deep garnet with brown on the edges and a thin tan head.

S: The aroma is mostly of the porter characteristics, roasted malts, light smoke, and chocolate, no pumpkin noticed in the aroma hints of spices.

T: Vanilla is upfront with light spices and pumpkin flavors that are quickly taken over by a heavy roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors.

M: Medium to thick bodied with medium sharp carbonation.

O: The pumpkin flavors are really subdued, but that’s a good thing. The vanilla is an interesting addition to a really solid porter.

Thisis12ptfont (1225) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Found this bottle interesting because I had just homebrewed a Pumpkin spice porter myself. Pumpkin spice is dominate on the aroma with some other fain notes of cocoa and clove. Appears a purple-ish black color with very tamed foam. Strong chocolate and coffee notes upfront with an assertive pumpkin background. Full-bodied with some pleasant earthy/smokey texture to it. Overall, this is a very well done Pumpkin Black Ale. Fairly similar to my homebrew except, this one contains more chocolate and earthy notes. I am very fond of this ale. A must try. I’d give this an A+ rating.

maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with very little head to it. Great notes of pumpkin and chocolate in the nose. I’m not even a huge pumpkin fan and I like this. Really interesting flavor palate. Pumpkin up front with chocolaty flavors coming in underneath. Surprised at just how much I like this. Great find.

hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2012
what i live 4 blocks from brewery?! ok ill drink their beer. often. pour: porterishky brown, complementary head. nose: amber/dark malts, pumpkin meat, slight hop bitters. mouth: malty sweet, pumpkinish, pie spices. have had a many pumpkin porters, and this is certainly different, can almost touch into stout flavorings, otherwise to the point of pumpkin ales for this season,

Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 A pumpkin and spice nose. Pours a dark brown with a foamy, mostly diminishing tan head and nice lacing. Taste is mildly sweet. Some vegetable, spice, chocolate, and bitter coffee notes at the end. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. Overall, interesting, but not one I'd buy again.

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