Starr Hill Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter

Formerly brewed at Starr Hill
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Crozet, Virginia USA


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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Boxcar Pumpkin Porter is a traditional English-style Brown Porter with pumpkin added to the mash. Light spicing allows the subtle flavors of pumpkin and roasty porter to shine through. Boxcar is a session beer at 5.2% and very drinkable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2012
I was excited to try a pumpkin porter, because I really am not a fan of traditional pumpkin ales and I thought this approach might offer more depth and character. Unfortunately, I found the beer watery and thin, the spices didn’t taste real, and I missed the punch of hops to get the fruit of the pumpkin across to me.

drowland (9186) - Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2017
11/25/17. On tap at 5 Points Growlers, Lumpkin, Athens. Retired? I guess it's back from the dead! Black pour with a small tan head. Light pumpkin spice aroma, gourd, chocolate. Okay flavor, chocolate, gourd, pumpkin spice. Not bad.

keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2016
I like pumpkin beers like this. It's not over powering at all. Nice bit of pumpkin pie spice in the aroma and flavor. Easy drinking with a bit smokiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jsmerig (1725) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pours a dark ruby red. Aroma of nutmeg and other spices. Taste is dark and sweet with pumpkin ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color tht appears black and nearly opaque in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacin left behind. Slightly smokey, robust dark malt aroma with a prominent autumnal spice presence. Strong roast character with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and dark chocolate. This is countered by heavy spices, especially allspice, coriander, clove and ginger. Some pumpkin purée in there as well with sweeter dark malt notes, notably chocolate and toffee. Somewhat artificial smelling with a overpowering potpourri scent that overwhelms the pumpkin. Smells like an overly spiced porter with just a touch of pumpkin. Lighter bodied than expected with an overwhelming autumnal spice presence and acrid burnt malt flavors. I’m not picking up any pumpkin at all, just burnt malt and dry spice. Lots of pepper, clove and ginger without much else on the spice front to balance things out. Also, the malt character is lacking sweetness with overly dry charcoal flavor. Hints of ashtray, burnt wood and charred toast making this beer intensely dry and unpleasant. Even a little bit of pumpkin or sweeter malt flavor would help this beer but as is, it’s a mess of a beer that I dumped down the drain.

katrinaez (2358) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Light but pleasant pumpkin aroma. Smooth and creamy taste. Pumpkin taste is also light but it hits the back of your throat. Drinkable. Tap.

bth122 (1704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Bottle. Gram cracker cinnamon cracker aroma. Caramel malt and toasted malt. Medium body. Nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

anders37 (27667) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
Draft @ DAS BEST Oktoberfest, Baltimore. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate spicy pumpkin aroma. Roasted malty spicy pumpkin flavor with hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty spicy pumpkin and chocolate finish.

nearbeer (5671) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Pint on tap. Opaque, deep chocolate body has just a smattering of enduring bubbles. Nose is mocha, pie spice and a nice touch of squash. Tastes of spiced pumpkin on the front turn to dry cocoa and dark coffee. Finish is a nice mix of all the flavors with a lightly sour squash note. Near-medium body has a nice balance and a smooth, low-medium carbonation.

BeerdedDave (2010) - Beckley, USA - SEP 9, 2015
on tap at the brewery; dark brown-black color; nice aroma of pumpkins and roasted malt; pumpkin flavor blended with roasted malts to make it more tolerable; as much as I hate pumpkin beers, the dark, roasted malts make this one work

bkurtz (1151) - LITHUANIA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle - Pours a clear brown with amber highlights. Aromas of allspice and clove (pumpkin pie) somewhat artificial. Taste is muddles with some tartness, spice, caramel; it’s all over the place, not for me.

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