Summit Unchained 05 Imperial Pumpkin Porter

 
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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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! Nates 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2010
On tap at Pizza Luce. I found this wonderful. A very dark, roasted, full-bodied porter with a really nice dose of pumpkin flavor. I love that its actual pumpkin rather than pumpkin spices--roast malt with pumpkin flavor is a great combo here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Interesting beer. Pours a dark brown color with medium light brown head. Aroma is of light pumpkin pie, roasted malt, chocolate and notes of coffee. Taste is full on impy porter with rich chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and roasted malt, but in the finish comes the pumpkin pie. Wonderfully played out. I knew this was either going to be really good or horrible, and its damn tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Excellent brew. Mahogany body and superpb lacing. Mostly dark roasted malts and spices but faint pumpkin.

4.2
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle, pours a pitch black body with chocolate brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, pumpkin, nutmeg, and a hint of clove. Taste is chocolate and toasted malts with hints of spice and pumpkin throughout the palate. Slightly bitter and spicy on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (1115) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours near black with a mocha colored head. Aroma is of hops, dry pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice. Smells like a pumpkin pie without the sweetness and cinnamon scents. Light bitterness and a medium body. I would buy this one again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (2544) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2010
16 oz. pour, on tap at Groveland Tap in St. Paul, MN. Pours an opaque, rich, chocolate dark brown. Moderate amount of taupe head. Aroma features chocolate with an unmistakable pumpkin and spicy character. Nice smell. Chocolate taste. A pumpkin spiciness and lightly vegetal character emerges in the flavor eventually. The pumpkin thankfully is muted in the taste. Some tar. Gingerbread cookie. A touch milky. Dark, dry, bitter chocolate finish. Dry, roasted coffee bitter aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Silky in the palate. Nice liveliness. A bit of a challenge to imbibe due to its thickness. Unmistakably a big, substantial beer. This beer rates an across-the-board-solid 3.7. Im pleasantly surprised, given that Im generally a fan neither of porters nor of pumpkin beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dregs (20) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Aroma: Coffee, spicy malty aroma Appearance: Black with a fluffy light brown head. Taste: heavy sweetness with a light hop flavor. Palate: This is a full bodied beer with a slick feel, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Overall: This is easily Summits best offering in their unchained series and sadly their most over the top beer. This is a great beer much better than my first tasting at the muddy pig in st. paul. however this was a bad first taste as it was following a bells batch 9000. I would definitely order/drink this again!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2030) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour, a little cookie colored carbonation and an aroma of heavy pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is plenty of earthy peat initially, pumpkin, subtle spices and finishes creamy. Not bad, but I cant see myself drinking this on a regular basis.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 Bottle to glass. Not much head, plenty lacing though. Nose is burnt malt and some dark coco. Flavor is awesome. Smokey peat, burnt malt and coffee and chocolate notes. Just great. Nice and thick. Another great Unchained beer.


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