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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%
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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4091) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2010
I was told by the guys selling it to me that this one leaned really heavily toward the pumpkin. Hardly. The gist of the other ratings gets it right: this is a powerful imperial porter, so much so that the spicy inflections typical of a pumpkin beer (when given plenty of winter spices and not just a pumpkin character) have a hard time coming through. I found that to be the case even with warming. Theres a lot of dark, roasted, even burnt flavors, but quite enjoyable. Imperial Porters have a lot going for them in terms of palate, too. Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
dark brown/black pour with a medium dark tan head. aroma is initially lots of chocolate on the pour, then ginger/nutmeg spice and roasted pumpkin. hints of roasted coffee as well. Flavour has a fair bit of dark roast coffee bitterness. chocolate combines well with the hint of pumpkin, and the spice is present but not overwhelming. Still, those dark roast flavours run the show. Overall, I like it. Bit of burnt bitterness lingering in the finish though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5706) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin tan head that slowly disappears with plenty of spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, chocolate, a hint of nutmeg, and some cinnamon. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of pumpkin spice, chocolate malt, a hint of floral hops and some nutmeg. Finish is semi-dry with a nutmeg, chocolate aftertaste. Pumpkin character is hidden under the chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste. Allow this one to warm up to really enjoy the pumpkin spice and chocolate malt flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1290) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 (bottle) Pours black with a very thin tan head that rings around the snifter with very little lacing. Aroma is pretty much what I expected, with plenty of roasted malt, chocolate, and baked pumpkin pairing well together. In addition to this pairing is a decent amount of nutmeg and allspice which provides an earthy character to the beer. As this warms, a significant amount of smoke and over-extracted coffee is present, and it could stand to be diminished as it clashes with the pumpkin. Flavor also presents a similar effect, but in this case the ashy and astringent malt really overpowers the chocolate, spices, and especially the pumpkin which is regrettable. Only on the finish is the pumpkin able to resurface somewhat which creates a pleasant effect upon exhalation. Faint smoke too. Mouthfeel is slick and medium with smooth carbonation. Overall, a decent pumpkin/porter amalgamation, but it couldve used more pumpkin and less astringent and charred "Scan-stoutish" qualities.

5
   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 shouldnt deter those that are on the fence. You wouldnt even know it if it wasnt in the name. In my opinion a must for the holidays coming up.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2302) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2010
On tap at bricks. Pour is black brown with a creamy suddsy head and strong lacing. Aroma is good brunt malt and pumpkin. Taste is more burnt roasted malt and spiced pumpkin. Palate is full and creamy with a sticky chaulky finish. Not bad, interesting style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
On tap at 3 Squares in Maple Grove. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and some spices. Rich flavors including roasted malt, chocolate, herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and some vegetable notes. Medium body with medium carbonation. A pretty creative brew with plenty of flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4905) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (7146) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Tap at Stub and Heres. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is spice and char and also a bit vegetable. Spicy cinnamon and ginger flavor with a nice roasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9774) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Tap. At Muddy Pig. Very dark pour with a hint of red at the edges when held up to light. Thin brown head. Nose is mildly herby. Smooth mouthfeel with chocolate, Christmas spices, and a hint of pumpkin. Slightly bitter finish. Very good.


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