Epic Brewing - Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Time once again to review another pumpkin beer from the Cemetery fridge. Up this time is Epic Brewing's Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter. This one got me excited, as I had never had a pumpkin porter before. The cool thing about this beer is that you could see which release you had, identified by the sticker on the side (I had #10). I went to their site and saw when the beer was brewed, bottled and what ingredients were used. Cool!

Upon opening, the beer didn't have the spicy or sweet pumpkin scent that other pumpkin beers had. It poured thick and dark like a typical porter with a nice, light brown head.

The taste was that of a typical porter, too. No real pumpkin presence, but it had a nice chocolatey coffee flavor with a malty aftertaste. There was a hint of spice, although I really couldn't determine what it was.

I would definitely recommend this beer for the late fall/early winter season due to its hearty coffee flavor, but based on a scale with that of other pumpkin beers, this one didn't feel very "pumpkiny." The beer is brewed with a few spices, but they got masked by the forward flavors of chocolate and coffee.

Epic Brewing's Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter gets 2 out of 5 Drunken Jackos.


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