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Unchained Series - Imperial Pumpkin Porter by Summit Brewing Company
American Porter
7.50 % ABV

Review by bakes on 07/24/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
One of many Tip Top brews over the years... its time has come.

Pours opaque brown with a tan head that hangs around pretty well. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice combined with sweet dark fruit and malt, maybe some molasses and burnt sugar.

OK, aside: One of my favorite flavors in this world is my mom's spice cookies. Nate Stats has somehow driven from Minnesota to Owego, snuck into my mom's house in Owego NY, and stole a big-ass batch of batter to add to this beer. Starts off with a dark round maltiness which immediately yields to a heady spice component - nutmeg, mace, allspice, hints of ginger - along with a deep dark blackstrap molasses flavor that just freaking *works* for this boy. Faint licorice. Underlying sweet, doughy pumpkin and toasted bready malts. All of the flavors tie together beautifully. Almost an Old Peculier note in here. Mouthfeel is solid, maybe a little tingly.

Dunno what the other people who've tried it think, but this is seriously working for me - and I'm NOT a big spiced beer person. Enough molasses and dark maltiness to make it work. Thanks man!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 11/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 17 5 8 2010
Very black with a thin cocoa tan foam appearing after a brisk pour. Strange lacing in extremely strecthed out and long cob webbings.

Aroma is mild but forward with a nice spice ringing over the top of some deep roasty chocolate and very dark toffee. Spices are there, but not overly so, smallish all spice, cinnamon, and clove, more so fresh vanilla pods and a bit of molasses. Not much on any real pumpkin that I can get from it, yet is solid orf a porter.

Dryish, bold, dark tone in flavors with black malt, heavy dusted dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, slight coffee bite, but mostly on a slight oaty, tangy roasted edge then sweet. But does have a bit of figgyness and toffee to it pulling in from underneath. Quite complex and full of impessionable, subtle depth with notes to all sorts of fluffy ascents of spices; cinnamon, clove, and all spice. Ghosted by an after thought, or deeper impression of pumpkin shows very late among the finishing dark tangy leftovers.

Medium/fullish creamy, oily, slick, and creamy body with an entrapped sense of dark blackened dryness, tang, roast, and spice. Very well put together and complex with a fulfilling mouthfeel that coats the palate like a thick dessert of pie or cheesecake.

Its Great Northern Porter with a little boost of spice and some extra girth of roast and depth. Nice! Another solid brew in the unchained series that is finally showing a great side of craftability from Summit. Way over due. Looking forward to see what they brew next

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 11/19/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 3 7 12 2 6 2010
Pours a deep black with a finger or so of fizzy deep brown head. The foam settles quickly to leave about a 1/4 inch of thick foam and a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smells of roasted malt with a nice touch of light chocolate and a bit of burnt malty bitterness. A touch of pumpkin spice and clove comes through faintly in the aroma too. Just a very small hint of coffee in there too.

Prickly carbonation on the tongue with lots of roast and light sweetness. Chocolate and a bit of coffee grounds up front. Touch of allspice and pumpkin spice comes through with just a hint of pumpkin pie crush flavor making it's way through the big roasty malt notes. The spice becomes more apparent in the aftertaste once the roasted malt flavor has subsided and the pumpkin sits on the tongue for a short bit.

Much more of a porter than a pumpkin beer which is nice although the pumpkin really is covered up and barely allowed to show through the big roasted malt aroma and flavor. The carbonation is more than I like from a porter although I know they have to force carbonate many times when working with pumpkin and other adjuncts.

Served In: Pint Glass

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