Epic Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Porter (Batch #24)

Epic Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Brewed by: Epic Brewing Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Porter
  • Variation: American, Imperial (Double)
  • Seasonal: Yes
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • IBU: N/A

Notes: A member of Epic Brewing’s “Exponential Series.”

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

The essence of the fall! This beer explodes with aromas of sweet spices giving way to chocolate and roasted malt. Flavors are reminiscent of fresh-cut pumpkin and chocolate and complimented by hints of clove, fresh Madagascar vanilla beans, nutmeg and allspice.

Hops: Nugget, Perle, Tettnang

Malts: Maris Otter, 2-Row Brewers Malt, Crystal, Munic Malt Type I (light), 2-Row Chocolate Malt, Carafa III

Additional: Pumpkin Puree, Vanilla Bean, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves

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First Impressions

Artwork: Follows the Exponential Series brand label template, replacing the hop cone with pumpkins.

Color: Pitch black.

Aroma: Sweet bread and malt, with subtle hint of spice.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22oz Bottle

Served in: Goblet

Over the summer we drank an Epic Brewing Company Sour Apple Saison and really enjoyed it. So when it came time to select pumpkin beers for review, reaching for their Imperial Pumpkin Porter was an easy choice.

This beer was originally brewed as a collaboration with DC Brau. With two locations (Salt Lake City and Denver), Epic brews simultaneous batches of their Exponential Series releases. Batches 24-28 of Imperial Pumpkin Porter were brewed and bottled in July 2015, and our bottles were from Batch 24 in Salt Lake City.

Epic Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Porter poured a modest 1-2 finger tall cream colored head. Its cap slowly died down, and left behind a thin coating of creamy froth for the remainder of the glass. This dark ale was lightly carbonated, with a satiny-smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

If Epic’s goal was to brew an unobtrusive pumpkin ale, they were quite successful. Both the aroma and flavor of this dark ale were minimal, and not in a bad way — the pumpkin and spice were just not too overpowering. On the nose it was mostly dark malt and sweet bread or biscuit, with just a hint of allspice.

On the palate, this porter delivered everything you would expect out of an imperialized version, with a pleasing sprinkle of spice to boot. Its trademark porter characteristics were up front, with chocolate and some dark malty goodness. From there a subtle blend of pumpkin and spices — mostly allspice and cloves appeared for the finish. Our palates were left with a lingering dark roast.

Not being too heavy handed with the pumpkin and spice is what made Imperial Pumpkin Porter work so well. If you have friends who cannot stand pumpkin ales, just peel the label off and tell them it’s a gently spiced porter or dark winter ale. They will never know…

Final Score: 4/5

4 Stars

Epic Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Porter is one of the best pumpkin ales we’ve ever had. This porter’s dusky, imperial base was excellent in its own right, and its pleasing blend of gentle spices made it that much more appealing.

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