Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Reviewed by on October 7, 2016 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Epic Brewing Company

  • Origin: Salt Lake City, UT, US

  • Rated On: October 7, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Oktoberfest is done for another year, and so we turn to that other seasonal affectation, the pumpkin spice ale!  Epic Brewing’s Imperial version is the only new one to thus far show up in our neck of the woods.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear (I think), very dark orange-tinted brown colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some disintegrating iceberg shelf lace around the glass as it slowly wafts away.

It smells of earthy mashed pumpkin puree, some clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger spice, bready and doughy caramel malt, a fairly sour milkiness, bittersweet cocoa, free-range ash, and some subtle earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness.  The taste is chocolate liqueur, vegetal pumpkin flesh, now muddled seasonal spices, stale cream, a hint of dark orchard fruitiness (cherry or plum?), some gentle oily nuttiness, real vanilla pods, and more tame earthy and herbal green hop bitters.  The carbonation is quite light on its fizzy and frothy feet, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of roast and burgeoning alcohol heat getting in the way of a fully good time here.  It finishes trending dry, the spice and booze taking the reins of this veering and careening ride.

Overall, this turns out to be pretty much what it proclaims: porter, pumpkin, and an ‘imperial’ level of wowee sauce – toss in some middling pie-friendly spice, muss it all up into a good lather, and sit back and enjoy.  My only caveat is don’t go in expecting a sweet confection sort of experience – this is certainly more stiff mixed drink than pumpkin latte in nature.

Brady White

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