On this pumpkin fueled roller coaster ride I started out slow then picked up speed but alas I think I may once again be on a downhill slope not because this beer is bad per se but rather I have run into another beer with an identity crisis, Epic Brewing’s Imperial Pumpkin Porter.
The Imperial Pumpkin Porter pours a deep black amber with some opacity. There is a little mocha coloured head that has good retention. Cold coffee and roasty chocolatiness on the nose. These rich notes carry on to the flavour of the porter. Imperial Pumpkin is medium bodied with a real chewiness in the mouthfeel. The depth of this beer carries the deep roasted malty and chocolate flavours quite well and the finish has a nice burnt quality yet I am having a tough time finding the pumpkin in this one. There is a bit of spiciness in the flavour but the earthiness that comes from real pumpkin eludes my palate. I also found the spices on the nose pretty subtle with the other flavours dominating not enhancing the pumpkin character.
As a porter I like this one but as a pumpkin beer I don’t think it is the best option out there so I am giving this one six out of a possible ten candy corns.