BoxCarr

Virginia
United States
Starr Hill Box Carr Pumpkin Porter
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
70
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
26 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20
Description 

Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter is a traditional English-style Brown Porter with pumpkin added to the mash. Light spicing allows the subtle flavors of pumpkin and roasty porter to shine through. Boxcarr is a session beer at 4.7% and very drinkable.

Profile

ABV: 
4.7%
IBUs: 
20
Hops: 
East Kent Goldings
Malts: 
2-Row, Caramela and Chocolate
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
70
Aroma:
16 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
26 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

You either love or loathe pumpkin beer season – there’s no in-between. Unfortunately for this beer, I’m of the latter. I’m not sure when most pumpkin beers became straight spice beers, but I wish they’d be as they sound: A beer with some actual pumpkin in it. This pumpkin porter unquestionably went the spice route. It pours an admittedly beautiful very deep brown that is nearly black. You can only really see through its garnet edges, but it seems to have great clarity to go along with a fluffy tan head. It opens with a huge bouquet of spices. Nutmeg takes the forefront and overwhelms most of the rest, but there is some cinnamon, allspice and finally a touch of pumpkin following behind. Hidden well underneath all of this is a light roastiness and some toffee sweetness from the base porter style. The flavor is also spice-driven, though not quite as nutmeg-dominant as the aroma, and it intermingles with allspice, cinnamon, peppercorn and clove notes. All of this spice combines with a fairly light body to make the beer feel like potpourri on the tongue. There’s just barely enough porter there to remind you this is, in fact, a beer. These type of beers are meant to have the spices be complementary to the base beer, but in this case they completely overtake the porter. A little more porter and much less spice would do this beer wonders.

Brewery Introduction

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a... Read More

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