Tasting Notes: Starr Hill Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter

The Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter is a complete and utter disappointment from an otherwise trustworthy and reliable Starr Hill. If you must know more, read on.

For starters, there’s very little nose to the beer. A slight hint of spice, no hint of pumpkin, and little or no smell of beer. Being a porter, I’d have some expectation of smelling the toasted grain or a hint of oats. Here, nothing.

The only high note; when aggressively poured into a glass, the rich color of the porter filled the glass and did not let any noticeable light through it, and a rich tan head formed along the top.

Going down, the beer is smooth and easy to drink, but just like the smell, the flavor is a let-down. The smell directly translates into taste. There’s only a slight taste of pumpkin spice. I can’t exactly pin if it’s a clove or nutmeg, so I’ll just call it pumpkin spice. There is no residual taste of the orange gourd and the beer itself is pretty tame.

In short, if seasonal pumpkin microbrew is what you’re looking for, there are probably better choices out there. One that I’ve recently enjoyed is the Ichabod Crandall from Devil’s Backbone Brewery.

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