Leighton (13528) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Ginger Man, NYC. Pours clear amber with a foamy, off-white head. Nice pumpkin, bread and spice aroma. Flavor is not nearly as sweet as I remember the regular version of this beer being. It’s rather bready almost, with some slight doughy character. Plenty of pumpkin and spice, like ginger and cinnamon. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Faintly warming finish, more toasty bread-dough, spices, rich pumpkin. The ’oak’ presence really only came through slightly for me in the form of some modest woody alcohol in the finish. Overall a pretty damn good beer, and quite a bit more subdued than a lot of Southern Tier’s other offerings.
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A golden amber ale with almost no head. In aroma, a rather nutty butterscotch malt with cinnamon notes, buttery yet nice, buttered popcorn. In mouth, a smooth woody butterscotch malt, with cinnamon points, very nice. On tap at Barcade Brooklyn, Dec. 30 2011.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewvival 2012. Pours clear golden with a tan white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of candy corn, pumpkin, vanilla, caramel, faint wood. Overly sweet. The taste is pumpkin, hops, caramel, vanilla, oak, earthy notes. Medium bodied. Still smells like the sickly sweet regular crap but the taste is better.
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a clear golden/orange color with a small sized head. Aromas of roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin and some spices. Tastes of pumpkins, vanilla, spices, and some woodiness.
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Gingerman in NYC. Pours impossibly clear gold with a small, white head. Medium lace. Full pumpkin pie nose with an emphasis on buttery crust and creamy dessert. Rich and clean. No off character. Taste is a bit plasticy and dull moving to that characteristic pumpkin pie and buttery crust insanity known in the regular Pumking. Super rich dessert profile. Yeah, it’s a one trick pony but if you love pumpkin pie this is the most intense beer of the style. Not a lot of finesse like Cigar City Good Gourd; more of smack in the face. Palate is rich and buttery yet effervescent and clean playing with your mind...diacetyl or no? I think it’s an illusion from so much sugar content and coating mouthfeel. Heavier body than an imperial stout. Huge dessert heaviness is counteracted by quite a bit of leafy hops and lavender soap. Can’t really place "oak" in here but I like it. Just know what to expect: liquid pumpkin pie.
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at Gallo’s during the Southern Tier Smorgasbord on 01/25/2012. The beer pours a clear orange color with a minimal white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Pumpkiny aroma that is pretty much dead on with the regular Pumking. Notes of bready malt and ginger in the nose too. Full-bodied but drier and less syrupy than the regular one. As a matter of fact had I not known it was oak-aged I probably would have just figured it was a few months old. Lots of pumpkin flavor along with ginger and vanilla. The finish is sweet and leaves a lingering pumpkin aftertaste. Frighteningly easy to drink, and a very good beer.
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one knocked it out of the park. The pour was gold with off-white head. Nose was pumpkin puree and spices, big graham cracker, oak. Tasted of huge graham crackers, pumpkin, with a well integrated oak flavor that melded seamlessly with the rest of the beer. This one was absolutely delicious.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours with a hazed golden-orange hued body with a small white head. Aromas are bready, biscuity, nutmeg, toasted spices. Glorious. So bready and malty, graham cracker, light vanillin, clove and cinnamon. Flavors are super malty, bready, oak, ginger, graham cracker. Sooo much malt character. Some nutmeg, a touch nutty, cinnamon, medium oak, crackers, tannin, spice and vanilla. Medium bubbles, fuller body and a bit warming. Very tasty.
swoopjones (6737) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Dont know why i dont like pumking. Very flat light copper pour. Very nice aromas of pie crust, nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice/. The oak seems to hide meekly under all the pumpkin pie spice. I suppose some people will love this, just not me
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours clear golden orange with a thin white head. Creamy vanilla and pumpkin spice aroma. Not a lot of oak in the flavor at all, mostly vanilla, pumpkin spice, cream, and toast. Obviously on the sweeter side, but not overly so. Good, not great.