Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap! Bridge View Tavern. Wow! What an awesome desert! Nice fluffy head! Ginger spices and cream! Delicious balance of alcohol and flavor!
Itís a Christmas Mirical!
canes89 (31) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It really is pumpkin pie! Didnít get to try this last season ,but now Im making up for it, early . What a treat .No hint of booziness, which is always the key to good beer. Enjoy this while it lasts .
57md (3) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The light copper color appeared a bit more pale than the bottled version of regular Punking, but darker than the on-tap version of regular Pumking. The offering had little head. The nose was extraordinary - vanilla and spice dominate.
The taste is a bit more balanced than the regular version. I love Pumking, but I understand that many feel the beer is cloying or syrupy. If you feel that way, you should try the oak-aged version. It does temper the sweetness of the regular version.
Truth-be-told, the oak adds little of its own flavor, it but it does VERY well at balancing what is already present.
PhillyCraft (5484) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Capones. First glass of the keg, pours the usual glowing pumpking colored orange with minimal head and tons of lacing patterns stick to my inner glass. Aromas of bannana bread, pumpkin pie, buttery oak, vanilla. Taste is just like the original pumking but with less vanilla, and a little more complexity from the wood and aging process, it is also way smoother then the standard version. Other smaller notes of caramel, spice, graham cracker, and even some pineapple hiding in there. Awesome brew with a silky mouth, still my favorite pumpkin beer.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great tasting beer. If you like pumking theres no way you wont like this one. It was better then I expected and it wasnt was i expected ethier. The oaking was very light for what I expected. But it complemented very well. Worth seeking out in my opinion, Hope this gets bottled in the future. It has lots of spice and a very full body, with a nice oak finish. Nice beer
ChadPolenz (1650) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oak aging is something you tend to associate with imperial stouts, but Southern Tier has shown that can work well with other styles such as barleywines, imperials IPAs, and pumpkin ales. Their famous "Pumking" beer is one of the most highly acclaimed brews of the style, and theyíve managed to offer a new version by oak aging it in 2011 for a tap-only release. While itís only slightly different than the original version, itís still a fantastic beer in its own right.
I got a 16oz growler fill of a 2011keg from Westmere Beverage. I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Light orange/dark gold color. Mostly clear but with just a bit of haze. Forms a small head with a vigorous pour, which mostly evaporates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Taste: Southern Tier Pumking has often been described as liquid pumpkin pie and Iíd agree with that for sure, although itís a beer that seems to focus more on the crust than the pie filling itself. Graham cracker crust is the most familiar taste found in the palate here. Itís a delicious combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and pureed pumpkin that dominate and drive the palate. Itís lightly bitter up front with a quick taste of cinnamon followed by pumpkin and a smooth sweetness of vanilla from the oak not found in the traditional bottle and tap versions. It finishes with the sweet and spicy mix of cinnamon and nutmeg and the graham cracker flavor. Even the aftertaste is pleasant - not crisp and clean, but not cloying or dry either. Not a trace of alcohol anywhere in the palate. Amazing and delicious.
Drinkability: Iíd give Southern Tier Oak Aged Pumking a high score due to the palate alone, but itís the smooth drinkability that clinches it for me. The mouthfeel is perfect as itís not overly effervescent, but not thin and tepid either. Thereís a slightly creamy texture despite the lack of head (in this case probably due to the oak aging). Itís actually not that big of a beer at 8.6% ABV, although it definitely has the robustness of such . A perfect beer to pair with pumpkin pie or enjoy as a dessert in a glass.
DocLock (9675) - 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.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler filled at Daveís Bellport Cold Beer & Soda and consumed that night. Pours a mostly clear orange with a thin-moderate off white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. Fantastic aroma of fresh pumpkins with very light pumpkin pie spices and just a hint of vanilla. The flavor is wonderful with ample fresh pumpkin and just a bit of spice. The oak is definitely secondary and makes its appearance towards the finish adding some subtle oak and vanilla which compliments the pumpkin perfectly. Medium-full bodied. Well-rounded on the palate. Exceptional.
Clarkdvm (428) - Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft in St Pete Fl. Glorious beer. Best pumpkin by far. Canít place aroma- unique as is the taste. Taste- vanilla, nutmeg and some oak. Simply blessed offering.. and I donít care for fruity stuff typically.
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden appearance. Nearly no head. Pumpkin and spice nose. Medium low carbonation. Pumpkin flavor. No hop presence. Long smooth finish.