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RATINGS: 1820   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Pumking is an ode to Pķca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pķca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed. Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow itís alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let itís deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape the Pumking.
2007 - Brown Label 7.9% ABV w/text & logo on bottlecap
2008 - Brown Label 9.0% ABV w/text & logo on bottlecap
2009 - Orange Label 9.0% ABV w/text & logo on bottlecap
2010 - Orange Label 9.0% ABV w/logo only on bottlecap
2011 - Orange wood grain background label 8.6% ABV and Southern Tier logotype in two lines.
2012 - Same as 2011 label 8.6% ABV, silver/black/white bottlecap.
2013 - Same as 2012 label and bottle cap 8.6% ABV, date stamp in green text.
2014 - New label design w/orange/white/green, 8.6% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - NOV 2, 2009
bottle thanks to corey70. pours a rich orange/amber with off white head. aroma is insane with pumpkin pie and spice. drinks extremely easy at 9% and is just a flood of liquid pumpkin pie. the flavor makes you think back to your youth when you get that first piece of pie for the season. finishes with nice cinnamon and nutmeg and just begs to be chugged. absolutly the best pumpkin beer iíve had to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle via trade thanks to truehumand on BA. Pours clear pumpkin orange with a dissipating off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin, pumpkin spices, gingerbread, corn, and biscuit. Flavor is sweet and very pumpkin pie like with loads of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, butternut squash, and some bready pale malt. Palate is smooth and creamy and slightly warming. Finish is long. Nice pumpkin beer overall, but maybe not quite the king of pumps (or pums I guess - what happened to the other P?).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Shyam and the Bang-Golly Beer Club. They have a VARIETY of beers. Had waited for this a long time so I am happy it could be my 900th rating. Nose is very full with clove, nutmeg, sugar, cinnamon, maybe a hazelnut, and then very authentic pumpkin. A but on the vegetable side rather than pie, but very good. Full notes of pie crust as well. Color is rather transparent and a standard orange gold. Flavor is much like the aroma, with the soft, sweet pumpkin notes kind of subdued by the spice, which I would take or leave. Texture is not nearly as thick as I would like (yeah, my standard is Big Black Pumpkin) but this is still good, if not comforting. Really good - glad I had it, may even seek out again. PS, barrel age this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (3969) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Cletus. Clear orange appearance. Aroma is dry spices and a large element of kettle corn. Quite the autumn smell. Kettle corn and candy corn dominate the taste. Taste is way too dry though and the spices stand unbalanced. Few flavors stand with you past the finish and they are not outstanding flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
walrussell (162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Okay, I like this beer, but it tastes like a scented candle. It smells like a scented candle too, but not as much as the flavor. Vanilla, cinnamon, some clove. Alcohol incredibly well hidden. Taste is all pumpkin, without very litttle bready beer flavors underneath. Mildly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2009
22 oz bottle..hazy amber pour,thin wispy head ,some lacing .The aroma is sweet and reminds me of ginger bread.The flavor is very similar,very sweet ,cake,cinnamon,spices,vanilla and maybe a touch of pumpkin not much.The body is on the thin side and the finish is a touch bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2320) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle from ÷lbutikken. Pours orange with lots of carbonation and hardly any head. Dry christmas spicy aroma. Pumpkin, paprika and spicy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2982) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Clear amber color with a true pumpkin pie aroma. One sip and your palate is treated to nutmeg, pumpkin, clove, and brown sugar. For a pumpkin beer, this one is a real treat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Nice pumpkin aroma. Typical pour. Way too much on the brown sugar. Dry, possibly too dry finish yet sticky on the lips at the same time. Too much spice and kinda harsh. Could not finish the bomber. Iíll save my other bottle for next year and hope for the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1559) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a very thin white head. Very sweet aroma of pumpkin, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg, and sweet cream. Way too sweet flavor but the pumpkin is there. There is really no way I will finish this entire bottle on my own. If itís pumpkin you are going for you will get that here; unfortunately it is just way too sweet for me...The side of the bottle suggests pouring this into a goblet at 40 degrees F. Initially in following this suggestion I was a bit overwhelmed by the sweetness of this beer. After this has sat some I will say that it does get better with a combination of the open glass and the increased temperature. However, I still donít think I will finish the bottle.

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