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RATINGS: 1821   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 650ml bottle, purchased at New Beer. Pour is gorgeous. Nose is absolutely incredible pumpkin pie crust, with a ginger and spice -10/10 is not enough. Taste is same with vanilla tones. PWNAGE Without a doubt the best VegtaBrew Iíve had. 4.55

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paleale80 (7) - Lansdowne, Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2009 does not count
As the name implies this is the KING of all pumpkin beers. Might be a tad sweet for some, but the aroma of this beer is second to none. This beer smells like fresh baked pumpkin pie. Itís unbelievable, Lacing is very good in this beer.This beer is so complex. You get an overload of pumpkin pie at first taste but then comes the huge malt backbone. Itís such a nice earthy malt flavor. This is a strong beer so be careful. Just because it tastes so good with no alcohol presence at all doesnt mean it wont knock you oout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1971) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Another gusher. I havenít opened any premium beers in months, and the last two have made a total mess of things. This pours with a hazed vermillion body beneath a raucous, fluffy, cream-colored head. Intense aroma is well-spiced and reminiscent of a hearty loaf of pumpkin bread, plenty of nutmeg and graham crackers. Deceptions abound when tasting this beer, since hop and malt character simply give way to the impression that you are consuming an alcohol-infused version of liquid pumpkin bread. Sticky mouthfeel with a mildly effervescent tingle. Hearty and pleasurable in a niche where many pumpkin beers simply cause me to emit another sigh. ~~~~~~~ Purchased October, 2007, Binnyís, Orland Park, IL

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4147) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Copper in color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is of autumn...with scents of pumpkin pie, squash, earth nuts and a pile of leaves. Taste is of fresh pumpkin, nuts, butternut squash and earth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Big thanks to bwyker for throwing this in on a recent trade. First whiff is pumpkin...bread. Yep, straight pumpkin bread and not pie. Nice orange color, white head. Ok, maybe this does have a little pumpkin pie to the aroma. The taste is pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, graham cracker crust, mmm. I only need about one pumpkin beer per year and this one hits the spot. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-30-2008 01:23:40

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a generally clear amber color with a thin white head. Smelling this beer in like a smack in the face -- the aroma is spicy and sweet with tons of aroma blasting through. Notes of spice, nutmeg, graham cracker, pumpkin, and other interesting smells. Flavor is probably less impressive than the nose but still great. Hearty notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, malt, spice, graham cracker, honey, and other sweetness. Generally light to medium body with a pleasing spicy and sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2775) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2009
2007 bottle, thanks to HogTownHarry and shared with him,. Appearance: Glorious hazy pumpkin orange colour, large pancake head. Aroma: íComfortingí like your grandmaís kitchen. Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, spices. Flavour: Like drinking liquefied pumpkin pie, delicious. Creamy, cinnamon and winter spices. Just incredible.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2009
bomber from a local private order. pours bright orange with little head or carbonation. huge gigerbread and pumpkin flesh aromas. fresh pumpkin pie. the flavour has tons of real pumpkin and the spice plays a secondary role. a touch to sweet and this takes away from its drinkability. i wouldnt change anything about this brew and would love to have it whenever i feel like an imperial pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4624) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Got this one from a trade, and wow. Pours a yellow gold with a nose that jerked my head away from the glass. Dang! Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, graham cracker, butter, spices, and lots of pumpkin goodness. Flavor is very similar with hints of sugar, spices, and all that is nice. Excellent pumpkin beer. Blows the rest away, except Cigar City Good Gourd, that beer can hang with the Pumking. Great job on this one, with well hidden alcohol presence, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 finally scored one of these from moelikebeer! many thanks.

pours a hazy coppery amber with a small creamy white head. drippy rings of lace form as the beer retreats.

the aroma packs a mean punch of real cooked pumpkin... iím talkiní relevent, real deal holyfield, MF pumpkin!... earthy cinnamon, wood, caramel, vanilla, flowers and real effen fresh ground nutmeg.

the palate is surprisingly NOT sweet. holy mother of gambrinus!...it contains the MOST real pumpkin flavor iíve had outside of eating a pumpkin... earthy gourd sweetness, vanilla woodiness, caramel/brown sugar/highly toasted almost burnt sugar, buttery short dough, a touch of umami and a floral hoppy finish with tons of cinnamon and spice.

smooth texture and soft carbonation make it luscious on the tongue. medium to full body which is not thick or syrupy... highly enjoyable. dare i say, sessionable?10/4/10/5/19/4.8

bottles from 2011 seem off...cooked, oxidized and generally meh 6/4/6/3/14

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