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RATINGS: 1723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Pumking is an ode to Pca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pca 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 its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
pours dark gold with a tight off white head. Aroma is nice pumpkin, a touch of spice but not as much nutmeg and allspice as most pumpkins I’ve had. Flavour is biscuity graham cracker malt, nice pumpkin through the finish and a touch of bitterness. Excellent pumpkin beer and the 9% is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Bottles from johnykat and kmeves. Thanks guys! Strong aroma of pumpkin, some spice, cinnamon, caramel, and earthy hops. Hazy amber color with no head. Initial clovey spice, followed by cinnamon, vegetal pumpkin, caramel, and lingering spice. Some booze. Big bodied beer with lots of stuff going on. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2008
22oz bottle. Wow, pumpkin aroma is intense and very enjoyable. In addition to the pumpkin, there are background notes of caramelized sugar, herbal/earthy hops, and pie crust. Honest to God, this smells like a pumpkin pie. The initial taste is pumpkin, rum-like alcohol, brown sugar, and slightly herbal followed by caramel malt, rum, a somewhat more vegetal pumpkin flavor that is a little more rough than in the aroma, and spice. Alcohol warmth, maybe a little too hot, at the finish. A residual sweetness at the end that doesn’t seem out of place. I wish I had another bottle for Thanksgiving.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours hazy orange with no head. Big pumpkin pie aroma. First sip is aggressive, and there might be a little bit too much going on in this beer, as some of the flavors seem to conflict with each other. The cloying, cinnamon predominance is hard for me to get used to, but it does get better with every sip, which saves this beer for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2008
Courtesy of Tpa975. Pours a nice clear orange with white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet pumpkin, almost cookie dough. Taste is again very sweet, buttery, malty with cookie/biscuit and butetrscotch. Feels like drinking a liquid perfect pumpkin pie. The beer is so well balanced between the spices that for ocne are not overtaking the beer, and the sweetness of the pumpkin. Leaves a nice aftertaste of nutmeg, connamon. ST has once again outdone itself. This beer is pure "pagan" pleasure. Too bad, the Florida weather is not a little colder. The setting would had been perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
What an unbelievably rich and well balanced brew. Aroma is strong- magnificent in every way. Strong blend of sweet cinnamon and brown sugar. Noticeable pumpkin pie on the nose. Appearance is a vibrant orange colour, translucent with little to no head. Taste is virtually flawless, one of the highest i’ve rated in quite a while. Again sweet flavors of cinnamon, clove, gram cracker crust and fresh baked pumpkin pie. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2008
22oz bottle. Nice orange pour. Brilliant aroma of pumpkin and pie crust, creating an excellent pumpkin pie illusion. Some alcohol in there as well. Taste starts off slightly watery, but the pumpkin and bread quickly catch up and solidify the flavor. Spices are very subtle compared with other pumpkin ales. Alcohol is high but only a bit noticeable. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agl108 (786) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2008
22 oz. bomber. Poured hazy burnt orange with minimal head. Aroma of pumpkin pie crust. Flavor is remarkably similar to a slightly burnt pumpkin pie with some notes of nutmeg. Rich and spicy. Nice offering but I could never drink more than one of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2008
11 oz. draft on tap at The Galway Tribes (Frankfort, IL). Pure heaven! Poured a decent amber with small offwhite head with some amazing aroma action. Aromas of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, and cinnamon, with some nice sweet notes on the backend, reminding me of caramel and light creaminess. Taste is the same, medium bodied and not over bearing, with a wonderful taste profile and a touch of hoppy bitter finish that I really enjoyed. This beer was top notch. A warmer for sure, but not remarkably boozy. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2008
650ml bottle poured into an English pint. STP pours orange with a small thin head. The aroma is heavy with cinnamon and brown sugar. The first taste is like a punch on the throat! A huge, over-bearing wallop of cinnamon completely dominates the flavor. The second taste shows no mercy either. I’ll say that this is the most aggressive pumpkin(g) beer I’ve had. The body is medium and the finish is warm and sugary. It’s rare to say it but this would be a better beer if it was more balanced.

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