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RATINGS: 1739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca 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 it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s 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


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle into Pizza Port pint; purchases at Binny’s, Niles IL. Crystal clear pumpkin orange in the glass, initial white head of medium size dissipates quickly to the thinnest of dustings. Smells like yeasty pumpkin pie; not sure I like it, but if you like pumpkin pie, I’m guessing you would. Same on the flavor: creamy texture, lactic sweetness, very natural in the flavors, and the spiciness of the pie flavor lingers in the finish. One of the best "spice" beers I’ve had; I’m just not a huge pumpkin fan, I guess.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3113) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2008
wow, what an amzing aroma on this beer. LOADS of pie spices, it smells just like i’m drkinking a pumpkin pie!!! the flavour is a little less complete, lots of cinnamon, caramom, and all spice. Not much else in here, i’m not getting much hops or malt, its like pie in a bottle.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Thanks to rustychiles for the share. Pours a beautiful luminescent orange with no head. The aroma is absolutely heavenly on this. Full of pumpkin, butterscotch, and especially nutmeg. Almost too much nutmeg. Flavor exactly reflects the aroma. Alcohol was very well hidden; didn’t poke through and ruin the taste at all. A treat.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy of santa. Pours a clear orange with a small soapy head. Aroma of warm pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg, cloves, spices, butterscotch. Flavor is pumpkin,nutmeg,cloves, spices. Very pumpkin-pie like unlike a lot of pumpkin beers it seems less artificial and forced. Nice mouthfeel and a little nutmeg bitterness in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Bottle from VA. Clear orange with no head. It really does smell and taste just like pumpkin pie with lots of cinnamon. Yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a thin bubbly off-white head. The aroma......oh my god - liquid pumpkin pie. NO LIE! Down to the cool whip and crust, it is there! I’m almost afraid to taste it because I don’t want to be disappointed. Ok.....drinking it. The taste definetely focuses on the crust of the pie, and also the pumpkin and spices. There is a hint of alcohol and hoppiness, that is wish was even more pushed into the background.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
An absolutely incredible beer. Spectacular out of the bottle but damn near ambrosia on tap. Well balanced pumpkin pie flavor and a crisp finish to the malty body. Sumptuous pie spice aroma with faint pumpkin in there as well. Truly divine in front of a fire.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 WOW. Huge thanks to GMCC2181 for knocking my socks off with this one. Up front, I am not and have not been a huge fan of spicey/pimpkin beers, but this one was so spot on that even I loved it. Looks, smells, and tastes just like pumpkin pie, seriously. Even the crust is in there. All that’s missing is a scoop of ice cream. This one is thick, creamy, and pumpkin pie in every way. AWESOME.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abcfan (723) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Wow, aroma is amazing on this brew! Smells like pumpkin pie on a graham cracker crust, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. Taste is pretty much the same, very nice pumpkin taste throughout, with a sweet graham/cream finish. this one is dangerously delicious.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of lots and lots of nutmeg, some cinnamon and clove. Flavor has sweet malt and all those spices. Really a big spice bomb, a bit grating on the tongue by glass’s end. For me, this was a far cry from Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin or even Southampton Pumpkin. 6-4-5-3-11/2.9

Rerate yields a much-improved feeling about the nose, very impressively rich in spices that practically warm you before you even take a sip. Aside from that, pretty much the same opinion as before.


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