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RATINGS: 1671   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Not my favorite pumpkin beer. Appearance was a nice and amber. Aroma was strangely sweet was a heavy veg and spice smell. The taste was also a little strange, with heavy spices and more of the pumpkin/veggie. Not for me. There are much bettter pumpkin brews out there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
Bottled. Clear dark golden coloured with amedium sized white head. Very sweet with notes of herbs, perfume, xmas spices, cookies and pumpkin? Not good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
inultus (16) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2008
A great fall beer. Amazing flavor, tastes like home cooking in the fall, spices, pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Too sweet to drink an entire bottle by yourself, but amazing as a bottle to share. My favorite Oktoberfest bier I’ve had thus far, just a bit too sweet is all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured pale amber with a moderate sized tan head. Spice dominates the aroma, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and chai most notable; this smells like a candle store around Christmas. i found that the spice was also a bit too strong on the palate. This was tasty, but I really didn’t find much pumpkin; this seemed more like a winter warmer to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle: Hazy orange, light head and lacing. Nose of cooking squash, allspice and sweet cookie dough with cinnamon. The flavor is pegged, cool whip and all. Full-on pie or pumpkin milkshake with some corny vegetal notes that work well with it. Friend says carrot soup, I don’t see it though. Good stuff!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (13280) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle at HogTownHarry Fest ’08. Again thanks to Harry for this one. The brewer needs a really good seasoning. Don’t know what that means, but apparently it was hilariously funny on the night. Amber colour with thin beige head. Too spicy for me. Cinnamon and banana bread. Cereal with dried banana in it. Some ginger. There is something there I can’t quite place. It’s weird, but ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1-12-08 bottle
Beautiful IPA head over a clear orange amber color. Strange yeasty pumpkin spice clove smell. Sweet funky taste. Creamy nice palate. Taste is strong and not subtle - alcohol is not very well masked. Overly sweet flavor. I just don’t think I will ever really like pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée et claire. Nez épicé (cannelle, muscade), malté de biscuits graham, léger de citrouille et de pain avec de faibles notes d’alcool. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, moyennement crémeuse et aux faibles notes sirupeuses. Goût assez épicé (muscade, cannelle, pain d’épice, notes de gingembre, de vanille et de réglisse noire, présentes toute la gorgée) avec un moyen goût de citrouille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de biscuits graham, de pain, léger de caramel doux et sucré (notes de sucre bonbon et de bonbons à la cannelle). Parallèlement l’on assiste à un pic de goût épicé (pain d’épice) puis en finale l’on retrouve un léger regain de goût de cannelle avec un léger goût de houblon herbeux avec de petites notes de légumes bouillis ainsi que des notes d’alcool doux. Post-goût long et un peu sec, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux avec un goût épicé (muscade, cannelle et pain d’épices, léger de gingembre), léger de citrouille ainsi que de faibles notes d’alcool.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle (Many thanks to HogTownHarry). Well, this was just not for me at all. Unbelievably cloying and sweet and over spiced. I really struggled through this one. Noticeable alcohol and one dimensionally sweet/sugary. I’m kind of sorry for rating it so low as its rated so high here, but on the other hand i just couldn’t get into this one at all. Not a good experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
A Sim rate (bottle at ChrisO’s): Cinnamon graham cracker aroma. The next sniff is like broken chips of wood, then some bizarre spices and a bit of sweet potato. The head looks like washing-up liquid was involved. Tastes like graham crackers (again) and banana. So spicy, woody and wheaty. Despite what all the boys said, I quite liked this one!

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