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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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bomber. Forgive me but, yes, it pours a clear pumpkin orange with a small dirty white head. The head quickly settles to just a few pools of bubbles. Unmistakable pumpkin pie aroma - no need to light a pumpkin spice candle if one of these is being poured. Aggressive pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and anise. Very sweet but somehow dryish finish and creamy texture. This is no decorative miniature pumpkin. I liked it but did feel that it was too heavily spiced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bomber courtesy of GMCC2181. Pours a clear dark golf with a half finger white head. Nose smells like real pie filling, cinnamon, spice, etc. I had the Weyerbacher Pumpkin last night and that smelled more manufactured like a pumpkin candle. Taste is real pumpkin pie spices, not over the top at all. I swear I can taste the crust too. Its got a little alcohol burn in the finish but not bad. Medium mouth feel. This is good stuff. Thanks G-Diddy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Sampled side by side with Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin and Dogfish Head Punkin. Pours a deep copper color with orange highlights with a small sticky foamy head. Aroma is first pumpkin, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor follows the same pattern, big pumpkin taste with pie spices and a touch of caramel malt playing a secondary role. Its nearly the opposite of many "pumpkin" brews, which tend to be all spice. Also not as sweet as some. Alcohol is well hidden to the point of being close to undetectable. Nearly creamy on the palate. This is my new pumpkin brew baseline. Definitely the king of the three!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Unlike most pumpkin beers i have had this had a more authentic pumpkin flavor as opposed to a pumpkin pie flavor. The difference is in the amount of spices. There were nutmeg, all spice and other spices but the were softer than most pumpkin beers. A nice copper hue with a thin off white head. Palate could have been fuller, otherwise a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured a copper/orange with a three finger white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin. Flavor was pumpkin and spice with a slight malt taste. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (714) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle. Orange color, some carbonation, minimal head. Flavor is roasted malt, pumpkin seed, pumpkin pie spice, ripe fruit. Medium-light bodied. Lingering sweetness, just looked at the ABV, hot damn! Yeah, this is some pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle. Deep copper orange in color with a nice fluffy white head. Spicy clove pumpkiny aroma. Vanilla fruity notes. Pumpkin spicy malty flavor. Caramel notes. Medium bodied. Finish is spicy. Very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1925) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Robust malt and spice aroma. Clear orange color with a small off white head. Bread and spice flavor fading in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
omhper (20567) - Tyres, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 Bottled, thanks PilsnerPeter! Clear deep golden, minimal head. Overpowering gingersnaps aroma. Very sweet with thick, dense mouthfeel. A one flavour beer - fatty gingersnaps and sweet potatoe is the clostes I can relate to. Very sugary, extremely sweet and very powerful. Alcohol and syrup dominates the finish along with this extreme spice flavour. As subtle as an elephant in an antique store and as refreshing as tabasco. A beer for sipping in minimal amounts, but that really has no depth or even any pleasant flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Aroma and taste of pumpkin spices. A little over spiced for my liking. I say less pumpkin, more beer.

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