BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inarguably the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had. This beer was delicious, with what tasted a great deal like a very good pumpkin pie with tons of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. Even the mouthfeel, which was smooth and rich, reminded me of the custard-like texture of pumpkin pie.
The beer poured a rich copper red color with abundant and durable head atop it. Aroma was fantastic - tons of warm winter-feeling spices, like opening a spice cabinet or entering a spice shop. Mouthfeel and flavor were as I’ve described above, and superlative, particularly for this style.
Highly recommended. If this beer is sold in your area this fall, go out and get some!
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing aroma right off the bat, unlike any pumpkin beer I’ve had before. It’s light on spice but heavy on sweet caramel, almost like butter. Flavor is similar, tasty sweet sugary pumpkin. Clear orange color with decent head and steady carbonation rising from the bottom. Medium body that finishes pleasantly.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Imperial Pumking is a shimmering jewel of an ale with excellent clarity. It is a solid amber with a finger of dust-colored foam that dissipates to a thin, waxing crescent Hunter’s moon. It has a juicy and spicy bouquet. Cassia, biscuits and ginger are looming in the nose. Earth tones blend with a cherry apple cider deep in the aroma. Exciting! It is heavy on the tongue and slick on the mouth. Its large thin carbonation can’t cut through after your tongue is rendered numb. It feels hot from the alcohol. Very chewy. The flavor has pumpkin pie, spicy gingerread, black peppercorns, caroway rye and corriander. It’s almost a touch sweet, like butterscotch. It’s almost hidden by the alcohol. The alcohol is a bit heavy, but I think it’s amplified by the huge bitterness. The aftertaste is like peat and oak... or whisky and bourbon. It’s a huge and demanding flavor! Yowza! Nice autumn tones. It waylays! This should have a warning label.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Binny’s, Orland Park
Pumking pours a chill hazed orange that is absolutely glowing. A one finger white head appears on the pour that quickly falls to a thin skimming with a collar. Carbonation appears on the low side with a few streams of tiny bubbles crawling to the surface.
The nose on this beer is amazing. I’ve never smelled another beer that so perfectly captures the season as Pumking. Pumpkin along with cinnamon, nutmeg, some brown sugar, and a few other spices I can’t put my finger on. Every spice in this beer is so perfectly balanced it becomes one, mouthwatering, entity. Even smells like there’s a dollop of whipped cream on top. Unbelievable getting this kind of aroma in a beer.
The mouthfeel is identical to the aroma. The spicing becomes a little bolder but is still perfectly balanced. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the two most prominant but there’s other spicing as well, all over the top of that great pumpkin background.
Medium bodied and creamy with sluggish carbonation. The lack of carbonation lets the spices dance through the mouth creating the feel of Autumn.
The drinkability is the only bad thing about this beer. The only reason it’s a weak point is because of the style and spicing. For a pumpkin beer it’s the most drinkable I’ve ever expierenced but overall the spicing will do a number on you.
I didn’t expect this beer to be half this good. One of the best noses on a beer I’ve come across in awhile. I can’t tell there is one drop of alcohol in this beer and that’s saying something for a beer so big. I could drink these all throughout the Fall and Winter. Southern Tier does not disappoint.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Aroma: Huge pumpkin pie spice aroma. Cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg. Graham cracker, vanilla, and a slight medicinal note. Appearance: Dark amber/orange in color and clear. Light khaki head was full and foamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Grainy maltiness with some light caramel. Spices kick in strong. Vanilla, ginger, and light alcohol. Slight medicinal taste into the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: Glad I shared this because the spices dominated the flavor and made it hard to finish. If they toned down the spice in the flavor, this would be awesome.
BigBeer45 (1175) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Bomber Bottle: Poured a light amber with orange on the edges, few off-white bubbles, aroma of ginger cookies as the cap came off,
more ginger cookies when poured, oats and flower (the kind you bake with) to make cookies, reminds me of cookie dough mix before placing in the oven,
some cinnamon, faint pumpkin-vegetable and sweet fragrances, a sip brought flavors of cinnamon, faint brown sugar and clove-pepper, real faint vegetable flavor,
I could not pin down a pumpkin flavor but was enjoyable anyway, some alcohol warmth in the mouth but I thought the 9% was pretty well hidden,
this was even on the tongue and had nice carbonation, this was nicely done, the aroma was almost heavenly,
like sticking my nose into a cookie jar of oatmeal ginger cookies, the spices did not wear down my tongue like some other heavy handed spice beers,
I just wish the pumpkin aroma and flavor were more pronounced, I think this would make a nice after dinner dessert drink on a cool evening.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… a bottle this fall and the beer did not appear to be the same stuff, aroma had pumpkin-vegetable that did not come across as balanced with the spices, flavor was off and I did not enjoy at all, I struggled through this wondering what happened to the wonderful brew I enjoyed a year ago, I can’t believe how much the aroma and flavor has changed from last years bottle, if S.T. revised the recipe then they ruined a great drink, yuck! Rating for 2008 bottle 6-4-4-4-9 for total of 2.7, rating is a combination of both ratings.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from whole foods lincoln park, Chicago. A deep amber with orange hint with medium white head. Aroma is primarily pumpkin with ginger, and other spices. Flavor is also very pumpkiny with interesting spice mixed with a large malt presence. Very smooth and full bodied. An excellent pumpkin beer.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep rich amber with deep rich aromas of ginger, clove, vanilla, brown sugar, and pumpkin. Quite possibly the most aromatic pumpkin beer I have tried. Flavor is full with the spices of a pumpkin pie and is yet balanced with the flavors of the malt.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The nose on this beer was fantastic. Perfect pumpkin smell with some light spices. It really had me thinking I was smelling a fresh baked pumpkin pie. The flavor was good but at sometimes a little too much spices. All in all it was very smooth and balanced. Nice mouthfeel.
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was not your normal pumkin beer, very unique flavors that made this one really stand out among the rest.