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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (835) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma is all pumpkin pie. Taste is mostly pumpkin with some spice and maybe nutmeg. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5338) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2008
I had the bottle of this the same day that I had the draft. The bottle was a poor imitation of the draft. This rating is for the draft. Sampled at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a dark amber color with a small yellow-white head. The aroma was sweet butterscotch, caramel and hazelnut. Very strong and appealing. The flavor was very strong with hazelnut, butterscotch and caramel with a touch of light hops and spices - mainly nutmeg and clove. The mouthfeel was very thick and syrupy. Delicious! Almost overwhelming. Intense but wonderful!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Very nice aroma, smells like a bakery. Spicy flavor, pumpkin with some vanilla. Stronger than most pumpkin beers, right at the top of this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 Pours a light amber with a small head. Wow, smells just like pumpkin pie. Nice flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
22oz bottle, fresh. Nose is straight pumpkin pie, taste is pretty close to pumpkin pie as well with a fair bit more malt than i expected, this is a bit too sweet and syrupy for me, although that is expected with ST, could have been more bubbly and light, still this is as close as pumpkin pie in a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevd193213 (903) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle. Light copper our with a thin off white head. Aroma of spiced pumpkin pie. Taste of pumpkins and sugar with a nice sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (554) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Nose is creamed corn, very unusual. Smells great though. Orange brassy color, light this head. A little spiced, caramel, pumpkin, and cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with nice creamsickle head. Nose is pumpkin, dough and spice. The flavor of pumpkin in this beer is INCREDIBLE. By far, the best pumpkin beer and the only one with discernable pumpkin. The others are pumpkin pie spice beers. I want more!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2008
From 22-oz bomber and purchased from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN, pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates nearly clean with some light spotty lacing. Aroma of pumpkin pie filling, a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, light sugar and caramel malt, Flavor is full bodied, very lightly carbonated with flavors of mostly pumpkin unlike all the other pumpkin ales I’ve tried over the years. More pumpkin flavor than any other flavors of caramel malt, and nutmeg. Finish has a semi-sweet aftertaste of pumpkin, a touch of wintergreen and nutmeg. Awesome. Using this one as a comparison to all other pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guerde (1210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2008
(bottle) Pours amber with a lingering white head. Upon first sniffing of this beer, all I smelled was a freshly baked pie crust, and none of the pumpkin or spices I expected. After letting it sit for a couple of minutes, I took another sniff and the crust had been replaced with an amazing pumpkin spice smell of cinnamon and nutmeg, but still none of that baked pumpkin. After letting the beer breathe some more, the third sniff came all together. The baked pumpkin was present, the spices, and the crust scents all coalesced into one big aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie. I even smelled the whipped cream topping as well. Now as amazing as the aroma is, the flavor was not as pronounced to begin with. The components are all there, with a light sweetness (which becomes stronger as the beer warms) to begin things, but it is not until the finish that the baked pumpkin, the crust, whipped cream, and the spices really showed up. The flavors are slightly stronger and begin to be displayed earlier as the beer warms which is a welcome improvement. Medium mouthfeel with a lingering baked pumpkin finish. This beer has definitely reached the pumpkin ale pinnacle for aroma, as I cannot think of another that smells so closely to pumpkin pie. The flavor is its only weakpoint in my opinion, as the boldness displayed in the aroma didn’t directly translate over, but still a very well done beer, and one I will gladly purchase again.

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