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RATINGS: 1669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours a medium sized offwhite head with fair retention and a small bit of stringy lace clinging to my glass. Clear copper orange hued brew. Nose is gentle pumpkinny spices, light clove, some breadyness and ginger and maybe a slight note of pumpkin flesh. Body is medium, nice carbonation, kinda oily, from the spices maybe. Fresh pumpkin pie notes, dough and all with notes of citrus and maybe a hint of caramel malt showing through. Finish is spicey pumkin pie notes. Lasting and enjoyable. Nice pumpkin brew ST!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Inarguably the best pumpkin beer Ive 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 Ive 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Amazing aroma right off the bat, unlike any pumpkin beer Ive had before. Its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
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 Hunters 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 cant 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. Its almost a touch sweet, like butterscotch. Its almost hidden by the alcohol. The alcohol is a bit heavy, but I think its amplified by the huge bitterness. The aftertaste is like peat and oak... or whisky and bourbon. Its a huge and demanding flavor! Yowza! Nice autumn tones. It waylays! This should have a warning label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2007
22oz Bomber $5.99 Binnys, 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. Ive 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 cant put my finger on. Every spice in this beer is so perfectly balanced it becomes one, mouthwatering, entity. Even smells like theres 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 theres 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 its a weak point is because of the style and spicing. For a pumpkin beer its the most drinkable Ive ever expierenced but overall the spicing will do a number on you. I didnt expect this beer to be half this good. One of the best noses on a beer Ive come across in awhile. I cant tell there is one drop of alcohol in this beer and thats saying something for a beer so big. I could drink these all throughout the Fall and Winter. Southern Tier does not disappoint. 10/14/07

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigBeer45 (1230) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2007
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 cant 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
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.

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