MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This brew poured a crystal clear, filtered, orange hue with a small beige head that quickly dissolved into a thin layer of scattered bubbles. Some very faint lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon...pretty much a whole pumpkin pie. Excellent!! The flavor consisted of gingerbread, cream, pumpkin, and nutmeg...along with some underlying caramel malt notes and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with very light carbonation and a lightly warming alcoholic finish. What else can be said? Simply, pumpkin pie in a glass! The best pumpkin beer I have ever had.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. At Coleís, Buffalo, NY. Also had a few times recently in the 22oz bottle. Clear amber pour, smallish foamy head. The aroma ... oh, MAN, that aroma. I sniffed for several minutes before tasting - I tired it in the bottle AFTER the tasting thinking something was unusual, but no, this beer really smells like this - to be specific, it smells EXACTLY like a fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin pie; up-front the breadiest, truest graham cracker crust with shortening aroma Iíve ever smelled not from real baking, plus real pumpkin, strong but not sweet nutmeg and cinnamon (very pungent), and I swear I could smell the dollop of fresh whipped cream on top too - just amazing, I gotta give this 10/10 - pumpkin beer cannot smell better than this. The taste follows - again, graham crackers, then actual pumpkin filling, and tons of bitterness - hops and the unsweetened spice .... hides that 9% pretty well, but I suspect part of the bitterness is from the booze. Average body, nice carbonation and of course astringency, long pungent bitter finish - really cleared my Dadís sinuses when he tried it. This is awesome stuff - I went back and bought the last 7 bottles they had a week later!
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Smells awesome - pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, light hops, brown sugar. Not overly spiced and pleasantly sweet. One of the best smelling beers Iíve ever had. Flavor is a little bland, and Iím not in love with the finish. But it is super creamy. Good beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. All I can say is fucking WOW. As good of a pumpkin beer as Iíve had. Mellow and sweet cream without all of the pumpkin spice/cinnamon bullshit most brewers use. I doubt thereís real pumpkin in here but thatís fine with me. Nice carbonation and like I said, the sweetness without being cloying is the key here. Very well done.
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtown harry,shared with him, Rudolf, and many others. One of the best aromas I have had the pleasure of sniffing! Pure pie, mostly pumpkin, but even some apple - stunning and unique. Dark orange, good sized white head. Taste is really good as well: very strong pumpkin, alcohol, spice, nutmeg - wow. Probably the best pumpkin beer I have ever tried and another winner by ST. Thanks for sharing Harry!!
sloth (2464) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
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 Iíve 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 Iíve 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 Iíve had before. Itís 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 Hunterís 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 canít 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. Itís almost a touch sweet, like butterscotch. Itís almost hidden by the alcohol. The alcohol is a bit heavy, but I think itís amplified by the huge bitterness. The aftertaste is like peat and oak... or whisky and bourbon. Itís 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
Binnyís, 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. Iíve 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 canít put my finger on. Every spice in this beer is so perfectly balanced it becomes one, mouthwatering, entity. Even smells like thereís 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 thereís 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 itís a weak point is because of the style and spicing. For a pumpkin beer itís the most drinkable Iíve ever expierenced but overall the spicing will do a number on you.
I didnít expect this beer to be half this good. One of the best noses on a beer Iíve come across in awhile. I canít tell there is one drop of alcohol in this beer and thatís saying something for a beer so big. I could drink these all throughout the Fall and Winter. Southern Tier does not disappoint.