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RATINGS: 1825   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, bit of vanilla and pumpkin. Taste is ... wow. Taste starts off with a bit of pumpkin and sweet caramel malt, with the nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin just blowing up as the taste progresses. Finish is very odd, bitter spices and very vegetal/medicinal. carbonation is fairly crisp, with a medium body. May try to age a bottle or two to try in a month or so, but right now, the lingering finish kind of throws off the whole beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours Texas orange with a little bit of off white head. Nice aroma. Smell like pumpkin pie filling, but on a graham cracker crust. Interesting. I don’t enjoy the flavor nearly as well as the aroma. Its tastey, but just not something that I need 22 ounces of. It starts of with the same character as the flavor, but the linger is odd flavor is a killer. Its kind of medicinal. Medium body, dancing carbonation are great. Again, the aftertaste is a killer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Damn, this beer is not very good. Aroma is a little bit meaty pumpkin, sour maltiness, and spices. Taste is very much the same, but not in a good way. I like pumpkin beers but this one misses the mark by far. Finishes sour and disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2818) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Mmmm, Ive had this in the fridge for a long time and finally decided to be unsocial and drink the 22 oz myself. Pours a dark orange with a thick white head. An amazing pumpkin pie aroma, full of fresh cut pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Taste is malty sweet, yet not cloyingly so, with lots of cinnamon, pumpkin. This was such a smooth drinking pumpkin beer with an exceptional taste that keeps you coming back for more. Almost a dessert beer because of the aroma and the best pumpkin beer I have ever had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 Bottle at JoeMcPhees. Think it was the first time i had this. The best pumpkin beer in terms of dead on flavor, the problem with this and chocolate IMO is how strong the flavor is it almost feels filling anyway. Vanilla, spice, some etoh, loads of pumpkin pie, cream and a hint a vanilla which almost reminds you of the whipped cream. Im gonna have to rerate this when i take a bomber to my head, but for the small sample its pretty awesome. ReRate Draft at Blind Tiger, with Reuben & Jen, as part of their pumpkin Promo. 15 lines i believe. All sampled as 5oz pours. Well im not feeling so discriptive today, but i wrote 3.9 on the paper eh im in accord.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours a cloudy orange with a small white froth. Earthy bitter spice aroma, floral. Great pumpkin flavor! Like biting into a pumpkin pie. The malts fill out the spices so nicely. Easy drinking, well carbonated body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
(on bottle) Effing love the graphics on this bottle. Clear orange color, steady white head. Nice aroma; muscat, vanilla, popcorn(?= and cloves. Creamy mouth, warm alcohol taste. Very nice, has some problems with the coco in the last finih, tho.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 22oz from MrBendo - thanks, Todd!! Ive been sitting on this one for a few months, and decided to crack it with an unseasonal dip in the temperature this evening. Looks nice, with some amber glowing, well carbonated goodness. Smells interesting, with a trace of butter (I swear, my first thought was microwaved popcorn) but definitely the guts of the pumpkin in there. Wow, this is pretty unforgiving in the pumpkin area isnt it? Its hardcore, and I can practically sense the piles of goop and seeds around me on old newspaper. Nice spices and malts are in there, along with peppery hops, and it redeems what might have otherwise been a one-dimensional beer.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2481) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Golden orange in colour, lingering white coloured head, good lacing. The aroma is all pumpkin and spice - cinnamon, cloves, some sugar sweetness. The flavour is again dominated by pumpkin. Lots of spice is also coming through. Spices in the mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes lingering, spicy, sweet with lots of pumpkin.

With the high alcohol content I was surprised that no alcohol was really all that noticable. You cant complain with the lack of pumpkin in this one. It became way too much at times making it a bit on the difficult side to drink.

650ml bottle from the Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
Opened on December 2, 2007.
No date.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5169) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Thanks for the bottle, iowaherkeye. The body is an opaque bright orange bronze color. This poured with a huge light peach head after a loud pop of the cap. The aroma is massive pumpkin pie with some nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also some rich tobacco character. The taste has some obvious canned pumpkin character and a long lasting nutmeg spice. The body is sticky and fairly thick. I would like something to balance out the strong nutmeg spice. Basically, this beer is tasted in only two dimensions. I would like something else in the flavor, but I guess it is as advertised. Decent, but did this need to be a 9% beer?


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