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RATINGS: 1821   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Pumking is an ode to Pķca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pķca 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 itís alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let itís 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 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 JoeMcPheeís. 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.

   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.

   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, thoī.

   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!! Iíve 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 isnít it? Itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2465) - 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 canít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5158) - 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?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Poured a yellow-gold with thin ivory head. Smells amazing, just like a spicy pumpkin pie. Taste is in line with the aroma, again strongly reminiscent of pumpkin pie - nutmeg, clove and cinnamon with a mild hint of a doughy- pulpy essense which makes it feel like a bite of pie. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, pretty much non-existant to my tastes. I really like the strong tasting/unusual beers when done well, and this is the best pumpkin beer, and one of, if not the best, spice beers I have had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Poured a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma of complete pumpkin pie, no other way to describe it. Flavor is also the best pumpkin pie beer iíve ever had, just a bit too much ginger for a 10. Much like the choklat, maybe not the greatest beer, but perfect for what it is supposed to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
Orange beer with soft off white head and lace. An aroma that at first comes across as pie spices but there is something on the nose that I just canít ID. A flavor of pie but again a flavor I canít name. Finishes with a very unusual but pleasant flavor as well. Soldid palate and good carbonation. A very good seasonal one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14482) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to TheWolf. Pours orange with a off white head. Heavy spiced aroma. Pepper/grain & pumpkin. Wow - mega powerful & concentrated taste with a scent of cinnamon. Special & different experience! Truly a Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer!

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