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RATINGS: 1897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca 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 it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2008
#1400. Tasted 9/2/08. 22oz bomber. First pour is relatively clear with an orange, amber golden hue. Sparse off-white head. Wow! this is a total pumpkin pie aroma. i’ve heard of brewers using canned pumpkin in their batches, but this is personified. But it’s the whole deal, spices, crust and filling. Crazy nose. Full bodied and damn fina. Lotta spice and character, but something odd stands out. Metallic from the chill? Odd spicing? There’s something that just holds this one back a little...Sticky, lingering finish. Subtle hop character and the alcohol is also rather well masked. Slight buttery undertone. Sticky and crisp. For as smooth as it is, the bitter character rears its head and kinda ruins the roll. This is definitely the biggest pumpkin I’ve ever had, but not my favorite. Sticky cloying finsih. Second and final pour is rather more heady and dissipating. Same character. More slight esters are shining underneath the spices. Cherry raspberry and tart cranberry nuances. The spices overwhelm the palate, but a lot shows up on the proximity. Toasty cookie malt character. Rather sticky finish. Lingering and cloying. It’s almost as if the palate is not as much, if not accompanied by the aroma, which is substantial. This si good, but not as good as my hometown hero, Schlafly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3702) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Bottle. Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma of cinnamon and gingersnap cookies. Flavor of slight pumpkin and more gingersnaps and gingerbread cookies. I don’t know what people are referring to when they say this tastes like pumpkin pie--because it doesn’t. Maybe pie crust? It’s pretty decent though, at least if you like gingersnaps.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Bottle shared with GMCC2181, poured a nice clear amber color with aroma of spice, nutmeg, and fresh baked pumpkin pie. Taste is exactly like pumpkin pie, spices, graham crackers, ginger and a nice alcohol finish. the best pumpkin brew I have had!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skidney (6) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2008 does not count
Pours clear light amber with a small white head. Aroma is that of freshly baked pumpkin pies. The taste starts semi sweet with tastes of carmel, nutmeg and pumpkin followed by a fast burst of bitterness that ends quickly and then moves to a long spiced pumpkin pie taste. This is an amazing beer that I will drink on a regular basis. Treat yourself to one of these the next time you go to the store,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (871) - 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 (6542) - 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 (150) - 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 (988) - 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.

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