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RATINGS: 1811   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2556) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Bonus bottle from my want list courtesy of demitriustown. Thanks!
Pours clear and light orange with a huge white head. Smell is big, rich and actual meaty pumpkin like more so than the actual spices which are present but in milder doses than usual. Taste and body are both dull and odd to me. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, but I was not a fan of this beer at all, and am coming to find I donít care for much of anything this brewer makes. Obviously many love it, but I have many other pumpkin beers I prefer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2640) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle pours a hazy deep orange with a medium sized but dense and creamy beige head. Awsome, huge aroma of pumpkin pie. Buttery, allspoce and nutmeg. Flavor is more subdued, pumpkin for sure, but still spicey and a bit sweet. Vanilla, and bready as well. Lingering, bite at the end. Moderate carbonation. Smooth light palatte. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours a transparent golden-orange with a large off-white tinted head. Aroma of (surprise) pumpkin, sweet malt and a variety of spices with cinnamon being the most apparent. The flavor has a ginger quality as well as pumpkin, cloves, almonds and light caramel. Long finish with a nice cinnamon and clove character that lingers on the palate. Medium to full bodied with an oily texture and small carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours to a filtered glowing copper penny colored body with a tall frothy white head. The aroma can be smelled from many feet away. Vibrant pumpkin. This beer has the most real pumpkin smell Iíve had in a beer. An interesting deep caramelization and candied pecans or hickory nuts. Some sort of spice that Iím unfamiliar with. I could sit and smell this one for hours. The flavor is quite spicy but with this one I think itís more dominated by spicy hops and cardamom, star anise, and Chinese five spice. Very unique spices. Caramelized pumpkins and toasty malts. Rich mouthfeel is spiced and has a dry earthy feel. Nice carbonation. Extremely unique and the aroma is amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rumpleganjskin (34) - USA - JAN 4, 2008
I have a place in my heart for all pumpkin beers. I wish the pumpkin beer was as readily available all year long or at least as available as its idiot brother winter beer.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenverLogan (831) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 Amber color; small head. Great aroma and taste of lovely sweet pumpkin cookies or pie. Absolutely amazing. Taking pumpkin beers to a new level. Reminds me of the flavor of the early batch of New Glarus Apple...way back when...the big bottles when it tasted like liquid dutch apple pie. Buth this is a pumpkin which so often fails to satisfy. This Southern Tier Pumpking has an aroma of warm pumpkin pie...how do they do this?!! Itís sweet but lovely...not an everyday beer, but something yummy and I need more samples. Tasted again Sep 4, 2013 - Absolutely delicious...while most pumpkins are so-so, this stands out regardless of style as a spectacular brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours a clear copper. Thereís something here, maybe one of the spices that comes across almost woody and is just a little too much. Sweet malt doesnít quite come across as cloying. Creamy body. Better warm than it is cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Slightly hazy amber/orange body, thin cream head. Bready, sweet nose, with a crapload of cinnamon and nutmeg. Cakey, spicy body, like sucking on the contents of a cinnamon or nutmeg can. Bready malts. Sweet but never syrupy. Iíd never drink a full bottle, but I was really surprised by how much I liked this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Theis (13895) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle at Bagers (Thanks Sune). Clear amber - white head. Cookies, spicy cookies, bread, sweetness, perfumed, christmas cookies, spicey, (pumpkin ??), roasted. Wierd and ugly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sunevdj (3277) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
Thanks to Drewbeerme for hooking me up with this one. Pours a clear amber with a small head. Phew, very sweet with lots of cookie dough pumpkin and cinnamon. Also some nuts and toffee. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Long dry finish, again with cookie dough. I donīt understand this beer.

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