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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Clear amber color with a lasting little cream colored head. The nose has a little pumpkin pie spice to it, but Iím getting more hazelnut than anything else, both in the nose and the taste. Caramel sweetness, cinnamon, nutmeg but I just canít get past the nuttiness. It has that artificial hazelnut taste I donít like from the Rogue hazelnut. I have another bottle at home I will have to drink to see if this is an aberation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
A: Poured into my Sam Adams glass it has a crystal clear amber orange body with some white lacing on the surface. S: Pumpkin pie. T: Pumpkin pie, but with more malt and bitterness than a real pie. Could have been a bit sweeter. M: Medium bodied. D: I was actually very surprised when I saw that this was 9% ABV. This is a pretty decent pumpkin beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a clear pumpkin orange with a thick white head that dies quick and doesnt really lace. Such a shocking smell. I thought Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin was huge but this takes the er.. pie. Literally like a fresh one of Grandmas famous pumpkin pies was shoved in my nostrils. Tastes the same as the smell. I feel like I should be putting whip cream on this beer. Big pumpkin, nutmeg, maybe cinnemon. Unbelievable. ABV is non existant. Full in the mouth and is thick but delicious. I didnt sip this, I ate this beer up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bright orange color with a white head; good retention and lacing. Aromas of baked pumpkin and various spices. Taste is sweet, cookie-like, with some pumpkin, candi sugar, and spice. Less than medium carbonation with body right between light and medium. Probably the best pumpkin beer Iíve had; all others have left me wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6500) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2007
22. Thanks, Goldtwins! Wow, this one is really aiming for that pie-like quality. Pours a very slightly hazy dark amber with a nice moussy white head that settles quickly, leaving rings and a film of foam. Huge pie spice nose--very sweet and candied and powdery; you almost think you have ground spices in your nose. Medium body, tingling carb. Huge spicy mid-palate and finish. This one tastes like pumpkin pie spice at every stage. Borderline overly sweet, but very tasty if youíre in the mood for such a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
2007-11-30, bottle at PapsÝís Blind Tasting, 7-4-6-3-13=33
Hazy golden color. Very strong aroma of cookies, spiced with a lot of sweet cinnamon. Medium malty body and sweetness, again with the very strong (sweet cinnamon) cookie character. Odd but pleasant.

2007-10-05, draught at Brickseller, Washington DC, 6-3-6-3-13=31
Golden color. Crispy cookie aroma, surprising (with delicate cinnamon). Good body, malty, with a cookie flavor (speculoos, Joris would say). As a beer itís a bit off the track, but itís quite good. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Big lasting off white head on a deep golden body; Very special nutty, cardamom peel nose; Soft texture a little fatty body, bitter and sweet; Very aromatic finish, lots of cardamom seed aroma with a late bitter bite. Very special beer, somehow the aroma and texture seems very artificial and not to well fitting to a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Bottle, courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours just like the description, deep copper, small, off-white head. Aroma is cinnamon, caramel, clove and ginger. Flavor is more of the same with some sugar cookie dough thrown in. This beer really came into itís own as it warmed up to room temperature. Very well done pumpkin beer. Iíve got one in the cellar, Iíll see if time will work itís magic on this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
yespr (33804) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2007
From bottle, no 12 at Papsoes blindtasting. Pours slight hazy orange with a lacing head. Heavy heavy cardemomme aroma, slight cinnamon on top. Flavour is strangely spiced, reminds me of baking powder. Has a slight soapy flavour/feel. Ends with subdued ginger note. Overspiced and soapy. Yet it isnít terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours a clear amber orange color with a tan head. Aroma is pumpkin and some nutmeg. Flavor is pumpkin, a hint of cinnamon, and nutmeg.

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