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RATINGS: 1694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4017) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 On tap at the Trivia Pub. Clear ubiquitous pale yellow american lager color and appearance. Pretty thick bubbly head. Very spicy aroma of spiced pumpkin pie of course. The taste is; oh yes, lots of pumpkin, more than I have ever tasted in a pumpkin beer before. Oh yes, oh yes, pumpkin flavors galore. This is welcomed because so many pumpkin beers Iíve tasted have had pumpkin spice but not much pumpkin. However, the strong alky impact of this imperial beer is a little too much for my girlie taste buds. The oppressiveness of the brew makes it at times difficult to enjoy, certainly on the imperial level at 9%! Has some decent carbonation for a tingle. Finish is like pumpkin pie and whiskey, whew. Bitter lingering alky malt finish that hangs for a while after the session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Pours copper/orange. Aroma is nice. Not overwhelmingly spicy. Super pumpkin pie, very buttery pie crust aroma is very evident. That buttery flavor is even more pronounced in the flavor. My initial response is that this is awesome, but I think it might be a little cloying. that 9% is totally concealed. This is probably my favorite fall seasonal ever. Assuming itís around for a while I will definitely enjoy one of these on a brisk autumn evening or thanksgiving dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2007
22 oz- Pours a nice amber with a small white bubbly head. Obviously strong scents of nutmeg,spices, and gingerbread. Tastes of the same. Way too strong in spices for me, but if you like pumpkin, this is the one for you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 bought 22oz at the southern tier brewing co’s attached pub. deep orange-amber color with an off-white head. gingerbread, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel (sounds like the ingredients to a pie, i know). not very strong alcohol taste. it’s the first pumpkin brew that’s ever impressed me, and it makes a delicious fall treat. bartender suggested putting whipped cream on top? not sure about that but it might be worth a try...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4778) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle: Awesome aroma. The major component is ginger bread cookie along with some cinnamon covered almonds, and faint pumpkin. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small off-white yellow tinted head that fades somewhat quickly. The flavor has a lots of ginger bread cookie right from the. There is a moderate pumpkin backbone with some light caramel. This has more actual pumpkin flavor than any other pumpkin beer Iíve had. The finish has a nice cinnamon and clove character that lingers on the palate. Alcohol is nonexistent in the aroma and flavor. Medium-full bodied with an slick oily texture with mild carbonation. This goes down way too easy for 9%. My new favorite pumpkin beer. This is very impressive if you like pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Amber color with a smaller ages paper colored head. Windmill cookie aromas complete with ginger, Cinnamon and almonds. Pleasant, but nothing too extraordinary. Initial coconut macaroon flavors in the start. This one seems to has the cookie theme covered. No alcohol detected. Certainly a spiced brew, but a stronger pumpkin tart than your normal pie flavored brews. Tasty in a sweet treat/dessert type brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2007
22 oz bottle. Copper amber color. Very clear with a white head. The aroma is malty with a solid pumpkin presence. Really quite good with pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Damn! That is one pumpkin tasting beer. Malty pumpkin is the dominant flavor and I am not referencing spice. You get a big mouthful of pumpkin in this one with allspice and cinnamon being secondary to the gourd. Full body and a bit thick on the tongue. Good stuff but not my favorite. I like a little more spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 A very different but wonderful beer. Pours dark orange with a small head. Lots of pumpkin flavor but not to overwhelming. Some cinnamon and cloves help soften the pumpkin. Nice hop finish. A+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 bottle- Amazing. Quite simply one of the best beers of its style. One can taste the crunch of the pie, and the pumpkin flavor without it being too vegatal. It’s there though. So too are the spices- way overboard, and a unique combonation of brown sugar, nutmeg, cinn. etc. Wow! bottle re-rate- 09/22/08- disappointed with this year’s batch- a little overly spiced, and a little vegetal without so much of the graham flavor I loved before. Knocked it down a point or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
On Draft @ Sunset Grill with the Mad_Indian. This brew was not listed on their extensive beer menu, instead we ordered a different pumpkin brew, but they were all out. So they recommended this one to us, and said it was the best pumpkin brew they ever had their before. I have to agree, Pours amber/copper with a good size off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg, and corriander. The flavor was amazing (never thought id say that about a pumpkin brew) spices galore, sweet, and i swear it was i was drinking the best pumpkin pie ever made.

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