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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3020) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head that slowly dissipates leaving a ring that laces well. Aroma is malty, pumpkin and spices, allspice, cinnamon. Flavor follows, light plus sweet, quite spiced, but not over the top, malty and fruity with a strong pumpkin body. Medium body. Not bad at all, perhaps a bit of a lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 23, 2014
Very nice but noting special Strong taste of pumpkin and nice smell. Fine features and kinda gassy too.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
coachd (89) - Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2014
I do not understand why this beer is a 98. I had high hopes for this one and it just fell flat. Weak aroma of sweet malt and nothing else - there is no pumpkin or anything like it in the smell. At least it looked good with a deep orange color and off-white head. The taste is way too sweet; just malt like the aroma. Palate was decent, but not particularly notable. It was hard for me to finish this beer. I almost poured it out, for me that’s saying something. Someone tell me why this beer is such a big deal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours deep yellow with a nice head, aroma of chocolate, cookies, chocolate cookies, pumpkin, lotus cookies, flavor of chocolate, pumpkin, lotus cookies, sweet, nice, medium bodied

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekk1978 (418) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Barwa: złocista, bursztynowa. Piana na początku obfita, jednak szybko gaśnie. Średnio pęcherzykowa, pozostająca na ściankach. Wysycenie średnie. Aromat: dyniowy, pieczone ciasto, przyprawy korzenne, wanilia. Wyraźnie słodki i przyjemny - aż chce się spróbować. Pozostaje w butelce nawet na drugi dzień. Smak: ciasto, piernik, przyprawy korzenne. Jest także słodowość i suszona skórka pomarańczowa. Oczekiwana dynia prawie niewyczuwalna, chyba, że w cieście. Aromat tego piwa jest na prawdę urzekający i z pewnością zachęca do degustacji. Smak jest nieco inny niż spodziewany, bowiem dynia nie jest w nim prawie obecna. Może to i lepiej bowiem to ciasto smakuje całkiem nieźle. Nie ma tu także aż takiego ataku goździków i spółki, jaki mamy okazję próbować w polskich "pumkinach". To również działa na plus, bowiem krajowe wersje są zwykle męczące. Tutaj dostajemy całkiem harmonijne piwo, które warto spróbować.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gopherfan99 (370) - CROATIA - MAR 16, 2014
Bomber bottle, pours a dark red with a small head. Sweet taste with a hint of spice and bitterness. Fabulous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
Backlog. Bottle @ Green Lion Inn 2011, aged for about 12 months in average conditions. For those of you into the seasonals this is one of the better i’ve tried, still though, not quite my cup of tea.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jorn69 (866) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
@ Ölprovning på Havregatan 7 mars 2014. Kryddig (kardemumma), smörig, smörkola, ganska hög sötma, bra beska.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
_angst_ (2609) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Bomber bought some place I can’t remember. Smell is insanely sweet and slightly spicy with powdered sugar, pumpkin, hay, aspartame, cloves, pie crust, cotton candy, high fructose corn syrup, carrot cake, cream cheese and possibly every sugar that exists in the universe. It’s offensively sweet… Taste is very sweet, tiny bitter and spicy packed with what I’d imagine the vomit of an incredibly obese child that has been let loose in a candy shop would taste like combined with pumpkin I guess. Fucking bloody hell! I can feel my blood crystallize. The smell haunts me. Fuck, I can’t even find the words to rate constructively… I hope somethings wrong with this bottle. If not this is probably as far from what suits me as it possibly gets.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
retinadoc (120) - - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle. The best beer I’ve ever had, bottle or draft. Unlike any beer I’ve ever had. Like pumpkin cream pie in a bottle. Rich, cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Rich deep red color. Delicious, creamy mouthfeel with creamy finish. The sensation is like drinking a rich dessert. Amazing.

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