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RATINGS: 1825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2012
Light straw pour ith minimal white head. Nose is sweet with ginger and nutmeg. Immediate mild resins hop yields to a potpourri of flavor. Candy sweet malt mixes with dominant nutmeg, brown sugar, French toast. Ends with subtle cinnamon and marshmallow. Best pumpkin brew I’ve had. Cheers to my sensual friend FunkyBrewster for this nectar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2014
The nose here is sweet pumpkin pie, with a waft of nutmeg and clove. As sweet as it is, there are vegetal notes here that balance it out. Slightly acidic. A dessert beer in all senses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
02-11-12 Bouteille 2012: Belle apparence jaune-dorée-orangée, avec une vive effervescence et une belle mousse blanche épaisse asser percistante. Délicieux arômes de pain d’épices et de gâteaux avec des notes de caramel. Bonne petite note sucrée avec une petite amertume et une note piquante, très bien balancée. Corps plutôt léger avec une texture mince et légèrement soyeuse. Carbonisation normale et finale aux notes d’épices d’automne et légèrmeent assèchant. Drinkanbility parfaite. Possiblement la meilleure bière d’Halloween!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
amber darkened colored and the head is small.. The aroma has strong notes of pumpkin. The flavour has a atrong sweetness and notes of cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin and some ginger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (274) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Alright I’m a little behind in my beer-drinking, only now getting to this pumpkin brew. For someone who usually avoids pumpkin beer for the spice shit show that they often are I’ve had a few this year that have been rather good. Having recently tried and been impressed with Imperial Compass I picked up the King to giver a go. This is the first of the pumpkin beer this year that I’ve actually noticed the pumpkin flavour and I thought it worked. Pours a golden clear with some white head. The nose is just like a pumpkin pie. Lots of pumpkin smells, vanilla, some malts, and a little spice. The taste is a straight-up mash-up of beer and pie. Lots of pumpkin favours, vanilla, hay malts, and some allspice. It’s not an amazing beer, but it is a damn honest rendition of a pumpkin beer, which is exactly what it’s supposed to be. I’ll rate it as that, which will work in it’s favour. You can’t bitch and complain about a pumpkin beer tasting like one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dal9000 (267) - Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Tall 650 ml bottle that states: kettle hops magnum, aroma hops sterling. Pours golden amber with a nice white foam. Slight aroma of pumpkin. Initial flavor of malt and roasted pumpkin. Thick slightly slick mouth feel that leaves a pumpkin taste on the roof. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (267) - Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Poured from the bomber into a pint glass, this beer came highly recommended and was the first pumpkin beer I’ve ever tried. I picked up three bombers so I would get a good taste. Anyone who knows anything about baking pumpkin pie knows that it’s all in the spices because pumpkin really doesn’t have a good taste, if it did everyone would just go around taking huge bites of pumpkin like corn on the cob, but they don’t. It’s butter, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, the bottle art, and 8.6% that make this beer great. I finished all three bombers and that should carry me into the xmas beer season.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Smells spicy. On tap. Brown. Red. Warm. This is my favorite pumkin beer. I always get excited about pumpkins. Who wouldn’t? Halloween is a great holiday. However, most pumpkin beers overdo the spice but this does not. Mild taste, not too sweet. Seriously guys this is amazingly good. This actually ties my highest rated beer of all time. Sure imperial stouts are tasty, but everyone expects them to be that way. This greatly surpasses every other pumpkin beer i’ve ever seen, and is a great winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
twindog (267) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2012
This is the best pumpkin beer that I ever had this OS my 3rd year drinking this and it gets better and better no other like it the best

   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.

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