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RATINGS: 1818   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a nice white head that produces a reasonable amount of lacing and decent head retention. The aroma is almost exactly like pumpkin pie filling. There is a hint of graham cracker hidden in there. Lots of cinnamon, all spice, ginger, all the typical seasoning you would think of when thinking of pumpkin pie. Smells wonderful! OH MY GOD! I figured this beer would taste a bit different than the aroma but no! It tastes exactly how it smells. All the typical pumpkin pie flavors you are used to with just a very slight hint of bitterness. This tastes wonderful!!! The palate is a touch too thick for me, but it fits the beer well. This is amazing!! Well done! Tops for fall seasonals!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Iím not a Pumpkin Beer kind of guy, if you know what I mean... but I am a guy who likes a quality beer that is extra-ordinary, such as this. Spicy, caramel and of course pumpkin.

1.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
deepeary (231) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Bomber from the LCBO. Clear amber colour, minimal head.Smells like sweet cinnamon, bread, pumpkin. Taste is dominated by bitter medicinal notes. Buttery, spicy, deep pumpkin, in a bad way. Intense spice. Warm finish. Herbal-medicinal-bitter taste was too much for me. Sipped on it for an hour and poured half he bottle down the drain. I like pumpkin pie, but I donít like this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
matty (229) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear orange with not much of a head. Pleasant aroma - mainly spice: cinnamon & nutmeg mostly. Medium body, spices are predominant, some sweetness in the background. The spices carry through in the finish with just a touch of warming alcohol. Excellent example! Search for this one!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Pours copper with small off-white head thatís gone a bit too fast. Aroma is lots of fresh pumpkin with just enough spice. Flavor is similar, but sublime. This is another one thatís difficult for me to qualify. Itís just exactly what I want it to be.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eberndt (227) - - AUG 10, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 2012: cellared Aug 31, 2012. Pours a dark amber color and slightly hazy. No head. Not much pumpkin pie in the nose like a fresh bottle, but retained much of the spice flavor. Much more of a bready, malt presence 2 years later.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 Poured medium-orange, slightly hazy with very little head. Pie crust and caramel in the aroma -- not the spice bomb I expected. Subtle nutmeg and pumpkin in the flavor which is otherwise dominated by pie crust. Boozy finish took me slightly by surprise. A little thin on the palate. Very tasty and warming!

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Aroma of a sugar cinnamon cookie: very unique and strikingly noticeable during the entire drink. Taste was somewhat ho-hum but went down easily and didnít end on a bitter note. This beer was a bit disappointing but mostly because I didnít notice any pumpkin flavor at all. Great marketing for this beer: the folks at Southern Tier obviously care about all aspects of their product

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Last tried from the bottle... but Iím going to rate it off the tap from the Trion. I canít tell you how important it is that you try this from the tap... I loved it when I had it at the Trion, went to my store and bought our last bottle a few months ago. I opened it last night, and... GOD! The spices were just overwhelming, and the finish almost choked me. Please try it from the tap next year, or maybe a really fresh bottle... the difference in this instance is NIGHT and DAY!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bomber. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head which goes quickly. Pumpkin pie with cinnamon in the nose, almost candy like. Flavor is an explosion of pumpkin and cinnamon with other spice and a touch of caramel, slightly malty base, could not really realize the hops at all. Very thin on the palate, but still needs to be taken slowly. Decent


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