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RATINGS: 1916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21662) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Had to go all the way to Norway to try this one, courtesy of Haand - thanks! Bright and clear yellow orange color, medium white head. Aroma is sweet gourd and moderate spice. Taste is similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
2007-11-30, bottle at Papsø’s 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 it’s a bit off the track, but it’s quite good. Smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18719) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 This was amazing. The ’Commercial Description’ truly captures the essence of the Pumking. I had some on tap at the East Village Tavern. Poured a nice, light gold. Aroma of spices - cinnamon and nutmeg with mild roasted malt notes. The flavor was sweet, incredibly sweet and tasted like rich pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. The alcohol gives the brew a nice warming effect. Very smooth and drinkable. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
Draught at Rattle&Hum, NYC. Cloudy orange beer with a nice offwhite head. Pumpkin aroma, sweetish, nutmeg, toffee, caramel, salty, woody, juniper berries, cedar, herbal, some nuts. Grassy flavor, pumpkin, salty, nutmeg, hazelnuts, sawdust, cinnamon, ginger, woody, cedar, juniper berries, caramel notes, pumpkin, herbal, fruity notes and with some hazelnuts. Amazing, I honestly never thought I’d give a pumpkin beer a rating like this. But this is so good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (17809) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, pumpkin, christmas cookies and heavy spicy - cardamom. Flavor is quite sweet. Sweet and spicy finish. It smells just like christmas cookies, which is great for aroma but not for taste. 081211

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (17722) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 6, 2015
Vollmundig gewürziger Antrunk, trocken nach Kürbis, mild herb. Hell schokoladig, Noten von Spekulatius, Zimt, steigende Süße. Zum Ende schwerer, gut! 9/10/8/11/9/9

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle at HogTownHarry Fest ’08. Again thanks to Harry for this one. The brewer needs a really good seasoning. Don’t know what that means, but apparently it was hilariously funny on the night. Amber colour with thin beige head. Too spicy for me. Cinnamon and banana bread. Cereal with dried banana in it. Some ginger. There is something there I can’t quite place. It’s weird, but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17239) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
On tap at the Cask, Pimlico Feb ’12. Hazy dark orange in colour almost verging on a light ’rusty’ brown akin to the canal by the railway line in Kidsgrove, Staffs (that might mean something to someone !?!?!). Smells sweet, spiced, cloves, a little pumpkin but not too so in my opinion, maybe some ginger in there? Lots of flavours combine in this complex beer. Butterscotch, Pumpkin and sweet popcorn were the 3 headline flavours, these were backed up by nutmeg, clove, ginger, syrup and other spices. Mouthfeel was bang on, medium leaning to full in body, limited carbonation and a warming feeling as you digested!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16973) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are extreme. Never had this significant taste of pumpkin in a beer before. It makes all other pumpkin alles I have tasted fade into oblivion. It is nothing like any of the other 3800+ beers I have tasted so far. It is closest to what we in Denmark call a "spice cake" or a "beer cake". Really intense pumpkin. Behind all this there is also some caramel, malt, molasses and notes of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle, 22oz, courtesy of fonefan. It’s a slighlty hazy one, golden-orange in color and with a very small head. Allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon on the nose, sort of like a gingerbread but with more spicyness. Malty-sweet flavor with the same spices found in the aroma. Some bitterness towards the end. Full-bodied. Spiced and caramel-malty finish. Well, not my favorite beer, but nice and tasteful anyway. 111030

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