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RATINGS: 1898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (15699) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2008
Bottled 0,65 ltr. Clear amber color, small white head. Aroma - never had a beer, which has so strong aroma of brown Finnish Christmas Cookies. Syrap, cinnamon etc. Same with flavor: Christmas cookies in liquid form. Perfumic. Not much pumpkin flavors and not much going on in this brew, except Christmas spices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15444) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: Pumking pours an opaque amber color with plenty of copper and orange highlights. A fluffy white head sits atop the beer. S: It smells like pumpkin pie in a glass. A great sweetness and all of the usual pumpkin pie spices such as cinnaomon, nutmeg, and all spice. A bit of a graham cracker and marshmallow aroma are present as well. T: Much like the nose would let on. A soft pumpkin flavor and a lot of the sweet and spicy characteristics of pumpkin pie. The marshmallow that was present in the nose is much more pronounced on the palate. There’s a bit of a "pie crust" taste on this too. M: The carbonation is fairly light and this is to the benefit of the beer, I feel. It is very smooth on the tongue and quite full bodied. D: A great flavor and aroma, but like actual pumpkin pie, I’m not sure how much of this I could actually drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15385) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to TheWolf. Pours orange with a off white head. Heavy spiced aroma. Pepper/grain & pumpkin. Wow - mega powerful & concentrated taste with a scent of cinnamon. Special & different experience! Truly a Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer!

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle at Bagers (Thanks Sune). Clear amber - white head. Cookies, spicy cookies, bread, sweetness, perfumed, christmas cookies, spicey, (pumpkin ??), roasted. Wierd and ugly.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (14597) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle, 2011. Clear deep golden with small white head. Aroma is "pebernødder", malt, spices and cardamom. Flavour is malt, spices, cardamom, cinnamon, "pebernødder", little caramel, medium sweet and a little bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13900) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin, fruit, cinnamon, ginger. Flavour is ginger, malt, fruit, cinnamon, pumkin, spices. Weird beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13730) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
2010 bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Depending on the light, it pours copper, light orange gold or amber. Head is 1 finger and whiteish. This stuff smells a bit gingerbread, but there sure is pie spice. Medium body, mild carbonation. It tastes ginger bread to me - but maybe with some pie spice. This is pretty unique. Never had anything like it. Oh. It’s really good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (13483) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear light orange with off white head. Nose is absolutely amazing - fresh pumpkin pie with light well mixed spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and the like. Taste is much the same with the spices melding well together. The pumpkin and the spices seem authentic and not artificial like a lot of other beers in the style. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear copper color with a large off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid doughy pumpkin pie and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy balanced carrot cake flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of long duration. Standout seasonal beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12923) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2007
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head diminishes quickly, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is not especially strong, medium sweet, ginger/allspice, light clove. Taste is medium sweet, pumpkin pie, light allspice. Fair amount of alcohol evident, though its presence becomes more muted as the beer approaches room temperature For that matter, the beer as a whole kept improving as it warmed, peaking at room temperature. Smooth medium-full body. From my perspective, the high alcohol doesn’t enhance pumpkin beers, as I don’t think too highly of Weyerbacher’s either. Final score is a composite of consuming the bottle as it warmed from 52F to room temperature (71F) -- the lower temp would have scored worse, and the higher temp would have rated higher.


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