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RATINGS: 1802   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


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (11729) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11635) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11491) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11429) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11372) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Cloudy orange with a small white head. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices in the nose, along with pumpkin and even a little dough. Sweet and spiced with some alcohol showing. I don’t get it. I prefer my spiced beers to be a little spice and primarily beer, but this is just liquid spice.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (11234) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, Secret Santa]
[at dedollewaitor’s Odense tasting]
Pours lightly hazy orange with a fine, creamy, yellow head. Aroma is heavily spiced, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and a note of ’wet socks’?! Fine mouthfeel. Flavour begind with pure pumpkin, then good spiciness. Sweet, peppery, lightly vinious. Nice, but not really my thing...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
22 oz bottle-pours a dissipating white head and gold color. Aroma is earthy, pumpkin, medium malt. Taste is earthy, pumpkin, medium malt-caramel, vanilla extract, spices, some hops bite. Nice. OK carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11192) - 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.


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