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RATINGS: 1720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (11197) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (11183) - 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...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11120) - 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 (11092) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11047) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10960) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10916) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: January 06, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: hazy copper, wispy off white head
Aroma: rich caramel malt aroma with a nice sweet pumpkin candy character, lots of spices especially cinamon and nutmeg, touch of vanilla and crystalized ginger
Flavor: rich malt flavor, strong candy caramel character enhanced by a vanilla sweetness, nice array of spices are bold enough to be a major player yet subdued enough to be in balance with the pumpkin, light balancing bitterness
Overall: like a spiced pumpkin candy

Date: October 03, 2010
Mode: draft
Words: tmac woodstock
still the best pumpkin beer aroma, the king of pumpkin beer

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Pinball (10793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2009
aroma is very sweet, pumpkin, honey. ripe cereral sweet. actually quite frightnening. clear orange, small white head. flavor is very sweet/ripe, cinnamon, spices galore, like a homebaked cake where someone dropped too much spices into the cake. sort of dry.this one very hard to finish.


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