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RATINGS: 1899   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13336) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of pumpkin, pecan, carmel, earthiness and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of pumpkin, pecan, carmel, spice and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering pumpkin finish. Easily the best Pumpkin beer I’ve had!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13069) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (12686) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear deep orange with a medium-sized creamy off-white head. Wow! An absurdly amount of pumpkin (could smell across the room after the glass was empty an hour or more later)…also notes of nutmeg, caramel, and French vanilla candle. Flavor of pumpkin, caramel, homemade vanilla ice cream melting, and whip cream that is reminiscent of Thanksgiving Day dessert.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (12271) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2009
Bottle, bought @ De Molen. Reddish orange color. Pumpkin, potatoe and mango in the aroma. Potatoe and pumpkin in the sweet, but also flowery and slightly perfumed flavor. Chichory bitterness in teh aftertaste. IMO is beer and pumpkin not a happy marriage.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (12231) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2015
Tap at Worden Hall, Boston. It pours clear golden with a decent white. The nose is sweet, earthy, pumpkin pie, allspice, candy and cardboard. The taste is bitter, earthy, pumpkin, decent amount of spice, alcohol boost, earth, caramel shortbread and pumpkin pie with quite a drying finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Ok for what it is.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12140) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12046) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
22-oz bottle sent my way via trade with jah noth. Pours harvest orange with a small, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat diminishing with spare, if any, lacing. Somewhat disappointing on the lack of head or lace. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, cereal, straw, biscuit), average hops (grass, herbs), average yeast (dough, leaves) with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar. There is an interesting mix of lightly buttered biscuits and sugar cookies that permeates above all the typical "pumpkin beer" spices that is rather intriguing and inviting in a raw dough kind of way. The pumpkin is not too much nor too little yet is much more present than most pumpkin beers. Medium bodied, aided by the uncharacteristically high alcohol content, alcoholic texture, average carbonation that fizzles away rapidly, and a chalky yet dry finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. I am quite taken by this pumpkin beer as it seems to nail the one thing others cannot - it gives the pumpkin flavor along with spices (typical) but also adds a freshly baked crust to the aroma and flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (12023) - 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...


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