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RATINGS: 1652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2013
taken from notes - 750 ml bottle yasted at Sloshfest - thank you Jeffrey. Pours a weird kind of yellow-orange (coppery) with a decent white creamy head. Aroma of spices, a lot of cinammon, some nutmeg and cloves. Light body with taste notes of carrot & pecan pie (?!)... Weird but OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
bombs away = a few of the obligatory "pumpkin" beers I will be trying this season. A style that is way over done, but S.T. does offer a decent enough variety. Not something that wow’s me, but I do like some of the bourbon notes. I think this will be the last pumpkin beer of the year for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (851) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Pretty disappointed in this one. Considering their Crème Brulet and Chokolat this one doesn’t compare. Thin body and dominated by spice. Stevens Point which doesn’t have the credentials Southern Tier does, is far better. Glad I found a bottle up here in Maine to taste; otherwise, I would’ve bought a case or more on October 1st when it comes to DFW based primarily on hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (458) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22oz bottle (bottle date 8/12/13) into tulip, pours clear bright golden orange/copper, 2 finger sudsy soapy head which fades fast into thin foam layer that lasts. Nose is pumpkin pie, pecan, straw, gingerbread, nutmeg, strong aroma floats far off the glass. Mouthfeel is thick, slick, oily, medium-low carbonation. Taste is overwhelming pumpkin pie, spice, bread, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses notes, gingerbread, oatmeal raisin cookies. Finish is spicy, mild bitter, doughy, slightly oily, clings. It’s a pumpkin beer, there’s only so much that can be done with the style. Fun for a change, but a whole 22oz to your head is a bit much by the end. If you like the style this is one of the better examples. Share with a friend. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (350) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2013
An aggressive beer, similar to an American Strong Ale. It has a strong malt backbone with notes of caramel, toast, and creme brulee. Medium bitterness. Pumpkin pie spices, and just a bit of pumpkin. Heavy alcohol burn. A decent offering for fans of strong beers who don’t care too much about pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1312) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2013 Bottle..Pour is clear orange with a thin off white head..Nose is light pumpkin, spice, earth, bitter, cinnamon...Taste is cinnamon, pumpkin, thin, spices, earth..One of my least favorite pumpkin beers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vlan1 (151) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Aroma of sweet pumpkin. Pours a crystal clear orangish amber with minimal head. Tastes of bread pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Sweety sticky taste. Almost on the verge of being cloying. Good Pumpkin beer but a bit overated IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (482) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bomber. Great looking beer and pretty smooth and not overwhelming with pumpkin. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin flavor stuff but this is probably my favorite pumpkin beer I’ve had.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PotjeBier (1419) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2013
Sample from bottle @ The Hangover, Nakano, Tokyo, thanks Randy. Golden orange color, clear. Aroma’s of pumpkin, sweet, sweet spices, cinnamon, honey. Even more spicy retronasal. Flavor is moderate sweet, spices. Medium bodied. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
Clear orange with a pale head. Aroma is pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, graham cracker. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, smooth and well balanced on the palate. Taste is pumpkin, graham cracker, cinnamon, nutmeg. Best pumpkin beer I've tried.

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