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Pumking is an ode to Pķca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pķca 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 itís alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let itís 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (806) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2011
a 9% abv pumpkin beer? wooh! Smells like rather sweet pumpkin pie, cinnamon and vanilla. Yummy, not over spiced. Medium-to-thick bodied. Flavor is lots of pumpkin with only mild spicing, sweet, very flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
I think I was expecting more. Thereís a nice hop to this and a nice amber pour with very little head. The abv is well buried in the brew! But, overall I was upset about the lack of pumpkin quality to the beer. It could be sold as a cookie style with a lot of breadiness to the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2011 bottle pour from Jeff. Thanks! Clear caramel pour, not much head to speak of, not a ton of lacing. Aroma is huge sticky sweet malt, lots of nutmeg, light vegetable backing. Taste is a huge hit of pumpkin up front, in a vegetal way that is pretty nice, followed by a slug of sticky spice sweetness that really destroys this. Also getting some odd burnt malts on the end that completely go against the color of the beer and the aroma. Sweet and slick mouthfeel. I liked this beer alright, but the sweetness really needs to be dialed back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13194) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle, 22oz, courtesy of fonefan. Itís a slighlty hazy one, golden-orange in color and with a very small head. Allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon on the nose, sort of like a gingerbread but with more spicyness. Malty-sweet flavor with the same spices found in the aroma. Some bitterness towards the end. Full-bodied. Spiced and caramel-malty finish. Well, not my favorite beer, but nice and tasteful anyway. 111030

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (854) - USA - NOV 8, 2011
Amber with thin white lacing of head. Smells a lot like pumpkin pie. Flavor is basically pumpkin pie, a little light on pumpkin and heavy on the spices. Some nuttiness is present in the finish. Very interesting, I would not drink it all the time but it does make a good companion to spiced dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (3698) - Holbśk, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle at DōE tasting, vintage 2011. Reddish color with a head, quickly gone. Aroma heavy sweet (pumpkin) and spicy (cloves, cardamum, light cinnamon) almost like a brunkage or sirupskage. Flavor moderate+ sweet and spicy. Medium+ body. Exciting and really a womens favourite at this tasting. I really wanted to taste a pumpkin ale and wasnít disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (809) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
Truthfully, I donít get the hype with pumpkin beer. That said, this is probably the best one Iíve had. Golden with little head. Aroma of pumpkin pie. Tastes like pumpkin pie spice. Lots of sweetness. Hard to believe its 8%+. Itís a very well done pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (10259) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2013 Unexpectedly found the 2011 brew on draft in April 2012 at the Khyber. Flavors are smoother though the pumpkin pie spice still predominates the pumpkin flavor. The dryness of the spice brings down the sweetness quite a bit. Nice blended mix but the pumpkin flavor is muted. Update: Having the 2013 version fresh in Sept 2013. Feels cleaner than before but still all about "Pumpkin Pie Spice" and not pumpkin itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex4r (72) - - APR 28, 2012
Not A big fan of pumpkin beers. This beer pours an orange color with a white head that disappears right away. Nose is sweet. Cinnamon and spice plus pumpkin pie. Taste is consistent with the nose, just way too sweet for me but better than a lot of the other styles. The wife loves it so I keep buying.

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