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RATINGS: 1669   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
solidfunk (3567) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Smells like pumkin pie soaked in straight alcohol. Pours pumpkin orange head dies quick. Lots of bitter boozy taste at end, lots of sweetness too. Doesn’t mix very well- im not a huge fan. A little astringent as well. Might just be that im sick of pumpkin beers. Very expensive for what it is, too- not worth it. Bottle from lcbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (982) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
BillsmafiaCO (10) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2013
More spice than other pumpkin brews I have had, overall very nice, but packs a punch with the high abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
I wasn’t sure about this one. It’s basically like drinking a pumpkin pie. Surprisingly, that’s not a terrible thing. Very sweet but with enough warming alcohol to give it a bit of depth. It’s a bit of a novelty, really, but I suppose that’s what these things are supposed to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
marv3mania (176) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is transparent, light golden amber with minimal head. Aroma is light malts, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and all-spice. Taste is all pumpkin. Very, very intense pumpkin taste. It’s not a bad taste, but it is a bit overwhelming. You have to really like pumpkin to love this beer. Unfortunately, that’s not me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle from everywhere. Poured a fitting orange color with crazy head. Aroma of a fresh pumpkin pie. Med carb and light body. Too much spice for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (887) - 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 (860) - 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 (625) - 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 (402) - 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.

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