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RATINGS: 1724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10184) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Bottled. Orange/golden coloured. Light brown head. Aroma is spiced and full of pumpkin. A touch marzipan and sugar. Flavour again is full of spice and pumpkin. Is a bit fruity and to some extend reminds me of Danish brown cookies. Wierd. Medium bodied. Has a dry and spicy end. As said very weird beer, and not really one I would go back to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2009
( 22oz bomber) pours clear rusty orange with nice oily bubbly head. Nose of butterscotch/popcorn, crisp hops and light spices. Taste of butterscotch, crisp hops, and acorn squash/butter and brown sugar. Finises like toasted malt and a creamy/syrupy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1419) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a very thin white head. Very sweet aroma of pumpkin, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg, and sweet cream. Way too sweet flavor but the pumpkin is there. There is really no way I will finish this entire bottle on my own. If itís pumpkin you are going for you will get that here; unfortunately it is just way too sweet for me...The side of the bottle suggests pouring this into a goblet at 40 degrees F. Initially in following this suggestion I was a bit overwhelmed by the sweetness of this beer. After this has sat some I will say that it does get better with a combination of the open glass and the increased temperature. However, I still donít think I will finish the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16691) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head.Has a fruity malty spicy cinnamon aroma. Smooth sweetish malty spicy pumpkin pie flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy cinnamon finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 This is a really unique pumpkin concoction that is essentially a desert beer. It is REALLY sweet for a pumpkin beer. Take a sniff, and youíll get pumpkin cake with icing. I dig this stuff, but it is a one-pint kind of beer. Just too sweet to sit with all day. I really love it as an alternative to your typical pumpkin ale, though, but it can be hard to find. Seems like it hits the shelves and is gone within a week or two. EDIT: After drinking this again this past fall on a couple occasions, Iím updating and downgrading my rating. I felt that the nose and flavor both presented with an artificial, cloying, movie-theater popcorn aspect that I could not get past. Hopefully it was just off this past year, but I donít know whether Iíll be trying it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5123) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2010
Bottled. Clear orange color, short head. Aroma of pumpkin, clove, malt, some hop. Tastes like pumpkin soup, quite spiced up with clove again. Pretty good pumpkin beer where the pumpkin is all around, but never gets too dry or skunky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Tap. Brass colored pour with a thin white head that laces slightly better than average. Aroma is hazelnut and ever so slightly buttery. Taste is unique for sure and Iím not sure if its totally brilliant or a complete mess. This beer is not short on flavor, thatís for sure. First taste is hazelnut then some spiciness, an out of place hop bitterness, and then some faint booziness. The flavors are strong but seem totally out of balance to me. They do not blend well -- its almost like doing beer mat shot. Ill give it this: the pumpkin flavor is believable and not some overly spiced concoction that is supposed to represent pumpkin. Glad I had it but not sure Iíd go back to it unless I was by a campfire.

   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.

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