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RATINGS: 1691   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.
2014 - New label design w/orange/white/green, 8.6% ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (901) - 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 (871) - 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 (747) - 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 (422) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PotjeBier (1643) - 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 (1159) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2371) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Large off-white head of rather fine bubbles. Kind of sloppy on top. Big spicy aroma with some nutmeg, and corn. I am getting a big corn aroma from this. Dry and very bready. Actually, just like cornbread. Color is a dark golden orange. As it warms, distinct gingerbread aroma comes through. Wow, extreamly soft malty flavor with loads of gingerbread, cinnamon and soft fresh bread. Kind of strange. Don’t think that I have ever had a beer that tasted quite like this before. Noticable alcohol presence. Finishes spicy, soft and malty. A very strange brew. Decent though but not really wining with me though..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LearninBeer (373) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2007
The aroma is a little yeast, pie dough with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg unique. The color is clear light brown/orange. The head pours big creamy of orange in color, fully diminishing. The initial flavor is back of the mouth, pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
2007-11-30, bottle at Papsø’s Blind Tasting, 7-4-6-3-13=33
Hazy golden color. Very strong aroma of cookies, spiced with a lot of sweet cinnamon. Medium malty body and sweetness, again with the very strong (sweet cinnamon) cookie character. Odd but pleasant.

2007-10-05, draught at Brickseller, Washington DC, 6-3-6-3-13=31
Golden color. Crispy cookie aroma, surprising (with delicate cinnamon). Good body, malty, with a cookie flavor (speculoos, Joris would say). As a beer it’s a bit off the track, but it’s quite good. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
A Sim rate (bottle at ChrisO’s): Cinnamon graham cracker aroma. The next sniff is like broken chips of wood, then some bizarre spices and a bit of sweet potato. The head looks like washing-up liquid was involved. Tastes like graham crackers (again) and banana. So spicy, woody and wheaty. Despite what all the boys said, I quite liked this one!

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