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RATINGS: 1900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1785) - Raleigh, 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
case4816 (15) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
A- Poured into my goblet very thin looking. Nice golden in colour with nice bubbles. Head was nice and creamy and lingered for a little while. Also lets in lots of light itís not very dark at all S- Not a lot of smell here. Can pick up some hops, and a little bit of some lightly roasted malts, but the smell is mostly dominated by a smell that reminds me of cooked pumpkin that has been chilled. Canít pick out too many spices but a little nutmeg is prevalent T- Very Creamy in texture, also fairly bitter feeling and a heavy aftertaste of the hops. The spices are not very pronounced at all. The Pumpkin flavour is very strong here which is really nice, but the hoppy bitterness doesnít compliment it very well. D- Drinkable Beer, but not the best of itís kind for sure. The Pumpkin flavour conflicts with the hoppy bitterness, and also some more spicy flavour (cinnamon, nutmeg etc.) would really pull the pumpkin out and make the hops less pronounced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer4bears (75) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
650 mL bottle from LCBO. Pours copper with little head and poor retention. Served at the suggested 4 deg Celsius, but actually got better as it warmed up. Spices and pumpkin dominate the nose. Vanilla prominent in the mouth. The palate is really quite syrupy smooth. It had a really sweet taste, reminding me of candy corns and amaretto. The alcohol is really well masked. Sweetness dominates the hops. Really a nice beer that I couldnít rate higher overall just because itís not really my style. However, once again Southern Tier shows their stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4959) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2010
Very sweet over the top full of apple pie and cinnamon. A touch cloying. Very full bodied and very malty. Packs a punch. All the flavors are big. I could just smell the beer forever, but ultimately it is too much to have more than a few ounces.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. Funky pumpkin malt with light nutmeg and cinnamon aroma. Amber color with minimal head. Sour-tart pumpkin malt and bitter grass/nutmeg flavor. Nice body. NIce - not nearly as sweet as the typical pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
poured a dark orange color. aroma is warm spices and alcohol. taste: spice, bitterness, little sweet pumpkin, and nice finish best pumpkin/autumn beer iv had

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, 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 (959) - 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
LamarBurton (376) - California, 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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