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RATINGS: 1909   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
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
22 oz bottle, Jimmack Invitational 2007. Amber in color. Aroma has a huge amount of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and caramel. Taste is very spicy, with alot of nutmeg, cinnamon, and is sweet with caramel and pumpkin. Tastes and smells like fresh pumpkin pie, but it is very overwhelming. A bit too sweet for my tastes- I can see how people would get into this though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11369) - 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 (6059) - 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 (1794) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23039) - 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 (6644) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2010
bottled, pumpkin pie aroma light white head not lasting, a clear golden orange color, nice pumpkin flavor with real nice spice notes as it warms.

   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!

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