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RATINGS: 1652   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Clear light orange beer displaying a gentle off-white head. Thick-smelling off the start and kinda fleshy, but vegetal, almost avocado reminiscent. Spicy, chewy graham cookie notes with strong cinnamon and apple notes. Buttery, baked bread and biscuits, very sweet palate. Typical Southern Tier syrupy palate. Floury malt nature. Flowery minimal hop finish. Dull and big for nothing. Repelling sweetness supported by little complexity. Every bit as good as Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 Draft: Weak aroma of stale beer and nutmeg. Clear orange pour, medium cream colored head, good lace. Intense perfumey flavor of bready pumpkin and nutmeg. Filmy. Not my style, but it seems overly done. The balance of pumpkin and spice flavors is very good, I just think that both need to be dialed down a little. There is also a spicy bitterness that seems out of place as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle @ Yngwie’s, courtesy of Yngwie. Thanks man! :-) Clear orange body, small white head. Nose is present pumpkin notes, sweet syrupy malt tones and hints of cinnamon and clove. A bit sweet, but interesting. Taste is sweet, syrupy pumpkin and cinnamon tones, with hints of ginger and cookies. A bit extreme, like drinking a Christmas cake. Too much, but interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin, in an very awfull way. Pours an orangey golden color with a thin white head. Unpleasant flavor of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joemomma (1) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2009 does not count
Rather dissapointing considering the price tag on a bomber of this stuff.Aroma was marginal and the mouthfeel was thin.Color is a decent medium amber with a head that dropped way to fast.Think I’ll pass the Pumking next time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
brewmeister317 (1) - - SEP 17, 2011 does not count
Poured very nicely into a pint glass. Deep golden orange color, very reminiscent of an actual pumpkin. Sweet aroma, reminds of pumpkin pie. First taste on palate was sweet and pumpkin pie-ish, however this was soon overwhelmed by the alcohol. By the third sip I found this to be undrinkable as the booziness completely took over. The watery consistency wasn’t a help either--I expected something a little thicker to support the flavor. This is definitely not representative of the style and I will not be drinking it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Drv (1) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2011 does not count
I think this was the worst pumpkin beer that I have tasted. I had trouble finshing the bottle. I would not buy this beer again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
caseynswan (46) - - SEP 21, 2012
From 22 Oz bottle, pours amber, is one of the most clear beers I have seen. The aroma is most bewitching, everything fall: nutmeg, maple, wood, cinnamon. Light bodied. Taste is lacking for the spicy nose, but it does have a clean pumpkin flavor with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Borresteijn (4402) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2012
66cl Bottle at Sloshfest. Clear golden orange colour, white head. Overwhelming aroma of spices like nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, sweet pumpkin, pie crust. Flavour is sweet, all the above mentioned spices, pumpin-pie crust, earthy from all the spice, bitter hoppy finish. Medium-bodied. Over the top imo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AbbeyRoade (257) - Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Eh. Tinny taste. Some pumpkin. Some spice. Not enough pumpkin to accept this ale as good.

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