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RATINGS: 1908   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Poured a clear orange color into the lager glass. There was a light beige head and minimal lacing. The scent was of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin extract. The taste was over the top sweet with pumpkin, spices, caramel, malt and nutmeg overwhelming the palate. A vanilla touch in the finish. A little too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Big lasting off white head on a deep golden body; Very special nutty, cardamom peel nose; Soft texture a little fatty body, bitter and sweet; Very aromatic finish, lots of cardamom seed aroma with a late bitter bite. Very special beer, somehow the aroma and texture seems very artificial and not to well fitting to a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15536) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to TheWolf. Pours orange with a off white head. Heavy spiced aroma. Pepper/grain & pumpkin. Wow - mega powerful & concentrated taste with a scent of cinnamon. Special & different experience! Truly a Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Golden orange in colour, lingering white coloured head, good lacing. The aroma is all pumpkin and spice - cinnamon, cloves, some sugar sweetness. The flavour is again dominated by pumpkin. Lots of spice is also coming through. Spices in the mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes lingering, spicy, sweet with lots of pumpkin.

With the high alcohol content I was surprised that no alcohol was really all that noticable. You canít complain with the lack of pumpkin in this one. It became way too much at times making it a bit on the difficult side to drink.

650ml bottle from the Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
Opened on December 2, 2007.
No date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
22oz. I think this is kind of what everyone expects there first pumpkin beer to be. Pours clear golden orange with an off-white head. Very, very spicy nose with some citrus and artificial pumpkin coming through. Body follows suit with very sweet pumpkin, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg standing out. Did I say this was sweet? Also offers some very weird, aloe, soap, sunblock type flavors that I really didnít care for. Hides the alcohol well, but is heavy on the palate. I think I prefer the not so sweet pumpkin ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Aroma and taste of pumpkin spices. A little over spiced for my liking. I say less pumpkin, more beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2009
A orange color beer with a small head. The aroma was so much like pie crust it is amazing. The taste is again a lot of pie crust with some pumpkin, but the pie crust being dominant. This is a pumpkin pie beer with more crust than filling & not a whole lot of sugar. Interesting, but this is a one time beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (3700) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Shared bomber at a homebrew club picnic. I believe that this bottle was a little dated. It poured a hazy, orangy amber with a modest, off white foam and lacing, but the aroma was only minimal pumpkin and spice and more of a nutty, almond scent. The flavor presented sort of a graham cracker taste with moderate bitterness and subdued but noticeable alcohol. Highly regarded as the go to pumpkin ale for the season, so I will have to seek out some fresh stock in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (3066) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle from ÷lbutikken. Pours orange with lots of carbonation and hardly any head. Dry christmas spicy aroma. Pumpkin, paprika and spicy taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Aroma of a sugar cinnamon cookie: very unique and strikingly noticeable during the entire drink. Taste was somewhat ho-hum but went down easily and didnít end on a bitter note. This beer was a bit disappointing but mostly because I didnít notice any pumpkin flavor at all. Great marketing for this beer: the folks at Southern Tier obviously care about all aspects of their product

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