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RATINGS: 1821   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle and served in pint glass: Clean deep golden hue with a small frothy head and very good lace. The aroma is a wonderful combination of meaty pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, allspice, clove, pie crust, maple syrup, and butter. The taste has pumpkin up front and it stays there and ends up overpowering. Spicy, bready, nutty and herbal are things also found on the palate. The mouth feel is aggressive due to the spice but smooth with the carbonation. While good and flavorful, it got to be too much. I think this is one beer that would be better served colder.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2007
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head diminishes quickly, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is not especially strong, medium sweet, ginger/allspice, light clove. Taste is medium sweet, pumpkin pie, light allspice. Fair amount of alcohol evident, though its presence becomes more muted as the beer approaches room temperature For that matter, the beer as a whole kept improving as it warmed, peaking at room temperature. Smooth medium-full body. From my perspective, the high alcohol doesn’t enhance pumpkin beers, as I don’t think too highly of Weyerbacher’s either. Final score is a composite of consuming the bottle as it warmed from 52F to room temperature (71F) -- the lower temp would have scored worse, and the higher temp would have rated higher.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
From bomber. Poured a very thin bodied orangeish/golden color. No lacing, budweiser like thin. Wasn’t really feeling this. wayyyyyyy too spicy in flavor with hints of ginger and cinnamon. I pictured this being very good if it had a full bodied, thick pumpkin like mouthfeel and character. On the contrary. Thin, watery, unpleasantly spicy and off base. Alcohol was very apparant and unenjoyable. Like a thin belgian dubbel spiked with liquor... does that even make sense? Exactly. Disagree with the high ratings - and I love pumpkin pie! Drain pour.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2007
i was really dissapointed in this.There is something strange lingering in the flavor I am not sure what it is.The pour was beautiful.The nose was of pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon and nutmeg.The flavor was pumpkin pie and spices up front but the back end and finish had something strange killing this beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Damn, this beer is not very good. Aroma is a little bit meaty pumpkin, sour maltiness, and spices. Taste is very much the same, but not in a good way. I like pumpkin beers but this one misses the mark by far. Finishes sour and disappointing.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Copper pour with essentially no head. Aroma of graham cracker crust, pumpkin, brown sugar and green leaves. The aroma is pretty good, but the flavor is a huge let down. Tastes like biting into a rotten pumpkin that has been dipped in stale frosting. Some sourdough and spice notes too. I actually had a hard time finishing this beer. Not recommended.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Clear deep orangeish amber color. Minimal white head. Medium to thin bodied with a smooth carbonation. Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Begins with a sweetness that becomes tart and tangy. Towards the end and especially in the aftertaste its almost like youve taken a bite of raw pumpkin. This beer certainly accomplishes the pumkiny flavor they were seeking, however, the raw pumpkin aftertaste is a bit odd actually. Kind of tart, a little bitter, and leaves your mouth very dry. Drinking the beer is enjoyable but the aftertaste is borderline unpleasant.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a thing slightly creamy, soap-like off-white head. Leaves a light ring of lasting lacing. Not a particularly potent, but rich sweet creamy pumpkin aroma with some obvious spicy character. Flavor is potently spicy and pumpkiny than developping a full herbal and aromatic spice bitterness. Medium bodied. Seems a bit astringent.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
12 oz draft served in a tulip glass. Pour was a light orange/copper with a good 2.5 fingers of whipped looking head. Nose was pumpkin pie, very heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste was the same, with the spices overpowering the pumpkin. Not much to say on this one, if the spices had been toned down a bit, I think I would have enjoyed this much more.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarrettB (1164) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Pumpkin beers are reason #3646 to love the Fall. It’s not hard to market a beer that tastes like a drinkable pumpkin pie. But the flipside of this seasonal treat is that there are a lot of pumpkin beers out there that don’t taste like pumpkin at all. And sadly, Southern Tier’s Imperial Pumking is one of them. And what’s more, this beer came as a recommendation from my local Whole Foods beer monger as a complement to a bottle of Elysian Night Own (my favorite pumpkin beer of all). Like others, the Imperial Pumking develops a thin, white head, and the body is a plain, unadorned orange, with a semi-transparency that does little to hint at the particularly and iconically orange ingredients involved. And from this unassuming orange puddle comes an intensely sweet, perfume-of-candy-shop and creamy aroma. Clove, pumpkin spices, and, in something of a trailblazing move in pumpkin beers, a heavy scent of whipped cream. I also detect heavy caramelized aromas, most especially the distinct smell of baked pie crust. But when the Pumking’s flavor tries to imitate the aroma, it becomes a disaster. Immediately the flavor is pronounced cloying - far, far too sweet, like a cream soda with pumpkin and vegetal notes, but the pumpkin is faint, its decrees a tinny echo in overcrowded room. Thick, sweet flavors like yam repeat their mantra, again and again, muting the pumpkin and covering my palate with the flavor of that ubiquitous Thanksgiving treat: marshmallow and yam casserole.


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