RATINGS: 1924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Pca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pca 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 its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
The scent of nutmeg really stood out on first sniff, and it still is a large portion of the aroma for me. What a monster brew. I first thought the spices were a bit overdone, but a few sips remedied that. Its not as boozy as I thought it would be, and not overly sweet either. There is a lot of pumpkin here, and any more would probably take it over the pumpkin threshold. I have had several pumpkin beers over the years, and this is definitely the best one I had tried yet. Weyerbacher makes a tamer version, if this one is too much. I hate to do another Charlie Brown comment, but tell Linus to go get his blanket, grab Sally, and head out to the pumpkin patch. The Great one lives.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Wow! What an intense dessert beer. Pours a light amber with a minimal, off-white head that quickly dissipates to the smallest of Belgian Lace. Mostly Graham Cracker and to a lesser extent pumpkin dominate the aroma with just a hint of malt. The flavor tastes intensely of Graham Cracker with a bitter-sweet backdrop and a hint of alcohol. While I appreciate this beer for what it is, it would quickly become cloying. But Im absolutely amazed at how well they nailed, simultaneously, both the aroma and the taste of Graham Cracker in a beer no less. Graham King might be a better moniker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beersak (91) - akron, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Unlike any other pumpkin beer...This has not only pumpkin flavors, but also vanilla. It is not to spicy like so many others. Absolutely unique! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle. Basically pumpkin pie as a liquid. Had a piece of pumpkin pie along with this (a little too much, I know), and this was superior to the real thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2007
22 oz- Pours a nice amber with a small white bubbly head. Obviously strong scents of nutmeg,spices, and gingerbread. Tastes of the same. Way too strong in spices for me, but if you like pumpkin, this is the one for you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours orange with little to no head. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, caramel and pumpkin. Flavor is sweet with lots of brown sugar and notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. I dont find the pumpkin to be as prominent as others. Hides its ABV well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whiskeyrocks (90) - Lindenhurst, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Second best pumpkin ale/beer ive ever had. It has a perfect dark golden color. It smells like a house full of fresh fall cookies. One of my favorite scents. It has so many outstanding flavors. Spice, sweet, bitter and herbs. Its a great fall brew. One that you can drink on a warm or chilly fall night. Its a refreshing twist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hondajunkie (90) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2013
22oz. Bomber poured a clear amber/orange with a small head leaving some great sticky lacing. Aromas of pumpkin, spice, gingerbread, malt. Creamy, sticky sweet mouthfeel with a dominant pumpkin flavor and some spice on the backside. Quite smooth and drinkable for me, tastes almost just like pumkin pie. Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewcrew2002 (89) - USA - MAR 23, 2008
The aroma matched the taste, nice cooper color with a small head. Thanks iowaherkeye for sharing this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Poured a yellow-gold with thin ivory head. Smells amazing, just like a spicy pumpkin pie. Taste is in line with the aroma, again strongly reminiscent of pumpkin pie - nutmeg, clove and cinnamon with a mild hint of a doughy- pulpy essense which makes it feel like a bite of pie. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, pretty much non-existant to my tastes. I really like the strong tasting/unusual beers when done well, and this is the best pumpkin beer, and one of, if not the best, spice beers I have had.

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