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Oak Aged Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 156
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BARFLYB on 12-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color. It poured with a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pumpkin and spices and is slightly sweet. The barrel aging adds notes of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It has enough pumpkin flavors and doesn’t go over the top with the spices.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a must try last night at the Wooden Match in Bethlehem PA. The entire party I was with put quite a dent in their supply as the majority of the table bought several rounds of this gem. The beer was served in a Chimay glass and it had a really nice creamy looking off white head on top of a orange body. The lacing wasn't too bad on this but the retention was minimal. The smell of the beer wasn't a whole lot different than the normal Pumking. The taste of the beer seemed a little bit on the lighter side, meaning it wasn't as sweet as the regular version in my opinion. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a soft carbonation to it. Overall this beer was rather tasty like always. I would drink it again in a heart beat.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle over Memorial Day weekend. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a short white head. The nose carries a mild amount of oak along with some pumpkin spice and accompanying sweetness. This is quite a bit better than the standard version; the oak does a great job mellowing out the extreme sweetness with a bit of tannin and nice woodiness. Body is medium and only moderately sweet. Vastly preferable to the standard version.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Almost forgot I had this one! But I did.

Poured an appropriately pumpkin orange color, with a nice, foamy, white head. Sweet aroma, much sweeter than I remember the non-oaked version to be: vanilla dominates mostly, with pumpkin pie in the background. Taste was actually more cake-like than anything, with a big vanilla sweetness, and flavors of soft pumpkin pie, ginger snaps, and birthday cake. Really enjoyed this, though I didn't really think it aged in the barrels long enough to pick up any significant flavors from it. If there was any oak to be had, it was extremely extremely subtle, and/or overpowered by the other flavors. Possibly too sweet for some, but it was a welcome change of pace I thought. Hence, compared to the original, I rate the taste higher and the overall lower. Medium mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Stag's Head in Midtown NYC at their Southern Tier event. Served in a 10 oz. pilsner type glass.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with one to two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like the non-oak version.

s - Smells of sweet pumpkin pie, spices, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, graham crackers, caramel malts, bready malts, and toasted malts. Awesome nose; like the normal version with some extra vanilla and oak added

t - Tastes of vanilla, oak, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel malts, and bready malts. Taste is not as spicy as the normal version and a little sweeter due to more vanilla again. Great taste.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. This is where the biggest difference is to me. The body and mouthfeel of the normal one is good, but the oak aged version is perfect. Just super smooth and creamy, it is insanely easy to drink and no alcohol comes out at all. Could definitely have a few of these.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I don't think this will change many minds from how people feel about the normal version. I think if you love the normal version you'll love this one, if you don't than you probably won't like this one. It is very similar to the normal verison but with an even smoother and better mouthfeel, and some added vanilla to the nose and taste. Well worth seeking out if you love Pumking as I do.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with a very thin ring at the edges of the glass (almost no head at all). Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very pleasant smelling - lots of savory pumpkin (not like a pumpkin pie), some light spices, and hints of vanilla and oak.

T: Great savory pumpkin flavor (not overly sweet like many pumpkin beer and pumpkin pie), with some spices - allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon - and then the vanilla + oak.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: Probably one of the best pumpkin beers I have had and just slightly better than the non-oak aged version. I really like the fact that the pumpkin is not too sweet in this beer. Looking forward to the fall to get some more of this one.

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Photo of billab914
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Pumking Chalice. It poured amber orange in color with a thin white dusting scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has graham cracker, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, canned pumpkin and a little bit of whipped cream. Pretty much all the makings of a pumpkin pie, and exactly what I expect from Pumking. It was delicious, but the oak didn't really seem to show much.

The taste shows a little more of the pumpkin pie spices up front. In the finish is where I get more of the graham cracker, vanilla and sweeter whipped cream flavors starting to come out. Not much oak to it, maybe a little more vanilla and the spices seemed a little smoother or subdued.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall, I love Pumking so this was a delicious beer to me. It was a little disappointing that the oak didn't really add more to it though. I did seem a little smoother with some more vanilla notes to it though which I liked. I'd be very happy drinking either this version or the regular version anytime. Both versions are top of their style for me still.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY

Pours clear orange hued amber, clear, with a minor off white head and next to no lacing.

Some alcohol and pumpkin pie spicing in the nose

Full on pumpkin thingy goin on here. Spice, pumpkin flavor, some smoke, and woody notes to add to the complexity. On the hot side with alcohol burning a bit. Holiday dessert beer, perfect as a thanksgiving dinner night capper.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at TJ's Everyday in Paoli PA. What a place.

Oak Aged Pumking sports an orangish amber shade, much lighter in color than when the kings first made it's rounds. A nice puff of creamy white foam up top that is loose and dips after some time, no lace.

Smell is lovely, pumkin scent to the max, fall spices, pie crust, clove and a faint trace of butterscotch. A nice amount of nutmeg with warming and faint traces of oak from the chips.

Im not a big fan of Pumking beers, in fact this is the first I am having this season, and it is a winner. Taste is nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin puree, spices, a hint of ginger and again a trace amount of oak chip flavor, which in turn gives off hints of vanilla at times.

People talk shit about how Pumking has become lighter in color and body over the years, and I would have to agree with them, although in my mind, the change has only made this beer even more drinkable. This is a strong medium with faint bubbles and not alot of carb. It's not all the way dead though. Nice splash of oak/vanilla in the aftertaste.

I had two glasses of this and I almost never do that at a bar (unless it's pliny, which coincidentally was also on tap) This is top notch stuff and the oak aging is not overdone, but adds another small layer to this great beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Brewing Co. : Oak Aged Pumking

Pours a light orange color, small white foam, little to no lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin pie spice, biscuit, and heavy vanilla. In the taste, pumpkin puree, vanilla, mild oak tones, more vanilla, biscuit, honey, and bread. Some cinnamon, vanilla bean, oak, and pumpkin essence just linger on the palate in the best possible way. Takes the regular pumking up a notch with over the top vanilla overload, and it is well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, rich, and a low-medium carbonation level. Overall, one of the best tasting pumpkin beers ever, a real treat and well worth seeking.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found my review of this beer from a visit up to Al's of Hampden.

The pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is huge and impressive in this beer, as I pick up considerable brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, butter, nutmeg and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the sweetness and noticeable alcohol detract a bit from my enjoyment of this beer. Still, the amount of flavor this beer delivers is pretty impressive. Mouthfeel is is full, with a smooth, long, sweet, malty finish. There's something of a buttered popcorn finish to this beer that is intriguing.

An impressive beer, though I found that a little bit goes a long way. Hard to imagine drinking a bomber of this stuff.

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Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into s lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Amazing pumpkin pie aroma but no oak in nose.  Hints of pumpkin purée, vanilla, ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon.  

Medium bodied with a subtle dry oak barrel presence that slightly tames the sweetness yet its still bursting with sweet pumpkin pie and autumnal spices.  Pumpkin, clove, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice. Spicier and dryer than regular but still pretty sweet with delicate oak barrel notes.  There's a dry finish but the ABV is invisible making it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I kind of lol'd a bit when I found out this ABV isn't much different that the regular version. Beermuda had this on tap 16oz pour for 5 bucks (amazing) yet they clocked it in at 10.8%. Man what kind of oak barrels would add that much ABV?

A - Pretty much pours like Pumking (no surprise) with a clear bright orange colored beer and a 1/4 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smell is downright amazing and I am kind of glad that barrel aging hasn't affected the smell one bit! Hazelnut like gram cracker like malt sweetness, roasted pumpkin seeds, and a nice bouquet of spices cinnamon and all spice mostly noted.

T - Well I love Pumking and this is like a milder version (less sweet) Very little overall oak barrel but flavors are not completely muted with gram cracker malt sweetness (best I ever had) and spices being the most abundant.

M - Dangerously drinkable yet I don't think I ever got more than two pints down. Still a bit cloying yet delicious.

Overall I am glad they made this so I could drink Pumking out of season. Still confused by some reviews since this should have satisfied all the folk who though the regular Pumking was way too sweet and cloying.

Still one of the better pumpkin beers I ever drank.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear dark orange. Half inch of head, not much lacing.

Smells exactly like Pumking- the usual mix of pumpkin pie spices, with a good amount of vanilla.

Also tastes basically exactly like Pumking. Would like to see more from the oak-aging. The oak-aging brings a slight oakiness, plus a bit more substantial vanilla flavor. A bit less sweet than the original.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Crisp and well carbonated.

A good beer, but not all that different from regular Pumking. Regular Pumking is great, though, so I like this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, pumpkin pie and a small note of oak. In the taste, oaky, small vanilla, and all the flavors of a piece of pumpkin pie. A spice like bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice of pumpkin pie in the aftertaste. Nice pumpkin ale, with the nice presence of oak and vanilla. Dare I say a bourbon barreled PumKing soon?

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the Village Beer Merchant (Buffalo, NY).

A: Pours a translucent gold with hues of amber and reds. There is only about a half finger of pure white head that quickly settles. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, and roses. There is a floral quality hidden in there. At least I think so.

T: Mmmm. This is nice. Starts out with some sweet pumpkin and vanilla. The spice in this beer shines through a little bit later. The finish is pure vanilla and spice. Delicious. This beer is basically the regular PumKing, but with a lot of the sweetness dialed back.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts off smooth and creamy, and finishes the same way.

O: I think this beer is really good. Most people either love or hate PumKing, but the oak aging mellows out all of the flavors and makes this a beer easily drinkable.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at One Stop Beer Shop, Brooklyn, NY. Poured into 8oz mug.
Poured a golden crisp color. No head or lacing is obvious. Great hoppy, nutmeg, spice smell - with a definite oak note.
Taste sweet, hoppy, spice, and pumpkin...really great balance. The oak really mellows this out. The oak aged brings out a distinct vanilla flavor, balanced with some smokey wood notes. I would say I like this a bit better than the regular pumking.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-17 in Columbia, PA at Bully's

A - Very clear, pumkin-orange with a very short white head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S - Pumkin pie including the graham cracker crust. I don't smell the oak. Not overpowering.

T - Initially, the graham cracker crust aserts itself followed by pumkin flesh, typical pie spices and a bit of fresh lemon. The oak tannin cuts the sweetness nicely but also cuts back on the graham cracker flavor. It's different but not better than the non oak-aged version.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Mildly syrupy/oily at first but the palate quickly clears from some effervescence and dryness.

O - A very nice pumkin ale whether it is the oak-aged version or regular.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-orange brown color with little off-white head

S-pumpkin pie and spice with some hints of sweetness

T-lots of spice and pumpkin, but some slight bitterness that takes some away from the pumpkin flavor, don't really detect much from the oak

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and smooth feel

O-a nice beer for a change of pace, but not something I would drink regularly

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2102

Pours a glowing orange with a creamy white head. Typically amazing Pumking aromas of graham cracker, pumpkin, caramel, and cinnamon with just a tiny bit of oak. Taste is more of the same from Pumking (one of my favorite Pumpkin Ales) : graham cracker, butter, cinnamon, hazelnuts, and pumpkin. Not getting a ton of oak in this, it basically tastes like...regular Pumking. Not a bad thing, but a bit disappointing. Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. A bit underwhelming overall. I really wanted to like this more then the regular version, but it fell a bit flat.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm already a fan of the regular Pumking. This makes for a nice twist on the standard. The alcohol presence comes out more. You also get more breadiness from the crust. I still taste a lot of pumpkin, but the pumpkin has become more sour and a little bit more bitter. I like the after-taste as I get more oak and the pumpkin eases back. This is a very drinkable pumpkin. Good job by Southern Tier.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at J. Ryan's and was served in a 10 oz glass.
Hazy golden/orange color with a thin film for a head.
Aroma was sweet with definite pumpkin notes, there was absolutely no trace of oak or vanilla (wood aromas) at all in the nose.
Taste was kind of strange for my palate. To be honest, it felt like a mouthful of soggy pumpkin bread. I think that is the best way to describe the taste and mouthfeel of this beer. No trace of oak or wood character on the palate either.
I guess this is a beer which would only appeal to a certain palates.
Not my cup of tea, and something I will definitely not be looking out for.
Would I recommend this beer ? Not entirely sure.

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Photo of socon67
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour is orange with a cream colored foam on top. Slight lacing, and just a bit cloudy. Some carbonation moving about.

S - Smell is very refined. Pumpkin spices are there and the oak aged gives it a bit more of a vanilla and wood smell.

T - The added complexity takes a little from this. The creamy pumpkin flavor is replaced with a mellower flavor that has an earthy finish. This still a really good flavor, but as someone who loved the regular pumking this was unexpected.

M - Very mellow, slightly carbonated, and the age gives it a lingering feel. Lighter than the original, and a slight spicy bite in the finish

O - It stands on its own as a solid pumpkin ale. I think I like Pumking a bit more. The oak aged variety is better suited to those who like a toned down blast of spice and more complexity in the style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Drafting Room, into a tulip

A- pours a dark gold, light orange with a quickly fading one finger white head. The beer is very transparent and looks very nice, not cloudy at all

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, a little oakiness, and pumpkin in the background. Pretty much, it smells...like Pumking

T- the oakiness adds another layer of sweetness onto the cinnamon and nutmeg, and it somehow doesn't make it overwhelming....it just helps balance it out a little bit

M- medium bodied, kind of neutral on this

O- I enjoyed this just a tad bit more than the standard Pumking...I loved how the oakiness added an extra layer of flavor without destroying the beer. Good job, STBC!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a footed stange. This brew glowed a golden amber color, with a half finger tall white head. This left quickly, leaving very little lacing, even by the end of the tasting. Carbonation appeared light, and no sediment was noted. The aroma showed huge spice, with obvious cinnamon, gingerbread, and nutmeg. Everything was nicely warming, summing up the word “autumn” in a beery scent. With warmth came a faint oaked quality, and huge buttery diacetyls, which came across as fresh popcorn. Our first impression was that this had great spice, but the woodiness could have been stronger. As we sipped into it, toasted malts, copper, and gingerbread hit first. The very very light woody muck from the nose kicked in as well, along with toasted, salted pumpkin seeds, and a coating buttery slickness. The middle peaked with gritty, mealy grain, dirty leaves, and stale pumpernickel bread. The flavoring petered out with pumpkin spice finally appearing alongside those same malts, with a deeper caramel and toffee air. Metallics and must marked the last flavors to leave the mouth. The aftertaste breathed of oak, much more so than in the nose or actual swallow, caramel malts, booze, and more of that gingerbread and peppery spic. The body was light to medium, and carbonation was higher. The mouth was coated in a metallic slickness, dried, and then partially puckered. Froth and slurp were mediocre, and the brief head gave little cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the robust spiciness through the nose and the taste. The strong base of malts helped all of those nice inclusions hold up. Where we lost points was in the oakage. We were really excited for this one, and honestly were quite disappointed with the level of oak in the nose, and correspondingly in the taste. In the end, the butter and spice are nice, but this rendition doesn’t pop any more than their standard Pumking.

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Oak Aged Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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