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Oak Aged Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Pumking
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 20
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BARFLYB on 12-15-2011)
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 02:43:05 | More by Billolick
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blmar311

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-23-2012 04:10:48 | More by blmar311
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bentonquest

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-22-2012 19:34:04 | More by bentonquest
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Auracom

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Monk's Pub. 12 oz. served in a pint glass on August 9th, 2012.

A - Looks a bit thinner than regular Pumking. Very minimal offwhite head, retention, and lacing.

S - Very, very similar to the regular version. Overt pumpkin filling, vanilla extract, and plentiful spices.

T - The oak has definitely infiltrated through the standard affair. There's much less sweetness that has been replaced by a woody barrel character.

M - Thin, medium body, average carbonation, semi-sweet finish.

D - It tastes just about how I would expect the regular offering to after some age. That means way too much muted character in the taste. I really don't believe this benefits from oak at all.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 15:34:07 | More by Auracom
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-17-2012 02:14:29 | More by jrfehon33
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jhighlandbrewing

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-11-2012 02:44:26 | More by jhighlandbrewing
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-07-2012 00:33:42 | More by acurtis
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shchmue

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.5%

07-11-2012 00:10:50 | More by shchmue
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-08-2012 19:36:29 | More by kylemckinnis
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-07-2012 16:11:48 | More by Stinger80OH
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-25-2012 21:06:52 | More by st9647v3
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RandyKemka

New York

5/5  rDev +20.5%

06-24-2012 02:21:57 | More by RandyKemka
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-20-2012 03:06:12 | More by mjtiernan
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-13-2012 19:42:28 | More by millerbuffoon
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-06-2012 14:00:45 | More by srw
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BeerForHokie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-04-2012 04:06:12 | More by BeerForHokie
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-03-2012 19:09:38 | More by brendaniel
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BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-31-2012 03:11:40 | More by BeerOps
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-28-2012 11:40:35 | More by DNICE555
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americajesus

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-21-2012 02:03:08 | More by americajesus
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-15-2012 23:11:21 | More by pearljam118
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 19:08:02 | More by DrDemento456
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-06-2012 02:42:02 | More by JustinMatthew
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 14:19:56 | More by TheBrewo
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tln13

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.5%

04-22-2012 19:09:09 | More by tln13
Oak Aged Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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