Pumking - Rum Barrel-Aged
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #17
Ranked #4,438
4.06 | pDev: 12.07%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Pumking - Rum Barrel-AgedPumking - Rum Barrel-Aged
Notes: Back in 2014 we had the good fortune of finding a cache of rum barrels which we quickly filled with Pumking making what was affectionately called “Rumking.” We were lucky to have found more barrels, and in 2018, found some of the best we’ve ever used. This batch is at least as delicious as versions past.

Imagine our inimitable Imperial Pumking Ale as the captain on the high seas, flying the Jolly Roger. The ‘King sails for ports unknown in this limited release. Rum Barrel Aged Pumking has been kept like secret treasure in the hollows of the brewery, patiently awaiting discovery. Yo ho ho!

Enjoy Rum Barrel Aged Pumking now, or keep it hidden standing upright in a dark and cool place until you can say ‘anchors aweigh!’

2018 New label design, same great Rum Barrel Aged Pumking!

ABV varies by batch.
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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2019 version: Pours a clear light bronze/caramel color with a fairly fast receding head. Smell is reminiscent of ethyl, rum, spicy pumpkin, again rum. Wow.Taste is of pumpkin, pie spice, rum,more accurately tastes like a strong pumpkin spice rum cake if there was such a thing- Feels well carbonated, medium bodied, Pumking aged 5 months in Rum barrels does wonders for this mediocre beer. Adds depth and character, not to mention a boat load of booze in taste and ABV- Far better than other variations of Pumking. I don't even like Southern Tier-

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Photo of mschrei
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, nowhere near great. Maybe too much rum presence. The nose is more pumpkin eventually, but when I opened and took the first sniff, I got nothing but rum barrel. Plenty of pumpkin on the taste, but it’s offset by a strong rum burn. Feel is thin for such a boozy beer, dry finish. Maybe a little age might help, and if I can, I’ll try it that way, but this one is nowhere near Avery’s Rumpkin.

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Photo of howardnss
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Confession- I love rum and this beer couldn’t have been much better. Rum is the dominant Oder and flavor with a nice mild pumpkin flavor. Anyone who likes rum needs to try this beer.

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Photo of Tony210
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Vintage
Pours a medium orange color, appropriate foamy white head. Muted PumKing aroma. taste is tangy, pumpkin spices have mellowed, rum barrel is faded and reduced the bitterness of the hops, which is nice. Overall this is better frank fresh, but I had to try aging one.

Bomber, 2016 vintage
4 rating

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I let this age for over a year - it smells spectacular but the flavor is still rum-forward - I would have let it sit, easily, another year.

Right out of the pint bottle the thing was beautifully orange with a nice creamy head. The smell was by far the best aspect of the beer, and was quite possibly the best balanced smell of any beer I have ever experienced. Mouthfeel was very astringent, not bad, just a very tight feeling on the tongue. The taste, which is why I feel was rum-forward (and I mean rum-forward) was at least tasty due to its rum flavoring (which at least I am a rum drinker and favor this type of booze.)

Anyway, I still think this is at least an exceptional brew, if not spectacular. If I find another one I plan to let it sit for two year and give it another go...

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a custom taster; 2019 vintage.
A: Pours a crystal clear, light amber color with a less than one finger, off-white head, low retention, and almost no lacing.
S: Aromas of rum, vanilla, rum, and caramel.
T: Sweet and boozy. Flavors follow the nose, but enough pumpkin to claim membership in the style. Low bitterness very much in balance.
M: Light to medium bodied with lively, but still moderate carbonation. Frankly, just not that boozy despite the ABV.
O: Really delicious, rummy version of the Pumpkin Ale style.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2019. Poured somewhat hard from a bottle resulting in a huge amount of off-white head that faded quickly to a couple fingers and then took its time. Smelled faintly of rum. Color was a pale amber that was effectively clear. The pumpkin flavor was almost a background flavor, with a buttered-rum flavor up front and cinnamon/nutmeg spices on the back. Almost like a pumpkin-based rum that isn't too boozy. Very interesting take on rum-barrel aged pumpkin beer, and a must try if you are a rum fan.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good, had it 1 year aged and held up well. Tastes like a rum buttered pumpkin pie where at times you could even taste the crust along with rum, buttered rum, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and of course pumpkin. Mostly pumpkin forward followed by delicious rum that on the nose you get mainly a delicious pumpkin pie.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from Growler in a pint glass in September 2019. The Growler was filled from a tap, and I drank this only 1 day after purchase.

Appearance: Very dark golden-red but clear, with a huge tan/brown head. Head was very tall and very carbonated, and left more lacing on the glass than Southern Tier's Pumking.

Smell: Varied aroma of rum, pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, cinnamon, toasted malts, and caramel as well. The rum aroma fills the room as soon as it was poured, and overall the rum and pumkin spicedominate the other aromas. I do not get much hops aroma.

Taste: There is a strong rum, caramel, and pumpkin flavor as well as some cinnamon and peppery spices. Not much bitterness from hops. There is also a hint of sweetness like berries flavor. The rum overpowers the other aromas.

Mouth-feel: Veru strong alcohol, but with a very smooth and creamy body. Matches the 13.4% alcohol on the label.

This is a unique, spicy ale that has a variety of flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. The rum flavors make this interesting. This is a very strong-bodied pumpkin ale, which is very smooth. This is an interesting beer that I enjoy as a new taste, but I would not drink this often. Something nice to drink once a year maybe.

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Photo of bobv
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.
2019 Vintage.
Moderate pour yields a 5/8 inch white head over a super bright copper body with some lacing. Nose of pumpkin, spice, and a bit of rum. Taste mirrors nose with the booze introducing itself even more. Boozy finish of rum and spice. Nice feel and overall, not as hoppy as the base Pumking, but pretty tasty for me. Others may have a problem with the excess rum but I like it. Yo-ho-ho!

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Photo of HTHobgood
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first try of the Rum Barrel-Aged Pumking. Sitting at 13.4%- the rum comes through strong for me in first scents. Remarkably so. I would rather the rum be a hint than the overwhelming scent. If you're looking to sniff pumpkin and buttery graham cracker - go for the regular release.

I couldn't really think of a better color for this to be. Moderately deep, clear amber. A large pour head wasn't expected - and alas it fades quickly.

Mouthfeel was thick enough for my liking - just like the regular Pumking. Carbonation-feel upfront, then the incoming blast of flavors after.

Taste is a bit too boozy for me - the rum really coming through strong. What sticks around after swallowing - the rum and wood flavors. The renowned "pumpkin pie" is definitely there - but subdued compared to regular Pumking. Not overly sweet thankfully. An inviting drink - letting it sit in your mouth and warm slightly pulls out those coveted Pumking flavors.

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Photo of DIM
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Plenty of luscious, sweet rum dominates this. Clearly fresh, wet barrels were used. Surprisingly, the pumpkin and spice are pretty noticeable. The woody notes were a bit harsh and abrasive.

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Photo of akaizer
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber-gold color with a bit of continual effervescence. Scent is a strong rum first, pumpking second, and notes of sweet spice -- honestly a bit more boozy smell than desired, but to be expected with something this high in ABV. Taste has pumpking and rum well blended with very complex notes in the back of amaretto, tiramisu, almond, and rich chocolates. The taste and feel is very seductive -- pulls you in and keeps inviting you back for more. Taste and feel is superb, especially after a bit of worry about the smell. Would recommend.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, honey-copper color. Not a ton of head but decent. Nice lacing hanging on to the glass. Super boozy grainy, sweet rum nose with some fall spices. Taste is that of rum aged in a jack-o-lantern. Sweet, spiced, boozy.

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Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear, with modest head production and decent retention.

Nose is swirling with pumpkin, pumpkin spice, brown sugar, and indistinct barrels. Very inviting, a touch boozy, and very nice.

Palate is big and boozy, not particularly hiding the sky-high ABV, but that's not a bad thing. Rum barrels are perfectly integrated, asserting plenty of flavor character yet melding with the imperial pumpkin ale flawlessly. Notes of pumpkin, spice, brown sugar, rum, oak, vanilla, caramel, bread, dough, honey, flowers ... this has it all, and it has it all in spades.

Definitely hot and boozy on the palate, but that's almost a welcome change compared to most huge beers nowadays trying to disguise the massive alcohol content behind a wave of sugar and sweetness. Still easy enough to drink - nowhere near as harsh as, say, BCBS - and slick and lively.

What more can I say? You probably knew if you would like this beer before you bought it. All I can do is amplify the exceptional BA rating, and elaborate that you won't be disappointed. I'm not a rum fan, but the barrel characteristic here is perfectly complementary. Neither am I particularly a fan of pumpkin beers, but this is superbly executed. An excellent beer from start to finish, well worth the price.

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Photo of EMV
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage... poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Cool original Jack'o'Lantern pirate artwork

L: Not the prettiest brew... cloudy mud-brown pour with thin fizzy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Pumpkin/squash and sweet rum. Smells tasty.

T.F: Sweet up front... a little boozy, but it's mellowed a good bit over the last few years. Strong pumpkin/vegetable and relatively light on the spice which complements the rum and pumpkin without dominating. Squash, earth, sweet rum, vanilla, and booze. Warming and medium bodied... some definite ethanol going on but again not unpleasant. Warmth, pumpkin, and rum at the finish.

O: Just like what it says it is... a rum barrel aged Pumpkin beer, and it makes for an interesting flavor pairing that overall works pretty darned well. I'd probably pick this up over a regular pumpkin brew, and it did mellow nicely with time. One I'd have again. Next year.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Rum is overwhelming. Thinner than the others. Had this back to back with the coffee version, and it's amazing how much better that one was compared to this one.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty sure this is a 2014ish bottle.

A: Poured into a snifter to a nice shade of light orange topped by a dense finger of white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of funky rum, toasted malts, spices and a little pumpkin. This one is an unknown age and it may have some oxidized notes going on.
T: Taste is pumpkin, rum, vanilla, pumpkin pie spices, caramel, toasted malts, and some sugary sweetness. On the swallow this one is more funky rum, spices, vanilla, sugary sweetness and toasted malts.
M: This beer is fairly full bodied but not over the top with a slightly syrupy texture. Carbonation is effervescent and adequate while the beer has a drying finish
O: This is one interesting beer. Definitely a lot of rum notes but this one also has a vibe that's closer to egg nog. It all works together surprisingly well and the beer has some really nice balance and complexity to it. It's definitely different than a lot of beers out there while being alcoholic than Rumpkin. It's worth a try if this makes future appearances.

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Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2017 vintage, about a year old.

A: Pours a clear red with a big frothy tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing both.

S: Sweet rum and vanilla aroma, tons of it. Lots of pumpkin pie spice in there, but not overpowering. Allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon mainly I'd say.

T: Taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma. Initially there is a lot of rum and a hit of sweetness but it fades almost immediately. Rum overpowers the sweetness quickly for sure, then an avalanche of pumpkin spices. Spices are very bitter and stand alone.

M: Medium bodied, a bit slick and oily.

O: Meh. The original is better. This one is a bit odd, maybe the age hasn't been kind to it?

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Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Whew... pretty boozy and lacks the body I was expecting from it... I will admit I'm not the biggest fan of the base beer but I wanted to give this a go.

Pumpkin flavors seem overwhelmed from the heat and flavors of the rum...not particularly balanced but...

Split with the wife and it sort of grew on me toward the end but don't know that I would seek this out again for the $$...

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Photo of marlinsrock
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a rum-barrel aged pumplin beer, tastes like a more spiced Kraken and Coke. That being said, it's a phenomenal beer. Full of great flavor and spice. On a cold and snowy day, this is excellent.

And if I'm really craving a pumpkin beer, I can always defer to the original Pumking.

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Photo of connoisseur
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional, Maybe the best Rum Barrel aged Pumpkin brew of the season. Very booze forward. You definitely notice the abv even in the flavor. Bottom line, this one is delicious.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head, decent retention with streaming bubbles, crystal clear golden honey color

Nose wow, tons of pumpkin spice and was pumpkin as will at big sweet spiced rum, smells a lot like spices egg nog with rum, loads of nutmeg, some cinnamon and ginger all spice like,

Taste is similar, plenty of pumpkin spice, big nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, ginger, etc, some pumpkin, big pumpkin pie, big rum too, like raw spiced rum and big rum flavor without cheap alcohol flavor, a little sweet toasted malt like pie crust, little alcohol tingle late

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, little alcohol warmth

Overall I actually really liked this, pumpkin spice was very high and same with the rum, normally I wouldn't like either characters being that high but together they seem to make a really fun and tasty beer

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Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of dark spiced rum with a touch of pumpkin pie spices. Tasted like a rum and coke with a touch of pumpkin pie spices.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled August 2018, 13.4%. Orange with amber highlights, mostly clear with a slight haze, thin layer of head moves immediately to a thin lace. Aroma is ultra strong rum, from several feet away. As some of that burns off, you pick up pumpkin and spices underneath. The taste is rum, rum, then faint pumpkin. The feel is detract-ably thin. Overall, it's rum flavored water with hints of pumpkin and spice on the finish. Was hoping for more body and balance. DNF.

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Pumking - Rum Barrel-Aged from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 540 ratings