Pumking - Rum Barrel-Aged | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ack 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.

Added by BeerVikingSailor on 11-03-2014

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Ratings: 505 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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 RickS95
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 WynnO
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Melalina
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Taste of rum is overpowering.

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Photo of marlinsrock
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +24.1%
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 Tcsox
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sewercap
2.41/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not nearly as good as their regular Pumking. Tasted way too much like drinking rum and coke.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -5.5%
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 Jcarriglio
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ian_graf
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours some thin white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a clear bright orange.

The smell is decent. It consists of a fairly powerful rum smell overpowering a sweet and artificial pumpkin smell. There are some pretty light spice notes like cinnamon but they get blended into the pumpkin notes.

The taste is decent. It's a pretty strong rum note to it and pumpkin underneath it all.

The feel is decent and incredibly easy drinking. It's slick but with a mostly thin body to it.

Overall, a decent rum barrel aged beer even though the rum overpowers everything else.

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Photo of Nass
2.72/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It's not as bad as I expected. I have only had one other rum barrel aged before & I did not care for it. The 13.4% abv is hidden well. The sweetness from the rum & pumpkin is there. At the end of the day I don't think the rum aging has helped this beer much. nice alcohol kick. Oh well! at least I like this better than the bourbon barrel aged Kentucky brewing pumpkin beer. I don't think I would care to drink any rum barrel aged pumpkin beer again. This gets harder to drink as it warms. This is not my thing, it's more of a chore to drink than joy. Cheers! C

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psumjl269
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Donco
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but I thought this one was above average. That said, unless you also like rum, you may wish to look at the large number of pumpkin beer alternatives. I do like rum so this one was on point. Another plus was the very noticeable smell of pumpkin spices as the beer warmed. Definitely let this one warm considerably from the fridge. Nice fall/holiday sipper.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny copper penny colored with moderate sized sediment suspended within the body. Vibrant carbonation bubbles are emerging from the bottom of the glass. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering three quarters of the rim. The aroma is of pumpkin pie spice and light rum. I'm tasting equal parts pumpkin pie spice and light rum. In the back of the palate the light rum takes over and I'm getting a bit of coconut and perhaps banana in the finish. The mouth is warm with alcohol and the spices tingle your taste buds.

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Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pumking - Rum Barrel-Aged from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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