Rum Barrel Aged Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerVikingSailor on 11-03-2014

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Ratings: 463 |  Reviews: 89
Reviews by StonedTrippin:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my buddy sent me this one after the season was missed last year, so its been in the cellar ever since, and a pumpkin beer finally seems appropriate now that its gotten chilly here in colorado finally. this is a cool one, although i would be curious to taste it fresh. i know the base pumking to be such a squash forward brew, thats what i love about it, and it seems faded in this one. a little flat from the bottle too, although shiny orange and still pretty to look at. the rum is robust in the nose, brings out cacao and vanilla notes, the wood is sweet, and there are molasses and maple suggestions too. the pumpkin itself is still there, sort of cooked and as sweet as it is earthy, with strong vanilla and sugar from the rum, and less of the wood in the flavor. rather than tasting mature in overall vibe though, it sort of tastes faded to me, like this was probably a lot more compelling when it first came out last year. rum barrels seem to often impart a lot more of the spirit than the wood in my experience, and that is true in this one too. very fall flavored, nice spice profile and warming alcohol with all the body to set the tone too. a nice way to kick off the pumpkin beer season, even if this might have been better last year. i still love the original, but the rum barrels make this even more unique. fun stuff if you like this sort of thing!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours crystal clear dark orange with no sediment, minimal carbonation, and no head or lacing ring.

S - Same aroma as Pumking only with some notes of rum in the aroma - very bready, with pumpkin spice.

T - Alot of us geeks have had Pumking and the easy way out would be to say it tastes exactly like Pumking only with rum in it. (!!!!!) Very bready, pumpkin spice, rum sweetness, vanilla, some honey, and graham cracker.

M - Light medium body with some alcohol warming on the way down.

O - I like Pumking and I also like barrel aged beers so I enjoyed this one. Was it worth an almost double the price tag? To try it once...absolutely - to try it twice? No.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear golden amber, with a small quarter inch head, and a little bit of webby lacing.

Smells much like the regular Pumking, with a tiny smidgen of rum, a lot more vanilla, and some butterscotch.

I wish the barrel was a bit more prominent here- it might have been a blend, or the beer wasn't in barrels for very long. The barrel-aging seems to have beefed this up a bit, as I get stronger vanilla from this, along with a much stronger butterscotch flavor. A lot of people get that buttery-ness from regular Pumking, and I never did. However in the rum BA version, I get it loud and clear. There's the typical pumpkin pie spicing that Pumking is known for, and some bready, doughy malts. The rum is very subdued, only really noticeable as the beer warms up a bit more.

This is medium bodied, much heftier than regular Pumking, with a lower amount of carbonation, and an oily, spiced mouthfeel. Very drinkable and tasty.

I don't necessarily think this better than regular Pumking. It's better than this year's subpar version, but it's not better than '12 Pumking, which was amazing. I want to see aged for much longer in the rum barrels- I can tell it wasn't for very long.

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Photo of stotch
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Received this as a Christmas present, it was purchased from the brewery itself. The label reads 2016 Vintage, 9.5% abv. Love the label which I'm assuming is a play on Captain Morgan but with the Pumking head.

L: Pours a light golden colour that glows orange when light hits the glass. The head disappears almost immediately after pouring it.

S: Smells almost exactly like pumpkin pie, with the crust, whipped cream and everything! Very nice. There's also vanilla and a mild sourness which I usually get with pumpkin beers.

T: You can taste the rum right away which I couldn't detect in the nose but it compliments the pumpkin spices quite nicely. Graham cracker, butter, pumpkin, vanilla and oak come through as well.

M: Medium body and carbonation, it's alright but I would've liked something more full-bodied with this alcohol content.

O: A great pumpkin beer, I haven't had the original Pumking to compare but I have to imagine it's pretty similar other than the rum flavour. My favourite pumpkin beer remains Great Lakes' Saison Dupump but this is a close second for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2016 vintage,9.6%ABV.Pours a clear honeyed golden with a thin fizzy head,wow alot of carbonation here,not quite expecting fizzy for a beer this big and of this style,pretty light in color as well.The best part of the beer is the nose,buttery rum,light toast,and pie spices.The feel is thinner and again fizzy just not something I was looking for here.Flavors are sweet and rum driven upfront with the clove and nutmeg-like spice flavors lingering into the finish,slightly drying as well in the finish.A beer I was looking forward to drinking and I came away disappointed.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of generallee
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, w/o any bottling date or vintage information.

Pours near clear, lighter amber, with a faint reddish hue. Next to no head/lace/film.

Nose of pumpkin...surprise

Pleasantly pumpkin infused, notes of holiday spice, brandy, rum.

Nice sipper..great holiday nightcapper

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Photo of mctizzz
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, orange-brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is Pumking goodness, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, with a touch of rum at the tail end. The rum does not overwhelm the base beer. I like this variant a lot more than the coffee variant. Super tasty. Another great dessert beer from the kings of dessert beer.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of rwilde
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMS1512
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured roughly into a Maredsous chalice

Sight: Hazy with a bit of carbonation making its way up from the bottom. SRM might be about a 10 or so, a Lipton’s Iced Tea sort of golden yellow/orange. Head pours thick but dies down quickly to a small cap, and leaves with nary a trace.

Smell: Soft aromas of baked bread, pumpkin and spices, and a malty sweetness. Barely any hop presence. Considering only two types of hops and malt, I think it lets the spices and the gourd through nicely.

Taste: Sweet and spicy (not hot, but think pie spice). Malt comes through in the middle, and the hops get off their bines just long enough to make a fashionably late appearance. Perhaps the rum “provides a roundness” and also ties things together. The heat from the 10.7% is well hidden when chilled, might be more evident as it warms.

Feel: Feather soft carbonation verging on flat, medium length finish. Easy sipper.

Overall: After a much anticipated arrival, and I was happy to try this one, despite it being January and not during typical “pumpkin” season of October/November. They are a winter vegetable, though, right?

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Photo of Iparedman
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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