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: 506 |  Reviews: 109
Reviews by punxsybob:
Photo of punxsybob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Expecting more from this!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -2.7%
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 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 Sabtos
2.38/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear burnt gold with a creamy off-white ring and thin film.

Smell is very boozy of peppery spiced rum, like a straight ass neat pour.

Taste too is like the largest addition of booze I think I have ever experienced in a beer, adding elements of vanilla and peppery rum that's super hot and thins out the base, making it slick and stinging.

Holy shit this is like a straight up shot. I think the ABV has dramatically increased since original release as well.

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Photo of stotch
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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 teromous
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the label in gold lettering: "BOTTLED AUGUST 2018"

The label for this year says: "13.4% ALC/VOL"

Appearance: The beer has a sun tea color with hints of gold and light orange. The beer has a moderate level of haze. It starts out with a short, white, fizzy head that fizzes out of existence very quickly.

Aroma: There is an aroma of rum as soon as the beer begins to pour. This aroma just shoots out of the glass and bottle into the room. Closer inspection of the beer just slams the face with more rum. It smells just like a mixed drink made with rum, having the scent of rum without burning the nostrils. It is probably important to note that while this wears the "Pumking" moniker it does not smell like pumpkin spice in the way that the current year's batch of Pumking does.

Taste: Up front there is a ton of rum followed by more rum in the middle. Towards the middle and at the end of the beer when the rum flavor has tapered off there is just a light bit of wood character that comes through and then the rum jumps back in at the end. There is also a flash in the pan of what tastes a bit like cinnamon and nutmeg but it pops up right around when the wood flavor shows up then it is drowned very rapidly by more rum. The aftertaste is a bit of a toss-up because sometimes there is a bit of nutmeg and other times it has nothing but rum. As a whole this beer feels off-balanced and leans heavily on the rum to develop its flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice light body with an extremely mild woody bitterness. It has low carbonation and despite the drinkable characteristics of the beer, the rum makes this beer much more of a sipper.

Overall: The more you drink the beer the more a spice flavor develops. It also develops more spice flavor as the beer warms up a bit, so my recommendation is to let it sit out for a while before drinking it. It still doesn't have much spice flavor so if you are a fan of regular Pumking you will likely be disappointed in this years rum barrel version. If you are a complete nut for rum then this is for you. They should just call this variant Rumking because that's mostly what it is. As a whole it did deliver the rum flavor (and then some) so that was very impressive, but there wasn't enough spice to make me want to buy it again. It's decent enough as a one-off.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
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 -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of generallee
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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 dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 Cynic-ale
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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