Oak Aged Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

156 Ratings

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BARFLYB on 12-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -75.8%

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1/5  rDev -75.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of Auracom
2.77/5  rDev -33.1%
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 There's much less sweetness that has been replaced by a woody barrel character.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.

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of mfunk9786
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pumking is one of my all-time favorite beers, and a standard around my house during the autumn months. I rushed to TJ's in Paoli (the best beer bar ever, by the way) to try this oak aged version, and couldn't have left more disappointed. Pumking is a very strongly flavored beer - very sweet, with a lot of pumpkin pie flavors and a nice hot alcohol burn that helps tie the entire experience together. I don't know how long this version spent on oak, but it tastes as if it was only a month or two. The beer comes out tasting just about the same as Pumking (keep in mind that with this review, I'm grading on a curve), with the oak only imparting a medicinal quality that detracts from the overall experience. Pumking already has a vanilla marshmallow creme character, so I can't really detect any more vanilla from the oak - and there's not any woodsiness to speak of. What there is is a sap-like medicinal quality to the sip, especially in the aftertaste - a danger of aging beer or cooking food on virgin oak - that detracts from the lovely, pie-like experience of drinking this beer and just makes it a bit of a chore to drink.

Pumking has a ton of flavor - perhaps Southern Tier could keep that in mind next time they attempt this. It could use some barrel aging that's able to stand up to that flavor - either a long long time in virgin oak, or some time in something like bourbon or rum barrels, would be a smarter move.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at J. Ryan's and was served in a 10 oz glass.
Hazy golden/orange color with a thin film for a head.
Aroma was sweet with definite pumpkin notes, there was absolutely no trace of oak or vanilla (wood aromas) at all in the nose.
Taste was kind of strange for my palate. To be honest, it felt like a mouthful of soggy pumpkin bread. I think that is the best way to describe the taste and mouthfeel of this beer. No trace of oak or wood character on the palate either.
I guess this is a beer which would only appeal to a certain palates.
Not my cup of tea, and something I will definitely not be looking out for.
Would I recommend this beer ? Not entirely sure.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle over Memorial Day weekend. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a short white head. The nose carries a mild amount of oak along with some pumpkin spice and accompanying sweetness. This is quite a bit better than the standard version; the oak does a great job mellowing out the extreme sweetness with a bit of tannin and nice woodiness. Body is medium and only moderately sweet. Vastly preferable to the standard version.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of hdelavega
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear burnt orange color with a finger of white head. The nose is dominated by spices, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, brown sugar. I also get a little roasted pumkin and a gram cracker like aroma, there is also some oak in there but not much. The flavor is pretty much a mild version of pumking. Follows the nose almost to the point, with the exception of the oak which is almost unnoticeable. Medium body, medium carbonation. I like pumking, I liked oaked pumking, but was not impressed. I was looking forward to experiencing how the oak would blend with the beer but it was almost nonexistent.

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Photo of NODAK
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of picking up a growler of this from the brewery.

Has a strong smell of sweet pumpkin pie, vanilla and a bready note as well.

Pours a pumpkin color in the glass...not getting much of a head, as the carbonation seems a tad low in this one.

The taste doesn't deviate from normal Pumking all that much, to be honest. I don't really get any tastes from the oak, so I'm not sure how long it was aged. It's quite sweet, with pumpkin pie, vanilla and nutmeg all over the place. It also seems to have a candy corn type sweetness to it. Towards the finish, there's a breadiness to it as well. The hop note that is present in the normal version is almost completely gone from this one, and it's just sweet all around.

Honestly, I enjoy the regular version more. While some people have found this one to be more tempered on the sweetness, I didn't get that. It was cloying at times and was tough to drink very much of....and while I enjoy the taste of it, I'm still going to reach for the regular Pumking first.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Oak Aged Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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