Oak Aged Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BARFLYB on 12-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 44
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a must try last night at the Wooden Match in Bethlehem PA. The entire party I was with put quite a dent in their supply as the majority of the table bought several rounds of this gem. The beer was served in a Chimay glass and it had a really nice creamy looking off white head on top of a orange body. The lacing wasn't too bad on this but the retention was minimal. The smell of the beer wasn't a whole lot different than the normal Pumking. The taste of the beer seemed a little bit on the lighter side, meaning it wasn't as sweet as the regular version in my opinion. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a soft carbonation to it. Overall this beer was rather tasty like always. I would drink it again in a heart beat.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-orange brown color with little off-white head

S-pumpkin pie and spice with some hints of sweetness

T-lots of spice and pumpkin, but some slight bitterness that takes some away from the pumpkin flavor, don't really detect much from the oak

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and smooth feel

O-a nice beer for a change of pace, but not something I would drink regularly

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The light copper color appeared a bit more pale than the bottled version of regular Punking, but darker than the on-tap version of regular Pumking. The offering had little head. The nose was extraordinary - vanilla and spice dominate.

The taste is a bit more balanced than the regular version. I love Pumking, but I understand that many feel the beer is cloying or syrupy. If you feel that way, you should try the oak-aged version. It does temper the sweetness of the regular version.

Truth-be-told, the oak adds little of its own flavor, it but it does VERY well at balancing what is already present.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber in color, small but noticeable egg shell head and no lacing found on the glass.

S: Its mellow and bleak but also does wonders at the same time. Laid back notions of the oak found in the back, before that comes the the spices of clove, cinnamon, allspice and such. Sweet as pumpkin pie and then the chill of the oak makes for a dynamic combination.

T: A most tamer and slimmer version of the original. Less sweat and mellow throughout with some earthy tones mixed in.

M: Thin in texture, slippery, little boozy with the oak involved, low carbonation.

O: Cool concept of one of my favorite seasonal beers. I like the original better but thats only because I'm not too into barreled versions of anything. Though I was pretty stoked when I heard the news of this, a real treat it was. Comes recommended.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Almost forgot I had this one! But I did.

Poured an appropriately pumpkin orange color, with a nice, foamy, white head. Sweet aroma, much sweeter than I remember the non-oaked version to be: vanilla dominates mostly, with pumpkin pie in the background. Taste was actually more cake-like than anything, with a big vanilla sweetness, and flavors of soft pumpkin pie, ginger snaps, and birthday cake. Really enjoyed this, though I didn't really think it aged in the barrels long enough to pick up any significant flavors from it. If there was any oak to be had, it was extremely extremely subtle, and/or overpowered by the other flavors. Possibly too sweet for some, but it was a welcome change of pace I thought. Hence, compared to the original, I rate the taste higher and the overall lower. Medium mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured a golden amber color with a nice white head that left pretty lacing. Appearance wise, I would say this seemed a shade lighter than regular Pumking. Had an aroma of vanilla, spices and booze. Much like regular Pumking, honestly. Taste followed the nose. I really noticed only a small touch of oak...kind of disappointing. One nice thing was that this brew seemed more balanced taste-wise than regular Pumking. The spices were more subdued and "blended." Very drinkable and smooth.

On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Good, but I think it could be improved upon. It was too close to regular Pumking.

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the Village Beer Merchant (Buffalo, NY).

A: Pours a translucent gold with hues of amber and reds. There is only about a half finger of pure white head that quickly settles. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, and roses. There is a floral quality hidden in there. At least I think so.

T: Mmmm. This is nice. Starts out with some sweet pumpkin and vanilla. The spice in this beer shines through a little bit later. The finish is pure vanilla and spice. Delicious. This beer is basically the regular PumKing, but with a lot of the sweetness dialed back.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts off smooth and creamy, and finishes the same way.

O: I think this beer is really good. Most people either love or hate PumKing, but the oak aging mellows out all of the flavors and makes this a beer easily drinkable.

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Oak Aged Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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