Oak Aged Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good
156 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
156
Reviews:
44
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Stag's Head in Midtown NYC at their Southern Tier event. Served in a 10 oz. pilsner type glass.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with one to two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like the non-oak version.

s - Smells of sweet pumpkin pie, spices, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, graham crackers, caramel malts, bready malts, and toasted malts. Awesome nose; like the normal version with some extra vanilla and oak added

t - Tastes of vanilla, oak, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel malts, and bready malts. Taste is not as spicy as the normal version and a little sweeter due to more vanilla again. Great taste.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. This is where the biggest difference is to me. The body and mouthfeel of the normal one is good, but the oak aged version is perfect. Just super smooth and creamy, it is insanely easy to drink and no alcohol comes out at all. Could definitely have a few of these.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I don't think this will change many minds from how people feel about the normal version. I think if you love the normal version you'll love this one, if you don't than you probably won't like this one. It is very similar to the normal verison but with an even smoother and better mouthfeel, and some added vanilla to the nose and taste. Well worth seeking out if you love Pumking as I do.

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

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY

Pours clear orange hued amber, clear, with a minor off white head and next to no lacing.

Some alcohol and pumpkin pie spicing in the nose

Full on pumpkin thingy goin on here. Spice, pumpkin flavor, some smoke, and woody notes to add to the complexity. On the hot side with alcohol burning a bit. Holiday dessert beer, perfect as a thanksgiving dinner night capper.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Auracom
2.77/5  rDev -31.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I kind of lol'd a bit when I found out this ABV isn't much different that the regular version. Beermuda had this on tap 16oz pour for 5 bucks (amazing) yet they clocked it in at 10.8%. Man what kind of oak barrels would add that much ABV?

A - Pretty much pours like Pumking (no surprise) with a clear bright orange colored beer and a 1/4 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smell is downright amazing and I am kind of glad that barrel aging hasn't affected the smell one bit! Hazelnut like gram cracker like malt sweetness, roasted pumpkin seeds, and a nice bouquet of spices cinnamon and all spice mostly noted.

T - Well I love Pumking and this is like a milder version (less sweet) Very little overall oak barrel but flavors are not completely muted with gram cracker malt sweetness (best I ever had) and spices being the most abundant.

M - Dangerously drinkable yet I don't think I ever got more than two pints down. Still a bit cloying yet delicious.

Overall I am glad they made this so I could drink Pumking out of season. Still confused by some reviews since this should have satisfied all the folk who though the regular Pumking was way too sweet and cloying.

Still one of the better pumpkin beers I ever drank.

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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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