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

On-tap at Brewvival 2102

Pours a glowing orange with a creamy white head. Typically amazing Pumking aromas of graham cracker, pumpkin, caramel, and cinnamon with just a tiny bit of oak. Taste is more of the same from Pumking (one of my favorite Pumpkin Ales) : graham cracker, butter, cinnamon, hazelnuts, and pumpkin. Not getting a ton of oak in this, it basically tastes like...regular Pumking. Not a bad thing, but a bit disappointing. Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. A bit underwhelming overall. I really wanted to like this more then the regular version, but it fell a bit flat.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm already a fan of the regular Pumking. This makes for a nice twist on the standard. The alcohol presence comes out more. You also get more breadiness from the crust. I still taste a lot of pumpkin, but the pumpkin has become more sour and a little bit more bitter. I like the after-taste as I get more oak and the pumpkin eases back. This is a very drinkable pumpkin. Good job by Southern Tier.

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Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into s lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Amazing pumpkin pie aroma but no oak in nose.  Hints of pumpkin purée, vanilla, ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon.  

Medium bodied with a subtle dry oak barrel presence that slightly tames the sweetness yet its still bursting with sweet pumpkin pie and autumnal spices.  Pumpkin, clove, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice. Spicier and dryer than regular but still pretty sweet with delicate oak barrel notes.  There's a dry finish but the ABV is invisible making it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color. It poured with a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pumpkin and spices and is slightly sweet. The barrel aging adds notes of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It has enough pumpkin flavors and doesn’t go over the top with the spices.

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

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with a very thin ring at the edges of the glass (almost no head at all). Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very pleasant smelling - lots of savory pumpkin (not like a pumpkin pie), some light spices, and hints of vanilla and oak.

T: Great savory pumpkin flavor (not overly sweet like many pumpkin beer and pumpkin pie), with some spices - allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon - and then the vanilla + oak.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: Probably one of the best pumpkin beers I have had and just slightly better than the non-oak aged version. I really like the fact that the pumpkin is not too sweet in this beer. Looking forward to the fall to get some more of this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Brewing Co. : Oak Aged Pumking

Pours a light orange color, small white foam, little to no lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin pie spice, biscuit, and heavy vanilla. In the taste, pumpkin puree, vanilla, mild oak tones, more vanilla, biscuit, honey, and bread. Some cinnamon, vanilla bean, oak, and pumpkin essence just linger on the palate in the best possible way. Takes the regular pumking up a notch with over the top vanilla overload, and it is well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, rich, and a low-medium carbonation level. Overall, one of the best tasting pumpkin beers ever, a real treat and well worth seeking.

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Photo of sniper061
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumking is probably one of my favorite beers offered by Southern Tier Brewery and living 20 minutes from the brewery makes it way to easy to go see what is on tap. With that said, this review is for the Oak Aged Pumking. I had purchased a 1/6 keg of pumking in october and had long been missing its wonderful flavor. I walked into the brewery after a rather long hiatus and saw this beer on tap.

Appearance-This Oak Aged Pumking comes to you a little lighter color than the dark amber orange of the original. As this beer was poured it had a nice head that quickly gave way to almost no lacing.

Smell - To anyone put off by the pumpkin pie bomb of the original beer please try this beer. It is a much more subtle experience with the oak aging.

Taste - Once again if you were overpowered by the Pumking original you should still try this. It has alot of the same flavor profiles as the original with much more balance. For example the smokey woody flavor of the original is toned down to where you taste the oak but the smoky tone isn't as prevalent. Still finishes with a wonderful vanilla, bourbon'esque' taste that I truly enjoy.

Mouthfeel -This beer is a low carbonation style that I truly enjoy. It helps to let the flavor linger on your palate.

Overall - I am a lover of the Pumking! That being said, this is a different beer. I enjoyed it very much and would like to see it aged even longer to get more of the real oak flavor out of the barrel... God Bless you SouthernTierBrewery
Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of atr2605
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent yellow straw color with a white head with average retention that leaves very thin white lace
S-pumpkin, hay, and vanilla, low hop presence. Hint of spice
T-Sweet pumpkin and spice up front followed by vanilla and then finishes with more vanilla and the slight oaky wood finish, very well balanced with the flavors
M-medium to medium light bodied with average carbonation
O-I liked this alot, I think the oak gives the beer more complexity and takes the sweetness off of the pumking. Although I look forward to pumking each year, I think it gets to be a bit too sweet. The oak aged cuts off the sweetness and gives it a nice new spin

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA. Served in a 12 oz. snifter. This one arrives a filtered, copper penny amber with no visible carbonation. No head is evident when this one arrives, with only a thin, white, foamy, sudsy collar around the edge and dollops of light lace throughout the experience. The aroma is one heavy in graham cracker, with sweet caramel barrel notes and hints of vanilla peeking out from beneath faint spice and melon-y sweetness - easily this beer's best attribute. The mouth is nice, but not quite on par with the nose - more pumpkin, and very smooth, with minimal, well-rounded spice (mostly nutmeg), hints of green oak, and a nice caramelly sweetness. The mouth is also well-balanced, with minimal and well-embedded carbonation that results in a gentle crisp feel. A similar beer to Pumking in many ways (which is the best pumpkin beer out there, in my opinion), this one doesn't show much character that can be directly tied to its time in the barrel, but instead tastes simply like ... aged Pumking. That's not a bad thing, but it doesn't necessarily live up to its name.

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

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 1/29/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a clear orange copper color. There is a finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass. The nose is sweet with pumpkin and holiday spices. The nose is very similar to the regular Pumking, but with a definite oak presence. It smells quite appetizing. The taste follows the nose. It starts off sweet and pumpkiny, then a wave of oak flavor comes out of no where. There is a nice holiday spice presence, as well as a mild hop presence, and a touch of booziness. The finish leaves some lingering sweet pumpkin, oak, and holiday spice behind on the tongue. This has a medium body and a little bit lower carbonation. It goes down easy, and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some tingling from the spices, and some mild hop bitterness on the back end. This has good drinkability. It has a really nice flavor and goes down good. I could easily have multiple glasses of this. Overall, I just think it is a really nice beer. It is just a little bit less sweet than the regular version, and I think the oak barrels really added something nice to this one. I recommend trying it out if you come across it.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-17 in Columbia, PA at Bully's

A - Very clear, pumkin-orange with a very short white head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S - Pumkin pie including the graham cracker crust. I don't smell the oak. Not overpowering.

T - Initially, the graham cracker crust aserts itself followed by pumkin flesh, typical pie spices and a bit of fresh lemon. The oak tannin cuts the sweetness nicely but also cuts back on the graham cracker flavor. It's different but not better than the non oak-aged version.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Mildly syrupy/oily at first but the palate quickly clears from some effervescence and dryness.

O - A very nice pumkin ale whether it is the oak-aged version or regular.

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

I am in the minority here in that I don't care at all for the base Pumking product. On tap at Capones on a cold Saturday night. This beer was probably about the 15th most interesting beer from the taplist currently available.

Poured from the tap into a small 9 oz. snifter. A little lighter than I expected as a lighter shade of orange rather than the deeper more amber orange that I remember from the base version. A small head that runs away leaving no noticeable lacing.

S - First clue that I might like this a bit more than the regular base version. Not the in your face spice bomb that Pumking is to me. More refined and subtle, the oak clearly exerts its presence, having a buttery squash oak aroma which blends with the typical pumpkin spices.

T - Largely consistent with the nose in that the pumpkin flavors are a bit muted (which is good for me) and the oak, vanilla, and slight buttery tastes raise their hand a bit more.

M - Pretty good for the style of beer. Feels like it has the right amount of carbonation.

O - I like this much more than the base version which seems artificial to me (consistent with most of the Southern Tier efforts in some of their beers). I might actually pick up a bottle of this next year if offered in bottle. Still, not in the same league for me as Elysian Great Pumpkin but more interesting to me than expected.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(from notes)

16 oz. shaker pint @ J. Ryan's.

Look- Not-quite-clear butterscotch/medium amber without much in the way of head or lacing. Thin ring of film persists throughout. Light carbonation visible. Not awe inspiring, it definitely seems sluggish compared to the run-of-the mill Pumking. Nice color though. Not as vibrantly orange as I remember the other one being, but it may have been the lighting.

Smell- Buttery acorn squash, nutmeg, graham cracker, and a hint of apple. Sweet all around, but more subdued than the original, with a darker woody presence. Quite nice and more complex after the aging.

Taste- Butterscotch and brown sugar are strong, with a roasted acorn squash flavor taking the place of the "tinned pumpkin pie filling" I was expecting. The oaky presence is anything but subtle, and I'm wondering if they used oak staves rather than barrels for this one. There's a light (extremely light) strawberry rhubarb finish that I can only assume is the last remnant of hops, with an aftertaste akin to the normal offering, pumpkin pie filling and graham cracker. Alcohol presence nearly nonexistent, aging has served this one well in that respect.

Mouthfeel- Snappier/crisper than I remember the earlier release being, though it still has a rich creamy texture. Sluggish carbonation. Light touch of astringency afterwards. Finishes quite clean with a light warming.

Overall- Feels more "real" than the fresher offering to me; sweetness is much more subdued, and earthiness more pronounced. If Pumking is like drinking liquid pumpkin pie, this is more like pumpkin brandy. I also feel like I could drink two of these, whereas that was definitely not in the cards before. Still not something I would pick up everyday, but worth trying if you can get it in your region.

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Photo of socon67
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour is orange with a cream colored foam on top. Slight lacing, and just a bit cloudy. Some carbonation moving about.

S - Smell is very refined. Pumpkin spices are there and the oak aged gives it a bit more of a vanilla and wood smell.

T - The added complexity takes a little from this. The creamy pumpkin flavor is replaced with a mellower flavor that has an earthy finish. This still a really good flavor, but as someone who loved the regular pumking this was unexpected.

M - Very mellow, slightly carbonated, and the age gives it a lingering feel. Lighter than the original, and a slight spicy bite in the finish

O - It stands on its own as a solid pumpkin ale. I think I like Pumking a bit more. The oak aged variety is better suited to those who like a toned down blast of spice and more complexity in the style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, pumpkin pie and a small note of oak. In the taste, oaky, small vanilla, and all the flavors of a piece of pumpkin pie. A spice like bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice of pumpkin pie in the aftertaste. Nice pumpkin ale, with the nice presence of oak and vanilla. Dare I say a bourbon barreled PumKing soon?

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at One Stop Beer Shop, Brooklyn, NY. Poured into 8oz mug.
Poured a golden crisp color. No head or lacing is obvious. Great hoppy, nutmeg, spice smell - with a definite oak note.
Taste sweet, hoppy, spice, and pumpkin...really great balance. The oak really mellows this out. The oak aged brings out a distinct vanilla flavor, balanced with some smokey wood notes. I would say I like this a bit better than the regular pumking.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Drafting Room, into a tulip

A- pours a dark gold, light orange with a quickly fading one finger white head. The beer is very transparent and looks very nice, not cloudy at all

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, a little oakiness, and pumpkin in the background. Pretty much, it smells...like Pumking

T- the oakiness adds another layer of sweetness onto the cinnamon and nutmeg, and it somehow doesn't make it overwhelming....it just helps balance it out a little bit

M- medium bodied, kind of neutral on this

O- I enjoyed this just a tad bit more than the standard Pumking...I loved how the oakiness added an extra layer of flavor without destroying the beer. Good job, STBC!

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Photo of NODAK
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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 billab914
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Pumking Chalice. It poured amber orange in color with a thin white dusting scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has graham cracker, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, canned pumpkin and a little bit of whipped cream. Pretty much all the makings of a pumpkin pie, and exactly what I expect from Pumking. It was delicious, but the oak didn't really seem to show much.

The taste shows a little more of the pumpkin pie spices up front. In the finish is where I get more of the graham cracker, vanilla and sweeter whipped cream flavors starting to come out. Not much oak to it, maybe a little more vanilla and the spices seemed a little smoother or subdued.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall, I love Pumking so this was a delicious beer to me. It was a little disappointing that the oak didn't really add more to it though. I did seem a little smoother with some more vanilla notes to it though which I liked. I'd be very happy drinking either this version or the regular version anytime. Both versions are top of their style for me still.

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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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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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Photo of 57md
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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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
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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Photo of hdelavega
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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