Punkuccino | Elysian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 605
Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of coffee, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Nice roasted coffee taste with sweet pumpkin and some spices.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a bit of red showing through. Small tan head.
Pumpkin spice and coffee aroma, a little bit of pumpkin.
Coffee, cinnamon, and nutmeg taste. Slight pumpkin.
Very smooth.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep opaque brown with mahogany highlights around the edges with a medium tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly but leaves behind some lacing.
S - pumpkin with fall spices up front with hints of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, followed by
T - Follows the nose with pumpkin and fall spices (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg) up front followed by roasted, semi-bitter coffee intermixed with notes of vanilla and caramel along with a smooth lactose finish.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and silky, yet with a somewhat thin back end
O - A really surprising and enjoyable Fall pumpkin beer - the only thing I wish was that the flavors were a little bolder, otherwise, it's a great beer.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark with a bit of an off white head. There's a nice ring of foam on the glass.
The nose is mixed with pumpkin spices and the coffee aroma. Interesting combination.
The taste is an interesting mix of the previously stated flavors: pumpkin spice and coffee. There's a pepper flavor mixed in.
The body is lighter. The flavors do linger.
Interesting mix.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick-stout black with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is okay. Aroma is a hearty blend of pumpkin and medium-roast coffee with chocolate. With pumpkin and coffee laying the aromatic foundation, toffee, spices, and roasted and toasted malts become apparent as dutiful sidekicks. Together they meld to form a kick ass ensemble of justice delivering coffee and pumpkin as the big one-two hits. Flavor profile follows the path set by the aroma, hitting notes of pumpkin, medium-roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Mouth feel has a minute effervescence, and when combined with a light graininess and a medium viscosity, drinks fairly robust. Overall, big coffee and chocolate mashed and mingled with pumpkin in a delightful way. It retains a good balance between the two major notes. It never reaches on cloying sweetness.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown color. Slightly thin body and medium carbonation.
Aroma is black coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some roasted malts as well
Taste was similar, a little sweet balanced with some coffee bitterness. Spice lingered a bit
Overall this showed up as weak to me. Thin body,weak coffee flavor and just wasn't that memorable

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, no dating.

It pours a dark brown with a tannish head of foam, quickly dissipating leaving a bit of lacing.

Nutmeg and cinnamon nose, light roasted malt, no coffee that I can discern.

The taste is heavy with the nutmeg and cinnamon, medium roasted malt and rather faint coffee for a beer with coffee in the name.

Very smooth mouthfeel and flavours, a very good Pumpkin beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Elysian Brewing Company "Punkuccino"
1 PINT, 6 FL OZ brown glass bottle seemingly without production codes or freshness dating
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Unlike a lot of people I've always liked pumpkin beers, or should I say pumpkin pie spiced beers. If they're actually made with pumpkin, great, but there are only a few that come to mind that do that where the squash has any real flavor contribution. In this case, however, it seems we're getting coffee and cinnamon/nutmeg and that sounds like a winning combination if the spicing isn't overdone. So, let's get to it, it's poured a very dark, almost black, mahogany brown body beneath a short but creamy head of dark khaki foam. The aroma offers cinnamon, nutmeg, some nuttiness, and coffee - not bad, it's smells like a Starbucks drink! Yeah, it reminds me of Christmas shopping, which is probably why so many people seem to love pumpkin spice and don't even realize it. I like it, let's move on. The flavor offers a nice fruity, caramelish, and nutty base - which I wasn't expecting, I was expecting it to be more stout-like - with a pleasant dusting of spices (the nutmeg seems to come out more than it did in the aroma, and the cinnamon is lighter), and a touch of roasty black coffee. It's not too sweet although there is some lactose added, I'm assuming to help give it some body. The head has dropped to a thin surface covering and standard collar, and there's some pretty nice lace. It's not what I was expecting but I like it, and I wonder if there was more coffee to it would I like it more or less. As it is it's a pleasant and fairly complex tipple while not being overly full or too intense in any area. I think they've nailed this one. The usual hiccup is that the spicing is too strong, or it's either too sweet or not sweet enough but they've got that covered. The next item would be the base malt and I think that's just fine, I'm guessing that would be a pretty nice brown ale on its own. Finally, they're tossing coffee into the mix here, and although you get more of it in the aroma, as you do the spices, there's enough in the flavor that it works just fine there as well. And I forgot, the yeasty fruitiness is an interesting change. Overall I find this really hard to fault, and I'm impressed enough to head back to the store to pick up two of these for Halloween while giving out candy, one for Thanksgiving (probably after dinner), and one or two and maybe even three or four for Christmas because you never know when something like this will just perfectly fit - that's seven so maybe I should just buy a case? But what about the extras? Well if no one else drinks them at Thanksgiving and Christmas, would it be a good beer to drink while the snow is falling? Yeah, I think so, but it's still definitely a seasonal, I wouldn't want this in spring or summer. Worth trying though!
Review# 6,282

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Photo of Gajo74
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with a big foamy tan head that displays decent retention and lacing.
Aromas of pie crust, pumpkin skin, spices, cinnamon, and clove. A modest aroma of roasted malt evokes espresso beans and becomes apparent later on.
The taste is dominated by pumpkin purée mixed with spices of cinnamon and clove. These adjuncts are embedded within a malt bill that is biscuity, pie like and sweet overall. Not much coffee or roasted flavor at first, however, it gradually becomes more prominent in the finish and adds some bitterness.
Medium bodied and gently carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel with a gummy malt texture.
Decent balance between the pumpkin and spices. A solid pumpkin beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is cinnamon/clove, malts and mild coffee. The flavor is ginger/cinnamon/mild clove, malts, pumpkin/gourd and a mix of mild sweetness and slight sour/acidic in the finish.

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Photo of VABA
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balanced pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice pumpkin ale

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Photo of Viaduck
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark body with light tan head that soon reverts to a ring around the glass. Smells like cinnamon (dominant) & nutmeg & pumpkin. Flavor follows the aroma with a cappuccino finish. I think The flavor & sweetness could be taken up a notch. Feel is thin, a bit weak on carbonation. But overall it’s sill very good.

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Photo of StoutPenguin
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic season choice. Just a hint of pumpkin which is where pumpkin ales usually fail. Most are too much spice and try too hard to bring the pumpkin flavor out. This is a hint and just right. Good body. Great overall flavor. Definitely best as a seasonal and not a year round. If you can find it in season do yourself a favor and have one from time to time.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Punkuccino pours a dark and deep brown color, with almost no head. Aroma has some big nutmeg and cinnamon notes. Flavor is spicy, lots of nutmeg, and cinnamon, and hints of pumpkin. Not too much cappuccino flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, good beer, big on the spices, less so on the namesake.

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Photo of colts9016
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So my last trip for a beer run I kinda went haywire with pumpkin and marzen beer, thus being reflected in my previous consumptions. I saw this and thought, ooh that sound tasty. I am not a huge fan of Elysian, some of their stuff is hit or miss for me. Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees. The head, I should say the lack thereof, was abysmal. It was an agressive pour yet resulted in nodda for a head. The head that did form was about 1/4 inch thick light tan ring that was super airy, I am disappointed. The body of the beer is dark brown with reddish hue was visible once I put up to the light.

A smell of the coffee first then milk chocolate, good pumpkin spices ( cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice), a dark roasty malt note, a touch burnt, brown sugar, molasses, yeast, bready, biscuit, earthiness, pumpkin, floral, and subtle grassy note.

I taste milk chocolate and pumpkin first off with the
coffee trailing on the end. Good pumpkin spices (see above). bready, molasses, brown sugar, floral, grass, roasty toasty malt notes, and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer to me is medium minus bordering on light plus. The carbonation is good, a touch astringent, and medium finish.
Overall: This is not a beer to jump up and down about. The flavors are good, but I feel it lacks balance. Calling this a Punkuccino, i would expect a coffee kick somewhere in this beer, I just did not see it. I thought the body of the beer was a touch light for me and the head was a dismal sight. I would not buy this beer unless maybe it was improved upon and then I would try the 2.0 version, but I would not buy again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Look: A very dark brown body, as brown as can be without being black. The head is light cream colored and settles to a nice thick film, with spots and squiggly lines of lacing.

Aroma: Notes of dark milk chocolate, cinnamon, allspice.

Taste: Milk chocolate and cinnamon really attack the palate right off the bat followed by the bitterness of dark coffee roast and pumpkin spice. This is definitely sweet as well.

Mouthfeel: Almost perfect, but it is on the light side, if it were a touch creamier I’d be delighted.

Overall: I kept wanting to give this beer a big score but it just didn’t get there in any category. Don’t get me wrong, I like it a lot, but for one $8 bottle I wanted just a little more. Also, I expected more coffee, I tasted and smelled mostly chocolate. Excellent use of pumpkin spices, it definitely is a pumpkin beer. Glad I tried it, but perhaps only once unless they sell it in other formats, thus the love/hate relationship with bombers.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with minimal head. Aroma has notes of sweet pumpkin-like smells and some mild coffee w/ hint of lactic quality (espresso). The beer is light/thin with a more mild espresso taste and feel with subtle pumpkin spice and minimal sweetness w/ clean finish.

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Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't see a date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: The beer appears black with a frothy light khaki head. The head is medium-sized and retains fairly well. Lacing doesn't form much beyond a few spots.

Aroma: There is a nice cinnamon aroma and a roasted coffee scent.

Taste: It tastes like cinnamon with a light bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel: It has a slightly textured mouthfeel with a touch of bite from the cinnamon.

Overall: The dominant flavor in the beer is cinnamon and It doesn't have any of the other pumpkin pie spices. There isn't much coffee flavor but it does pop up from time to time behind the bold cinnamon flavor. Overall the beer is still enjoyable but it seems off-balance and I probably wouldn't buy it again given the alternatives.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured almost soda like in color, medium head and lacing. Nose was nice, coffee, pumpkin, spices. The taste followed the nose, this is probably one of my favorite pumpkin beers, it was very good. Light to medium feel, very easy to drink.

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Photo of dream
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

top 5 pumpkin coffee beer. extremely balanced with all the right advertised notes. unfiltered. at 6% one wants to really guzzle the entire bottle. its actually a refreshing thirst quenching pumpkin beer. I do however prefer their 'great pumpkin' offering to this.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks like someone tried to rub off the date at the bottom of the bottle but I think it said: "08/29/14." Not sure how long Elysian has been doing this but I’m glad I noticed it. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance had a dark brown complexion, close to black color. A thin off white foamy head had a decent retention that dissipated at a nice pace. Light stringy lacing clung nicely around the glass. The smell was a pure strong coffee/slightly leaning towards the cappuccino sweet side of a light cinnamon, and then allspice and then nutmeg. The taste took those flavors to town to enliven and thoroughly sweeten yet allow a slight roast of coffee to enter nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a pure sticky sweet pumpkin/ginger spicy aftertaste and then a good watery sticky sweet pumpkin coffee finish. I say this was a sipper for the most part. Overall, I say this was a very nicely done pumpkin ale with a ton of other things going on to ensure that Elysian is pretty much the King of Pumpkin ales. Of course I would have this again!

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Photo of mkh012
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured at 50ish° into a teku glass.

Translucent reddish-brown with a finger of tan head.

The nose is spot-on cinnamon, coffee, pie crust, and chocolate. Very nice.

The taste follows - extremely easy drinking, tasty, but a touch thin on the backend. Pumpkin spice and mocha. Zero bitterness or booze.

Overall, a solid pumpkin beer. 8/10.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a tulip glass. Bottle date 7/22/16, bought and consumed on 10/15/16.

Imagine my (pleasant) surprise when seeing a pumpkin ale look like anything but! Very dark brown color, thin dark tan head, dirty lacing.

Fresh coffee aroma leads the spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, 'pumpkin', and malt.

Lots of spiced coffee flavor. I picked up a touch of clove along with the above mentioned. Fresh enduring coffee.

Medium body. The right abv, just enough spice. Good coffee finish.

Generally, I avoid pumpkin ales. The coffee drew me to this and will make me look for it next Fall as well.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some red highlight and a thin head. smells of mild coffee and baked pumpkin bread some spice and nuts. taste had a great mixture of nut bread,cinnamon spice and coffee only the slightest of pumpkin. mouth feel was this but tasty loved the mixture of all above. This is one to share and 1-2 bottles once a year is good for me.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent hybrid pumpkin coffee beer. My wife loves this beer! Taste is just how you think a hybrid of this style would taste like. A good mix of pumpkin and coffee.

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Punkuccino from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 605 ratings