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Cellaring Pumking

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Treyliff, Mar 18, 2013.

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  1. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,178) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    So Pumpking is one of my favorite pumpkin ales. WV recently started getting Southern Tier and strangely enough, bottles of last years Pumking started showing up in January (at $6.50 a bottle ).

    Has anyone every cellared Pumking? If so, what was your opinion of how it aged?
  2. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    it taste just as bad aged as is it does fresh...IMO it isnt worth it but if your a fan of it, its prob worth the 6.50 bottle.
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  3. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Disciple (313) Feb 18, 2009 Indiana
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    Age doesn't do pumpkin beers any favors.
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  4. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,178) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    In most cases I agree, but Pumking doesn't have that typical 'pumpkin spice' flavor as most pumpkin ales, rather more of a malty sweetness, plus the higher ABV.

    I guess I really can't go wrong with a $6.50 experiment either way, I was just wondering if anyone has actually tried it.
  5. Snikwad1020

    Snikwad1020 Initiate (198) Nov 29, 2011 Maryland
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    In 2011 I had a 2009 Pumking and it was amazing! Wasn't as hoppy of course, but kept a little bitterness and was even creamier... I now have a 2011 & 2012 in the cellar and I'm looking forward to a little 3 year vertical this year.
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  6. harrymel

    harrymel Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2010 Washington

    I agree with previous posts, totally loses that hop bite it has fresh.

    On the bright side, the cool whip really shines through in the nose.
  7. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (348) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I prefer it at a year at least. Too much sweet/spice when fresh for me.
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  8. Moc513

    Moc513 Aspirant (262) May 24, 2012 New York
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    I too had a year old Pumking and found it amazing...it was no longer hoppy, but had great taste.
  9. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (709) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    I keep my distance regardless of how fresh it is.
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  10. raczkowski

    raczkowski Disciple (324) May 16, 2011 Florida
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    i have a 2011 that has been staring at me for a while now...might be time to pop that thing ths weekend...although my taste for pumpkin beers is growing less and less each time i drink one lol.
  11. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (719) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    Man I totally agree. Not a fan at all.
  12. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,656) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I'll preface this with: I enjoy fresh Pumking.

    Last year, we did a 1-year old vs. fresh Pumking and it wasn't even close. The 1-year old bottle became way more malty (as expected) and lost a lot of its spices which make Pumking what is it. That said, I've had bottles around the 5 month mark and they were doing fine. I'd venture a guess that in the 6-12 month timeframe, everything starts to fall off.
  13. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Devotee (411) Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    My gf and I found a place that had them on clearance this past Summer for $5. We bought a case, as it's one of her favorite beers. Like some others have said, I actually like it better with some time on it now.
  14. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,178) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Thanks for the feedback from those of you that have tried it. I went ahead and bought a few to put away and see what happens.
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  15. Doogflaggat

    Doogflaggat Initiate (170) Aug 29, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Hey BAs,
    I was wondering what Pumking tastes like after a year of aging. I have four bottles now, and have opened a bottle (which I replenished with another last night :sunglasses:) and have had it on tap at Al's of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing. Do the pumpkin flavors come through after aging? One of the bartenders told me more pumpkin flavors come out later. I get mostly graham cracker crust and spice, which I like, but I definitely want to have a Pumking with more pumpkin flavor. Let me know what ya think.
  16. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    The good news, spices should mellow out. The bad news, you are not likely to taste much pumpkin.
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  17. Doogflaggat

    Doogflaggat Initiate (170) Aug 29, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Ok thank you!
  18. Doogflaggat

    Doogflaggat Initiate (170) Aug 29, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Thanks Treyliff!
  19. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,178) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    I haven't tried any of my Pumkings that I've been aging from last year yet, probably crack one open on Thanksgiving. Hopefully they hold up well.
  20. kell50

    kell50 Meyvn (1,054) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    I have a 2011 & 2012 Pumking in my beer cabinet that I can't wait to taste along side this years version! Anyone know how this stuff ACTUALLY ages minus the speculation and/or bad jokes?

    LIQUORBARREL Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2009 Minnesota

    Had a 2010 last night..was very mellow and spice was just right. Good beer
  22. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I know this will sound a little weird, but here goes...

    1) I love Pumking

    2) I have had Pumking aged at cellar temperature aged one year and I have had Pumking at refrigerator temperature aged one year.

    3) The Pumking aged at fridge temperature was FAR superior to the Pumking aged at cellar temperature. I also found it superior to fresh Pumking.

    4) Conclusion: a little age can do the beer some favors. If you keep it in the fridge it will hold up very well. Likely for 18 months. If you keep it in the cellar, drink it within 6-9 months. I found the correct amount of age to tone down the alcohol, retain the spices, and round out the flavors. Too much age mellowed the spices to the point where the alcohol comes back with a vengeance and it is not desirable.

    Take my advice at face value. Enjoy your Pumking.
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  23. Doogflaggat

    Doogflaggat Initiate (170) Aug 29, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good to know, victory4me. I think I'm going to move some bottles to the fridge.
  24. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    One more thing, it's one of the best beers for mixing I've ever had. Pumking mixed with ST Mocha or Chokolat is other-worldly!
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  25. Doogflaggat

    Doogflaggat Initiate (170) Aug 29, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Sounds awesome as well!
  26. WorldWideStout

    WorldWideStout Disciple (307) Jan 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Last year, I had a fresh and a one year-aged Pumking. I found the older version to be superior, as it was smoother, more complex, and less boozy.
  27. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    I just had '11. The cinnamon and other spices come out a lot more. It was kind of a mistake that turned into a science experiment, that turned into perfection (if you ask me).
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  28. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,471) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    Please, no disrespect meant and to each his/her own, but why would you age a beer you'd not tried? You may be taking up cellar space with bottles that once tried you never would have aged! By the way, the alternative also applies. You may have had the opportunity to acquire more bottles of a beer that you know would age well and you really wanted to see it change over several years worth of tasting. That, too, is lost without trying the beer first. So, I ask, again, respectfully, why would you age a beer you'd not tried?
  29. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,178) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Your answer can be found in the first post of this thread :slight_smile:

    I've had it several times, just stumbled on a lot of bottles out of season earlier this year.
  30. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,471) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    Wow! Apologies! I totally mis-read the post! Very sorry; my comments had no business being directed to you in this thread.
  31. PGHbeer77

    PGHbeer77 Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania

    IMHO, Pumking is best fresh. I've aged it over a two year span, drinking one every six months, and come to this conclusion: every sixth months it gets sixth months less appealing.

    Overall, I think it's muted with age. Enjoy it full blast when it's fresh.

    In terms of imperial pumpkins that I do enjoy aged, there's two: Weyerbacher's and Flying Dog's.
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