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Evan! 09-05-2008 03:32 PM

Southern Tier 'Pumking' Imperial Pumpkin Ale
 
Dropped by Beer Run last night and snagged a Cambonator, a Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and the Southern Tier Pumking. Had the pumking last night.

Weird. It's like dessert. Not overly sweet, but the nose was like smelling a fresh angelfood cake with some pumpkin spice...it was SO bready, so cakey. Unlike anything I've ever had. The palate was relatively sweet, with a ton of body, very silky...the pumpkin pie spices were pretty subtle, this was more centered on vanilla it seemed...but it is probably the closest to liquid pumpkin pie I've ever tried.

If you get a chance, you should try it. I probably couldn't drink more than a 22 at a time, but it really is unique and worth the experience.

Bokonon 09-05-2008 03:41 PM

I haven't had a bottle in a few years but thats a dead on description, from what I remember. You can practically taste the crust and whipped cream on top

HarvInSTL 09-05-2008 07:20 PM

Anyone interested in working on a clone for this?

Evan! 09-05-2008 07:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HarvInSTL (Post 835959)
Anyone interested in working on a clone for this?

They list the grains and hops on the bottle, I'll let you know...I'm sure there's some lactose and/or vanilla in there too, but I don't think they mention it on the bottle, just grains and hops.

Evan! 09-05-2008 07:35 PM

Also, just checked their website, which says it's 9% ABV and 5.8 plato.

Which converts to:

1.090 OG, 1.023 FG.

carnevoodoo 09-05-2008 10:42 PM

This is one I cannot get around here and have always wanted to try.

oberon567 09-05-2008 11:27 PM

I had seen this in the store and passed it by, mainly because I was not overly impressed with the only other Southern Tier brew I had (their IPA - which was good, but not spectacular) but also because I was somewhat appalled that the Pumpkin ales come out in August *(they should be brewed in August, come out in late September!) and amused that even a pumpkin beer was imperialized.

However, I saw this post and decided I should go for it. And it was easily the best pumpkin beer I can remember tasting. I will probably buy some DFH Punkin Beer because I do not remember it all that well... but I know that this one was plain delicious.

A lot more mouthfeel than you would expect from the color, and a beautiful amber (orange) color at that. Like said above, the vanilla is very present, but the spices dont hide, especially in the nose. It really was delicious, I wish I could have gotten a 4 or 6 pack instead of a bomber. And it was thanks to HBT that I tried it, so kudos to you, and I suppose to Evan! for starting the thread...

oberon567 09-06-2008 12:06 AM

From the Bottle:
9.0 ABV
19 Plato
8.8 L
2-row pale malt
caramel malt
pureed pumpkin

kettle hops: magnum
aroma hops: sterling

and, most importantly, "bewitched and brewed with pagan spirit."

mr_goodwrench 09-06-2008 01:17 AM

I'll have to stop off at Galeville Grocery after work Monday and pick up a bomber of Pumpking... I hesitate to try most pumpkin brews since all I seem to find them in is sixers... hate to buy one and find I hate it.

Bokonon 09-06-2008 03:04 AM

One of the things I remember when I had this beer, like what Evan! said, there is definitely some lactose in there. I'm probably not making a pumpkin beer this year, maybe next, but I'll definitely put some lactose in there and maybe some biscuit or just use maris otter for the base.


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