Rum Barrel Aged Pumking

Southern Tier Brewing Company

Appearance

This pours a vibrant orange color and produces a finger of fizzing, white head. This sticks around as a frosty topper but eventually diminishes to nearly nothing. The body showcases a light layer of sediment that flows like smoke through moderate carbonation.

Aroma

I get notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and a fairly vegetal pumpkin quality, resting on top of notes of sugary sweetness. I also find pleasant notes of buttery rum and graham cracker. It’s a nice pumpkin pie aroma.

Taste

I am greeted first by a mixture of pumpkin and spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sugar coat the palate and sit on top of a malt-driven base. These gradually mesh with a rum character that begins to surface more as I transition. The rum quality is clean and clear and does very well at supplementing the pumpkin pie flavor that develops. In the back I get a bit of graham cracker, more sugar and an enhanced combination of pumpkin pie flavor and rum. While it’s flavorful, I find the experience to be fairly linear. The finish and aftertaste provides a continued soaking pumpkin sensation, filled in by a rich¬†flavor and evenly matched notes of booze.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It’s wet, a bit sticky and overall very easy going down. Frankly, the flavor does well to take the spotlight. There’s very little in terms of texture. While it’s an uninteresting feel, it’s still satisfying.

Overall

I find this option to be exactly what I expected. It is essentially Pumking with the added dynamic of increased alcohol and an aged character. It certainly is balanced and showcases more complexity than it’s brother. This is precisely what makes it better than Pumking. Pumking, as good as it is, seemed to lack some distinction. The aged character of this option makes that distinction. The pumpkin sensation is great and the experience in its entirety is welcoming and easy to indulge in. Overall this is a step up from Pumking and a real solid option all around.

4.0