Posts Tagged ‘ Southern Tier ’

The King of Pumpkin Beers

I’ve been craving this beer for months now. It was released on the east coast some time ago and all my friends over there were rubbing it into my face while I was making them feel bad with delicious fresh hop beers. Well, my friends back east no longer have ammo to make fun of me with. Southern Tier Pumking has arrived in Portland!!!!!! If I don’t post any review for the next few days it’s because I’ve been pounding Pumking after Pumking.

Sorry the photo’s a little fuzzy, I was too excited

Description: I don’t care what the description is, something about pagan spirits and being told to drink this beer responsibly I bet. Whatever.

Beer: Pumking

Brewery: Southern Tier

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 8.6%

Location: Lakewood, NY

Appearance: Really, really orange. This beer actually glows orange, if you turned out the lights, I wouldn’t be surprised if it lit the room with an nice orange glow. Bubbles form from the sides of the glass, but there is no head or lacing.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie bomb! Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and some breadiness. No malts to speak of, but I don’t miss it. I literally shoved my face into this beer to get a better whiff of the smell. One of the best smelling beers out there.

Taste: Read above. Note: Fucking delicious, drink more in future.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation, very smooth. I would definitely have this beer with a heavy dinner sometime. I’ll get back to stouts some other time.

Drinkability: I got six bottles from Belmont Station. Their life expectancy can be measured in single digit days. You tell me how drinkable this beer is.

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: A+ (It gets an A on a normal scale, but I’m giving it an A+ here because it the the beer to beat for this style. It is also fucking delicious.)

Back to Stouts

I guess I’m alternating between stouts and sours now. Oh well, as it starts to get colder I will probably shy away from sours and focus on the darker stuff. Here’s to a good start…

Beer: Creme Brulee

Brewery: Southern Tier

Style:Milk Stout

ABV: 9.6%

Location: Lakewood, NY

Appearance: Black, with half a finger of coffee colored head. Looks promising.

Aroma: Whoa! This beer smells like some sort of coffee-based dessert. Coffee, chocolate, sugar, and vanilla really come through in the nose. Smells absolutely fantastic

Taste: Awwww…….if only the beer tasted similar to how it smelled. Lots of caramel, some butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. The smell was sweet but manageable, but the way this thing tastes is just cloyingly sweet. Way to much for any normal person to handle

Mouthfeel: Sticky, medium/heavy bodied with moderate carbonation.It feels so sticky, you can still tell that you’ve recently had this beer 3 to 4 minutes after drinking it. It lingers that long

Drinkability: I had a bomber, but a single 12oz glass is more than enough. Maybe stick a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it or something.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B