If Shipyard Pumpkinhead is the most purchased pumpkin ale, then Southern Tier's Pumking is the most sought after and consumed imperial pumpkin ale. This year they brewed more Pumking than 2010 and 2011 combined. All Hallows Eve is a time of the year when it's said spirits can make contact with the physical world, and magic is at its most potent. The beer pours a very rich copper color. The nose is pumpkin, buttery graham cracker crust, roasted pecans, and spicy grain. However, the flavor of this beer is where it really shines. It's currently sitting with a 91 rating on Beer Advocate and for good reason. It begins with lots of pumpkin pie and pumpkin flavors with the profile then shifting into vanilla, graham cracker pie crust, and a subtle creamy cookie dough batter finish. The mouthfeel is spot on. Not too thick, not too thin. Creamy, but also crisp and refreshing. At 8.6% this beer has a kick but doesn't overwhelm the flavors with alcohol. Southern Tier recommends pouring this beer into a Tulip or Goblet and serving at 40-48 degrees fahrenheit.