Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kuaff:
3.73/5 rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Drank at cellar temperature in a snifter. This one kind of puzzled me.
It appears black, basically, but it's not an opaque black. It's a transparent black that I can see through in the shallow parts of the glass. There's a two-finger pale tan head that doesn't last long.
Now I don't like to compare beers, but this one really smells EXTREMELY similar to that other brew of pumpkin origins that Southern Tier makes: Pumking. All the same pumpkin pie spices are there , along with what might be some very subtle dark fruitiness and maple underneath that. But it's pretty much the exact same aroma Pumking has. It's a good smell, but it would have been nice if this imperial stout smelled a little more like... a stout.
Early on, the flavor profile also follows Pumking. There's pumpkin pie flavor, but then a bitter, charred earth character develops in the transition to the finish, which has a similarity to unsweetened chocolate, and is also a bit like oatmeal, oddly.
The feel is thinner than would be ideal for an imperial stout, in my opinion. But not terrible.
While this beer has some interesting traits, they don't harmonize all that well. It's suspiciously similar to Pumking, and doesn't possess very many imperial stout qualities. Kind of seems like a beer with an identity crisis. However, it's still relatively enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2013 16:48:59 | More by Kuaff
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