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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 1059
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%


Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins Warlock is brewed to enchant your palate on its own and also to counterpoint our Imperial Ale, Pumking. Make your own black magic by carefully pouring this Imperial Stout into a goblet.

Dark and mysterious, the Blackwater Series is serious about high gravity. Reanimate your senses with Warlock’s huge roasted malt character, moderate carbonation and spicy pumpkin pie aroma.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-19-2013)
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teromous

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark black body with a very light tan head that forms a creamy ring after a quickly fading head. Some spotty lacing on the glass.

S: It has a fantastic smell of pumpkin spice. No individual spices stand out, it is a very lovely scent. It's the perfect scent for what I'd expect out of a pumpkin pie. No hop or grain scents come through. It might be a good thing that only the pumpkin pie spice stands out, but It would be nice to get some more complexity.

T: Wonderful pumpkin flavor at the front, which is washed away with a hint of acidic earthy flavor, which is then chased to the back of the palate immediately by a robust roasted grain and dark coffee flavor. It doesn't linger on the palate after drinking. It's very good but I wouldn't quite call it outstanding. No alcohol flavor.

M: The carbonation is good but the body of the beer is too thin, as if a bit watered down.

O: Overall I thought it was an okay beer, but I don't feel the pumpkin flavor or the stout flavor do much to complement each other. It's like drinking a pumpkin beer and chasing it down with a stout in the same bottle. The stout quickly overwhelms the pumpkin flavor and makes it hard to enjoy. At the end of the drink I'm left with no pumpkin on the palate, just bitterness. The best elements of this beer are the scent and how artfully the alcohol is hidden. I wouldn't dissuade anyone from drinking this beer, but I wouldn't argue that they should seek it out if it is not readily available.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 17:33:40 | More by teromous
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auee92

Georgia

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly, the standard by which all other stouts are measured. I love this beer.

a: black, minimal head, tan foam, feint lacing
s: roasty chocolate and coffee
t: Deep, rich chocolate with caramel and vanilla, hints of black coffee, vanilla and nutmeg cinnamon spice, gradually giving way to pumpkin. Remarkable!
m: full body, creamy, sticky, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
o: A perfect imperial stout

Serving type: growler

03-06-2014 21:36:10 | More by auee92
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JWU

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bomber poured into a porter glass

A- Appears black at first, but when held to the light, it's dark ruby, clear. Tan head sticks around a bit, but doesn't lace.

S- Smells like Pumking with a hint of cocoa and roast.

T-Straight forward Pumking flavors, spices with that graham cracker crust flavor. There is just a touch of nuttiness, roast, and cocoa. Honestly, I could use more of the stout aspects of the beer.

M- Light side of full, again, could use more stout characteristics.

O- It's good, but honestly, I'd reach for Pumking first. Go all in on the stout side and I think it would be a much more original entry from ST.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 23:18:23 | More by JWU
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BierJager89

California

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours opaque, black with crimson hints around the edges and a thin, light mocha head.

S: Pumpkin, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk chocolate and a mocha-like coffee scent in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, pumpkin, nutmeg and some piney hop character (maybe thats the nearby christmas tree creeping into my senses, It seems unintentional).

M: Smooth, thick and creamy.

O: While it's not quite what I was hoping for (something akin to Midnight Sun TREAT), it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 19:39:24 | More by BierJager89
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a midnight black with a one-finger tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving heavy lacing.

S - Aomas of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of dark malts.

T - Starts off sweet with pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Dark roasted malts come in next. Finish is a dark coffee bitterness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Dry sticky finish.

O - An interesting stout with lots of flavors going on. I actually like this better than Pumking. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:31:23 | More by TreyIsWilson
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metter98

New York

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular along with hints of cinnamon.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of pumpkin spices, although the cinnamon seems a little stronger and there are also notes of pumpkins and hints of roasted malts. As the beer begins to warm up, the spices stand out in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pumpkin spices lend a little dryness in the finish.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well so it is relatively easy to drink, although my personal preference would be to have a little more pumpkins to balance with the spices.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:25:21 | More by metter98
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although this beer is definitely on the sweet side (like so many of the big offerings from Southern Tier), I have to say that I enjoyed this very much. I treated this like dessert, so the sweetness didn't bother me in the least- a time and a place for everything. I like the blending of roasty stout with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. You get chocolate and vanilla notes as well as some roasted notes from the stout, some silkiness from the pumpkin, and a nice sweet/spicy note from the additions. Definitely hit the spot for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:59:09 | More by Georgiabeer
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet. Bottled on 9/06/13.

Warlock is spellbinding right away with a body that is very close to black, only the slightest of ruby notes in the glass. The head is less impressive: the mocha-colored fizzy stuff barely manages a pencil-width before dying to a ring.

The nose is sweet and subtly spiced with a HUGE aroma of graham cracker mingling with cinnamon and vanilla ice cream. Honestly, it is almost humorous how close this beer smells like a graham cracker drizzled in honey, decadent. And when it comes to Southern Tier, beer drinkers should not be surprised.

The palate is much more spiced than sweet. Bitter nutmeg and clove are first up on the initial sips. The spicing then combines with the graham cracker malt, and a rather spicy seeming cinnamon flavor. This combination is then swirled with a coffee roast flavor that bitters this beer ever so slightly, giving it a vegetal kick. The vanilla from the nose is back, but in a much smaller dose that hits on the finish, well behind the nutmeg and clove so readily apparent on the palate.

Warlock runs over the tongue a little more watery, with very low carbonation. Still, enough lift to give some creaminess and smooth send off, medium bodied.

Warlock is a great beer! It wobbles a little on the palate, but only because the spicing is so strong, and loses some of the decadent quality of the nose. If the flavors drew back a little on the spicing and up'd that vanilla and graham crackery base more, I would be all in on this Southern Tier offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 09:12:08 | More by Pintofbrown
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dheacck11

Connecticut

3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Now, Southern Tier makes some great stuff. I really like most of their other Blackwater series, and generally, their imperial stouts are solid.

This. This is just a little bit gross. Not a lot. Not a drain pour. But just not where I want my stout to go. Imagine you took your nice, tasty, standard stout. It's good, but not great. Then you make it a little creamy. Kinda like a milk stout, but much more of a cream flavor. Then you pour a crap ton of nutmeg and pumpkin spice in to make it smell like cream nutmeg and pumpkin spice. You realize this was a bad idea. So you put in some pumpkin and some ginger to balance out your abuse of spice. you taste it. You have made it worse. You have now created a creamy, pumpkiny, spicey, stouty, unbalanced mess of a beer. You put a fun picture on the bottle and sell it for halloween. People buy it because of this, and because you usually make good beers. The picture on the bottle really is kinda fun. Best part of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 00:53:07 | More by dheacck11
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear brown when pouring, black in the glass, one finger off white head that doesn't really last.

S-Lots and lots of spices. Good deal of pumpkin as well. Not much in the way of the stout notes though.

T-Starts with lots of sweet spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and the like. Then a nice bit of pumpkin. Still lacking in the stout department though. Might be a tad too sweet.

M-Lighter to medium in body, not much carbonation, rather sweet.

O-Needs more stout flavors and tone down the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 00:06:44 | More by rlee1390
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.44/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.6% ABV, Snifter shown with 42°F, DOB 08/26/13, "Pair with: Spicy BBQ, roasted / smoked foots, carrot cake. Store: Dark, upright, <48°F Serve: Goblet

Thanks, Todd?

A - Clarity shows through the pour but the beer itself is a dark brown that turns black in the glass and is capped by an ivory head that lowers somewhat quickly to a pile of loose bubbles and dots of lace.

S - Warlock smells like Pumking and next to nothing more; cooked, sticky white rice, pureed pumpkin, and a dash of real spice sprinkled over faint suggestions of dark malt. Warlock is wholly artificial in nature, nothing about it appealing to me.

T - The malty flavor is a nice departure from the aroma, really coming into it's own instead of being a dark Pumking clone. Roasted malt waves it's wand of acridly bitter cocoa and hints of coffee as Warlock finishes out with more of the artificial flavoring; pumpkin and spice that feel all too fake.

M - Medium-light bodied, Warlock is a thin-feeling imperial stout with plenty of carbonation trailing off with the dry, acridly bitter finish of roasted malt and artificial flavor.

O - Once upon a time I couldn't get enough of Pumking, so much so in fact that I held a case of the next year's release at a local liquor store, only to get it and wonder why I wasted my money. Had the recipe changed or was it just my palate? A debate for another day but I digress. Now I find myself unable to stand Pumking's massive, inescapable artificial nature that haunts me with every whiff and I find Warlock to be exactly the same. The aroma is fake, fake, fake. Not only is it fake, but it doesn't even smell right; it smells like a cheap dollar store candle. An exact replicate of Pumking in aroma, Warlock is displeasing and while the flavor is a step up, it's not fantastic either. Big roasted malt but the body doesn't follow suit making it a thin-tasting, thin-feeling imperial stout that's not worth the calories it contains.

Beerwolf77 and I are avid pumpkin beer (and general pumpkin) fanatics so the first of our two outrageously large pumpkin beer tastings this year required Warlock's inclusion. Upon taking our first sip, we simultaneously looked at each other with disgust and went to the sink with our glasses and bottle. Unfortunately for Todd, he purchased two bottles at the same time giving me the pleasure of revisiting it for this review. In closing, I hate to just shit all over a beer, especially when my reviews are generally higher than the average so, I'll make it clear I like Southern Tier. They make some fantastic beers but, Warlock is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 22:02:45 | More by BeerFMAndy
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zimm421

Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a stemless wine glass. Appears a beautiful black color, with a good dark tan head, which doesn't stick around for too long. There is a slight bit of lacing left behind.

The nose is full of spices, and smells eerily similar to Pumking, but with a bit more roasted malt character. Definitely all sweetness and spices in the nose, as expected. Doesn't exactly fall in line with a stout, but it smells good. The taste follows the nose, but leaves a lot of the spices out. There's a ton of roasted malt that overpowers everything, with good caramel hidden in the background. The back-end has a decent bitterness; however, it doesn't jive with the malt and pumpkin base.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy with average carbonation, and is not sticky on the finish. Overall, this is a decent beer, with a wonderful nose, but lacking in taste. Something just seems a little off in the flavor combinations in the taste, and it doesn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:01:14 | More by zimm421
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pants678

California

3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin white head.

Smells of pumpkins and vanilla.

Pumpkin with a tinge of cinnamon and what comes off as quite a bit of chocolate malt. Spices aren't so well highlighted and alcohol's not all that well masked. The after taste's medicine-y. Nothing's off, hops don't dominate, it's just an odd combination. Pumpkin's better suited to browns.

Might could do with some more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:38:54 | More by pants678
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery. Deep dark mahogany-black pour with a two finger beige head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is pretty much a roasty version of Pumking, which is my favorite pumpkin beer. Spicy and roasty with hints of cinnamon, licorice, nutmeg, cloves, dark chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar. The taste mirrors the nose and reminds me of chocolate pumpkin fudge. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg along with bitter dark chocolate, cloves, vanilla, molasses, and some subtle pine on the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, thick and syrupy with medium carbonation and a nice bittersweet finish. Overall, this was pretty much exactly what I expected and had hoped for...a big roasty version of Pumking! Not overly sweet, highly drinkable, and a perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas beer. Another great offering from my hometown brewery!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 06:54:07 | More by beerdrifter
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- The bottle claims it is black, but I disagree with that. It is a cola color with a huge, three finger tan head. It has big bubbles and falls down to a slick, leaving almost no lacing.
S- Pumpkin, malty sweetness, caramel, a bit of spice, but is primarily sweet.
T- It is sweet at first before giving way to the pumpkin pie flavors. The spice is actually more noticeable than the pumpkin. There is something almost steely in the finish that is mildly offputting. Hops are there, but stay subdued
M- Medium body, maybe a bit light for an Imperial Stout. Medium carbonation.
O- It is an interesting beer, but I just am not digging how the finish on this one is.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:41:16 | More by jsprain1
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and a little lacing

S-pumpkin, spices, roasted malt, caramel,chocolate

T- dark roasted malt, pumpkin, chocolate, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting flavors, nice change of pace stout, good pumpkin flavor and not too sweet

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 01:46:07 | More by MDDMD
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle, bottled 9-17-13.

Pours a dark amber that is actually totally opaque, a light ecru head that is quite voluminous forms atop; great retention. Aroma is amazing! Pure dessert. Fleshy, creamy pumpkin pie abounds with notes of maple fudge and chocolate. Flavor is more spice oriented with some cinnamon thrown in there but there's still a good mix of chocolate and pumpkin with some slight coffee flavor. Very creamy and low carbonation. A winner in my book!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 15:19:10 | More by papat444
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Brandegee

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a big bottle into a goblet.

A: A dark chocolate brown, not as thick as most imperial stouts, but with a healthy frothy head that disappears completely in a short while.

S: Smells of spice and, dare I say it, a little pumpkin too, although that may just be the nutmeg and cinammon spices reminding me of it. Lots of caramel notes, too.

T: Do not serve this beer too cold. The taste is completely underwhelming until it warms. That's when the caramel, chocolate and spice takes over. The pumpkin is not as assertive as I expected, but I was surprised to get a decent amount of hop bitterness. A nice, satisfying flavor, but more chocolate than anything else.

M: Not as thick as I expected for an imperial stout, maybe comparable to a heavy brown ale.

O: I still think the pumpking is better way to get the pumpkin flavor, but warlock is a nice holiday treat, best served fairly warm.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:43:15 | More by Brandegee
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/20/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, gingerbread, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, pie crust, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and malt notes with moderate roast presence; with great strength. Smells almost the same as pumking, but that’s not a bad thing. Taste of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, pie crust, toast, caramel, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, gingerbread, pie crust, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin spiced imperial stout. All around great balance of pumpkin, spice, dark/roasted malt and moderate hop bitterness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:01:30 | More by superspak
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Generally speaking, I'm not a big fan of stout. But this sh*t freakin' rocks! Poured from a growler, I didn't waste a lot of time oogling the appearance (although I will say that the head was ample, full, and clung to the glass for a long time), but instead buried my schnoz into the tulip glass and enjoyed the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla nose and then satiated my curious thirst desperately inspired by an afternoon spent wrapping presents for my mother-in-laws' autre grand-rug-rats. And WOW, was I rewarded ("thank you, God"). Anyone who enjoys good beer made well will appreciate this palate pleaser. Smooth malty taste, with great balance between the alcohol and the creamy texture, and the root-beer-like taste of this charmer. Throw another log on the fire and peel off your panties, honey -- this one's a keeper!

Serving type: growler

12-15-2013 11:35:19 | More by JohnParadee
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into the glass looking like I would expect from its label.
If I didn't see the bottle by just the looks of it-- I'd declare this a porter or a stout.

Nose-- maybe it's me or I'm jaded-- eh. OK didn't release hydrogen sulfide.

Flavor? I've become convinced that if the "base beer" is quality there's nothing that can be done to "improve" or "modify" the flavor-- and this goes for all such libations. The combination of pumpkin and spice or and the label says "natural flavors" produces a contrivance-- it's not unpalatable-- it's just not the essence of beer. Who's to say what the "core" flavor of beer should be?

I can taste what seems like pumpkin, coriander and others that I can't describe. To my taster it's an odd flavor-- something that seems "forced".

You might say I've lost my sense of adventure- my experimenting drive- even with beer.
Maybe it's because I've become an old fart-- or just stodgy in my dotage-- that I "know what I knows" ...

Everything else about this beer's construction is superb-- finish, mouthfeel etc,
But in the end it's not Southern Tier's brew that I'd reach for...

In the end-- the bomber bottle emptied quickly, it was an enjoyable experience and I enjoyed this beer-- (especially since I paid for it) .

Try it-- maybe you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:17:06 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep, black color as most imperial stouts do with a beige, semi-thick head that does not retain so well. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-Pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg

T-Pumpkin is strong in the front as is the booze, which is surprising because the abv isn't exceptionally high. Pumpkin overwhelms everything throughout, but I enjoy it. Roasty flavor has a bit of a presence in the middle of the palate and has a bite at the finish. Not too balanced or nuanced, but I love the pumpkin flavor.

MF-A touch too carbonated, but still creamy. Full bodied and smooth with a semi-crisp finish. Too crisp for an imperial stout.

O-Unique concept. Great flavor. If you like Pumking, you will like this even more.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:26:14 | More by Jacurdy60
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antott0523

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. 8/26/13 DOB.

Appearance: Tan head with initial foam that virtually disappeared after a few minutes. Scant lacing. As brown as the bottle from which it poured. Nearly black color hides the carbonation.

Smell: Strong pumpkin notes with hints of walnut, cinnamon and vanilla. Alcohol manifests itself as the beer approaches room temperature.

Taste: Pumpkin with notes of vanilla and dark chocolate. Moderate finish with bitter notes of coffee, walnut and hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with round feel.

Overall: This beer hits the spot for a balanced stout with upfront sweet characteristics and a moderately bitter finish. The pumpkin provides a refreshing variation from the typical chocolate and coffee malt flavors of a stout. The pumpkin flavor is more subdued than in Pumking, but still the star of the show. So far, Pumking is my favorite pumpkin ale because of the strong pumpkin flavor and color. This beer is a nice variation for someone seeking a milder flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:04:06 | More by antott0523
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle

Into a snifter:

A: jet black colored body with a thin to half finger white foamy head that quickly dies leaving barely any lacing

S: like ST took "Pumking" and threw it in a stout and upped the ABV, yep its a Double Stout for ya, roasty chocolate coming up combining into the "Pumking" flavoring, light cinnamon

T: flavoring is the Pumking with some cinnamon and roasty chocolate-ness coming through, light chocolate covered "Pumking" aftertaste and a dry finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable but I'm honestly sipping this one, carbonation is wonderful for a Double Stout - somewhat smooth yet there's a slight crisp element which I like

O: so in reality this is "Pumking" thrown into a stout and I believe that's what Southern Tier did and I believe it turned out the way they wanted. However, with me, since I'm not a true fan of Pumking, but won't bust on this too much since the stout tries to mask some of the "Pumking"-ness, I think I'd take this over Pumking any day. Still, I'd look for other "pumpkin" double stouts before this as that "pumpkin pie" crustiness of sorts just like in Pumking does become quite overbearing throughout.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 22:49:22 | More by BeerKangaroo
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ckollias

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin whitish head that ends in a wispy lace.

S: Smooth and rich pumpkin and cinnamon aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a rich pumpkin malty flavor with a great cinnamon background.

M: Full body and medium carbonation

O: Just as good if not better than Pumpking.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 01:11:01 | More by ckollias
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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.