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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a translucent dark brown colour with a thin layer of dirty white head.

S - A big spice bouquet accompanies a pumpkin aroma up front. Some clove, nutmeg and cinnamon notes are present. The spice profile completely drowns out any stout-like aroama.

T - Spice and pumpkin aromas dominate with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg all present. A slight bitter roast shows up in the finish but the stout profile is barely noticeable.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 20:30:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a dark deep claret. Two fingers of mocha foam, lots of lace.

Aroma - a chalky grain, chocolate, and pumpkin nose. Settles into a nice pumpkiny groove.

Taste - grain and chocolate, somewhere between Tootsie rolls and Hershey's syrup. Super pumpkin and graham cracker flavor. A definite hop bite on the swallow, finishing up dry and pumpkiny.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy with a nice fluffy carbonation.

Overall - awesome brew, ST. Awesome good beer at the Halloween beer tasting, but tonight me and the missus enjoyed a bomber just for us.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:25:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: high carbonation, 3/4 inch head, clear, dark brown in color

Smell: pumpkin spice and graham cracker

Taste: dark chocolate, charred/roasted malt, cream, sugar, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: Sweet with bitter char in the background, medium-heavy body, medium-high carbonation

Overall: Really tasty compliment beer to Pumpking. I do think I like Pumpking better, but this one is a nice combo of char and great pumpkin flavor. Southern Tier does pumpkin well.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 14:52:15 | More by tigg924
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown nearly black color with a small one finger cream colored head. The head fades very fast, leaving only the tracest level of lace on the sides of the glass and almost no foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is of a deep roasted pumpkin aroma with lots of dark roasted malts. The dark malts give aromas of chocolate and a little bit of toast. Along with these smells are some aromas of a caramel and molasses sweetness as well as some big of spice of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Overall it is the pumking with added darker malt aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted pumpkin and spice flavor of nutmeg and cinnamon. Right from the start there are flavors of a toast nature with some sweet flavors of caramel and molasses. As the taste moves on it dries out some with the sweeter flavors dwindling. As these flavors dwindle a chocolate flavor comes to the tongue. The chocolate gets more bitter as the taste moves on with more roasted flavors, some char and more spice joining the rest. In the end, a dark, roasted, and spiced pumpkin flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly below average side. Both are fairly appropriate for the darker flavors of the brew, although even more thickness may have really helped the overall roasted and pumpkin tastes of the brew slightly more.

Overall – A rather nice take of a dark pumpkin beer, with a decent blend of pumpkin and stout tastes. It’s good, but not quite as enjoyable as the original pumking as it lacks some balance with the roasted flavors never really melding well with the spiced pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:17:50 | More by Darkmagus82
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cjgator3

Florida

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass, this pours a dark black color with a tan colored head with good retention and lacing along with brownish red hues when held up to the light.

S- I was expecting a big roasted malt aroma with hints of pumpkin. This is just the opposite with a ton of pumpkin spice notes complementing the roasted malts in the nose. Very nice!

T- The taste is outstanding. I didn't know how this would work out and was scared the imperial stout would drown out the pumpkin flavors. This is not the case and the flavors work extremely well together. The dark roasted malts are complemented by a big pumpkin flavor in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, my expectations were exceeded. This is a great pumpkin beer that is highly recommended. Time to go back and pick up a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 03:00:05 | More by cjgator3
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with some light passage at the edges, minimal head. The nose is very similar to pumking. Heavy graham cracker, pumpkin spice, some chocolate, not a whole lot of roast or stout quality to speak of. Taste is very pumpkin and spice forward with some sweet chocolate at the back. Not nearly as much stout quality as I was hoping for, a touch of bitterness towards the end. Mouthfeel is thin for style with mellow carbonation. Overall, quite tasty but I was hoping for more robust chocolatey flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:04:09 | More by homebrew311
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a fairly opaque black with a tiny head. Doesn't look too viscous. Speckles of lacing.

S-Very spicy with nutmeg. Hints of anise. Graham crackers. There is also a real, roasted pumpkin aroma. All of this is backed by a firm roastiness. Light alcohol.

T-The nutmeg and clove come on first with lighter anise. I really get a big graham cracker flavor too, like the nose. Then comes a cool, burnt pumpkin pie flavor. Quite roasts and charred. Finishes with some cinnamon.

M-Fairly full bodied but not a cup of oil. Softer carbonation. A little hot.

O/D-I really enjoyed this beer. It's a cool take on the Pumpkin style. We'll worth a try. I loved Pumking and this one is damn good too.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:30:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, but not stout dark. Has a mahogany-red light that passes through. It's a very dark brown, actually. Head sits nicely at a thumb's height. Tan, in color.

Spicy notes of cinnamon and brown sugar turns to gingersnap with a roasty malt backbone that offers molasses and earth. Slight sour pumpkin note, at the same distinction as you would find in Pumking.

A heartier, roastier, and more bitter Pumking. Much drier, due to roast bitterness, with less vanilla and more burnt sugar and hints of ginger. A little medicinal near the middle with a nice bitter outro of earthy/tinny citrus hops (Mt. Hood?). Pumpkin nuances that have light flavor but no vegetable character. Although, there is an herbal finish that keeps the focus. Nice, because it's not overly spicy. You get your cinnamon and allspice, but it's underwhelming. Like it.

Macho ABV but well-disguised. Body craves more texture, feels a little less chewy than I'd have liked. Decently carbonated. Sturdy enough.

Very good for a pumpkin ale. Better than most/any pumpkin stouts I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 03:55:24 | More by thecheapies
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Split this with my wife at 10:30 AM on a Saturday morning while watching "Rocky III."

Served in a 3 Stars glass.

A: Didn't pour out of the bottle as thick as I thought it might, but then again, compared to the Marshall Zhukov I had last night, just about everything is thin. Pretty much pitch black after all was said and done. A few mocha bubbles posing as a head.

S: It had the same velvety, graham cracker crust quality as Pumking. Pretty awesome. Pumpkin spices weren't too overpowering.

T: Very, very, VERY similar to Pumking. Seriously, this is basically Pumking with some black food coloring and a bit of char. Damn tasty.

M: Not the overly sweet bomb I was expecting. I wish it were a bit thicker, but that is just personal preference. Virtually no lacing.

O: If you've had Pumking, you've basically had this beer. Still, it was damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 15:39:50 | More by Chaney
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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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Bung

North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz. Burghundy red pour, thin layer of white that retains pretty well.

Aroma, Pure nutmeg and allspice. Pumpkin pie. If you like these things, it is quite potent.

Taste, Not nearly as Pumpking as the nose. Spices are strong up front, along with the butterscotch sweetness. A bitter roast and some dark chocolate attempt to impart some stout qualities. Finishes mostly dry with the little bitter anise bite.

Solidly medium body, but the carbonation is a bit high and scratchy. This would be improved with a lower level to try and impart some creaminess. A little more warming than I was expecting, but not terriblly so.

Borderline an imperial stout, but not as bad as I was expecting. Worth a try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 02:29:10 | More by Bung
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB is 9/17/13, only about 4 weeks old.

A: Pours almost-black with a tall and frothy light brown head. Head fades slowly with decent retention. Zero lacing.

S: Whoa, huge pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon and allspice I'd say.

T: Lots more pumpkin and mainly the spices as mentioned in the aroma. There is a sweet roasted malt character here now that helps back it up. Some sweet, sugary chocolate primarily. Kinda has a buttery flavor throughout that is odd, not sure if that's intended. Honestly it basically tastes like pumking mixed with a stout, which is probably exactly what it is.

M: Medium bodied and spicy.

O: One hell of a spicy pumpkin stout. A bit unbalanced, it's like a mix of pumking and choklat but they used 80% pumking by accident. Super, super heavy pumpkin pie spices. Even get a bit of creaminess like whipped cream I swear. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 05:05:41 | More by Dope
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Almost a full two finger's worth of crisp densely packed slightly lush light-to-medium khaki colored head... Excellent retention gives way to a full slightly thin veil of very inviting lacing with a slight collar... The color walks a fine line between dark brown and flat black... A slight bit of light leaks in around the edges of the glass... Fairly still with some moderate paced carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass...

S - As many have noted, this smells just like Pumpking... Loaded with sweetness but balanced by the slightly spiced graham cracker pie crust... Brown sugar... Caramel... Pumpkin puree... A touch of vanilla... Not picking up anything that would lead me to believe this was an American Double / Imperial Stout...

T - All of the expected Pumpking flavor is present, but it is balanced out by a slightly rigid stout base... The pumpkin and sweetness are at the forefront, but it sits atop a roasted malt and dark chocolate backbone... Some very light dark chocolate notes... There is a slight smoky present as well... A nice rich charred roasty malt finish that continues to intensify for a while post swallow... Much more depth and complexity compared is its before mentioned brethren...

M - Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Finishes with a dryness that continues to intensify... A bit of chalkiness...

D - A very nice brew... The similarities to Pumpking are undeniable, but this beer does stand on its own... Decent appearance and a very familiar aroma... Nice depth and complexity does emerge on the palate... While both are excellent brews, I think I prefer this to Pumpking by a slim margin... That being said, it's a solidly above average but somewhat unremarkable offering... Certainly worth trying, but not something I would need to invest in each and every autumn...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:11:40 | More by philbe311
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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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far333

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a crystal snifter. Black and opaque with a thick half inch head of oatmeal brown foam that lingers very long. Aroma of buttered sweet corn, vanilla, and nutmeg.

Faint flavor of dark malt makes itself known briefly at the outset, but is quickly overpowered by vegetal accents, vanilla, toffee, candy corn, and brown sugar. There is a weird sweetness and offputting spiciness here. Full mouthfeel, but a bit slick, and still manages to finish with a carbonation tingle.

Seems a bit gimmicky. Would like more imperial stout and less vanilla, spice, and sweetness. The combination didn't work as well as I had hoped. Could not get through the entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:28:58 | More by far333
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adamette

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my (what else?) my Southern Tier Pumking Goblet from the 22 oz. bottle that I bought at -On in Mentor, Ohio about a week ago for a price that I am not sure of. Also I do not see a “best by” date on it but anything within 5 years should be good given the style. Of course I am drawn in by the association to one of my favorite seasonal beers, Southern Tier Pumking!

A Very dark mahogany color that appears black but in front of direct light the mahogany comes through. Head is a light to medium brown, sticks around for about 60 seconds, dissipates down to a thin layer. Good look. 4.0

S Ahh…that great ST Pumking smell. I only get a hint of the dark roast malt that I am sure is within. Anyway the smell is a nice, soft sweet pumpkin and smooooth as well. These are the qualities that drew me to ST Pumking and they are noted here in this beer. 4.5

T I am genuinely surprised that the taste of this beer is so closely related to Pumking as well as the smell. I do not pick of up the dark roast malt until late in the taste spectrum on the back of my tongue. While the beer is still in my mouth it is pretty much the same as the Pumking only a little “darker.” I expected possibly a thicker, more dark roast malt taste throughout. I find many of the Southern Tier Stouts to be thin and this does not alter my viewpoint. 3.5

M As suggested, more thin than I expected and more thin than I like in an “Imperial Stout” as it says on the label. This is the disappointing aspect of the beer. 2.5

D/O Drinkability is decent despite an elevated ABV since it still does carry that great Pumking smell and taste. Overall this is an above average Imperial Stout but, of course, I do which that it was not so thin in the feel. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 04:53:58 | More by adamette
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a 1.5 finger coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick and web-like with excellent stick. Thin oily legs that stick around a bit.

Nose is sugar cookie, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, mocha and chocolate. Smells awesome!

Opens coarse cocoa powder. Burnt and roasted malt mixes with pumpkin spice and pie crust in the middle. End is coarse liquorice and more smoke and roast. Finishes the same with a lingering, dirty, bitter aftertaste. Not very good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit coarse and prickly in the mouth and goes down messy, powdery and grainy. Messy finish with an aftertaste that really lingers. Thin for the style. A touch messy too.

The look and the smell were very promising but alas when it comes to the taste, this beer falls flat on its face. There's no comparison between this and Pumking.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:44:19 | More by SpeedwayJim
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples. Pours a dark brown with creamy off white head. Aroma is big nutmeg, cinnamon, roast, some nutty aroma. Pretty much smells like Pumking. Flavor is heavy spice with the nutmeg and cinnamon, but really nicely finished with a creamy sweet whipped cream pumpkin flavor. Creamy medium-heavy mouthfeel with medium highish carbonation. Lingering vanilla cream and nutmeg on the palate. I love the creamy mouthfeel and whipped cream flavor going on, but the nutmeg just cuts through this way too hard. I have the same issue with Pumking--who wants to drink liquid nutmeg? I don't get it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:02:13 | More by BMMillsy
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Date of bottling is 09/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a slight hint of brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty dark malt driven aroma with big hints of chocolate, spices, and pumpkin. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, cream, caramel, toffee, burnt toast, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Big scent of spices with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Noticeable scent of pumpkin. Sweet syrupy hints of molasses and brown sugar. An interesting and pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a sweet and roasty stout taste with big notes of chocolate roast, fall spices, and pumpkin. Dark roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate, coffee beans, cream, burnt toast, sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, nuts, and a little smoke. A mix of fall spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Good taste of pumpkin comes through. Sweet notes of molasses, brown sugar, and syrup. Hops are pretty subtle. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly syrupy. Alcohol heat is masked fairly well.

Overall: A very good twist on a Imperial Stout. The pumpkin and spices mix well with the roasty malt notes. Sweet but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 07:05:51 | More by MattyG85
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hardy008

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with ruby highlights, and a one finger tan head, which has nice retention and lacing. The aroma has cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, graham crackers, roasted malt, and chocolate. Smells very nice.

Tastes much like it smells with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, graham crackers, roasted malt, chocolate, and biscuit malt. Has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Has a lighter body than Pumking, or than most Imperial Stouts. Seems much more like a Porter, with a light to medium body, and average carbonation. Overall a nice beer. I just wish it wasn't as light bodied as it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:20:09 | More by hardy008
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle
Served in a snifter.

A - This is a very dark beer. I get no light coming through when held to a light. There was a brief mocha head.

S - It smells exactly like Pumking. It smells like pumpkin bread. There are lots of wonderful smells.

T - It tastes exactly like Pumking, if you added a little roasted malt.

M - Pretty thin for an imperial stout.

O - They should just call this Pumpking dark or some variation of that. That's really all it is. I was disappointed with the mouthfeel. I think more chocolate would make this better and more like the dessert beers that the Black Water Series is known. I like this beer, but it needs to differentiate from Pumking more.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:21:20 | More by buschbeer
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled on 2013-09-17
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Compared to the Pumpking's fairly upfront and unique flavor, this felt a bit bland and disappointing: one I don't think I'll return to again.

Pours a 1cm head of medium-dark tan foam, which fades almost as quickly as it forms. The bubbles, while they last, are small to medium in size, giving a fairly frothy, though short, appearance. The head fades to a thin ring around the glass and a modest island of thin residual foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but minimal, consisting of a few medium-sized dots clinging at random to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out no visible changes. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of lightly burnt toast, modest graham cracker and butter crust, with very mild cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. Not as robust or impressive as Pumpking.

Taste is similar to Pumpking, but with a definite roasted edge that culls the graham cracker/butter crust sweetness from that beer. Front of palate is of lightly burnt toast, light caramel-like sweetness, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, combining to give a slightly cola-like flavor. Mid-palate of graham cracker and butter crust flavor with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, and caramel-like sweetness that's heavily cut by charred toast; not much "roast" flavor as I would expect from a stout. Back of palate finds stronger black malt characters: slight roast qualities and charred toast, blurred with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, mild ethanol, and modest graham cracker and butter crust. Aftertaste of lingering hop bitterness, moderate ash/char, very mild acridity from the black malt, and equally mild graham cracker/butter crust flavor with light phenols in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a beer that is at first lightly fizzy, calming to a smooth (1/3) and foamy (2/3) mouthfeel. Ethanol is lightly noticeable on the back of the throat and in the nostrils, but not so on the palate. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:12:21 | More by falloutsnow
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Pumking so I was excited to try this. Just bought a new desktop for the wife, so I thought I would pop this open while getting things set up. Its a cool, rainy fall day here in South Florida (well, cool for our standards, about 78F), so its a perfect day for a fall seasonal.

Popped this one open and was immediately hit by the same aromas as Pumking, which is a great thing. Pours nearly pitch black with some espresso and dark violet highlights. Topped with a rich and frothy, cuban coffee type head that leaves tons of lacing and remains frothy goodness for a long while.

Aroma is pure gold. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, that proprietary Pumking blend is the best in the business. Think Yankee Candle Vanilla Cookie meets Yankee Candle Fall Scents. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin crackers come to mind.

Wonderful flavor. Pumking is my favorite pumpkin beer of all time, but I now question whether this surpasses. There is only a slight bit of roastinees to hint that this is a stout underneath. Solid bit of bitterness from hops and roasted grains. Great seasonal flavors of vanilla cookies and fresh baked chocolate cookies with pumpkin spice.

Mouthfeel is right on par with a stout. Wonderful beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 20:56:48 | More by SaCkErZ9
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: onyx body, trace khaki, really nice lacing

S: big pumpkin spice, graham cracker, roasted malt

T: same as nose, pumpking and soild stout meet
roasted mild bitter finish

M: med/thick mouth, creamy/smooth, mild bubbly

O: Interesting beer. Bravo ST for taking on
2 such powerful styles. Wish the stout flavors
were a little stronger.

VERY GOOD; GRAB A BOTTLE!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 21:49:49 | More by BeerLover99
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barczar

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep brown/black with garnet highlights and a thick tan head that lingers.

Pumpkin, nutmeg, sweet malt, roast character, and cinnamon form the aroma. The spice notes dominate.

Roast malt, which is fairly bitter, dominates, while underlying flavors of pumpkin and sugar add contrast. The finish is decidedly roasty and dry. Nutmeg and cinnamon become evident in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and smooth, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

More bitter than anticipated from the aroma. The pumpkin character was substantial, which kept the spices in check. I'd prefer a little softer roast. Luckily, like all southern tier stouts, there's a lot of sweetness mid palate to keep the bitterness from ruining the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

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