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RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4931) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Poured a black color from the tap with some light roast, spicy and pumpkin pulp. Flavors were the same however the pumpkin was not overpowering but just enough to let you know that it’s there. I have no idea how the we’re able to control the pumpkin but kudos. A new seasonal I’ll have to buy each year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
22 ounce bottle
It has been a long time since I picked up anything new from Southern Tier. This was tempting enough for me to purchase with only a moment’s hesitation. A sugary beer is fairly typical of their imperial stout line. Even so if you can split it with one or two others the bomber is no problem to finish. I hope it makes a return in 2014.

Aroma / Appearance - A reddish foundation is murky black at its core. Carbonation pops up through the mocha head. Anise, licorice, sweet malts, pumpkin pie, cool whip, and bittersweet chocolate add a nice layer of depth.

Flavor / Palate - Anise and chocolate provide a pleasing first impression. Spicy vanilla tickles the throat. Future sips add a layer of plums, malt, toasted marshmallows, and more licorice. A toned down sweetness lingers in the throat long after the final drop is gone. If this were in 12 ounce bottle I would probably keep one or two around given the space in the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 Bottle. Dark reddish brown. Smells like nutmeg and spice. Heavy nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. I actually liked this one more than I though I would.

-- rated with beerbasher

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Brownish copper pour with small head and lots of lacing. Lots of pumpkin pie spices in the aroma, allspice and cinnamon were quite apparent. Flavor was very malty and toasty with more of the same spices that were in the aroma. Medium bodied finish, ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (887) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
From notes: Poured clear cola-brown with a 2-finger tan head. Aroma of buttery pumpkin with a mild spice note. Full body with a mild oily thickness that lingers in the finish. Roasty malt flavor up front, giving way to buttery pumpkin. The roasty note comes back to the fore again in the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Listigovers (571) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Over the top sweet and nutty, huge spiced malt flavor. Decent palate on this beer, long aftertaste, but absolutely not for me. Unbalanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours inky black with off white head. Intense aroma of pumpkin spices. Medium body, stops short of being chewy. Exceptional flavors with a nice slightly bitter stout backbone that seems to cut the sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with orange highlights and a large foamy orange-brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was strong pumpkin pie spices - mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor was malty and bready with a very strong cinnamon presence and moderate nutmeg, clove and anise notes with an undertone that was a bit roasty and had some fruity and floral hop notes. Medium length finish. Medium body. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realjb29 (27) - olean, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
color is off should be much darker. it is dark brown and under light can be seen through. It has a creamy milky like head that doesn’t hold up long. The aroma is filled with complexity notes cinnamon, vanilla, roasted coffee, graham crackers, candied sugar, nutmeg, cloves, caramel, figs, pumpkin pie. Taste rich and complex with most of aroma notes but seems very tame in comparison. The initial taste is graham crackers, vanilla, toffee. The fig notes appear faintly and wane quickly into caramel, candied sugar and clove. Overall the flavor complexity is very good with a slightly bitter finish. The beer weighs heavy on the palate and possesses a slightly higher carbonation than the typical imperial stout. I wonder if this a blend between pumking and their porter? I think cellar aging would do wonders for this beer probably soften the harshness, booze taste, and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1331) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Dark brown, (should be opaque black for imperial stout), with thin rimming tan head; aroma is just like pumking; flava just like pumking, except for notes of sweet licorice; feel medium to thick; finishes dry with some sweetness and coffee acidity.

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