sliqjonz (32) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice subtle pumpkin taste. Easy to drink. Good balance between pumpkin and spice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ElCapitan22 (133) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark dark brown color with minimal lacing and head retention. Smells of gingerbread. Not so much pumpkin, but rather the spices associated with pumpkin pie....cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Tastes mildly of coffee and heavily of cloves.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First, the bottle says to serve in a goblet, but I canít stand goblets. Second, it wants me to serve this at 42 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have to serve an imperial stout at any temperature below 50 degrees, in my opinion, somethingís not right. The beer must be trying to hide something. Second, I decided to drink 11 ounces of this beer before reviewing the other 11 ounces. It was terrible below 50 degrees. I canít stand beer that cold, especially a stout. In the process of my trying to stomach the (what seemed like) ice cold "imperial" stout, a few nats decided to take a swim. In fact, a bee also managed to fly in and out of the bomber at least a couple of times. This may have been my most enjoyable experience with the beer.
Southern Tier Warlock
Southern Tier Warlock
Now the ale has warmed up enough for me to actually taste it. There is practically no head retention, and the black-bodied stoutís carbonation must be asleep, hung over not from the barely noticeable 8.6% alcohol by volume, but rather what tastes like an unnecessarily unnatural level of "natural flavor"s. Although the aroma is strong of pumpkin flesh, itís still uncomfortably strong of pumpkin pie spices. I do not believe that the level of spices in a beer should be the same as experienced in a pie. The brewers at Southern Tier must not agree with me. Yes, it could smell nice, so long as you donít acknowledge that itís supposed to be a beer. Itís really hard to pull out any distinctive roasted malts through the thick, pie-flesh spiciness of this pumpkin mess.
Served cold, the beer is hard to drink, hard to stomach, and a real turn-off. Donít be afraid to let this warm up well beyond the brewerís suggested (ridiculous) 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Even 58 degrees is pleasant, despite the uncomfortably high amount of pie spices. Some roasted malts, combined with oxidized, stale pumpkins and a non-cohesive array of soft, but hard-to-hide spices rules the flavor up front, followed by a mostly empty experience mid-palate (a relief, actually), before an odd, herbal hop and pie spice flavor awkwardly takes over in the finish. Itís good for adjusting your blood alcohol level when you havenít yet had breakfast, and if you get used to making faces itís not really that bad of a beer. But in my humble, but critical opinion, this is just a little too strong of spices for it to be a purely enjoyable drink. Back off on the spices and use a less herbal variety of hiopos and we might have a winner. Donít get me wrong... I love a well-brewed pumpkin imperial stout. This just isnít one of those. I wasnít that impressed with Pumking that much, either.
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a goblet, had deep brown color with a small fast fading head. Aroma was of spiced pumpkin pie and a bit of roast. Big pumpkin pie spice flavor crust and all,possibly graham crackers. Light roast malt in the mix.
I did not find this overly sweet like many have. Body was a bit on the watery side ABV not noticeable. Like a combo of pumpkin pie and a weak cup of java. $9 a bomber. Not bad.
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a fast fading head. The aroma is fairly intense - moderate cocoa and a little bit of pumpkin spice and some nice chewy character. Thereís a bit of richness and itís got some definite Pumking character to it. Sweet and chewy with a lot of pumpkin pie flavour. Has a little bit of soft roastiness on the back but the stout character is somewhat subdued actually. Intensely spicy and rich. Itís pretty nice really but Iíd like the roast to be bumped up a bit.
kevinsenn (1135) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from LCBO. Big pumpkin pie spice and cream aroma; how is there no pumpkin in this? Roasty bitter creamy spicy taste. Smooth mouth feel.
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 10/31/14 (Binnyís Naperville)-42į in Snifter-Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma of pumpkin. Taste of pumpkin, spices, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. This full bodied brew is well balanced and damn tasty. Almost better than Pumking.
terrybail (670) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ML from the LCBO
pours black fair sized head
wow the aroma is amazing like crŤme Brule pumpkin
VERY creamy pumpkin pie and malts wow delicious
I like this better then pumking
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured jet black with a mild forming light beige head. Typical Pumking-eq spice on the nose. Tasted of the same pumpkin pie spice and sweetness as its sibling with an added roast and bitterness to it. I prefer Pumking though.
cleverlobo (318) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; black, medium tan head; aroma-roasty, nutmeg, sweet; taste-heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, acidic, full body. Very similar to Pumking