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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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.

2015 vintage 10.0%

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4.4
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Blindfolded, I don’t think I would notice a difference in aroma between this and Pumking. But the flavor and texture and definitely different. It’s heavier, dryer, and the finish is definitely more stout-like. But those delicious spices that make Pumking outstanding are still there and hold up. There’s something almost pop-like to start. Overall, it’s a tad more aggressive and the roasted malt certainly comes out. If I had to choose between Warlock and Pumking for the rest of my life, I’d go with Pumking. But this is a very tasty change of pace.

2.4
Ernest (7693) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly/fully diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of cooked rice, nutmeg, twigs/branches, peanut butter. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pretty unpleasant beer, to be perfectly blunt. Strong boiled rice aroma is weird, and the peanut butter makes it even weirder (both are uncanny and striking). Lotsa nutmeg as well, making for a really disjointed/cluttered nose...it just does not work together at all (would YOU want a plate of rice drenched in chocolate, nutmeg, and peanut butter?). In the mouth it’s stupidly syrupy-sweet, and while the finish shows some assertive bitterness, it’s sharp as if from spices rather than hops. A disturbing drain pour.

3.3
yespr (45412) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2014
From tap. Pours hazy brown toblack with a small tan and creamy head. Soapy, spiced and dark roasted malty. Dry, spiced and slight herbsl. Bitter and spiced. Roasted to herbsl finish.

4.2
Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Dark brown cola appearance with tan head. Aroma naile the pumpking genre, with beautiful balance of earthy spices, and malty sweetness. Taste is the same, and rich, without becoming cloying. Spice and (mildly) piney hop bitterness kicks in to prevent that. I wish I had a Pumpking to side by side these. $7/22oz

4.7
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bomber rated two nights ago, drunk as a skunk. Pumpkin beer #4. Aroma is exactly like Pumking but more roasty. Pours black with a medium beige head with decent retention. Taste is like Pumking but more roasty. This is so delicious right now. Give me more.

3.5
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2014
22oz bottle...very nice fresh (and real) pumpkin pie spices over a chocolate graham cracker body with some pumpkin as well. Not your every day beer, but lots of fun to drink when the weather turns dark and spooky...

4.2
Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Pours deep dark brown, almost black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is pumpkin pie, roast, coffee and dark chocolate...delicious. Taste is mild bitters that quickly turned sweet. Full bodied, almost creamy with soft carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden. Overall this is a great pumpkin imperial stout.

4.1
TheCaptMatey (213) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Poured a dark brown colour with a thick toffee head. Rich aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted bready malts like graham cracker, and pumpkin. Flavor is full of the aforementioned spices that resemble licorice with a slightly burnt chocolate malt finish. Pumpkin is not as upfront as in its sibling, but still present.

3.7
wilnatp (692) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Surly Darkness Eve 2014. I am unable to find written tasting notes on this.

3.5
Hammy78 (973) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle shared with friends. Pours a dark brown/ black, cola colour without the red hues, minimal head that dies out quick. Nose is like thanksgiving, sweet, spicy. Tastes sweet, pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, finish is a little burnt though. Good , but not as good as the Pumpking.


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