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RATINGS: 683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 Warlocks huge roasted malt character, moderate carbonation and spicy pumpkin pie aroma.

2015 vintage 10.0%

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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigwee (1) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014 does not count
amber, clear, tan foam, vanilla, ginger, alspice,caramel, lightly bitter, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly sour, creamy, average carbonation,

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Blessed All Hallows Eve : Black as the serpent heart and with a deathly tan head and void of lace. Vapours creep of roasted flesh, pumpkin flesh with wicked spice and of all ingredients used by a witch, the most coveted is human fat. None is here, just charred memories of the fateful night. Tell me your woes! You are bewitched! The palate while tasty is missing too much of the rich and lustful chocolate. Of all the curiosities here Ive seen, none couldve surprised me more than this. Overall this is a skillful temptation, luckily it is easy to cast aside.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish brown-black pour with tan head, lacing well. Aroma brought notes of caramel, big vanilla, graham cracker, some honey, big pumpkin and roasted malt notes, hints of sweet caramelized sugars, whipped cream, basically like pumking with some roasted malt. Taste is a mix of whipped cream, roast, coffee, some cocoa into a bit of dark sugars, vanilla and honey come through into pumpkin, graham cracker crust, pie, some whipped cream, touch of caramel, finishing very sweet. While this is delicious, tastes like they took the pumking recipe and added roasted malt. Good thing I love both of those. Wish the chocolate/cocoa/coffee came out more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (1429) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2014
It pours dark brown, but not quite black. It has a brown head. There are aromas of pumpkin, raisin, all spice, coffee, and nutmeg. It has a sweet pumpkin taste, with spices, cinnamon, coffee, and brown sugar flavors. It is lively, very diverse in flavor, and all around quality.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
soupy (35) - - OCT 2, 2014
Mahogany, dark pour, thin to no head. The pumpkin aroma is strong, full body, spicy, not as sweet as the Pumpking, sort of a creamy after taste, alcohol present but smooth finish. Not as heavy as what I associate with a stout, but still an awesome beer.

3.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chucklemation (1576) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany with no foam head. Aroma is an enticing spiced pumpkin pie. Flavor is pumpkin with a little too much spice and a touch of bitterness. Has a light mouthfeel, not as full as one might expect from an imperial stout. Disappointing, but still ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Not knowing the style description, I wouldnt have pegged this as an Imperial Stout--at least, it doesnt have the incredible richness and depth than an American example of the style usually has. The pumpkin spice thing was o.k. in this example: not over the top at all. Decent. (on tap at Red Cow, St. Paul)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (714) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2014
BOD 6/26/14. Black pour with a normal head, but poor lacing and retention. Nice nose of ginger, clove, cinnamon and maybe nutmeg. Underneath is a bit of pumpkin and subtle notes of roast and chocolate coupled with an airy light sweetness. As it warms, chocolate becomes much more noticeable. Medium bodied with a light smooth texture. Lower than normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is where this one shines - intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a rush of spice, with ginger and clove the most abundant, over a light sweetness with pumpkin and roast deep in the background. In the middle, chocolate notes yield to a hop/roast background with an expertly balanced bitterness. The finish is a blend of the aforementioned flavors fading away into a nice mild alcohol burn at the back of the throat. Lingering is a bit of roast, bitterness and pumpkin.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bomber. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Pumpkin aroma, with nutmeg, cinnamon and whip cream. Roasted malt, spiced pumpkin and a hint of smoke. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish. Creamy texture with average carbonation. If youre a fan of Pumking this is a must try.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (4149) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2014
This is a giant old spice beer and remarkable in so far as you can actually taste actual pumpkin in it. Unfortunately, pumpkin is just not that good of a flavor. It is just sort of a vague vegetable taste and that is all I am getting out of it here. It is black in color and headless. There is a bit of a roasted character here which is nice but its also slightly metallic. For a strong beer--especially a spiced beer--this is pretty drinkable, somewhat dry w/ mild carbonation. I do enjoy the creamy texture of this and the spice is pretty subtle all things considered but I feel like this could be a little more centered on malt and hops rather than pumpkin and spice overall. Its not a bad beer but it really doesnt stand out as particularly good either.


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