Saturday, September 3, 2016

Warlock Imperial Stout (review)

Beer Review #149

Today is September 3rd. Fall seasonal beers have begun to magically appear on local racks over the last month but I've managed to resist their temptation until now. Somehow it just feels 'wrong' to drink a Pumpkin Beer in August. And while the thermometer is expected to crest 90 degrees again later this week - Labor Day (USA) weekend and the start of September have always felt somehow like the official-unofficial start of autumn. School is back in session, the mornings are getting cooler, and if you spend much time in the woods you will have noticed the very slightest hints of change in the foliage. Change isn't coming. Its already here.

My experience with Pumpkin Beer is limited, and yet goes all the way back to Ithaca Beer Company's Country Pumpkin (review #2) Pumpkin Ale on September 10th, 2014. My next, and until now only other Pumpkin Beer review came just under a year later when I dove into a bottle of Southern Tier Brewing Company's Imperial Pumking (review #45). Around that same time many of my beer-loving friends mentioned that they liked Southern Tier's Warlock better. I've seen this beer on shelves many times, but for one reason or another I'm only just now giving it a try.

Warlock is an Imperial Stout brewed with pumpkins, and as such is the darkest Pumpkin Beer I've tried yet. It has been a year since my last bottle of Pumpking , but just from memory my description of that earlier beer - " pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, allspice, or any of the ingredients we typically associate with pumpkin pie and autumn." - seems to fit Warlock perfectly. 

Warlock pours a touch lighter than a typical imperial stout, but does not lack for aroma and flavor. Its a little more bitter on the pallet than Pumpking, with hints of dark roasted coffee complimenting the pumpkin pie nicely. 


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