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Warlock

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

An Imperial Stout with a new twist. The bouquet had a variety of different aromas, none of which prevailed. A mixture of spices was apparent accompanied by notes of pumpkin pie more than actual pumpkin, which melded together with chocolate and gingerbread. This beer was ink-black in color and opaque with a medium tan head that fell quickly.

Complexity is manifest in this beer as roasted malts combine with fruity esters and hops at higher alcohol levels. This ale was further enhanced by an allspice-like flavor that perfectly complemented the aroma. The body was medium to full, smooth with lower carbonation, and had an obviously higher alcohol level than most pumpkin beers.

An intriguing, well-spiced beer with a punch – perfect for a cool autumn night.

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