Southern Tier Warlock (Imperial Pumpkin Stout)
This beer was an oxymoron.
A coworker of mine tried it a day before me and said he was largely unimpressed. It’s not so much that it was a bad beer, but that it was lacking the qualities of a stout (and certainly not those of an imperial, either.)
I figured he was exaggerating and had my bottle chilling in the fridge to try when I got off work that day. I poured it in my honorary Pumking glass, of course, and was expecting to be blown away into a dark, borderline-scary world of double-stout-y goodness.
What I got felt more like a weak porter, almost. I was hoping for an Old Rasputin-like stout base and a hint of pumpkin in the background. This one was, like my supervisor said, not a bad beer, but it was not at all like I thought I was getting. It lacked the heavy body of a stout and was not hard-hitting at all.
It was, for all intents and purposes, an oxymoron. A thin stout.
I drank the whole thing and had a fair buzz after, but I wanted so much more. After all, Pumking is quite possibly the pinnacle of all pumpkin brews— why wouldn’t their other pumpkin offering be just as good, if not better?
But alas, Warlock left me wanting.