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Southern Tier Warlock

South Tier WarlockI’m not quite sure what to expect with Southern Tier Warlock. They already make what I consider the best pumpkin ale with Pumking, but can they balance the different malt and not lose the pumpkin and spices?

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.

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Fat Head’s Oompa Loompa

Fat Heads Oompa LoompaChocolate Cream Stout might not be the first style you think of when you hear of a beer called Oompa Loompa. But how could you not love that artwork?

Oh, careful when you pour!

Huge aroma full of chocolate, vanilla, and charred wood. Chocolate is more subtle in the flavor, but it’s there. More char, coffee, and a bite from the hops in a dry finish. Good flavor, great balance, more hops than most stouts.

Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-doo,
I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you.
Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-dee,
If you are wise you’ll listen to me.

What do you get when you guzzle down beer?
Drinking so much you can’t see clear.
Oompa Loompa do-ba-dee-da,

Given good beer you will go far.
You will live in happiness too,
Like the oompa loompa do-ba-dee-doo.
Do-ba-dee-doo

 

This is one to find.

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Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 5

It took a while to track this down, but I’m very excited to finally get my hands on Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 5. This year, a Black Rye Ale.

Pours like you would expect. More chocolate than expected in the aroma, still with plenty of roasted scents. The rye finally shows up in the flavor and lasts throughout the finish. Creamy and smooth. Finishes dry and bitter, but not much presence from the hops. Maybe a little bit of black pepper in there, too.

It’s very good, but maybe not mind-blowing as previous Fade to Blacks have been.

 

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Mother’s Brewing Winter Grind

Mothers Winter GrindThis winter has been abominably long, so stouts are still in play. Here’s one from Mother’s, a coffee stout called Winter Grind.

Strong coffee and not much else in the aroma, as it should be. A little bite from the carbonation. The coffee flavor is a bit mellower than the aroma would have you expect, but it lingers. Oatmeal in the background. Bitterness more from coffee than hops.

Straightforward coffee stout. Not much else going on other than the coffee. I’m not saying that’s bad, but that’s what it is.

Grade: B

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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Jefferson Stout

Lazy Magnolia Jefferson StoutI have no idea what to expect here from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Jefferson Stout. The title doesn’t reveal much, but when you read on and learn it’s brewed with sweet potatoes and lactose, it’s certainly intriguing.

Aroma is like a milk stout with a big dose of vanilla. Texture is silky smooth. The sweetness from the lactose comes through, along with vanilla. Finish is long, dry, and on the woody side. I’m not tasting any sweet potatoes. While I don’t particularly care for them, I was interested to taste them in a beer. More chocolate noticeable as it warms.

Excellent milk stout. Not sure what to think about the sweet potatoes.

 

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Schlafly Oatmeal Stout

Schlafly Oatmeal StoutSOn a night that winter has returned to Ohio, an oatmeal stout sounds quite inviting. If I’m not mistaken (it’s happened before), this is my first beer from Schlafly.

A bit more aggressive and not quite as smooth as most other oatmeal stouts. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just unexpected. More chocolate flavors than expected, too. Some roasted oatmeal before the hops kick in.

Different from most oatmeal stouts with are kind of smooth and mellow, this one has some attitude.

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Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero

Clown Shoes Chocolate SombreroIt’s only been a few months that Massachusetts based Clown Shoes has been available in Ohio, so I’m excited to try something new. with their Chocolate Sombrero, a Mexican inspired stout.

Color is as you’d expect, dark brown with maybe a hint of ruby around the edges. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of chile. Light and smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate really comes through, followed by vanilla. There is a hint of heat, but not much. Bit of char in there, too.

I like this quite a bit. Nice texture, good flavor, good balance. Wouldn’t mind a bit more chile heat. Not a trace of heat from the 9% ABV!

Grade: B

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Ommegang Take the Black Stout

Ommegang Take the Black Stout

Ommegang Take the Black Stout

I was very excited when I found Ommegang Take the Black Stout. I’m a huge fan of the Game of Thrones show and I just finished the first book. Plus, with it being from Ommegang, I have high hopes for this one.

Really easy to pour a bit too aggressively. Pours black (it better!) with a rather dark khaki head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, smoke, and anise. Interesting flavor. Dark bread, dark fruit, a bit of char and smoke. Hops don’t really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but it’s not overpowering. Also some of the flavor you’ll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass.

This is really quite good. I’d love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on!

Grade: A

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Full Pint Night of the Living Stout

Full Pint Night of the Living StoutI had to have a beer like this for Halloween! If the label wasn’t scary enough, here is a stout with 110 IBUs!

Black as the pit from pole to pole, the aroma is dominated by deeply roasted malt and charred wood. Velvety and smooth texture. Then WHAM! those hops hit. This would be shocking if you expected a stout but didn’t know the IBU content! Toasted malt, smoke, and charred wood stand up to the intensely bitter hops.

Outstanding!

Grade: A

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Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

I’ve decided to go big for my first beer from Maumee Bay Brewing Company with their Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout.

Black as night with a creamy beige head. As it should, coffee dominates the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, as well. Whoa…one sip in and I am hooked. Texture as smooth as silk with just the right amount of coffee. It’s there, but the chocolate, oats, and even vanilla come through. Hops add a pungent, welcome bitterness at the end. The 9.1% ABV is both surprising and sneaky. Only noticable as a pleasing warmth.

Wow is this good!

Grade: A

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