Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by asabreed:
4.3/5 rDev +8%
Bomber poured into a 10 oz. Samuel Smith nonic glass.
Appearance: I thought this would be more opaque and in the stout territory, but it's more like a lighter porter in its appearance, with dark red amber colors that get a little lighter when you hold the glass up to the light. The reddish and mocha-colored head hangs on nicely, leaving nice droplets of lacing around the bulbous part of the glass.
Smell: Kind of basically Pumking with a little bit more minor roastiness and char aromas. I hate to break it down so simply, but that's the case here, folks. Good caramel, graham cracker, candy corn, buttered popcorn, and other malt sweetness from the caramel malt I imagine. And as said, there's a bit of roastiness, but it's not something like, say, of Choklat was mixed with Pumking. But I'm such a fan of Pumking that I can't really see anything wrong with this, and that it's so close helps that.
Taste: Again, more like a porter was mixed with Pumking instead of a stout like Mokah or Choklat (though, come on, Southern Tier, let's see what happens with that...). The Pumking flavors are all there: caramel sweetness, buttered popcorn, candy corn, spices and pureed pumpkin -- but the back end of the finish gets slightly roasted, which leaves minor char and lingering berries, which mixes nicely with all the pumpkin flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy-bodied, though the darkness doesn't change all that much here, and if anything, it's minor. I know some folks find this to be a bit cloying, but I think the hops do enough to balance things out, and the roastiness and char dial back some of the possible cloying nature of it, making it pretty balanced as far as the feel goes.
Overall: A good experiment, and one that I really enjoy (and I imagine folks who enjoy Pumking as much as I do will probably say the same thing), though if this experiment with Pumking keeps happening, I'd go bigger, darker, and experiment more with it. I may buy another bottle or two if it's still around in the upcoming weeks. Not groundbreaking, but again, a pretty cool experiment, and though it doesn't change this into an entirely different beer, it brings out some different qualities and nuances that are always welcomed when you try and tweak a very solid beer in any respect, more often than not, that is.
10-13-2013 01:37:25 | More by asabreed
More User Reviews:
2.5/5 rDev -37.2%
I hate to leave a review so short and negative, but this particular beer tastes, to me, what guinea pigs smell like. Pumpkin beers are a hard sell for me, but the flavor in this reminds me more of the rat I saw behind the store I work at tonight than of anything pumpkin. Maybe I'm missing something in this one. But, you'd be hard pressed to get me to drink it again unfortunately. Sorry southern tier, I love stouts, the bigger the flavors the better, but this one, just does not at all do it for me. Hard poured into the sink.
08-29-2014 03:24:28 | More by Ngntjp
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours into a goblet a deep cola color with a half finger light beige head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled quickly.Wow the most aromatic pumpkin infused beer I have come across,roasted pumpkin,cardamom,and raw leafy hops stand out most,add vanilla and graham crackers and you have a big complex nose.Flavor of roasted pumpkin and vanilla/spices with some roast,like a pumpkin latte,the raw hops are still playing a big role.What a cool beer,it's a brash pumpkin stout with a real hop profile with alot of malty richness.Top notch.
09-21-2013 22:52:17 | More by oberon
4.16/5 rDev +4.5%
In a goblet, this beer was a very dark brown, near black color. There was a minuscule to non-existant tan head.
Sweet chocolate aroma. Some pumpkin. Very subtle spice.
Taste followed form. Milk chocolate and pumpkin. A little allspice.
This was a smooth, not overly spiced beer. I thought the combination of stout and pumpkin went very well, with enough spice, but not too much spice.
10-07-2013 00:01:01 | More by lordofthewiens
4.73/5 rDev +18.8%
This was a really interesting beer. An imperial stout brewed with pumpkin puree!!! They recommend you serve it in a goblet, and I was happy to oblige. The beer starts out tasting like a very nice imperial stout and then breaks off into a nice natural pumpkin flavor with a nice kick at the end!
Was happy I found this at my local store, worth the 10$- Looking forward to buying it next year or finding it on tap again!
10-03-2013 00:11:09 | More by AndrewPugliese
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: high carbonation, 3/4 inch head, clear, dark brown in color
Smell: pumpkin spice and graham cracker
Taste: dark chocolate, charred/roasted malt, cream, sugar, and pumpkin spice
Mouthfeel: Sweet with bitter char in the background, medium-heavy body, medium-high carbonation
Overall: Really tasty compliment beer to Pumpking. I do think I like Pumpking better, but this one is a nice combo of char and great pumpkin flavor. Southern Tier does pumpkin well.
10-15-2013 14:52:15 | More by tigg924
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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