Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by asabreed:
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 01:37:25 | More by asabreed
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3.69/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Pretty nice beer. Smells of pumpkin and banana. Some toffee notes in the nose as well. The head is nice for about 30 seconds and then leaves entirely. Mouthful is a bit thin and the flavors in the nose shine through in the beer. There is definitely some alcohol present as well. Overall not a bad brew but I think it would definitely benefit from some aging.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 01:55:34 | More by SpecialPatrolGroup
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.