Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from my growler into a Great Lakes snifter. Very dark in appearance, but not black at all. When held to the light, I can see reddish-brown highlights even near the widest part of the glass. There is a decent finger of brown head that quickly dies off. The smell is pure Pumking - lots of vanilla and nutmeg and some hints of sweet toasted malt and pumpkin. It's smells like someone dumped a handful of nutmeg in a cream soda. Fantastic!
Medium to full body and a really nice, sweet and spicy flavor. A bit of malty sweetness and pumpkin squashiness presents itself, and then a big creamy rush of vanilla and nutmeg takes over. There's just a hint of roastiness - enough to remind you it's a stout - but the flavor profile is very similar to Pumking. There's a bit more sweetness from the malt and creaminess on the palate. On the back of the palate, the spices, particularly the nutmeg, get just a bit too strong and overpower the flavor a little, even lingering a bit to much. Still, all in all a terrific sipper.
A Pumking Stout? It seems so obvious, yet where has it been? This is a wonderful beer (if you like Pumking). If you don't like Pumking, I don't believe you should even bother with this. If you do like Pumking and buy at least one bottle of it every year (as I do), then this is not one you want to pass up.
Serving type: growler
09-21-2013 11:40:46 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.4/5 rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
A: Dark black body with a very light tan head that forms a creamy ring after a quickly fading head. Some spotty lacing on the glass.
S: It has a fantastic smell of pumpkin spice. No individual spices stand out, it is a very lovely scent. It's the perfect scent for what I'd expect out of a pumpkin pie. No hop or grain scents come through. It might be a good thing that only the pumpkin pie spice stands out, but It would be nice to get some more complexity.
T: Wonderful pumpkin flavor at the front, which is washed away with a hint of acidic earthy flavor, which is then chased to the back of the palate immediately by a robust roasted grain and dark coffee flavor. It doesn't linger on the palate after drinking. It's very good but I wouldn't quite call it outstanding. No alcohol flavor.
M: The carbonation is good but the body of the beer is too thin, as if a bit watered down.
O: Overall I thought it was an okay beer, but I don't feel the pumpkin flavor or the stout flavor do much to complement each other. It's like drinking a pumpkin beer and chasing it down with a stout in the same bottle. The stout quickly overwhelms the pumpkin flavor and makes it hard to enjoy. At the end of the drink I'm left with no pumpkin on the palate, just bitterness. The best elements of this beer are the scent and how artfully the alcohol is hidden. I wouldn't dissuade anyone from drinking this beer, but I wouldn't argue that they should seek it out if it is not readily available.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 17:33:40 | More by teromous
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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