Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +6.3%
On-tap at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI:
Pours pitch black with a thin head that becomes wispy. Spotted lacing sticks.
The smell is of pumpkin pie spicing dipped in chocolate with a bit of coffee.
The taste like eating a nice pumpkin pie that has a rich dark chocolate crust while taking a sip of coffee. Alcohol gives some warmth in a pleasant way.
It is smooth. A very nice, unique, chocolate-y pumpkin pie beer with just the right hint of coffee. Impressive!
08-15-2014 01:52:22 | More by jwc215
4.14/5 rDev +4%
Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to some surface bubbles.
Smell: roasted tones with some cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
Taste: roasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, moderate bitterness, and some mild alcohol warming are the main flavors.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the end. Long lasting aftertaste.
Overall: a slow sipping beer that I found enjoyable. One is enough in a session, but it is very satisfying.
10-31-2013 22:35:48 | More by Gavage
3.31/5 rDev -16.8%
Reviewed as an imperial stout/pumpkin beer hybrid. 8.6% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. 22oz brown glass bottle with fun simple label art and branded black/silver pressure cap acquired at me local HEB Grocery for $9.99 and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.
Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Paired with French chocolate.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth consistency. Nice even lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is decent - a little over a minute until it recedes to a floater ring, and a couple more minutes until it recedes entirely.
Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.
Pretty standard fare for an imperial stout. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. I don't think a better head is too much to ask. Looks pretty good.
Sm: Pumpkin, pumpkin gourd, pumpkin skin, peanut butter, chocolate malts, cakey sweetness, dark malts, carrot flavouring, caramel, and syrups. Brown sugar. Appealing for a pumpkin beer.
No yeast character, hops, or alcohol is detectable. It's an intriguing aroma of moderate strength, but does seem overly sweet and absolutely artificial.
T: Lovely pumpkin gourd with an unusual but welcome sweetness - I think that's the "natural" flavour coming through. It does lend a bit of artificiality to the build, but it also enhances the pumpkin. Has a nice dark malt, chocolate malt, black malt, caramalt, and caramunich malt foundation. Graham cracker. Pumpkin pie filling. Roasted pumpkin seeds. Caramel. I do get some light spices - primarily allspice. Maybe some clove. I'd love more roast; there's hardly any here. The sweetness will annoy many, but I think it's tame enough. Latte-esque. A touch of vanilla.
No hop character, yeast, or alcohol comes through.
It's well balanced and has a nice cohesion, but I wouldn't say it's gestalt. Decent complexity and subtlety; it could use more of both. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.
Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet. A bit silky. Somewhat soft. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Thick but not syrupy or viscous. Suits the flavour profile nicely in a general sense, but there's not a marriage of texture to taste; the former wasn't custom-tailored to the latter.
Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but the sweetness does curb the drinkability. Like most Southern Tier bomber beers, it is exactly what it claims to be - nothing more, nothing less. If you like pumking, you'll like this. Hides its ABV pretty well. A good dessert beer, but far from mind-blowing. Not Southern Tier's finest work, but good stuff. I think a home mixture of Choklat and Pumking would actually taste better. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad to have tried it and the pricing could be worse for the quality. I'd recommend it to friends, but don't go out of your way to try it. It might not scratch your autumnal itch, but it'll satisfy pumpkin beer and imperial stout fans alike. As with most Southern Tier bombers, I highly recommend sharing this - ideally between 4 or more people.
11-04-2013 01:20:21 | More by kojevergas
3.98/5 rDev 0%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a one finger, light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.
Surprisingly huge spicy pumpkin pie presence in the nose with some robust roasted malt and sweet desert-like chocolate notes. It's Southern Tier so I shouldn't be that surprised but the aroma is almost as pumpkin forward as Pumpking. I was expecting more stout character by that takes a back seat to the autumnal spices and pumpkin purée. Hints of clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon along with pumkin pie filling and roasted pumkin seeds. It takes a while to open up but once it does, there's subtle roast and sweet malts underneath. Hints of sweet and dark chocolate along with oatmeal and robust coffee bean. Smells very interesting but I wish that the stout notes were a bit stronger.
Thankfully the flavor is more of a mix of pumkin and stout notes. Dry and roasted with a robust dark malt presence that's countered by sweeter malts and strong pumkin pie flavors on the back end. Slightly smokey with burnt sugar and deeply roasted malt but its not acrid or harsh at all. Hints of gourmet coffee, burnt toast, bittersweet dark chocolate and oatmeal followed by sweeter chocolate flavor, toffee and nut before a strong pumpkin ale flavor in the finish. Spicy and sweet with ginger, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin purée/pie filling, toasted pumpkin seeds and vanilla. Nicely balanced and whereas the aroma felt like a pumpkin beer with subtle stout character, the flavor is more stout-like with lingering pumpkin pie sweetness. ABV is excellently masked, resulting in another dangerously drinkable entry in the Backwater series.
09-24-2013 06:25:07 | More by corby112
4.19/5 rDev +5.3%
Although this beer is definitely on the sweet side (like so many of the big offerings from Southern Tier), I have to say that I enjoyed this very much. I treated this like dessert, so the sweetness didn't bother me in the least- a time and a place for everything. I like the blending of roasty stout with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. You get chocolate and vanilla notes as well as some roasted notes from the stout, some silkiness from the pumpkin, and a nice sweet/spicy note from the additions. Definitely hit the spot for me.
01-12-2014 19:59:09 | More by Georgiabeer
3.98/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, roasted pumpkin, vanilla, and graham cracker-like malts. Moderate amounts of spices are present as well with cardamon taking center stage amongst them. There is also a light aroma of herbal (anise-like) hops.
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of graham cracker and chocolate malts which is complemented by flavors of vanilla and moderate amounts of roasted pumpkin. There are moderate to strong flavors of cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg along with a light to moderate dosage of vanilla. Hints of bitterness in the finish but it fades rather quickly. Not as sweet as I might have expected based on some of the other beers in the series.
M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.
O: There are some light hints of the alcohol that makes this beer more of a sipper but it has some of the most intense pumpkin flavors of any of the fall beers that I have gotten this year (nice rich flavors and aromas of roasted pumpkin are upfront in this beer). Definitely enjoyable but feels more like a porter than a stout. I would get another of these.
10-13-2013 22:34:11 | More by dbrauneis
4.1/5 rDev +3%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/20/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, gingerbread, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, pie crust, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and malt notes with moderate roast presence; with great strength. Smells almost the same as pumking, but that’s not a bad thing. Taste of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, pie crust, toast, caramel, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, gingerbread, pie crust, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin spiced imperial stout. All around great balance of pumpkin, spice, dark/roasted malt and moderate hop bitterness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
12-15-2013 20:01:30 | More by superspak
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a dark amber brown with an off white head.
Aroma of pumpkin and roasted malt, some nice spice and pumpkin pie smells.
The roasted malt flavor here is very nice with the vanilla and pumpkin notes. Small dry spice bite with all spice, coriander and dry cinnamon. Quite roasty and delicious. The darker brethren of the famous Pumking, this has a pumpkin mocha coffee flavor.
Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and spice all contribute to a decadent flavor. Medium bodied and perfect carbonation with a dry spice bite. Overall, this is a great pumpkin stout / dark pumpkin ale. Worth the wait.
10-19-2013 06:10:52 | More by Stinkypuss
3.91/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
A deep mahogany brown, with some noticeable burnt red color to it. Head barely makes a faint tan finger, but settles to a large soapy collar to sit. Nice chestnut brown edges on the side of the glass.
Nose is lots of pie dough and pumpkin pie crust. Not much else but smells very flakey.
interesting palate. First sip brings lots of charring roast. Mellow coffee and milk sensing like small sweetness. Carbonation feels a little prickly and wet, and there's a bit of wet hop bitterness that doesn't seem to gel well with the roast character. Pumpkin flavors are a bit subdued but don't clash much with the roast qualities. Virtually no aftertaste except for some bready crust of pumpkin and mild clove spice.
Overall quite surprisingly decent, I thought this would clash and more importantly be horrifically sweet but it isn't. Nice work.
11-08-2013 00:23:13 | More by smakawhat
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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