Warlock | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins Warlock is brewed to enchant your palate on its own and also to counterpoint our Imperial Ale, Pumking. Make your own black magic by carefully pouring this Imperial Stout into a goblet.

Dark and mysterious, the Blackwater Series is serious about high gravity. Reanimate your senses with Warlock’s huge roasted malt character, moderate carbonation and spicy pumpkin pie aroma.

Added by MasterSki on 09-19-2013

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Photo of El_Nino_Rata
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is criminally underrated here. Extremely unique blend of stout/mocha flavors and pumpkin spice. Exceptionally well balanced, and a truly special offering from Southern Tier. CHEERS!

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Photo of Trenary
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Nice dark brown stout that from a side profile borders on black. Smell heavy on cloves and nutmeg, has some artificiality to it. The smell is my least favorite component of this beer, being light on pumpkin and over-reliant on spice.

Good smoky stout taste that the spices work with, but not subtly. I cannot decide whether it is over spiced, or just oddly spiced. It tastes better on the front end and then finishes somewhat awkwardly.

Feels like a stout and outside of the wacky spices, possesses a good stout body.

Overall, not a winner for me. Tolerable but not fantastic. Pass it over in favor of just about every other good dark pumpkin beer.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a review of the 2016 edition.

Look: Very dark, slight hints of reddish brown around the edges. No head to speak of, and a bit watery looking for an Imperial.

Smell: First couple of sniffs are sickly sweet, reminding me of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout. A bit worrying given that beer was not really up my alley. After letting it sit in the open for a while the aroma changes to a much more palatable toasted/burnt pumpkin/yam, with some dark chocolate and spice notes in the background.

Taste: Far more pleasant than the smell. Dark chocolate takes a much heavier role, being about equally balanced with the pumpkin/yam. Coriander and spice notes in the background.

Feel: Much creamier than the beer appears, with a slight alcohol nip on the beginning and end.

Overall: I was not sure about how to feel about this one at first. The flavors and aroma seemed a little 'busy', but as the beer aired a little it became a delightful and well put together experience. I'd be interested to see how this cellars.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly ink black color but with a hint of mahogany. Foam head soon recedes and leaves a thin collar.
Sweet aroma consists of a sweet bowyer of pumpkin pie, vanilla, cinnamon, dark fruit, even a hint of cherry, and some light alcohol.
The taste is luscious, rich, and complex. A sweet coating of sweet malty and dark fruit flavors is complimented by alcohol spice, liquorice and earthy hops. Mid palate, some of the hops and bitter espresso roast comes out. In the third phase, it reverts to sweet and vinous. Full bodied and smooth.
This is a wonderful and complex stout. I will certainly have again.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the spot review of this long awaited ale. Anyone that has read my reviews knows Pumking is my favorite ale ever, of course maybe second to Rochefort 10, or maybe Pumking is my favorite, depending on the occasion or my mood. So finally I got a bottle of this being it is finally in season.... so here goes nothing....

Look: After cracking open the bottle, I got a mega wiff of pumpkin. Candied pumpkin. But I am not rating smell right off the bat, just noting how RADIANT the smell is! I expected Pumking, but silly me. This stuff came out DARK. Like motor oil. Well, darker. It's muddy dark brown. I like it. Same head as pumking. About 2 finger that lingers for a few minutes. But oh the smell! The look though is quite beautiful. And once the head disappears it turns BLACK. Really black. It is evil looking, and perfect for halloween!

Smell: THE SMELL! The moment I cracked her open, I got a blast of that sweet pumking goodness! I can't wait to sip this now. She is ice cold from the fridge and poured into a goblet. I have been waiting to try this since last year, mind you, just never found a bottle when I was wanting one. But the smell... heavy sweet candied pumpkin with hints of black licorice. This is so Halloween its not even funny. This is your ideal Halloween ale! Get yourself some of this for Halloween, seriously!

Taste: YOW. That is powerful. Pumking exists in here, but its different. It has a darker flavor, I detect some darker presence, maybe some hints of licorice, some flavors I can't pick up on. Definitely pumpkin, cloves, butter, pie crust, cream, then the other flavors. The best way I can describe it is Pumking with essence of the bottle of the trick or treat bag. Outstanding. And it has some alcohol burn being its 10% alcohol, so she is a lot stronger than Pumking. Be careful!

Feel: Smooth. Crisp. Tasty. Not dry. Not bitter. She has been done well. Frothy, thick, each sip has a thickness to it, like chocolate milk thickness. How did they pull this off? The outdid themselves with this brew! It has a high gravity burn at first but the pumpkin and spices help you recover quickly.

Overall: I can't even tell you how amazed I am with this ale. It takes everything that makes Pumking great and goes further with it. A darker, sweeter and higher alcohol Pumking, with hints of halloween candy-ish type flavors blasting you, and honestly I had a few weak bottles of Pumking which I could barely smell. This ale is damn radiant and blasts you every second, from the moment the bottle is open until the last sip. I love it, I love it soooo freaking much! Get this, Halloween fans! Get a few bottles, save it for Halloween, watch some horror movies in the dark with a jack o'lantern lit, sip it slowly and savor all the Halloween flavors. This is the ideal Halloween drink! Happy Halloween, friends :)

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Photo of jaketaz
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I prefer their Pumking, but I give this one bonus points for being a legit pumpkin STOUT as opposed to a pumpkin ale (which everybody and their mother cranks out in Fall). So it's nice to have a dark, 10% abv stout that's pumpkin flavored, but the Pumking is one of the best pumpkin flavored beverages I've ever had. This is black with a brown head, and like the Pumking it tastes like the spices of pumpkin pie but without much specific pumpkin. Porous head that dies quick, medium carbonation, smells like clove and cacao... Southern Tier has a very reliable line of sweet 10% abv stouts and any of them will get you handled. But Southern Tier makes better flavored stouts and better pumpkin beers.

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Photo of eskildow
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a deep brown or black, not unlike a stout or a porter with a rich brown head. The smell is dominated by vanilla and sassafras, almost like a root beer. The flavour is that of coffee and chocolate, with an oaty aftertaste. The consistency is like that of mineral spirits.

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep mahogany, thin off-white head
S: not a big nose, some maltiness
T: the pumpkin and graham cracker taste hit me first, and this beer is about 2 years old
F: moderately bitter aftertaste, medium to full body
O: nice combination, really held on to the Pumking taste

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought this for the large bottle to put homebrew in, was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Gorgeous beer poured into a glass. Pumpkin flavor not overpowering at all.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from my brother. Cracked this open to accompany the change in weather. Perfect! Tons of gingerbread, fall spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, in both aroma and taste. Gentle alcohol warmth to boot. Nice autumn beer, very welcoming.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with rich ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. The head is light beige and foams up about 1 cm in a dense packing, but fades very quickly to the thinnest of edge layers. Wish the head stuck around a little longer.
The aroma is some chocolate malt and a lot of actual pumpkin scent with a bit of spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin nose is very authentic and isnt dominated by overspicing that many pumpkin beers suffer from IMO, this makes for a very appealing nose.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture and very fine tingly carbonation.
The flavor is similar to the nose with some sweeter chocolate malt and a bit of a roasted note, moving to some fleshy, veggie pumpkin notes and some spices. Again the spices are cinnamon and nutmeg, but not overpowering the taste. I dont get any booze on this beer, but will note that my bottle says 8.6% not the 10% listed here. Maybe an older vintage?
The beer is very drinkable and mentions that it an be paired with carrot cake on the label, having just celebrated a birthday I happen to have carrot cake on hand. Yes they do go together nicely, thanks for the tip Southern Tier!

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Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good use of pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Pours a dense dark brown color with only some light coming through at the bottom of the pint glass. Not much in the way of head or lacing. Aroma is malty with a little chocolate and a lot of pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Flavor features pumpkin and pumpkin spices, a good malty background and a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and has medium richmess with the pumpkin spices adding a little interest to the mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. A pretty decent stout and effective use of pumpkin spices. Could use a little more pumpkin as well as the spices.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Black, no head even with aggressive pour.
S-Best smelling beer ever! Only way I can describe it is
pumpkin pie eggnog.

T-Pumpkin pie eggnog beer! Nutmeg, pumpkin, roast malt,
hints of coffee & a very nice mild bitter.
Sweet & bitter complexity. No clue of the 10% alcohol.

M-No carbonation but full bodied super creamy.
O-The taste of Thanksgiving or a perfect sipping beer while
waiting for Santa Claus to show up.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very small head to this, even with an aggressive pour. Typical black coloration with a slight red tint, and you can see slightly through it at the bottom.

Smell: Wow, this stuff smells just as good as the Pumking does, and overall it has a very similar smell. Tons of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin to the point where it really does smell like pumpkin pie.

Taste: Again, very similar to Pumking. Huge pumpkin spiced flavor, following the smell. The addition here that makes it rank higher than Pumking for me though is the roasted malts that you expect with a stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with slight carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic seasonal, easily my favorite pumpkin beer. And since pumpkin pie is my favorite dessert of all time, this beer would probably be in my top ten beers.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitchblack color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Typical nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and all spice one would expect from a pumpkin beer. Meaty pumpkin and yam followed by some warm boozy alcohol, toasted, and chocolate malts.

Taste: Got to same this beer follows suit with what I smelled. Tasty and enjoyable. Nice warm booze, meaty pumpkin and yam, spices, and malt. Some chewy and light bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little meaty, medium bodied, medium carbonation, spices, a little chewy, and warm warm alcohol.

Overall: Kind of crazy that this beer is as similar to Pumpking. I think I enjoyed this as much and a little bit more. I'll definitely revisit this one again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.07/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a finger's worth of khaki colored head. Fair retention, then disippates to reveal a thin, broken layer of suds. No lacing to be had.

Smell - An overwhelming aroma of spices and pumpkin hit the nose. Imperial stout? Outside a distant roast note, I'm not finding any usual character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with lesser pumpkin. Roasted malt that, with the spices, tend to exhibit a burnt pie crust flavor. Not much after that, really. Just a burnt pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Goes down easy enough; slick, even for a 10% beer.

Overall - I think the more apt description would've been 'Pumpkin ale with a hint of imperial stout'. This thing is spice first, pumpkin second, and residual stout character third. Hard to get through, actually. Don't buy this thinking you're getting an impy stout. You'll be greatly disappointed.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a caramel colored head, just around the top it had a deep purple tint to the beer, head did not last long some lacing.
Smell I really love sweet potato pie and this smells just like it, hints of vanilla and some cinnamon
Taste was really good I got the sweet potato pie flavor the 10% abv was well hidden, as it warmed the flavors came through and I got a little more boozy taste.
Feel medium body not too heavy but smooth, no burn from the alcohol very clean
Overall I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again, I did save one to age and see how it differs next year.

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Photo of Raime
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Warlock.

Part of the beer box I received this year from the brother. I wanted to try this one for a while but for whatever reason I never bought it. Pumking was a bit too much pumpkin for my liking and I think this brew should turn out pretty well seeing as there are more dimensions to add to what pumking already brought to the table.

Look - Poured from the 22oz. Bomber into a dimpled pint glass. Beer pours a deeper shade of dark brown with a three finger mocha colored head that takes a few stop and goes to truly get enough for the glass. After a few minutes the head has stuck fairly well and appears to be quite sticky though hasn't left much stick upon slowly going down. I don't see much in the way of carbonation either. The remaining lacing and stick is quite a bit more attractive than I had anticipated.

Smell - Admittedly the nose isn't as strong as I had expected, but minus the strength it does retain the scents I was expecting. The pie crust is absolutely huge in this beer and the roasted malts are very nice at doing their balancing job. There is a bit of a hair burning alcohol note on the nose as well. Pumking smelled more like perfume, where as this smells more like a chocolate pie with cinnamon. Just wish the scent were more in your face upon a whiff.

Taste - Taste follows the nose with a bit more in the way of pie crust. The balance is light years ahead of pumking with the chocolate factors playing a key role. It is sweet,but not deathly sweet and cloyingly so like the aforementioned beer. Alcohol isn't present in the taste. There is a faint amount of bitterness as the beer warms up quite a bit.

Feel - The feel on this brew is quite creamy, almost like some kind of fancy cappucino. Body is about moderate with q low level of carbonation. Alcohol thankfully doesn't come through nearly at all in the feel and the beer swallows with the bitterness turning up a bit but never once becoming offensive.

Overall - I like this beer quite a bit and it is certainly better than pumking. It was interesting to see how the different flavors came together and made something like this happen. Admittedly, one bomber is my limit in a single sitting but this is still a tasty after dinner treat. And better part is it sits so I'm sure you could find your pull of it!. As always, try it and come to your own conclusion. Also, dangerously. drinkable for 8.6%!..

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Photo of BethanyB
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear dark mahogany with a creamy tan head half a finger high. In its wake, a sticky film coats the sides of the glass.

Smell: Oh so good. Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice! Other than the requisite pumpkin, the hefty aroma includes nutmeg, milk chocolate, orange peels, cloves, and rum raisin.

Taste: Chocolate malt balanced against black licorice melts into a lightly bitter herbaceous aftertaste. The pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg are there as promised by the aroma. The end of each taste features more licorice and bitters, giving off a sumptuous cocktail vibe.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation produce an even-keeled feel which is heavy enough to support the strong flavors but crisp enough to retain a refreshing quality. The smooth, yet slightly dry finish comes with noticeable alcohol warming.

Overall: By far my favorite pumpkin ale, probably because it's a bit over the top, as am I. This is a delectable, grown up, fat slice of pumpkin pie which, while packed full with flavor, isn't so heavy that it doesn't quench your thirst.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearing black, with clear edges and a thick, dense tan head.

Smell is pumpkin, chocolate milk, nuts, with some allspice and nutmeg. As it warms, it becomes more and more like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal milk.

Taste is spicy chocolatey pumpkin, sort of like a fall milkshake. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuts are also there. It gets a little hot, almost oaky. As it warms, an almost Neapolitan flavor comes forward, as well as carrot cake.

This is not as thick as I remember it, but does have some froth.

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Photo of matjack85
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 ml brown bottle with no freshness date.. I am guessing this is a 2014 bottle rather than part of the 2015 batch because my bottle clearly says 8.6% abv. BA and the Southern Tier website list the alcohol at 10.0%. The website says they are kicking the alcohol up to 10.0% for 2015, so the 8.6% bottles must be from earlier years.

The beer poured a dark brown color but turned to a Dr. Pepper color when held to the light. 1½-finger mocha head that lasted about a minute before fading out and it left very little lacing.

Huge pumpkin pie smell with all the pumpkin pie spices.

Tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Lots of caramel malt and sugar in here as well, and the finish is really sweet and slightly bitter. Their web site says it is chocolatey with a hint of coffee, but I tasted more sweet vanilla rather than chocolate and the only coffee flavor is in the bitter finish.

This is a smooth and creamy, full bodied beer with a slightly higher than average amount of carbonation.

If you're looking for a pumpkin beer that really tastes like pumpkin, look no further. This is it.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in March so it probably has at least a year on it.

A: poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer topped by a finger of dense off white head that fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: smells of pumpkins and pumpkin pie spice. Everything else seems to be well hidden
T: taste is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with some slight roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Swallow is roasted malts, pumpkin, coffee, and more cinnamon and the other spices
M: this beer is about a medium on the palate which feels a little light for the style. Carbonation on this one is fairly soft as well and the finish is on the dry side of things.
O: This is a pretty good pumpkin beer. The stout is a nice twist on the style and the base beer still provides a little something which is nice. It's one to try if you're into pumpkin beers.

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Photo of jhartley
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Belgian tulip/snifter glass. DOB: 08/13/2015

Pours a deep dark brown to black with ruby brown hues along the edges when held up to the light. Little to no head even with an aggressive pour, what did arise dissipated quickly; no lacing.

Beautiful aromas of pumpkin pie: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove a little graham cracker. Deep roasted malts are abundant as well.

At first sip it's like biting into a piece of pumpkin pie, sweet and a little spicy and then the darker malts come in with a warm roastiness and the hops even that out even more with a slight bitterness.

Mouth feel is nice and full with a lingering cinnamon spice along the sides and tip of the tongue. No hint of this one being 10% abv...DANGEROUS!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and has a great balance of pumpkin beer to stout! The only other comparison I have is a one-off brew by Weyerbacher: Aries; this one seems to be a little bit better with the addition of hops to off-set that sweetness. Will be buying this one again next year and kicking myself for not picking this one up before.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black pour.

Tastes like pumpkin pie, no joke.

The alcohol is there but also hidden, if that makes any sence. You know its there.

Spicyness, cinammon. Roasted malt. Delicious. Sweet.

Totally reminds me of a mexican horchata drink. Looooove it

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
2016 Vintage

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, with also leaves some very nice small islands and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinamon. The taste is very nice, malty, chocolate/toffee, pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, licorice. Full body, ABV hidden very well, nice little bitter/dry finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew, definitely hitting the spot today. Recommended!

22 oz. Bomber
DOB: 08/13/15

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice small quick/fizzy off-white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, some roastyness. The taste is very very nice, malty, with some really nice pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, vanilla. Medium body, ABV is basically non-existant, with some really nice bitterness in the finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew, again quite different take on the style. Always nice to drink something from ST.

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 3,046 ratings.
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