Monday, November 25, 2013

Review: Southern Tier Warlock

Southern Tier Warlock
8.6% ABV
Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY
22 oz btl
Served in Burley Oak tulip glass
Date on bottle: Bottled on 10/16/13
Reviewed on 11/16/13 

This pumpkin stout pours a dark brown color with a good beige head that has decent retention. Good lacing.

Smell consists of malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, mild hops, slight caramel, mild chocolate, some coffee.

Taste has malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, some caramel, hints of coffee and chocolate, some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is somewhat bitter on the palate with a good coating sugariness.

Overall, this is a rich tasting pumpkin stout that combines the flavors of a pumpkin ale with an imperial stout. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar are prevalent here, with good flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and even a touch of dark fruit rounding things out.  The flavors mesh together quite well.  Pumpkin stouts are an underrepresented variation of beer--there be more if they taste as well as this one does.

My score: 92

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