Southern Tier Warlock

Blog shotFall is just about my favorite time of year, mostly due to the big selection of richly flavored pumpkin beers. This is the first time I’ve tried Warlock and I have to say I’m very impressed. Southern Tier has a list of rotating seasonal beers known as their Black Water Series, and I think these are their flagship effort. There’s no doubt that the ingredients are premium and the brewing methods meticulous. Their efforts pay off in a major way with Warlock. From what I’ve read, this Imperial Stout is meant as a counterpoint to their other fall beer, “Pumking”. (We’ll have to save that one for another blog post.) In brief, Warlock is a little less pumpkin-flavored than others and has a little more spice. Now, that’s not a bad thing. There is indeed subtle pumpkin flavor lurking about, but the taste of roasted malt is more up front here. Actually, I should say malts — 4 types of malts, in fact, which all shine through and provide a nutty finish that really leaves you feeling warm and cozy. This beer is best served when the cold winds are howling outside and the fire is blazing inside. If you haven’t invited your sweetie to cozy up with you and your Warlock yet, now would be a good time. Cheers!

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