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Southern Tier Warlock

South Tier WarlockI’m not quite sure what to expect with Southern Tier Warlock. They already make what I consider the best pumpkin ale with Pumking, but can they balance the different malt and not lose the pumpkin and spices?

Blindfolded, I don’t think I would notice a difference in aroma between this and Pumking. But the flavor and texture and definitely different. It’s heavier, dryer, and the finish is definitely more stout-like. But those delicious spices that make Pumking outstanding are still there and hold up. There’s something almost pop-like to start. Overall, it’s a tad more aggressive and the roasted malt certainly comes out.

If I had to choose between Warlock and Pumking for the rest of my life, I’d go with Pumking. But this is a very tasty change of pace.

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Southern Tier Choklat

Southern Tier Choklat

Southern Tier Choklat

Here is another I have been trying to get my hands on for a while, Southern Tier Choklat.

Darker than expected with a tight, light brown head. As expected, however, the aroma is full of chocolate.  Bitter chocolate is indeed the most pronounced flavor, but there is so much more going on. Vanilla, some coffee, and oak. Wouldn’t be surprised if this were barrel aged (but not bourbon barrel aged). Long, dry, chalky finish with hints of marshmallow. The 10% ABV really warms on the way down, too.

To recap, huge flavors, well balanced, great texture, and a heaping helping of booze. What else would you expect from Southern Tier? It’s excellent.

Grade: A

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Southern Tier Krampus

Southern Tier KrampusAdmittedly, I had never heard of Krampus, naughty child punisher at all until this brew from Southern Tier. Pours with the crisp, clear body you’d expect from a lager with a frothy off-white head.

Lots of interesting flavor, even if it’s tough to figure out what all is there at first. Piney hops definitely come through, along with sweet citrus and caramel. This is positively bursting with hop flavor throughout. Including in a lasting, bitter finish.

A winter lager, but with none of the cinnamon and clove of others. It’s all hops and 9% ABV.

The biggest, baddest lager I’ve had

Grade: A

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Southern Tier Mokah

Southern Tier Mokah

Southern Tier makes some rather tasty dessert style beers like Pumking and Creme Brulee Stout. Mokah is another stand out. The aroma of chocolate, coffee, and booze will draw you in from the next room.

Supremely creamy, the slightly sweet chocolate takes over at first then leading to strong coffee and a boozy finish. It’s like letting a strong chocolate rum ball melt in your mouth. Loads of caramel. Toasted, but not charred. Hints of raisin, too. The hops provide a necessary kick at the end.

Another delightful, and huge, beer from Southern Tier. They’re quickly moving up my list of top breweries.

Grade: A

 

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Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout

Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout

The intoxicating and inviting aromas of South Tier Creme Brulee Stout draw you in the second you pop the top. Tons of toffee, butterscotch, and milk in the nose and a gorgeous dark tan head floating on a sea of black.

Sweet sugar with a little bit of char to go along with the butterscotch and warm milk and a very creamy texture. There’s also a hop bite at the back end to remind you it’s a beer. Never having had Creme Brulee (I know, how bourgeois of me) I can’t say how close it is to Creme Brulee in a bottle, but gosh is it tasty. Might be too sweet for some, but I think it’s delicious. The burnt flavor lingers more than anything, but it goes very well with the sweetness. Not even a hint of the whopping 9.6% ABV

Excellent brew!

 

Grade: A

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Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Up to now, I have only had two offerings from Southern Tier: Pumking and Creme Brulee Stout, and both are outstanding. What does Harvest Ale have in store?

Inviting copper color with a sticky, if thin, head. Caramel and apricots in the nose. Wheat, dried apricots, caramel, and a dry finish. Some lingering banana, too. The hops provide a late, but pronounced character.

I like it, but it isn’t on the same field as the ones I mentioned earlier.

Grade: B

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Southern Tier Pumking

Southern Pier Pumking

It’s my first pumpkin beer of the season, and I’m starting big with Southern Tier Pumking.

The color is a crisp copper with just a bit of cloud. Not much head sticking around. Lots of pumpkin and spice in the nose, but it doesn’t smell like the pumpkin pie in a can.

Fresh pumpkin and graham cracker hit first with the familiar nutmeg, clove, and allspice coming later. Not much from the hops and this ends up in a long, dry finish.

Might be the best pumpkin beer I’ve had. I really like the spiced graham cracker flavor coming through. And when you consider this and the Creme Brulee Stout, are Southern Tier the kings of dessert beers?

Grade: A

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