Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,579
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 110
Gots: 706 | FT: 18
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-19-2013

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.
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Photo of oberon
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a goblet a deep cola color with a half finger light beige head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled quickly.Wow the most aromatic pumpkin infused beer I have come across,roasted pumpkin,cardamom,and raw leafy hops stand out most,add vanilla and graham crackers and you have a big complex nose.Flavor of roasted pumpkin and vanilla/spices with some roast,like a pumpkin latte,the raw hops are still playing a big role.What a cool beer,it's a brash pumpkin stout with a real hop profile with alot of malty richness.Top notch.

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours brown amber with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is cinnamon toast, ginger, roast chocolate, and a little pumpkin.

The flavor is sweet roast chocolate malts with some fruity pumpkin and a lot of pumpkin spice (esp cinnamon) and a little black licorice. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting spiced pumpkin stout.

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular along with hints of cinnamon.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of pumpkin spices, although the cinnamon seems a little stronger and there are also notes of pumpkins and hints of roasted malts. As the beer begins to warm up, the spices stand out in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pumpkin spices lend a little dryness in the finish.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well so it is relatively easy to drink, although my personal preference would be to have a little more pumpkins to balance with the spices.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Pours a dark brown color with a great sized off-white head, fades at a decent rate, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell is quite strong, huge pumpkin spice aroma which is surprising, I know this is a pumpkin beer but I figured the stout aspect might temper some of the spicing and it didn't one bit, some malt sweetness in the background.

Taste starts out briefly with a roasted malt front which is then overwhelmed with the pumpkin spice flavor, pumpkin flavor on its own is fairly mild, it's usually the spices added afterwards that most people recognize and this beer essentially tastes like roasted pumpkin pie, carbonation is medium-low with a good softness in the mouth.

The sweetness and the spices do tend to be cloying and strong, best shared with a friend since it may prove difficult to finish on my own.

Photo of beerdedking
4/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a good beer, but I'd say there is a misnomer here. Nose and flavor are heavy gingerbread, nutmeg, and pumpkin.
Hardly a stout at all. Especially for an Imp Stout, the body is on the thin side, like Mokah. Looking past all this confluence of confusion
this is a very nice pumpkin beer with an ABV that'll warm you up on a cool autumn evening.

Photo of HuskyHawk
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance is near black, with a think tan head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is warm gingerbread, made with lots of molasses. There's a lot of spice, alcohol and dark malt on the nose.
Taste follows the smell, but stronger. Truly like a deep, dark liquid gingerbread made with molasses. But not sweet, no, it's the dark. Burnt sugar flavors that come through. It's a very unique and wonderful flavor.
Mouthfeel us a surprise, with a light body. This is really drinkable with medium carbonation.
Overall this is a great experience, and I look forward to my next one.

Photo of Ngntjp
1.96/5  rDev -50.8%

I hate to leave a review so short and negative, but this particular beer tastes, to me, what guinea pigs smell like. Pumpkin beers are a hard sell for me, but the flavor in this reminds me more of the rat I saw behind the store I work at tonight than of anything pumpkin. Maybe I'm missing something in this one. But, you'd be hard pressed to get me to drink it again unfortunately. Sorry southern tier, I love stouts, the bigger the flavors the better, but this one, just does not at all do it for me. Hard poured into the sink.

Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee with burnt orange highlights; the one inch head is a surprisingly light color for so dark a beer; it leaves some splashy lacing behind

Smell: Graham cracker malt dominates, with roasty chocolate and pumpkin pie spice tones

Taste: Graham cracker flavor, up front, with the dark chocolate building through the middle; pumpkin and subtle pumpkin pie spice tones build, as well; after the swallow, hop bitterness adds another dimension, though the finish is dominated by the malt flavors; a hint of the spice lingers in the after-taste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer brings a nice blend of stout and pumpkin flavors; I have a tough time saying that is dominated by one vs the other as every time I reach a conclusion; the flavors move in the other direction

Photo of Vierenner
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A little different but just as good as Pumking. I really like how ST brings the pumpkin flavor forward yet manages to deliver an otherwise delicious beer. There is a mild roasted flavor which probably also explains the darker color. Of course there's pumpkin, but taste is nicely balanced. One thing for sure the aroma screams pumpkin!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a constant coating of beige suds. Faint lace on the descent.

Smell: Heavy toast, agreeable roastiness, and the familiar fragrant notes of Pumking, with pumpkin, blended spices, and graham cracker crust action.

Taste: Notably Pumking-y, but, now, with a roasty element of slightly burnt pumpkin pie crust edges. The range of spices from the original now with a sprinkling of cocoa powder. Satisfying, it holds in a roasty, pumpkiny, comfortably warming pattern until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium, albeit soft level of carbonation.

Overall: Looks stout-like, but feels more like Pumking, which isn't a bad thing at all. More fun than watching Youtube clips of Black Friday fights. So what if I like watching people act like animals at stores.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a goblet, this beer was a very dark brown, near black color. There was a minuscule to non-existant tan head.

Sweet chocolate aroma. Some pumpkin. Very subtle spice.

Taste followed form. Milk chocolate and pumpkin. A little allspice.

This was a smooth, not overly spiced beer. I thought the combination of stout and pumpkin went very well, with enough spice, but not too much spice.

Photo of AndrewPugliese
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was a really interesting beer. An imperial stout brewed with pumpkin puree!!! They recommend you serve it in a goblet, and I was happy to oblige. The beer starts out tasting like a very nice imperial stout and then breaks off into a nice natural pumpkin flavor with a nice kick at the end!

Was happy I found this at my local store, worth the 10$- Looking forward to buying it next year or finding it on tap again!

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 3/4 inch head, clear, dark brown in color

Smell: pumpkin spice and graham cracker

Taste: dark chocolate, charred/roasted malt, cream, sugar, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: Sweet with bitter char in the background, medium-heavy body, medium-high carbonation

Overall: Really tasty compliment beer to Pumpking. I do think I like Pumpking better, but this one is a nice combo of char and great pumpkin flavor. Southern Tier does pumpkin well.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4/5  rDev +0.5%

halloween is my least favorite time of year for beer. I think martzens are two malty and I dislike pumpkin beers. However this beer makes the pumpkin palatable to me. I think it's well done. Kudos to Southern Tier.

Photo of GerryPendry
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The combination of the pumpkin, spices, and dark roasted malt doesn't work for me. I figured I'd love this one, but I was disapponted.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Very lazy review. Smells and tastes like Pumking with some chocolate and light coffee. Tastes good. I'm happy.

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

You can actually smell the roasted pumpkin in this one. The taste is sweet caramelized pumpkin with notes of aged rum, coconut, brown sugar and subtle spices. A medium mouthfeel that feels more like a lighter porter than a stout. Overall the the best imperial pumpkin stout I've had so far.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark black in color with ruby red highlights when held up to light. A thin off white head of foam rests on top. I get a bit of pumpkin with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon with roasted barley in the aroma. I get intense bitterness of roasted barley, hops mingling with sweet pumpkin at the front of the palate. It fades into a sweetness filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and fig. The aftertaste is roasted barley out dueling hops. This is a bit thicker and with plenty of flavor so it is meant for slow contemplation. This is truly a unique brew and if you like pumpkin beers, but want a twist this is worth trying. If you like subtlety with spices, this is not your brew.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 9/20/13 (about 1 month old)

Almost black, a bit of ruby brown in the light. Really nice tight beige colored head, great retention, great lacing.

Smells almost identical to pumking. Has that great grahm cracker, sweet pumpkin pie crust aroma. A bit of roast, but not much considering its color,

A bit more roast in the taste. Exactly what it claims, the stout version of pumking. Sweet pumpkin pie crust, grahm cracker, maybe a bit of caramel. Very nice.

Medium bodied, maybe could of used a bit more, but it drinks well.

A solid beer, just as good as pumking IMO, nice to see southern tier coming out with a bunch of new beers.

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Date of bottling is 09/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a slight hint of brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty dark malt driven aroma with big hints of chocolate, spices, and pumpkin. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, cream, caramel, toffee, burnt toast, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Big scent of spices with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Noticeable scent of pumpkin. Sweet syrupy hints of molasses and brown sugar. An interesting and pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a sweet and roasty stout taste with big notes of chocolate roast, fall spices, and pumpkin. Dark roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate, coffee beans, cream, burnt toast, sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, nuts, and a little smoke. A mix of fall spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Good taste of pumpkin comes through. Sweet notes of molasses, brown sugar, and syrup. Hops are pretty subtle. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly syrupy. Alcohol heat is masked fairly well.

Overall: A very good twist on a Imperial Stout. The pumpkin and spices mix well with the roasty malt notes. Sweet but not overwhelming.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Not as cloying as Pumking - very good beer, perhaps my favorite pumpkin beer. The Station, Hickory NC, has both Warlock and Pumking on draft - I mixed the two, joy.

Photo of far333
2.76/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a crystal snifter. Black and opaque with a thick half inch head of oatmeal brown foam that lingers very long. Aroma of buttered sweet corn, vanilla, and nutmeg.

Faint flavor of dark malt makes itself known briefly at the outset, but is quickly overpowered by vegetal accents, vanilla, toffee, candy corn, and brown sugar. There is a weird sweetness and offputting spiciness here. Full mouthfeel, but a bit slick, and still manages to finish with a carbonation tingle.

Seems a bit gimmicky. Would like more imperial stout and less vanilla, spice, and sweetness. The combination didn't work as well as I had hoped. Could not get through the entire bottle.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet, as the bottle suggested; jet black with a minimal, surprisingly light-colored tan head. Head fades quickly into a ring of foam.
Smells like pumpkin pie, with hints of booze. Soft scents of sweet bread and fruit, with some "fall" spices. Something in there comes off with a hint of belgian-ness, perhaps the yeast or just some smells combining.
Tastes quite interesting. Subdued dark malt moves quickly through a hint of booze which raises up a flurry of pumpkin and spice flavors. Spice hangs around until some low bitterness from the coffee/dark chocolate roasted malt arrives and mixes with the spice, creating an odd finish that I can't figure out if I enjoy or not.
Mouthfeel is slick and relatively full.
Overall, I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers or flavored beers in general, but it is nice that this one uses real pumpkin, and it's not bad. Probably because it's a stout first, and a pumpkin beer second.

Photo of Mbo108
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Stout up front, pumpkin party in the back. I think I prefer these styles separately but I like what they tried here. That is, I like them for trying, but I dont think it worked. As it warmed the pumpkin became more pronounced. not a good or bad thing, just noticeable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours pitch black in the glass with a nice khaki tan head, into an old Sierra Nevada chalice looks great to me, I recall really liking this last year.

Aroma dark roasted malt, pumpkin pie puree’, cinnamon spice, nutmeg, the dark chocolate and circus peanut perceived sweetness go well together. Caramelized natural flavors bring out a bit of Pumpkin chiffon pie notes.

Flavor is super sweet, pumpkin puree with spice heavy features; a bit of dirty water in the backend…this was much better or more enjoyable last year. The caramelized malt sugars and natural flavors are killing me with a roastier version of Pumpking, which most people have a love hate relationship with.

Mouthfeel has a medium to full bodied texture even carbonation cloying residual sugars throughout highly recommended to share this 22 ounce bottle with friends. I don’t know how this decent dark pumpkin stout from last year came out this year as the next novelty beer.

Overall, I’m unimpressed, really sick of Southern Tier cashing in on the Pumpking craze, I saw whole sale displays of this in Pittsburgh at 7.58 a bottle, Ohio I saw it from 8.99 to 10.99, and in the great state of WV I saw bottles for 6.49 a piece. How can the retail fluctuate so much from state to state.

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