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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 73
Gots: 341 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-19-2013)
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Reviews by philbe311:
Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Almost a full two finger's worth of crisp densely packed slightly lush light-to-medium khaki colored head... Excellent retention gives way to a full slightly thin veil of very inviting lacing with a slight collar... The color walks a fine line between dark brown and flat black... A slight bit of light leaks in around the edges of the glass... Fairly still with some moderate paced carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass...

S - As many have noted, this smells just like Pumpking... Loaded with sweetness but balanced by the slightly spiced graham cracker pie crust... Brown sugar... Caramel... Pumpkin puree... A touch of vanilla... Not picking up anything that would lead me to believe this was an American Double / Imperial Stout...

T - All of the expected Pumpking flavor is present, but it is balanced out by a slightly rigid stout base... The pumpkin and sweetness are at the forefront, but it sits atop a roasted malt and dark chocolate backbone... Some very light dark chocolate notes... There is a slight smoky present as well... A nice rich charred roasty malt finish that continues to intensify for a while post swallow... Much more depth and complexity compared is its before mentioned brethren...

M - Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Finishes with a dryness that continues to intensify... A bit of chalkiness...

D - A very nice brew... The similarities to Pumpking are undeniable, but this beer does stand on its own... Decent appearance and a very familiar aroma... Nice depth and complexity does emerge on the palate... While both are excellent brews, I think I prefer this to Pumpking by a slim margin... That being said, it's a solidly above average but somewhat unremarkable offering... Certainly worth trying, but not something I would need to invest in each and every autumn...

philbe311, Nov 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

deltatauhobbit, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of beerdedking
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

beerdedking, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of HuskyHawk
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

HuskyHawk, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Vierenner
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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!

Vierenner, Tuesday at 11:06 PM
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

oberon, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

aszatk01, Oct 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

tectactoe, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

OhioBobcat, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

npala86, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of jdboudia
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%

jdboudia, Sep 06, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

tbryan5, Wednesday at 02:41 AM
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Anstuart5, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

DahWag, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of MikeC144
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

MikeC144, Saturday at 10:18 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

sabitu, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Kappakoosh, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

csmartin6, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

warnerry, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Afroman, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Beaver13, 49 minutes ago
Photo of DuckDodgers
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DuckDodgers, Sep 14, 2014
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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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