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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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
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 justinp444
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a beige half inch head that quickly recedes. Smell of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, dark malts, banana bread, clove, vanilla, and dried fruits. Taste of banana bread, pumpkin pie, roast-y malts, a bit of chocolate, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, very small amount of bitter, very smooth sweet, and a full rich mouth feel.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with some Lost Abbey Stemware
Notes taken on 12/21/2014

Big thanks to mdfb79 for the trade – cheers Dan!

A: Dark brown cola looking body and completely opaque. Looks a touch under carbed or perhaps too thick to allow for any bubble action. Little to no head forming over top minus a thin filmy crown of dark khaki. Nothing to really make a stick show here at all.

S: Sweet pumpkin pie with holiday spices segues into a nice chocolaty roast malt presence. I get some toasted dark breads with more of the clove and nutmeg spices as well as a bit of black licorice on the back end. This is really nice I must say how the sweet pie aromas blend so well with the dark roast chocolate notes.

T: Dark roast up front with nuanced coffee and chocolate tones over some brown sugar and toasted bread. Pumpkin pie emerges secondary, dough crust and all, with some ample pie spice in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Taste is sugary sweet but within reasonable fashion. The beer has a light moderate bitterness of earthy hops to it and the alcohol is kept well hidden throughout. This is quite good actually with lots of true pumpkin flavor and spices that seem to play well with the dark roast and sweetness.

M: Moderate filling body and semi thick or syrup like consistency. Maintains a nice frothy carbonated feel on the palate. A touch bitter towards the finish lending to a nice drying effort there. Mostly clean I would say with some sticky residuals.

D: Warlock turned out better than I was expecting. Has some really nice pumpkin pie flavor that works quite well with the dark roast malts. Nice touch on the spices and overall sweetness. Balanced but with enough flavor to stand out. Really happy to have the chance to try this one.

Photo of DuffDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Sadie for my birthday. Sat in the fridge for six months before I drank it. It was very mellow and smooth...I wonder if the cellaring of this smoothed it out...I'll need to try a fresh one next year to see the difference.

Photo of hophead123
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dear lord, this is amazing. Hear they're upping the ABV content a bit in 2015

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a dense obsidian black body with a thick bubbly tan head that soon fades away

S- The mix of pumpkin spices and vanilla custard blend with a dry cinnamon hint.

T- The bug dull pumpkin spice blend has a powdered ginger finish and a graham malt crust to the finish. There are some black malt flavors in the background and a banana custard note grows in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no real alcohol heat to it.

O- The aroma grows and is interesting but the flavor is odd with a lot of strange flavors mixed together and they don't really compliment each other.

Photo of mchegash
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a very dark red. Almost the only reason I know it's red is because I can see the color around the edges of the glass. A small amount of head. Even though it's dark, I can see some carbonation rising up. It looks tasty and slightly mysterious. Although I'm not sure I like my stouts to be red in color.

Smell - 4/5
Smells almost exactly like Southern Tier's Pumking, at least from what I can remember (I had it a couple weeks ago). Pie crust is the dominant aroma, along with some spices. Definitely a unique smell (well, besides Pumking).

Taste - 4/5
Pie crust flavor is dominant, with some fall spices, maybe allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg? There is also a sweet, slightly fruity flavor. I assume this is the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Fairly full-bodied, smooth and in between crisp and creamy. There is a medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent beer. The pie crust smell/taste is intriguing at first, but it gets old quick. Perhaps I'll get another next Fall, but not something I would drink regularly.

Photo of Randolph96
2.48/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I do not get this one. I like the look and mouth feel but; I could not get past the medicine with all spice taste.

Photo of founddrama
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is that... cardamom? Reads like a stout, and a refreshing break from the usual coffee or chocolate or vanilla overload. And/but can be a little potpourri-ish.

Photo of DraftDaddy
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did not enjoy this at all

Photo of velkepivo
1.27/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Sorry, but this beer is simply revolting. Beyond cloyingly sweet. So sugary my teeth actually felt gritty after a few sips. Stacked high with the sweetness, there is a chemical, artificial-flavor flavor. Nauseating. Poured it down the sink, and that's hard for me to do. This is a beer for people who drink 3L bottles of soda every day.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my favorite pumpkin beer.

Photo of DaveBar
3.09/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO on sale for $7.50 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in no time. Very dark brown.

S- Not a lot here but does have some nice malt backbone.

T- Hits you with a surprise, not a good one though. TONS of spices. Cinnamon galore. Nutmeg, pumpkin and a touch of chocolate. Figs present. A lot going on but in weird proportions. Not my cup of tea.

M- Mighty watery for an imperial stout. Lots of carbonation

O- Not so good. This one is a drain pour

Food Pairing

This one was so bad that there is no food pairing offered


Photo of Suds
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black, but with scarlet shades when held to a light. It is topped with a thick cream-colored foam. The smell is of ripe pumpkin...mixed with bread-pudding and dark chocolate. You can almost smell the sweetness. There is spice as well. The dark stout flavor reveals itself in the taste...rostedness is underneath the sweetness, and there is a solid hop bitterness as well. Thick and intense. This is a substantial beer.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2013 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Bananas Foster! Seriously, this beer smells like the Bananas Foster desert! Tons caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, toffee, roasted malt and a touch of hops.

Taste: Wow! More Bananas Foster! Tons of roasted malt up front, followed by just as much burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, a touch of dark chocolate and some subtle smoke.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, and very smooth as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.6%, there is just a hint of alcohol on the palate, which provides a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another of Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series that I really, really, like! It’s a delicious beer!

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thin, too much alcohol burn on the palate and has a buttery/nutty taste that deters from the brew. Would not buy again.

Photo of 716gibbs
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts period. One of my favorite beers throughout the fall season. I think Southern Tier brews their best beers in the fall (pumpking, harvest, warlock)

Photo of hopsputin
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: its a rich black color that doesn't allow any light to shine through. nice solid 2 finger tan head that hangs around like a champ

s: pumpkin puree, cream, roasted malt, toasted oak, nutmeg, vanilla, and a nice amount of milk chocolate

t: taste starts off with a rush of smooth pumpkin flavor. that fades to a slightly bitter roasted malt flavor, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate. that fades to some mellow spices, nutmeg and clove. your hit with a little more of that pumpkin flavor, and then ends with just a little bit of alcohol flavor

m: mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a stout, but seems about right for a pumpkin beer (which is a bit unique to have while drinking a stout). pretty high-level carbonation

o: i like this. its a nice take on a pumpkin-esqe beer. blending it with a nice roasty flavor is an enjoyable aspect. the mix of sweet, caramel, pumpkin, and spice works nicely in here

Photo of chefhatt
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy explanation of this beer: pumpking stout style.
Awesome beer.

Photo of Drewtechie24
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's like a pumpkin infused with Guiness

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 Jasonboerner
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good stout beer. Really enjoyed it. We'll have again

Photo of Schimms
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into large snifter - minimal thin brown head.

Good fall spice smells. Very similar to Pumking.

Taste: mix of stout/light espresso with expected pumpkin spices.

Light carbonation as expected.

Overall: can't drink more than one, but went great with BBQ salmon. Best shared with a few friends.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a very dark brown/black with thin surface head that dissipated rater queckly never to return, no lacing, no legs
S - This was really unique. I was picking up some sort of sweet nut and toffee, sweet malt, roast, then alcohol; very interesting, like no other
T - The taste was like the smell and I thought it sweet; good mix of flavors but with the alcohol hidden, which was good aat 8.9.
F - Very low carbonation, full/heavy, coats tonguee
O - I actually kept going back and forth as to whether this was a drinking or a sipping beer. The appearance and smell tell you sipping, but you didn't get that high ABV warming when drinking. This was a really interesting beer that I'd like to try again.

Photo of bluehende
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very different spices. Smell and taste of a lot of crystal malts. Not sweet at all. Really good taste but different.

Photo of JohnnyI
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a Westbrook snifter, the espresso-like liquid settles with virtually no head, trapping most light, and lending an umber tone when well illuminated. There is no lacing, and the relative fluidity of the beer reveals it's lack of viscosity. Immediately, memories of tootsie rolls come to mind as I take a deep dive in to the bouquet. Fall spices and classic pumpkin pie aromas also greet the nose. This is very intriguing. Absent are many of the typical scents of an imperial stout... coffee, roast, smoke, alcohol.... and I think that suits this beer perfectly. It's like a fine confection, brimming with desert-like appeal. The flavor follows suit, delivering chocolate sweetness and an assortment of holiday cheer. The underlying alcohol is fairly well-hidden, and the brew achieves a nice balance with minimal bitterness. The hop profile is obscured, but like any great supporting actor, it puts in a worthy performance. This really has all of the charm of Pumking, with an added dimension that makes the beer imminently drinkable. I really appreciate the balance. Pumking was like a revelation for me, but quickly became too intense to drink much more than a single pour. With Warlock, I have refilled my glass from the Blackwater bomber, and could easily go back for more. The flavors of this seasonal treat remind me a little of Allagash Black, but where that one veered off course, this one stays right on track. The only "complaint" that I might add, is that the mouth-feel is a little underwhelming. Perhaps that's what gives Warlock it's supreme drinkability, but I must admit that the medium-thin body makes me yearn for a little more. Overall, this is a new addition to my must-have holiday rotation. I am enchanted by Warlock's wizardry.

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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