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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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89
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Ratings: 2,504
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 106
Gots: 654 | FT: 15
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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, earth, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, and pumpkin flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has actual pumpkin aspects along with the pumpkin pie spices.

Serving type: bottle.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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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

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Think of it as the big brother to the bewitched Pumking. Its roasted character give the original Pumpkin Ale a more robust, chocolaty, and toasty tone- but the basis of pumpkin pie character remains in tact.

Still, its surprising pour brings about a dark brown, nearly black hue that doesn't seem to have anything to do with pumpkin. But is lasting light tan head and retaining pockets of foam tell a hearty story to the eye.

With a lead in of praline, nutmeg, graham crackers and caramel, the beer's nose is succulent, sweet and ooh, so savory! Complementing "noire" notes of heavy toast, even light roast, smoky chocolate, coffee and roasted walnuts give the beer's scent a robust underpinning to its pie like aromatics.

To taste, the elements of caramel malt and char intertwine into a delicate and masculine dance that would be perfect for Fred and Ginger. Its sultry interplay reels in the caramel sweetness, cocoa earthiness, nutmeg spice, cinnamon, clove, allspice and star anise for a spicy-sweet taste that's certainly dessert-like early and often throughout the beer's session. With toast, campfire, and that seductive praline-type malty sweetness- the beer both satisfies the sweet tooth and fulfills the savory senses as well.

Its body is full but not absurdly so. Leading with a creamy roasty texture to start, the middle really softens into a pillowy sweetness and creaminess to boot. As the finish draws near, the light acidity of char and its cocoa-like bitterness assists a slim bitter and dry closure.

Warlock is a delicious beer that showcases well the taste of Pumking but also introduces the dryness of dark grain and the dessert-like presence of chocolate. Though the intent is spot-on, its deliver is slightly lacking of ideal- but not by far!

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon is quite powerful and hides every other flavours. Taste is also dominated by loads of cinnamon and other spices leaving little spices to roasted malt and/or black chocolate notes or even pumpkins. Body is below average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I get the concept of this beer but this just lack overall balances.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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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.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

i absolutely loved this beer, on tap at hops and pie. its inky black in looks, with a fading tan head in a globe. the nose here is so pumpkin pie spice heavy, loads of ginger and brown sugar, with the squash. not all that different from the acclaimed pumking, just pepper in some dark roasty malts and a faint coffee undertone and its basically the same aromatically. the booze is sleepy, you would never know its strength. the taste is awesome too, i get vanilla and ginger as the dominant spices, but the pumpkin is there, nice and sweet, like roasted sweet yams. the dark malt adds another layer to this familiar profile. its amazing how well they go together, desserty for sure, but not overly sweet, i had no problem with about a 12 ounce pour of this. the feel is amazing, pure velvet on the palate and long and spice in the finish. just enough carbonation too. as good as any pumpkin beer ive had, they should do a rum barrel or something on this too, not that it needs is...

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,504 ratings.