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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,660 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,660
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 337 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2/5  rDev -49.7%

Thorpe429, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.5%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Nov 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

acurtis, Sep 29, 2013
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.

metter98, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee with burnt orange highlights; the head is a surprisingly light color for so dark a beer but there isn't much of it and it fades quickly to a ringlet and archipelago though 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

brentk56, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

BEERchitect, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Texasfan549, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ygtbsm94, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kylehay2004, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jaydoc, Nov 10, 2013
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Knapp85, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I ain't waitin' for VDubb: this shit's goin' down my gullet right now. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts and even milder treacle adrift in a sea of the usual pumpkin pie spice blend (nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, vanilla bean, graham cracker, allspice, und so weiter). The taste brings in more of the same with the roast and treacle taking larger roles, particularly the latter, and clashing with the spices a bit. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, an okay stout, but the spices and roast don't meld perfectly together. This clashing doesn't completely derail the situation, but it doesn't help all that much, either.

TMoney2591, May 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

emerge077, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

zeff80, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

JAHMUR, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SocalKicks, Dec 24, 2013
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours an effervescent, crimson hued mahogany with 2+ fingers of billowy tan head. Nice viscoscity,
faint lacing , no head retention (2.5)

S: Squash, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice, great! (4.75)

T: Nutmeg, faint metallic notes, woody hops, & faint pumpkin up front. Squashyness, brown sugar &
cinnamon, plus micro-notes of roastyness as this warms, some charred notes also, a little caramel too.
Finishes with squashyness, nutmeg, vanilla, & woody hop notes, a little dryness, but rich enough,
that I dig this (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out as this warms (3.5)

Drinks great, but wish it had a little more stout to it, I loved what Cape May's did years ago...
(4.0)

russpowell, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark as sin, this one, under a vast, thick, creamy-toned head. Looks fantastic.

Aroma: there's pumpkin here, but it's a little hard to find. At first. Give it time and it starts to follow, though still held back a bit but other stout-y aromatics, like a complementary helping of cocoa and coffee. Pumpkin spice notes are here, as well.

Now, to drink. Full-bodied, plump and thick in the mouth, with the pumpkin flavor fairly spilling all over now. End dryly with a slightly bitter touch in the finish. Tasty blend of the stout and the pumpkin. Sweetness is kept at bay just by a hair, a delicious tango between scrumptious flavors.

Do I like this? Yes, I do.

feloniousmonk, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Tim for sharing this bomber, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is black with an opaque clarity with a good sized off white cream with very fine bead. The smell is a mix of spice and caramel with light roast component and mild alcohol and nutty esters of malt with very prominent vanilla from the spice added. The feel is highly carbonated nutty texture with moderate sweetness and mild alcohol with a slight crisp dry finish some malt is in the residual taste with a gentle sweet/roasty combo.

The Warlock flavor is unique however it does seem like it is influenced by Pumking with the spice being the dominant flavor and the vanilla especially present with some nutmeg floral elements coming through and some mild caramel backing with mild roast and and mild hint of floral with perhaps a woody cinnamon and light toffee elements with a mild roasted note coming in near the finish when it reaches cellar temp. I was surprised with this condsidering it is a pumpking beer and stout hybrid. I think it gets labeled as a stout based on color, but not taste. I think if you expect a spiced/pumpkin ale you might be pleasantly surprised I was happy with the taste and it is highly drinkable regardless of style.

Slatetank, Dec 01, 2013
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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.