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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

362 Reviews
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Reviews: 362
Hads: 2,843
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 38.73%
Wants: 125
Gots: 878 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% 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 UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, from the King Soopers grocery store near my hotel in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown hue, with prominent cola highlights, and one fat finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves pretty much zilch in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of pungent, and fairly sweet pumpkin pie - the given gourd flesh, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, candied ginger, and a crusty, bready, and slightly roasted caramel malt - in addition to some typical black licorice, vanilla, and dark chocolate stout notes. The taste is less pastry-like, with a metallic spice character leading off - cinnamon, natch, but also the ginger and nutmeg - the pumpkin leaning more to the vegetal, the malt maintaining its understated grainy, mildly toasted caramel stance, and the licorice and cocoa powder starting to feel the warming alcohol pinch.

The bubbles are pretty Peppy (hey man!) in their tightly-held frothiness, the body a rather tame (ok, lame) medium weight for the purported style, and so-so smooth, the 17-proof booze starting to rev it up. It finishes mostly dry, the metallic and alcohol astringencies overpowering any lingering malt and/or pumpkin.

Not a particularly notable Imperial Stout, from the colour, to the weight, to the outright flavour, which I don't believe can justifiably be pinned on the guest ingredients, as neither the pumpkin nor the seasonal spices are the reason for this one's lacking. More of a jacked-up brown ale at the base, before the Thanksgiving goodness takes its turn - I don't think Pumking has much to fear in terms of sibling rivalry here.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a bomber brown with reddish highlights under a thin (1/4") tan head which fades and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Pumpkin spices are mild with some roasty grains.

T: Roasted malts and mellow pumpkin spices with some mildly roasted grains.

M: Moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. More carb would help here. Finishes with pumpkin pie.

O: Not exactly stout-like to me. Good, with mild pumpkin pie flavors. Expecting a bit more.

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Photo of oberon
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed as an imperial stout/pumpkin beer hybrid. 8.6% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. 22oz brown glass bottle with fun simple label art and branded black/silver pressure cap acquired at me local HEB Grocery for $9.99 and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with French chocolate.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth consistency. Nice even lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is decent - a little over a minute until it recedes to a floater ring, and a couple more minutes until it recedes entirely.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Pretty standard fare for an imperial stout. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. I don't think a better head is too much to ask. Looks pretty good.

Sm: Pumpkin, pumpkin gourd, pumpkin skin, peanut butter, chocolate malts, cakey sweetness, dark malts, carrot flavouring, caramel, and syrups. Brown sugar. Appealing for a pumpkin beer.

No yeast character, hops, or alcohol is detectable. It's an intriguing aroma of moderate strength, but does seem overly sweet and absolutely artificial.

T: Lovely pumpkin gourd with an unusual but welcome sweetness - I think that's the "natural" flavour coming through. It does lend a bit of artificiality to the build, but it also enhances the pumpkin. Has a nice dark malt, chocolate malt, black malt, caramalt, and caramunich malt foundation. Graham cracker. Pumpkin pie filling. Roasted pumpkin seeds. Caramel. I do get some light spices - primarily allspice. Maybe some clove. I'd love more roast; there's hardly any here. The sweetness will annoy many, but I think it's tame enough. Latte-esque. A touch of vanilla.

No hop character, yeast, or alcohol comes through.

It's well balanced and has a nice cohesion, but I wouldn't say it's gestalt. Decent complexity and subtlety; it could use more of both. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet. A bit silky. Somewhat soft. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Thick but not syrupy or viscous. Suits the flavour profile nicely in a general sense, but there's not a marriage of texture to taste; the former wasn't custom-tailored to the latter.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but the sweetness does curb the drinkability. Like most Southern Tier bomber beers, it is exactly what it claims to be - nothing more, nothing less. If you like pumking, you'll like this. Hides its ABV pretty well. A good dessert beer, but far from mind-blowing. Not Southern Tier's finest work, but good stuff. I think a home mixture of Choklat and Pumking would actually taste better. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad to have tried it and the pricing could be worse for the quality. I'd recommend it to friends, but don't go out of your way to try it. It might not scratch your autumnal itch, but it'll satisfy pumpkin beer and imperial stout fans alike. As with most Southern Tier bombers, I highly recommend sharing this - ideally between 4 or more people.

Low B-

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, gingerbread, roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a buttery biscuit flavor that is quickly followed by some sweet flavors of pumpkin, ginger and other spices. The roasted malt character is hearty and creates some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, slightly filling, goes down ok, strong kick, decent representation of style, I know that it’s a well-made beer but I just don’t like the flavor of it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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...

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/20/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, gingerbread, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, pie crust, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and malt notes with moderate roast presence; with great strength. Smells almost the same as pumking, but that’s not a bad thing. Taste of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, pie crust, toast, caramel, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, gingerbread, pie crust, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin spiced imperial stout. All around great balance of pumpkin, spice, dark/roasted malt and moderate hop bitterness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge initial head. It dies off but does leave some spots for lace. The color is stout, but light shines through the edges.

There's a strong aroma of pumpkin bread--sweet with walnuts. Smells more like a dessert beer than a stout. Brown sugar? Very sweet regardless of the specific sugar.

The taste is cake-like. You can almost chew this beer. It matches the smell with an almost carrot cake flavoring: raisins, walnuts and zucchini (pumpkin?) bread. This is dominant, that I detect very little "stout" flavors of burnt toast. This is good, but certainly not a stout. I'd describe it more as a fruit beer.

Good body, seemingly low carbonation.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%

On-tap at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI:

Pours pitch black with a thin head that becomes wispy. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of pumpkin pie spicing dipped in chocolate with a bit of coffee.

The taste like eating a nice pumpkin pie that has a rich dark chocolate crust while taking a sip of coffee. Alcohol gives some warmth in a pleasant way.

It is smooth. A very nice, unique, chocolate-y pumpkin pie beer with just the right hint of coffee. Impressive!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, roasted pumpkin, vanilla, and graham cracker-like malts. Moderate amounts of spices are present as well with cardamon taking center stage amongst them. There is also a light aroma of herbal (anise-like) hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of graham cracker and chocolate malts which is complemented by flavors of vanilla and moderate amounts of roasted pumpkin. There are moderate to strong flavors of cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg along with a light to moderate dosage of vanilla. Hints of bitterness in the finish but it fades rather quickly. Not as sweet as I might have expected based on some of the other beers in the series.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: There are some light hints of the alcohol that makes this beer more of a sipper but it has some of the most intense pumpkin flavors of any of the fall beers that I have gotten this year (nice rich flavors and aromas of roasted pumpkin are upfront in this beer). Definitely enjoyable but feels more like a porter than a stout. I would get another of these.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber left over from last year poured into an oversized snifter. The brew is black in color with khaki head.

This smells of gram crackers, nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Overall quite pleasant but missing some of the roastiness you would expect in a darker brew like this.

It tastes of nutmeg and gram crackers with a bery mild roasty coffee character towards the finish. I like how that was missing in the nose but makes a brief appearance here in the flavor.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Very nice and reminiscent of pumking. If it wasnt for the subtle roastiness in the aftertaste and obvious visual difference they are quite close.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A deep mahogany brown, with some noticeable burnt red color to it. Head barely makes a faint tan finger, but settles to a large soapy collar to sit. Nice chestnut brown edges on the side of the glass.

Nose is lots of pie dough and pumpkin pie crust. Not much else but smells very flakey.

interesting palate. First sip brings lots of charring roast. Mellow coffee and milk sensing like small sweetness. Carbonation feels a little prickly and wet, and there's a bit of wet hop bitterness that doesn't seem to gel well with the roast character. Pumpkin flavors are a bit subdued but don't clash much with the roast qualities. Virtually no aftertaste except for some bready crust of pumpkin and mild clove spice.

Overall quite surprisingly decent, I thought this would clash and more importantly be horrifically sweet but it isn't. Nice work.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to some surface bubbles.

Smell: roasted tones with some cinnamon and nutmeg spices.

Taste: roasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, moderate bitterness, and some mild alcohol warming are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the end. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a slow sipping beer that I found enjoyable. One is enough in a session, but it is very satisfying.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at America on Tap
Deep brown color, Caramel and Brown sugar with hints of chocolate and roast plenty of pie spices to cut through the maltiness. Seems too spicy.

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.