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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2,452 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,452
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 107
Gots: 610 | 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: Fall

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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brentk56
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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4.31/5  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!

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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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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 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.

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3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.