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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,810
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 78
Gots: 388 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 1,810 | Reviews: 245 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

psdonnelly, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of neophilus
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thick tan head. Smell is a crazy mix of carnival meets pumpkin pie scents. Malty pie crust, chocolate, caramel, toffee, peanuts all mixed up together. A lot like the Pumking but with more roasty smells from the darker grain.

First sip brings a lot of roasted grain flavor, a bit bitter and acrid. Some hints of pie spices follow but subdued by the dark grain flavor. Finishing the flavor up is some hop flavor and bitterness, a bit of piney resin sweetness to mingling with the malt.

Finishes rather clean for such a complexity of flavor. Roasted grain holds back the spicing enough to keep it from getting overwhelming on your palate. This is one of the better pumpkin stouts I have had and the brewer has found a way to marry the flavors of pumpkin bie and roasted grains without muddling them or overpowering my taste buds. Surprisingly drinkable!

neophilus, Nov 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

SaintJonah, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

craftaholic, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

mcdego1279, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

ShawnG87, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

tommy5, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

drewone, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

GreenHa, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Kelp, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

andthevolcano, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with ruby highlights, and a one finger tan head, which has nice retention and lacing. The aroma has cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, graham crackers, roasted malt, and chocolate. Smells very nice.

Tastes much like it smells with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, graham crackers, roasted malt, chocolate, and biscuit malt. Has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Has a lighter body than Pumking, or than most Imperial Stouts. Seems much more like a Porter, with a light to medium body, and average carbonation. Overall a nice beer. I just wish it wasn't as light bodied as it is.

hardy008, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

bmur112, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

rydev24, Nov 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

thinwhiteduke, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Chmpgn36, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of jpro
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a dark brown, but looks a little darker in the glass... perhaps black-brown; almond, one-finger head yields no retention or lace.

S: Pumpkin pie - not quite as over the top / buttery as Pumking; graham cracker crust.

T: Pumpkin pie spice; more bitter finish than Pumking; roasted malt and hops definitely give this an extra layer of flavor; I like the taste more than Pumking.

M: A little thinner than expected, but still creamy; high carbonation.

O: Better than Pumking; I like the extra bitterness and reigned in pumpkin "spice" flavor; will have it again next year; seems more of a stout (or porter, even) than imperial stout.

*from notes 10.31.13

jpro, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

wburch1967, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

prototypic, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of GallowsThief
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a bottle into a tulip.

A – Dark coca cola brown on the pour with a finger of off white foamy head that has good retention.

S – All the normal pumpkin aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Roasted malts.

T – Very nice pumpkin flavor right out of the gate. Touch of sweetness rolls out at the start. Good roasted and caramel malt flavors. The spices are actually fairly light but they are all there just like the smell suggests with an addition of clove. Very nice vanilla flavor that counters the pumpkin perfectly.

M – Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Rolls over the palate very well and leaves a flavorful sweet taste behind. Not cloying.

O – Very nice brew here. It does not overwhelm you with huge pumpkin flavor and the other spices mix well. I get no traces of the ABV at all and it drinks well and goes down easy.

GallowsThief, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jsanford, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Crafty99, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

JulianBaughman, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled on 2013-09-17
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Compared to the Pumpking's fairly upfront and unique flavor, this felt a bit bland and disappointing: one I don't think I'll return to again.

Pours a 1cm head of medium-dark tan foam, which fades almost as quickly as it forms. The bubbles, while they last, are small to medium in size, giving a fairly frothy, though short, appearance. The head fades to a thin ring around the glass and a modest island of thin residual foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but minimal, consisting of a few medium-sized dots clinging at random to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out no visible changes. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of lightly burnt toast, modest graham cracker and butter crust, with very mild cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. Not as robust or impressive as Pumpking.

Taste is similar to Pumpking, but with a definite roasted edge that culls the graham cracker/butter crust sweetness from that beer. Front of palate is of lightly burnt toast, light caramel-like sweetness, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, combining to give a slightly cola-like flavor. Mid-palate of graham cracker and butter crust flavor with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, and caramel-like sweetness that's heavily cut by charred toast; not much "roast" flavor as I would expect from a stout. Back of palate finds stronger black malt characters: slight roast qualities and charred toast, blurred with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, mild ethanol, and modest graham cracker and butter crust. Aftertaste of lingering hop bitterness, moderate ash/char, very mild acridity from the black malt, and equally mild graham cracker/butter crust flavor with light phenols in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a beer that is at first lightly fizzy, calming to a smooth (1/3) and foamy (2/3) mouthfeel. Ethanol is lightly noticeable on the back of the throat and in the nostrils, but not so on the palate. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

falloutsnow, Nov 22, 2013
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,810 ratings.