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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

1,669 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 73
Gots: 339 | 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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4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a thick, creamy, three-fingers thick tan head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. body was dark black.
s - bready and pumpkin with some malt sweetness and a hint of roast.
t - roasty, malty, pumpkin.
m - creamy and smooth.
o - another stellar blackwater beer from ST. pumking is my favorite of that style and this beer did not disappoint.

GPHarris, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

socon67, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Blaze5445, Nov 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
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-

kojevergas, Nov 04, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells just like Pumking. Nose has that vanilla-nutmeg as their famous pumpkin ale. If I was blind, just by scent I’d assume it was Pumking. Thinner bodied than expected. Flavor has a large amount of vanilla notes under the Pumking flavor. Huge nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, squash, and graham.

jbaker67, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

twax, Nov 03, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid licorice black; deviously delicious-looking.

Smell: Cinnamon and a pie-like maltiness. Very sweet for a stout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Coffee and pumpkin. Not quite a pumpkin beer, not quite a stout, but it has qualities of both. Nice burnt flavor ties everything together. Mouthfeel is a bit water in finish.

Overall: Very good experimental style.

tjsdomer2, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Warlock

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a black brew that had just over a finger of tan head on the pour. The head settles pretty quickly. The collar sticks around. Some spotty lacing.

S) Huge pumpkin pie aroma. Just like I'm sticking my snoot into a snifter of Pumking.

T) The pumpkin pie deliciousness is accompanied in the flavor department by some roasted malt, a bit of dark chocolate, and a little coffee. Finishes up a little bitter.

M) Medium body with lighter carbonation. This is pretty smooth up to the finish, which is a little bitter and slightly dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

O) Pretty good... I like regular Pumking a little better, but this is a nice seasonal offering in it's own right. Glad to recommend...

RoamingGnome, Nov 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Roberto11232, Nov 03, 2013
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,669 ratings.