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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,142 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 40
Gots: 119 | FT: 8
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: 1,142 | Reviews: 178 | Display Reviews Only:
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nootch23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-30-2013 04:12:12 | More by nootch23
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-30-2013 02:00:51 | More by Thedrizzle
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freemanj

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-30-2013 01:00:56 | More by freemanj
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Brenden

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Warlock is as dark, big, thick and heavy-looking a stout as I expect from S.T. and the Blackwater series. If it's not black, it's awfully close, and it grows an almost medium brown head to a full finger in height, where it settles convincingly. Patchy lacing clings to the walls of the glass in good quantity.
This beer smells surprisingly similar to Pumking. While obviously a stout, it really doesn't deviate much from the exact smell of the much differently styled beer. All the pumpkin spices, crust, lightly buttery notes, soft sweetness, etc. are here.
The stout character actually seems to give way to the pumpkin essence, though of course not entirely. There's a bit of roast, some cocoa notes, and a little coffee-like presence. Ultimately, though, as much as in the aroma the flavor showcases the spiciness, both kitchen and sweet, of primarily nutmeg and cinnamon as well as buttery crust. It all melds in such a way, though, that neither is as much of a presence as it might be otherwise.
The big body is here, and it's robust. It's got just a little carbonation, right for a big beer, and a solid smoothness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 00:38:09 | More by Brenden
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far333

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a crystal snifter. Black and opaque with a thick half inch head of oatmeal brown foam that lingers very long. Aroma of buttered sweet corn, vanilla, and nutmeg.

Faint flavor of dark malt makes itself known briefly at the outset, but is quickly overpowered by vegetal accents, vanilla, toffee, candy corn, and brown sugar. There is a weird sweetness and offputting spiciness here. Full mouthfeel, but a bit slick, and still manages to finish with a carbonation tingle.

Seems a bit gimmicky. Would like more imperial stout and less vanilla, spice, and sweetness. The combination didn't work as well as I had hoped. Could not get through the entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:28:58 | More by far333
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-29-2013 21:37:26 | More by JohneHoodlum
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HawkIPA

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -37%

09-29-2013 21:22:18 | More by HawkIPA
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -74.8%

09-29-2013 21:10:20 | More by beerwolf77
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.9%

09-29-2013 20:41:31 | More by brez8791
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

09-29-2013 19:37:03 | More by acurtis
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BeerShoup

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-29-2013 17:46:53 | More by BeerShoup
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-29-2013 14:51:07 | More by InspectorBob
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-29-2013 13:18:37 | More by BARFLYB
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-29-2013 13:01:02 | More by Brewski
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-29-2013 12:32:16 | More by MRsojourner
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet, as the bottle suggested; jet black with a minimal, surprisingly light-colored tan head. Head fades quickly into a ring of foam.
Smells like pumpkin pie, with hints of booze. Soft scents of sweet bread and fruit, with some "fall" spices. Something in there comes off with a hint of belgian-ness, perhaps the yeast or just some smells combining.
Tastes quite interesting. Subdued dark malt moves quickly through a hint of booze which raises up a flurry of pumpkin and spice flavors. Spice hangs around until some low bitterness from the coffee/dark chocolate roasted malt arrives and mixes with the spice, creating an odd finish that I can't figure out if I enjoy or not.
Mouthfeel is slick and relatively full.
Overall, I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers or flavored beers in general, but it is nice that this one uses real pumpkin, and it's not bad. Probably because it's a stout first, and a pumpkin beer second.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:34:09 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Dbrag

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-29-2013 03:18:47 | More by Dbrag
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-29-2013 02:38:33 | More by derkfromwi
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zeff80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-29-2013 02:35:36 | More by zeff80
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Barnsley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-29-2013 01:20:55 | More by Barnsley
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-29-2013 00:15:58 | More by DrStiffington
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-28-2013 22:59:46 | More by pathman
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Gus34

Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This thing just made me sick to my stomach. I'm really glad I shared half of this bomber with my friend because I wouldn't have made it through it otherwise. This may sound harsh but it tasted like they brewed a generic and uninteresting imperial stout and sprayed pumpkin perfume into it. I really don't think a dark and roasty beer pairs well with a sweet, almost pumpkin pie taste. Just a little too many flavors battling against each other in this one. I know a lot of people will enjoy this, but it's just not for me. Personally, I would stick with Pumpking.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 19:16:27 | More by Gus34
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-28-2013 18:03:42 | More by Adkins1203
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MarkJBurch

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-28-2013 14:19:56 | More by MarkJBurch
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.