Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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