Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 306
Hads: 2,583
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 112
Gots: 711 | FT: 18
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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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-19-2013

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.
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Reviews: 306 | Hads: 2,583
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Not as cloying as Pumking - very good beer, perhaps my favorite pumpkin beer. The Station, Hickory NC, has both Warlock and Pumking on draft - I mixed the two, joy. (164 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear, very dark brown color. There was a thin tan head that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. Definitely pumpkin to the nose. Also a sweetness to the pumpkin. Perhaps some cinnamon. The taste is good, but there is a slick sweetness that isn’t necessarily appealing. Cinnamon, chocolate, pumpkin flavors are predominate. Like the Pumpking, the sweetness turns me off. I won’t be having another. (436 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark black brew topped with a decent tan head; OK retention, little lacing.

Brew smells musty, vegetal, and spiced. Pumpkin and nutmeg are most prominent.

Dry, herbal, semi-sweet spices up forward, complemented by pumpkin and cacao. The pumpkin and spices taste a little artificial, but not offensively so. The stout base is rather subdued.

Fairly thin and dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Long finish hinting of spice.

This is not a bad pumpkin beer, and while I wouldn't turn down a glass, neither will I be ordering one up. It does nothing to offend, but nothing to enchant. (579 characters)

Photo of Hex92
3/5  rDev -24.1%

I'm a big fan of pumking, so when I saw this beer I figured I would love it since imperial stouts are one of my face. Not so. It seems a bit thin, the flavor doesn't taste like an IS. So a bit dissapointed. Would rather have purchased Pumking.

So stick with the original is my suggestion. (291 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

pours black, still...not much carbonation, little head. no lacing. smells just like pumpkin pie-no kidding. actually, very reminicent of Pumking...a little roasted malt, but mostly big spice, pumpkin pie. big full bodied creamy mouthfeel. tastes like pumpkin pie, with big roasted malt in the finish. I actually like this better than Pumking, a lot less cloying sweetness, just as much spice. big pumpkin taste, i cant say pumpkin pie enough. but the roasted malt adds a bit of smokiness in the finish, not so much as others i've had where it can taste like burnt pumpkin pie...adds a good balance to the sweetness. and it is still very sweet. (643 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Lots of flavor in this one.

Reminded me more of a Old Ale/Winter Warmer than an Imperial stout. Very malty of course, molasses and chocolate dominate the palate. Lots ofadded flavoring. I got cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla, maybe some nutmeg too. Some pumpkin and squash notes though not alot. I enjoyed drinking this, too me its more of a winter beer, than a fall. Worth checking out. (385 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

9/24....pours dark black, full light block, but little foam. Sits still and quiet. Rich fruity forward nose, raisins, coffee, chocolate, licorice. Very faint pumpkin too. Astringent taste, all over the place. Really boozy. Interesting, but not quite sure. (255 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in mid-August for $8.99. Bottled on 7/7/14.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head on the initial pour.

Nose is graham cracker crust, spices, and artificial sweetner.

Taste is graham cracker, cloves, hint of chocolate, and allspice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall much more balanced than pumpking, still a bit too much allspice and cloves. (408 characters)

Photo of glass_house
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Looks just like a good stout should--near-black with two fingers of tight khaki head that maintains a thin cap and nice collar. Dark roasted malts with cocoa accents battle sweet pumpkin spice for dominance in the nose.

Taste is briefly dark bittersweet chocolate and coffee, then is overtaken by sweet pumpkin spice. Body is somewhat creamy but I find myself wishing it was a bit heavier. Doesn't coat the palate the way I prefer an imperial stout to.

Not terrible, but not what I'm looking for. I love big stouts and I love big pumpkin beers, but this shows me I'm better off keeping the two separate. Mix some Pumking with some 2X Stout and save yourself some money. (708 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

22oz bottle into a goblet. Pours very dark, with a strong head and lots of lace on the side. Pumpkin and spice (nutmeg and ginger(?)) aroma, with some must and a bit of funk as well. Sharp and bitter in the front, which fades to sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is almost whiskey-like, which is surprising as it is not a particularly high alcohol beer. Medium carbonation and a long finish. (389 characters)

Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Serving: Poured out of a bottle into an English (stout) pint.

A: A wonderfully deep red color surrounded by an abyss of blackness invading throughout.
The half inch off-white head dissipates to a thin layer which offers very little lacing.

S: Pumpkin hits the nose instantly, followed up with excellent blasts of caramel and all the
various malts. This is then accompanied by several holiday spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: The decent alcohol content is well hidden behind the great taste of pumpkin and cinnamon.
Aftertaste is of malt and hops.

M: Soft and chewy with medium carbonation. It's neither too dry nor too tart, like some
stouts, which is welcome.

O: The amazing pumpkin aspect perfectly suits Southern Tier's ambitions while the other
elements help to keep the rest in balance. However, if you prefer just a hint of pumpkin
flavor in your beer, I'd suggest you look elsewhere. This is my third bottle of the stuff
and I can't get enough. (963 characters)

Photo of austina3214
4/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Black coffee with about a 1" head that dissipates quickly. Very minimal lacing.

S: Notes of pumpkin (obviously), nutmeg, and maybe some cinnamon. Not getting any type of coffee aroma.

T: Solid. Sweet. Very much tasting the pumpkin which is to be expected. Though, I am not getting coffee notes in the smell, I am getting a slight coffee taste. Cannot, from the taste, sense the 8.6% ABV.

M: Very light for an imperial stout.

O: A very solid beer. Imperial stouts are by far my favorite style. However, though this is labeled as one, I couldn't really tell from the taste. I would have no problem drinking this again, but I wouldn't seek it out as I did this year. I've been meaning to try this since I got into craft beer last fall and I am not too disappointed. (771 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

I thought this would be an amazing beer and it was talked up by like 3 of my beer buddies. Had to go to 4 liquor stores for this seasonal brew.

A - Black color that is almost amber with the light. Clear with white head. Little lacing.

S - Strong roasty smell with pumpkin spices upfront. There is some vanilla and chocolate in the background and there is some graininess.

T - Very roasty burnt taste that is then washed over by the pumpkin spices and a slight veggital quality. The only thing that comes to mind is burnt pumpkin. There is some vanilla and dark chocolate in the background.

M - Light to moderate mouth-feel with light carbonation. The body is seemingly light especially for an imperial stout, more like a dry stout.

Overall, I was pretty dissatisfied with this brew. It was as if you took Pumking and added a bunch of roasted malt. Like I said the best way to describe it is burnt pumpkin which is not my favorite. I am still a fan of Pumking but probably won't pick this one up again.

Glass- Stein (1,020 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (1,680 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

You can actually smell the roasted pumpkin in this one. The taste is sweet caramelized pumpkin with notes of aged rum, coconut, brown sugar and subtle spices. A medium mouthfeel that feels more like a lighter porter than a stout. Overall the the best imperial pumpkin stout I've had so far. (290 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Last night on-tap at The Foundry, Northampton, MA. Missed this one last year.

A- Pitch black stout poured from the tap to a chalice. A tan cap up to over one finger with a puffy, foamy thick texture. Fairly good retention falling to a medium ring. Lacing consists of sheets and spots.

S- For me this is very hard to tell apart from Pumking. Massive pumpkin spice dominates the aroma with nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and sweet pumpkin flesh coming to mind. Roast is somehow very far in the backdrop to this.

T- Pretty much follows the aroma with a beastly presence of pumpkin pie spice flavor. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla sweetness, vegetable pumpkin flesh and caramel. Just a hint of roast for me.

MF- Thick bodied with a frothy, creamy texture. Carbonation at a medium level with a slightly warming finish while pumpkin pie spice lingers for a long time.

Even though this is black as the night it somehow doesn't deliver a lot of roasty, stout like flavors for me. The pumpkin pie spice dominates it entirely and I find it feels just like Pumking. Less spice and more roast would make this a good to great beer. (1,129 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, slightly Amber with very little head that faded quickly. Aroma is of pumpkin pie and spices. Taste is also pumpkin pie with some sweet dark roasty flavors. Mouthfeel was pretty thin for an imperial stout, lacking a good hardy finish normally in an imperial stout. Overall this was a little disappointing, I guess I was just expecting more from an imperial stout. Not a bad beer at all though, probably will stick to Pumking in the future. (456 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BOD 6/26/14. Black pour with a normal head, but poor lacing and retention. Nice nose of ginger, clove, cinnamon and maybe nutmeg. Underneath is a bit of pumpkin and subtle notes of roast and chocolate coupled with an airy light sweetness. As it warms, chocolate becomes much more noticeable. Medium bodied with a light smooth texture. Lower than normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is where this one shines - intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a rush of spice, with ginger and clove the most abundant, over a light sweetness with pumpkin and roast deep in the background. In the middle, chocolate notes yield to a hop/roast background with an expertly balanced bitterness. The finish is a blend of the aforementioned flavors fading away into a nice mild alcohol burn at the back of the throat. Lingering is a bit of roast, bitterness and pumpkin. (908 characters)

Photo of satanswingman13
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Very good tasting for a imperial stout. Nice color and smell, stouts are usually not my cup of tea but this one impressed me. Definitely a must buy if wanting a dark pumpkin stout. (180 characters)

Photo of BonusCup99
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

This one does an outstanding job of being everything an imperial stout should be while also fully embracing the whole seasonal thing. It's a fantastic beer which I wouldn't crave year-round but which I really hope to find again next year. I would really like to find enough of it to do the rumored delicious mixing of this with Pumpking. (337 characters)

Photo of smacgaha
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance - Poured from 24 oz bottle to snifter. Deep brown (not black) with minimal head that dissipated quickly.

Scent - Strong, mostly roasted malt with a hint of pumpkin. The biscuit malt really comes through. There's also hints of gingerbread and cinnamon.

Taste - Very spicy; lots of malt and cinnamon. The pumpkin is present without being overwhelming, which is a refreshing change. The alcohol isn't hidden, and there's something else that I can't quite figure out.

Mouthfeel - Relatively light and a bit overcarbonated. A higher gravity would have been fantastic, but that's really the only qualm I found.

Overall - The use of pumpkin is fantastic; it's a great complement without being overwhelming. This is my ideal fall beer. My only qualm is with the carbonation and gravity, as the bite slightly detracts from the flavor and the lower gravity just seems out of place. (886 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head with average retention
S-spiced pumpkin, roasted malt, slight buiscuity aroma, and cocoa
T-roasted/toasted flavor, with spiced pumpkin and finishes a bit dry with black coffee
M-medium-full bodied with average carbonation
O-a nice spin on pumpkin beers. a good change from the average pumpkin beer (328 characters)

Photo of 60acresbrewclub
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Immediately after pouring I get a roasted almonds nougat smell identical to a roaster ferrara torrone. The mouth feel is thick and silky and when held the tingling of the hops show their power. Then when swallowing I get a strong roasted flavor followed by the exact taste of a roasted ferrara torrone I smelt earlier and a complexly layered chocolate malt I smelt earlier. I've been drinking this every day and I remember tasting pumpkin and possibly cinnamon the first few times I had it. I don't taste the pumpkin/cinnamon anymore so maybe I suck at reviewing beer. At the moment this is my favorite beer. The only points it loses is in the look. Labeled an imperial stout I expect it to be blacker then black and its a brown/black but not disappointing. I plan on aging a few of these if I can stop drinking them. (819 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief write-up. Leave it to Southern Tier to make a beer that smells exactly like a fantastic dessert - in this case, pumpkin pie. On the other hand, the initial taste seems too spiced (as is the case with many pumpkin ales, I find). But after a few sips, it starts tasting less overspiced and more like...well, pumpkin pie. I'd reckon this is about 15% imperial stout, 85% pumpkin ale. All in all, a nice beer - still, I wish it tasted and felt as good as it smelled.

3.56/5: Smells awesome, tastes just pretty good...still, better than a lot of pumpkin ales out there. (571 characters)

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