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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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372 Reviews
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Reviews: 372
Hads: 2,888
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 38.48%
Wants: 126
Gots: 899 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.00% 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: 372 | Hads: 2,888
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours an inky black in color into the snifter, albeit a rather thin looking black pour. A very small head forms but is gone very quickly and leave little lacing. Looks like a thin version of an imperial stout in the glass.

S- Just as expected, a bouquet of pumpkin pie spices hit the nose in an autumn-like array of spices. The pumpkin and nutmeg are prominent scents. In the middle towards the back half of the scent a sweetness ramps up a little and traditional stout malts are underneath the other scents. The lingering smell in the nostrils is of sweet pumpkins.

T- The beer hits the tongue with a bang of chocolate malt flavors that are quickly followed up by a ton of different fall flavors. The pumpkin flavor from the scent is on the tongue and then gone very quickly, replaced by the spices nutmeg and cinnamon that enter to mix with the dark malts. The spices and malts combine to turn up the bitterness a bit at the back end of the drink and leave a dry, dark, and somewhat bitter flavor lingering in your mouth.

M- On the palate, this beer is moderately to highly carbonated, especially considering the style, and a touch on the thin side. The alcohol however, is barely noticeable, keeping the beer rather easy to drink.

Overall, I'm fairly disappointed with this beer, if for no other reason than the potential that this style had. To me, combining the dark and heavy malts of an imperial stout with the pumpkin and spices was the perfect opportunity to make a pumpkin beer that was balanced and not entirely about the pumpkin. In this case, I say opportunity missed.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So much better than their Pumking in my opinion. Had its pumpkin flavor but cut off the onslaught of cinnamon the Pumking gave and instead, provided a very nice, roasted coffee bread flavor. Not a pumpkin fan at all.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nailed it... Intense pumpkin and chocolate flavor all the way through. Not too boozy but a little bit heavy. Suggestion for any pumpkin lover.. Or chocolate lover.. Or beer lover

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Photo of SanAnMan
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours very black, small head which dissipated quickly and no lacing. Aromas are of pumpkin spice and biscuit malt. Nice maltiness in the taste but I'm not too fond of the front-facing biscuit malt flavor. Very reminiscent of Pumking but definitely more malty. I know a lot of people have said they can taste the pumpkin but to me it's very mild. Back palate has some of the pumpkin spices for sure. The 10% ABV is hidden very well in this, there's practically no heat to this, it's very clean. I love me some pumpkin beers, but if I want a kick-ass pumpkin stout, I'll wait a bit for Texas to get its annual release of Saint Arnold Pumpkinator.

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Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour is extremely black and slightly on the thick side. A black hole as light has no shot against this beer. The head is a bit disappointing in that there isn't much of one. There are bubbles but no legs and only a ring of bubbles left around the top.

The smell is awesome. A combination of fairly untraditional scents working together. Chocolate, what can only be described as peanut butter, and then pumpkin, actual pumpkin, and not solely the spices. It actually smells sweet.

The spices that were somewhat lacking in the nose dominate the taste. Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon tackle every taste bud keeping the chocolate notes in check. The alcohol is omnipresent as well bringing depth and balance to every sip,

Your mouth is constantly being challenged by the depth of this beer. It's sweet initially before the spiciness takes over. The spice stays with you from mid sip on, then a grainy feel evolves while some heat steps up for good measure. It's full bodied and would make a great dessert beer.

I love this beer. Going to see hole well it ages. I'm glad to see some real pumpkin instead of just the spices. This is superior to Pumking.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma of this beer is great; coffee, cinnamon, and pumpkin. The taste is pretty similar, however the cinnamon becomes overpowering after a while. It tastes like a pumpkin pie with a shit load of cinnamon, coffee, and it has some sort of yeast/bready taste to it as well. It's enjoyable, but I don't see myself buyong it again.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pumpkin warlock with 10% abv had on tap from hop yard 62 filled in growler poured in my sniffer first sip reminded me of drinking a nice chokalt stout while eating a pumpkin pie the abv is present but not in a bad way

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Photo of jmasher85
1.89/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I can't believe the score is so high on this one. I like pumpkin beer but this is just nasty stuff. Must be that the newest batch, at 10% ABV, is drastically different than the previous ones listed here as 8.6%. Or else I got a bad bottle, but since I will never risk money on this potential waste of funds again, I may never find out.

Pours like a stout with no head or lacing.

Woah. First smell has a lot going on. Really sweet, a bit briney like seaweed, and then back to intense pumpkin candy aroma. A little caramel too, some nutmeg and cinnamon, kinda just smells like a Cracker Barrel store in the autumn.

Taste is just a little more than I can handle. Really sweet, rich, and psychotic that they would sell this in a bomber without a warning to share it with like, 4 other people. Hops are doing a strange thing with bitterness against the sweetness, and it tastes like a fermented pumpkin pie. A bit of dark chocolate, coffee, fig, and yeah, again with the pumpkin.

Way too sweet and rich and intense for me, I'm actually just going to pour this out and give it to my girlfriend who loves this kind of overcooked shit.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a dark purplish-black with one finger of tan head. No lacing with this one.

Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, clove, and cinnamon.

The first thing I noted was a combination of pumpkin pie spice and sharp medicinal flavors. Finished with warmth from both the cinnamon and the 8.6% abv.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

The medicinal notes kept me from enjoying it more.

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Photo of MrWonka
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very biased bcuz I love pumpkin beers. This beer is essentially Pumking only infused with a chocolatey flavor. Is great if you can find them bcuz they're actually pretty rare. Long story short: look at this as a chocolate-coated Pumking. Enjoy my friends.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a very thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of pumpkin and fall spices. The pumpkin is still quite bold and the blending of the spices and chocolate hints does not come together very well. The funky pumpkin sticks around for a while. Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of mlockman
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh, this tastes like pumpkin pie. Vintage versions: While the aroma promises huge pumpkin-pie flavors, the palate does not deliver on this 2014 Vintage. Kind of an off-flavor; one would be much better off with Unita's Oak Jacked Pumpkin Vintage IMO.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with mahogany hues when held to light. Head is one finger of creamy beige color that fades rather quickly. Lacing is unfortunately non-existent.

S: Pumpkin spice and roasted malts initially, then aromas of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie crust come through. Also smells slightly boozy.

T: Roasted malts, pumpkin spice, pie crust, and cinnamon all great your palate initially. In the middle your met with flavors of pumpkin bread, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and nutmeg. Finishes with a clove like spiciness and the aftertaste of fresh pumpkin pie.

M: Medium to full bodied, low level of carbonation, slick creamy and smooth initially. Wet with a warming sensation in the finish as the alcohol makes presence know. Easy to drink but still a sipper.

O: A perfect brew for Autumn with great and lively aromas, and big pumpkin forward flavors. My only complaints with this brew are the appearance as it looked rather dull after it settled, and the mouth-feel as the low carbonation made it seem like a slightly flat beer. Honestly it looks and drinks closer to a porter then a stout. All that said it is still a truly enjoyable brew, the aromas and flavors are majestic. It is an absolute must try.

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Photo of justinp444
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a beige half inch head that quickly recedes. Smell of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, dark malts, banana bread, clove, vanilla, and dried fruits. Taste of banana bread, pumpkin pie, roast-y malts, a bit of chocolate, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, very small amount of bitter, very smooth sweet, and a full rich mouth feel.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with some Lost Abbey Stemware
Notes taken on 12/21/2014

Big thanks to mdfb79 for the trade – cheers Dan!

A: Dark brown cola looking body and completely opaque. Looks a touch under carbed or perhaps too thick to allow for any bubble action. Little to no head forming over top minus a thin filmy crown of dark khaki. Nothing to really make a stick show here at all.

S: Sweet pumpkin pie with holiday spices segues into a nice chocolaty roast malt presence. I get some toasted dark breads with more of the clove and nutmeg spices as well as a bit of black licorice on the back end. This is really nice I must say how the sweet pie aromas blend so well with the dark roast chocolate notes.

T: Dark roast up front with nuanced coffee and chocolate tones over some brown sugar and toasted bread. Pumpkin pie emerges secondary, dough crust and all, with some ample pie spice in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Taste is sugary sweet but within reasonable fashion. The beer has a light moderate bitterness of earthy hops to it and the alcohol is kept well hidden throughout. This is quite good actually with lots of true pumpkin flavor and spices that seem to play well with the dark roast and sweetness.

M: Moderate filling body and semi thick or syrup like consistency. Maintains a nice frothy carbonated feel on the palate. A touch bitter towards the finish lending to a nice drying effort there. Mostly clean I would say with some sticky residuals.

D: Warlock turned out better than I was expecting. Has some really nice pumpkin pie flavor that works quite well with the dark roast malts. Nice touch on the spices and overall sweetness. Balanced but with enough flavor to stand out. Really happy to have the chance to try this one.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Sadie for my birthday. Sat in the fridge for six months before I drank it. It was very mellow and smooth...I wonder if the cellaring of this smoothed it out...I'll need to try a fresh one next year to see the difference.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a dense obsidian black body with a thick bubbly tan head that soon fades away

S- The mix of pumpkin spices and vanilla custard blend with a dry cinnamon hint.

T- The bug dull pumpkin spice blend has a powdered ginger finish and a graham malt crust to the finish. There are some black malt flavors in the background and a banana custard note grows in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no real alcohol heat to it.

O- The aroma grows and is interesting but the flavor is odd with a lot of strange flavors mixed together and they don't really compliment each other.

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Photo of mchegash
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a very dark red. Almost the only reason I know it's red is because I can see the color around the edges of the glass. A small amount of head. Even though it's dark, I can see some carbonation rising up. It looks tasty and slightly mysterious. Although I'm not sure I like my stouts to be red in color.

Smell - 4/5
Smells almost exactly like Southern Tier's Pumking, at least from what I can remember (I had it a couple weeks ago). Pie crust is the dominant aroma, along with some spices. Definitely a unique smell (well, besides Pumking).

Taste - 4/5
Pie crust flavor is dominant, with some fall spices, maybe allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg? There is also a sweet, slightly fruity flavor. I assume this is the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Fairly full-bodied, smooth and in between crisp and creamy. There is a medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent beer. The pie crust smell/taste is intriguing at first, but it gets old quick. Perhaps I'll get another next Fall, but not something I would drink regularly.

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Photo of founddrama
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is that... cardamom? Reads like a stout, and a refreshing break from the usual coffee or chocolate or vanilla overload. And/but can be a little potpourri-ish.

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Photo of velkepivo
1.27/5  rDev -67.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Sorry, but this beer is simply revolting. Beyond cloyingly sweet. So sugary my teeth actually felt gritty after a few sips. Stacked high with the sweetness, there is a chemical, artificial-flavor flavor. Nauseating. Poured it down the sink, and that's hard for me to do. This is a beer for people who drink 3L bottles of soda every day.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO on sale for $7.50 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in no time. Very dark brown.

S- Not a lot here but does have some nice malt backbone.

T- Hits you with a surprise, not a good one though. TONS of spices. Cinnamon galore. Nutmeg, pumpkin and a touch of chocolate. Figs present. A lot going on but in weird proportions. Not my cup of tea.

M- Mighty watery for an imperial stout. Lots of carbonation

O- Not so good. This one is a drain pour

Food Pairing

This one was so bad that there is no food pairing offered


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Photo of Suds
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black, but with scarlet shades when held to a light. It is topped with a thick cream-colored foam. The smell is of ripe pumpkin...mixed with bread-pudding and dark chocolate. You can almost smell the sweetness. There is spice as well. The dark stout flavor reveals itself in the taste...rostedness is underneath the sweetness, and there is a solid hop bitterness as well. Thick and intense. This is a substantial beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2013 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Bananas Foster! Seriously, this beer smells like the Bananas Foster desert! Tons caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, toffee, roasted malt and a touch of hops.

Taste: Wow! More Bananas Foster! Tons of roasted malt up front, followed by just as much burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, a touch of dark chocolate and some subtle smoke.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, and very smooth as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.6%, there is just a hint of alcohol on the palate, which provides a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another of Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series that I really, really, like! It’s a delicious beer!

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Photo of 716gibbs
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts period. One of my favorite beers throughout the fall season. I think Southern Tier brews their best beers in the fall (pumpking, harvest, warlock)

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Photo of hopsputin
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: its a rich black color that doesn't allow any light to shine through. nice solid 2 finger tan head that hangs around like a champ

s: pumpkin puree, cream, roasted malt, toasted oak, nutmeg, vanilla, and a nice amount of milk chocolate

t: taste starts off with a rush of smooth pumpkin flavor. that fades to a slightly bitter roasted malt flavor, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate. that fades to some mellow spices, nutmeg and clove. your hit with a little more of that pumpkin flavor, and then ends with just a little bit of alcohol flavor

m: mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a stout, but seems about right for a pumpkin beer (which is a bit unique to have while drinking a stout). pretty high-level carbonation

o: i like this. its a nice take on a pumpkin-esqe beer. blending it with a nice roasty flavor is an enjoyable aspect. the mix of sweet, caramel, pumpkin, and spice works nicely in here

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.