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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

361 Reviews
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Reviews: 361
Hads: 2,838
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 38.99%
Wants: 126
Gots: 871 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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: 361 | Hads: 2,838
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
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Schimms
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into large snifter - minimal thin brown head.

Good fall spice smells. Very similar to Pumking.

Taste: mix of stout/light espresso with expected pumpkin spices.

Light carbonation as expected.

Overall: can't drink more than one, but went great with BBQ salmon. Best shared with a few friends.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a very dark brown/black with thin surface head that dissipated rater queckly never to return, no lacing, no legs
S - This was really unique. I was picking up some sort of sweet nut and toffee, sweet malt, roast, then alcohol; very interesting, like no other
T - The taste was like the smell and I thought it sweet; good mix of flavors but with the alcohol hidden, which was good aat 8.9.
F - Very low carbonation, full/heavy, coats tonguee
O - I actually kept going back and forth as to whether this was a drinking or a sipping beer. The appearance and smell tell you sipping, but you didn't get that high ABV warming when drinking. This was a really interesting beer that I'd like to try again.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a Westbrook snifter, the espresso-like liquid settles with virtually no head, trapping most light, and lending an umber tone when well illuminated. There is no lacing, and the relative fluidity of the beer reveals it's lack of viscosity. Immediately, memories of tootsie rolls come to mind as I take a deep dive in to the bouquet. Fall spices and classic pumpkin pie aromas also greet the nose. This is very intriguing. Absent are many of the typical scents of an imperial stout... coffee, roast, smoke, alcohol.... and I think that suits this beer perfectly. It's like a fine confection, brimming with desert-like appeal. The flavor follows suit, delivering chocolate sweetness and an assortment of holiday cheer. The underlying alcohol is fairly well-hidden, and the brew achieves a nice balance with minimal bitterness. The hop profile is obscured, but like any great supporting actor, it puts in a worthy performance. This really has all of the charm of Pumking, with an added dimension that makes the beer imminently drinkable. I really appreciate the balance. Pumking was like a revelation for me, but quickly became too intense to drink much more than a single pour. With Warlock, I have refilled my glass from the Blackwater bomber, and could easily go back for more. The flavors of this seasonal treat remind me a little of Allagash Black, but where that one veered off course, this one stays right on track. The only "complaint" that I might add, is that the mouth-feel is a little underwhelming. Perhaps that's what gives Warlock it's supreme drinkability, but I must admit that the medium-thin body makes me yearn for a little more. Overall, this is a new addition to my must-have holiday rotation. I am enchanted by Warlock's wizardry.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber, served into a snifter. Enjoying this one on Halloween.

A: Chestnut brown colored pour with amber highlights flashing across the edges of the glass; dark, but not fully opaque - more murky than anything; a fizzy, khaki colored head bubbles up, but does not remain for long before reducing to a collar of fine bubbles; decent lacing.

S: The nose plays more towards the added spices than the qualities of the underlying stout; a blast of pumpkin pie greets the nose - pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin flesh; some roasted malts do peak through, but they remain well in the background, as the spices take charge here from the start.

T: Like the nose, the early taste is dominated by flavors of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg; a creamy, starch-y pumpkin flesh flavor is noticeable beneath the initial wave of spice; through the middle, the stout begins to assert more of its malty qualities, with gentle flashes of roasted malts to cut through the spices, and a dash of powdered cocoa sweetness; however, the spices outlast any roasty/toasted notes, resulting in a drying finish that draws out more cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Moderate carbonation produces a mouthfeel that is slightly creamy but not thick - the pumpkin in the brewing process undoubtedly lends a hand in improving the mouthfeel.

O: A decent pumpkin-themed stout, but the spices dominate at the expense of the underlying stout. I was really hoping that more of the nice chocolate/coffee/roasted qualities that I've come to expect from ST's Blackwater Series stouts would show through, blending perfectly with the creamy pumpkin pie flavors and added spices. Still, worth a try, especially if you enjoy pumpkin beers at this time of the year.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is my first mobile review so I'll be brief. Southern tier has not been good to me and this beer is no exception. It tastes like a pumpkin ale but instead of pumpkin it's been replaced by Coal. The strong nice smell of cinnamon and nutmeg Is the best part of the Beer and you can really taste it. However quickly turned lame carbonation, burnt malt, plastic aftertaste and very heavy body is why this beer is getting a low rating. I got this one as a gift because I have yet to have a good beer from these guys. Hope it's the last one I have.

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Photo of champ103
2.57/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger bubbly beige head rises, then recedes after a minute to nothing. Not much lace.
S: Sugary, burnt toast, light roast. Then some buttery malts and pumpkin spices. Like cinnamon, and allspice. A mess.
T: Like the nose, just a complete mess. Granulated sugar, and cloyingly sweet. Which is expected for their stouts. Burnt toast and light roast. Buttery, almost diacetyl flavors, pie crust, and spices. Again, cinnamon and allspice in the finish. Actually the allspice takes over after a while and lingers on forever.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. I am surprised at how watery and thin this is compared to other stouts they make. Way to sweet, and just messy. Hard to drink more than a few ounces.

I have never enjoyed Pumking, and this is not much better. A sickly sweet, allspice bomb that is not enjoyable for me to drink. Enough said.

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Photo of scootny
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich deep dark garnet brown with a brown head that billows forth. Nice retention and lacing. Quite clear and mild carbonation.

Nose has lots of chocolate and even more coffee. Rich roasted malts and molasses. A light alcohol sweetness. Pumpkin shows itself quite a bit and immediately. Its like having a slice of pie and a mocha in a glass.

Taste is like the nose. Sweet molasses and toffee. Dark roasted coffee. Delicious meaty pumpkin pie. A firm earthy and pie spice bitterness. Nutmeg laced swallow. Sweet booziness and fusel heat.

Gentle carbonation flows into a surprisingly light body that nonetheless has some chew and syrup to it. Easy drinking and satisfying.

A Great Pumpkin of a stout. one of the best I've had.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

This brew pours a pure black color with a two finger mocha head. Little lacing; low carbonation.

The smell is full of pumpkins, cardamom, vanilla, allspice chocolate, nutmeg and roasted malts.

The taste follows the nose, this is a surprisingly good pumpkin ale for a beer that bills itself as an Imperial Stout. All of the elements that were present in the smell are present in the taste. First the chocolate then the pumpkin spices hit, then a nutty taste, a slight roasted malt taste then gingerbread moving to vanilla. It goes down smoothly with a strong taste and smell of vanilla remaining in the aftertaste.

This beer is interesting and complex; there is a lot going on here and I will need to have more in order to take it all in.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4/5  rDev +1.3%

halloween is my least favorite time of year for beer. I think martzens are two malty and I dislike pumpkin beers. However this beer makes the pumpkin palatable to me. I think it's well done. Kudos to Southern Tier.

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Photo of KnucklesMcFisty
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

I am a huge Pumking fan so I immediately like this beer. The aroma and taste are very much Pumking-esque with a sweeter finish thanks to all the malts...and a spicy dry finish. I struggle with this being labeled an imperial stout though...doesn't have the typical full body of an imp. stout.
With that being said dare I say that I like this better than Pumking? The malts balance very nicely against the normally aggressive pumpkin and make for a very enjoyable brew

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Photo of kkleu357
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin black pour with a small head. Spicy cinnamon aroma. Sweet caramel toffee aroma. Slight candy corn smell. Definitely better better than Pumking. Tastes sort of like a candy corn dipped in chocolate. Minor corn taste.

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.