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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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89
very good

2,498 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,498
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 106
Gots: 644 | FT: 14
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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass, this pours a dark black color with a tan colored head with good retention and lacing along with brownish red hues when held up to the light.

S- I was expecting a big roasted malt aroma with hints of pumpkin. This is just the opposite with a ton of pumpkin spice notes complementing the roasted malts in the nose. Very nice!

T- The taste is outstanding. I didn't know how this would work out and was scared the imperial stout would drown out the pumpkin flavors. This is not the case and the flavors work extremely well together. The dark roasted malts are complemented by a big pumpkin flavor in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, my expectations were exceeded. This is a great pumpkin beer that is highly recommended. Time to go back and pick up a few more bottles.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on August 30, 2014 - Labor Day weekend. I do try to wait until after Labor Day to crack open pumpkins brews.

Deep dark brown to black pour with a modest tan head that becomes a ring.

Oh man - that aroma. Pumpkin spice, yes. But a rich dark sweet malt character to even it all out.

Medium to full body.

The taste? Were you expecting the best? Well, you will not be disappointed. Pumpkin spice, dark roasted malts, and mild hop finish. This is quite remarkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of champ103
2.55/5  rDev -35.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat blackish body with one finger head that left lace. A bready, pumpkin pie with crust type aroma along with cinnamon and nutmeg and some roasted malts as well in the aroma. Smooth and creamy are the first words that come to mind, and as I delve into this beer I'm getting a good balance of pumpkin flavors, sweet malts like caramel and dark chocolate and a good bit of roasted malts as well. Finish is a little heated and spicy and complements the more smoother and sweeter aspects of the beer. Not necessarily stout-like for those who prefer dryer stouts, but a really good sipper that is worth trying by anyone who likes their beers even slightly heavy.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of drpimento
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I dunno. To me this beer is mis-labeled. Instead of Imperial Stout with Pumpkins & Natural Flavor, it should be the other way around; Imperial Pumpkin Beer with Natural Flavor brewed with Strong Stout. The spicy pumpkin totally dominates the stout. Poured this at a good temperature with a smallish light tan, creamy head that quickly settled and a little lace. Color is a very dark, clear garnet brown with a few bubble trails. Aroma is full on spicy pumpkin, with some chocolate chip cookie in the background. Flavor's like nose; the stout is barely discernible, mostly sweet with a hint of bitter and tang. Body reflects the dominate sweetness which slightly clashes with the bitter leaving some high points that aren't entirely pleasant. Finish is like flavor, slight medicine in the aftertaste and longish. My rating for would have been much higher but for the difference in label and experience. It's really a tasty dessert beer. But even in the good chocolate stouts, the stout is the strong backbone.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,498 ratings.