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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,547
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 108
Gots: 674 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,547 | Reviews: 333
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Quite thin but dark in color almost pitch black with a 1/4 inch of creamy mocha head.
S - An exact mirror of Pumking strong balanced spice with vanilla and butterscotch malts. Ginger snaps all around.
T - Well it does have nice stout characters with some chocolate and roasted malts but it seems too heavy covering over any smooth ginger, allspice, or cinnamon flavor. All thats left is a sweeter edge stout that borders on cloying, and this is strange since I love sweet stouts.
M - As stated it's thinner than your average imperial but drinks well covering over that high octane ABV. Medium and silky.

Overall definetly would rather have a Pumking over this. With muted spices and a not very thick stout it was worth a try. Kind of glad I picked a $4.50 pint at Allegheny six packs over a bomber which runs around 12-14 bucks around here.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cjgator3
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.44/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.6% ABV, Snifter shown with 42°F, DOB 08/26/13, "Pair with: Spicy BBQ, roasted / smoked foots, carrot cake. Store: Dark, upright, <48°F Serve: Goblet

Thanks, Todd?

A - Clarity shows through the pour but the beer itself is a dark brown that turns black in the glass and is capped by an ivory head that lowers somewhat quickly to a pile of loose bubbles and dots of lace.

S - Warlock smells like Pumking and next to nothing more; cooked, sticky white rice, pureed pumpkin, and a dash of real spice sprinkled over faint suggestions of dark malt. Warlock is wholly artificial in nature, nothing about it appealing to me.

T - The malty flavor is a nice departure from the aroma, really coming into it's own instead of being a dark Pumking clone. Roasted malt waves it's wand of acridly bitter cocoa and hints of coffee as Warlock finishes out with more of the artificial flavoring; pumpkin and spice that feel all too fake.

M - Medium-light bodied, Warlock is a thin-feeling imperial stout with plenty of carbonation trailing off with the dry, acridly bitter finish of roasted malt and artificial flavor.

O - Once upon a time I couldn't get enough of Pumking, so much so in fact that I held a case of the next year's release at a local liquor store, only to get it and wonder why I wasted my money. Had the recipe changed or was it just my palate? A debate for another day but I digress. Now I find myself unable to stand Pumking's massive, inescapable artificial nature that haunts me with every whiff and I find Warlock to be exactly the same. The aroma is fake, fake, fake. Not only is it fake, but it doesn't even smell right; it smells like a cheap dollar store candle. An exact replicate of Pumking in aroma, Warlock is displeasing and while the flavor is a step up, it's not fantastic either. Big roasted malt but the body doesn't follow suit making it a thin-tasting, thin-feeling imperial stout that's not worth the calories it contains.

Beerwolf77 and I are avid pumpkin beer (and general pumpkin) fanatics so the first of our two outrageously large pumpkin beer tastings this year required Warlock's inclusion. Upon taking our first sip, we simultaneously looked at each other with disgust and went to the sink with our glasses and bottle. Unfortunately for Todd, he purchased two bottles at the same time giving me the pleasure of revisiting it for this review. In closing, I hate to just shit all over a beer, especially when my reviews are generally higher than the average so, I'll make it clear I like Southern Tier. They make some fantastic beers but, Warlock is not one of them.

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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of champ103
2.57/5  rDev -35.4%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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