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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,808 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 78
Gots: 388 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-19-2013)
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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours an effervescent, crimson hued mahogany with 2+ fingers of billowy tan head. Nice viscoscity,
faint lacing , no head retention (2.5)

S: Squash, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice, great! (4.75)

T: Nutmeg, faint metallic notes, woody hops, & faint pumpkin up front. Squashyness, brown sugar &
cinnamon, plus micro-notes of roastyness as this warms, some charred notes also, a little caramel too.
Finishes with squashyness, nutmeg, vanilla, & woody hop notes, a little dryness, but rich enough,
that I dig this (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out as this warms (3.5)

Drinks great, but wish it had a little more stout to it, I loved what Cape May's did years ago...
(4.0)

russpowell, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

i absolutely loved this beer, on tap at hops and pie. its inky black in looks, with a fading tan head in a globe. the nose here is so pumpkin pie spice heavy, loads of ginger and brown sugar, with the squash. not all that different from the acclaimed pumking, just pepper in some dark roasty malts and a faint coffee undertone and its basically the same aromatically. the booze is sleepy, you would never know its strength. the taste is awesome too, i get vanilla and ginger as the dominant spices, but the pumpkin is there, nice and sweet, like roasted sweet yams. the dark malt adds another layer to this familiar profile. its amazing how well they go together, desserty for sure, but not overly sweet, i had no problem with about a 12 ounce pour of this. the feel is amazing, pure velvet on the palate and long and spice in the finish. just enough carbonation too. as good as any pumpkin beer ive had, they should do a rum barrel or something on this too, not that it needs is...

StonedTrippin, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Tim for sharing this bomber, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is black with an opaque clarity with a good sized off white cream with very fine bead. The smell is a mix of spice and caramel with light roast component and mild alcohol and nutty esters of malt with very prominent vanilla from the spice added. The feel is highly carbonated nutty texture with moderate sweetness and mild alcohol with a slight crisp dry finish some malt is in the residual taste with a gentle sweet/roasty combo.

The Warlock flavor is unique however it does seem like it is influenced by Pumking with the spice being the dominant flavor and the vanilla especially present with some nutmeg floral elements coming through and some mild caramel backing with mild roast and and mild hint of floral with perhaps a woody cinnamon and light toffee elements with a mild roasted note coming in near the finish when it reaches cellar temp. I was surprised with this condsidering it is a pumpking beer and stout hybrid. I think it gets labeled as a stout based on color, but not taste. I think if you expect a spiced/pumpkin ale you might be pleasantly surprised I was happy with the taste and it is highly drinkable regardless of style.

Slatetank, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark as sin, this one, under a vast, thick, creamy-toned head. Looks fantastic.

Aroma: there's pumpkin here, but it's a little hard to find. At first. Give it time and it starts to follow, though still held back a bit but other stout-y aromatics, like a complementary helping of cocoa and coffee. Pumpkin spice notes are here, as well.

Now, to drink. Full-bodied, plump and thick in the mouth, with the pumpkin flavor fairly spilling all over now. End dryly with a slightly bitter touch in the finish. Tasty blend of the stout and the pumpkin. Sweetness is kept at bay just by a hair, a delicious tango between scrumptious flavors.

Do I like this? Yes, I do.

feloniousmonk, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

oline73, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%

Rifugium, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mdfb79, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%

On-tap at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI:

Pours pitch black with a thin head that becomes wispy. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of pumpkin pie spicing dipped in chocolate with a bit of coffee.

The taste like eating a nice pumpkin pie that has a rich dark chocolate crust while taking a sip of coffee. Alcohol gives some warmth in a pleasant way.

It is smooth. A very nice, unique, chocolate-y pumpkin pie beer with just the right hint of coffee. Impressive!

jwc215, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

MarkyMOD, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge initial head. It dies off but does leave some spots for lace. The color is stout, but light shines through the edges.

There's a strong aroma of pumpkin bread--sweet with walnuts. Smells more like a dessert beer than a stout. Brown sugar? Very sweet regardless of the specific sugar.

The taste is cake-like. You can almost chew this beer. It matches the smell with an almost carrot cake flavoring: raisins, walnuts and zucchini (pumpkin?) bread. This is dominant, that I detect very little "stout" flavors of burnt toast. This is good, but certainly not a stout. I'd describe it more as a fruit beer.

Good body, seemingly low carbonation.

smcolw, Saturday at 12:07 AM
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed as an imperial stout/pumpkin beer hybrid. 8.6% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. 22oz brown glass bottle with fun simple label art and branded black/silver pressure cap acquired at me local HEB Grocery for $9.99 and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with French chocolate.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth consistency. Nice even lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is decent - a little over a minute until it recedes to a floater ring, and a couple more minutes until it recedes entirely.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Pretty standard fare for an imperial stout. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. I don't think a better head is too much to ask. Looks pretty good.

Sm: Pumpkin, pumpkin gourd, pumpkin skin, peanut butter, chocolate malts, cakey sweetness, dark malts, carrot flavouring, caramel, and syrups. Brown sugar. Appealing for a pumpkin beer.

No yeast character, hops, or alcohol is detectable. It's an intriguing aroma of moderate strength, but does seem overly sweet and absolutely artificial.

T: Lovely pumpkin gourd with an unusual but welcome sweetness - I think that's the "natural" flavour coming through. It does lend a bit of artificiality to the build, but it also enhances the pumpkin. Has a nice dark malt, chocolate malt, black malt, caramalt, and caramunich malt foundation. Graham cracker. Pumpkin pie filling. Roasted pumpkin seeds. Caramel. I do get some light spices - primarily allspice. Maybe some clove. I'd love more roast; there's hardly any here. The sweetness will annoy many, but I think it's tame enough. Latte-esque. A touch of vanilla.

No hop character, yeast, or alcohol comes through.

It's well balanced and has a nice cohesion, but I wouldn't say it's gestalt. Decent complexity and subtlety; it could use more of both. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet. A bit silky. Somewhat soft. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Thick but not syrupy or viscous. Suits the flavour profile nicely in a general sense, but there's not a marriage of texture to taste; the former wasn't custom-tailored to the latter.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but the sweetness does curb the drinkability. Like most Southern Tier bomber beers, it is exactly what it claims to be - nothing more, nothing less. If you like pumking, you'll like this. Hides its ABV pretty well. A good dessert beer, but far from mind-blowing. Not Southern Tier's finest work, but good stuff. I think a home mixture of Choklat and Pumking would actually taste better. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad to have tried it and the pricing could be worse for the quality. I'd recommend it to friends, but don't go out of your way to try it. It might not scratch your autumnal itch, but it'll satisfy pumpkin beer and imperial stout fans alike. As with most Southern Tier bombers, I highly recommend sharing this - ideally between 4 or more people.

Low B-

kojevergas, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to some surface bubbles.

Smell: roasted tones with some cinnamon and nutmeg spices.

Taste: roasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, moderate bitterness, and some mild alcohol warming are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the end. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a slow sipping beer that I found enjoyable. One is enough in a session, but it is very satisfying.

Gavage, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.5%

imperialking, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.5%

oriolesfan4, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.5%

InspectorBob, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a one finger, light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Surprisingly huge spicy pumpkin pie presence in the nose with some robust roasted malt and sweet desert-like chocolate notes. It's Southern Tier so I shouldn't be that surprised but the aroma is almost as pumpkin forward as Pumpking. I was expecting more stout character by that takes a back seat to the autumnal spices and pumpkin purée. Hints of clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon along with pumkin pie filling and roasted pumkin seeds. It takes a while to open up but once it does, there's subtle roast and sweet malts underneath. Hints of sweet and dark chocolate along with oatmeal and robust coffee bean. Smells very interesting but I wish that the stout notes were a bit stronger.

Thankfully the flavor is more of a mix of pumkin and stout notes. Dry and roasted with a robust dark malt presence that's countered by sweeter malts and strong pumkin pie flavors on the back end. Slightly smokey with burnt sugar and deeply roasted malt but its not acrid or harsh at all. Hints of gourmet coffee, burnt toast, bittersweet dark chocolate and oatmeal followed by sweeter chocolate flavor, toffee and nut before a strong pumpkin ale flavor in the finish. Spicy and sweet with ginger, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin purée/pie filling, toasted pumpkin seeds and vanilla. Nicely balanced and whereas the aroma felt like a pumpkin beer with subtle stout character, the flavor is more stout-like with lingering pumpkin pie sweetness. ABV is excellently masked, resulting in another dangerously drinkable entry in the Backwater series.

corby112, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

drewone, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, roasted pumpkin, vanilla, and graham cracker-like malts. Moderate amounts of spices are present as well with cardamon taking center stage amongst them. There is also a light aroma of herbal (anise-like) hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of graham cracker and chocolate malts which is complemented by flavors of vanilla and moderate amounts of roasted pumpkin. There are moderate to strong flavors of cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg along with a light to moderate dosage of vanilla. Hints of bitterness in the finish but it fades rather quickly. Not as sweet as I might have expected based on some of the other beers in the series.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: There are some light hints of the alcohol that makes this beer more of a sipper but it has some of the most intense pumpkin flavors of any of the fall beers that I have gotten this year (nice rich flavors and aromas of roasted pumpkin are upfront in this beer). Definitely enjoyable but feels more like a porter than a stout. I would get another of these.

dbrauneis, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although this beer is definitely on the sweet side (like so many of the big offerings from Southern Tier), I have to say that I enjoyed this very much. I treated this like dessert, so the sweetness didn't bother me in the least- a time and a place for everything. I like the blending of roasty stout with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. You get chocolate and vanilla notes as well as some roasted notes from the stout, some silkiness from the pumpkin, and a nice sweet/spicy note from the additions. Definitely hit the spot for me.

Georgiabeer, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

wrightst, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

duceswild, Sunday at 05:58 AM
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.