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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,022 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 88
Gots: 464 | FT: 19
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 biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, from the King Soopers grocery store near my hotel in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown hue, with prominent cola highlights, and one fat finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves pretty much zilch in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of pungent, and fairly sweet pumpkin pie - the given gourd flesh, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, candied ginger, and a crusty, bready, and slightly roasted caramel malt - in addition to some typical black licorice, vanilla, and dark chocolate stout notes. The taste is less pastry-like, with a metallic spice character leading off - cinnamon, natch, but also the ginger and nutmeg - the pumpkin leaning more to the vegetal, the malt maintaining its understated grainy, mildly toasted caramel stance, and the licorice and cocoa powder starting to feel the warming alcohol pinch.

The bubbles are pretty Peppy (hey man!) in their tightly-held frothiness, the body a rather tame (ok, lame) medium weight for the purported style, and so-so smooth, the 17-proof booze starting to rev it up. It finishes mostly dry, the metallic and alcohol astringencies overpowering any lingering malt and/or pumpkin.

Not a particularly notable Imperial Stout, from the colour, to the weight, to the outright flavour, which I don't believe can justifiably be pinned on the guest ingredients, as neither the pumpkin nor the seasonal spices are the reason for this one's lacking. More of a jacked-up brown ale at the base, before the Thanksgiving goodness takes its turn - I don't think Pumking has much to fear in terms of sibling rivalry here.

biboergosum, Oct 05, 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 WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours pitch black in the glass with a nice khaki tan head, into an old Sierra Nevada chalice looks great to me, I recall really liking this last year.

Aroma dark roasted malt, pumpkin pie puree’, cinnamon spice, nutmeg, the dark chocolate and circus peanut perceived sweetness go well together. Caramelized natural flavors bring out a bit of Pumpkin chiffon pie notes.

Flavor is super sweet, pumpkin puree with spice heavy features; a bit of dirty water in the backend…this was much better or more enjoyable last year. The caramelized malt sugars and natural flavors are killing me with a roastier version of Pumpking, which most people have a love hate relationship with.

Mouthfeel has a medium to full bodied texture even carbonation cloying residual sugars throughout highly recommended to share this 22 ounce bottle with friends. I don’t know how this decent dark pumpkin stout from last year came out this year as the next novelty beer.

Overall, I’m unimpressed, really sick of Southern Tier cashing in on the Pumpking craze, I saw whole sale displays of this in Pittsburgh at 7.58 a bottle, Ohio I saw it from 8.99 to 10.99, and in the great state of WV I saw bottles for 6.49 a piece. How can the retail fluctuate so much from state to state.

WVbeergeek, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -2%

RblWthACoz, Oct 02, 2014
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 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 MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

MarkyMOD, Oct 05, 2013
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 beernads
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

beernads, Nov 18, 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, Sep 27, 2014
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 XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

InspectorBob, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

drewone, Nov 25, 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 stakem
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

stakem, Oct 12, 2014
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,022 ratings.