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Warlock - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,794 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,794
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 77
Gots: 380 | 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: 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

BARFLYB, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/20/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, gingerbread, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, pie crust, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and malt notes with moderate roast presence; with great strength. Smells almost the same as pumking, but that’s not a bad thing. Taste of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, pie crust, toast, caramel, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, gingerbread, pie crust, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin spiced imperial stout. All around great balance of pumpkin, spice, dark/roasted malt and moderate hop bitterness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber brown with an off white head.
Aroma of pumpkin and roasted malt, some nice spice and pumpkin pie smells.
The roasted malt flavor here is very nice with the vanilla and pumpkin notes. Small dry spice bite with all spice, coriander and dry cinnamon. Quite roasty and delicious. The darker brethren of the famous Pumking, this has a pumpkin mocha coffee flavor.
Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and spice all contribute to a decadent flavor. Medium bodied and perfect carbonation with a dry spice bite. Overall, this is a great pumpkin stout / dark pumpkin ale. Worth the wait.

Stinkypuss, Oct 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

brandoman63, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A deep mahogany brown, with some noticeable burnt red color to it. Head barely makes a faint tan finger, but settles to a large soapy collar to sit. Nice chestnut brown edges on the side of the glass.

Nose is lots of pie dough and pumpkin pie crust. Not much else but smells very flakey.

interesting palate. First sip brings lots of charring roast. Mellow coffee and milk sensing like small sweetness. Carbonation feels a little prickly and wet, and there's a bit of wet hop bitterness that doesn't seem to gel well with the roast character. Pumpkin flavors are a bit subdued but don't clash much with the roast qualities. Virtually no aftertaste except for some bready crust of pumpkin and mild clove spice.

Overall quite surprisingly decent, I thought this would clash and more importantly be horrifically sweet but it isn't. Nice work.

smakawhat, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

rab53, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.5%

tdm168, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

billab914, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Kelp, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

sendbeer, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +0.5%

dmorgan310, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Zaphog, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +0.5%

ShanePB, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

harpus, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black, with mahogany highlights and a creamy, dense, cream colored head that settles in to a solid quarter inch. Aromas of fresh baked pumpkin bread, with all of the highlights. Roasty notes, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, and a touch of bready character. Wow, this smells amazing. Flavors are roast forward, with a light, somewhat loose blending of chocolate, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, bread, cream, and vanilla. Very sweet, and once again, just like fresh baked pumpkin bread, although the flavor profiles come across a little bit more subtle than the aromas. Thin, dry bodied, with a roasted, bitter profile blending with a creamy sweetness into the aftertaste. Dry, slightly lingering spice character into a slow settling finish. Easy drinker with true pumpkin flavors. This is a good beer. Might be picking up more to do a "pumpkin keg" for an upcoming Halloween party.

GarthDanielson, Oct 17, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

tobelerone, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Rhettroactive, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass, with a one finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Very intriguing aroma of dark toasty malt, pie crust, baked pumpkin, peanut butter nuttiness and hints of pumpkin pie spices. Never smelled anything like it, but it's tempting. Flavor is sweet pumpkin and pie spices, big vanilla, chocolate. Finish is toasted, nearly charred malt and grassy hop bitterness that is not noticeable until the end. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Flavors very reminiscent of Pumking with an emphasis on stout's toasty malt. It's a nice combination. More pumpkin forward than my normal favorite Elysian's Dark of the Moon. DotM is more a stout with pumpkin flavor, this is closer to Pumking with some stout blended in. I like both combinations and will add this to my Autumn regulars. Anyother winner from Southern Tier.

LiquidAmber, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

scruffwhor, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a translucent dark brown colour with a thin layer of dirty white head.

S - A big spice bouquet accompanies a pumpkin aroma up front. Some clove, nutmeg and cinnamon notes are present. The spice profile completely drowns out any stout-like aroama.

T - Spice and pumpkin aromas dominate with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg all present. A slight bitter roast shows up in the finish but the stout profile is barely noticeable.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

chippo33, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Cynic-ale, Sep 28, 2013
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.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 31, 2013
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,794 ratings.