Warlock Cream Stout
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
4.03 | pDev: 13.65%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Draft-only. Discontinued and replaced with Warlock Pumpkin Stout.
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dar482 from New York

4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black with a khaki head.

The aroma is just intoxicating. It's very Pumking and all up in your face. It has this very sweet pumpkin pastry note along with a bit of spice, but really that creamy, buttery breadiness. It has one of the best pumpkin beer aromas.

The flavor follows with a hit of pumpkin pie in the front along with love of cinnamon, clove. It's less pumpkin and more about the buttery crust flavor. The exciting note is that it hits with this a earthy bitterness on the end.

This really is one of the best pumpkin beers around. Get this!

Nov 02, 2013
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fitrock2112 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Warlock Pumpkin into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black with just a touch of ruby highlights around the edges.

S - Clove, allspice, nutmeg, light pumpkin.

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose with just a touch of roasted malts in there. It has a touch of bitterness in there mid palate. Not bad.

M - It's closer to a regular stout than a Imperial, but probably a good choice for a pumpkin beer anyway. Medium to high carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

O - A damn good pumpkin beer, maybe the best I've had in awhile. Cheers!

Sep 15, 2013
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 08/26/13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pumpkin spices, pumpkin, roasted malt, and some chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pumpkin spices, pumpkin, nuts, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, lactose and a bit of coffee. I think the pumpkin/spice flavors are stronger than the roasty stout ones, but there's enough balance between those flavors that makes this an interesting beer to drink. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, hopefully Southern Tier will make this again next year! $8.99 a bomber.

Sep 14, 2013
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ncketchum from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, slightly chilled, poured into a duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black. Lots of fluffy, mocha head, fades to a slight ring.

S - Smell is pie crust, pumpkin spice, cocoa

T - Basically pumpkin pie topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate and a side of coffee to wash it down.

M - smooth, medium bodied, easy drinking

O - Pumking with a little bit extra, which I like. Doesn't quite replace Pumking for me, as I think both are very good in their own right, but quite good nonetheless. I'll stock up on both this year.

Sep 13, 2013
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, bottled 8/26/13, poured into a Pumking goblet
A: Black with a one-finger tan head
S: Pumpkin, caramel, dark malts
T: Dark malt, some pumpkin, some pumpkin pie spice but also a bitterness at the end that detracts a bit from the overall taste, particularly since it's what lingers
M: Medium-bodied, creamy but again the bitterness at the end is a dislike
O: Overall a solid effort, worth a try though Pumking reigns supreme

Sep 11, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pure dark beer in a glass far away from any other pumpkin ale I've tried the Warlock is bringing out something special. Dark roast complements the dark ale so much it's a beer I can't go wrong with, totally big rich layers of alcohol with dark roasted malt in each sip. Hop burps don't even count I'm getting burps full of complex pumpkin spice with this beer. Dark chocolate creamy textured flavor full of Pumking notes with pie crust, sugar, spice, I call it the circus peanut flavor profile. It's an excellent flavor profile I can't hate on it at all, great flavors dark roasted malts go down great. Mouthfeel is bitter dry, very nice smooth chocolate note compared with pumpkin pie spices. Overall a beer I dream about, excellent stuff I can't wait to get more of the Warlock.

Sep 11, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, Bottled 8/26/13
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby red tones in there. In glass you can see that red character. Initially had about a half finger of light tan head. Faded into a thin layer. Leaving some lacing sheeting.

S: Smells a lot like PumKing. Sweetness of pumpkin pie. Lactose hints. Spices. Minimal flesh. Bready malts to pull in the crust. Really no stout like nose character here.

T: Your typical pumpkin spice blend hits you first: nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. Fleshy pumpkin flavor. Really no roasty stout flavors.

M: It's a big medium. Thinner than expected.

Sep 10, 2013
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FranT from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Stout brewed with Pumpkins
Pour: A thick black with no head to it. And Chocolate rim of bubble that stays the whole time. Has good legs to it.
Smell: Very similar to Pumking, you get the gram cracker, vanilla, nutmeg and hint of Chocolate.
Taste: It tastes very similar to Pumking. It is smooth For a stout, with a nice chocolate finish with no coffee hint at all like you get with most stouts. As the beer warms up the flavor's open up more.
Ending: I think ST has them selves a home run with this one. At 8.6 ABV you do feel it. I did Black and Tan it with a Pumking and it was okay. Worth trying once but I wouldn't do it again.
4.5 out of 5

Sep 05, 2013
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TheBrewo from New York

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served on tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a nonic glass and showed a deep brown color, with maroon flecks when held to light. It held a one finger head of cream colored bubbles, which exhibited decent retention. The bubbles receded into thick lacing down the sides of the glass that became spotty as the session went on. No sediment was noted and carbonation appeared light. The aroma spoke of light and roasty chocolate malts, with an added sweetness of fresh milk chocolate. There was a faint bite from coffee bean and caramel sugars, with booze and a deepness of soil and minerals coming with warmth. As we sipped, the taste began with rich and roasty malts. The sweetness of sugars and chocolates also began right at the start, lasting the entirety of the sip. Through the middle there were more sugars at the peak, but these were blunted by darker grain and the faintest hop oils, which came off as citric and earthy among the sweetness. The finish was more of the same, with creamy sweetness and cutting from steely grain and coffee bean bitters. The malts were their deepest at this point, approaching the realm of smoke, but not quite. Lactic sourness and booze came with warmth. The aftertaste breathed more of hops than did the actual tasting, and equally as strong with grain. There were also hints of red cherry sweetness and fruitiness, with the alcohol ever present throughout. The body was full and the carbonation was average. The mouth was fully coated, but eventually dried with a smack of sweetness. There was cream slurp and cream, and the mouth was left highly satisfied. The abv seemed appropriate and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the creamy, milky feel. The flavor was wildly robust and deep, seemingly in a constant battle between dark and roasty, and light and sweet. The aroma was a little lighter than expected, especially after taking our first sip, but otherwise this does not disappoint as a sweet stout.

Jan 13, 2012
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billab914 from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my 2xIPA glass. It poured a very dark brown color with a thick, frothy, tan colored head filling the top inch of the glass. Great head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows the sweeter, lactose mixing with some dark, roasted malts. I get some milk chocolaty and caramel notes to it as well.

The taste shows a little more of the sweeter, lactose, milk chocolaty flavors up front. Towards the finish I get more of the roasty malts start to come out and give it somewhat of a dry, bitter, slightly burnt finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and moderately creamy. Overall I thought it was a pretty solid beer of the style. It had a very nice balance between the roasty bitterness and the lactose sweetness. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Jan 06, 2012
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shirfan from New York

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ebenezer Ale House.

Dark with just minor reddish highlights at the thinnest part of the glass, with a modest head that laced well.

Aroma was mostly roasted barley, a hint of hops and slightly sweet.

Flavor was sweet, yes, but tempered by a strong contingent of roasted malt. As the previous poster noted, I got some porter flavors here. There are just enough hops to not totally rely on only blackened grain, and the roasty flavors are more coffee-like than bitter pitch black burnt barley.

Sort of an Oat Jr, moderate ABV but very full mouthfeel. A good beer to have when you only want one to sip, and not a high-test one at that.

Dec 19, 2011
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dogfishandi from New York

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at mammosers tavern in hamburg, ny into a standard pint glass. this was labeled as a cream stout.

recieved with a nice 1 finger of creamy light mocha colored head, ok retention. nearly opaque black body, some brown noticable on the edges.

not getting a whole lot in the aroma. some light roasty, toasted malts and a bit metallic. some earthiness as it warms.

lots of earthy notes in the taste. some roasted and toasted grains, light coffee and cocoa with some nice bitterness in the finish. just slightly metallic at times.

somewhat creamy, maybe not as much as you would expect for a "cream" stout, but it works. more of a mouthfeel of a porter. a nice smooth feel with a medium to light body.

overall, not a bad cream stout, simple, but sessionable. simple, but i always enjoy trying these small ST one offs. im guessing the ABV falls right around 5-6%.

Dec 04, 2011
Warlock Cream Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 47 ratings