Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #19
Ranked #6,137
4.03 | pDev: 13.15%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: 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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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black as a cauldron at the darkest hour of night. Bubbling up from within comes a tall froth that looks like cream with a tan. Laces in a ghostly sheet that breaks into a swarm of speckles. Moderate retention.

Malty, buttery pumpkin bread with a dash of powdery nutmeg baked in.

Full bodied heft, heaved into freshness by pillars of streaming bubbles. In its wake: a hearty malt and allspice linger.

Fresh, moist pumpkin bread coiled around dark malts and sprinkled with clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg—in that order. A specter of nearly ethereal black coffee lurks behind pumpkin liquor dryness in the aftertaste.

Dec 17, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warlock is special to me because it was the beer that really got me into the specialty beer universe. I remember buying this from a corner store in 2013 because of the cool label. It is the dark, heavy baking spice version of Pumking. Inspired to be a roasted pumpkin brulee. Pours dark vs. other orange/brown pumpkin ales.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Nov 02, 2020
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark cola color with thick tan head, rings lace the glass nicely. Aroma notes include nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar/molasses with the coffee and cocoa hints you’d expect. Flavor differs a bit...the pumpkin flavors are more muted, with roasted coffee and cocoa up front with the nutmeg, brown sugar and clove in the background. Viscous on the palate with a pleasant boozy warmth. The flavors come through in layers, and play together really well. I really enjoy this one, and I hope it doesn’t change next year.

Nov 01, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle born on 7/11/20, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees F:
L - like a dark almost black tea, with a head that lingered around the edges of the glass
S - pumpkin and spices, mainly nutmeg and cinnamon
T - gourd on the nose, with a spicy finish; there is an underlying malt structure that differentiates this from most pumpkin beers
F - medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation on the finish
O - better than most pumpkins (I'm not a fan of the spices), this has a nice flavor, but still too much spice for my taste

Oct 31, 2020
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Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the pumpkin beer I've been looking for! Manages to have the pumpkin pie flavor of Pumking, but the roasted malt just improves it so much. Pumking is fine, it's just a bit cloying in my opinion; this is balanced very well.

Look: Standard for a stout, good head and lacing.

Smell: fantastic pumpkin pie smell, tons of spices and sweetness with roasty notes as well

Taste: Manages to balance the obviously sweet-forward beer with the bitterness in the roasted malt. Basically solves my main gripe with many other pumpkin beers. Impressed as I've had dark pumpkin beers before and they tend to miss the mark on the aroma (they usually come off as too aggressively spiced), while this one nails it.

Feel: Like drinking coffee basically. Thick as heck and a great dessert item.

Overall: My favorite pumpkin beer by far, it's worth the price tag in my opinion. Also great as a flavored stout, and I'm sure it would even be enjoyable by someone who doesn't like pumpkin beer that much.

Oct 14, 2020
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark. Light foam. Nutty aroma. Heavy malt body. Chocolate and coffee. Slight bitter finish. Smooth. Not much pumpkin but still pretty good.

Sep 13, 2020
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12. oz. bottle into a snifter glass. It pours a dark walnut - almost black - with a thick, creamy, light khaki head and thick, clinging lacing. It smells just like pumpkin pie: lots of pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove, and a buttery, bready, caramel malt base that reminds me of pie crust. While the smell is very similar to Pumking, the taste is very different. There is a lot more roasted malt and notes of cocoa, and vanilla. The pumpkin itself is more subtle but the graham cracker, nutmeg and clove are similar. There is some modest spice and bitterness at the finish. The mouth feel is moderately thick and creamy with mild carbonation, and and the 8.6% ABV is nicely warming. Overall, Warlock is enjoyable but I wish the pumpkin taste were more pronounced.

Sep 12, 2020
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Seanjohnhunt from California

3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter/tulip glass. Smells is like pumking but with the added stout. Taste is similar to pumking and again with the added stout flavors...charr...roasted malts. It's a good beer. Maybe one notch above pumking because of the added stout flavors. With Southern Tier pumpkin beers in general I just want then to turn up the raw pumpkin flavor along with the big graham cracker flavor.

Sep 11, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L -- Deep amber-brown body with total clarity and a finger of light tan head produced with moderate pour. Doesn't really look like a stout, looks like a darker-hued pumpkin ale
S -- Smells a lot like Pumpking. Huge rice pudding aromas alongside some pumpkin, cinnamon, butterscotch, french toast
T -- Has a big cereal-like presence, kind of like cinnamon toast crunch. Also a bit of herbal hop, cacao powder, copper
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium+ carb. A bit too carbonated and quite watery
O -- Pumking but with a darker malt bill


Sep 10, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2019 vintage

Well shit, welcome to another installment of finding pumpkin beers out of season on the discount rack!

Pours completely black with a finger of tan head that quickly reduces to a ring and leaves no lacing

The pumpkin in the aroma is not unlike their Pumking, which I hold in super high regard. Very meaty pumpkin with subtle spicing. Warm vanilla backs up notes of dark roasted coffee and malt

This one starts off with a surprising alcohol tingle for only being 8.6%, but it quickly recedes to classic, roasty stout notes, absolutely full of vanilla. Taste-wise, the pumpkin comes through strongest in the aftertaste, quite earthy and sweet along with dark coffee and lightly spicy cinnamon

A very full body and light carbonation leads this one to sometimes get too sweet and sticky. Definitely dessert like in feel and could stand a touch more carbonation

These discount rack pumpkin beers keep ending up being really good, I wish they were produced year round. Always a nice change of pace and this was no exception, despite the cloyingly sweet nature of it

Jun 05, 2020
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier Warlock is a very good pumpkin, with a unique twist. It is a boozy, imperial pumpkin. You can taste the Pumpking at it's base, but a dark brown, virtually black color with a woodsy inflection to the taste really sets it apart from other pumpkin beers, and I enjoy that diversity. It is chocolatey, coffeeish, and earthy, yet still holding enough of a pumpkin flavor that it feel like a cross between a high quality pumpkin ale, and something akin to a Founders Breakfast Stout. I personally enjoy it more than it's highly acclaimed brethren, The Pumpking. Viva la difference!

Nov 24, 2019
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hops in Morristown. Pours a jet black, ebony hue with moderate frothing. Mild aroma replete with nougat and chocolate. Similar overall flavor profile. Not bad.

Oct 27, 2019
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Oak and Stone. A darker version of the seasonal gimmick. If you dipped your pumpkin pie in dark molasses, it might taste like this. A little boozy, but it's something I will buy every year.

Oct 23, 2019
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rand from California

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber into a snifter

Classic IS appearance - jet black, viscous, sticky tan head. Nose is licorice and cocoa and beautiful pumpkin spice essence, boozy and sweet.

Flavors follow sans licorice notes, with flavors of pumpkin pie at the front of the palate. The dextrins in the brew taste like chocolate milk, reminding me of pumpkin pie with chocolate whip cream. Enough booze and carbonation keep things from getting too sticky. Yum.

Oct 23, 2019
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BigWheelz from New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had one on draught in a nice Bud Light glass. The appearance was nice and black. Very nice taste but super powerful like say a Founders KBS. I think this might be a pretty good buy at the right price.

Oct 14, 2019
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MoMaMe from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking the 2019 edition right now. Not as good as the 2018, but still good. It could be that I let the 2018 age more, so time will tell.

Pours a deep, espresso brown with a moderate head hat dissapates quickly but leaves some good lacing.

Smell is toffee and molasses, nutmeg, dried stone fruit, and dark chocolate.

Taste is similar to smell. Strong flavor, lots of spice.. possibly clove and cinnamon in addition to nutmeg. Hints of dark chocolate and espresso. Sweet but not too sweet... brown sugar that finishes with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and a bit sticky, but smooth. Carbonation is decent.

Overall, one of my favorite Autumn desert beers and I like that it's a stout. I'm not a fan of pumpkin ales, but I make an exception for Southern Tier as they take the cake on desert beers.

Oct 12, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle VINTAGE 2018 (1 year old) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 8.6% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with some medium brown highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is pumpkin pie and little else. The taste is mostly pumpkin and pie spice with just a little roasted malt thrown in. The finish is mostly dry with medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated with just a bit less than medium. No alcohol presence in the aroma or taste. Overall, ok. More pumpkin pie beer than stout with pumpkin added. I would be interested to try it fresh but wouldn't pay this price again.

Oct 07, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Spieglau stout glass. Looks a semi opaque dark cherry/burgundy red.With a quickly receding mocha colored head. Smell is reminiscent of malts and pumpkin. Taste pumpkin,malts ,vanilla,cola. Feels medium to full bodied. Adequate carbonation. Not super oily or viscous.Finishes juicy. Overall a very good stout,pumpkin or not. I like this better than Pumking-

Oct 01, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark amber to brown. Half inch tan head, with nice lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and spices.

Tastes of pumpkin spices, coffee, chocolate. Slightly bitter with a bit of sweetness.

Feels full bodied and creamy.

One of the better pumpkin ales.

Sep 29, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola color with a minimal tan head with lasts quite a while. Aroma of pumpkin spice. Strong pumpkin spice flavor followed by an overabundance of sweetness and pumpkin spices.

Sep 11, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Held up to the light revealed a dark black amber ruby coloration that is very appealing to the eyes with a touch of lacy head around the edges. The scent is pumpkin juice, sweet, perhaps a bit of anise (black licorice) -- inviting but not as noticible as the Pumpking (perhaps for the best, the king's warlock should not show the king up). Taste is a surprisingly smooth mix of the scents -- nothing seemed to exceed what was expected. Feel is creamy and full bodied, almost a bit chewy. Overall very nice.

Sep 08, 2019
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DanO1066 from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brace of draught 8oz snifters at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Very dark brown (black) with a finger's worth of off-white head that disapates leaving significant lacing. Smells a lot like pumpkin pie. Taste is sweet, but with enough malt backbone to keep things within bounds. ABV well hidden, but hinted at in the aftertaste. I like this even more than the Pumking, but I've always been "drawn to the dark side".

Sep 06, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

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

-deeply dark bottle pour with minimal visible effervescence and an aroma of toasted malt and all-spice. The flavor is rich with burnt sugar and molasses. The pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg...) is not overdone. The mouthfeel is a bit slick. The brew is sweet, but I really like it every year even though I drink almost nothing else like it.

Aug 16, 2019
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Bird_Priest from New York

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

My personal favorite pumpkin beer. The pumpkin and cinnamon are a perfect fit for a stout that's best enjoyed in the fall months, or to put aside and age for a little more character. Snag some of these when the leaves start falling for the way pumpkin beer was meant to be enjoyed.

Feb 17, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with soft, fine head.

Smell is sweet with some spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate.

Taste is sweet and malty with the same spiciness as the nose. Notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and some coffee, cola and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice stout. I don't think pumpkin spice is anything for me, but I enjoyed this.

Dec 18, 2018
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