Warlock | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Fall

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.

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Reviews: 447 | Ratings: 3,182
Photo of Bird_Priest
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pumpkin beers I’ve ever had. Looks good, but the flavor has the classic pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices mixed with a nice roasty stout. Lingering cinnamon and nutmeg round out the seasonal profile, but the smooth stout feel helps it go down easy.

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

Pitch black with a khaki head that lingers and sticks after each sip. Huge nose on this brew - spices, pumpkin, malt. Layers of flavor - pumpkin pie, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and milky. Smooth sipping brew with a silky finish. Overall one of the best pumpkin brews I've had. This beer weaves loads of flavor with a nice balanced finish.

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Photo of KurtisCarman
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pumking gets all the attention but this is the better beer. As remarkable as it is to put pumpkin pie in a glass making a rich stout that bursts with fall flavors such as pumpkin, squash, brown sugar, walnuts etc is way more impressive. This is the only beer that I truly cannot miss when it is fall.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The problem I have with this beer is that I don't know how I'm supposed to be rating it. As an imperial stout? A pumpkin ale? Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is straight up banana nut bread. Pumpkin aroma seems to be masked by the spices. A deep, dark chocolate taste blends not so harmoniously with the pumpkin spices. Feel is thin with medium high carbonation. Overall, I really couldn't finish one of these. Not now at least.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great offering from Southern Tier...

There was a time when I couldn't get my hands on a ST beer, but now, I have had quite a few. And one which I am glad to have crossed paths is this gem of a pumpkin beer. Just into this pumpkin beer brewed season, I have had the fortunate circumstance to enjoy this particular beer. Great to look at, though it has a short-lived head and no lacing, it more than makes up for it with a sweet, pumpkin-y scent that blends well with the booze. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, light- to medium-bodied, and with crisp finish. The taste is a blend of pumpkins, malt, and the booze that brings it all together with a sweet background. Overall, I find this to be exceptional, not one of the best I have had to date, but definitely very, very solid.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the lobby bar in the Westchester, NY marriott. It poured a opaque dark with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had roast, chocolate and cinnamon spice. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet mocha start then finish with a pumpkin, cinnamon and/or cumin spice finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From bottle at home. Vintage 2018 day 207 (Jul 20) 20:31. Surprised I haven't declared my experiences with this before now as it is s a must have every year .

Still 24 hours of summer to go & the pumpkin spice plague is upon us. This is one of the main reasons why I have mixed emotions about the changing of the seasons & my personal preferences.

The pour is elegant, the color classic, the aroma inviting & the taste demands another sip. The caveats...the 8.6 ABV & $. Both a touch over my personal indulgence cautions. Even sitting at home, the ease with which this manipulates my inclination and my will are a true test. At $10 for a 12FL bottle, it will remain a luxury.

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Photo of hophugger
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very dark with average head. Aroma of dark chocolate and light creamy pumpkin. Taste is cool and not too heavy with a good, not overpowering taste of pumpkin and cool chocolate. Finish is smooth like whipped cream. Great balance !

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Vintage 2018"; drank 9/17/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice tan head; frothy lace.

Pumpkin pie, light roast coffee bean & cream notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pumpkin pie & cream flavors up front; mild light roast coffee bean & faint cinnamon notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Balanced & not too pumpkin pie-heavy; actually, a bit too mild, if anything. I'd have another.

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Photo of matcris
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Dark Brown, tan, small head, that slowly fades to a ring. Mild lacing.
AROMA: Canned pumpkin meat, pumpkin spices, a little chocolate, and a little roast. It does not smell like pumpkin pie, but a list of the ingredients
TASTE: Heavy on the spices, and the roasted malt comes through nicely. Well balanced between sweet and bitter. Minor chocolate note.
FEEL: Full carbonation, a little sticky, dry on finish, medium full body. Very nice!
OVERALL: The bitterness does build as you drink, but, it's pleasant mixed with the sweet malts. Spices are really up front in the nose. Glad I tried it, it snag one again next year.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warlock brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.60% This American Double/Imperial Stout pours into a pint beer glass a deep brown color with a light brown head. This brew almost looks like coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts, along with spices and pumpkin. This brew smells like fall and pumpkin pie. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, you frist pick up on the Roasted grains and malts with pumpkin. Then a nice amount spices, and mild hops. The body of Warlock, is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.60% ABV in this brew, it is just this smooth. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to . The mouth feel is Bold, Roasted, Rich, Spicy, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Warlock a 4.25 out if 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity too. Southern Tier Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of stortore
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 10/12/17.

Pours dark, mostly opaque, with a half inch head and a little soapy lacing. Smells of spices, malt, pumpkin, light chocolate. The taste is malt, spices, more chocolate than the nose, some vanilla, pumpkin, a light bitterness. A little harsh, good medium body, appropriately carbonated.

Had this once before, it’s about what I remember. It’s okay, doesn’t thrill me. It should be better. Priced less than it used to be, so I guess it’s worth a try when you look at it that way.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

L---Dark brown with a touch of ruby around the edges. Average off-white head that had minimal retention, but did leave trails of lacing.

S---Pumpkin spices are predominant. Thick & malty.

T---Pumpkin spices are very much in the forefront. You can still definitely tell it's a stout. Malt & chocolate are there. Holy crap, I just realized it's 10.0% ABV. You really don't notice. Nice job hiding that Southern Tier.

F---Creamy. Thick. Mildly carbonated.

O---I'm not the biggest fan of pumpkin flavored beer, but I tried to rate it based on what it is trying to do rather than on my personal preferences. That said, it's about as good a pumpkin beer as I've had. I enjoyed it and would definitely have another. Very tasty. Good thing it's thick, so you won't pound them.

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

22oz bomber, 2017.

I have had enough imperial stouts (let alone, stouts) to know this is NOT an imperial stout. It doesn't pour as dark, it doesn't have the same creamy, heavy body, nor does it have the same rich, roasted flavor profile as an imperial stout. Instead, it seems to me, to be, however, a darkened version of Pumking, with a distinctive aroma and flavor profile similar to Pumking; and as such, it is a very good beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not realizing this was a pumpkin beer, I grabbed it on the way to the ferry, and found it one of the more acceptable pumpkin beers, by way of the intense roast and imperial heft. Fall veg beers tend to excel in the heft /imperial format and lag in the lower abv formats.
a) Perfect malt smoke black with a tan lasting and lacing head.
s) Perfect smokey malt with char balanced by sugary caramel, pumpkin flesh, and spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, honey.
t) Follows the ample aroma but a bit too dominated by pumpkin spice and honey, also finished a bit too charry like burnt toasted marshmallows.
f) Too sticky like toasted marshmallows, but other wise good heft and balanced between sweet and char.
o) One of the best pumpkin beers of 2017 for me.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
L - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a slight tan head.
S - Smells of pumpkin pie.
T - Taste of pumpkins and roastiness.
F - Medium body and mildly carbonated.
O - This is a mildly sweet stout. Would be a great beer for after thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of EMH73
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. Smells like a very sweet pumpkin pie. Taste is where this beer goes south for me quickly as it is extremely clove forward and I do not like cloves. Hiding behind the cloves are cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, sweet roasted malts and vanilla. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, lighter mouth feel than I would have expected.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a one finger foamy off-white head that has short retention

S- smells of dark roasted malt and chocolate up front, with that classic Pumking aroma to follow: Graham cracker pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla cream, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie

T- roasted charred malt up front gives hints of coffee and chocolate. Mid-palate brings out the spicing, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Graham cracker, vanilla cream, and pumpkin puree close it out. Linger of more spices

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a more-toasty version of Pumking that works well with the spices

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Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at the knickbocker tavern in altoona pa on friday night.

pint glass, brown/black body with nice oatmeal colored head. leaves very good lacing. looks like a stout.

getting a good aroma of pumpkin here

taste follows the nose, pumpkin with a little of the spices, good malty background.

mouth is below full, finish is slightly sweet and spicy.

overall, nice drink looks like a stout, tastes like a pumpkin beer. of note is the 10.0abv, which is virtually undetectable, drinker beware.

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

Appearance - very dark brown, able to make out the slightest amber hue when held up to the light. Head and lacing is almost non-existent. If this were in a normal glass, I'd forgive anyone for assuming it was Coca-Cola.

Smell - sweet aroma off the top, hints of sugary caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey.

Taste - toasted malt comes through, true to the description. Pumpkin and honey. There's a sweet quality to this. Actually, are we sure this brew isn't half Coca-Cola? This must be a blend. Finish is lightly bitter, leaving an after taste of burnt popcorn kernel.

Mouth feel - lightly carbonated. Typically, you'd expect a stout to be more full-bodied, but this one is surprisingly light. Almost as if its been watered down.

Overall - this is an imperial stout? For 8.6% ABV, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Not a bad beer by any means, but it leaves me wishing there was a little something more. Though, I have to say, this one is insanely drinkable. If you want a dark, malty, pumpkin stout that doesn't leave you feeling bloated, this is it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a no lace. Opaque brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pumpkin pie nose and flavor follows with almost sweet pumpkin pie, hints of bitterness. Higher ABV, 8.6%, is hidden. $4.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of IronLover
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black on color. Poured with a moderate, creamy, light beige foam with moderate retention. Medium sweet pumpkin and dark malt aromas with light spicy notes. No malt and hop aromas. Medium bodied with a light creamy and boozy warmth near the end. Pumpkin flavors dominate with sweet dark malts in tow. Medium light bitterness through the middle. Finished with sweet malt and pumpkin flavors with light bitter notes. The pumpkin flavor seems almost artificial, much like other pumpkin flavored beers and it overwhelms the overall malt character of this stout. This was okay, pretty easy to drink and unoffensive.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear brown so deep that it appears black. Garnet hued when held to the light the pour produces a single finger of short-lived tan head which leaves one a hint of lace as it recedes, diminishing completely with no surface cap/mound left behind. Aroma is dark & caramel malts, pie crust, roast, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, wood & a hint of cocoa. Taste is sweet, dark malt roast, caramel, cocoa, vanilla, sugary with nutmeg, cinnamon, other spice notes & alcohol spice. Pumking Stout! The Stout is overwhelmed by the Pumking but that's kind of what I expected. Actually quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation, smooth, wet & tongue coating silky but with a nice lively spice. The alcohol is obvious but less prominent than expected from a 10% ABV.

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Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 3,182 ratings