Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #39
Ranked #11,160
3.99 | pDev: 13.28%
Dec 30, 2021
Sep 19, 2013
Very Good
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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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Profundobaso from New York

Look - 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. dark brown in color, approaching black. under light, beer is actually clear. very small head with a little bit of lacing.

Smell - literally smells like a pumpkin pie: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and pleasant brown sugar sweetness. the smell is so good it almost feels artificial, but it's pleasant to my nose.

Taste - initially, all of the pumpkin pie aspects detected in the smell comes through. the flavor profile quickly transforms to that of a lighter bodied stout, with moderate coffee notes. spices, dominated by ginger, finishes off the beer, along with a bit of warmness.

Feel - despite the color, medium bodied. high carbonation, and quite heavy on booze at 8.6% ABV. alcohol somewhat masked but detectable from the warmness.

Overall - a medium bodied pumpkin stout that is extremely reminiscent of pumpkin pie in the scent, and partially follows through on the taste together with some usual stout characteristics: a potent but tasty brew.

Dec 30, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

This one is like the offensive lineman on your senior squad who walks into the party with a 24 pack of swill on his shoulder and doesn’t give a damn. Warlock just busts on the scene like the introduction of “Touch of Evil.” It’s not perfect (nothing is), buts it’s all kinds of solid like a single flusher.


Dec 03, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Very deep amber in color, nearly black, with a sparse tan head, which soon collapses to a ring of foam about the glass wall. A scattering of very fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass wall.

Aroma: An abundance of ginger and dark malt define the aroma. As well, there is a moderate presence of brown sugar and sweet alcohol. A little cold coffee is notable, also.

Taste: The taste opens with dark roasted malt and cold coffee, soon followed by pumpkin pie spices and sweet alcohol. Among the spices, the cinnamon seems most prominent. There is also a pleasant note of toasted dark bread. Later in the taste, there is a fairly prominent note of bitter chocolate. I am made to think of traditional pumpkin pie drizzled with bitter chocolate. There is a mild earthy undercurrent throughout and the alcohol provides a moderate and pleasing warmth. Finishes with a lingering note of bitter chocolate.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very soft, with only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very elegant example, far removed from typical pumpkin beers. It pairs very well with chocolate desserts.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard 22 ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a La Fin du Monde tulip, at The Lake House.

Nov 26, 2021
4.05 by clm9 from North Carolina on Nov 25, 2021
4 by Lelampp from Ohio on Nov 20, 2021
3.52 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Nov 13, 2021
4.11 by Taenim from New Jersey on Nov 06, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

12 ounce bottle.
Best By 07/15/23.

Moderate pour yields a one inch light tan head over a near black body with sticky lacing.

Nose of roasted malt, malted milk, milk chocolate, and pumpkin.

Taste mirrors nose nicely exhibiting flavors of chocolate, pumpkin, a bit of spice and vanilla throughout with a finish of dark chocolate and bitter chocolate.

Nice, creamy sort of pumpkin pie like feel.

Overall, I would drink this again.

Nov 01, 2021
3.85 by lsudduth from Ohio on Oct 30, 2021
4.39 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania on Oct 26, 2021
4.25 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Oct 24, 2021
4.65 by vvhvnt on Oct 10, 2021
2.57 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Oct 05, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle

very dark brown, almost black. cream colored head. big aroma that is a mix of roasty malt and nutmeg and clove, maybe a little ginger. similar flavor, with a bit of that pumpkim/yam sweetness in the mix. it works. fuller bodied.

Sep 28, 2021
Photo of DistrictElite
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DistrictElite from District of Columbia

A dark malty pumpkin brew! Warlock is Pumking’s darker and smoother brother. As a fellow supporter noted, it’s a roasted pumpkin brulee. Malt, spice, pumpkin, and hints of vanilla. Attractive and smooth! Go easy - it goes down smooth on a fall night and packs a punch. Very good sipping fall beer.

Sep 25, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours fairly dark with moderate foamy mocha head. Typical Pumking aroma. Tastes like the regular Pumking beer with a touch of chocolate on the finish. Creamy texture. Overall a cool variant, but it doesn’t taste very different than the original version…

12 oz bottle, BB 7/16/23. Assuming it is 4-6 weeks old…
4 rating

Sep 21, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by Dionysus from New Jersey

Layered and complex. Nice color - Complex nose, Cinnamon on the tounge a touch of pumpkin to finish. A boozy 8.6% no head on the beer, Back end is a little syrupy. I would buy again.

Sep 13, 2021
4.06 by nruhlig from Minnesota on Sep 06, 2021
3.5 by doctorgary from New York on Sep 03, 2021
4.21 by cabsandking from Ohio on Aug 29, 2021
Photo of PaleMorning
2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by PaleMorning from Pennsylvania

An extremely meh beer. If you like pumpkin beer you will probably enjoy. If you bought it because you love stouts you will be extremely disappointed. It is a beer that definitely does not warrant the cost. At $80 case there is much better out there.

Aug 28, 2021
4.02 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota on Aug 27, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Look: Poured into a thistle because why not. Cola black, persistent beige ring.

Smell: Smooth vanilla creamy.

Taste: Same of the vanilla. Pumpkin is very smooth like pie puree. The usual pumpkin spice is balanced by dark chocolate stout notes, and doesn't overpower.

Feel is nice and wet overall.

Def pumpkin with stout characteristics rather than a stout. Good stuff. If you like dark fall beers or darker punkins, get it.

Aug 23, 2021
4.11 by KT3418 from Colorado on Aug 23, 2021
4.46 by Hazey92 from New York on Aug 20, 2021
4.19 by buking21 from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2021
3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Mar 29, 2021
4.25 by Sinister from New York on Feb 21, 2021
4.09 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
Photo of PathofChaos
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by PathofChaos from Maryland

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
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
4.1 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2020
3.95 by AngEo from Texas on Nov 03, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

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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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

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
Photo of trevormajor
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by trevormajor from Ohio

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
4.18 by Danzifer from Ohio on Oct 27, 2020
4.56 by Cuthbert from Massachusetts on Oct 24, 2020
Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 3279 ratings