Warlock | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by MasterSki on 09-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,068
Reviews:
417
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.64%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
973
For Trade:
16
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Photo of cwkash
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarlHvK
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwilcox767
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown opaque pour, little head.
S - Pumpkin/gourds, spices, roasted malts.
T - Pumpkin is definitely up front, closely followed by savory spices. Considering the 10% ABV, the booze bite is very minimal.
M - Considering that this is an imperial stout, it is surprisingly light/medium bodied. booze combined with spiciness does give it a unique feel.
O - Pumpkin? Check. Spices? Check. Well balanced and blended? Mmm, not so much. I'm not a big fan of Pumking, and this is slightly better, but I feel like the qualities of an imperial stout were drowned out. I'd drink it again, but not buy it again, especially for $3.50/12oz.

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Photo of brureview
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate color with a 1F head in a Stone snifter.
Aroma: excellent pumpkin spice.
Earthy bitterness, not too sharp.
Medium body.
Excellent taste pumpkin spice. Mildly bitter finish.
Good pumpkin beer, although I prefer Pumking.

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Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DMc8ride
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty rich beer, little head, very dark. Spices work well with it being a stout, but its a bit too sweet for my personal tastes. Overall though great stout, not overly heavy.

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Photo of travelguy
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jgolka
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of _nickg_
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddieeight
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like motor oil.
Smells like faint pumpkin. A little bit artificial smelling.
Tastes like strong cinnamon and nutmeg. Im getting maltiness Graham cracker with a nice dash of pumpkin. On the way out it's like a molasses cookie.
Mouthfeel lighter than a stout.
Overall delicious but I couldn't drink more than one. It's very dessert like.

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Photo of iawaska
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trentt2
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a jet black colored body with a thin to half finger white foamy head that quickly dies leaving barely any lacing. The smell like ST took "Pumking" and threw it in a stout and upped the ABV, yep its a Double Stout for ya, roasty chocolate coming up combining into the "Pumking" flavoring with a light cinnamon. The taste takes the Pumking with some cinnamon and roasty chocolate-ness coming through, light chocolate covered "Pumking" aftertaste and a dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium, somewhat sessionable but I sipped this one. Carbonation is wonderful for a Double Stout - somewhat smooth yet there’s a slight crisp element which I like. Overall, so in reality this is "Pumking" thrown into a stout.

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. 8.6% ABV.
Pours very dark, nearly opaque in the glass. Color: red-brown. Head: thin, tan semi-durable.
Aroma: spicy but more like spiced bread than pumpkin pie.
Flavor: well set level and mix of spicing allows the dark grains to shine. Lightly sweet fading to mildly bitter, with hints of roasted cashews, cinnamon, nutmeg and baked pumpkin. Balanced and harmonious.
Feel: smooth, full body with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of antman27
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.98/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Warlock"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "VINTAGE 2016 215 10:59:25"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Opaque black body with a thin edge of mahogany at the base of the glass where light can get through. Frothy then creamy-once-settled head of tan. What is this? "Imperial stout brewed with pumpkin & natural flavor added". Well I wonder what the natural flavor is; but I guess they're actually using pumpkin in the mash. OK. It smells nutty, pumpkin-pie spicy, and just slightly roasty. I wouldn't call the aroma bold by any means, but neither is it hidden. A first sip reveals a pleasant richness that delivers some of the nuttiness found in the aroma, and of course, some spice - but it's not overdone, at least on the first sip. The nuttiness in the aroma is really quite beautiful. It reminds me of filberts (what's the other name for those?), and almonds. The spice does carry through into the flavor, building with my second sip. I'm finding some light roastiness in the finish as well. It's somewhat spicy, just a touch acidic, and stiffly bitter in the finish with the spice lingering. Do I think it's overdone now? No, not yet, and at least the cinnamon, which is usually the biggest culprit, isn't right out there. In fact, I'm not finding any of the spices to really stick out, which is interesting. Perhaps it's because of the age, of perhaps it's because the spice is actually part of the "natural flavor" - I don't know, but it works for me. At this point I'm also getting some alcohol which is adding to the spiciness, and some molasses. I'm also getting more cinnamon. What I'm missing is some chocolate given that it's an "Imperial stout", and perhaps some roastiness as well. This is more of an Imperial Schwarzbier or very dark brown ale as I see it right now - not that that's bad because I like it, but it's not living up the the "stout" side of things. OK, refocusing, it's full-medium in body and moderately crisp. Also, I'm getting more cinnamon now.

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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