Warlock | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

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

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Photo of velkepivo
1.27/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Sorry, but this beer is simply revolting. Beyond cloyingly sweet. So sugary my teeth actually felt gritty after a few sips. Stacked high with the sweetness, there is a chemical, artificial-flavor flavor. Nauseating. Poured it down the sink, and that's hard for me to do. This is a beer for people who drink 3L bottles of soda every day.

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Photo of SLewis
1.37/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Looks like a stout, tastes like crap.
Seriously one of the worst beers I've ever had. Would rather have a skunked corona poured down my throat than to ever take a sip from this failure of a beer ever again.
Tastes of rotten, sweet vegetables and spices hit the tongue first, and this taste lingers for 30 minutes after the last sip.
This beer honestly has no redeeming factors, and is the only beer I've had that I would never even want to try again.

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Photo of zorak1066
1.67/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

ok so maybe pumpkin beers just arent my thing but i know a little about imperial stouts, and have brewed a few tasty ones in my time... but this? omfg. if cloyingly sweet, imitation pumpkin spice mixed with cigarette butts, old coffee and dirty socks wrapped in a tea bag.... and steeped in what would have been an adequate at best imperial stout is your thing... look no further! the ONLY thing that kept me from dumping this monstrosity down the sewer was it's 10% abv. kind of bad when alcohol content is the only saving grace for a beer. awful... just really really awful.

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Photo of jmasher85
1.89/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I can't believe the score is so high on this one. I like pumpkin beer but this is just nasty stuff. Must be that the newest batch, at 10% ABV, is drastically different than the previous ones listed here as 8.6%. Or else I got a bad bottle, but since I will never risk money on this potential waste of funds again, I may never find out.

Pours like a stout with no head or lacing.

Woah. First smell has a lot going on. Really sweet, a bit briney like seaweed, and then back to intense pumpkin candy aroma. A little caramel too, some nutmeg and cinnamon, kinda just smells like a Cracker Barrel store in the autumn.

Taste is just a little more than I can handle. Really sweet, rich, and psychotic that they would sell this in a bomber without a warning to share it with like, 4 other people. Hops are doing a strange thing with bitterness against the sweetness, and it tastes like a fermented pumpkin pie. A bit of dark chocolate, coffee, fig, and yeah, again with the pumpkin.

Way too sweet and rich and intense for me, I'm actually just going to pour this out and give it to my girlfriend who loves this kind of overcooked shit.

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Photo of Ngntjp
1.96/5  rDev -50.5%

I hate to leave a review so short and negative, but this particular beer tastes, to me, what guinea pigs smell like. Pumpkin beers are a hard sell for me, but the flavor in this reminds me more of the rat I saw behind the store I work at tonight than of anything pumpkin. Maybe I'm missing something in this one. But, you'd be hard pressed to get me to drink it again unfortunately. Sorry southern tier, I love stouts, the bigger the flavors the better, but this one, just does not at all do it for me. Hard poured into the sink.

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Photo of Gus34
2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This thing just made me sick to my stomach. I'm really glad I shared half of this bomber with my friend because I wouldn't have made it through it otherwise. This may sound harsh but it tasted like they brewed a generic and uninteresting imperial stout and sprayed pumpkin perfume into it. I really don't think a dark and roasty beer pairs well with a sweet, almost pumpkin pie taste. Just a little too many flavors battling against each other in this one. I know a lot of people will enjoy this, but it's just not for me. Personally, I would stick with Pumpking.

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Photo of RandyV
2.33/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To be honest, I am shocked that this beer has gotten decent reviews. To me, this was a cloyingly sweet, boozy mess with an oddly artificial and overpowering pumpkin pie spice flavor. There was no cohesion between the two styles and made me think that they shouldn't be brought together. I rarely resort to a drain pour, but I did in this case.

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Photo of Tidesox28
2.37/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

I had such high hopes for this since I'm a pretty big fan of Pumpking, but was overall disappointed.

A -Didn't look bad. Aggressive poured gave me a 1 finger dark khaki head. But not thick like most of the stouts I drink

S - Smells just like Pumpking. vanilla. cinnamon. sugar. warm milk. hint of spruce.

T - Pumpkin and spice up front. Sweet vanilla like a touch of Creme brulee. As it warmed I got notes of like spruce needles, which was obviously off-putting.

M - For a stout, way too thin in my opinion. Felt almost like soda.

O- Won't be getting again. Would much rather have Pumpking.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.44/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.6% ABV, Snifter shown with 42°F, DOB 08/26/13, "Pair with: Spicy BBQ, roasted / smoked foots, carrot cake. Store: Dark, upright, <48°F Serve: Goblet

Thanks, Todd?

A - Clarity shows through the pour but the beer itself is a dark brown that turns black in the glass and is capped by an ivory head that lowers somewhat quickly to a pile of loose bubbles and dots of lace.

S - Warlock smells like Pumking and next to nothing more; cooked, sticky white rice, pureed pumpkin, and a dash of real spice sprinkled over faint suggestions of dark malt. Warlock is wholly artificial in nature, nothing about it appealing to me.

T - The malty flavor is a nice departure from the aroma, really coming into it's own instead of being a dark Pumking clone. Roasted malt waves it's wand of acridly bitter cocoa and hints of coffee as Warlock finishes out with more of the artificial flavoring; pumpkin and spice that feel all too fake.

M - Medium-light bodied, Warlock is a thin-feeling imperial stout with plenty of carbonation trailing off with the dry, acridly bitter finish of roasted malt and artificial flavor.

O - Once upon a time I couldn't get enough of Pumking, so much so in fact that I held a case of the next year's release at a local liquor store, only to get it and wonder why I wasted my money. Had the recipe changed or was it just my palate? A debate for another day but I digress. Now I find myself unable to stand Pumking's massive, inescapable artificial nature that haunts me with every whiff and I find Warlock to be exactly the same. The aroma is fake, fake, fake. Not only is it fake, but it doesn't even smell right; it smells like a cheap dollar store candle. An exact replicate of Pumking in aroma, Warlock is displeasing and while the flavor is a step up, it's not fantastic either. Big roasted malt but the body doesn't follow suit making it a thin-tasting, thin-feeling imperial stout that's not worth the calories it contains.

Beerwolf77 and I are avid pumpkin beer (and general pumpkin) fanatics so the first of our two outrageously large pumpkin beer tastings this year required Warlock's inclusion. Upon taking our first sip, we simultaneously looked at each other with disgust and went to the sink with our glasses and bottle. Unfortunately for Todd, he purchased two bottles at the same time giving me the pleasure of revisiting it for this review. In closing, I hate to just shit all over a beer, especially when my reviews are generally higher than the average so, I'll make it clear I like Southern Tier. They make some fantastic beers but, Warlock is not one of them.

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Photo of joeseppy
2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin cola dark brown with bubbly half inch head that recedes to the edge.

It's taken me a while to put my finger on this--CREAMED CORN. Deep malt and roasted pumpkin seed and pumpkin flesh. Meaty with a touch of smoke. Also, smells like the inside of a Jack-O-Lantern's aging flesh that's been sitting around awhile after Halloween.

Sorry, can't get away from the creamed corn. Roasted mexacali sweet cream corn. I also get Pumpking. More mace than nutmeg and heavy cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is med to heavy that carries with low end carbonation. Lingering taste of, like; this pie was BBQ'd over mesquite wood rather than in grandmas kitchen. Also cinnamon is heavy on the palate.

Creamed corn brew. This does not sit well with me. Too much going on. Pumpkin, roast, spice, smoke, malt and corn sweetness. Reminds me of when I begged my wife to bake a chocolate flan. She always baked the most outstanding custard flan, but I wanted chocolate. It was horrible to say the least. So with this Warlock, I thought, I would love an Imperial stout pumpkin and it ain't working. I'm going to stick with Pumpking. This Warlock is a pass for me.

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Photo of champ103
2.57/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger bubbly beige head rises, then recedes after a minute to nothing. Not much lace.
S: Sugary, burnt toast, light roast. Then some buttery malts and pumpkin spices. Like cinnamon, and allspice. A mess.
T: Like the nose, just a complete mess. Granulated sugar, and cloyingly sweet. Which is expected for their stouts. Burnt toast and light roast. Buttery, almost diacetyl flavors, pie crust, and spices. Again, cinnamon and allspice in the finish. Actually the allspice takes over after a while and lingers on forever.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. I am surprised at how watery and thin this is compared to other stouts they make. Way to sweet, and just messy. Hard to drink more than a few ounces.

I have never enjoyed Pumking, and this is not much better. A sickly sweet, allspice bomb that is not enjoyable for me to drink. Enough said.

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Photo of zander4dawin
2.72/5  rDev -31.3%

Well, it says this beer is retired and I say that's for the best. You can tell the base stout to this beer is solid, great black appearance, hop balance, and mouthfeel. Where this beer disappointed was the spice boutique, way too much Potpourri taste, harsh and pungent on the taste buds. While I found Pumking to be a classic pumpkin beer Warlock can be skipped.

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Photo of far333
2.76/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a crystal snifter. Black and opaque with a thick half inch head of oatmeal brown foam that lingers very long. Aroma of buttered sweet corn, vanilla, and nutmeg.

Faint flavor of dark malt makes itself known briefly at the outset, but is quickly overpowered by vegetal accents, vanilla, toffee, candy corn, and brown sugar. There is a weird sweetness and offputting spiciness here. Full mouthfeel, but a bit slick, and still manages to finish with a carbonation tingle.

Seems a bit gimmicky. Would like more imperial stout and less vanilla, spice, and sweetness. The combination didn't work as well as I had hoped. Could not get through the entire bottle.

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Photo of ManBearPat
2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer starts out looking great- dark and thick.

It's really hard to be objective here, as I'm not a huge fan of spiced beers, but thought I'd give this pumpkin-spiced, big-boy stout a whirl. Its a completely overly sweet and spiced mess of a beer that I'd feel bad serving to my dog.


Easily one of the most vile beers I've ever tried.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is my first mobile review so I'll be brief. Southern tier has not been good to me and this beer is no exception. It tastes like a pumpkin ale but instead of pumpkin it's been replaced by Coal. The strong nice smell of cinnamon and nutmeg Is the best part of the Beer and you can really taste it. However quickly turned lame carbonation, burnt malt, plastic aftertaste and very heavy body is why this beer is getting a low rating. I got this one as a gift because I have yet to have a good beer from these guys. Hope it's the last one I have.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a very thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of pumpkin and fall spices. The pumpkin is still quite bold and the blending of the spices and chocolate hints does not come together very well. The funky pumpkin sticks around for a while. Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon is quite powerful and hides every other flavours. Taste is also dominated by loads of cinnamon and other spices leaving little spices to roasted malt and/or black chocolate notes or even pumpkins. Body is below average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I get the concept of this beer but this just lack overall balances.

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Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into Pumking chalice. Pours a deep brown with little to no head retention. The smell is wonderful, very pumpkin pie like with nutmeg and slight cinnamon overtones. The taste is similar to the smell until the end, at the finish I get a very strong nutmeg/bitter taste that is quite unappealing. The beer goes down smooth with a slightly thicker mouth feel. Overall an average pumpkin flavored beer, but nothing I would seek out again. The bitter over the top spice notes on the finish are too much for me.

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Photo of TheCondor
3/5  rDev -24.2%

I had heard some positive scuttlebutt about this brew from some cats in the know. Although I do not like pumpkin beers or any sort of beer with pumpkin in it, people who are supposed to know good beer said this was quality. I am unsure if there is an actual "pumpkin beers" style, so I am rating this on the listed style, the Double/Imperial stout. Side poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours just like you would expect a stout to pour. Dark brown to black pour with a decent one finger head that leaves little lacing and only lasts for a minute. Cool packaging and name on this beer.

Smell - Smells of spices, strong pumpkin, and a little nutty. The pumpkin scent is quite strong, a little overwhelming.

Taste - And we really start to go downhill at this point. The palate is overwhelmed with spices and pumpkin. Very little taste diversity is exhibited, just nuttiness, spices, and strong pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - Finishes decently clean. Medium bodied, medium carbonation

Overall - I will never buy another beer with "pumpkin" mentioned anywhere on the label. I threw this out after a couple of drinks. It was absolutely horrible. Putrid, disgusting.

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Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- dark brown walnut. Slight head.

Aroma- strong nutmeg and hint of pumpkin pie with coffee in the background.

Taste- If you serve this too cold, it tastes like a pumpkin pie filled with old Starbucks coffee grinds. Let it warm, and it improves greatly with a balance of pumpkin pie and vanilla stout. Not for everyone, but a fun fall beer on a cold night.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 10/14/2013.

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Photo of Hex92
3/5  rDev -24.2%

I'm a big fan of pumking, so when I saw this beer I figured I would love it since imperial stouts are one of my face. Not so. It seems a bit thin, the flavor doesn't taste like an IS. So a bit dissapointed. Would rather have purchased Pumking.

So stick with the original is my suggestion.

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Photo of cbutova
3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Last night on-tap at The Foundry, Northampton, MA. Missed this one last year.

A- Pitch black stout poured from the tap to a chalice. A tan cap up to over one finger with a puffy, foamy thick texture. Fairly good retention falling to a medium ring. Lacing consists of sheets and spots.

S- For me this is very hard to tell apart from Pumking. Massive pumpkin spice dominates the aroma with nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and sweet pumpkin flesh coming to mind. Roast is somehow very far in the backdrop to this.

T- Pretty much follows the aroma with a beastly presence of pumpkin pie spice flavor. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla sweetness, vegetable pumpkin flesh and caramel. Just a hint of roast for me.

MF- Thick bodied with a frothy, creamy texture. Carbonation at a medium level with a slightly warming finish while pumpkin pie spice lingers for a long time.

Even though this is black as the night it somehow doesn't deliver a lot of roasty, stout like flavors for me. The pumpkin pie spice dominates it entirely and I find it feels just like Pumking. Less spice and more roast would make this a good to great beer.

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Photo of bonesTdog
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This didn't work for me very well. Thin body and overpowering pumpkin took away from the typically rich heavy flavors of an imperial stout. Add a bit of a boozy finish and a dash of cinnamon resulted in a non-imoerial porter in my mind.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.07/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a finger's worth of khaki colored head. Fair retention, then disippates to reveal a thin, broken layer of suds. No lacing to be had.

Smell - An overwhelming aroma of spices and pumpkin hit the nose. Imperial stout? Outside a distant roast note, I'm not finding any usual character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with lesser pumpkin. Roasted malt that, with the spices, tend to exhibit a burnt pie crust flavor. Not much after that, really. Just a burnt pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Goes down easy enough; slick, even for a 10% beer.

Overall - I think the more apt description would've been 'Pumpkin ale with a hint of imperial stout'. This thing is spice first, pumpkin second, and residual stout character third. Hard to get through, actually. Don't buy this thinking you're getting an impy stout. You'll be greatly disappointed.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.09/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO on sale for $7.50 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in no time. Very dark brown.

S- Not a lot here but does have some nice malt backbone.

T- Hits you with a surprise, not a good one though. TONS of spices. Cinnamon galore. Nutmeg, pumpkin and a touch of chocolate. Figs present. A lot going on but in weird proportions. Not my cup of tea.

M- Mighty watery for an imperial stout. Lots of carbonation

O- Not so good. This one is a drain pour

Food Pairing

This one was so bad that there is no food pairing offered


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