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.

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Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 3,043
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 NilocRellim
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, very deep garnet colour. Smells extremely roasty, alcoholic, grainy, cereal malts, pumpkin, nutmeg, molasses, and earthy hops. Tastes malty upfront, cereal malts, pumpkin, spices, toasted grains, molasses cookies, and a lingering earthy-grainy finish.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber,into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter.I normally hate pumpkin beers,so here we go.

Thin khaki head that disappears immediately.Brown coming out of the bottle,black after the pour.Dark cloudy brown / black in color,with lots of sediment floating around.Not much light coming through the glass.Lots of heavy,fast moving carbonation for an imperial stout.

On the nose I get alot of pumpkin spices.Also getting some dark malts,and very faint hints of chocolate.Some caramel and toffee too.

On the palate I get a huge dose of pumpkin,with slight hints of chocolate and cocoa nibs.Some dark malts as well.Toffee and caramel slightly showing too.

The body is heavy,with a decent amount of bubbling from the carbonation.

This one surprised me...I typically hate pumpkin beers,but I thought this one was very well blended...Not too over the top on the pumpkin.This is a good imperial stout for the Halloween season.
I'll probably pick this one up again.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am not really into pumpkin beers, especially if the pumpkin spice is too strong or taste too artificial. However, this pumpkin beer was quite good in my opinion.

Look: Very dark brown, almost black color, with an inch thick mocca colored head.

Aroma: Pumpkin and perhaps some cinnamon

Taste: Toasty, graham crackers, chocolate, coffee, noticeable but subdued pumpkin spice.

Feel: Creamy and smooth, like a pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- motor oil black with no head and no lacing.

S- malt and pumpkin along with cinnamon.

F- smooth pumpkin with cinnamon notes that complement it nicely...this is well done.

M- smooth and creamy and the notes jive well together.

O- yummy,.......this is a great stout.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near black with the slightest hint of light at the base of the snifter. Thin tan had that dropped to a ring soon thereafter.

Primarily pumpkin and spice on the nose.

Taste runs the same as the aroma with pumpkin in the forefront followed by some roasted malt yet not a hint of the 10% alcohol residing within. The ring leaves some receding lace on the glass.

Semi thick, sticky mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. This borders on dessert in a bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, ebony color with a tight, tan head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg mostly with some underlying roasted notes.

Tastes of the pumpkin spices layered over deep, roasted malt. Spices lead off with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. This gives way to some vanilla. Malt comes next with coffee and roasted nuts with a bit of cocoa. Sorts of tasted like a ginger snap dipped in coffee. Not particularly sweet. A bit of earthy, roasted bitterness comes towards the end before a bit of spice lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty and interesting beer.

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Photo of Stillhere
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle from my local craft beer store on a whim. At first pour, the color is a bit different for a stout. Not bad, just different. The pumpkin has a powerful scent. First impression of taste was shocking. 2nd taste was better. Not the greatest stout I've ever had by far, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a shaker pint

A: Dark, black, maybe slight bits of light escaping the edges head was minimal due to the full pour, but it was mocha in color.

S: Like rotted pumpkins, some roasted malts

T: Tastes like roasted pumkin seeds, rotted pumpkin smells like, and some light malts and chocolate.

M: Fairly thin for a stout, drinks more like a brown ale or lager.

O: I have had this before and I believe I was being too harsh on it. Its not a great beer but its a servicable one. Not something you probably want to have more than one, and not something you want to bother with if there are other options.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split with a friend.

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a small light tan head that dies quickly. Pumpkin pie spices initially in the aroma with light roasted malt and coffee. Sweet and inviting. Flavor marries these aromas without becoming too sweet. Deep, rich malt flavor and the pumpkin is lighter in the flavor than the aroma. Smooth finish. Slightly vinious but easy to drink for its strength.

Overall, a nice imperial Stout here that avoids being too heavily spices or cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great imperial stout.
Can't taste the alcohol whatsoever.
A little too much flavor for me for a stout.
I love the pumpkin flavor added into a stout though.. this is my first and won't be my last pumpkin stout.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

blackish with slight copper in the light. Slight tan head, zero lacing.

Wonderful nutmeg smells. Slight cinnamon. scent of sweetness.

Light malt. Nuttiness and sweet, Reminiscent of a nut brown ale. Transitions to a full pumpkin pie flavors supplemented with vanilla with spices that linger. A bit boozy, dry finish Smooth, little carbonation, Like chasing a pumpkin pie with scotch.

With a slew of pumpkin brews whose taste are increasingly over the top and unwelcomed, This is a welcomed Halloween treat.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is black, solid, dense; head is light tan that dissipates to a ring with minor lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is extremely similar to Pumking: big graham cracker crust flavoring; huge roasted quality is hard to decipher but it seems to have some better balance though different than maybe the pumpkin spice profile would do.

Taste is where this beer veers away from what Pumking seems to be lacking: the roasted malt provides depth to the graham cracker and spice profile; I think the subtly sweeter malt profile creates a flavor that resembles what the graham cracker flavoring is trying to achieve. Spice profile is not quite strong but this beer does have good taste.

Mouthfeel is seems a bit dry, but the flavor is probably good enough to knock down the strength of the esters of a 10% abv brew.

Overall, I'm giving this 4.25 because the flavor has more balance than Pumking and something that works better with sweet desserts.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours as you'd expect, pitch black with a thin lacing. You can definitely pick-out the cinnamon on the nose, but combined with the dry chocolatier's powder it really gives off a warm peanut butter aroma. Unexpected but pleasant. Taste has lots of rich chocolate malt flavors upfront, with more cinnamon coming through on the backend. It doesn't come as close to approximating pumpkin as some other beers - it's really just a cinnamon stout - but it's still good. I still get that peanut butter vibe for some reason. Only demerit is that it's thinner than I like my stouts to be.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting aroma....sweet potato, banana pumpkin, toasted malt. Dark black color, small tan head. Flavor has more pumpkin than the aroma, but also a stale ash type flavor. Very different. Consistency is full, but not too thick.

Best of the Southern Tier Blackwater Series; i feel the others are too sweet, but this is more tame in that department.

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Photo of akolb
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger alongside mild chocolate and coffee. Smells more like a pumpkin beer than a stout, which is a minus in my book. Taste is better with bitter black malt, sweet vanilla, and a huge blast of the aformentioned spices. Almost spicy with ginger and cinnamon, which is accentuated by a big alcohol burn. I feel like this beer could be good after a few years of aging, but fresh the spices overwhelmed anything else that was happening. In a blind taste test I wouldn't even know it was an imperial stout.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Basically it's their pumking but with an imperial stout base. Excellent beer though I will admit the straight-up pumking is a little better. That is saying a lot coming from a huge dark beer fan.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Another bottle! I just do not seem to be able to break out of their pesky grip these days. At least I have something adventurous lined up following this one.

From the Vintage 2016 Blackwater Series bottle: "Imperial Stout brewed with Pumpkins and Natural Flavor": "2-row pale [;] malt[;] caramel malt[;] black malt[;] munich malt[;] pureed pumpkin[;] magnum hops[;] sterling hops[;] natural pumpkin spice flavor".

At least I was not deprived of the opportunity to Pop! the cap. Having read the "Notes" section, I readied a goblet for this goblin of a beer. I gave it an aggro pour, creating a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly reduced to wisps. Figuring that I could do better, I then did an in-glass swirl, but try as I might, I could not raise much more than a skim. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) and there was NO light penetration anywhere, not even on the sides or at the bottom of the goblet. Nose had the familiar pumpkin spice smell of cinnamon, nutmeg & allspice, but here, it additionally had treacle and a smoky, slightly burnt quality. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but I felt like it needed greater volume, especially as an American Double/Imperial Stout, which is a new style to me. I had a problem with the taste in that there was a fusel alcohol heat present that amplified the spices, but did not allow me to taste the roastiness of the malts. I will tell you that I purchased an extra bottle this year for cellaring, so time may help to settle some of the flavors in and down. Finish was dry, a direct result of the heat and the spices, but I really felt like I was drinking a young beer, one which could stand some time in my cellar.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 13, 2016... OCCASION: nearly 300 miles of traveling today and in need of a dark one... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... pours a wickedly black, flat cola with a swiftly thinning brown head that leaves a random streak... when jostled, the glass does produces some bubbles.... first impressions are of intense nutmeg, pumpkin innards, thick malty roasted bread, musty vegetable, and odd spices like ginger, peanut, and sugars... in the throat, bursting with warmth... at the teeth, a tingle... enough carbonation to elicit response... BIG and robust at its finish... first flavors include vanilla, pumpkin, nutmeg, hazelnut, ginger, cereal grain, and green bean/asparagus... as time goes on, this beer picks up speed and strength, sipping like a red wine while sporting an earthy, grainy finish that makes for a worthwhile, powerful stout that nonetheless is one of the lesser Southern Tier offerings I have had...

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle - vintage 2016

Pours black maroon with a creamy tan colored foam head. Smells like cinnamon, sweet spices, graham cracker pie crust, vanilla, pumpkin, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, with mild earthy pine. Tastes like pumpkin, cinnamon, sweet spices, graham cracker pie crust, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, with mild earthy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial pumpkin stout.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in October 2016.

Appearance: Dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head is thicker than other stouts, and does not leave much lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted malts and spices. There is a little bitterness from hops and a hint of sweetness like chocolate as well, but overall the roasted malt and spices dominate the others.

Taste: There is a sweet flavor from the pumpkin and malt flavors. There is also some smoky roasted flavors, a little chocolate flavor, some caramel, and hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. Not as bitter as some other stouts. There is a strong alcohol presence as with other imperial stouts.

Mouth-feel: Strong, but with a very smooth and creamy body. Not as thick as some other stouts.

This is a dark and smokey Stout, but with some sweet pumpkin and caramel flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. Even though this is sweeter than most other stouts, the sweetness does not dominate, and I like the mix of flavors. This is a tasty beer, and it is very smooth and really enjoyable to drink. It is a different stout and I like it.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with a ruby tinge when held to the light, moderate carbonation, and a half finger of brown head.

Smells of toasted pumpkin, nutty, boozy, and the scent vanilla pudding.

Tastes sweet and boozy, with vanilla pudding, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, yet maintaining dark and toasted notes.

Thick and oily body, low carbonation.

Got in Kalamazoo, drank Oct 3rd, 2016 in Kalamazoo. Really good brew. Not really into overly boozy brews, but the flavours and scent are unique, especially when matched with the colour. Overall, its solid.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is lots a spice and sweetness. Notes of all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin pie. Flavor follows the nose pretty much dead on but has a little chocolate malt flavor too. Body is solid and overall this is nice but a little too sweet and too much spice for me. One is enough.

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/13/2016. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, gingerbread, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, pie crust, caramel, cocoa, light coffee, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, dark/bready malt, and moderate roast presence; with great strength. Smells almost the same as pumking, but that’s not a bad thing. Taste of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, pie crust, toast, caramel, light coffee, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal spice and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, gingerbread, pie crust, light coffee, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spice, and dark/bready malt, and moderate roasted flavors; with a great roasted malt/bitterness and spiciness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding pumpkin/spiced imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spice, and dark/bready malt, and moderate roasted flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. There isn’t as much roasted malt character as would be expected for an imperial stout; but you still get a solid amount, with prominent classic pumking flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of El_Nino_Rata
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is criminally underrated here. Extremely unique blend of stout/mocha flavors and pumpkin spice. Exceptionally well balanced, and a truly special offering from Southern Tier. CHEERS!

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