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:
3,048
Reviews:
412
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.64%
 
 
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134
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, earth, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, and pumpkin flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has actual pumpkin aspects along with the pumpkin pie spices.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

i absolutely loved this beer, on tap at hops and pie. its inky black in looks, with a fading tan head in a globe. the nose here is so pumpkin pie spice heavy, loads of ginger and brown sugar, with the squash. not all that different from the acclaimed pumking, just pepper in some dark roasty malts and a faint coffee undertone and its basically the same aromatically. the booze is sleepy, you would never know its strength. the taste is awesome too, i get vanilla and ginger as the dominant spices, but the pumpkin is there, nice and sweet, like roasted sweet yams. the dark malt adds another layer to this familiar profile. its amazing how well they go together, desserty for sure, but not overly sweet, i had no problem with about a 12 ounce pour of this. the feel is amazing, pure velvet on the palate and long and spice in the finish. just enough carbonation too. as good as any pumpkin beer ive had, they should do a rum barrel or something on this too, not that it needs is...

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular along with hints of cinnamon.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of pumpkin spices, although the cinnamon seems a little stronger and there are also notes of pumpkins and hints of roasted malts. As the beer begins to warm up, the spices stand out in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pumpkin spices lend a little dryness in the finish.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well so it is relatively easy to drink, although my personal preference would be to have a little more pumpkins to balance with the spices.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

Think of it as the big brother to the bewitched Pumking. Its roasted character give the original Pumpkin Ale a more robust, chocolaty, and toasty tone- but the basis of pumpkin pie character remains in tact.

Still, its surprising pour brings about a dark brown, nearly black hue that doesn't seem to have anything to do with pumpkin. But is lasting light tan head and retaining pockets of foam tell a hearty story to the eye.

With a lead in of praline, nutmeg, graham crackers and caramel, the beer's nose is succulent, sweet and ooh, so savory! Complementing "noire" notes of heavy toast, even light roast, smoky chocolate, coffee and roasted walnuts give the beer's scent a robust underpinning to its pie like aromatics.

To taste, the elements of caramel malt and char intertwine into a delicate and masculine dance that would be perfect for Fred and Ginger. Its sultry interplay reels in the caramel sweetness, cocoa earthiness, nutmeg spice, cinnamon, clove, allspice and star anise for a spicy-sweet taste that's certainly dessert-like early and often throughout the beer's session. With toast, campfire, and that seductive praline-type malty sweetness- the beer both satisfies the sweet tooth and fulfills the savory senses as well.

Its body is full but not absurdly so. Leading with a creamy roasty texture to start, the middle really softens into a pillowy sweetness and creaminess to boot. As the finish draws near, the light acidity of char and its cocoa-like bitterness assists a slim bitter and dry closure.

Warlock is a delicious beer that showcases well the taste of Pumking but also introduces the dryness of dark grain and the dessert-like presence of chocolate. Though the intent is spot-on, its deliver is slightly lacking of ideal- but not by far!

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3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, from the King Soopers grocery store near my hotel in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown hue, with prominent cola highlights, and one fat finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves pretty much zilch in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of pungent, and fairly sweet pumpkin pie - the given gourd flesh, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, candied ginger, and a crusty, bready, and slightly roasted caramel malt - in addition to some typical black licorice, vanilla, and dark chocolate stout notes. The taste is less pastry-like, with a metallic spice character leading off - cinnamon, natch, but also the ginger and nutmeg - the pumpkin leaning more to the vegetal, the malt maintaining its understated grainy, mildly toasted caramel stance, and the licorice and cocoa powder starting to feel the warming alcohol pinch.

The bubbles are pretty Peppy (hey man!) in their tightly-held frothiness, the body a rather tame (ok, lame) medium weight for the purported style, and so-so smooth, the 17-proof booze starting to rev it up. It finishes mostly dry, the metallic and alcohol astringencies overpowering any lingering malt and/or pumpkin.

Not a particularly notable Imperial Stout, from the colour, to the weight, to the outright flavour, which I don't believe can justifiably be pinned on the guest ingredients, as neither the pumpkin nor the seasonal spices are the reason for this one's lacking. More of a jacked-up brown ale at the base, before the Thanksgiving goodness takes its turn - I don't think Pumking has much to fear in terms of sibling rivalry here.

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3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed as an imperial stout/pumpkin beer hybrid. 8.6% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. 22oz brown glass bottle with fun simple label art and branded black/silver pressure cap acquired at me local HEB Grocery for $9.99 and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with French chocolate.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth consistency. Nice even lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is decent - a little over a minute until it recedes to a floater ring, and a couple more minutes until it recedes entirely.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Pretty standard fare for an imperial stout. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. I don't think a better head is too much to ask. Looks pretty good.

Sm: Pumpkin, pumpkin gourd, pumpkin skin, peanut butter, chocolate malts, cakey sweetness, dark malts, carrot flavouring, caramel, and syrups. Brown sugar. Appealing for a pumpkin beer.

No yeast character, hops, or alcohol is detectable. It's an intriguing aroma of moderate strength, but does seem overly sweet and absolutely artificial.

T: Lovely pumpkin gourd with an unusual but welcome sweetness - I think that's the "natural" flavour coming through. It does lend a bit of artificiality to the build, but it also enhances the pumpkin. Has a nice dark malt, chocolate malt, black malt, caramalt, and caramunich malt foundation. Graham cracker. Pumpkin pie filling. Roasted pumpkin seeds. Caramel. I do get some light spices - primarily allspice. Maybe some clove. I'd love more roast; there's hardly any here. The sweetness will annoy many, but I think it's tame enough. Latte-esque. A touch of vanilla.

No hop character, yeast, or alcohol comes through.

It's well balanced and has a nice cohesion, but I wouldn't say it's gestalt. Decent complexity and subtlety; it could use more of both. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet. A bit silky. Somewhat soft. Unrefreshing. Full-bodied. Thick but not syrupy or viscous. Suits the flavour profile nicely in a general sense, but there's not a marriage of texture to taste; the former wasn't custom-tailored to the latter.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but the sweetness does curb the drinkability. Like most Southern Tier bomber beers, it is exactly what it claims to be - nothing more, nothing less. If you like pumking, you'll like this. Hides its ABV pretty well. A good dessert beer, but far from mind-blowing. Not Southern Tier's finest work, but good stuff. I think a home mixture of Choklat and Pumking would actually taste better. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad to have tried it and the pricing could be worse for the quality. I'd recommend it to friends, but don't go out of your way to try it. It might not scratch your autumnal itch, but it'll satisfy pumpkin beer and imperial stout fans alike. As with most Southern Tier bombers, I highly recommend sharing this - ideally between 4 or more people.

Low B-

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee with burnt orange highlights; the one inch head is a surprisingly light color for so dark a beer; it leaves some splashy lacing behind

Smell: Graham cracker malt dominates, with roasty chocolate and pumpkin pie spice tones

Taste: Graham cracker flavor, up front, with the dark chocolate building through the middle; pumpkin and subtle pumpkin pie spice tones build, as well; after the swallow, hop bitterness adds another dimension, though the finish is dominated by the malt flavors; a hint of the spice lingers in the after-taste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer brings a nice blend of stout and pumpkin flavors; I have a tough time saying that is dominated by one vs the other as every time I reach a conclusion; the flavors move in the other direction

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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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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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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