Warlock | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,050 |  Reviews: 413
Photo of EN27
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 dditto2
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 SonOfKyuss
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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 Chuckdiesel24
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 AuntBea
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 3,050 ratings.
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