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:
3,055
Reviews:
414
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.64%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
968
For Trade:
16
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Ratings: 3,055 |  Reviews: 414
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

**
10/5/2013
10/27/2013
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

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

Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chloebc1
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of bwbetts
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tmm313
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 justinm4bama
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jordanginsberg
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Sappyjoker
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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 heddar33
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPan
4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 3,055 ratings.
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