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Warlock | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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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Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 2,937
Photo of heytomcat
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brew with a good aroma of pumpkin spice. Just kind of got tired of this very quickly. The alcohol takes over a bit when it warms. Don't think i'll have again.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

Smells almost like peanut butter toast- in a good way. Dark roast and pumpkin- but my nose interprets this as PB on whole wheat toast.

As usual for Southern Tier, the palate is hit with pronounced and intense flavor. Gingerbread, pumpkin chocolate cookies, chocolate brownie, burnt cookie, bold bitterness and some substantial sweetness. Instead of canceling each other, these elements seem to hold each other in tension which makes the whole flavor even more intense.

Conclusion: Totally unusual. Unlike any pumpkin beer on the market that I am aware of. It doesn't quite jive with my preferences, but it is awesome for its totally unique quality. Worth trying, but it is on the opposite end of the spectrum from a smooth drinking approachable "big" beer.

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Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm sure my score will come down to earth but this is an outstanding beer. Aroma is off the charts, and the balance of a big malty base with many overtones of pumpkin and chocolate makes this the best new pumpkin entry I have had in a long time.

Naturally pumpkin recipes run the gamut, so this may not be to other's liking, but it's a home run for me.

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Photo of RandyV
2.33/5  rDev -41%
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 Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - Black, viscous, with a half finger head that moves to nothing very quickly.

S - Serious pumpkin pie, gingerbread, brown sugar.

T - Follows the nose, mixed with some underlying chocolate and cinnamon.

M - Thick, heavy, carbonation is low. Somewhat chewy.

O - It was interesting comparing this to my notes from last year that I forgot to post (one year to the day), they were very similar. This is a great desert beer to split with another.

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Photo of mntlover
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black but lighter red around the edges when held up to a light. thumb sized tan head falls quick to scum.

Aroma is pumpkin and spice mainly nutmeg with touches of cinnamon, this seems to over power the roasted coffee, chocolate malt base. Kind of surprised the spice over powers a big stout base.

Taste is nice lots of dark chocolate. coffee notes with a pumpkin spice kick. Again surprised how much pumpkin spice notes come out in a 10% stout. Enjoying this brew will be picking up more of this, sad i haven't had until this year. Finish is dry bakers chocolate and spice with a good kick of herbal like hops.

Mouthfeel is only the only bad of this beer seems only medium and light which is strange for a beer hitting 10%

Overall I am liking it, will be picking up more. A big stout mixed with pumpkin that doesn't overpower the pumpkin. Screw session IPA's why isn't everyone making a PumpkinStout.

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Photo of joe_hurd
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as a moonless and cloudless Halloween night. Tastes like a pumpkin pie that was made with chocolate and coffee then served in a glass. Has a silky slippery mouthfeel. Reminds me of that one special Trick or Treat candy that you'd find in your bag each year. A unique and wow flavor making you check your bag one more time looking for another taste.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a imperial stout. Tastes like a pumpkin ale. If you like stouts and you like pumpkin, you won't be disappointed by this offering. No off flavors. Pretty smooth. Some bitter roasted flavors balanced by sweet pumpkin. Unique beer. Try it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours an inky black in color into the snifter, albeit a rather thin looking black pour. A very small head forms but is gone very quickly and leave little lacing. Looks like a thin version of an imperial stout in the glass.

S- Just as expected, a bouquet of pumpkin pie spices hit the nose in an autumn-like array of spices. The pumpkin and nutmeg are prominent scents. In the middle towards the back half of the scent a sweetness ramps up a little and traditional stout malts are underneath the other scents. The lingering smell in the nostrils is of sweet pumpkins.

T- The beer hits the tongue with a bang of chocolate malt flavors that are quickly followed up by a ton of different fall flavors. The pumpkin flavor from the scent is on the tongue and then gone very quickly, replaced by the spices nutmeg and cinnamon that enter to mix with the dark malts. The spices and malts combine to turn up the bitterness a bit at the back end of the drink and leave a dry, dark, and somewhat bitter flavor lingering in your mouth.

M- On the palate, this beer is moderately to highly carbonated, especially considering the style, and a touch on the thin side. The alcohol however, is barely noticeable, keeping the beer rather easy to drink.

Overall, I'm fairly disappointed with this beer, if for no other reason than the potential that this style had. To me, combining the dark and heavy malts of an imperial stout with the pumpkin and spices was the perfect opportunity to make a pumpkin beer that was balanced and not entirely about the pumpkin. In this case, I say opportunity missed.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So much better than their Pumking in my opinion. Had its pumpkin flavor but cut off the onslaught of cinnamon the Pumking gave and instead, provided a very nice, roasted coffee bread flavor. Not a pumpkin fan at all.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nailed it... Intense pumpkin and chocolate flavor all the way through. Not too boozy but a little bit heavy. Suggestion for any pumpkin lover.. Or chocolate lover.. Or beer lover

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Photo of SanAnMan
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours very black, small head which dissipated quickly and no lacing. Aromas are of pumpkin spice and biscuit malt. Nice maltiness in the taste but I'm not too fond of the front-facing biscuit malt flavor. Very reminiscent of Pumking but definitely more malty. I know a lot of people have said they can taste the pumpkin but to me it's very mild. Back palate has some of the pumpkin spices for sure. The 10% ABV is hidden very well in this, there's practically no heat to this, it's very clean. I love me some pumpkin beers, but if I want a kick-ass pumpkin stout, I'll wait a bit for Texas to get its annual release of Saint Arnold Pumpkinator.

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Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour is extremely black and slightly on the thick side. A black hole as light has no shot against this beer. The head is a bit disappointing in that there isn't much of one. There are bubbles but no legs and only a ring of bubbles left around the top.

The smell is awesome. A combination of fairly untraditional scents working together. Chocolate, what can only be described as peanut butter, and then pumpkin, actual pumpkin, and not solely the spices. It actually smells sweet.

The spices that were somewhat lacking in the nose dominate the taste. Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon tackle every taste bud keeping the chocolate notes in check. The alcohol is omnipresent as well bringing depth and balance to every sip,

Your mouth is constantly being challenged by the depth of this beer. It's sweet initially before the spiciness takes over. The spice stays with you from mid sip on, then a grainy feel evolves while some heat steps up for good measure. It's full bodied and would make a great dessert beer.

I love this beer. Going to see hole well it ages. I'm glad to see some real pumpkin instead of just the spices. This is superior to Pumking.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma of this beer is great; coffee, cinnamon, and pumpkin. The taste is pretty similar, however the cinnamon becomes overpowering after a while. It tastes like a pumpkin pie with a shit load of cinnamon, coffee, and it has some sort of yeast/bready taste to it as well. It's enjoyable, but I don't see myself buyong it again.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pumpkin warlock with 10% abv had on tap from hop yard 62 filled in growler poured in my sniffer first sip reminded me of drinking a nice chokalt stout while eating a pumpkin pie the abv is present but not in a bad way

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Photo of jmasher85
1.89/5  rDev -52.2%
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 Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a dark purplish-black with one finger of tan head. No lacing with this one.

Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, clove, and cinnamon.

The first thing I noted was a combination of pumpkin pie spice and sharp medicinal flavors. Finished with warmth from both the cinnamon and the 8.6% abv.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

The medicinal notes kept me from enjoying it more.

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Photo of MrWonka
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very biased bcuz I love pumpkin beers. This beer is essentially Pumking only infused with a chocolatey flavor. Is great if you can find them bcuz they're actually pretty rare. Long story short: look at this as a chocolate-coated Pumking. Enjoy my friends.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
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 mlockman
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh, this tastes like pumpkin pie. Vintage versions: While the aroma promises huge pumpkin-pie flavors, the palate does not deliver on this 2014 Vintage. Kind of an off-flavor; one would be much better off with Unita's Oak Jacked Pumpkin Vintage IMO.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with mahogany hues when held to light. Head is one finger of creamy beige color that fades rather quickly. Lacing is unfortunately non-existent.

S: Pumpkin spice and roasted malts initially, then aromas of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie crust come through. Also smells slightly boozy.

T: Roasted malts, pumpkin spice, pie crust, and cinnamon all great your palate initially. In the middle your met with flavors of pumpkin bread, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and nutmeg. Finishes with a clove like spiciness and the aftertaste of fresh pumpkin pie.

M: Medium to full bodied, low level of carbonation, slick creamy and smooth initially. Wet with a warming sensation in the finish as the alcohol makes presence know. Easy to drink but still a sipper.

O: A perfect brew for Autumn with great and lively aromas, and big pumpkin forward flavors. My only complaints with this brew are the appearance as it looked rather dull after it settled, and the mouth-feel as the low carbonation made it seem like a slightly flat beer. Honestly it looks and drinks closer to a porter then a stout. All that said it is still a truly enjoyable brew, the aromas and flavors are majestic. It is an absolute must try.

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Photo of justinp444
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a beige half inch head that quickly recedes. Smell of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, dark malts, banana bread, clove, vanilla, and dried fruits. Taste of banana bread, pumpkin pie, roast-y malts, a bit of chocolate, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, very small amount of bitter, very smooth sweet, and a full rich mouth feel.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with some Lost Abbey Stemware
Notes taken on 12/21/2014

Big thanks to mdfb79 for the trade – cheers Dan!

A: Dark brown cola looking body and completely opaque. Looks a touch under carbed or perhaps too thick to allow for any bubble action. Little to no head forming over top minus a thin filmy crown of dark khaki. Nothing to really make a stick show here at all.

S: Sweet pumpkin pie with holiday spices segues into a nice chocolaty roast malt presence. I get some toasted dark breads with more of the clove and nutmeg spices as well as a bit of black licorice on the back end. This is really nice I must say how the sweet pie aromas blend so well with the dark roast chocolate notes.

T: Dark roast up front with nuanced coffee and chocolate tones over some brown sugar and toasted bread. Pumpkin pie emerges secondary, dough crust and all, with some ample pie spice in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Taste is sugary sweet but within reasonable fashion. The beer has a light moderate bitterness of earthy hops to it and the alcohol is kept well hidden throughout. This is quite good actually with lots of true pumpkin flavor and spices that seem to play well with the dark roast and sweetness.

M: Moderate filling body and semi thick or syrup like consistency. Maintains a nice frothy carbonated feel on the palate. A touch bitter towards the finish lending to a nice drying effort there. Mostly clean I would say with some sticky residuals.

D: Warlock turned out better than I was expecting. Has some really nice pumpkin pie flavor that works quite well with the dark roast malts. Nice touch on the spices and overall sweetness. Balanced but with enough flavor to stand out. Really happy to have the chance to try this one.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Sadie for my birthday. Sat in the fridge for six months before I drank it. It was very mellow and smooth...I wonder if the cellaring of this smoothed it out...I'll need to try a fresh one next year to see the difference.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a dense obsidian black body with a thick bubbly tan head that soon fades away

S- The mix of pumpkin spices and vanilla custard blend with a dry cinnamon hint.

T- The bug dull pumpkin spice blend has a powdered ginger finish and a graham malt crust to the finish. There are some black malt flavors in the background and a banana custard note grows in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no real alcohol heat to it.

O- The aroma grows and is interesting but the flavor is odd with a lot of strange flavors mixed together and they don't really compliment each other.

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.
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