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.

Added by MasterSki on 09-19-2013

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Ratings: 3,046 |  Reviews: 411
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

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 11-52_4hops
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 jgunther71
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psmith161
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ImperatorScab
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JeffSK
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 3,046 ratings.
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