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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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass, with a one finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Very intriguing aroma of dark toasty malt, pie crust, baked pumpkin, peanut butter nuttiness and hints of pumpkin pie spices. Never smelled anything like it, but it's tempting. Flavor is sweet pumpkin and pie spices, big vanilla, chocolate. Finish is toasted, nearly charred malt and grassy hop bitterness that is not noticeable until the end. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Flavors very reminiscent of Pumking with an emphasis on stout's toasty malt. It's a nice combination. More pumpkin forward than my normal favorite Elysian's Dark of the Moon. DotM is more a stout with pumpkin flavor, this is closer to Pumking with some stout blended in. I like both combinations and will add this to my Autumn regulars. Anyother winner from Southern Tier.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BEER88
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +1%

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

22 oz. Bomber
2016 Vintage

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, with also leaves some very nice small islands and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinamon. The taste is very nice, malty, chocolate/toffee, pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, licorice. Full body, ABV hidden very well, nice little bitter/dry finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew, definitely hitting the spot today. Recommended!

22 oz. Bomber
DOB: 08/13/15

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice small quick/fizzy off-white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, some roastyness. The taste is very very nice, malty, with some really nice pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, vanilla. Medium body, ABV is basically non-existant, with some really nice bitterness in the finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew, again quite different take on the style. Always nice to drink something from ST.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to some surface bubbles.

Smell: roasted tones with some cinnamon and nutmeg spices.

Taste: roasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, moderate bitterness, and some mild alcohol warming are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the end. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a slow sipping beer that I found enjoyable. One is enough in a session, but it is very satisfying.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from my brother. Cracked this open to accompany the change in weather. Perfect! Tons of gingerbread, fall spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, in both aroma and taste. Gentle alcohol warmth to boot. Nice autumn beer, very welcoming.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a translucent dark brown colour with a thin layer of dirty white head.

S - A big spice bouquet accompanies a pumpkin aroma up front. Some clove, nutmeg and cinnamon notes are present. The spice profile completely drowns out any stout-like aroama.

T - Spice and pumpkin aromas dominate with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg all present. A slight bitter roast shows up in the finish but the stout profile is barely noticeable.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

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

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber brown with an off white head.
Aroma of pumpkin and roasted malt, some nice spice and pumpkin pie smells.
The roasted malt flavor here is very nice with the vanilla and pumpkin notes. Small dry spice bite with all spice, coriander and dry cinnamon. Quite roasty and delicious. The darker brethren of the famous Pumking, this has a pumpkin mocha coffee flavor.
Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and spice all contribute to a decadent flavor. Medium bodied and perfect carbonation with a dry spice bite. Overall, this is a great pumpkin stout / dark pumpkin ale. Worth the wait.

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

Although this beer is definitely on the sweet side (like so many of the big offerings from Southern Tier), I have to say that I enjoyed this very much. I treated this like dessert, so the sweetness didn't bother me in the least- a time and a place for everything. I like the blending of roasty stout with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. You get chocolate and vanilla notes as well as some roasted notes from the stout, some silkiness from the pumpkin, and a nice sweet/spicy note from the additions. Definitely hit the spot for me.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This "Blackwater Series" offering looks watery alright but it's far from black. Warlock pours a completely flat, listless, and transparent brown tone, without any bubbles or highlighting. That this can't sustain even a thin trim of foam is of some concern, but not as much of one as the fact that I can see my finger on the other side of this so-called 'Imperial Stout'.

Eyes shut, I can't tell Warlock from Pumking (and I have tried them side by side). The spicy pumpkin pie aromas are identical and there's no olfactory evidence of the addition of roasted malt. The idea of adding a rich, chocolatey dimension to that beer would make what is already outstanding truly sublime. But alas, this doesn't smell different at all...

The way I see it there's two preconditions for "Imperial" stouts: high alcohol percentage and big, rich, dense maltiness. Warlock just barely meets those criteria. At 8.6% it may be no lightweight on paper but it's not exactly a giant on the palate; the malts are bone-thin. Imperial Stouts should make you want to head-bang - not tap your feet. And this one is a muted toe-tapper.

The egg white brushed pie crust and pantry spice flavours are superb as ever - and maintain their 'old lady perfume' strength throughout - but those, like me, excited for some kind of coffee or cocoa accompaniment will be let down. Despite its billing this one has a soft vanilla- and cinnamon-influenced heart and not a trace of tar, smoke, richness, or roast.

It seems to me that in creating Warlock Southern Tier did nothing but add a spot of black malt for colour to their Pumking recipe. I may be wrong, but tell that to my senses. I love Pumking so I won't sit here and tell you that the nearly identical Warlock is anything other than delicious, but I demand more from a beer labeled an "imperial stout". Overall, this was a huge disappointment.

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 3,047 ratings.
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