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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/13/2016. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, gingerbread, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, pie crust, caramel, cocoa, light coffee, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, dark/bready malt, and moderate roast presence; with great strength. Smells almost the same as pumking, but that’s not a bad thing. Taste of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, pie crust, toast, caramel, light coffee, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal spice and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, gingerbread, pie crust, light coffee, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spice, and dark/bready malt, and moderate roasted flavors; with a great roasted malt/bitterness and spiciness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding pumpkin/spiced imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spice, and dark/bready malt, and moderate roasted flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. There isn’t as much roasted malt character as would be expected for an imperial stout; but you still get a solid amount, with prominent classic pumking flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Warlock"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "VINTAGE 2016 215 10:59:25"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Opaque black body with a thin edge of mahogany at the base of the glass where light can get through. Frothy then creamy-once-settled head of tan. What is this? "Imperial stout brewed with pumpkin & natural flavor added". Well I wonder what the natural flavor is; but I guess they're actually using pumpkin in the mash. OK. It smells nutty, pumpkin-pie spicy, and just slightly roasty. I wouldn't call the aroma bold by any means, but neither is it hidden. A first sip reveals a pleasant richness that delivers some of the nuttiness found in the aroma, and of course, some spice - but it's not overdone, at least on the first sip. The nuttiness in the aroma is really quite beautiful. It reminds me of filberts (what's the other name for those?), and almonds. The spice does carry through into the flavor, building with my second sip. I'm finding some light roastiness in the finish as well. It's somewhat spicy, just a touch acidic, and stiffly bitter in the finish with the spice lingering. Do I think it's overdone now? No, not yet, and at least the cinnamon, which is usually the biggest culprit, isn't right out there. In fact, I'm not finding any of the spices to really stick out, which is interesting. Perhaps it's because of the age, of perhaps it's because the spice is actually part of the "natural flavor" - I don't know, but it works for me. At this point I'm also getting some alcohol which is adding to the spiciness, and some molasses. I'm also getting more cinnamon. What I'm missing is some chocolate given that it's an "Imperial stout", and perhaps some roastiness as well. This is more of an Imperial Schwarzbier or very dark brown ale as I see it right now - not that that's bad because I like it, but it's not living up the the "stout" side of things. OK, refocusing, it's full-medium in body and moderately crisp. Also, I'm getting more cinnamon now.

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. 8.6% ABV.
Pours very dark, nearly opaque in the glass. Color: red-brown. Head: thin, tan semi-durable.
Aroma: spicy but more like spiced bread than pumpkin pie.
Flavor: well set level and mix of spicing allows the dark grains to shine. Lightly sweet fading to mildly bitter, with hints of roasted cashews, cinnamon, nutmeg and baked pumpkin. Balanced and harmonious.
Feel: smooth, full body with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of oberon
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a goblet a deep cola color with a half finger light beige head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled quickly.Wow the most aromatic pumpkin infused beer I have come across,roasted pumpkin,cardamom,and raw leafy hops stand out most,add vanilla and graham crackers and you have a big complex nose.Flavor of roasted pumpkin and vanilla/spices with some roast,like a pumpkin latte,the raw hops are still playing a big role.What a cool beer,it's a brash pumpkin stout with a real hop profile with alot of malty richness.Top notch.

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Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, gingerbread, roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a buttery biscuit flavor that is quickly followed by some sweet flavors of pumpkin, ginger and other spices. The roasted malt character is hearty and creates some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, slightly filling, goes down ok, strong kick, decent representation of style, I know that it’s a well-made beer but I just don’t like the flavor of it.

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

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, roasted pumpkin, vanilla, and graham cracker-like malts. Moderate amounts of spices are present as well with cardamon taking center stage amongst them. There is also a light aroma of herbal (anise-like) hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of graham cracker and chocolate malts which is complemented by flavors of vanilla and moderate amounts of roasted pumpkin. There are moderate to strong flavors of cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg along with a light to moderate dosage of vanilla. Hints of bitterness in the finish but it fades rather quickly. Not as sweet as I might have expected based on some of the other beers in the series.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: There are some light hints of the alcohol that makes this beer more of a sipper but it has some of the most intense pumpkin flavors of any of the fall beers that I have gotten this year (nice rich flavors and aromas of roasted pumpkin are upfront in this beer). Definitely enjoyable but feels more like a porter than a stout. I would get another of these.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

A: Pours from a bomber brown with reddish highlights under a thin (1/4") tan head which fades and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Pumpkin spices are mild with some roasty grains.

T: Roasted malts and mellow pumpkin spices with some mildly roasted grains.

M: Moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. More carb would help here. Finishes with pumpkin pie.

O: Not exactly stout-like to me. Good, with mild pumpkin pie flavors. Expecting a bit more.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Surprisingly a light for a ADS; thick, dark ruby and cola body. Fine bone-white head has low retention and lace.

S - Huge graham cracker pie crust nose with a touch of canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T - Burnt graham cracker, mashed pumpkin, burnt toast, nutmeg, molasses, and a bitter green hop finish.

M - Medium body. Nice smoothness.

O - Had on tap and it tastes almost exactly the same. As advertised, it's a roasty version of pumpking.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +1%

Pours an effervescent, crimson hued mahogany with 2+ fingers of billowy tan head. Nice viscoscity,
faint lacing , no head retention (2.5)

S: Squash, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice, great! (4.75)

T: Nutmeg, faint metallic notes, woody hops, & faint pumpkin up front. Squashyness, brown sugar &
cinnamon, plus micro-notes of roastyness as this warms, some charred notes also, a little caramel too.
Finishes with squashyness, nutmeg, vanilla, & woody hop notes, a little dryness, but rich enough,
that I dig this (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out as this warms (3.5)

Drinks great, but wish it had a little more stout to it, I loved what Cape May's did years ago...

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