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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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a constant coating of beige suds. Faint lace on the descent.

Smell: Heavy toast, agreeable roastiness, and the familiar fragrant notes of Pumking, with pumpkin, blended spices, and graham cracker crust action.

Taste: Notably Pumking-y, but, now, with a roasty element of slightly burnt pumpkin pie crust edges. The range of spices from the original now with a sprinkling of cocoa powder. Satisfying, it holds in a roasty, pumpkiny, comfortably warming pattern until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium, albeit soft level of carbonation.

Overall: Looks stout-like, but feels more like Pumking, which isn't a bad thing at all. More fun than watching Youtube clips of Black Friday fights. So what if I like watching people act like animals at stores.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Tim for sharing this bomber, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is black with an opaque clarity with a good sized off white cream with very fine bead. The smell is a mix of spice and caramel with light roast component and mild alcohol and nutty esters of malt with very prominent vanilla from the spice added. The feel is highly carbonated nutty texture with moderate sweetness and mild alcohol with a slight crisp dry finish some malt is in the residual taste with a gentle sweet/roasty combo.

The Warlock flavor is unique however it does seem like it is influenced by Pumking with the spice being the dominant flavor and the vanilla especially present with some nutmeg floral elements coming through and some mild caramel backing with mild roast and and mild hint of floral with perhaps a woody cinnamon and light toffee elements with a mild roasted note coming in near the finish when it reaches cellar temp. I was surprised with this condsidering it is a pumpking beer and stout hybrid. I think it gets labeled as a stout based on color, but not taste. I think if you expect a spiced/pumpkin ale you might be pleasantly surprised I was happy with the taste and it is highly drinkable regardless of style.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I ain't waitin' for VDubb: this shit's goin' down my gullet right now. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts and even milder treacle adrift in a sea of the usual pumpkin pie spice blend (nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, vanilla bean, graham cracker, allspice, und so weiter). The taste brings in more of the same with the roast and treacle taking larger roles, particularly the latter, and clashing with the spices a bit. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, an okay stout, but the spices and roast don't meld perfectly together. This clashing doesn't completely derail the situation, but it doesn't help all that much, either.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at America on Tap
Deep brown color, Caramel and Brown sugar with hints of chocolate and roast plenty of pie spices to cut through the maltiness. Seems too spicy.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber left over from last year poured into an oversized snifter. The brew is black in color with khaki head.

This smells of gram crackers, nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Overall quite pleasant but missing some of the roastiness you would expect in a darker brew like this.

It tastes of nutmeg and gram crackers with a bery mild roasty coffee character towards the finish. I like how that was missing in the nose but makes a brief appearance here in the flavor.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Very nice and reminiscent of pumking. If it wasnt for the subtle roastiness in the aftertaste and obvious visual difference they are quite close.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours pitch black in the glass with a nice khaki tan head, into an old Sierra Nevada chalice looks great to me, I recall really liking this last year.

Aroma dark roasted malt, pumpkin pie puree’, cinnamon spice, nutmeg, the dark chocolate and circus peanut perceived sweetness go well together. Caramelized natural flavors bring out a bit of Pumpkin chiffon pie notes.

Flavor is super sweet, pumpkin puree with spice heavy features; a bit of dirty water in the backend…this was much better or more enjoyable last year. The caramelized malt sugars and natural flavors are killing me with a roastier version of Pumpking, which most people have a love hate relationship with.

Mouthfeel has a medium to full bodied texture even carbonation cloying residual sugars throughout highly recommended to share this 22 ounce bottle with friends. I don’t know how this decent dark pumpkin stout from last year came out this year as the next novelty beer.

Overall, I’m unimpressed, really sick of Southern Tier cashing in on the Pumpking craze, I saw whole sale displays of this in Pittsburgh at 7.58 a bottle, Ohio I saw it from 8.99 to 10.99, and in the great state of WV I saw bottles for 6.49 a piece. How can the retail fluctuate so much from state to state.

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Warlock from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.4% out of 100 with 3,069 ratings
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