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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Delicious beer. Just as the description suggests, this beer tastes like a Pumking mixed with a weak imperial stout. Aroma was perfect. Strong pumpkin pie spices; cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Pour was a deep dark brown with just a thin tan ring for a head. Taste wasn’t as full as a Pumking. The strong pumpkin pie flavor is immediately dried out by thin roasted malt and a slight hoppiness. The finish has some spices linger, but are mostly washed away by the malt. Mild carbonation. Delicious beer

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gringo332 (549) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Black with a good sized cream colored head. Aroma is of pumpkin, pastry dough, brown sugar and chocolate. Taste is of vanilla bean, pumpkin, roasted malt, cinnamon. Major coffee flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
devman171 (1048) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Not so much a pumpkin stout, as black pumking with some extra spice. I cant deal with that weird aftertaste, not a fan

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1725) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Light black pour. Clear, with some tan head. Smells nice, very smiler to pumking. In fact, this beer reminds me a lot of pumking, even though I haven’t had it in about 2 years. Pumpkin is there, some artificial tasting spices. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours black. Smells just like Pumking. Nose has that vanilla-nutmeg as their famous pumpkin ale. If I was blind, just by scent I’d assume it was Pumking. Thinner bodied than expected. Flavor has a large amount of vanilla notes under the Pumking flavor. Huge nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, squash, and graham. There are Black IPAs, now Pumpkin Stouts! (3863)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into the official Southern Tier Pumking goblet. It was bottled on 10/16/13 and cost $9.49 ($0.43 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark brown body with ruby red highlights. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of cinnamon graham crackers and pumpkin pie filling.

Taste: If there was no such thing as Southern Tier’s "Pumking," then Warlock would be an amazing beer. Not that it’s bad in any way, just that it’s not particularly original. Warlock is essentially just Pumking with black malt thrown in for color. The mouthfeel is a little smoother and there are faint elements of chocolate and roastiness, but otherwise it’s Pumking. But then again Pumking is a delicious beer, so a slight variation of the palette is still quite delicious.

Right away I get a taste of liquid pumpkin pie. Cinnamon and pureed pumpkin along with all the usual zest create for a sweet and spicy combination that really awakens the palate. At the apex there’s a hint of milk chocolate and perhaps some roasted malt, but it’s quickly obscured by the strong dry bitterness of the Magnum hops. As the beer is going down it reverts back to its initial sweetness, but with less spice and a flavor akin to cola (oddly enough). While the overall taste of this beer is great, it is lacking a distinct stout character, so much so that I wouldn’t even consider this a stout, but rather a "black pumpkin ale" (hey, if they can have black IPAs, why not black pumpkin ales?).

Drinkability: While Warlock may have an eerily similar palette to Pumking, there is a noticeable difference in the mouthfeel. Pumking tends to be quite effervescent and crisp, while Warlock is calmer, smoother and softer. The black malt gives it a slightly velvety texture, though the hops and spices do linger on the tongue and are dry and slightly cloying. It doesn’t feel nearly as heavy as its 8.6% ABV weight should feel, which is nice. I had no trouble killing the entire bottle myself.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
AreBeezy (5) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - OCT 28, 2013 does not count
When I saw stats on this beer and it was an imperial pumpkin stout, I freaked. It lived up to everything I hoped it to be. Cheers S. T.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Same thing as pumpking but dark in color and im pretty sure twice the cinnamon. Bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1376) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2013
If not as good or better than Pumpking. Cola color nice head from the bottle, pumkin spice fragrance, lots of mellow tastes and a bit more bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (728) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle From Reg for wicked ale tasting. Poured Black with Tan head. Pumpkin spice aromas, with gingerbread. Well balanced flavors of rich gingerbread and whipped cream, spices, and lots of roasted malts. Creamy palate. One of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had.


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