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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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.

2015 vintage 10.0%


xShanex's rating

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xShanex (60) - Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bomber. Pours transparent black with a slight desert tan head. Aroma is primarily of pie spices backed with a roasted quality. At first taste my palate is swept away by a large spice character followed closely by the taste of a slightly overdone pie crust. The roasted quality of the malt intertwines magnificently with the spices to form a unique flavor reminiscent of a fine pastry. The body is absolutely perfect. Pumpking is outdone by the complexity of Warlock. Have another? Its impossible to say no when I’m subdued by liquid black magic.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (1074) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2016
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of pumpkin, spices, coffee, chocolate, molasses and hops. Taste of chocolate, slight coffee, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malts, molasses and hops. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation, nicely balanced. Great beer!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
duganc (25) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2016
I was taken back at first. Expecting more of an IS than an IS and Pumpkin mixed together. 3rd and 4th draw and I’m settling in with it. A bit astringent from the spices but finishes nicely. Head dissipates quickly to a rim lace. Traditional IS blackness and mouthfeel. Again the spice trims the heft. Clove and nutmeg are the players here. Am I glad I’m having it, yes. Would I buy it again, no. Would I refuse it if offered, no.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (1098) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2016
22 oz bottle pours a dark amber color with a small tan head. Aromas of molasses, pumpkin, roasted malt. Full bodied, complex, a very good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frothmeister (708) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2016
650ml bottle. I have enjoy MANY of Southern Tier’s brew in the past. I have disliked MANY spiced beers in the past, and so, I gave Southern Tier the benefit of the doubt. However, because of my indifference to almost all beers-spiced, this guy has been sitting in the cellar since Autumn of 2014. Pours a clear dark garnet colour with a thin tan head. On the nose, graham cracker, a strange off-putting smell of Corn Pops cereal, pumpkin pie filling, and a light cola-like smell. MUCH lighter in body than I was expecting, and medium sweet with ginger snap, a faint buttery note, light molasses, and dark coffee up front that leads into caramel, dark malts, a bready note, and some light bitterness in the finish. It reminds me an awful lot of Southern Tier Pumpking, which I’m just not a huge fan of. Every now and then I’ll stumble into a spiced beer I really enjoy, but this wasn’t one of them. It’s palatable, but definitely not a return visit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockey9930 (242) - - MAR 4, 2016
Very dark red with no head. Aroma of molasses, pumpkin, and pepper. Initial flavor is strange and hard to pin down; some pumpkin, phenols, cream, a little chocolate. Finish is spicy like Mexican hot chocolate. Heavy bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Black. Heavily spiced and lots of pumpkin. Kind of soft on the palate. It is sweet, squash and pumpkin flavors stick around.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cgarvieuk (20713) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2016 Bottle in hotel room Orlando 2016... Dark black.. Thin tan lacing... Soft chocolate.. Over spiced .. Massive pumpkin nose... Dark sweet pumpkin... Dark chocolate roast.. Too sweet pumpkin...reminds me of Some puddings thing from my childhood that i really disliked...

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ads135 (4060) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Don’t try to drink this at the end of a session. Very powerful stout and pumpkin character, which may work well as a sample, but overwhelms with any volume. Tried with Ryan in Omaha, 2016.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KornDogg (568) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle. Pumpkin and subtle chocolate aroma. Black body with thin tan head. Flavor begins with roasted malts followed by chocolate and strong pumking notes. Slight bitter and chocolate pudding aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1225) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 11, 2016
Dark brown to black colored, small tan non lasting head. Aroma is of spices, pumpkin, chocolate, cinnamon and Speculoos biscuits! Taste is medium to very sweet caramel, Speculoos biscuit spice mix, cinnamon, chocolate, some pumpkin, bit of alcohol and warmth. Medium+ bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.


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