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RATINGS: 677   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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.

2015 vintage 10.0%

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3795) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2013
9/20/2013: Southern Tier Warlock... Whoa! This beer is a beast! At first described, I thought it would just be like Pumpking, but stronger. I think it goes way beyond that. First of all, this beer is much darker (deep, deep brown), thicker (definitely full-bodied), and tastier. The roasted pumpkin is rich and even presents some charred pumpking character (probably from the darkly roasted malts included in the grain bill). The spice is dramatic without being off-putting with cinammon and some all spice that catches in the throat from time to time. There is a fair amount of sweetness, but it’s balanced by the spice, roast, and alcohol. Yeah, that alcohol isn’t shy, but also isn’t to the point of becoming hot, fusel, or otherwise distracting. This beer drinks like a robust pumpkin pie with some burnt spots on the crust and finishes like a ginger-molasses cookie. Delicious? Yes! I’d love to have more of this, but sadly the keg blew and quite honestly the alcohol is too great for me these days (I am trying to reduce my intake of alcohol significantly but still drink great beer). Warlock is better than Pumpking, in my opinion. Draught sample(s) at Party Town in Florence, KY. Rating #26 for this beer.


4.4
dawgdick (4) - - DEC 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 It was significantly more velvety and rich at 10% (like I like my jammies) before they drove the ABV down to a weak 8.7% simply for branding

3.9
strap (977) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2017
for a pumpkin this was pretty good. a spicy aroma with pumpkin spice and strong cardamom aroma. the pumpkin taste wasn't overpowering.

3.3
drowland (9160) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2017
11/22/17. Bomber from Warehouse. 2016 vintage. I didn’t really choose the 2016 and I certainly didn’t buy and cellar this... it’s just that Valdosta sucks so much that a store buys a case of craft beer and it rots on the shelf for YEARS. There are bottles of beer on the shelves in town from before I even moved here and I don’t even want to know how long some were there before I got here. Ugh. Black pour with a small tan head that sizzles away. Chocolate on the aroma, pie spice. Chocolate on the aroma, loads of pie spice, even after a year, burning nutmeg and cinnamon, lingering chocolate, hint of caramel. Meh.

3
thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2017
This bottled brew from a bottle shop was served at a cool temperature and poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated body opaque black brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was malty and pumpkin. The mouthfeel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish dark malt aftertaste. The odd tasting flavor contained notes of molasses pumpkin brown malt and dark malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again.

4.1
jinroh (2365) - ESTONIA - NOV 2, 2017
Pours dark, almost black with some light foam skirmish. Sweet pumpkin pie nose, vanilla and coconut, lots of gingerbread spices. Taste is smooth and creamy, heavy and creamy pumpkin pie, sweet and full of caramel. Ashy bitterness lingering in the back. Pumkin sweetness lingering in the finish. Alcohol warmth is there but really well balanced. Perfect pumpkin stout.

4
TimE (6163) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2017
Looks pitch black but smells like pumpkin pie with tons of cloves and cinnamon. Super smooth, tons of spice, modest roasted character, slightly seeet. A tad on the boozy side, but super fun. Honestly the roasted malt and stout character is not big. Very surprising. I love it

3.3
SpartanStout (45) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Dark, yet thin pour with almost no head. Strong pumpkin, and musty aroma. Syrup, molasses, and smoke. Well produced, but not my thing.

4.4
Hopper8 (250) - Holland, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2017 Seriously cool. It smells like Halloween night and tastes like a pumpkin pie Stout. I really enjoyed this.

3.6
Bamsen78 (5573) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy beige head. Clear aroma of malt, chocolate and yeast, with roasty hints. Sweetish flavour of chocolate and yeast and malt, with notes of hops and roast and mild touches of fruit. Estery and pumpkinlike aftertaste. Decent.

3.4
willisread (3695) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Bottle from Craft Brewed. Pours a pitch, motor-oil black with a small head that dissipates almost instantly. Big pumpkin pie crust nose with a touch of dark chocolate. Some vanilla, allspice, clove and nutmeg as well. Sweet pumpkin puree on the palate with some hot booze. Could probably stand some aging I suppose.


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