Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout - Bristol Brewing Company

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
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BA SCORE
86
very good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

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Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by bigaltemple:
Photo of bigaltemple
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, almost pitch black in color. Soapy, light tan head becomes a thin collar for the rest of the drink. Thick rings of lace stick to the glass.

S - Rich, toasted malts. Some sweet chocolate. A small sense of vanilla, with some caramel/toffee.

T/M - Roasted maltiness and bittersweet chocolate. Some coffee flavors come through as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied with a great creamy texture.

O - Always tends to be a good fit for a cool Colorado evening. After almost finishing a bottle, you realize it drinks heavier than you thought, leaving you quite full. I think "consistent" is a good description for Bristol. Not necessarily a bad thing for a brewery that hasn't dove headfirst into barrels and trends.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy tan head that mostly diminishes and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, some coffee and some charcoal and vegetal notes.

The flavor is sweet chocolate, coffee, and some anise with a burnt bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall a very nice winter stout. The burnt bitterness balances out the sweet notes nicely.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a quarter inch tan head that remains as sticky lacing throughout the drink.
Aroma is mildly cola and burnt malts...with a dusty sawdust smell.
Flavors of cream and burnt malt with the same slightly cola taste on the end.
Mouthfeel starts creamy but then gets a little watery.
Seems more like a milk stout than an oatmeal stout, but still an enjoyable drink.

Photo of cokes
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black with purple highlights. Head is absent, only a small, semi-tan edging exists.
Bizzare nose of plums, cola sweetness and liquorice.
Enters the mouth with a charred cola-syrup sweetness that is obnoxious almost instantly. Dark fruits parade next. In any other stout, they might be attractive, but here they only add to the mess. Plums and raisins jut out like sore thumbs, lacking any sort of intergration and ride painfully through the finish. Roasted hues are pushed back, and only make a cameo. Oats are not noticed, or at least relocated to the border of perception. Cascade hop finish is forced and unpleasant.
Very thin to boot. The only heft to be found is in its stickiness.
Similar to cascade-hopped prune juice.
With some (major) tweaking and bolstering, this could make a passable Imperial, though it is very needy on the roasted malt end and hop load.
Its cloyingly sweetness and gooey plum hues discredit it as an "oatmeal" stout.
Smooth it is not.
Avoid this wreck.

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, brennan's-university, bottled in the first week of october

appearance: dark mahongany/almost black, creamy tan head, creamy lacing...pretty nice looking

smell: sweet dark chocolate, cream, roasted coffee, sweet malt backbone, a light touch of fresh hops

taste: better than the aromas...sweet and milky dark chocolate, nice and creamy, roasted barley malt, light oatmeal, some nice fresh citrus hops in the background...pretty nice, nothing spectacular but a good oatmeal stout

mouthfeel: a little thin, pretty silky smooth

drinkability: good session stout

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2nd week of January

Pours an effervescent brown tinged ebony with 1 finger of mocha colored head. Great lacing 7 below average head retention

S: Roasty malts & coffee grinds

T: Roasty malts & cocoa, plus touch of vanilla up front. Mocha & more roasty malt & chocolate as the is warms. Finishes dry with great chocolate & coffee notes

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & a bit of smoothness

Drinks pretty easy, but about 3-4 would satisfy this craving. Much better on tap & even better on nitro

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to jmkratt for this one as an extra in a past trade! Bottled on the first week of November. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug Poured as dark as brown can be without being black with a half finger khaki head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this wasn't a bad brew at all, but not really that great either. The flavor seemed a little watered down to me if I'm honest. The flavor wasn't really bad, just not robust as I would like. Worth trying though.

Photo of duderus123
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black as night, no bubbles, can't see through it. The head is not one that hangs around but it does lace the glass... I'm hoping for substance in the smell and taste categories.
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Smell - Malts: king of a smoky and toasty smell... its a stout... Who burned the HOPS? Oh yeah... they are roasted... haha... Yeast? is it even there?

Taste - Tastes like a stout. Heavy in the malt and hops department with a coffee like roasted quality added. Not the heftiest stout in the world, but a decent one.

Mouthfeel - Almost heavy bodied... I wish it was heavy bodied.

Overall - It's good, but I wish it was heavier and bit more true to the stout style... Still good though. :-D

Photo of Jakis808
2.49/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Horribly designed label which probably made the stout taste worst

Photo of EagleTalon
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark ruby, almost opaque black color. Head started out big but fell down: thin and tan with mediocre lacing. Aroma is quite nice: mocha,roasted barley and sweet pale malt with a hint of hops. Flavor is a mild blend of roast bitterness and sweet malt with an alpha acid finish. Feels good in the mouth- not too thick ot thin. It is "drinkable" but not a quaffing session brew. Overall a solid citizen from a very good brewery.

Photo of Tolnik
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this black beer tainted with red produced a good amount of a brown head that retained very well. When it did finally reduce it went to a thin lacing that keeps a clean rimmed glass. The aroma of this beer is cooking chocolate malts of hints of alcohol and dairy products. The thick fluidity of the beer gave hints of molasses and brown sugar with the cooking chocolate taste. Giving an all around great taste to finish the drink off with.

Photo of Birmingham
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Roasted malts and dried Fruits

Appearance: It ours black with a tan head,

Flavor: Roasted grains, bitter bite,

Mouth feel: It has a full body.

Overall Impression: I purchased this beer based on the recommendation of customer at the liquor store. I was looking for beers from breweries I had not had before. This beer fit the bill plus had a glowing recommendation. When all is said and done, it a good stout, but I don't see my self purchasing it again. There is nothing wrong with the beer; there just is anything memorable about it.

Photo of humanawho
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - very dark body with a strong cream colored head

S - strong roasty and sweet aroma a little nuttyness

T - very sweet roasty and nutty as the smell; a little fig flavor on the finish

M - nice and thick goes well with the taste

D - a little too sweet to be real drinkably but not bad

Photo of blackie
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

single, Wilbur's, Fort Collins

a: poured into a small chalice, the beer is a deep, dark brown in color, an initially thick mocha head receding to a decent layer

s: opens with chocolate and clean coffee - very nice roast elements, pleasant sweetness, toasted brown sugar, graham cracker, oats, a touch of dark fruit, and mild hops, solid aroma

m: carbonation light-moderate, body around of just under

t: earthy roasts upfront hint at coffee and chocolate, but better represent the woody/smoky/nuttiness that is roasted barley, a touch of burnt sugar at the front moves out quickly, just a slight amount of char and some grassy hop bitterness work into the finish

o: a solid oatmeal stout all around, good roast presence, balanced, drinks well, more complex maltsugars are found on the nose, while the palate holds more deep roasted character

4/4/3.5/4/4

Photo of angrymice
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark nearly black in color, with a thin brown head. Smells of roasted malt and oats. Bold flavor of a european stout with chocolate undertones. Smooth feel in the mouth and excellent drinkability, especially while enjoying a cold snowing day. I wish I could buy it outside of CO.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice black, or very dark brown rather color on this one with a matching tan head that disappeared pretty quickly
S: roasty, chocolatey, a little sweetness in the whiff
T: matches the nose, a little more like cocoa
M: medium bodied and smooth
D: would like to try again, didn't win me over as an oatmeal stout though

Photo of Arborescence
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black. Pours a decent brownish head, quite dense.

Aroma: Chocolate and malt, mild.

Taste: Malty, with roasted coffee and a slightly bitter aftertaste. You can taste the alcohol a little bit as well -- the softness of the oatmeal is perhaps a bit overwhelmed here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice round and soft mouthfeel typical for oatmeal stouts.

Overall: Pretty good, but not amazing. Nice branding though.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

January 17, 2015

Draft, taster

A – Black with light khaki foam. Seems pretty clear but mostly opaque.

S – Deep chocolate malt, and lightly roasted/bitter aroma. A touch of nuttiness and light espresso.

T – Very high, lightly bitter, chocolate with roasty, espresso coffee notes. Hops seem to be lightly herbal, not very high in the mix.

M – Moderate carbonation, very little sweetness. Balanced toward the roasty bitterness.

O – A roasted malt showcase, very good.

Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thumb sized brown head that falls to a ring and laces some.

Aroma is nice roasted malts, sweet oats, good chocolate aromas, and a light smokiness that mingles with somehops lightly piney.

Taste is nice roasted malts, a little to fizzy to start, but it leads to good coffee flavors with the lingeing smokiness and hints of chocolate. Finish is lingering bitterness from the burnt malt mixed with some piney hops.

Mouthfeel is approaching full little too much carbonation at the start but it mellows out nicely in the end.

Drinkability is good smell is nice, flavor is ok but not as nice as the aroma leads you to believe it will be. Thanks go to babydoc and BGC BIF for this sample.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A- real dark, tan head that reduces to a skim, decent lacing for the style

S- Slight hint of dark roasted malt and some yeasty booze

T-Nice! This brew has some deep, dark roasted flavors with bakers chocolate and bitter undertones with a great softening from the flaked oats.

M-Watery for the style

D- Pretty good, light for an oatmeal stout so it boarders on a cold weather session brew

N- Worth checking out, not going to make you re-think the style but still worth a sixer.

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

This is a clear nearly black colored beer with a skimpy brown head that doesn't last.

Smell is mildly sweet with chocolate blackened sugar and rum in the scent. Lesser scent of molasses but this isn't a real odoriferous brew.

Taste begins sweet with a chocolate and char taste. There is a faint sourness from the charred malt used. That is about all for the taste. This is a milk stout judging by taste.

Mouthfeel is good but not really oatmeal stout thick.

Easy to drink but simplistic. I really can't see buying this when anything from else is available.

Photo of marc77
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has a sweet malt and subtle chocolate notes, along with a touch of citrusy Cascade. It lacks chocolate malt character-- something I love in the aroma of American stouts. This beer lacks the "silkiness" that a good oatmeal stout should have, and seems more a standard American microbrewed stout than a true OS. Cascades in flavor and bitterness come through nicely making this a unique oatmeal stout. Tastewise as a whole, this beer is pretty well balanced in terms of roasted barley character, hop bitterness, and body. Think of it as a Shakespeare Stout light.

Photo of gbontrag
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't expect a big beer meringue here, I think the oats inhibit that.
The color is black with a hint of toasted chestnut shell around the rim. Beautiful lacing; sheer streaks that slowly fade.
Smells of smokey chocolate caramel and apricots, and apricot kernels.
Great fruity backbone leads to a wall of burnt toast. It's like a quilt made of pieces of burnt toast smeared with jam and oatmeal and blazed with a torch and hosed with raspberry mineral water. Nice art.

Photo of norrisk66
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this in a mixed pack from Costco. I was pleasantly surprised.

Excellent example of a stout from a Colorado Brewery.

Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Notches indicate bottling in 2nd week of January.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is dark rich oatmeal character. Taste follows along, dark oatmeal maltiness countered with moderate hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little rough with overcarbonation, and drinkability is slightly limited by same. All in all, a good brew.

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.