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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout - Bristol Brewing Company

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 168
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 168
Photo of 303beer
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Leaves a nice lace. Can barely see through it in a pint glads. Deep red brown. Has a hop and malt smell. Has more hop profile than most oatty stouts. I like it. it had balance just slight on hop side. Earthy hops. Umm. Yes will have many more of these. Good job to bristol brewery. It's in my top five oatty stouts! (315 characters)

Photo of alolesen
4.94/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on nitro at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. I can't comment on the bottled version but the tap/nitro version is the best stout I've ever had. I live in west Michigan and we have some really good stouts; Founders KBS &CBS, Bells Expedition Stout, but this was fantastic. Great balance of malt and hops, creamy nitro head, absolutely the best. (363 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Extremely good.

Pours a deep almost black opaque beer with a tan head.

Rich toasty aroma.

Flavor is very toasty with lots of coffee, dark chocolate, and a little bit of hops.

It reminds me of a smoother, creamier version of McMenamin's Terminator. (251 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a nice full creamy brown head, good carbonation and leaves sheets of lace. Strong dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma and tastewith fusel alcohol more noticeable in the mouth than on the nose. Medium-full bodied (leans medium) and a bit oily with a strong dry roasty bitter finish.

Very nice winter warmer ! Wish I could get it here !

Per Bristol website:
Style: Foreign Style Stout
Malts: 2 Row, Chocolate, Roast
Hops: Perle, Cascade
Alcohol: 5.2% by weight
IBUs (est.): 44

1998 GABF - Silver Medal - Foreign-Style Stout
Chock full of highly roasted barley malt and 100 lbs. of flaked oatmeal.

Bottled: 3rd Week Oct ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 07/20/04

(Zoe Wood) (711 characters)

Photo of angrymice
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Heischman
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout/Bristol Brewing Company
City/State- Colorado Springs, Colorado
STYLE – Oatmeal Stout
ABV – 6.5%
IBU – 40
DATE – 4 December 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall footed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – SRM of 70, black in color. Poured with a nice think cascading head that diminished to ¼ inch. Wonderful lacingcovering the whole glass.
AROMA- notes of chocolate and roasted notes and a hint of rasin or dates can’t tell
TASTE – Strong toasted chocolate malts right at the start. A little hint of fruity sweetness sneacks in in the after tast
MOUTHFEEL – Creamy and smooth a bit of carbonation nothing over the top.
CONCLUSION – A nice good winter ale. Nice notes of chocolate to remind you of the holidays.
-JH- (779 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Pint glass.

A - Pours pure black with 2 solid fingers of head and a ton of lacing.

S - Coffee with chocolate and other roasted malts present. Quite pleasing.

T - Malty deliciousness upfront! Coffee and Chocolate roasted malts are really impressive. The bitterness of the hops follows to provide a nice compliment to the malts.

M - I think the oats allow for a very delightful medium to full body. Carbonation seems spot on.

D - Extremely easy drinking beer.

Overall I am a big fan of this beer. In the past I've had it on tap and Nitro tap which makes it even better, however I still look forward to putting some bottles of Warlock in the fridge each winter. It's a goot oatmeal stout and not so sweet as so many others out there, which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-15-2011 20:32:39 (1,026 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark mahogany - pretty opaque. Pours with a thick, tannish head that lingers and fair lacing and rings down the glass.

The nose impresses with mocha, chocolate and roasted goodness; marshmallows and some-mores...

The taste is an awesome mix of bitter chocolate and soft bitterness.

The mouthfeel is rich, thick, and softly delicious - probably one of the smoothest tongue pleasers out there. Definitely memorable.

An extremely pleasing dark ale for the cold season. Rich and delectable, and perfect in a room with a fireplace ablaze and pro football playoffs on the large screen HDTV. (595 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I passed this up for so long because it is good. Standard stout appearance, brown at the edges and black through the middle. You really have to let this one warm up because when its cold its sort of chalky but once it warms it gets nice. Aroma is sweet, sticky, nice. Flavor is a hint of sticky black sweetness, oats make it round and its just plain good. I'll be buying a bunch more and I might even say this is better than Firestone Walker's velvet merlin which was my favorite oatmeal stout up to this point. (527 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle a near pitch black with a medium head of foam that shrunk quickly leaving just a fine layer. As an aside, there's a Month and Week indicator on the label but there's nothing notched.

The smell is a nice dose of roasted malt and grain.

The taste is kind of sweet malty up front but that is quickly overtaken by some good roasty malt and grain. I also taste some chocolate and coffee notes midway through whilst the finish returns to the sweet malt side that I noted in the initial taste. This is a nicely done Oatmeal Stout that I'd love to get more of. :^) (588 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint.

Appearance- What an oatmeal stout should look like. Very black with a one finger caramel head that slowly dissipated. Nice lacing.

Smell-Roasty/chocolaty malts. Bitter coffee. Light hops. Toasty and roasty, very nice.

Taste- Dark bitter chocolate. Heavily roasted malts. Light booze. Finishes with coffee bitterness and mild warmth in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation. Smooth. Not sticky, but full bodied.

Overall- This is a nice oatmeal stout. I bet it's great out of the tap! (552 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rackhouse last night, where 18 of the 20 available beers were available locally in bottles down the street, and the other 2 were readily available locals. The only interesting beer was of course no longer available. So I had this one. And I really enjoyed it. Beautiful deep dark brown color, with a small cappuccino head. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate chips, licorice and roasted malt. On the palate, full bodied and creamy, with more roasted malt, chocolate chips and a hint of earthy hops. Gonna have to grab a six pack of this one soon. (556 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yeah man oh man. this is an all time oatmeal stout. huge malt profile with milk chocolate, oat, and cappucino nose, with the most pleasant burnt sugar taste balanced with a bit of bittering hops. mouthfeel kicks ass, creamy milkshakey, slushy aged balsamic finish. carbonation at a mild level, this is bristols best beer i think, hell yeah (339 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle from a six pack I picked up in December from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $8.

A: Deep rich brown in color, with a tan head that disappears just about as fast as it got there, an island of bubbles in the glass, with just a few bubbles clinging to the edges. Not bad, a little retention would be nice though.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt malts, kahlua, some brown sugar. The balance between the dark roasted coffee and milk chocolate really dominate the nose. Very nice smelling beer.

T: The roasted character of this beer really shines out as a great feature, coffee, a little more mellow on the chocolate end of it than the nose leads on, brown sugar, and a fairly nice bitter earthy/citrus hop profile right at the end. Nice lingering bitterness. Very impressive.

M: Nice thick creamy body with just enough carbonation. Excellent here.

D: Well, out of the many winter seasonals I've tried in the last two months, I'll have to say this is my favorite for the season. I find myself reaching for this pretty often. Hopefully I can snag another six pack to get me through the rest of these cold winter nights in Utah. Great work. Highly recommended. (1,190 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite local winter beer. I've been looking forward to getting this again since summer.
Pours inky black with a thin coating of beige head. No transparency.
Smells softly roasty, coffee with a bit of dark fruit and a touch of booze.
Soft and gentle, despite the fuller body. Somewhat powdery feeling, particularly in the finish. The oatmeal adds some flavor, but mostly smooths out the rough edges of the dark, bittersweet malt. Coffee, molasses and carob roastiness, with a delicious cherry fruitiness. A little vanilla and wood. I don't detect much in the way of hops, just a little bit of floral flavor in the burps. A trace of alcohol on the way down. Super mellow, yet very full flavored. (707 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a cold, snowy day - perfect for catching up on some reviews from my notes.

Draft pint, one of the seasonals available. Deep dark brown, almost black liquid covered by creamy mocha colored foam. Think sheets of lace stick to the glass.
The aroma has lots of roasted malt and chocolate notes.
Solid flavor, just as expected from an Oatmeal stout. Thick and rich; cocoa, chocolate nibs, hint of coffee in the background. At bit of hops at the end to balance it all out. Full bodied (Too heavy for my Guinness drinking friends), but I thought it was great. The oatmeal gives it an extra layer of complexity and smoothness. (626 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cold night, an oatmeal stout sounds perfect right now.

A- Pretty black stout, some deep red at the corners so not totally solid. Pretty poor head performance. Even a vigorous pour barely coaxed any foam out of the beer. Looks sort of...I dunno, sorta grainy. No lacing, more like spotting.

Weird.

S- Deep roastyness, of course, but also deeper smells of vanilla and smoke. A sweeter smelling oatmeal stout than, say, Samuel Smtih's.

T- Wow, this is a really great oatmeal stout. The creamy malt smoothness is there, and a nicely balancing hop edge without become too rough against this, this smoothest of beer; so well rounded. Fantastic blending of complimentary flavors and superb taste construction from Bristol here. There is however, a rather sharp metallic aftertaste that is unappealing.

M- Couldn't ask for a smoother stout, couldn't ask for a more perfect body.

D- Decent drinkability. This is my first Warlock, and I know I could put back three or four of these no prob. But this is no lightweight beer, it's gonna be filling. (1,043 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wet grizzly bear brown with burnt sienna colored edges. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with brown sugar colored foam that is both firm and creamy. Currently unbroken sheets of lace are starting to appear as the suds slowly shrink. Very nice in all respects.

The aroma is wonderful as well. Each deep inhale delivers a rich olfactory stew of roasted and chocolate malts. An underlying hoppiness is appreciated, though I never would have guessed Perle and Cascade. This is shaping up to be a mighty fine stout.

Winter Warlock is solid. There are no bells and whistles here, just delicious oatmeal stout that has more 'meal in a glass' character than most doppelbocks. I love it when breweries don't skimp on ingredients. Especially when they brew stouts to be... well... stout.

Specific flavors include melted Hershey's kisses, dark caramel, a tiny splash of coffee and a few shavings of grapefruit peel. That mild citric tang is acceptable (and I do love Cascade), but the beer would be even better with a less distinctive and less citrus fruity hop.

The body/mouthfeel is right about where it should be for the style and the ABV... maybe even a fraction more full. The oatmeal gives it a plush smoothness that has me itching to go with the next highest score. There are no weaknesses here.

Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout is my first Bristol beer and it's definitely a good one. I'm not sure if it's a winter seasonal, but I could drink this beauty all year round and would relish the opporunity to do so. Iowa isn't that far away from Colorado Springs. A big thanks to GilGarp for an outstanding extra. (1,618 characters)

Photo of agirlandherpen
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im a fan of this beer. Its not the best oatmeal stout that Ive had, but this one is good. I got it in a mixed 12 pack from a Colorado Springs beer store. According to the label, it was bottled mid october and it is now december 19th.

It pours very dark brown, with a basically black appearance. Small head, but it does not dissipate while drinking. It smells absolutely delicious. It smells like coffee and chocolate, which is just about enough to win me over completely. It has a nice carbonation, that is not too much or too little.

As I write this review, I am feeling full and I have only had half a 12oz bottle. It is quite filling. You do not really taste the 6.5%...a nice evening winter beer, and I will be sure to get more before I leave Colorado. (760 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trades with Kevin & BeerandBlues2 (thanks!).

Poured a dark, dark brown (almost black) color with a large sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, lactose, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, chocolate, and vanilla. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 4/7/07 (284 characters)

Photo of IPALOVER
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked the way this beer poured-- looked good with about an inch of foamy top. It never disappeared; not much lace left as I drank, though. Good after dinner stout, although I wanted it to be a bit heavier. Coffee and chocolate notes, but somewhat watery. Would have guessed the ABV to be somewhere around 5.5, and was surprised to see 6.5 on this website. If you're in the mood for a rich, after-dinner stout, go for the Victory Storm King Imperial Stout instead. If you want a session oatmeal stout choose Winter Warlock. (524 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a straight ahead great easy-drinking stout.
Pours a standard brown/black with a thin white sheen of head that follows the beer down your glass.
This one begins with semisweet chocolate, building into roasted grains/coffee, and finishes dry with a lingering cocoa flavor.
The texture is just flat-out perfect and this is about as easy to drink as you can want. A session of these is only limited by your ability to keep drinking the same thing.
Another real winner from Bristol that has been a seasonal favorite of mine for quite some time. (552 characters)

Photo of bigaltemple
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Black in appearance. As it pours out it was developing minimal to no head so I finished with a hard pour and a nice index finger thick brown head developed. The head quickly left leaving just a slight residue around the edges of the glass.

S: A beautiful, rich oaty aroma from the malts at the forefront, partnered with some bitter chocolate and roastiness. One of the best smelling oatmeal stouts I have come across the the standout feature to this beer.

T: While the oaty component might be the strong aspect of the aroma it seems to be the least component in the taste. A strong coffee mixed with bittersweet chocolate opens, some of the oatiness kicks in mid-stream though not even close to as strong as I would like, and the roasted malts kicks in quickly after. Some hops finishes things up.

M:Medium bodied and beautifully creamy and smooth.

O:A very nice oatmeal srtout, one I return to every winter. (915 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (470 characters)

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
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