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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout - Bristol Brewing Company

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
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85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 173
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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: 173
Photo of benito
2.06/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got a pint of this while at Falling Rock last week; my review is from notes...

A: Served in a pint glass, midnight black (impenetrable), with no head to speak of. A muddy pool waiting to be sipped.

S: I caught notes of coffee and not as much sweetness as I expect in this style. Overall, the bouquet was non-descript.

T: An initial surge of creme brulee made for an interesting start, but I found it to be quickly overwhelmed by a strange celery-like vegetable flavor. The bitterness was strong and not balanced by any type of sweetness or heavy, oat flavor.

M: A sort of what-you-see-is-what-you-get brew, which is to say there's not much that changes about the beer from the first sip to the end of the pint. Slightly fizzy and acidic in feel, medium-bodied.

D: This was too snappy for me...lots of bite and not much balance. I don't think I could have (or would have wanted to) go for a second round.

A disappointing release from Bristol. Not recommended.

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Photo of cokes
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to virtually no head. Very nice appearance as it is as dark as the night. Lackluster tatse for an oatmeal stout to me. Much thinner, flavor-wise when compared to a Samuel Smiths, but hey, who cares. Light, but tasty hops on the finish. Wont try again.

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

Very little head comes with this beer. I tried a sample of this at the store and I was impressed, but when I got home and had my own bottle, it sure lost the appeal that I initially saw. There is a huge sweet and nutty taste that explodes when it first hits your mouth, but I don't really like the way it finishes. It was a nice stout, but it is actually a little too rich for me in a stout.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark espresso with russet highlights at the edges; what starts out as a nice head fades just a bit too quickly but still leaves wisps and traces

Smell: Really sweet graham cracker aroma, with charred malt underneath

Taste: Like the aroma, the graham cracker flavors dominate, up front, with the citrusy Cascade hops making an appearance shortly thereafter; by mid-palate, the charred malt joins the fray, leaving an ashen coating on the tongue; after the swallow, the charred flavors dominate, though the graham cracker sweetness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with the anticipated creamy feel; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting an unusual oatmeal stout, but ultimately I have to mark this one down as a failure - just too much going on that doesn't come together well

Thanks, Schmittymack, for the opportunity

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Photo of codewarrior
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz (bottled 3rd week of October) from a 6-pack into a snifter

This beer is a pretty good Oatmeal Stout, and has gathered something of a cult following from locals around Colorado Springs.

L: Black, redish-brown around the edges. 1 finger thick, soapy, creamy head.

S: Thin caramely hoppiness, lots of burnt malts in the back. Still smells a bit thin.

T: Starts slow, building up into a big malty-middle that trails off slowly into nothing.

F: A bit thin and lighter than expected, but not terrible.

D: Easy drinking, smooth low ABV stout. Nothing wrong here. Nothing spectacular either.

Apparently once it's aged for 3 years ... it becomes something spectacular.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark brown body and a thin head.

s: Sweet roasted barley with a hint of dark fruit.

t: Sweet, dark malt, chocolate and a light bitterness in the finish.

m: smooth and creamy.

d: A good stout. Lacks the depth of flavor or supreme creaminess that would put it in the top tier, but it is still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a touch of amber. Poured in a Ciney snifter. Plenty of suds with a beige head. Light aroma of roasted grain.

Medium body with more malt flavor than stickiness. Dark roasted malt with some coffee dregs and bitter chocolate. The hops come on slowly, but add to the complexity of a darkly flavored brew. Grainy with a fleeting sweetness that evaporates to the drier maltiness. This ends on a bitter note, and is an interesting variation on the Stout themes. Smooth and highly drinkable.

From the 12 oz bottle, a common migrant in winter around Colorado.

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Photo of Winter
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that flattened out to a thin surface covering. Aroma consists of cocoa, dark chocolate and subtle vinous tones. Mouthfeel teeters between medium and full-bodied. Its smoothness almost gives it a watery consistency, though. Non-descript front leads to a choclate malt and dark fruit middle. Strength in flavor comes toward the back in the form of cocoa and roasted grain. Moderate hop bitterness combined with the stout's carbonation leaves a coarse finish at the back of the throat. Burnt malt taste lingers. Hint of alcohol in the back too. At 6.5% that's expected, I guess. Slightly above average, but not outstanding.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black pour with mahogany cast, moderate, dense head of khaki froth has some stick and leaves scattered blobs of lace.

Aroma is roasty dark malt, dry chocolate, molasses, oaty tartness, and soft floral hops.

Flavor is roasty chocolate and black malts, bittersweet baking cocoa, old coffee filters, and plenty of tart oat flavor. Floral and earthy hops are a bit too subtle to make it balanced. Too much oat flavor.

Body is between medium and big, smooth and silky, with a creamy mouthfeel. Average drinkability, the mouthfeel is this beer's best attribute.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with a little bit of tan head. Chocolate and nutty aroma with a light fruitiness. Rich dark chocolate taste with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is a nice winter beer. Nothing overly special, but a solid offering.

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Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darker brown, but not quite black. The head is light tan, creamy but not too large. The aroma is smokey chocolate, with some mild fruitiness and a bit of hops reaching through the malt. The flavor is a bit soda like, but I can't say why, interesting, but a bit thin.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beernut7 for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours an oily looking black with a bubbly half finger cream colored head. Slight retention on the sides of the glass. Slight lacing left.
S: Roasted malt notes with unsweetened chocolate and sweet caramel aromas. Grassy hop presence also, which overpowers the malt notes a bit.
T/M: Slight roasted malt notes with a light hop presence. Slight thickness of sweet caramel comes across the taste buds. Very smooth on the palate with an ok mouthfeel, but a tad thin. Milk chocolate presence in the aftertaste. A bit thin on the palate with a low carbonation, but a decent tasting brew.
D: Drinkable, but a bit thin on the palate. Glad I got to try this offering. Worth seeking out if you can find it.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As compared to another season's warlock? Pours a midnight black color with a lighter tannish color. Some brown hues around the edge of the glass. A frothy head with good retention but did hide to the edge of the glass. Decent lacing as well.

The nose has a light malty aroma but is limited overall. Some roast and chocolate note with an underlining lactic almost coffee-esk note that has that oatmeal essence to it. Some yeasty notes with a some lighter phenolics. A touch of plum and fig notes mostly. Some noticeable paper/oxidation notes but not over the top.

The taste is a bit more representative. The malt comes out more of the oatmeal notes. Mostly noticeable in the texture, there is a nice malt note to it. The roast and astringency backs off and is rather limited. Some minor chocolate notes but very feint. Would like more roast to balance. Some hoppy note with more of a bittering that is accented by the carbonation. Some floral hop notes in the finish. The yeast comes really comes out and lasts into the finish, which is a bit of a distraction. The oxidation is really noticeable as well in the finish.

The body is moderate and has a great creamy texture. Some off notes in the finish that is more of a deterrent. Carbonation is high, even more so for style. Overall there are some nice notes, creamy and oatmeal notes, but too many off notes on the back really distract from being an excellent beer.

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Photo of Birmingham
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of mentor
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strong one finger light brown head over a pitch black liquid. Mahogeny-brown edging when held to light and the head has formed a crusty layer that appears to be hanging around for the duration. Smells are mild. Roast and lactose. Black patent. Tastes yeah, oatmeal stout-like. Creamy smooth with a nice smooth oat aftertaste. Early, I catch some 'sour' of black patent. Some coffee steps in late with a caramel accompaniment. Alcohol is present when sought and the black patent becomes more prevalent in a flat and detracting manner, too.

Well, now that I've had about half of the beer, I'm finding the contrast between the black patent and the oatmeal smooth to be interesting. There's just enough other flavors (toffee, alcohol, fuggles hops) to distract my mind from the patent/oatmeal battle on occassion. Not a tremendously complex beer, but certainly an interesting beer. A bit darker-flavored than I'm used to for an oatmeal stout, but enjoyable. Moderate carbonation and md body.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of proc
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to virtually no head. Very nice appearance as it is as dark as the night. Somewhat light, but has the distinctive taste that is so good in oatmeal stouts. Much thinner, flavor-wise when compared to a Samuel Smiths, but hey, who cares. Light, but tasty hops on the finish.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date clearly marked on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy nearly black body (dark brown/ruby around the edges when held up to light) under a tan head of tiny bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Sweet oats and deeply roasted malts. A little sticky on the nose.

T: Darkly toasted malts hit the tongue first with a near-coffee bitterness, this is followed by a lull in flavor that ends when the sweeter and rather non-descript aftertaste comes in. A bit astringent and bitter with not enough body and complexity.

M: A bit too much carbonation for the style in my opinion, which lends less smoothness than should be.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not like the best in this class.

Overall: I am a little disappointed in this oatmeal stout. I am partial to Bristol brewing company because it is the brewery of my home town, so I always wish it to exceed the usual standards of "good beer". However if this beer isn't excellent, then I can't change that by wishing. Oh well... at least there is room for improvement!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 12 May 2010.

Served in a 512 One snifter. Small dark brown head. Lightly carbonated. Very dark brown, almost black in color. Smells like Hershey's syrup and deep dark roasted malts. Starts roasty becoming sweeter through the finish. Chocolately, dark, roasty, boozy. Warm sweet lingering aftertaste. Medium body.

Mouthfeel a little on the thin side.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and hazy, maybe a little too carbonated. Tan head.

S: chocolate chip cookies and bread, malty, some good roast character too.

T: Starts sharp and somewhat bitter, and well balanced by the hops, although there is no hop flavor. Ends with some malt sweetness. Good malt character of bread and chocolate, and a little roast character just like the smell. A decent amount of caramel flavor from the crystal malt. Some dark fruit flavor as well.

M: Very good mouthfeel which is characteristic of the style, chewy and smooth. Lingers on the tongue without being bitter or unpleasant.

D: A little thick and too many strong flavors to say I could pound these ones down all day. 6.5% abv isn't a joke either. I like having one or two and moving to something else.

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Photo of duderus123
3.61/5  rDev -5%
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.
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

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.