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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout - Bristol Brewing Company

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal StoutWinter Warlock Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002)
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Photo of joe1510
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz

This bottle comes to me courtesy of russpowell, thanks for the great trades Russ! Winter Warlock gurgles like black coffee from the bottle and is black as night when in the glass. A faint hint of light shines through only when directly backlit. The head rose easily to two fingers on the pour before falling to a solid cap and leaving splotchy beige lacing down the glass upfront but soon falls to nothing. The lack of head and lace is slightly disappointing.

The nose hits first with bittersweet chocolate before quickly moving into graham cracker crust. A respectable roastiness asserts itself in the rear and never lets go. There's a ghost-like underripe berriness that's barely detectable. Some clean alcohol tickles my nose hairs on deep pulls but overall this is a clean and inviting oatmeal stout.

The flavor has the same components as the nose but seem to be a little muddled and thin. There's bakers chocolate upfront before powdery cocoa enters the mix. Graham cracker crust comes along mid-palate before that faint green berriness flashes through. Dark chocolate and a solid roastiness shows up again on the swallow with the roastiness bringing a touch of bitterness. Winter Warlock is a tasty oatmeal stout.

The body is velvety and rich with a soft carbonation. There's a bit of a grittiness on the swallow that's actually rather enjoyable. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is this body could use just a touch more heft. If that slight heft was there the body would be close to perfect, as is, it's still good. A slight heat follows up the swallow.

This is a fairly easy drinking oatmeal stout. I'm enjoying the bottle enough to have another but a couple in a sitting would most likely be tops for myself.

I'd pick this up occasionally if it was available in my area, as is it's a very enjoyable oatmeal stout. The flavors are right where they should be and with a couple slight modifications this would be a real winner. Thanks for the bottle Russ!

joe1510, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown, almost black. Poured a small tan head that dissipated to ring around the inside of the glass. Lace din a few random spots.

S: Chocolate and earthy wet grains. Very mellow character.

T: Fairly consistent with the nose. Sharp flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate up front. Smooth, rich middle transitions to a light bitter with sweet roasted malt notes of caramel and dark fruit lingering.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Smooth, thick and chewy. Lingering flavors are muted and mild.

D: Drinkable for sure. Very filling though. Good flavor and nice balance with nothing being to overbearing.

Haybeerman, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of swaghawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

swaghawk, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Critters
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Critters, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me as an extra by bspringer.

A - Black beer, small off-white head, some spots that stuck on the side as I drank it.

S - Smells like roast, toffee, graham crackers, chocolate, slight nuts, little bit of oat. Actually quite nice and rich smelling.

T - Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, little bit of toffee. It's pretty taste and full, slight bit of green wood in there, and very much a stout taste on the finish. Not bad at all.

M - Thick, almost a little chewy, lower level carbonation.

D - This is a pretty solid beer that I can easily enjoy and drink.

AgentZero, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of famous_mortimur
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

famous_mortimur, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: thick black color, little head ever materializes, single lace ring
s: toasted malts and chocolate with a little bit of funk to it
t: toasted malts and sweet chocolate with a bitter coffee finish
m: medium to thick body, smooth to start and finishes with a carbonated burst
d: overall a smooth delivery of flavor, body and carbonation

belgbeerdrinker, May 27, 2009
Photo of PalatePilot
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

PalatePilot, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

nickfl, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of blackie
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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

blackie, May 13, 2013
Photo of drewba
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a stagnant jet black with purple tints. Head is unimpressive; hangs around the rim of my glass in big, sticky bubbles.

S - stale oatmeal, fresh bread, a faint amount of coffee and dark chocolate, lots of roastiness from the malts.

T - First thing I notice is the impressive bitter coming from the coffee and dark chocolate flavors, i like it. The next thing I notice is the lack of oatmeal, where is it?! Supporting flavors are smoke, nuts, a little tangy dark fruit, some caramel - but not much sweetness coming from this. I think this beer could improve with a little beefier malt bill. Not a lot of complexity after the initial dark chocolate and coffee goodness. I might be unfairly wanting some sweetness out of Winter Warlock, because I admittedly like sweet oatmeal stouts, but this has very little residual sweetness in it. FYI YO!

M - medium bodied, sticks to the mouth and the carbonation is somewhat of an afterthought but still does the trick.

D - Overall very nice drinkability, I decided to pair this with a fudge brownie and they're absolutely complimenting each other. There is a little dryness in the beginning of the taste that i didn't like, but it finishes clean and refreshing.

drewba, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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

russpowell, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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

SaltyLime, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from s 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint

a: black. slight head, disintegrates quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles and a slight beer ring. subtle spider web lacing remains.

s: espresso beans, black licorice, butterscotch, and roasted grains.

t: lightly bittersweet combination; licorice is prominent but not overwhelming, toasted espresso beans.

m: has a slightly washed out feel, but hearty and robust body, with a pungent peaty and dry finish. bitterness lingers throughout.

d: sip and enjoy.

good atmosphere. deep dark intimidating appearance, but with only a slight head and minimal lacing. nose is a great combination of toasted grains and bittersweet components. flavor, following suit, is dark unsweetened chocolate, licorice, and toasted espresso beans. overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color with a thin 1 finger width brown head leaving good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells musty with yeast with walnut and stale coffee aromas. The smell is very pronounced at first then begin to thin out.

T: Has a stale coffee and dark chocolate with bitter dank yeast. The aftertaste is quite nutty and mellows out the bitterness.

M/D: The feel is harsh and grainy but heavy like typical stouts. The drinkability is alright not my favorite and good for only one at a time.

Kemmerlin, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for this one.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with freshness date, into a snifter. Black in color, some small redish hue at the edges whne held to light. 1 finger foamy brown head. retention is a ring around the outer edge. Lace is thin and does stick but mostly slides off.

Aroma is chocolate malts, a wiff of dairy and a touch of alcahol.

Dark chocolate malts flow in as I sip, mixed with medium carbonation. Some creamy thick quality to the mouthfeel. Must be the oats as there is no additional sweetness which would suggest lactose. A mild flavor of brown sugar and molasses. Finish is medium dryness with a touch of sweet flavors and more roasted malt flavor.

Good beer for a cold 25 degree night. Lable design is pretty cool too.

Buebie, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

dirtylou, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of Tolnik
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Tolnik, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of JMBSH
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black looking but just a very dark ruby when held to light. Creamy thick light brown head slowly shrinks to a thin coat leaving some lacing on all sides of the glass.

S - Medium roast coffee comes to mind.

T - Rich dark roasted malts with only a hint of bitterness. A hint of sweetness also is there as well.

M - Thin almost watery feel. The previous three characteristics make you expect a much thicker drink.

D - The thinness seen above actually makes this go down even more easily. Light in alcohol also makes it easy to have more then one at a sitting.

JMBSH, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of palliko
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don’t know how far from Colorado Springs this beer will be available, but I hope you get to try it. An excellent offering from Bristol, and only $4.99 a 6-pk. A very nice Oatmeal Stout, with not much foam or lacing. Presentation is opaque, nearly black, with a toasted barley aroma, a hint of fruit, and some carbonation. Lovely flavor, some mild bitterness from the hops, but also a little sweet on the finish. Well balanced, a nice brew for a winter’s eve.

palliko, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

EagleTalon, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Beaver13, Mar 07, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around long at all. Nose is mild chocolate malts. Flavor is sweet. Oatmeal hearty tones are there as well. Fairly smooth. Liquid is smooth as well and carbonation is low. Easy to drink but a bit too tangy and not enough of that oatmeal earthyness I'd like to see. Overall not too shabby though really.

RblWthACoz, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 2005, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, brownish tan colored head. The beer is a pitch black color that showed rich, brilliantly clear, chocolate brown notes as I poured it into my glass. The aroma is a hearty mix of chocolate, espresso and sweet, creamy malt notes. Interestingly enough this reminds me a bit of a coffee liquor, the mix of sweetness and roasted coffee is unmistakable. Quite an enticing aroma on this beer.

Wow, this certainly has a thick creamy mouthfeel to it. The beer just coats my palate, but does have a touch of prickly carbonation to add just a hint of balance. The beer finishes with a noticeably roasted acidity and just a bit of hop bitterness. The roasted espresso notes also add some bitterness to this beer. Up front creamy chocolate notes intermingle with a malt ball-like sweetness. The only detracting note is perhaps a hint of chalkiness in the finish. This is a really nice beer though and I am certainly enjoying quaffing this brew.

Gueuzedude, Jul 27, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whomever i received this from. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a dark chestnut color with about two fingers of thick, creamy ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of rich roasted grains, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Just about full bodied for the style (most likely from the oatmeal) with adequate carbonation. I would not mind having this one again next season.

ClockworkOrange, May 18, 2009
Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.