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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout - Bristol Brewing Company

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 171
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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: 171
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gyges
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at Cellar Temp. in a goblet.

Very dark, black beer. Nice creamy tan head, with decent retention.

There is plenty of roast flavor to the beer. Coffee flavors are definitely present in the mix. The oatmeal comes across as subtle nutty undertone. Nice hop bitterness with an appropriate lack of hop flavor.

The Mouthfeel is a little light, but not overly so.

I really enjoy this beer, and look foward to next winter when I get to buy it again.

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Photo of Bizz88
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with next to nothing for a head after a vigorous pour, might be due to temperature, but suprise, suprise, light lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee beans and cocoa. On the palette bitter-sweet chocolate, and stale expresso coffee. The carbonation was fair with a medium heavy body. Nothing to rave about but a fair showing.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of angelmonster
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big 2 finger chocolate head, body is black with some yeast sediment. Head retention is good and lacing is very good

Smell is of sweet chocolate roasted malt and some coffee. There is also hints of licorice and spice like anise

Taste is of sweet chocolate burnt malt, slightly bitter hops are in the after taste.

Mouth feel is silky smooth. Medium bodied, head has some creaminess and beer is well carbonated

Drink ability is good, has the flavors of an imperial stout but the oatmeal lightens the body to that of a porter. This beer was reviewed in the Summer and its just as good then as it is in the Winter

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bristol Brewing, Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout. Cool character on the label, I like this guy.

Muddy reddish brown, slim, but staying cocoa-brown head.

Just-right aroma. A little nutty, creamy, hints of coffee, bigger nods at chocolate. Sweet, yet dry.

Beautiful in the mouth. Floods it and fills it, lays down the tracks and lets it ride. Silky smooth has become a cliche', but it's appropriate here. Fits the bill for an oatmeal stout. Bittersweet, roasty, full-bodied, and smooth. Hearty and palatable. Mmm, mm, mmm.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fresh Craft 30 Oct 2010. One of my favorite winter brews, just now finally reviewing it.

Poured a dark brown, nearly black with a nice head that lasted for several minutes.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and sweeter malt. Taste is very smooth with sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate with a very smooth finish. I'd nearly call this a session brew except for it's over 6% alcohol content. Great job, Mike and CO. Always look forward to this brew and getting it on nitro makes it even better.

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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.

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackish color with a tan head. Aroma is largely black and roasted malts with some sweetness and very light hops. The taste is similar, but adds oats and some ripe fruits. Crisp body is fairly dry and light. Good dry/oatmeal stout. I think this beer drinks better on tap and is best on nitro. A very classic stout.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Winter Warlock standard pint glass. Beer was black, with a one-finger, dark brown head. Moderate lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was chocolate, roasted grains and coffee.

Taste was chocolate, coffee, malt and bitter hops.

Very nice, easy drinking winter seasonal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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