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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: 172
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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: 172
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 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 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 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 russpowell
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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. :^)

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  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

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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 AgentZero
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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.

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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)

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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 blackie
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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


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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 Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra from SuperWhite92, thanks for the opportunity, poured into my Stone pint glass tonight, color is nearly black with ruby red at the top, small 1/2 creamy light brownish head, aroma is whole grains, dark cocoa, cereal, roasted malt, snickerdoodle cookies, and , flavor is full of dark malts, cereal and rich chewy malts in the middle, finish is slightly dry with grains and dark chocolate, gets smoother as time goes on, taste mixes well together, medium to full bodied, not much carbonation, lingering taste, roasty and chewy mouthfeel, dry as well at times, could drink a few bottles this time of year, can be filling but not too bad, smooth, honestly could not stand the double version of this I had last year, glad this one was balanced and true to its style, not a bad winter brew from Colorado, worth trying

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  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.

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