1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout - Bristol Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Winter Warlock Oatmeal StoutWinter Warlock Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 144
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jmbranum
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

jmbranum, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of PalatePilot
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

PalatePilot, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Seanniek91, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

allforbetterbeer, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Gerred, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Huffaroma
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Huffaroma, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of benito
2.05/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

benito, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of SamN
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

SamN, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Arborescence
3.48/5  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.

Arborescence, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of famous_mortimur
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

famous_mortimur, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

drumrboy22, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of dseanv
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

dseanv, Jul 10, 2014
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 angelmonster
3.98/5  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

angelmonster, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of backslide311
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

backslide311, Sep 02, 2013
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 bootsandbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

bootsandbeer, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of siddhartha
4/5  rDev +4.7%

siddhartha, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of MeisterMayhem
4/5  rDev +4.7%

MeisterMayhem, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of RudnicsMEB
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of bambam2517
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

bambam2517, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of gbontrag
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

gbontrag, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of codewarrior
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

codewarrior, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of swaghawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

swaghawk, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of bigaltemple
4.05/5  rDev +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.

bigaltemple, Jan 29, 2012
Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.