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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

141 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | 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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:08:48 | More by RblWthACoz
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 23:43:41 | More by Oxymoron
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 01:18:53 | More by BradLikesBrew
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IPALOVER

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 02:29:02 | More by IPALOVER
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 18:34:18 | More by hopdog
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 04:45:16 | More by JMBSH
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Floydster

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 02:57:57 | More by Floydster
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A- real dark, tan head that reduces to a skim, decent lacing for the style

S- Slight hint of dark roasted malt and some yeasty booze

T-Nice! This brew has some deep, dark roasted flavors with bakers chocolate and bitter undertones with a great softening from the flaked oats.

M-Watery for the style

D- Pretty good, light for an oatmeal stout so it boarders on a cold weather session brew

N- Worth checking out, not going to make you re-think the style but still worth a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 21:49:33 | More by MinorThreat
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:38:51 | More by Kemmerlin
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Tolnik

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 04:02:44 | More by Tolnik
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 03:22:31 | More by Buebie
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humanawho

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - very dark body with a strong cream colored head

S - strong roasty and sweet aroma a little nuttyness

T - very sweet roasty and nutty as the smell; a little fig flavor on the finish

M - nice and thick goes well with the taste

D - a little too sweet to be real drinkably but not bad

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 23:28:24 | More by humanawho
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 02:16:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 02:41:15 | More by EagleTalon
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SaltyLime

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 16:29:45 | More by SaltyLime
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 23:22:19 | More by ppoitras
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 20:17:02 | More by russpowell
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rye726

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 06:29:34 | More by rye726
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2008 01:54:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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Rayek

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice Stout for a cold winter evening.

A: Deep ruby red, bordering on black. Dark tan head that dissolves too quickly but leaves a fine lace.

S: Burnt malt, dark cherry, chocolate and espresso aromas encased in smoky overtones.

T: Smoked hickory is the first thing that hit me. The smoke gives way to molasses, brown sugar and coffee. Bitterness is mild. Has a dry finish with a nice warmth going down. This beer gets better as it warms up.

M: Medium heavy body with a slick feel. Carbonation level feels about right.

D: A strong beer that I couldn't drink more than one or two of in an evening. I'd definitely buy this again. It's a nice companion on a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 04:10:14 | More by Rayek
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IntriqKen

California

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 04:41:37 | More by IntriqKen
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 03:32:27 | More by Beaver13
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Zorro

California

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 05:51:50 | More by Zorro
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 00:53:33 | More by bjohnson
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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. :^)

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 16:19:52 | More by Bitterbill
Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.