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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

144 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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)
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Photo of alolesen
4.95/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on nitro at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. I can't comment on the bottled version but the tap/nitro version is the best stout I've ever had. I live in west Michigan and we have some really good stouts; Founders KBS &CBS, Bells Expedition Stout, but this was fantastic. Great balance of malt and hops, creamy nitro head, absolutely the best.

alolesen, Nov 20, 2011
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 quirkzoo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

quirkzoo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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

StonedTrippin, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

thagr81us, Mar 28, 2011
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 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 Ricelikesbeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and hazy, maybe a little too carbonated. Tan head.

S: chocolate chip cookies and bread, malty, some good roast character too.

T: Starts sharp and somewhat bitter, and well balanced by the hops, although there is no hop flavor. Ends with some malt sweetness. Good malt character of bread and chocolate, and a little roast character just like the smell. A decent amount of caramel flavor from the crystal malt. Some dark fruit flavor as well.

M: Very good mouthfeel which is characteristic of the style, chewy and smooth. Lingers on the tongue without being bitter or unpleasant.

D: A little thick and too many strong flavors to say I could pound these ones down all day. 6.5% abv isn't a joke either. I like having one or two and moving to something else.

Ricelikesbeer, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of angrymice
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark nearly black in color, with a thin brown head. Smells of roasted malt and oats. Bold flavor of a european stout with chocolate undertones. Smooth feel in the mouth and excellent drinkability, especially while enjoying a cold snowing day. I wish I could buy it outside of CO.

angrymice, Dec 17, 2010
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 emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

emmasdad, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Schmittymack
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Schmittymack, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Bizz88, Oct 28, 2010
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 htomsirveaux
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 12 May 2010.

Served in a 512 One snifter. Small dark brown head. Lightly carbonated. Very dark brown, almost black in color. Smells like Hershey's syrup and deep dark roasted malts. Starts roasty becoming sweeter through the finish. Chocolately, dark, roasty, boozy. Warm sweet lingering aftertaste. Medium body.

Mouthfeel a little on the thin side.

htomsirveaux, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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

brentk56, Feb 06, 2010
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 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 pokesbeerdude
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Domingo
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Domingo, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 19, 2009
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 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 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 ClockworkOrange
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 144 ratings.