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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
85
very good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | 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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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 18:54:49 | More by thagr81us
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 19:14:53 | More by Haybeerman
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 05:32:10 | More by AgentZero
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Ricelikesbeer

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:26:35 | More by Ricelikesbeer
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angrymice

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 21:43:13 | More by angrymice
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drewba

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 06:57:56 | More by drewba
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emmasdad

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 18:56:59 | More by emmasdad
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Schmittymack

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-01-2010 04:56:02 | More by Schmittymack
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Bizz88

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 17:43:55 | More by Bizz88
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codewarrior

New York

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 07:39:51 | More by codewarrior
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 05:56:46 | More by htomsirveaux
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 01:19:19 | More by brentk56
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:40:53 | More by allforbetterbeer
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SamN

Colorado

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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 04:56:13 | More by SamN
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:53:59 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Domingo

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 14:33:29 | More by Domingo
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 13:30:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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drumrboy22

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:26:55 | More by drumrboy22
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 23:30:16 | More by angelmonster
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 19:16:57 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 04:49:18 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Birmingham

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Roasted malts and dried Fruits

Appearance: It ours black with a tan head,

Flavor: Roasted grains, bitter bite,

Mouth feel: It has a full body.

Overall Impression: I purchased this beer based on the recommendation of customer at the liquor store. I was looking for beers from breweries I had not had before. This beer fit the bill plus had a glowing recommendation. When all is said and done, it a good stout, but I don't see my self purchasing it again. There is nothing wrong with the beer; there just is anything memorable about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 23:57:28 | More by Birmingham
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Gyges

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 03:14:56 | More by Gyges
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joe1510

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz

This bottle comes to me courtesy of russpowell, thanks for the great trades Russ! Winter Warlock gurgles like black coffee from the bottle and is black as night when in the glass. A faint hint of light shines through only when directly backlit. The head rose easily to two fingers on the pour before falling to a solid cap and leaving splotchy beige lacing down the glass upfront but soon falls to nothing. The lack of head and lace is slightly disappointing.

The nose hits first with bittersweet chocolate before quickly moving into graham cracker crust. A respectable roastiness asserts itself in the rear and never lets go. There's a ghost-like underripe berriness that's barely detectable. Some clean alcohol tickles my nose hairs on deep pulls but overall this is a clean and inviting oatmeal stout.

The flavor has the same components as the nose but seem to be a little muddled and thin. There's bakers chocolate upfront before powdery cocoa enters the mix. Graham cracker crust comes along mid-palate before that faint green berriness flashes through. Dark chocolate and a solid roastiness shows up again on the swallow with the roastiness bringing a touch of bitterness. Winter Warlock is a tasty oatmeal stout.

The body is velvety and rich with a soft carbonation. There's a bit of a grittiness on the swallow that's actually rather enjoyable. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is this body could use just a touch more heft. If that slight heft was there the body would be close to perfect, as is, it's still good. A slight heat follows up the swallow.

This is a fairly easy drinking oatmeal stout. I'm enjoying the bottle enough to have another but a couple in a sitting would most likely be tops for myself.

I'd pick this up occasionally if it was available in my area, as is it's a very enjoyable oatmeal stout. The flavors are right where they should be and with a couple slight modifications this would be a real winner. Thanks for the bottle Russ!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:35:08 | More by joe1510
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.