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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout - Bristol Brewing Company

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
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85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 171
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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: 171
Photo of beergoot
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark mahogany - pretty opaque. Pours with a thick, tannish head that lingers and fair lacing and rings down the glass.

The nose impresses with mocha, chocolate and roasted goodness; marshmallows and some-mores...

The taste is an awesome mix of bitter chocolate and soft bitterness.

The mouthfeel is rich, thick, and softly delicious - probably one of the smoothest tongue pleasers out there. Definitely memorable.

An extremely pleasing dark ale for the cold season. Rich and delectable, and perfect in a room with a fireplace ablaze and pro football playoffs on the large screen HDTV.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of Rayek
3.89/5  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.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of mentor
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strong one finger light brown head over a pitch black liquid. Mahogeny-brown edging when held to light and the head has formed a crusty layer that appears to be hanging around for the duration. Smells are mild. Roast and lactose. Black patent. Tastes yeah, oatmeal stout-like. Creamy smooth with a nice smooth oat aftertaste. Early, I catch some 'sour' of black patent. Some coffee steps in late with a caramel accompaniment. Alcohol is present when sought and the black patent becomes more prevalent in a flat and detracting manner, too.

Well, now that I've had about half of the beer, I'm finding the contrast between the black patent and the oatmeal smooth to be interesting. There's just enough other flavors (toffee, alcohol, fuggles hops) to distract my mind from the patent/oatmeal battle on occassion. Not a tremendously complex beer, but certainly an interesting beer. A bit darker-flavored than I'm used to for an oatmeal stout, but enjoyable. Moderate carbonation and md body.

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Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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!

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Photo of marc77
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has a sweet malt and subtle chocolate notes, along with a touch of citrusy Cascade. It lacks chocolate malt character-- something I love in the aroma of American stouts. This beer lacks the "silkiness" that a good oatmeal stout should have, and seems more a standard American microbrewed stout than a true OS. Cascades in flavor and bitterness come through nicely making this a unique oatmeal stout. Tastewise as a whole, this beer is pretty well balanced in terms of roasted barley character, hop bitterness, and body. Think of it as a Shakespeare Stout light.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thumb sized brown head that falls to a ring and laces some.

Aroma is nice roasted malts, sweet oats, good chocolate aromas, and a light smokiness that mingles with somehops lightly piney.

Taste is nice roasted malts, a little to fizzy to start, but it leads to good coffee flavors with the lingeing smokiness and hints of chocolate. Finish is lingering bitterness from the burnt malt mixed with some piney hops.

Mouthfeel is approaching full little too much carbonation at the start but it mellows out nicely in the end.

Drinkability is good smell is nice, flavor is ok but not as nice as the aroma leads you to believe it will be. Thanks go to babydoc and BGC BIF for this sample.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite local winter beer. I've been looking forward to getting this again since summer.
Pours inky black with a thin coating of beige head. No transparency.
Smells softly roasty, coffee with a bit of dark fruit and a touch of booze.
Soft and gentle, despite the fuller body. Somewhat powdery feeling, particularly in the finish. The oatmeal adds some flavor, but mostly smooths out the rough edges of the dark, bittersweet malt. Coffee, molasses and carob roastiness, with a delicious cherry fruitiness. A little vanilla and wood. I don't detect much in the way of hops, just a little bit of floral flavor in the burps. A trace of alcohol on the way down. Super mellow, yet very full flavored.

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Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darker brown, but not quite black. The head is light tan, creamy but not too large. The aroma is smokey chocolate, with some mild fruitiness and a bit of hops reaching through the malt. The flavor is a bit soda like, but I can't say why, interesting, but a bit thin.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Black in appearance. As it pours out it was developing minimal to no head so I finished with a hard pour and a nice index finger thick brown head developed. The head quickly left leaving just a slight residue around the edges of the glass.

S: A beautiful, rich oaty aroma from the malts at the forefront, partnered with some bitter chocolate and roastiness. One of the best smelling oatmeal stouts I have come across the the standout feature to this beer.

T: While the oaty component might be the strong aspect of the aroma it seems to be the least component in the taste. A strong coffee mixed with bittersweet chocolate opens, some of the oatiness kicks in mid-stream though not even close to as strong as I would like, and the roasted malts kicks in quickly after. Some hops finishes things up.

M:Medium bodied and beautifully creamy and smooth.

O:A very nice oatmeal srtout, one I return to every winter.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black pour with mahogany cast, moderate, dense head of khaki froth has some stick and leaves scattered blobs of lace.

Aroma is roasty dark malt, dry chocolate, molasses, oaty tartness, and soft floral hops.

Flavor is roasty chocolate and black malts, bittersweet baking cocoa, old coffee filters, and plenty of tart oat flavor. Floral and earthy hops are a bit too subtle to make it balanced. Too much oat flavor.

Body is between medium and big, smooth and silky, with a creamy mouthfeel. Average drinkability, the mouthfeel is this beer's best attribute.

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Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.87/5  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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Winter
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that flattened out to a thin surface covering. Aroma consists of cocoa, dark chocolate and subtle vinous tones. Mouthfeel teeters between medium and full-bodied. Its smoothness almost gives it a watery consistency, though. Non-descript front leads to a choclate malt and dark fruit middle. Strength in flavor comes toward the back in the form of cocoa and roasted grain. Moderate hop bitterness combined with the stout's carbonation leaves a coarse finish at the back of the throat. Burnt malt taste lingers. Hint of alcohol in the back too. At 6.5% that's expected, I guess. Slightly above average, but not outstanding.

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