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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

167 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 87
Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I passed this up for so long because it is good. Standard stout appearance, brown at the edges and black through the middle. You really have to let this one warm up because when its cold its sort of chalky but once it warms it gets nice. Aroma is sweet, sticky, nice. Flavor is a hint of sticky black sweetness, oats make it round and its just plain good. I'll be buying a bunch more and I might even say this is better than Firestone Walker's velvet merlin which was my favorite oatmeal stout up to this point.

Photo of cokes
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black with purple highlights. Head is absent, only a small, semi-tan edging exists.
Bizzare nose of plums, cola sweetness and liquorice.
Enters the mouth with a charred cola-syrup sweetness that is obnoxious almost instantly. Dark fruits parade next. In any other stout, they might be attractive, but here they only add to the mess. Plums and raisins jut out like sore thumbs, lacking any sort of intergration and ride painfully through the finish. Roasted hues are pushed back, and only make a cameo. Oats are not noticed, or at least relocated to the border of perception. Cascade hop finish is forced and unpleasant.
Very thin to boot. The only heft to be found is in its stickiness.
Similar to cascade-hopped prune juice.
With some (major) tweaking and bolstering, this could make a passable Imperial, though it is very needy on the roasted malt end and hop load.
Its cloyingly sweetness and gooey plum hues discredit it as an "oatmeal" stout.
Smooth it is not.
Avoid this wreck.

Photo of blackie
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

single, Wilbur's, Fort Collins

a: poured into a small chalice, the beer is a deep, dark brown in color, an initially thick mocha head receding to a decent layer

s: opens with chocolate and clean coffee - very nice roast elements, pleasant sweetness, toasted brown sugar, graham cracker, oats, a touch of dark fruit, and mild hops, solid aroma

m: carbonation light-moderate, body around of just under

t: earthy roasts upfront hint at coffee and chocolate, but better represent the woody/smoky/nuttiness that is roasted barley, a touch of burnt sugar at the front moves out quickly, just a slight amount of char and some grassy hop bitterness work into the finish

o: a solid oatmeal stout all around, good roast presence, balanced, drinks well, more complex maltsugars are found on the nose, while the palate holds more deep roasted character

4/4/3.5/4/4

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of BigBry
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a cold, snowy day - perfect for catching up on some reviews from my notes.

Draft pint, one of the seasonals available. Deep dark brown, almost black liquid covered by creamy mocha colored foam. Think sheets of lace stick to the glass.
The aroma has lots of roasted malt and chocolate notes.
Solid flavor, just as expected from an Oatmeal stout. Thick and rich; cocoa, chocolate nibs, hint of coffee in the background. At bit of hops at the end to balance it all out. Full bodied (Too heavy for my Guinness drinking friends), but I thought it was great. The oatmeal gives it an extra layer of complexity and smoothness.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +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.

Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of DonFrap
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of beergoot
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Rayek
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mentor
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of marc77
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JMBSH
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of joe1510
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.