Winter Warlock | Flat Earth Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Winter WarlockWinter Warlock
Very Good
65 Ratings
Winter WarlockWinter Warlock

Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-09-2008

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of TubbyDullard
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a thin, golden yellow color with a small white head at first and then it disappeared. Nose was with faint hops, malts, Taste is rather thin bodied rather than a heavy English barleywine induced lots of and lots of malt. 9%ABV is very well hidden which also increases its drinkability. Had a good number of English bwines and I found this one not to my liking. Different style than I prefer.

 397 characters

Photo of CRichardsMN
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2009 Vintage

Very clear golden yellow with a ring of creamy head and light lacing.

Very sweet grain (corn) and a hint of alcohol. No hops to be noted.

Again, very one dimensionally sweet and a light aftertaste of alcohol. Would expect another note of bitterness or citrus or roasting and more alcohol (based on ABV) but it's not there.

Light to medium carbonation and slightly syrupy. Medium body and coats the mouth slightly.

Pretty dense and kinda boring so I am going to have a heck of a time polishing off the whole growler before it goes stale. One glass is good, but I'd not seek anything past that.

Flat Earth is decent though not one of my favorites. The price is good and they let you sample all of the brews before you buy. One other warning is their tendency to "infuse" their brews, particularly the porter - some are good, some... not so much. Creative group, though, so I keep going back to see what they come up with.

 999 characters

Photo of billhelm
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of koes0024
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Fuggle hop aroma. A little spicy with what seems like yeast phenols. Hints of brown sugar and caramelized malt.

Alcohol plays a big part in the flavor with plenty of heat. Relatively weak malt flavor for a barleywine. Some flavor of sugar. Moderately bitter with some grassy flavor. Tastes more Belgian than English.

Weak body but the carbonation does its best with what it is given.

I was expecting a much better, and bigger beer. Body is labeled at 10.1% ABV which is very surprising.

 660 characters

Photo of cofeeguru
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of maximum12
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this big beer from Flat Earth late this winter. All of their beers I've tried to date have been good but not great, so I'm hoping Winter Warlock will break that trend.

Big honkin' 25 oz. bomber poured into two pints glasses. Golden retriever color, with evident carbonation doing a NASCAR upwards. Smell is unimpressive, like a grassy wheat beer? What the hell? A hefebarleywine?

A very sweet barleywine is the overarching theme. Sugary, with that hint of grassy wheatness, I swear, coming from someplace. That's about it. Very simple brew with no apparent alcohol. This could be a gateway brew for the craft-challenged with it's simple profile & gentle sweetness.

Pretty good brew, but not much going on here. I'd love to see some more complexity coming out of this to offset the sweetness - malts, hops, something to give it a bit of depth.

 869 characters

Photo of gford217
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle courtesy of Maximum12 poured into a tulip. The ABV is listed as 10.1% on this bottle FWIW.

The pour is much lighter than I was expecting, a clear golden amber with an enormous fluffy white head that recedes very slowly, leaving very good lacing. It's a great looking beer, but certainly not what I was expecting.

The aroma continues with the theme of unexpected and has a very light fruity aroma with only a little bit of caramel malts. Some sweet sugars, toasted grains and hops round things out. Not too impressed with the aroma.

The flavor is light with lots of sugar and toasted grains. Again, not much in the way of caramel malts or dark fruits. I get a little bit of light fruits, maybe peaches. It's a weird flavor to get from a "barleywine."

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost syrupy with the massive sugar presence. Sticky.

This is one of the weirdest barleywines I've ever tasted. In fairness, it would make for a decent golden Belgian ale. Even then, it's a fairly unimpressive beer with very little complexity underneath the heavy sugar presence.

 1,083 characters

Photo of doucmehu
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask, server told me it was very foamy and took 5 minutes to settle down. Wow, big pour into an imperial pint.

A: Hazy golden straw, a bit light looking for a BW. Minimal head, but what is there is very thick and creamy. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Some esters and mild malt sweetness, alcohol.

T: Tons of alcohol masks the malts and what might be some floral hops. This has hints of barleywine in it, but the malts are too subdued (or overpowered) to really hit on target.

M: Tons of alcohol burn and creamy smooth malts. Not much carbonation left in this cask, but not detracting.

O: Alcohol heat was too overwhelming. As other reviews have pointed out, this is not that complex of a barleywine, and the body is a bit thin. Slightly above average beer, but for the style it is slightly below average.

 831 characters

Photo of JakeBarnett
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of CCutch
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopstout
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light rusty amber with little head

Aroma - Apple/pear/citrus. Slight alcohol scent. A little cinnamon. doughy yeast. Toffee.

Taste - Very complex, layers of flavors. Peppery. Bready and biscuity. Caramel and orange. Brown sugar and cinnamon. Lightly bitter. A fine alcohol and hop finish.

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, medium bodied. Light syrup. Very smooth.

Overall - Very good taste, not elite, but good. I only purchased one bomber of Winter Warlock but I am thinking that I would like this more with a second and third tasting.

 552 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Polished apricot with 24-karat gold edges. The overly fizzy cap is yellowed ivory in color and lacks any sort of creaminess or stickiness. As a result, there's no more than a few stray scraps of lace. Not bad, but WW isn't the looker it might have been.

The underpowered aroma is golden fruity, with no hint of caramel and very little evidence of alcohol. The fact that there aren't enough Fuggles hops to act as an olfactory hook is unfortunate since Golden Promise malt and Irish ale yeast aren't too thrilling on their own. Maybe the flavor profile will get things back on track.

Winter Warlock isn't a bad English barleywine, but it is a supremely simple one. Although it isn't a style, this Flat Earth offering tastes like a strong golden ale. The malt doesn't deliver distinctive flavor, nor do the hops or the yeast. Saint Paul water? Not hardly.

There may be hint of toasted maltiness after all. The added sugar provides the sweetness that all good English-style barleywines seem to have, although 46 IBUs ensure that it isn't cloying in the least. The dominant flavors are apricots and peaches in sugar syrup and a splash of brandy, with a side order of white toast. Warming helps, just not enough.

Mouthfeel is the highlight of this experience for two reasons. First, the added sugar bulks things up and gives the finish a pleasantly slick stickiness. Second, the fizziness of the head is nowhere to be found in the beer itself. The bubbles are appropriatly laid back.

Winter Warlock Golden Barley-Wine Ale is not one of Flat Earth's better beers as far as I'm concerned. If the suggestion box is open, a more complex malt bill might be just the thing to bring complexity to a barleywine that is way too simple for its own good. Hopefully, the brewers are amenable to some tinkering.

 1,798 characters

Photo of Tyecko
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buebie
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold in color, medium white head, mudium laceing.

Huge malt smell, alot of sweetness, some bready notes.

Its interesting, very complex, not a chugger but piculiar flavors. Its drinkable, but not the barley wine I had suspected. I'd buy it again.

This beer is very complex, but off the bat there is a huge malt bill, with perfect sweatness. Piculiar pepperconrn middle with warm alcahol notes, not hot, but definatly spicey .I'm surprsed at the malts presence because the hops still come out swinging in the end. bready grain flavor and a hoppy spicey finish.
The bitters from the spice are foreign to me, its sweet and sour at the same time.

As it has warmed, much of the sweatness has dropped out, the bitter hoppy notes are still present, as are the complicated spicieness.

This is a 22oz brown bomber. Cost was $5.99, a bit spendy, but I dont regret the purchase. At 9% ABV, I'd expect more out of my $5.99.

 963 characters

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Mjcanton
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Winter Warlock from Flat Earth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 65 ratings