Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
Bristol Brewing Company

Winter Warlock Oatmeal StoutWinter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #250
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,912
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
202
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Bristol Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Winter Warlock Oatmeal StoutWinter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
Notes: Chock full of highly roasted barley malt and 150 lbs. of flaked oatmeal, the Warlock is a dark and satisfying winter elixir. Smooth, rich and exceptionally comforting. An annually-awaited winter seasonal.
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For a “basic” oatmeal stout I think they did a fine job. Keeping it at 6% and packing all that malty goodness in is fairly impressive to me.
The aroma is good, the look is good, the taste better than expected and the feel appropriate for the ABV and the oatmeal.
If this were available in Michigan I would gladly pick up a 6 pack every year.

Tuesday at 03:14 AM
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with a pearl ring. Smells so much better than it tastes. Smell has oatmeal, chocolate, light roast coffee, barley, and malts o plenty. Taste however has meaty smoke to it and metal in the finish, both distract and detract. Oat, chocolate, and heavier handed coffee help but are not enough to save it. Feel is sneaky robust, smoky, and malty.

Sep 19, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Dark brown - nearly black. Not much head upon pouring - 1 finger - quickly recedes to barely a foam ring.
SMELL: Charred grains and wood. Some coffee, dark fruit/prune, some caramel and malt
TASTE: Decent hop bitterness blasts in. Then you are hit with a super dry chocolate and coffee (deep dark roast). Slight woodsiness and some funk/earthiness. Very flavorful. Trails off with some smokiness and coffee
FEEL: Fairly full bodied but not as much as I expected especially with being an oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel should be a bit more full and creamy.
OVERALL: I have had this one a few times and maybe my tastes have changed... a couple of years ago I may have given this a 4.25-4.5 across the board. Seems to be a bit thinner than it used to be.

Jan 01, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Month Bottled: Oct 4 week 2016

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, roasty, with some chocolate/toffee, nutty, with some slight vanilla. The taste is malty, roasty, chocolate/toffee, nutty, vanilla. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew.

May 27, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled week 4 of October, 2015, poured into a Ballast Point Victory at Sea snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice dark black color, thick and opaque, hues of deep brown when hit by the light where a nice, soft, two finger head sits, bone colored, good retention and excellent lace. The aroma is nice, assertive roast, bittersweet dark chocolate, rich grains, light coffee acidity lingers well. The flavors hit the mark, plenty of dark chocolate, burnt coffee grounds, sweet malted dark barley, light stone fruit, a twinge of acidity and some ashiness that lingers. The mouthfeel is nice, medium body, a bit more carbonation than I'd like to see, but chewy and coating, very smooth and an easy finish.

Verdict: A nice simple oatmeal stout from Bristol Brewing, definitely hits the spot on a chilly winter night. Nice balance, nice flavor profiles, just a nice and easy drinking low ABV stout.

Mar 02, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First impression:

C/C+ / AVERAGE/ABOVE AVERAGE

***
2017.08.17 2nd impression from an aged bottle:

I have a general disdain for Bristol's usually subpar beers, but this one ain't half bad for what it is. Chocolate, subdued roast, thin whoppers-like sweetness, caramel. Dark malts/schwarz malts abound.

Mouthfeel is lackluster, drifting past the usual oatmeal stout smoothness into thin weak territory. Carbonation isn't dialed in. Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, unrefreshing.

A drinkable stab at the style and not as abysmal as most Bristol beers I've tried, but still lackluster. I continue to struggle to understand how Bristol remains profitable in a market as competitive as Colorado's.

High C / AVERAGE

***
2017.08.21 impression from a bottle:

C / AVERAGE

Dec 25, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Leaves a nice lace. Can barely see through it in a pint glads. Deep red brown. Has a hop and malt smell. Has more hop profile than most oatty stouts. I like it. it had balance just slight on hop side. Earthy hops. Umm. Yes will have many more of these. Good job to bristol brewery. It's in my top five oatty stouts!

Mar 28, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

January 17, 2015

Draft, taster

A – Black with light khaki foam. Seems pretty clear but mostly opaque.

S – Deep chocolate malt, and lightly roasted/bitter aroma. A touch of nuttiness and light espresso.

T – Very high, lightly bitter, chocolate with roasty, espresso coffee notes. Hops seem to be lightly herbal, not very high in the mix.

M – Moderate carbonation, very little sweetness. Balanced toward the roasty bitterness.

O – A roasted malt showcase, very good.

Jan 22, 2015
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blackie from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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

May 13, 2013
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Extremely good.

Pours a deep almost black opaque beer with a tan head.

Rich toasty aroma.

Flavor is very toasty with lots of coffee, dark chocolate, and a little bit of hops.

It reminds me of a smoother, creamier version of McMenamin's Terminator.

Mar 23, 2013
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint.

Appearance- What an oatmeal stout should look like. Very black with a one finger caramel head that slowly dissipated. Nice lacing.

Smell-Roasty/chocolaty malts. Bitter coffee. Light hops. Toasty and roasty, very nice.

Taste- Dark bitter chocolate. Heavily roasted malts. Light booze. Finishes with coffee bitterness and mild warmth in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation. Smooth. Not sticky, but full bodied.

Overall- This is a nice oatmeal stout. I bet it's great out of the tap!

Jan 29, 2013
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Nov 03, 2012
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Oct 21, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a touch of amber. Poured in a Ciney snifter. Plenty of suds with a beige head. Light aroma of roasted grain.

Medium body with more malt flavor than stickiness. Dark roasted malt with some coffee dregs and bitter chocolate. The hops come on slowly, but add to the complexity of a darkly flavored brew. Grainy with a fleeting sweetness that evaporates to the drier maltiness. This ends on a bitter note, and is an interesting variation on the Stout themes. Smooth and highly drinkable.

From the 12 oz bottle, a common migrant in winter around Colorado.

Jul 17, 2012
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Arborescence from Finland

3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black. Pours a decent brownish head, quite dense.

Aroma: Chocolate and malt, mild.

Taste: Malty, with roasted coffee and a slightly bitter aftertaste. You can taste the alcohol a little bit as well -- the softness of the oatmeal is perhaps a bit overwhelmed here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice round and soft mouthfeel typical for oatmeal stouts.

Overall: Pretty good, but not amazing. Nice branding though.

Apr 05, 2012
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duderus123

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black as night, no bubbles, can't see through it. The head is not one that hangs around but it does lace the glass... I'm hoping for substance in the smell and taste categories.
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Smell - Malts: king of a smoky and toasty smell... its a stout... Who burned the HOPS? Oh yeah... they are roasted... haha... Yeast? is it even there?

Taste - Tastes like a stout. Heavy in the malt and hops department with a coffee like roasted quality added. Not the heftiest stout in the world, but a decent one.

Mouthfeel - Almost heavy bodied... I wish it was heavy bodied.

Overall - It's good, but I wish it was heavier and bit more true to the stout style... Still good though. :-D

Mar 15, 2012
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bigaltemple from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, almost pitch black in color. Soapy, light tan head becomes a thin collar for the rest of the drink. Thick rings of lace stick to the glass.

S - Rich, toasted malts. Some sweet chocolate. A small sense of vanilla, with some caramel/toffee.

T/M - Roasted maltiness and bittersweet chocolate. Some coffee flavors come through as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied with a great creamy texture.

O - Always tends to be a good fit for a cool Colorado evening. After almost finishing a bottle, you realize it drinks heavier than you thought, leaving you quite full. I think "consistent" is a good description for Bristol. Not necessarily a bad thing for a brewery that hasn't dove headfirst into barrels and trends.

Jan 29, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Pint glass.

A - Pours pure black with 2 solid fingers of head and a ton of lacing.

S - Coffee with chocolate and other roasted malts present. Quite pleasing.

T - Malty deliciousness upfront! Coffee and Chocolate roasted malts are really impressive. The bitterness of the hops follows to provide a nice compliment to the malts.

M - I think the oats allow for a very delightful medium to full body. Carbonation seems spot on.

D - Extremely easy drinking beer.

Overall I am a big fan of this beer. In the past I've had it on tap and Nitro tap which makes it even better, however I still look forward to putting some bottles of Warlock in the fridge each winter. It's a goot oatmeal stout and not so sweet as so many others out there, which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-15-2011 20:32:39

Jan 28, 2012
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denver10 from New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Jan 10, 2012
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beergoot from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Jan 08, 2012
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agirlandherpen from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im a fan of this beer. Its not the best oatmeal stout that Ive had, but this one is good. I got it in a mixed 12 pack from a Colorado Springs beer store. According to the label, it was bottled mid october and it is now december 19th.

It pours very dark brown, with a basically black appearance. Small head, but it does not dissipate while drinking. It smells absolutely delicious. It smells like coffee and chocolate, which is just about enough to win me over completely. It has a nice carbonation, that is not too much or too little.

As I write this review, I am feeling full and I have only had half a 12oz bottle. It is quite filling. You do not really taste the 6.5%...a nice evening winter beer, and I will be sure to get more before I leave Colorado.

Dec 20, 2011
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Heischman from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout/Bristol Brewing Company
City/State- Colorado Springs, Colorado
STYLE – Oatmeal Stout
ABV – 6.5%
IBU – 40
DATE – 4 December 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall footed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – SRM of 70, black in color. Poured with a nice think cascading head that diminished to ¼ inch. Wonderful lacingcovering the whole glass.
AROMA- notes of chocolate and roasted notes and a hint of rasin or dates can’t tell
TASTE – Strong toasted chocolate malts right at the start. A little hint of fruity sweetness sneacks in in the after tast
MOUTHFEEL – Creamy and smooth a bit of carbonation nothing over the top.
CONCLUSION – A nice good winter ale. Nice notes of chocolate to remind you of the holidays.
-JH-

Dec 04, 2011
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UnionMade from New York

4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

Nov 28, 2011
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alolesen from Michigan

4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Nov 20, 2011
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Nov 16, 2011
Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 202 ratings