Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout | Bristol Brewing Company

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal StoutWinter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
bristolbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
196
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of vegancraft11
1.51/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of benito
2.06/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got a pint of this while at Falling Rock last week; my review is from notes...

A: Served in a pint glass, midnight black (impenetrable), with no head to speak of. A muddy pool waiting to be sipped.

S: I caught notes of coffee and not as much sweetness as I expect in this style. Overall, the bouquet was non-descript.

T: An initial surge of creme brulee made for an interesting start, but I found it to be quickly overwhelmed by a strange celery-like vegetable flavor. The bitterness was strong and not balanced by any type of sweetness or heavy, oat flavor.

M: A sort of what-you-see-is-what-you-get brew, which is to say there's not much that changes about the beer from the first sip to the end of the pint. Slightly fizzy and acidic in feel, medium-bodied.

D: This was too snappy for me...lots of bite and not much balance. I don't think I could have (or would have wanted to) go for a second round.

A disappointing release from Bristol. Not recommended.

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Photo of DonFrap
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of cokes
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of Jakis808
2.49/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Horribly designed label which probably made the stout taste worst

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to virtually no head. Very nice appearance as it is as dark as the night. Lackluster tatse for an oatmeal stout to me. Much thinner, flavor-wise when compared to a Samuel Smiths, but hey, who cares. Light, but tasty hops on the finish. Wont try again.

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Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very little head comes with this beer. I tried a sample of this at the store and I was impressed, but when I got home and had my own bottle, it sure lost the appeal that I initially saw. There is a huge sweet and nutty taste that explodes when it first hits your mouth, but I don't really like the way it finishes. It was a nice stout, but it is actually a little too rich for me in a stout.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

This is a clear nearly black colored beer with a skimpy brown head that doesn't last.

Smell is mildly sweet with chocolate blackened sugar and rum in the scent. Lesser scent of molasses but this isn't a real odoriferous brew.

Taste begins sweet with a chocolate and char taste. There is a faint sourness from the charred malt used. That is about all for the taste. This is a milk stout judging by taste.

Mouthfeel is good but not really oatmeal stout thick.

Easy to drink but simplistic. I really can't see buying this when anything from else is available.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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

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Photo of dachp
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of OldChub82
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of RudnicsMEB
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ScorpyX
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of codewarrior
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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 BradLikesBrew
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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 mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Mullins83
3.45/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Winter
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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 Arborescence
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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