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 | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
186
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
19%
 
 
Wants:
14
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17
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Photo of Buebie
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for this one.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with freshness date, into a snifter. Black in color, some small redish hue at the edges whne held to light. 1 finger foamy brown head. retention is a ring around the outer edge. Lace is thin and does stick but mostly slides off.

Aroma is chocolate malts, a wiff of dairy and a touch of alcahol.

Dark chocolate malts flow in as I sip, mixed with medium carbonation. Some creamy thick quality to the mouthfeel. Must be the oats as there is no additional sweetness which would suggest lactose. A mild flavor of brown sugar and molasses. Finish is medium dryness with a touch of sweet flavors and more roasted malt flavor.

Good beer for a cold 25 degree night. Lable design is pretty cool too.

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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 hopfacebrew
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of proc
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to virtually no head. Very nice appearance as it is as dark as the night. Somewhat light, but has the distinctive taste that is so good in oatmeal stouts. Much thinner, flavor-wise when compared to a Samuel Smiths, but hey, who cares. Light, but tasty hops on the finish.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.74/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date clearly marked on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy nearly black body (dark brown/ruby around the edges when held up to light) under a tan head of tiny bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Sweet oats and deeply roasted malts. A little sticky on the nose.

T: Darkly toasted malts hit the tongue first with a near-coffee bitterness, this is followed by a lull in flavor that ends when the sweeter and rather non-descript aftertaste comes in. A bit astringent and bitter with not enough body and complexity.

M: A bit too much carbonation for the style in my opinion, which lends less smoothness than should be.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not like the best in this class.

Overall: I am a little disappointed in this oatmeal stout. I am partial to Bristol brewing company because it is the brewery of my home town, so I always wish it to exceed the usual standards of "good beer". However if this beer isn't excellent, then I can't change that by wishing. Oh well... at least there is room for improvement!

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Photo of SamN
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cold night, an oatmeal stout sounds perfect right now.

A- Pretty black stout, some deep red at the corners so not totally solid. Pretty poor head performance. Even a vigorous pour barely coaxed any foam out of the beer. Looks sort of...I dunno, sorta grainy. No lacing, more like spotting.

Weird.

S- Deep roastyness, of course, but also deeper smells of vanilla and smoke. A sweeter smelling oatmeal stout than, say, Samuel Smtih's.

T- Wow, this is a really great oatmeal stout. The creamy malt smoothness is there, and a nicely balancing hop edge without become too rough against this, this smoothest of beer; so well rounded. Fantastic blending of complimentary flavors and superb taste construction from Bristol here. There is however, a rather sharp metallic aftertaste that is unappealing.

M- Couldn't ask for a smoother stout, couldn't ask for a more perfect body.

D- Decent drinkability. This is my first Warlock, and I know I could put back three or four of these no prob. But this is no lightweight beer, it's gonna be filling.

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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 Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of angelmonster
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big 2 finger chocolate head, body is black with some yeast sediment. Head retention is good and lacing is very good

Smell is of sweet chocolate roasted malt and some coffee. There is also hints of licorice and spice like anise

Taste is of sweet chocolate burnt malt, slightly bitter hops are in the after taste.

Mouth feel is silky smooth. Medium bodied, head has some creaminess and beer is well carbonated

Drink ability is good, has the flavors of an imperial stout but the oatmeal lightens the body to that of a porter. This beer was reviewed in the Summer and its just as good then as it is in the Winter

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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 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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Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Winter Warlock standard pint glass. Beer was black, with a one-finger, dark brown head. Moderate lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was chocolate, roasted grains and coffee.

Taste was chocolate, coffee, malt and bitter hops.

Very nice, easy drinking winter seasonal.

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Photo of palliko
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don’t know how far from Colorado Springs this beer will be available, but I hope you get to try it. An excellent offering from Bristol, and only $4.99 a 6-pk. A very nice Oatmeal Stout, with not much foam or lacing. Presentation is opaque, nearly black, with a toasted barley aroma, a hint of fruit, and some carbonation. Lovely flavor, some mild bitterness from the hops, but also a little sweet on the finish. Well balanced, a nice brew for a winter’s eve.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color with a thin 1 finger width brown head leaving good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells musty with yeast with walnut and stale coffee aromas. The smell is very pronounced at first then begin to thin out.

T: Has a stale coffee and dark chocolate with bitter dank yeast. The aftertaste is quite nutty and mellows out the bitterness.

M/D: The feel is harsh and grainy but heavy like typical stouts. The drinkability is alright not my favorite and good for only one at a time.

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Photo of gbontrag
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't expect a big beer meringue here, I think the oats inhibit that.
The color is black with a hint of toasted chestnut shell around the rim. Beautiful lacing; sheer streaks that slowly fade.
Smells of smokey chocolate caramel and apricots, and apricot kernels.
Great fruity backbone leads to a wall of burnt toast. It's like a quilt made of pieces of burnt toast smeared with jam and oatmeal and blazed with a torch and hosed with raspberry mineral water. Nice art.

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Photo of 303beer
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
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!

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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 bigaltemple
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and hazy, maybe a little too carbonated. Tan head.

S: chocolate chip cookies and bread, malty, some good roast character too.

T: Starts sharp and somewhat bitter, and well balanced by the hops, although there is no hop flavor. Ends with some malt sweetness. Good malt character of bread and chocolate, and a little roast character just like the smell. A decent amount of caramel flavor from the crystal malt. Some dark fruit flavor as well.

M: Very good mouthfeel which is characteristic of the style, chewy and smooth. Lingers on the tongue without being bitter or unpleasant.

D: A little thick and too many strong flavors to say I could pound these ones down all day. 6.5% abv isn't a joke either. I like having one or two and moving to something else.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fresh Craft 30 Oct 2010. One of my favorite winter brews, just now finally reviewing it.

Poured a dark brown, nearly black with a nice head that lasted for several minutes.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and sweeter malt. Taste is very smooth with sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate with a very smooth finish. I'd nearly call this a session brew except for it's over 6% alcohol content. Great job, Mike and CO. Always look forward to this brew and getting it on nitro makes it even better.

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Photo of drewba
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a stagnant jet black with purple tints. Head is unimpressive; hangs around the rim of my glass in big, sticky bubbles.

S - stale oatmeal, fresh bread, a faint amount of coffee and dark chocolate, lots of roastiness from the malts.

T - First thing I notice is the impressive bitter coming from the coffee and dark chocolate flavors, i like it. The next thing I notice is the lack of oatmeal, where is it?! Supporting flavors are smoke, nuts, a little tangy dark fruit, some caramel - but not much sweetness coming from this. I think this beer could improve with a little beefier malt bill. Not a lot of complexity after the initial dark chocolate and coffee goodness. I might be unfairly wanting some sweetness out of Winter Warlock, because I admittedly like sweet oatmeal stouts, but this has very little residual sweetness in it. FYI YO!

M - medium bodied, sticks to the mouth and the carbonation is somewhat of an afterthought but still does the trick.

D - Overall very nice drinkability, I decided to pair this with a fudge brownie and they're absolutely complimenting each other. There is a little dryness in the beginning of the taste that i didn't like, but it finishes clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this black beer tainted with red produced a good amount of a brown head that retained very well. When it did finally reduce it went to a thin lacing that keeps a clean rimmed glass. The aroma of this beer is cooking chocolate malts of hints of alcohol and dairy products. The thick fluidity of the beer gave hints of molasses and brown sugar with the cooking chocolate taste. Giving an all around great taste to finish the drink off with.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with a little bit of tan head. Chocolate and nutty aroma with a light fruitiness. Rich dark chocolate taste with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is a nice winter beer. Nothing overly special, but a solid offering.

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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