Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout | Bristol Brewing Company

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal StoutWinter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
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Winter Warlock Oatmeal StoutWinter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
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Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
bristolbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

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#15,161
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88
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197
pDev:
12.5%
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 88
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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 bjohnson
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beernut7 for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours an oily looking black with a bubbly half finger cream colored head. Slight retention on the sides of the glass. Slight lacing left.
S: Roasted malt notes with unsweetened chocolate and sweet caramel aromas. Grassy hop presence also, which overpowers the malt notes a bit.
T/M: Slight roasted malt notes with a light hop presence. Slight thickness of sweet caramel comes across the taste buds. Very smooth on the palate with an ok mouthfeel, but a tad thin. Milk chocolate presence in the aftertaste. A bit thin on the palate with a low carbonation, but a decent tasting brew.
D: Drinkable, but a bit thin on the palate. Glad I got to try this offering. Worth seeking out if you can find it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle a near pitch black with a medium head of foam that shrunk quickly leaving just a fine layer. As an aside, there's a Month and Week indicator on the label but there's nothing notched.

The smell is a nice dose of roasted malt and grain.

The taste is kind of sweet malty up front but that is quickly overtaken by some good roasty malt and grain. I also taste some chocolate and coffee notes midway through whilst the finish returns to the sweet malt side that I noted in the initial taste. This is a nicely done Oatmeal Stout that I'd love to get more of. :^)

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 2005, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, brownish tan colored head. The beer is a pitch black color that showed rich, brilliantly clear, chocolate brown notes as I poured it into my glass. The aroma is a hearty mix of chocolate, espresso and sweet, creamy malt notes. Interestingly enough this reminds me a bit of a coffee liquor, the mix of sweetness and roasted coffee is unmistakable. Quite an enticing aroma on this beer.

Wow, this certainly has a thick creamy mouthfeel to it. The beer just coats my palate, but does have a touch of prickly carbonation to add just a hint of balance. The beer finishes with a noticeably roasted acidity and just a bit of hop bitterness. The roasted espresso notes also add some bitterness to this beer. Up front creamy chocolate notes intermingle with a malt ball-like sweetness. The only detracting note is perhaps a hint of chalkiness in the finish. This is a really nice beer though and I am certainly enjoying quaffing this brew.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of gbontrag
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thumb sized brown head that falls to a ring and laces some.

Aroma is nice roasted malts, sweet oats, good chocolate aromas, and a light smokiness that mingles with somehops lightly piney.

Taste is nice roasted malts, a little to fizzy to start, but it leads to good coffee flavors with the lingeing smokiness and hints of chocolate. Finish is lingering bitterness from the burnt malt mixed with some piney hops.

Mouthfeel is approaching full little too much carbonation at the start but it mellows out nicely in the end.

Drinkability is good smell is nice, flavor is ok but not as nice as the aroma leads you to believe it will be. Thanks go to babydoc and BGC BIF for this sample.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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 benito
2.06/5  rDev -46.4%
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 dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, brennan's-university, bottled in the first week of october

appearance: dark mahongany/almost black, creamy tan head, creamy lacing...pretty nice looking

smell: sweet dark chocolate, cream, roasted coffee, sweet malt backbone, a light touch of fresh hops

taste: better than the aromas...sweet and milky dark chocolate, nice and creamy, roasted barley malt, light oatmeal, some nice fresh citrus hops in the background...pretty nice, nothing spectacular but a good oatmeal stout

mouthfeel: a little thin, pretty silky smooth

drinkability: good session stout

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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.

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Photo of Winter
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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 palliko
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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 RBorsato
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a nice full creamy brown head, good carbonation and leaves sheets of lace. Strong dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma and tastewith fusel alcohol more noticeable in the mouth than on the nose. Medium-full bodied (leans medium) and a bit oily with a strong dry roasty bitter finish.

Very nice winter warmer ! Wish I could get it here !

Per Bristol website:
Style: Foreign Style Stout
Malts: 2 Row, Chocolate, Roast
Hops: Perle, Cascade
Alcohol: 5.2% by weight
IBUs (est.): 44

1998 GABF - Silver Medal - Foreign-Style Stout
Chock full of highly roasted barley malt and 100 lbs. of flaked oatmeal.

Bottled: 3rd Week Oct ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 07/20/04

(Zoe Wood)

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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 aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darker brown, but not quite black. The head is light tan, creamy but not too large. The aroma is smokey chocolate, with some mild fruitiness and a bit of hops reaching through the malt. The flavor is a bit soda like, but I can't say why, interesting, but a bit thin.

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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.

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Photo of proc
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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.

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Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 197 ratings