XXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout | Bristol Brewing Company

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XXX Warlock Double Imperial StoutXXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of grub
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

got this in a trade with Mebuzzard early this year. thanks jason!

12oz bottle topped with silver foil. brewed 9/25/03, bottled 6/9/06, label says 80IBU and 18.4% ABV.

pours deep dark red, barely brown and slightly transparent. a strong swirl brings up a few bubbles that disappear again almost instantly. clings to the glass like wine or liquor.

aroma is intense. lots of alcohol, but not hot. fruit - cherry, date, raisin. grape. caramel and toffee. the alcohol and fruit really make me think more of a mead or port than beer. bit of chocolate too - jay suggested chocolate covered raisins and i thought it fitted fairly well.

taste is equally intense. lots of alcohol, but actually much less "hot" than i expected. it still hits you up front, but then mellows into a nice pleasant warmth. lots of fruit again. date, raisin, dried cherry. toffee. bit of caramel. dark chocolate. not quite as nice as the aroma. only a tiny hint of roast - certainly not to stout levels. biscuity malt.

mouthfeel is nice. low carbonation level. medium body, but bigger than i thought it would be.

drinkability is pretty good. definitely unbalanced towards the alcohol. and with less body and bitterness than i thought it would be. an interesting and complex beer that i definitely enjoyed, but not an imperial stout. maybe a barleywine, american strong ale, or even an old ale. no roast, colour is a bit light, thinner than expected. as a result it loses points for aroma, taste, and mouthfeel. still, well mellowed and very drinkable considering its size.

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Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle, brewed on 9/25/03 and bottled on 6/9/06. Pours a dark brown with a small fizzy tan head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is very rich - chocolate, sweet dark fruit, cherries, honey, and a touch of alcohol that increases as it sits.

The flavor is heavily sugary sweet and fruity (plums and raisins and cherries) with a little chocolate. There is a fairly harsh alcohol finish that is slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is is full and syrupy with low carbonation and an alcohol burn.

Overall, an interesting and complex beer, but too over the top for me - I couldn't finish the bottle. It's too sweet and alcoholic for me - too much like a liquor which I dislike. And at $11 for a 12 oz bottle, it's pretty pricey.

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Photo of badbeer
2.16/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fairly dark brown color, no head, no retention. Smells of maple syrup, booze, soy sauce, and maybe a touch of sin. Taste screamed of maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, and oxidation; just punished my mouth. Body was full, carbonation was medium. Almost a pure monstrosity, can't believe this is somewhat well regarded.

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Photo of jamesm7485
2.52/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is one weird ass beer. Poured into my chimay class after sitting in my cellar for awhile.

It pours a jet black with an orange hue near the rim, lighter in the pour than i thought it would be. A bit of a fizzer but the head dies down quickly.

The smell is very nice, toffee and maple syrup hit the nose

The taste flat out is a downer, way too sweet and very hot

Had a hard time keeping this in my mouth long enough to tell but it seemed to be very thing and lacking in body, it could be the offensive taste that added to that

This beer is super hard to drink, when im not on beer i tend to drink nice whiskey and rum straight up and they go down easier than this beast does!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a midnight amber with a smallish white head that melts quickly to a faint and tiny ring of bubbles.

Aromas are deliciously grapes, plums, candied sugars, and lots of fresh mild fruits.

Taste is an immediate hit of alcohol, then some of the dark fruits come forward in the aftertaste...molasis, plums, prunes, raisins. Then more alcohol..lots and lots of alcohol covered only slightly with sugars.

I would like to praise this higher, but honestly can't. The alcohol is too overpowering to make it a quality brew...only a very, very strong brew.
I like that...but only to get a big buzz before going to sleep.

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Photo of prototypic
1.76/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Many thanks to csmiley for splitting the bottle.

Bottled in 2006.

XXX Warlock pours a dark, mahogany brown color. It's not opaque. Light cuts through and reveals strong burgundy highlights. The head...well...never arrived. A few bubbles collected on the top, but they disappeared as fast as they arrived. Lacing was also non-existent. I know there's too much alcohol, but it's still disappointing.

The nose is interesting. It kicks off with a strong blast of dark fruit. Raisin, plum, and a little prune are all present. There are some light cocoa and caramel notes. Smells a little sweet. Alcohol is very prevalent on the nose. Way too strong. Between the strong dark fruit and alcohol, it's nigh impossible to detect some of the traditional Stout notes. It actually smells more consistent with a Barleywine.

The flavor is equally as interesting. It kicks off with a very sweet mix of caramel and maple syrup. Cocoa-esque chocolaty notes follow. There's an interesting flavor in there that I can't quite peg. It might be soy sauce, but I'm not sure. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and prune are definitely strong. Alcohol is extremely strong in flavor and is definitely hot. Finishes with dark fruit and booze. This is a mess.

XXX Warlock has a medium body. Carbonation is light. It's not horrible, but it feels too thin for a beast this big. Drinkability is very poor. This is boozy, hot, jumbled mess. An entire bottle would truly be a chore.

Bristol Brewing Company did the right thing in retiring XXX Warlock. It is not good, and nothing could possibly be done to redeem or improve it. It doesn't even taste much like a Stout. It's definitely more of a Barleywine. A boozy one. That tastes bad. Exercise the utmost caution when approaching a bottle.

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Photo of bradford
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to drumrboy22 for sending me a couple bottles of this beer, which I have been looking for for a long time.
Appearance was much lighter than I expected for such a high abv beer. It appears to have been highly filtered. The head was almost non existent.
Smell was very sweet, almost too sweet.
Taste started extremely sickly sweet, but then the malts cam through and was very very tasty. First taste reminded me exactly of DFH 120minute IPA, but then the traditional stout malt comes through, followed by a caramel sweetness that is very apparent. Very sweet but also very tasty. Alcohol taste is also apparent. Firstly,it doesn't seem like such a high caliber brew, but then the cognac taste pulls through, and I realize that this beer is very much the 18%+ as advertised.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Everyone, myself included, refers to many stouts and porters as smooth, but this one is the definition of smooth mouthfeel. Almost like chocolate syrup. Coating and warming on the palate.
Drinkability is good for such a high alcohol content, but the sweetness keeps this beer at a true sipper, not a chugger.
I like this beer and will age the second bottle for as long as I can, but seeing as how delicious this beer is, I don't see that being very long.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle has a bottled on date of 6/9/06 with 18.4 abv pours into a narrow champagne flute to copy the glass they brewery was selling to accompany this offering

Pours almost burgundy/black (claret when held the light) with about 1/3" of white head. When you swirl this tinny bubbles cling to the glass & it crawls down the glass like transmission fluid

S: Gorgeous nose: Plums, chocolate cake, cork, charred oak & raisins. Alcohol scents show up late to the party.

T: Rich, chocolate, raisins, Christmas pudding & brandy & port all run across the tongue. Burned toffee & warming alcohol come through as this warms. Leather also shows up along with baker chocolate& molasses. Finishes warming, choclatey, charred woody & fruit cakey

MF: Almost no carbonation, sticky, syruppy, chewy & oily

Drinks very easy for the abv. There needs to be a triple category for stouts & ipas & such, these beers are getting so damn big! & Why didn't they make more??? Will attempt to hold on to the few I have left & sample much latter. Hope I actually live up to that promise

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Photo of BeerZack
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled 6/9/06

Dark mahogany color, appearing black. No head.

Intense concentrated dark cacao and raisiny scents. Also very nutty, pecan pie, walnuts. Gives me a port-wine or sherry impression, the alcohol is definitely there but its a nice part of the package.

Very rich fortified wine-like feel and flavors. Dark fruit; raisins, walnuts, touch of salty "soy sauce" impression. There is a tingling from the front of my tongue to the sides that was spicy and almost minty. Alcohol plays a positive role in the flavor as well.

Dessert wine sipper - nice.

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Photo of sterstar1
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What an amazing beer. This was my first double imprial stout. One of the beer guys at Davidson's pointed this out to me and a friend and we each bought a twelve ounce. (we only got one because it was $10 for one bottle) The beer poured out into a pint glass with a nice, dark color that one would expect from an oatmeal stout. The nose definitely hinted at how strong this beer is. The taste and mouth feel were amazing. The flavour just exploded out of this one. If you get a chance, try this one out. You wont be dissapointed.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is very dark to black with ok carbonation. The head is small, dark tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is a bit strong of alcohol and dried dark fruits.

The taste follows just a very strong pungent taste and smell, lots of alcohol and a huge semi sweet malt. A strange taste almost or actually very much like Vegemite. Smear this one on toast with onion and tomato.

The mouthfeel is nice could be a bit thicker the carbonation is also good.

The drinkability is soso to ok. The brew does not seek to need much age but @ 18% I will put my other one down for several years. Prosit, MK

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Photo of Jredner
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body is ruddy brown and while the brown dominates this is much more crimson looking than you’d expect from an Imperial Stout. The head is fizzy, bubbly and fading. It’s tan colored and thin. It doesn’t look all that Imperial. The aroma features walnuts, cherry syrup, chocolate and baklava. Fairly hot and heady in the fore which gives way to a slightly oxidized, malty barley wine like flavor. Mutes cocoa, chocolate nuts and cherry liqueur flavors make a play as well. It’s kind of semi-sweet in the finish before a blast of hot alcohol takes over and defines the aftertaste. This is different and I like it, but it isn’t really a style defining beer despite its massive alcohol content. That being said I’d be happy to have more to see where this goes over the years.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This BLACK beer is poured into a pint glass. It showed up with a good head but reduced down to a little lacing. The smell that greats the nose is molasses. It also has hints of the sugarness of the drink. Faint cooking chocolate with charcoal taste and molasses tastes. Aftertaste just keeps the palate warm! Wow this will be a keeper for the fact of the high taste and I would title it death on wheels. Never for a first time beer drinker.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this from Dauss, Thanks again bro.

Served into a wine snifter.

Appearance: This beer pours a solid black hue, and the tanned head rose up only high enough to give me a cover over the liquid and quickly died down to a thin ring around my glass. As I swirl this around my snifter it leaves behind an almost topaz stain. No lace with this offering.

Smell: The aromas are very aromatic and complex. Strong vapors of alcohol with a pleasant amount of chocolate can be detected right off. Burnt dark fruits, predominately prune and figs. Coffee notes are subtle. I am also getting a slight mesquite wood and some cooking ingredients such as worcestershire and soy sauce. Overall, this is very pleaseing to the nose.

Taste: Wuff! This hits light a friggin freight train, with its alcoholic punch! The flavors are very much like the nose. Chocolates are running throughout, along with a bourbon vanilla note. The coffee is still subtle. The mesquite wood, worcestershire and soy are way to strong for my taste buds. This would be ideal for marinading steak. I am really torn on the taste, its good and almost offensive at the same time. I would like to try to obtain another bottle strictly for cooking.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with a high amount of carbonation, thou I believe that may be due to high alcoholic vapors coming back up. Slick, oily, chewy, viscious, meaty, HUGE THICK MOUTHFEEL. This beer sends a warming sensation from my mouth to my stomach. Not bad in this department.

Drinkability: Obviously, due to the extremely high abv. I dont think I would want to put more than a 12oz. bottle away per night. This would be a great canidate for long term ageing and cooking, but as for me I don't see myself craving this anytime soon. Just to big for me to fully enjoy. I'm glad I got to try this and If you not had the oppurtunity yet, I would say it was worth a try.


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Photo of humanawho
4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark brown/caramel color with very little head

S - strong milk chocolate aroma with some walnuts and strong caramel with a slight alcohol burn

T - nice cocoa flavor, lots of walnuts and caramel with some dates, lots going on

M - carbonation is pretty light but it works with the heavy body of the and complexity of the beer

D - amazingly drinkable for such a big beer

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed: 9/25/03

Bottled: 6/9/06

Drank: 2/28/09

This beer poured a dark brown (almost black) color with no head. The aroma was a complex blend of malt, spices, pepper, molasses, peppermint and alcohol. The taste was molasses, plum, raisin, smoky and very alcoholic. The beer had a full mouthfeel that left a slick coating in my mouth. This is an intense beer! A sipper to share with friends.

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Photo of biking4beer
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Yeti goblet/snifter.

Deeep brown to black. A little light gets through on the edges to produce a deep ruby. Pours a very minimal head that is whispy and disappears. No surprise there.

Holy olfactory pleasures. Caramel, raisin, prune, sweet chocolate, roasted/burnt malts, coffee/espresso, toffee, maple syrup, and alcohol. Seems like a lot of other things I just can't associate a name.

Well, this one tastes just like it smells. Milk chocolate, toffee, maple syrup, coffee. It has a surprising hop bitterness. Not sure why it's a surprise since the IBU is 80, but I guess I just wasn't expecting it.

The carbonation is fairly low on this, but to me it was a surprising level. It's definitely oily and big surprise here, HOT. As soon as you sip it, you feel it up in your brain.

Drinkability is definitely pretty low. 1 bottle in a sitting is pushing it, but it is a great and unique drinking experience. A must try if you can get your hands on it. I have a couple more bottles and I look forward to seeing what they are like in a few years.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to jasonmech77 for sharing this...
Appears a dense, dark brown with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Little remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fudge, fresh brownies, roasted nuts, molasses, tobacco, figs, brown sugar, caramelized malt, earthy, mineraly, Smells amazing but very potent.
Taste is of the same mentioned aromas with many fruity esters standing out including flavors of rum cake, peanuts, brown sugar, and raisins.
Mouthfeel is chewy, sugary, very hot, along with tons of cloying raw sugar up front.
This one drinks like a brandy. I think if the next species that evolves after the demise of humans ever takes on drinking(and if they find this), it will still be too cloying and hot.
It shows flashes of World Wide Stout, and Mephistopholes.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a chaming ruby port color with a nice caramel brown. The head is a thin tan collar.

Smells quite boozy even after aging that's nestled around sticky caramel and red licorice with a touch of charred sugars. The booze is a bit much, but the soft sweetness behind the sting is enticing.

The flavor starts with a sticky caramel but is immeidatly followed by a touch of wattery coffee and a touch of barbecue chicken. Dark fruits and figs round out an aeromatic fruitiness that really adds some balance. For 18.4, this is remarkably smooth.

Feels quite thin with only a trace of little bubbles. The alcohol is quite warming.

Not bad, but hard to pick out as an RIS.

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Photo of jwc215
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a rubyish tint. A tan head vanishes to a ring - not surprisingly considering abv level. Some spotted lacing manages to hold on...

The smell is powerful - you can smell it at quite some distance. Maple and dark malt - lightly roasted with chocolate, toffee, caramel and molasses. Dark fruits (prunes/plums/dates) and vinuous notes complement the malty complexities. Earthiness and a woodiness also present themselves well. Hugely complex, this is a treasure to smell...

The huge complexities follow through from the nose to the taste. The dark malt, maple, and dark fruits intertwine exceedingly well. The alcohol adds spice to it, making it warming. Despite the huge complexities and high abv, it is very smooth. It has a long, sweetish finish.

Full-bodied, rich and creamy with just enough carbonation to keep it from being overly thick.

This is a work of art! A great one to sip on in the cool/cold weather. Very well-done...highly recommended!

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from his trip! Wish it were available locally!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very complex and exceptional beer. Thanks to badbeer for the trade. This is one of the best beers I've had in quite some time, and definitely the strongest beer that I actually enjoyed.

The beer pours to a nice dark brown color with a ruby hue to the light. I expected it to be much darker, but this is just barely a few shades too dark to see through. Little to no head to speak of, but a huge head isn't to be expected of such a high alcohol beer. Subsequently no lacing. Carbonation is not apparent either. Has a glossy, oil slick surface when the light shines down on the surface of the liquid.

The smell is very complex. Smells like a brandy. The overwhelming aromas are cocoa, vanilla, real maple syrup, and dark berries and grapes. Burns the nostrils with alcohol fumes, though it is very smoothed out. Also a bit of caramel and toffee.

The flavor is even more complex. Quite sweet, but not nearly as cloying and unpleasant as any other intensely high ABV beer I've tried. Has the same strong notes of cocoa, vanilla, and a nice vinous dark berry flavor. Also has notes of coffee, caramel, toffee, honey, molasses, and real maple syrup. Once again, reminds me of a fine brandy. Has a nice gentle coffee roast, and while it may not be roasty enough to balance out the sweetness, it creates a very interesting blend, showing off the chocolatey side of roasted malts that is typically not seen in a stout. Intensely smooth for such a strong beer, as the alcohol is barely detectable. Has a nice cocoa finish, but the aftertaste actually drops out fairly quickly. The beer burps taste just as wonderful.

The body is thick and syrupy. The carbonation is very subtle. Nice alcohol burn with little of the ethanol flavor. It is a sipper for sure, though it is just as easy to take a large drink of despite the high ABV. Even so, it is best to savor in small sips, extending the life of this coveted and pricey brew.

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Photo of Andbrew
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally get this one and thanks to the ever reliable Coaltrain for providing it for me. 2006 bottling date.

Deathly black syrupy pour with no head; characteristic of the high ABV beers of course.

Smells of fine brandy and roasted wood with an almost barbecue quality. Esters burn the nose lining and give a distinct strong alcohol presence.

Overwhelming alcohol presence at very first taste with tongue coating consistency. Taste is a big mix for me of resiny roasted wood and a very distinct Worcestershire sauce taste. Thick on the palate and goes down like cream. Strong aftertaste only slightly bitter and drying.

Another strong one that is one of those that is rarely drunk. A certain experience for the palate as I had never tasted as strong of barbecue flavors in a non-whimsical beer, for sure pair with a chili or brisket but only with a strong creamy dessert. This one is for a nightcap otherwise

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Photo of graysandpeas
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared courtesy of jasonmech77. Brewed on: 9/25/03. Bottled on: 6/9/06.

Poured a dark brown with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, wood, molasses, toffee, and nuts. Tastes of dark fruits, cherries, toffee, molasses, nuts, brown sugar, and smoke. There was a whole not going on there! Sweet. The alcohol was definitely present in the taste and finish. This is one you would have to sit down and sip for a few hours!

Notes from: 4/6/07

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XXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 82 ratings