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 Double / 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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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Schmittymack
5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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 twokansamm
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, redish brown color, super small ring of head

Nose of chocolate, raisins, vanilla, toffee (these 4 dominate) You know it's got some alcohol, but I felt the complexity of the aromas and their strength did a perfect job balancing it.

maple, heavy malt, raisins and chocolate on the back end. Bitter enough to do a good balancing job, but not much hop aroma (if any). What amazes me is that despite the crazy high ABV and long cellaring process, at the end you still know this is a stout (something that I think the Dark Lord missed on).

Thick and smooth. Thick and smoooth.

Of course it's a sipper. Let this think warm up a bit before drinking. It just gets better each sip.

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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 Crosling
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12’er. Dark brown liquid. Extremely quickly diminishing light brown head. Complex aged malt aroma, with hints of sherry (mild oxidation), chocolate, dried cocoa, toffee and fruit. Flavor is heavily complex. The finish is especially lovely, with lingering hazelnut, toffee and chocolate. A tremendously impressive brew. However, I do think it could be slightly better if it wasn't filtered to death.

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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 hoppymeal
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola brown to black in color with a small and fairly effervescent light tan head that quickly fades. Wow, very rich and sweet aroma. Reminds me more of a barleywine in many ways. Some sweet grapey rich maltiness, black licorice, a hint of roasted malts with some big bourbony booziness that leads into a salty soy aroma. Rich grapey and grainy sweet maltiness hits first in the taste, followed by a slow crescendo of hoppiness, slightly piney, big warmth of alcohol and a small amount of roasted malts and chocolate in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is not overly heavy or cloying for its sweetness, in part I believe because of the honey and possibly the syrup that is used. I love a well made subtle beer, but this beer is incredibly large and amazingly good for its size. Very unique, more like a barleywine with a few imp stout characteristics. An absolute treat, I will definitely seek out what is left of this one. Thank you Nick for the opportunity.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: Brewed with maple syrup and honey,
Brewed: 9/25/03
Bottled: 6/9/06 (sampled 12/16/07)
IBU: 80
ABV: 18.4%

Aroma: Heady alcohol, raisins, dates, all the classic dark fruit. A firm bourbon note as well, with some woodiness.

Appearance: Dark brown with some clarity showing. Head didn’t last or lace. Not very heavy on the legs.

Flavor: All what the nose promised with the alcohol adding flavor without heat or any harsh note. A very rich flavor with a lot of bourbon elements, no real hop flavors found.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth texture.

Overall Impression: A nice beer, given the abv it could have been a monster and gotten away with it, but this is very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of biegaman
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A gastly snow storm hit and this seems only appropriate. Brewed 9/25/03 and bottled 6/9/06 and finally poured into my glass 3/1/07. 18.4% listed abv. HUGE thanks Harry for sharing!
Pours near opaque black, underlying purply highlights. Head wouldn't last very long, two third of the bubbles would part to the sides leaving only a small patch in the middle. One sniff sent me flying! Lots of roast malt, some chocolatey notes, anise, light coffee, oak, dark fruits, and substancially way more alcohol than all those things combined. The smell is stronger than the sum of its parts combined. An actually fairly (considering 19% frickin percent!) smooth mouthfeel. The maple syropy does well to compliment the body, which is sticky, and sweet, and cloying already considering the strong makeup. The maple syrop and honey were both cleverly designed to cover the strength... and they do so quite well. Flavours of chocolate, prunes, brandy or port, with aftertaste of maple. Most impressive you can still taste the malts! Holds it together quite well.
This could cure a cold! I could gladly sip this all night long because, rightfully so, it would take me all night long to finish. But very impressive. This is instant relaxation...very nice...

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

Well, I broke down and decided I had to try this one again. I cherish the few bottles I possess and loathe to open any of them. Curious to try this again, considering the mixed reviews that have been posted on this website. Split the bottle with my wife.

Pours a half finger fizzy soda pop head that quickly settles to nothing. Very dark mahogheny liquid with dark brown edgings when held to light. Smells rich luscious. Nut, maple, potently of dark fruits (fig and prune), bit of chocolate, toffee, and clean alcohol. Wowzers. This is incredible. Buttery, which I think is more from caramel than from diacetyl. Port wine character or maybe cognac.

Tastes stunning. Scorched toffee, chocolate, and rich thick caramel. Clean alcohol, maple, and fruity esters lighten the whole experience (cherry, fig, prune). A little bit tart and astringent in the finish. Very warming in the belly. This is a delicious liquor, not a beer. Medium body comes across as light because the alcohol wipes the palette clean. Sweet scorch caramel lingers in the aftertaste. Mild carbonation, despite the strong hiss when the bottle was opened. Whoa, look at the legs in the inside of the glass.

That's it. I'm going to make a homebrew like this. It must be done. A technical challenge of monumental proportions that I'm eager to face.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of nlmartin
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dhchatfield for sending a pair of these beers my way. This beer will start off being on the cold side. I will allow the beer to warm to room temperature while drinking.

Appearance: This beer was nowhere near as dark as I expected. The beer has an initial dark mahogony coloration. This is complemented by a nearly scarlet opaqueness to light. The head was a very short lived off white colortion. No lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is excellent. This is one very concentrated malt bomb. The smell is a combination of vanilla, bourbon alcohol, molasses, nuts, figs and prunes, anise, cherries, a whiff of chocolate. It continues to get better as it warms up.

Taste: The flavor is a spicey alcoholic melange of the aroma. A very pleasing malty alcoholic bomb has been dropped on me. The label says 80 ibu. The hops play a very small role in this beer. The only thing really balancing this is the spicey alcohol.

Mouthfeel: I am torn on the mouthfeel score. The body of the beer is a lot thinner than I expected. The beer is on the plus side of medium bodied. The carbonation is low but not a problem. Some may find the alcohol a bit hot. I think this adds a very pleasing bourbon tone to the beer. I think I would have liked a bit thicker bodied beer.

Drinkability: This beer is a self regulating sipper. Further it would be foolish and wasteful to drink this beer fast. This is a beer to linger over and drink over time. This is a really good strong double stout. Further more this beer pushes the bounds of what beer can be.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 12 oz foil wrapped bottle a very dark brown with reddish hues and a small head of foam that disappeared almost immediately.

The smell is wow. Huge notes of cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, brandy, caramel, fig...

The taste on first sip is loaded with dark fruit like plum, raisin, fig, black cherry and then... there's the vanilla floating around in the background along with some toffee and maple syrup. Wow. This brew really demands your attention but at the same time says, take your time lest evil befall you... And that's no problem for me because as complex and as tasty as it is, there's *no* denying the prowess it has in the abv department. Damn, I wish it was about 20 below out...just kidding. ;^) I *will* say that I'm not getting an alcohol "burn" but hey, I'm taking very VERY small sips.

Well, I'm going to finish the review before I finish the brew and that's quite unusual for me but, I have to say, of the really huge brews in the +15%abv range that I've tried, this one is the most "drinkable". Well done Bristol Brewing!!

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, brewed on 9/25/03 and bottled on 6/9/06.
Pours a clear dark brown color with an explosively effervescent dark tan head that fades quickly. This head is audible, much like a soft drink. There is no lacing present.

The smell is wonderful. Immediate and aggressively molasses and licorice followed by traces of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. The label says that it's made with maple syrup and i believe it.

The mouth feel is medium heavy, almost syrupy. In fact, I find that the flavor coats my tongue like a syrup would. The other significant characteristic of the mouth is the alcohol.

The flavor is really nice. Very sweet molasses and licorice with caramel and mocha notes that linger nicely.

Drinkability - I'm liking this a lot. I find the complexity very intriguing and i applaud the imagination factor. I'm inclined to doc it some because of the huge liquor-like presence. I would doc it more but i'm partial to the flavor of this one.
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Aug 29, 2009 - This one had 2 years on the shelf. The 18.4% ABV has softened and the licorice character has intensified. I'm bumping the drinkability and leaving the appearance alone. Highly recommended.

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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

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 rye726
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter at 55F.

Nice dark brown color with ruby tints. A fizzy tan head quickly disappears to no more than a foam around the glass.

Very complex nose with sweet roasty black and choclate malts. There is also hints of ripe fruits, sherry, vanilla, maple, honey, toffee. Wonderful things going on here, but a little over powered by the alcohol aroma.

Like the nose, the taste is very complex. There are big aged malts and fermented sugars. The maple really stands out. It is also very fruity with molasses, and a slight tart floral hop character.

The mouthfeel gets much better as it opens up. After starting quite fizzy, it settles to a nice thick port like texture. Finish is a bit boozy.

Very drinkable for a beer this big. Definately a sipper to be shared with friends. Like any other double imperial stout, it is best at room temperature after having been decanted for several hours. An impressive and unique brew that will age well for many years to come.

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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 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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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 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 Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to dauss and Bitterbill

Pours a clean/clear black color, tons of carbonation, little fizzy head which dissappears quickly, two small island left behind. The nose is of malts, alcohol, toffee, coffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, big alcohol bite, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, but compared to DL no way, baby. I like it, but the alcohol is not hidden very well. Highly recommended though.

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