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XXX Warlock Double Imperial StoutXXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
82
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
20.05%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, it's Elrond from that old Hobbit cartoon!

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body. Any potential head is killed by the high alcohol presence.

Smell: Roasty, sugary aroma with notes of raisins, molasses, soy, and booze. Where're we going with this, Elrond?

Taste: Roasted malts with an almost neverending sweetness. Drizzle of molasses, a dash of soy. Strong taste of raisins. Sear of alcohol on the finish yielding a taste of over-sugared coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I can respect it for its sheer size, and try my darndest to excuse it for its lack of grace.

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Photo of Overlord
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Drumrboy22 for supplying this brew as an extra. I feel somewhat bad for reviewing it when I'm just shipping his beer out today, but not bad enough to forego adding to my review total.

Doesn't look like any imperial stout I've ever seen, double or otherwise. Pours a mahogany brown with sparkling amber highlights. No head. No carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy.

I immediately checked the alcohol content on this puppy because it strongly smells of port-esque notes. The taste delivers on this theme, as it basically blends a woodsy, caramel background with port. I'd say the first 2-4 oz. were a 4.5 on the flavor scale. By oz. 11, I was wishing I'd split the bottle. It does warm the belly!

Now, I happen to like port. I keep a couple bottles around as an after-dinner sipper. But, I don't want 12 oz. of it during a casual sitting. I enjoyed this beer, but I'm going to hammer it's drinkability, hard, because it's a strong, focused flavor that's not going to be appropriate for too many settings.

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Photo of twokansamm
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
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 brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a prune juice deep purple with a modest head that barely hangs around - no lace, but what would you expect given the age and ABV

Smell: The best part, with port like qualities of rum soaked raisins, tobacco, molasses and alcohol

Taste: Opens with a blast of prune, dark raisin and burning alcohol; by the time you get to the swallow the flavors are joined by tobacco and blackstrap molasses; hints of dark chocolate and maple syrup appear at the end; lots of dark sherry oxidized flavors throughout

Mouthfeel: A lot of heat, a viscous liquid and low carbonation

Drinkability: Its hard to think of this as an Imperial Stout; its very different and while you either love it or hate it, I will grant it some value but ultimately find it almost impossible to consume

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.06/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a deep deep brown, no head and no carbonation but then again it is old. On the nose it smelled of maybe smoked meat, raisins or prunes and maybe some dark chocolate. The taste was like GROSS. It was like someone dumped prune juice into the batch and aged it. Mouthfeel was bad bad bad. I have had other Imperials and they blow this out of the water. It is unique but not something I could drink. Speaking of that, drinkability is low. 18% ABV prune juice??? You can keep this beer!

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Photo of sberman77
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed - 9/25/03
Bottled - 6/9/06

A - Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark espresso colored, slight head that gave way to carbonation bubbles in center of glass.

S - Strong smell with fruit and chocolate

T - The taste will linger in your mouth for a minute or so after each sip. This is not your average beer and at 18.4% abv you will start to feel it about halfway through.

M - This is a beer to enjoy slowly. Warms the throat as it goes down.

D - Smooth for such a big beer, but strong so take your time with it.

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Photo of Floydster
1.76/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with Gueuzedude, thanks for giving me the chance to taste this brew

Brewed on 9/25/03, Bottled 6/9/06, my first beer from Bristol, split with four friends tonight, we each had about three ounces in our glass and not one of us could finish that small of an amount

Poured into my Ommegang glass with a reddish black color, I would call more of a dark brown or mahogany, really flat and not much of a head, the slither of one it had for about five seconds was tan though, no retention or lacing, just looked like chocolate syrup

Smell had a ton of booze and funky toffee aromas, sweeter smelling than I expected, a hint of hoppiness to go along with caramel malt, chocolate and weird smoky scents

Taste was awful, it bombards you with maple syrup and honey that just tastes stale, this may sound crazy, but this beer tasted like a mix between salty bacon and baked beans, I have never enocuntered anything like this, too much alcohol in its flavor, I would rather sip on hard alcohol than this stuff because it so repulsively hard to get down, I was hoping my buddies did not like it as well, so I would not feel so bad pouring my glass down the drain, thank goodness I did not have to finish this, good thing I did not open by myself or even more would have been wasted, no hint of bitterness or anything to balance out the sweet and salty flavors, one of the worst beers I have had in a long time

Body was thick and had absolutely no carbonation, but you would expect a beer that sat three years in a barrel and over a year in a bottle to, one of the oddest and unpleasant mouthfeels I have ever experienced, taste would not go away unfortunately

Could not drink two ounces of this, heavy as it gets and grossly filling, the alcohol is right out there in the open, not even close to being hidden, not smooth in any sense of the word

This beer was very disappointing, considering what I gave up for it in a trade, would not recommend this to anybody, will never drink again, makes me want to throw up just thinking about it, not candy for the soul like the bottle claims it is, maybe a decade of age will help this but I am very skeptical about even saying that, one of the flat out nastiest imperial stouts I have ever had

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Photo of DrJay
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

grub was kind enough to share this one. Thanks Russ!
This beer was dark brown with clear ruby edges, not nearly as dark as I expected. It had a short-lived frothy cap that fell to a thin ring, but left some spotty, sticky lacing behind. The aroma was of chocolate covered raisins and vinous, port-like alcohol with lots of dried fruit (prunes and figs) and significant alcohol that remained quite mellow. The flavour was very boozy up front, with fruity figs and raisins as well, followed by chocolate, grain, sugary sweetness and a hint of maple sap. Bitterness was relatively low and hidden in the background. Alcohol remained prominent throughout, but became more mellow towards the finish. Full bodied with lowish carbonation and lots of warmth. There really wasn't much in the way of roast character and it was mellower than I expected. I did enjoy the aroma much more than the flavour, though I don't really have any complaints there either.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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 HardTarget
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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 rye726
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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 bradford
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.
Recommended

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another generous share from Unclejedi. Pours a ruby black with some large bubbles floating on the top. Smell is all alcohol and sweet bourbon.
Taste is huge with a lot going on. The alcohol comes on first with a nice burn followed by sweetness of toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, peat and earth.
Feels smooth with just a nice touch of carbonation Only the alcohol makes it a little difficult to drink more than one.

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Photo of grub
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jwc215
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
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 BeerTruth
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle thanks to session1979.

brewed: 9/25/03
bottled: 6/9/06
ibu: 80
alcohol by volume: 18.40%

Poured this one into a snifter.

Pours an extremely dark mahogany with a half finger khaki colored head that quickly dies down to an outer layer of bubbles holding on to the sides of the glass. Stickiness is non-existant. Smell is, well...alcohol. Syrupy dark chocoloate arises in the nose along with dark fruits such as plums, dates, and raisins. Taste starts with a syrupy alcohol and french roast coffee flavor. Brown sugar and molasses mixed with, well, more alcohol arise midway through. Aftertaste is woody with some vanilla and a bit dry with some...alcohol. I thought this was going to be a thick ass mouthfeel but it was surprisingly lighter than I had anticipated. I would classify it as medium bodied with a bit of carbonation that seems to arise here and there. I thought I would have an issue finishing this one, but I actually didn't. Yes the alcohol is present everywhere, but it's 18.4%...what did you expect? Definitely glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Fortunately I received two in the trade so I will be aging the other one in the cellar for a good while. Thanks again Jonas.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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 objectivemonkey
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is dedicated to my fellow Minnesotans affected by the 35W bridge collapse.

Brewed 9/26/03, bottled 6/9/06, an elvish looking figure graces the label of dark red, black, silver and blue, with silver foil around the cap. Into a chalice, pours pitch black in color, only faint vestiges of color remain around the edges. A fizzy bubbly dark tan head forming and fading quickly so that only the a few tiny spatterings of head remain.

The aroma is heavily alcoholic, apparent even upon the pour, something along the lines of port, sherry, faintly bourbon. Several deep whiffs into it, and I feel a little tipsy! As it warms, it leans much more to the sherry. Heavy on the molasses and brown sugars, syrup, vanilla, some licorice, some roasted souls perhaps, this one is thick, potent, and really gets me looking forward to..

The taste, is powerful. The alcohol, not shy. The dark, sweet syrup charaters actually play more of a role than any idea of roasted malts. There is the molasses and maple sugar, licorice, toffee playing the major roles here, with a burnt caramel flirting around in the shadows. It all marries well with the high alcohol content, a warm, fuzzy, mind whirling feeling that does much for a contemplative state of mind. Or something like that.

The mouth is at once thick and slickly thin, viscous, engaging, very warm and thickening upon finish. It reminds me a bit of Sam Adams Triple Bock, actually. This beer is every bit the four years aged, wonderfully complex and powerful (like a warlock?). I think I'll have to get another to cellar for several years.

Thanks to Wasatch for this mutha trucka.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed September 2003, Bottled June 2006, Sampled June 2007
You can smell the oxidation effect of three years of aging as you pour this beer; notes of sherry, umami like notes and musty barley-tamari are quite evident. The beer musters almost a three-finger thick, frothy, extremely large bubbled consistency, light brownish, tan colored head that quickly disappears to a small ring of froth that clings to the sides of the glass. Not really as black as I was expecting, brown, brilliantly clear, concentrated sherry colors are seen around the edges and even the beer itself has a solid brown tinge to its darkness. Visually this beer is thick and concentrated enough to actually have the legs of a desert wine, though it is not quite so pronounced as that.

Quite aromatic, no matter what one might think of the aromas. Notes of oxidized molasses, tamari, brown sugar, syrup-concentrated prune juice, chocolate liquor, concentrated sherry & tons of rich, chewy, meaty, umami-like characterizations spring to mind as I dig around in the nose of this brew. Towards the end is a definite alcohol aroma, though it is not hot, more warming in character and a bit smoother than one might expect from an 18 + % brew.

Thick and syrupy in texture, with a light, but still noticeable carbonation. The most distinguishable note after the first sip is a musty, dirty cobweb or even moldy broccoli type flavor that is in the late-middle and finish of this brew. Up front notes of molasses, super-sweetened yet smooth espresso, chocolate espresso, some light Kahlua like notes, some brown sugar flavors (separate from the molasses) or perhaps that is really more like blackened maple flavors, deeply caramelized - almost - blackened notes of berry-flavored toffee. I can't shake that blackened, slightly burnt vegetal character; my previous broccoli descriptor almost fits too well. The oxidation / aged malt flavors, while evident, are not quite as prominent as I expected based on the nose. Still notes of burnt sherry, tamari and meaty-aged malt notes are noticeable here. This is clearly a sipping brew; it is strong enough that the flavors are quite concentrated.

After some time & tasting, the aroma starts to take on some rich, hazelnut overtones that reallys tart to make things interesting. Smooth almond notes start to come to the fore and actually over-take the hazelnut notes. This may be that 18% talking, but the aroma is starting to get sublime; I wish the rest of the beers character lived up to this.

What an experience, despite the obvious flaws, this beer is big enough to come off being complex and interesting. Each sip is a journey of often conflicting layers of flavor. A lot more dark malt character could have been packed into this brew, in fact a healthy dose of black patent, roast barley and chocolate malt character would have helped hide flaws and certainly would have added a new dimension to this already dimensioned brew. I think I described this as an interesting, at times engaging, definitely complex, and at other times even off-putting; this is definitely a beer worth trying, and I think I might sit on my other bottle for five years, or perhaps until I remember to get around to it again. I have a feeling this thing could easily go 50 years without getting worse and it might even get significantly better.

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Photo of Viggo
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

HUGE thanks to grub for snagging this for me for BC2, much appreciated!!!

I can smell this malty fuck as soon as I pop the cap!

Pours a decently clear very dark brown, some reddish highlights, two finger brown head forms, big bubbles, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no lace, but this looks like an oil slick. Smell is insane, the maltiest beast I've ever smelled. Tons of licorice, dates, toffee, chocolate, nice roast, fruity alcohol, very rich, alcohol is pretty well hidden for something of this ABV! Taste smacks you in the face, molasses, bit of vanilla oak, lots of toffee, some alcohol, rich sherry flavour in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. This thing goes down with some insane heat, so be prepared. Low drinkability because of this factor. Very cool beer, very happy I got to try this! Thanks a ton Russ

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Photo of sterstar1
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Bobikel
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tells me:
Brewed - 9/25/03
Bottled - 6/9/06
IBU - 80
ABV - 18.4%

Appearance - A very dark nearly black liquid with a head that closely resembles a coke's. It dissipated much the same way and left only a slight ringlet around the glass.

Smell - Bready malts give way to a sharply burning alchohol, which is not to overpowering. Tones of chocolate and dark fruits find their way through the blackness as well.

Taste - Plums and chocolate assault the mouth. It's a little like drinking a rumball. The alchohol stays on the breath and on the palate for a while after swallowing. A very slight breadlike malt tips in for a split second, but is quickly replaced by rumballs. I always liked those things, and now I get to drink one! Kinda fun.

Mouthfeel - A sharp prickley carbonation seems out of place. But this monster of an 18.4% stout has considerably less body than I expected. I was expecting Mephisopheles by Avery. What I got was something about the consistency of any normal stout out there.

Drinkability - High alchohol relegates this beer to the "drink one and go lay down for a bit" realm. The alchohol can be a little harsh, but after being aged for 3+ years, I can't imagine that it would be fusel alchohol...

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Photo of biking4beer
4.34/5  rDev +13%
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 Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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, fruity...wow. 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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XXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
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