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)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

re-posting of lost review from this weekend.

Special thanks to ShogoKawada for finding this for me!!!

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

Hats off to Draught2012 for providing this beer for me. Excellent trading partner.

I always reference how I love how the head of an Imp stout builds up from within the beer. This one forms nothing like that. An almost fizzy off white head form then vanished immediately. The beer is a deep brown, but has plenty of ruby tones when held up to the light. Not opaque like most Imp Stouts. No lacing at all.

Aroma is mostly of strong alcohol. Distinctly like a hard liquor.
Also smells like soy sauce and very sweet... Reminds me a bit of sake.

Wow, this baby is strong. Soy sauce for my sushi. Alcohol that is strange in that it's strong but not that Hot nature that I really don't like. Slightly oxidized.

Virtually no carbonation. Very smooth and almost like a scotch in consistency.

One to share and/or a slow sipper for the night. No such thing as having two of these.

Interesting, but I don't think I'll be back for another. Prefer DFH WWS for this extreme Imp stout

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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 humanawho
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
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 hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Tolnik
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 jamesm7485
2.52/5  rDev -34.4%
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 OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small tan head, that goes away quickly. In the aroma, toffee, coffee, and licorice. In the taste, same as the aroma, toffee, coffee, caramel, and a big alcohol presence. A smooth and big body, with a dry whiskey and caramel aftertaste. Big beer, big flavor and big alcohol. Nice sipper.

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Photo of badbeer
2.16/5  rDev -43.8%
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 tpd975
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sudsdog for this treat that I had been cellaring away.

A: Pours deep dark brownish black hue. There was no head, no carbonation, and no lace.

S: Holy moses! Tons of SWEET malt. Hints of brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and nuts first. The booze comes pounding thru with just a touch of vanilla. Kind of like the boozy vanilla extract you can buy.

T: Holy cloying sweetness batman. This one is sweet. Molasses, toffee, sugar in the raw, honey, and fresh maple syrup up front. Hints of booze can be noted along with a touch of sweet chocolate.

M: Not as thick as I thought it would be yet not think.

D: Not the most drinkable. It is a real tasty sipper if this is your thing, but anything more than two or three ounces would be too much.

I am glad I got to try this one. Ted, thanks for sending it my way.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

XXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout, Bristol Brewing.
"Double Imperial"??? Cor, Blimey!

Darkness in abundance, with a head that goes small to none.

Nose is motor oil and molasses...plum, dark rum, plump and gooey. Sweet, if syrupy.

Flavor starts harsh, bitter, hoppy, and big on the booze. Rich, thick dark malt, sweetness, then bitter...dark fruits meet tar and pitch.

Brewed: 9/25/03
bottled: 6/9/06c
consumed: 5/28/08
18.4% don't say...I'm getting the toffee hinted at on the label, but it's blended with brandy, and the alcohol has the upper hand, here, really dominating the flavor. ....not quite as mellow as advertised. Quite a hottie, actually.

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

Aside from Three Floyd's beers, this was my most memorable tasting from DLD '08. I was not expecting the kick this monster has a moment after tasting. For this reason, I couldn't give higher than 4.0 for drinkability since it is just so big.

Pours like you might expect a double imperial stout to pour: thick and creamy. Its malty taste is somewhat overpowered by this distictive kick but otherwise quite delicious.

I would love to try this one again properly....too bad its retired.

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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.

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XXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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