XXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout | Bristol Brewing Company

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XXX Warlock Double Imperial StoutXXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
bristolbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
20.05%
 
 
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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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Photo of nlmartin
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Andbrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Jredner
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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 jjayjaye
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of mentor
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of hoppymeal
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
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 Beaver13
2/5  rDev -47.9%
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 Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
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 ColoradoBobs
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A gift from my son, 12 ounce bottle at somewhere around $10 from Wilbur's Total Bev in Ft. Collins, CO.

Pour is dark opaque brown-black-green (!) under a minimal tan-green (!) head that quickly disappears. Nothing special to look at.

Smell is lovely chocolate liquer-like maltiness. Mmm. This is a nose-massage to be sure. Figs, prunes, coffee, cherry brandy, dark and warm date-nut bread.

After all those aromas, the taste was a bit of a let-down: chocolate and oak-barrel bourbon, with little bit of cherry, but no hops bittering at all to balance the intense booziness. This reminds me of some kind of not-very-high-grade chocolate schnapps.

Mouthfeel is not nearly as thick and syrupy as I would expect from a beer this high in ABV.

Drinkability is low: there's just not enough going on here to warrant the 19% and the $10 for 12 ounces.

A massive beer to be sure, but pretty unbalanced and even a bit thin. Nice try, Bristol, but not my fave.

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Photo of biegaman
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
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 neonbrown82
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
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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3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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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XXX Warlock Double Imperial Stout from Bristol Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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