Winter Warlock Oatmeal StoutMarch 1, 2003 Colorado Springs, CO
Bristol Brewing Co.
Colorado Springs, CO
Winter Warlock is brewed with two-row, chocolate, and highly roasted malt, flaked oatmeal, and Perle and Cascade hops.
Alcohol by weight: 5.2
This beer has a red head with a smooth buzzing sound. But this beer is more than just friendly; it is inviting—a fine invitation to enjoy the smooth, mellow balance of rich, thick, roasted goodness. This beer is good all the way down. It’s another of those “betcha can’t take just one sip” beers. This is an exemplary oatmeal stout and irresistible, to say the least.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer pours quite black with a lacy brown head. Dark chocolate mingles with bubblegum in the nose. The palate opens sweetly, and then hop and roast bitterness pull it back into balance. It’s medium-bodied and richly fruity through the center, emerging into a nice, dark chocolate finish. An oily smoothness raises a flag for oatmeal. A pleasant stout, particularly with cheesecake or vanilla ice cream.
- Garrett Oliver
Oatmeal Stout, a style I helped revive, seems especially popular in Colorado. Not much head on this black brew, but lovely aroma of dark, bitter chocolate. Oatmeal usually imparts a silky body. I would describe this as velvety. I’m not sure whether the low carbonation in this sample is intentional, but makes for full textures of chocolate fudge cake and nougat. Wonderfully teasing balance of bitterness and sweetness.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.