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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 552   ABV: 18.4%
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A rich, rare treat. An epic labor of love that will change your notion of what beer can be. Brewed with maple syrup and honey, and aged for three years, its warm toffee notes and round mellow tone are purely stunning. Like candy for the soul.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
The release of Bristol’s triple X Warlock, stirred quite a commotion among the locals and for good reason; while the "single" Warlock (widely regarded as Bristol’s finest regular offering) provided the hook, promises of gentle aging and intensified flavors were more than enough bait for our hungry community to converge en masse. The monstrous metamorphosis of my old friend was fearsome indeed and committing to its intoxicating grasp would surely lead to exciting aftereffects. The pour was intriguing, not so much in its dark body and surprisingly clear magenta highlights, but in the fizzy cola-like head that quickly reduced to a thin layer of minute bubbles, skittering along the surface to form momentary shapes in the manner of passing clouds. A spider, a Vespa, and countless other images appeared before our eyes. During the first five minutes of staring in awe at the liquid, deep aromas already had floated to my nose. The exaggerated bourbon aroma was my first observation, followed rapidly by a loosely connected series of scents, ranging from blackberries to teriyaki, through hints of milk chocolate, Mongolian beef, chives, olives and maple syrup. Though evidently unique, I wasn’t convinced by the triple X until it exploded in my mouth. Starting with a burst of coffee and olives, an eruption of flavors dynamites across the tongue evoking consecutively chocolate, fig, cognac, cherries, strawberries, gardening soil, prunes and honey. Suddenly, an immensity of alcohol simply nukes every single taste bud and rushes down the gullet like motor oil, burning on its way down and flaring back up to the mouth as I swallow. A long sticky, smoky aftertaste then develops, with plenty of delicious coffee, burnt toast, maple, hazelnut and for some reason roasted duck. The coating but not overly thick mouthfeel contributes to the aggressive experience, though one well worth trying. The alcohol is not really hidden, but even I was able to enjoy the subtle flavors that ripened as it warmed. After a grueling series of Imperial Stouts including the famed Dark Lord and Speedway, I felt quite confident in my understanding of what beers make it to the top of the ratings. I was positive that Bristol’s craft would be up there in no time, but now that I see it stagnate I am not sure whether to question my own palate or what, to others, makes an Imperial Stout (to abridge the top 50) exceptional.


4.2
crajun (1250) - , Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Lucked into this in Colorado Springs several years ago. this was brewed in 03 and bottled in 2006. So it aged for 10 years - I had for probably 1/2 of that. I notice not many recent reviews. this was a treat due to my luck and age. this was part of a dark beer day/weekend and this was toward the end. the 18% put me on my ass - snuck up on me. my notes are fuzzy for that reason - definitely complex - 10+ things happening here. I really enjoyed it - very little alcohol in taste. glad to have had this experience

3.9
drsordr (2732) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour cola brown with minimal tan head. Nose maple syrup and molasses, light earthy, caramel, toffee. Taste is all over the place molasses and honey first, dark cherry, progressing to light roast, then ashy and smoke. Crazy progression.

4.1
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle back in like 2007ish?? Thanks again to Skyhand! Found some old notes the other day from some tastings we did, so the next few entries will all be tagged with Skyhand and not too long as I don’t remember much. This was a doozy though. Seemed quite mellow for 18%, with all those maple and honey flavors mixing perfectly with the roasty and licorice notes from the Impy Stout. Damn good stuff!

3.8
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at BeerDig 2011 on 03/06/2011. Dark brown/mohogany body with a thin off white head. Big roast chocolate and soy aroma. Coffee and ash flavor with roast chocolate and creosote. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

3.4
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Bottle: Brewed in ’03 & bottled in ’06. Thanks, Jeff! Deep brown body with literally no head - only a few small carbonation bubbles. Looks like Utopias but thinner. Aroma has lots of brown sugar, molasses, wet oak, very faint maple syrup notes, lots of vanilla candy in the finish, & slight signs of oxidation. Taste is pretty sweet with molasses, brown sugar, & big-time toffee up front. Again, light oxidation in the form of boozy sherry, only a very mild hint of staleness. Cocoa powder, vanilla, either maple or butterscotch... Hard to pinpoint exactly. Lots of dark fruit in the finish. Guys we were with suggested it finishes like a Port, & it absolutely does... Slightly boozy with a big, dark currant & fruity sweetness. Good stuff... BIG stuff, but doesn’t seem like 18%+.

3.8
hackobock (4045) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle, courtesy of Ratman197 (Thanks!). Brewed 25/9/2003, Bottled 9/5/2006. It pours like coke with a fizzy and frothy beige head, that quickly disappears. Aroma is vinous, sherry, sweet dried fruits, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol. Taste is light cardboard, bitter chocolate, dried fruits, sweet alcohol with a warming finish.

4.1
hopsson (1) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2013 does not count
Brewed 25/9/2003, Bottled 9/5/2006 Pours not as dark as expected. Foams like coke, very quick and then dissapears. Smells sweet with influence of dried fruits. Tastes good, ends with raisins and other dried fruits.

4.1
Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle: Thanks Madmitch: Served in a Chouffe glass: Brewed 2003/Bottled 2006: Brown pour. Very small lively and fairly quick changing/disappearing beige foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas of vinous notes with liquorice, raisin, pepper, chalk, toffee, mocha, dried prunes, figs, hints of soya, brown sugars and sticky barley roast. Flavours of spices, roast, wood, chalk, ginger bread, port, toffee, raisin, dried prunes, coal, liquor, pepper, liquorice wood, some yeast, sweet barley malt roast, some bitters, some malts, some chocolate, some berries, light sticky sweet tar tones and hints of honey roast... Complex! Aftertaste is quite lingering mix of spices/pepper, raisin, toffee, wood, light sticky, some coal and chalk. Very interesting peppery tone! Low carbo, soft creamy yet spicy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture. Alcohol is well hidden! Nice beer for sure! Spicy but not alcoholic, tasty but nothing unbalanced. Interesting, strong, complex and some new flavours to discover.

2.6
ineedbeer (2170) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2003 brew date with a 2006 bottling date; this has gone past it's prime. Aroma has quite a bit of alcohol still, but behind that alcohol is notes of soy sauce, cardboard and sherry. There is also a teriyaki beef jerky note to the aroma. There is a hint of a fruity, dark berry note. Lots of alcohol. Pours a very still dark brown, not quite black with no head. Huge legs to this one. Flavor has quite a bit of alcohol, but also huge smoked, barbecue meat notes. Low to moderate bitterness. Some chocolate and coffee notes, but secondary to the alcohol and meat. Obviously no hop flavor. A bit of soy sauce, but the oxidation isn't as bad as in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied; it's not as thick as one would expect a beer this large to be. Absolutely no carbonation. Lots of alcohol warmth. Overall this beer is well past it's prime, but has held up better than many other beers would have. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
j12601 (12622) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a clear caramel brown to black with no head to speak of. Big caramel and toast, sweet oxidization. Loads of old malt, sweet caramel. Way sweet, cloying at times, old roast and oxidization, big and boozy. Long boozy finish with a ton of old oxidized caramel.


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