HopCat Oil Rigger - HopCat
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4.16/5 rDev +4.3%
22oz bottle, 2013. Thanks Jay!
A: Pours black...like oil, with three fingers of dense, thick, dark brown head that faded into an oily thick film leaving a few patches of lace down the glass.
S: Coffee and roast on the nose with hints of caramel and something metallic. Chocolate is present.
T: Rich flavors of chocolate fudge, chocolate ice cream, dark roasted coffee, toasted grains and more chocolate. Rich creamy and smooth. Light bitterness in finish.
M: Thick full body, chewy mouth, soft carbonation. Viscous.
O: Excellent. Thick mouth, rich flavor. Very enjoyable. Thanks jbck109.
05-08-2013 01:59:30 | More by scottfrie
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks, Bob (klipper). 2011 and 2012 side-by-side. I'm basing my review off of the 2011 bottle, because it was way better then the 2012 bottle.
A - Pours dark brown, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.
S - Roasted malt, burnt sugars, chocolate syrup, cream, light dark fruit. Really a nice nose, subtle and lots of things going on here. Very much like an alcoholic chocolate syrup.
T - Similar to the nose. Chocolate syrup, oak, burnt sugars, and a nice level of roast. Not overly sweet for me, just about right. The booze is spot-on and there's also a light charred note on the finish.
M - Full body, light carbonation, creamy finish.
O - A solid Imperial Stout that was way way better then the 2012 version. I'm going to give the scores of each year below. I advise to seek out the 2011 and avoid the 2012, if you want to try this beer.
2011 - 4/4/4/4.5/4
2012 - 4/3.5/3/4/3
03-21-2012 15:23:24 | More by Sean9689
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Thanks to Bob (klipper) for sharing the 2011 and 2012 vintages side-by-side. This review is of the 2011 vintage, as the 2012 was odd and possibly infected.
A - A nice dark tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and spotty lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the edges.
S - Lots of vanilla and oak presence in the aroma, mixed with chocolate and very little in the way of overt bourbon. The 2012 had tons of bourbon - was the 2011 barrel-aged? Alcohol is quite well-hidden.
T - Quite milkshake-like in flavor with the vanilla and milk chocolate combination of flavors. Some mild roast character, and a touch of caramel round things out. On the sweet side, but pretty enjoyable.
M - Medium-full body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Perhaps a touch light for 10.5%, but not offensive by any stretch. Still, probably the least interesting facet of this brew.
D - The 2011 is a solid well-crafted (oaked?) Imperial Stout. The 2012 is a bizarre trainwreck of booze and possible infection. More rare than good, but I'd certainly try this again on-tap at the HopCat if it made an appearance while I was in town. I refilled my glass a few times before the '11 bottle was drained - the '12 was still largely full when I left WLV.
03-18-2012 18:44:13 | More by MasterSki
3.15/5 rDev -21.1%
Thanks to Murren for sharing this recently at his tasting. The brew pours a dark brown with a fizzy tan head about a finger strong. It dissolves fairly fast and a light swirl revives. Some clarity is seen around the edges.
The smell and taste aline with a faint roasty character of dark grain. Possible hints of chocolate and coffee. There is an immediate hit of tangy alcohol and tart fruit like sour cherry. Looking beyond the tangy fruit aspect reveals a bit of raisony alcohol with trace barrel aging character somewhat like vanilla.
This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Murren stated this beer has gone downhill fast since having it not too long ago. I dont doubt that this tart fruity quality was not intended. However, at the same time it wasn't horrible either. If you are looking for a roasty stout, you might want to pass this one by for something else.
02-27-2012 13:54:33 | More by stakem
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