Hogsback Oatmeal Stout - Ice Axe Grill / Mt. Hood Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
Growler from Mainbrew. 5 bucks for a 750.
Pouring black with dark brown highlights, this beer is capped with a reverse cascading head that's dark brown, leaving lots of intricate lacework. Gorgeous. The nose is great. I can't believe this is 4.5%. Rich, roasty, chocolate-y, moderate oatmeal, mild sweetness, a little bit of smoke, a touch of vanilla, this is just incredibly layered and remarkably well structured. A little bit of fruit, a little bit of acridity, this is close to perfect for the style.
The palate opens creamy with a rich, velvety texture, with the roast, dark chocolate and bitter coffee coming through. This beer is unique among oatmeal stouts in that there's very little of the oatmeal flavor, but with all of it's smoothness on the palate. Mild fruity/vinous acidity ( blend of raisins and berry and grape-like acidity), there's some grainy acridity/acidity as well. Medium-bodied with a creamy carbonation, this beer is rather rich on the palate, surprisingly so for the ABV, with a finish that has lingering coffee bitterness, a little fruit, and oatmeal silken characteristics. Excellent stuff, I'd love to try this on cask.
01-20-2013 05:56:29 | More by DefenCorps
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
From cask at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR.
Pours a deep black colour, with an impressive, crackling brown head: sudsy, frothy and turgid from the hand pump. Body looks solid and firm, especially considering it's a pretty light beer.
Sweet roasted characters on the nose, with a hint of savoury malt which gives it a twang of smokiness and the richness of BBQ. Really very pleasant indeed.
Taste is very light, and despite all illusions to the contrary, not that thick and rich, so the pull from the cask that leaves it so velvety but uncarbonated doesn't help it that much. Mild light maltiness comes through with a smooth roast that never leaves any bite (although no harshness either). More of that BBQ sweetness, and a hint of milkiness or perhaps the oatmeal. It's very solid, although the feel is surprisingly dim and dull from a cask.
Overall, it's a good beer. But it got less and less exciting the more I drank. After getting over the novelty of a properly pulled hand-pumped stout, it just got more and more pedestrian to me.
07-07-2012 02:04:59 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
On cask at Horse Brass in Portland, OR.
A finger of tan head, black body, nice lace.
Sweet, toffee chocolate nose. Nice, faintly tart.
Mild and faintly sweet with a bit of coffee bean tart/bitter character. The finish is coffee, but a bit of leafy hop tang.
Smooth, cask-y feel, carbonation almost absent.
Nice stout, as described. Not too dry, but not really sweet.
12-31-2011 18:49:13 | More by zaphodchak
Hogsback Oatmeal Stout from Ice Axe Grill / Mt. Hood Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.