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Oil Man - Elevation Beer Co.

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very good

72 Ratings

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%

Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Much like the "sweet light crude oil" from the eastern plains of Colorado- this beer pours a deep black with a tantalizing off-white head. Aromatics of sweet malt and bourbon envelope the nose like the sunset of the eastern plains. The malt profile continues through the palate from beginning to end with subtle hints of chocolate, coffee, and of course bourbon. This is a true beer for the malt and bourbon lovers alike.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 01-23-2013)
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Photo of ArrogantB


3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $16.99 2013 vintage. I held off on this last year due to infection rumors and general wariness about the brewery. I had to buy it this year because I've been jonesing for barrel aged imperial stouts. Appearance was that typical pitch black and it actually had a good head. Aroma was a hint if coffee, roasted malts, sort if enticing. The flavor had a bit if coffee and them burnt coffee followed by blackjack gum. The barrel aspects were so subtle I almost didn't notice them which is a bummer. I don't want a beer that tastes like a shot if whiskey but I want the bourbon barrel to be noticeable. Overall this was decent but I need something more like Parabola or BCBS.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 15:23:38 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of mevett89


4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for a bottle of Oil Man I aged for one year.

Appearance: black as oil, with a thin chocolate brown head.

Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, a bit of sweet nuttiness.

Taste: sweet chocolate and some caramel, vanilla, roasted bitterness, and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, full bodied.

Overall: phenomenal! This was a great beer young, and it's matured beautifully. Smoother and less astringent; the alcohol has mellowed out to be fairly undetectable. This is just great!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 01:20:37 | More by mevett89
Photo of sweemzander


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours pitch black as night black. Some good tan froth and lacing too.

(S)- Great cocoa and coffee meets a mountain of raisin. Great subtle barrel notes.

(T)- Lots of raisin and dark plum/raisin balanced well with cocoa and subtle bitter coffee. Same great oak notes from the smell on the finish.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level meets a great barrel aged stout. Not too thick or boozy. A great balanced sweetness as well without being too thick.

(O)- This is one solid barrel aged stout that might fly under the radar of the bigger names and brands these days. Rich, but well balanced and well integrated barrel characters. Tasty!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 23:14:29 | More by sweemzander
Photo of metter98

New York

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a large thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has moderate to strong flavors of bourbon that develop more as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. Slight hints of alcohol warming are present.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well and the bourbon flavors aren't overpowering.

Notes: Bottle #02211, Winter 2012

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:08:26 | More by metter98
Photo of GilGarp


4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Winter 2012 vintage.

750 ml bottle with extremely stubborn cork. It broke in half and required a corkscrew to extract the remaining piece.

Served chilled into a goblet, Oil Man is nearly black with thick tan head. It settles slowly but leaves no lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and slightly boozy with coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. It has some really nice dark roasted malt character.

Flavor is really nicely judged with great balance to the different elements. It's primarily a big imperial stout and that's a good thing. The bourbon in a barrel aged stout should compliment the beer and here it does just that. There is some good vanilla from the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thin for the style but easier to drink as a result. Alcohol is present but does not dominate.

Overall a very good effort from this relatively young brewery. I look forward to discovering what else they have in store.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:36:30 | More by GilGarp
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a 6 oz snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- roast, some coffee, dark fruits. No bourbon what so ever.

T- chocolate, roasted malts, faint coffee, dark fruits and more chocolate.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking with slightly if her carbonation than per style.

O- I think they may have poured this through a bourbon barrel and back into tanks. This beer has zero barrel or bourbon notes. For a regular RIS its wouldn't be pretty good, but for a BA stout is terrible per style.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:47:06 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of TokyoCO


4.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at Elevation Beer Co. tasting room.

A: Dark black, no light penetrance.

S: Coffee, and lots of it! Dark chocolate, dark fruits and a hint of bourbon.

T: Follows the smell. Big coffee tastes up front mixed with dark chocolate and fruit. Coffee taste is present throughout but the bourbon/alcohol warmth comes in the finish.

M: Heavy and fairly creamy.

O: One of the best beers that I have tried from Elevation. Great mixing of a typical Imperial stout with a coffee stout. Loved it!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 21:54:24 | More by TokyoCO
Photo of maximum12


2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to blakelive784 for this bottle as part of an excellent trade a few weeks back. Always good to try another new brewery, especially one from my second favorite state. Big, tall, imposing 750ML bomber, split with my wife. Bottle #287.

Nice minimalistic bottle art. Cork gives way reluctantly to reveal a dark black beer that foams when I look at it cross-eyed. Really. A hard pour brings head, which falls, then I pick the glass up to check it out, & it zooms right back. Nice trick. Nose is more like a straight stout, roast, cocoa. Maybe a thread of vanilla, but no bourbon is detected by my bourbon-o-meter.

Oil Man taste like no big stout I've ever had; maybe an American Double/Imperial Fruit Stout? There's a ton of flash-dried fruit right up-front, as if somebody dropped their trail mix, sans peanuts, into the mash tun. OK, so I peeked - someone said cantaloupe, & that's exactly right. Bare-bones roast in the middle, vanilla peeking out from under, but barely detectable. No bourbon. Over-carbonated for a big stout, & gotta be honest, I'm not even wild about finishing my half of the bomber.

Disappointing. I'm not going to say that word, but inappropriate carbonation, bourbon faded to nothing, fruitiness...well, I'm one hundred percent sure this isn't what the brewer intended. Scraping the heel of mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 02:27:50 | More by maximum12
Photo of TMoney2591


3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Bottle #02022. I just can't keep my mind from flashing to There Will Be Blood-style wastelands... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger or so of dark tan foam. The nose elicits the image of a pate of brownies carousing within a bourbon barrel, with a bit of roasted malts, coffee, oak, and pretzel tossed in for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, with a good amount of the physical barrel itself shining through, including a hint of the metal rings in the hazy distance. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thinly fluid feel. Overall, a tasty barrel-aged stout, though one whose overt barrel influence and relatively thin body hinder its advances toward greatness.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:46:50 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottle # 00772. Bottled Winter 2012.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight smoke flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid barred aged presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:04:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of blankust


4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type corked bottle
served in Duvel Snifter
Color: Black, thick dark brown head with nice long lasting lace
Odor: Aroma of molasses and dried fruit
Flavor: Smooth mouth feel, tastes sweet and toffee like at first , rich cocoa in middle hints of of vanilla at end.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:27:18 | More by blankust
Photo of Dope


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle 01938, bottled Winter 2012.

A: Pours pitch black with a huge and dense dark brown head. Fades slowly, leaving moderate specks of lacing behind. Decent retention though.

S: Hmph. Lots of chocolate. Kind of an odd aroma, can't quite place it. A touch of bourbon in there with some caramel maybe, but not much.

T: A little bourbon up front, heavy on the toffee. Some chocolate mixes in with bunch of anise. Again, a strange flavor to go with the strange aroma previously mentioned. I looked back through the reviews and I saw mention of melon rind. Yes, that's pretty close. It has almost a cantaloupe type flavor mixing in with everything. Espresso flavors in the finish with lingering coffee beans and oak in the aftertaste. Alcohol very well hidden, no noticeable taste but nice belly-warming sensation betrays it.

M: Pretty heavy but surprisingly smooth. Viscous.

O: Huh, not a bad bourbon barrel stout. Very non-standard, especially with that "melon" flavor in there. Unique, but I can't quite tell if it's amazing or if it reeks of off-flavors or brewing flaws. I'm a little torn on this one. Bourbon isn't very strong in this one like a BCBS or something but it does add a noticeable and appreciated layer of complexity. Overall a good beer but I couldn't quite get over the odd flavor combinations (which I feel MAY have been the beginnings of infected flavors) to give it really high scores.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:40:37 | More by Dope
Photo of Hex92


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great imperial stout. This is my first beer from Elevation and I am looking forward to the other one I have ( APIS IV). It pours black with a thin head. Smells a bit like bourbon and not much else. The mouth feel is a bit thin...but the taste....wow. incredibly smooth. Nice malty flavor, but not too sweet. The bourbon flavor is there, but not over the top. The high alcohol content is also hidden quite well.

This a very drinkable beer. I could knock back another one, right now. If it wasn't for the price and high alcohol this could be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:06:51 | More by Hex92
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I liked the oil man a lot. it is one of the best hidden high alcohol content brews ive ever had, one would never know this was 11% abv. felt more like 6 or 7, no kidding. the pour is a velvety black color, indeed like motor oil, with patchy tan lacing, not appearing to be as sticky and thick as some of these big stouts. the nose is hugely dark on the malt front, espresso notes, as well as some nice vanilla oaky smells and some char. the flavor is delicious, not as complex as some, but well balanced and unique. its very chocolaty, with all the flavors of the bourbon barrel too, an excellent combination. again, I cannot taste any alcohol in this at all, not even when it warms up, a very impressive feat for such a big beer. im shocked there is no oatmeal in this either, with great body and texture and the subtle sweetness oats usually impart. also the body isn't so filling or dense as some big stouts. it is surprisingly drinkable as a result. its still a full body, it just isn't super heavy, not too sweet either, not teeth rotting, I like that. overall this is a very well executed brew from elevation, like all their stuff in this series. its big and its different, and its a good bottle to share. worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 18:46:39 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of DenverLogan


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked bottle...poured in Belgian Scotch Silly glass.
Nice cork pop...pours blackish with 1/3" light brown head.
Aroma...oooh...get the straight jacket...bourbon and dim sum pork sweet buns. Wow...rich on the nose...lots going on with sweetness, booze, dark malts, funky melon rind (from first sip to final of the bottle...always a strong funky melon rind note)...
Modest carbonation and poignantly strong mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, sweet malts, bourbon, slight wood, tropical melon rind, chalk (just a little), cherry, carob....lets give it 10 minutes...
OK...it's still black! Small remaining head with lace. Aroma of funky melon rinds...humm, much of the bourbon and dark roasted malts has subsided. Flavor is there, with gusto, rich roasted dark malts, alcohol, a mouth puckering funky bitterness like cream of tartar vs the tropical melon rind on a volcano....oh...oh...bittersweet chocolate, carob, malt balls, plum, cold near black coffee. Whoa...it's a mouthfull with every sip...I like it, but it is challenging...not for the timid or meek! Brilliant for beer geeks.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 05:03:33 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of sb303


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's nice, the alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing.

If I had to choose between this and Lugene I would more
often choose Lugene although it's clear that the Oil Man is aged (very smooth)...so I just opened a Lugene and on the heels of the Oil Man it's clear that the latter is an impressive effort. The carbonation in the Oil Man is more pleasant and not as assertive.

Of course it's about 50% more expensive but I think it was defintely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:01:16 | More by sb303
Photo of chugalug06


4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An impossibly sh!tty cork.. Once finally pulled, a very narrow "pop" came out.

Nice toasted brown two-finger foamy head pours off Medium viscosity Oil black brew. Lacing is sporadic.

Deep, roasty, chocolate, bourbon notes are amazing. Vanilla is subtle.

Wow. Oaky, but not in a sweet way, dry. Light carbonation that holds the body well. Roasted chocolate with awesome hidden heat, not a trace to be found. Very light and relaxing for such a potent stout. Deep, complex, worthy. Only thing I could ask for is a bit deeper flavors, damn good.

This brew met and exceeded ALL expectations. Chocolate cake and beef would have gone great with this flavor monster. Oil Man should be considered a good value @ ~$18/750ml.. Highly Recommended.

FYI - I don't throw around fives often, but this earned both it received. One of my favorite brews, ever.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 18:35:56 | More by chugalug06
Photo of StubFaceJoe


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first full review.

Picked up this little treat cause I'm a sucker for anything CO.

750 ml.Cork broke in half after quite a struggle. I had to use a corkscrew and that was even difficult.

A-About 1 finger mocha head. Super Dark, slight light through the edges. Spiderweb lacing.

S-Smells hot! Lots of bourbon with traces of roasted chocolate. Bourbon dominates unlike the flavor.

T-The barrel aging is perfect in this beer. Vanilla, caramel, and oak are right BESIDE a wonderful chocolate, roasty imperial stout. Neither the usual stout flavors nor the bourbon dominate this beer which makes it nearly perfect. Some heat cuts through a TON of baker's chocolate flavor. A nice soft hop kiss in the back keep the sweetness from becoming cloying.

M-Great chewy thick mouthfeel to compliment all the flavor going on. The flavor lingers making you want another sip.

0-Great Beer. My favorite BBRIS to date, that totally came out of nowhere.

Cheers to another great CO brew/brewery!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 07:41:39 | More by StubFaceJoe
Photo of denver10


3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a nice mocha head. A nice big aroma of some bourbon and its barrel, roasted barley, and some chocolate. Flavor started off with the bourbon and its barrel and it gracefully glided into some roasted malt, big chocolate tones, some caramel, and a little vanilla. Incredibly smooth. A full, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this beer was fantastic and I can't wait to drink it again. Hope to see the bottle son the local shelves sooner rather than later.

Finally tried this via the bottle. Tap version was significantly better, IMO, bottle seemed to pack some unwanted sourness to it and after drinking about 10 oz, I gave the rest away. Bummer. Modified my ratings to reflect this experience, but did balance it in favor of my more positive experience.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 03:43:04 | More by denver10
Oil Man from Elevation Beer Co.
89 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.