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Oil Man - Elevation Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Oil ManOil Man

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

29 Reviews

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 122
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 19
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: denver10 on 01-23-2013

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.
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Reviews by sweemzander:
Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin light brown head that dissipates to patches. Although this opened with a nice pop, the first part of the pour had no visible carbonation and I was relieved to see a typical thin head expected from a barrel aged stout. Great aroma of sweet toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, hints of chocolate. Flavor is sweet dark malt, light vanilla and coffee, very bourbon forward. Light flavors of vanilla, chocolate and day old coffee, but they are subsumed into the barrel flavor. Medium bodied with light, but satisfactory carbonation. The bourbon in this is quite distinctive, and perhaps slightly unbalanced, masking the other flavors from interaction of malt and hops. The malt body is complex and robust enough to support the bourbon influence, but it would have been nice to taste some of the more subtle flavors. I'm a bourbon fan, so I thoroughly enjoyed this stout, but do wish it had a bit more balance. Perhaps a year or two on it could produce something wonderful. I am going to get another bottle to find out. A bit boozy in the finish, but it’s bourbon, so not a flaw. I like the name, it is remarkable how these rich stouts look like raw or well used engine oil when they pour. At this point I'm going to start salivating when I change my car oil; bad conditioning.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

Aged in Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon Barrels, this brings back some not too distant memories … great ones at that. Too drinkable for its size, every flavor is extremely expressive but all seem to meld well and form quite the balanced brew. Elevation Beer Co. has nailed it again. Highly recommended.

STYLE: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.0%

LOOK: Black, towering brown head

SMELL: Boozy barrel juice, very woody, char, espresso, burnt sugar, vanilla, blackberries, yeast

TASTE: Amazing creaminess, nearly silky smooth, pull of wood, mild charcoal, clean booziness, vanilla, melon rind, rose water, cinnamon, French roast coffee, black walnuts, bourbon sweetness, barrel finish

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GilGarp
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Kylo76
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of 14erFan
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe folks rate this high because it's in a nice bottle. They clearly need to work on this one. Poured next to black with a very thin bubbly head that dissipated quickly. Bourbon flavor is there, with some oaky dryness, but the absence of what I expected from an imperial stout is too much. This tastes and feels like a thin porter, with some bourbon and oak in there. There's also a metallic aftertaste that only hurts it more. I'm just glad I didn't buy it.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of SalukiAlum
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Oil Man from Elevation Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.