HopCat Oil Rigger | HopCat

HopCat Oil RiggerHopCat Oil Rigger
BA SCORE
82.5%
Liked This Beer
4 w/ 40 ratings
HopCat Oil RiggerHopCat Oil Rigger
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HopCat
Michigan, United States
hopcatgr.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by grub on 01-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,148
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
40
Liked:
33
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
10%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Beer rating: 82.5% out of 100 with 40 ratings
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