Hogsback Oatmeal Stout | Ice Axe Grill / Mt. Hood Brewing Co.

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Ice Axe Grill / Mt. Hood Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by freed on 08-09-2003

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by ccrida:
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3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from draft (CO2) in a shaker pint at the Ram's Head bar at Timberline, the hogsback is a really nice looking beer. It is pitch black with a dense head that is a gorgeous dark tan with amber tones around the edges. It subsided to a very thick skim quicker then I would have liked, and didn't leave much lace, but was only a swirl away from revival.
I wasn't really too impressed with the aroma. At first, it was really roasty with a bit of coffee, and pretty reserved. As it warmed, it was dominated almost entirely by caramel, and grew stronger, as well as a bit boozy.
The taste sort of followed the aroma, starting out pretty subdued and on the bitter side, more chocolate then coffee, but predominately roasted malt. As it warmed, it got very rich and sweeter, still malt but mainly caramel, and maybe a touch of anise. This wasn't my favorite oatmeal stout, but I've not had to many from the NW, mainly from back east, and British varieties.
The mouthfeel was very nice, silky and not nearly as heavy as it appears.
This was fairly drinkable, but not the religious experience that the other reviewers seemed to have. Had I read those reviews before trying this beer, I'd have been disappointed. As it was, I thought it was not bad, but nothing special for an oatmeal stout. I'll probably only try this again if I see it on Nitro, or it's the only stout available and I'm in that mood. I guess I should also consider that it is mid-spring and the keg at timberline might not have been the freshest...I dunno, those other reviews are making me look for excuses that it might not deserve!

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Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of LXIXME
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Henry's 12 Street Tavern in Portland

appearance: served in an imperial pint glass...dark mahogany body with a light chocolate head and very little in the way of lacing...pretty standard

smell: huge oat nose, smoky, defined milk chocolate presence, a very nice and sweet aroma

taste: oatmeal is very involved, milk chocolate, smoke, peat, light coffee...smooth and very very good

mouthfeel: medium light body, smooth

drinkability: good

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Elemental
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark body with a large amount of light brown head that just invites you to drink it. This has a good tart and bitter smell. The taste is wonderfully thick with a nice malt oatmeal stout taste, that moves into a tart and almost sour taste (much like that of sour cherries). This is a nice heavy oatmeal brew with a nice bitter tart taste. There is a bit of residual sweetness that is left on the lips when done drinking, which just invites you to drink more. All around a good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Dcbelkot
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found some old notes on this one. Served on cask at Horse Brass in Portland.

Appearance: Black with dark brown highlights and a soft but ever-lasting tan head. This is one seriously appetizing stout.

Smell: The aroma is a gentle mix of dark chocolate brownies, vanilla and roasted barley.

Taste & mouthfeel: Semi-sweet with a big silky texture despite the low ABV. This stuff is smooth as hell. The flavor is very brownie-like; dark chocolate and toast with vanilla undertones. The finish is on the dry side with a mild roasty bitterness. Carbonation is low from the cask conditioning, but it only serves to enhance the beer's velvety texture and incredible drinkability.

Notes: During the 3 trips I made to Horse Brass this was the beer I kept coming back to. A near-perfect Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of IAmSam
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cbarrett4
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the nitro tap at the brewery.

What a difference a little nitrous makes on this brew. The aromatics and flavor seem more settled, and better integrated from this tap.

I can now pick up some dark cherry, cocoa, and licorice in addition to the espresso and tar notes. There is still a lot of tannin on the palate, but the acidity and carbonation (nitronation?) bring the flavors up to meet and greet those aggressive tannins.

Still would like a bit more sweetness to help balance the tannins (no not a SWEET beer, just that barely perceptible amount of sugar on the palate to give more viscosity and fight down the tannins). This would actually be a great base to brew up a chocolate stout.

Still not getting an 'oatmeal' style to this...

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Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of guitarmage
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On tap at Cornucopia in Eugene, OR. No light passes through this black beer, sticky foamy tan head shows good retention, lacing caps the beer, inviting.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt, chocalatey and milky, suggestions of molasses.

Taste: Chocolatey malt sweetness, caramel, tasty oatmeal flavor and creaminess comes out, a hint of espresso acidity balances, hops play a role in the finish and aftertaste, a little spicy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, a rolling subtle carbonation, this goes down very nicely.

Drinkability: This is a badass oatmeal stout. If you're in the NW, hunt it down. Very tasty, creamy, oatmeal, and sweet. At only 4.5% ABV I could have several of these.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first pint at the Horse Brass tonight..
and what a topper of a beer to look at it is!.Black ,with small purplish hints round the edges and a fantastic frothy/creamy tan head, that stayed and stayed.
Great aroma the roasty oats are very present among the dellectable aromas of black coffee and chocolate.
The taste is absolutllygorgeous, the dark coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, black cherriesd, roasted /toasted oats..wonderful combination.
Very smooth and silky on the mouth, improved somewhat by the cask.
A great Oatmeal stout, one that deserves better recognition..superb drinkability.

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Photo of Braz
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of abrodsky
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of RHVC59
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland, Oregon. Poured opaque black with a small, tan head. Pretty good retention. Nice aromas and flavors of dark-roasted coffee, oats, dark chocolate, and fruit like raisins or cherries. Some bitterness from the coffee and choclate. Overall, great character, nicely balanced flavors. Smooth, moderately thick mouthfeel from the oats. Very drinkable. Good example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of corylew
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is a very solid oatmeal stout. Smell is caramelly toffeelike and delicious. Taste is of roasted barley and black patent malt with a slight hoppy background. Body is well balanced; it is light enough to drink the whole pint and want more yet packs a big malty flavor. Definitely one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. One of my favorite parts has got to be the carbonation. What is the deal with these overcarbonated stouts? This one gets it right by packing a light carbonation, making the flavor enhanced, not covered by carbonation. No complaints here. Sorry

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to be careful reviewing this, because I drank this beer while sitting in the Timberline Lodge, looking up at the majestic glaciated peak of Mount Hood, the brewery's namesake. Most beers would be good in this setting, and this one is no exception. But, alas, it's not among my premier stout choices. It is an attractive beer, very dark brown with a dark tan head that produces a nice lacing. The aroma is toasted malt, and on the palate the main impression is that of a coffee-flavored stout with very dry character. Good medium mouthfeel for a stout. Nicely carbonated and reasonably drinkable. The finish is nicely bittered. Overall a nice stout, but not a star.

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Hogsback Oatmeal Stout from Ice Axe Grill / Mt. Hood Brewing Co.
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