Oil Man | Elevation Beer Co.

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4.03/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States
elevationbeerco.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Winter

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 STATS
Ranking:
#7,594
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
175
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
49
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at the meeting last night not sure by who, but thanks!
Rich inky black in color with a thin tan head. Rich roasty chocolate with bits of vanilla and light bourbon notes.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle, dated 11/28/17. Served in a tulip.

Pours a used-motor-oil chestnut black, impenetrable to light in the glass, with three fingers of pouffy, swiss cheese-bubbled, mocha fluff. Retention is just pretty good, leaving random swooshes and spots of lacing.

Medium-robust nose of fudgy chocolate frosting and bitter nuts.

Tastes of dark bittersweet chocolate, licorice and bitter chicory. Dry, grainy, roasted malt with relatively heavy-handed addition of bittering hops for a stout.

Feel is smooth and creamy going in but acidic and drying going down. Not much more than medium bodied and well carbonated. Zero booziness detected.

Overall, a worthy dry stout and I do enjoy a dry stout. The barrel character is so subtle that I totally forgot about it until I went back to read the label, so it never even got a mention in my tasting notes. Now that I think of it, I guess I can smell it in the glass.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like dry oak, fudgy dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and a little bit of bourbon.

The barrel here is definitely subtle, as there's only slight notes of bourbon. There's definitely more oak, though. The base beer is excellent though, as it's thick and very chocolatey, with a bit of cookie dough, licorice bitterness, and vanilla as well.

This is medium bodied, not super thick, with a normal level of carbonation.

This was a nice surprise- this was very deftly done.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
Capped
Bottled On: 11.08.16
ABV: 10.8%

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which leaves some nice small islands, and some nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of chocolate, toffee, slight coffee, some vanilla, licorice, slight bourbon. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with some chocolate/toffee, slight coffee, nice touch of vanilla, licorice, slight bourbon, nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV is hidden extremely well, a nice complex brew. Overall, this one surprised me, very tasty. Recommended!

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Photo of sohearn
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Michaelh4
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting BBA stout. Thick chocolate malt and floral hops on the nose, with a greater degree of hop character and bitterness on the palate. The barrel is only a minor player. Comparing this to other beers, it's like a lighter, poor man's Blot Out the Sun, with a shot of BCBS blended in.

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Photo of akolb
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark appearance. Very faint bourbon aroma. Nice head that disappears quickly. Taste is a very stout with a hint of bourbon. Overall it is a very good stout but not a very good bourbon barrel aged

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Photo of drone
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/01/15

Appearance: Hellaciously difficult to uncork, but glad I found a corkscrew to do the job; pours with a one inch mocha head on top of the sweet light crude; the head fades to a film and leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, blackberry and Black Jack gum (credit to ArrogantB, who nailed it); hint of Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate, caramel and, fortunately, more Bourbon than is in the aroma; through the middle, there is a German chocolate cake character, with more brown sugar and caramel sweetness as well as blackberry jam; the finish brings plenty of oak barrel, Bourbon and vanilla tones; slightly boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; some wamth in the gullet

Overall: Enjoyable to drink but the mouthfeel and lack of big Bourbon flavors will dissuade some; I liked it and was particuarly intrigued by the blackberry

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LloydDobler
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevotex
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NickThePyro
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smccann
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Oil Man from Elevation Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 175 ratings