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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,140 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,140
Reviews: 2,223
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 462
Gots: 1,296 | FT: 84
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz. can poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pardon my language, but HOLY SHIT this beer is DARK. There's no color, no light shining through during the iPhone flashlight test, and absolutely no highlights either. What. The. Hell. This brew is scary! A moderately vigorous pour results in a monstrous light brown head that's dense and creamy and takes ages to deflate. Leaves tons of lacing in its wake.

S: Delectably rich semi-sweet chocolate syrup and roasted malts up front create a boisterous and powerful aroma. A little bit of roasted coffee and Earthy hops come through as well. One of the most delightful aromas I've experienced.

T: This is unbelievable... These flavors are off the charts. HUGE waves of rich, decadent chocolate. Those Earthy hops creep in that add just enough bitterness to offset the chocolatey sweetness. The middle offers a few molasses-like notes, but primarily consist of the initial chocolate hop medley. It's all beginning to feel a little too sweet, but then... the finish offers a wonderful deviation from the candied bliss and transitions to an absolutely phenomenal freshly-ground roasted coffee. Bliss. Pure Bliss.

M: The body is full, and it might actually be more accurate to describe it as huge. The closest thing to a flaw I can find here is that it's not as creamy and rich as I had hoped and the carbonation is just a hair above my comfort level in a RIS, but even still, I can't drop it below "outstanding." Oskar Blues just knows what they're doing.

O: I'm having a hard time processing my thoughts into words right now... I've always held Stone's offering of this style in the highest regard, but I think it has been replaced. I don't know what the folks down at Oskar Blues are doing, but they're doing it right. Every aspect of this brew is so powerful and each flavor is so intense that it borders unbearable, but then it transitions into something new and it just all adds up to a divine experience. I'm simply in awe right now, and slightly sad that I've taken the last sip whilst typing my conclusion... If you haven't had this yet, stop what you're doing right now and buy it.

ThePaintedGrey, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of killcore
4.25/5  rDev -3%

killcore, 53 minutes ago
Photo of HopBomb515
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance wise this beer is a black hole. Light goes in and doesn't come out. Big dark brown head settles to a cap and laces nicely. Smell is of roasted grain, dark chocolate, espresso, toffee, oak, and some smokey charred earthiness. Taste is amazing, so complex. Big wave of sweet and bitter chocolate, toasted grain, smoke, anise, espresso in the finish and that lingers with an oaky earthy edge. Creamy and thick as can be, leaves the palate coated. This is just an amazing stout all the way through. I enjoyed this one aged exactly one year to the day. Canned 9/19/13 and drank 9/19/14. Still one of my favorite beers of all time and a pricey indulgence I'll spend my money on from time to time.

HopBomb515, Today at 02:19 AM
Photo of DTown
5/5  rDev +14.2%

DTown, Today at 02:04 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

brians52, Today at 08:49 PM
Photo of Anaxagoris
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Anaxagoris, Today at 06:48 PM
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The body is as black as midnight and the head is a thick dark mocha color that doesn't recede. Beautiful bands of lacing coat the glass.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts come to the front with traces of rich, bitter coffee afterwards, and also a kiss of black licorice.

Taste: Really bitter and rich, with bitter chocolate and coffee stealing the show. The alcoholic bite in the finish adds some peppery heat.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry.

Overall: This is what an imperial stout should taste like.

JuicesFlowing, Today at 04:34 PM
Photo of rjengelking
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

The barrel-aged version is even better but this stout is truly amazing.

rjengelking, Today at 04:17 PM
Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours thick and black as they come with a Mocha brown one finger head. Smells like sweet chocolate, caramel, and slightly bitter like roasted coffee. The taste begins with an overwhelming creamy, smooth, thick mouthfeel. It tastes slightly nutty and a lot of that sweetness comes through. The finish is a mild roastiness. This is a fantastic beer. One of the best imperial stouts I've had.

BenwayPHD, Today at 05:56 AM
Photo of Dajtai007
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Dajtai007, Today at 05:36 AM
Photo of jklecko2
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

jklecko2, Today at 03:47 AM
Photo of captenaj
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Darkest beer I've seen. Thick, long lasting head. Looks like motor oil. In a good way.
S: Not a lot of aroma. Slight chocolate, more than slight alcohol.
T: Very full, deep and delicious. Coffee and chocolate flavors. Alcohol tastes is very noticeable.
M: Thick and creamy.
O: An excellent brew! The alcohol flavor is too strong for my liking and brings the rating down just a bit.

captenaj, Yesterday at 02:33 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Vukusich, Yesterday at 02:24 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Clarkson, Yesterday at 01:01 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

cmozz, Yesterday at 09:34 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Keyes88, Yesterday at 08:48 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

yankeej13, Yesterday at 05:18 PM
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Moshulu, Yesterday at 05:04 PM
Photo of PatAK
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

PatAK, Yesterday at 04:16 PM
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4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

MLDucky, Yesterday at 03:22 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Wattie, Yesterday at 03:00 PM
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Mini vertical, one canned two weeks ago, one canned one year ago. Reviews mainly for fresh with some differences on aged version

Appearance: pours a pretty thick black, very little change in color even around the edges. a finger or so of a dark tan head with slightly weak retention, but leaves a pretty nice lacing on the sides. completely opaque. Year old version almost identical just with a smaller head. 3.75/5

Smell: super strong and sweet chocolate. Lots of notes of dark and roasted malts, hinting at espresso. Some smaller notes of earth and maybe some hops but hard to separate those out from the bitterness of the roast. Alcohol seeps in throughout the smell. Year old version begins to develop a strong caramel sweetness that starts to block out the burnt malts, and the alcohol starts to fade. 4/5

Taste: opens with strong chocolate, a mix between milk and dark. Lots of sweetness to it. The sweetness is quickly thrown away as it develops into a strong roasted and burnt grain taste, along with some espresso in it. Towards the end there are notes of earth and maybe some oak. Alcohol plays a strong role. Slight metallic twinge from time to time. Year old version again developing a strong caramelized grain to toffee taste very similar to what is often found in old ales. Alcohol still a small factor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: heavy and a bit sticky. bitterness tends to stick around quite a bit. alcohol warmth. 4/5

Overall: definitely a well brewed and big stout. lots of tasty dark malt character and a wide variety of malts. I like how the flavor has developed over the year and I give that one a slight edge in the side to side. Nice availability so a great one to through in the cellar and test out.

SportsandJorts, Yesterday at 02:37 PM
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