Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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3.9/5 rDev -11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Pours nearly black with molasses highlights and a bountiful cap of coarse, mocha-colored foam. Excellent head retention is exhibited, and broad sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the beer descends. Aroma is mild but pleasant, smelling of roasted malt and molasses.
Flavor is big and beefy, with plenty of molasses and alcohol, along with herbal hops that give it something of a harsh edge. Subtleties are difficult to discern beneath the bold primary flavors--maybe some vanilla and marshmallow notes. The combination of the hops and alcohol positively sizzle on the tongue, made bearable only by the rich sweetness of the malt to offset them. Some dark fruit finally begins to emerge after considerable warming. The body is absolutely massive. This is what an imperial stout should feel like in the mouth--thick, rich, full, chewy, and so on and so forth.
Overall, this is an audacious imperial stout that takes no prisoners. The presentation and viscosity are exemplary, but it's a little heavy-handed in the taste department, even for me. There's no shortage of traditional RIS flavors (which are nearly on steroids), but it could do with a touch of nuance and complexity. If you're looking for a milkshake-thick imperial stout that will punch you in the face, look no further.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2014 01:19:51 | More by MaximalC
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