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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,378
Reviews: 2,370
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 555
Gots: 1,978 | FT: 116
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from MasterSki, thanks Alex! 355ml can into a snifter, canned October 21, 2011. FIDY THE POOL!

Pours black (duh), with a finger of dark brown head with a purplish tinge to it. Light retention. Nose has chocolate, brown sugar sweetness, coconut and syrupy dark fruits. A bit of almond liqeur and caramel also - really complex stuff. Taste has chocolate, dark sugary fruits, a bit of vanilla, syrup ans some nuttiness. Large roastiness too. A little less complex than the nose suggested but still fantastic. Some alcohol and warmth carries into the finish. Full feel, extremely smooth. A brilliant IS, whiskey BA'd version of this would be absolutely marvelous I'd imagine.

Photo of HSW40
4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of LiquidPoem
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11-11-10

Pours like pure black ooze as others have mentioned. A nice medium-dark brown head develops which dissipates into a scattered geography of islands and streams. Smells like roasting marshmallows on a distant campfire with a caramel undertone. Lots of chocolatey, smokey, coffee, creamy notes that dive so deep into your soul.

Such an epic beer. Stouts are not my typical fare but this is supreme; Black velvet supreme. The fact it is aged 2 years makes it all the more delicious.

Photo of tgdigital
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. Pours engine oil black into a glass with a dark brown head. Loads of roasted malt presence in the smell with some hoppiness to balance. The taste is filled with hints of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, coffee, and toasted grain. The residual sweetness is balanced by the bitterness of roasted grain and hop character. Thick and full bodied in the mouth. This is a fantastic stout.

Photo of jhammel01
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch, flat black with tons of lacing. Coffee head, nice and fluffy.

Scent has strong dark chocolates. Also a bit of coffee and roasted malt. The dark chocolate smells very, very rich.

Much like the scent, the taste has tons of chocolate. It's like drinking a decadent chocolate cake. It's delicious. Moderate hop bite in the finish that finishes with roasted malt and fresh coffee. Great chewy mouthfeel. Flavor never seems watery and either does the beer's body.

Such a great surprise. I got a few cans for christmas and I've been enjoying it like crazy. Also my 1st craft beer in a can.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours thick and velvetty and is quite black to say the least. A small deep mocha sits on top. there is always a thick foamy ring present throught out. Spotty lacing clings to the glass.
Aroma is of roasted malts licorise coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate.
Taste is quite good and exceedingly roasty. Flavors of coffee or espresso are in there too plus hints of vinilla suggesting time in a barrel. Warming alcohol at finish.
Drinks very smooth and feels heavy on the palette.
Finishes with a bitter licorise taste.
Very good.

Photo of tbrown4
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Frisco Taphouse last night for happy hour. I've long been a fan of OB and their stellar craft cans.

A - Pours pitch black with a thin dark tan head. There isn't much lacing to speak of and the head quickly leaves.

S - Heavy coffee aromas, tart cherries, dark chocolate.

T - The front mimics the aroma with coffee notes, tart cherries, dark chocolate. Feels deliciously tart and sour in the middle to the back of the throat. Finishes very clean with a quick aftertaste.

M - Medium in body. Not a hint of the alcohol.

O - Excellent flavorful and complex RIS. If you like sweet strong stouts It doesn't get much better than this in my opinion. Priced at about $8 a pour at Frisco its not an everyday beer. I may have to go our an buy some cans of this to keep around. It's too good to ignore.

Photo of mbrady55
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tumbler

A: dark as night, cannot see a GD thing through it nice fluffy head, unexpected from an 10.5% beer

S: molasses, black licorice, chocolate, alcohol also comes through, smells amazing...

T: much of the same on the taste. Wow!, this was my first impression, reminded me of a less offensive dogfish head WWS, alcohol is def prominent but its a woody type of alcohol taste, also black licorice, molasses and a dark chocolate finish, possibly a slight smoky characteristic on the after taste as well, dear god this is delicious

M: coats the entire mouth, numbs the lips and leaves a sticky reside on the lips as well

D: should not be this drinkable for a 10.5% beer, if you want to sip this then you can, or you can take nice swigs and also be satisfied.

putting this on the record as the best RIS that i've had between DFH WWS, Old Rasp. & this

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of a0lbudman
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a large brown head that faded slow and leaves a nice lace on the glass
S-sweet caramel and toffee with almost no hops with a good smoked roasted smell
T-nice chocolate malt and coffee flavor that turns to a good hops bitterness in the aftertaste that leaves you with a nice warming coffee finish
M-syrupy full body with a high carbonation
O-strong beer and a great way to start the year with this one. I saw where it was on everyones top ten in the forum and I was not disappointed

Photo of ZaxGhost
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bloatednemesis
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The best imperial stout I've had...So far.

Photo of Bedrocker
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a snifter.

A: Midnight black. Can't see a ray of light through this one. Leaves a nice dark tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of vanilla. Although the beer smells very good, it doesn't really stand out as much as I would expect, especially considering how it tastes...

T: Coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, molasses, and toffee. This beer is very sweet, but it balances well with the roasted malts and bitter coffee taste. Great coffee aftertaste.

M: One of the best, if not the best, feeling beers I've ever had. So thick you can almost bite down into it. VERY smooth. Creamy as well. Carbonation is perfect, in my opinion. Hides the alcohol very well.

O: One of my go-to stouts. I want to age some to see how it tastes with a year or more on it, but I can't stop drinking from my stash... Oskar Blues hits it out of the park with this beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz Can poured at 45F into a goblet.

This is a very sound looking beer. Pitch black with no presence of light. Dark brown head which seems to be characteristic of some of the finest brews in the world.

The nose is very dark and roasty. There are so many good aromas here. I sense a smoky sweetness accompanied by piney and floral hops. There are also hints of vanilla, chocolate, espresso and ripe berries.

The taste is as complex as the smell. A very full body and thick mouthfeel, but still quite drinkable. There are so many flavors going on here with nothing out of balance. It is strong of roasted or nearly burnt espresso and chocolate. The fruitiness is powered by cherries, plums and berries. There is the nice piney and floral hop character that balances out the sweet flavors. Slight notes of caramel, butterscotch, molasses and vanilla round everything out. A very good beer that stands up against some of the best imperial stouts around.

On another note, the use of cans by Surly and Oskar Blues is pure genius. Cans prevent spoiling from light, are durable, portable, crushable and more environmentally friendly than bottles. Glass was first manufactured in 3000 BC, support the canning revolution.

Photo of Argion
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was looking at the list of top imperial stouts on this site and came across this beer. My local distributor had it and I was surprised to see it was in a can. That threw me off a bit, but given the good ratings it has received on the site I decided to give it a try.
All I can say is wow.... it poured a very dark/black colour with no head whatsoever. The combination of flavors was very good with hints of chocolate and espresso in it. There was some sweetness on the tailend of the beer but it was not as bad as other imperial stouts I have tried. Overall an excellent beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mississipping
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Bruery snifter and served at 53 degrees. Thank OakedCanuck for the unexpected 4-pack!

A: Pours like clean motor oil with a nice glug from the can. I know, it's cliche, but it's a great descriptor. A small mocha head rises out of the pure blackness and then recedes almost as quickly, leaving traces of itself behind in moderate lacing and a thin ring.

S: A nutty chocolate smell dominates, with roasted malt, booze, coffee, and licorice (in descending order) in the background. Booze moves to the fore, though, as it warms, and the aroma becomes less balanced, but not unpleasant.

T: Sweet, chocolately milk taste really makes itself present at the beginning, followed by a moderate roastiness, and a slight booze burn on the back end, but not too much. Booze and a transition to bitter dark chocolate linger for longer than you'd expect.

M: Pretty full-bodied ... syrupy, slightly chewy. Completely coats the tongue, back of the teeth, roof, and throat. Perfect amount of carbonation that counterbalances the thickness to make it extremely smooth and much more drinkable than it might be with out the velvety bubbles.

D: This is not very drinkable, but I wouldn't want it any other way. The viscosity and alcohol content make this a sipper. The complexities change quite a bit as the temperature rises, so take your time with it and enjoy the complementary layers. Don't wait too long, though, unless you like a boozier stout.

This is really one one my favorites! Highly recommended and alway welcome at my place.

Photo of Sintech
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beefeater57
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque. Light isn't going through this one. Thick, clumpy brown head that looks just like oatmeal. Pretty much like engine oil out of a can, which is what I expect from an Imperial Stout.

S: Licorice, strong semi-sweet chocolate presence. Some espresso, roasted malts, and brown sugar/molasses.

T: Smooth. Sweet roasted maltbase, some milk chocolate notes, some dark chocolate, and a grainy hop bitterness to balance it out a little.

M: It's a meal in itself. Chewy, hits the lips like a milkshake. Very smooth beer, silky. Some alcohol warmth after a few sips.

D: One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had, goes right up with Stone's. The thickness and ABV limits drinkability, but you just need one and call it a night. This is what I expect Imperial Stouts to be. Too bad this beer is costly, because I would consume it often. This is a rare treat to myself whenever I feel like giving my beer-lovin' soul a high-five.

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4.6/5  rDev +5%

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