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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,807 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,807
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 429
Gots: 1,188 | FT: 83
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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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dogfishandi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass from 12oz. can at cellar temp. pours extreme black with an extremely dark mocha colored head. about a finger and a half of creamy silky looking head that had some pretty decent retention. some pretty good lacing as well. looks amazing.

big roasted malt/ dark chocolate aroma. such a clean smelling imp. stout, some solvent alcohol in the aroma, but nothing to harsh. some dark fruits are present as well as some burnt roasted coffee beans, a little vanilla and a some anise. very complex.

again in the taste, coming in big with the roasted malts and dark chocolate followed by some deep warming alcohol which gives way to a creamy oat like flavor combined with vanilla and finishes off with a bitter chocolate tingling sensation. amazing. i wanna give it a 5, but i dont think i have it in me.

heavy body, minimal carb, nice creamy mouthfeel makes this big beer go down fairly easy, if you dont mind some warming from the alcohol. one of my favorite imp. stouts to date, everyone should try and find this.

oh and congrats to me for having the 666 review of this beer in the can.

Serving type: can

05-18-2009 22:15:18 | More by dogfishandi
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kels

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the amazing cmitchell for passing a can of this off to bamadog. We shared it the other night for our collective 100th review.

Appearance: Pours rich chocolate brown, almost black, with the slightest ruby highlights, mostly showing in the ring of tannish head that barely retains. Some spotty lacing dots the glass just above the liquid that's dark and viscous. A mild oil slick sits atop the beer, and little bubbles burst up through the surface now and again.

Smell: Smell is full and robust - tons of nicely dry dark roast malts and chewy graininess. Slight bitterness from either a bittersweet chocolate or dark coffee comes through, along with some alcohol heat.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The feel is well carbonated and somewhat gritty, not as viscous as it looks - moderate mouthfeel. The taste is full of bitter roasty, charred malts that are coffee-like in taste. There is the slightest hint of vanilla-like sweetness to accompany bright, appley hops in the aftertaste. Moderately warming alcohol finishes it.

Drinkability: Moderate at best. I'm sipping and already feeling it. It isn't as overwhelming or big as others in the style so that's nice.

Serving type: can

05-16-2009 23:28:05 | More by kels
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both JDV and scream4me for this brew, they both sent it as a much appreciated extra and I am trying it for the first time.

Poured from a can into a stemless wine glass. This beer is pitch black with a two finger mocha head. Lots of stamina on the lacing as it slowly courses down the sides of the glass.

The smell is roasty malts, coffee, bitter chocolate and some sweet vanilla, very nice.

This beer tastes just like it smells, awesome roasty malts and bitter chocolate with a nice hoppy balance. I love imperial stouts that start with roasty malt that blends into a nice hoppiness.

This beer is thick and syrupy, but hides the alcohol well and tastes very smooth.

Definitely a sipper, but I could have more than one in a sitting. This is a very good imperial stout, makes me want to try more Oskar Blues brews.

Serving type: can

05-16-2009 21:50:42 | More by rpstevens
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Number 100... Finally! Been in the works for a while now so I'm proud to finally have it done, and I don't know if I could have had a better beer to hit the mark with. Split the can with Kels for her 100th as well. Poured from the can into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured thick, black and viscous like motor oil; no head at all except for when it's swirled especially hard and then there is a very deep tan thin layer that floats like oil on top of a mud puddle; very spotty lacing clings to the sides on the swirl as well and there is an interesting ring/band if it sits for a bit and I tip it for a sip.

Smell: Deep roasted malts; sweet chocolatey presence; a slightly smokey/woody presence; faint whiff of alcohol; very faint bitter hoppy prersence somewhere in there as well...

Taste: Wow. Long roasted malty goodness comes out; a little coffee-esque and also some sweet chocolate; slight presence of alcohol and like in the scent, a mild hop presence as well. A very amazing and wonderful tasting stout. The aftertaste is very much like roast coffee.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly thick and creamy; coats the mouth heavily; gums are a little tingly from the alcohol; pretty thick so not a ton of carbonation bubbling throughout so I'm assuming the tingling is from the alcohol; feels a little gritty as well.

Drinkability: Pretty high for a big heavy stout - I would have enjoyed an entire one to myself, but it's always better to share.

Serving type: can

05-14-2009 22:56:18 | More by bamadog
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bulletrain76

California

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Big Hunt. Super dark with a brown head that leaves some oily swirls in a couple minutes. Rick chocolate mousse, coffee and hoppy aroma. Some alcoholic fruit, dark chocolate, and a good hop presence. Thick and smooth. Nice imperial stout. The components seem a bit at odds at times, but it mostly comes together quite well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2009 23:15:58 | More by bulletrain76
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Lothore

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark black hue letting very little light through. Deep reddish brown head which is absolutely decadent.

S- Smell consists of roasted malt and coffee. A bit faint.

T- Taste is predominately roasted malt, deep brown sugar notes, coffee.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This was a pretty tasty imperial stout. Not my favorite but it looks great and is very solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 07:33:25 | More by Lothore
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Trappissed

California

2.88/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I don't have a whole lot of experience with imperial stouts, but I will say this one reminded me a lot of drinking a Baltic Porter(i.e. Okocim and Zywiec). Very similar sweetness, that I don't actually enjoy very much. Its true the alcohol is hidden pretty well, but the taste just isn't doing it for me. Very nice appearance with a nice tan head. In the flavor, I was getting a little fruity nuttiness. A little roasted chocolate taste as well. Just overly sweet in my opinion.

Would make a nice dessert beer either paired, or by itself as it is a pretty heavy brew. As someone else mentioned, I just wish they could have gotten a little more hops in this, and toned down the sweetness, or something to balance it out a little more. Mouthfeel had a nice quality, definitely appropriate for the style. However the taste and drinkability were lacking; those are kind of important. I know this is a sipper, but I will go as far to say that this was cloyingly sweet.

Obviously I am in the minority here, seeing all these other reviews. But I am comparing it to other Imperial Stouts I've had, so who knows.

Serving type: can

05-11-2009 06:55:22 | More by Trappissed
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours (if poured, I can't imagine someone would pass the opportunity to drink an RIS from a can) a very viscous dark brown with hints of red passing throu with light dark brown head is actually surprisingly foamy.. smelss just super roasted, malty above anything with some cocoa.. tastes very roasted, again very malted, a mix of some dark fruit and a bit of rum flavor a mix of milk and dark chocolates, becomes more raisiny as it approaches room temp, aftertaste of black coffee.. thick chewy mouth, like a chocolate chip cookie.. drink its quite thick and pretty heavy, what you should expect from a good RIS, so you're not gonna down a bunch
(unless, like.. you've got a problem)
but its very good for a stout, like syrup and coffee..

Serving type: can

05-09-2009 05:50:53 | More by BirdFlu
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is very dark in color, solid black if that's possible, with a beautiful, super-dark head that is (I really know there is no such thing as this) a light black color. The head showed great retention and just looked like a puffy goose-down pillow.

Smell - This is my favorite type of RIP profile. The roasted malts are there but very faint. The big aroma is that stiff brown sugar on toast with butter washed down with a cool cup of cocoa.

Taste - The wonderful sweetness from the nose comes over at the taste with a perfect step up from the roasted malts. There is a very mild and pleasant burnt flavor that does a terrific job of lightly cutting the big sugars. The finish is all roasty malt just the way I like it.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but I wouldn't call it full. The bitterness is not shy but doesn't overpower. There's a light tinge of alcohol in the middle with a tick up in the bitter department at the end. There's some decent carbonation in here as well which I usually don't find much of in the style but here it seems right at home.

Drinkability - One of the best-drinking 10% RIPs that I've ever had, and from a can yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:34:32 | More by RoyalT
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, clear brew with a thin, dark brown head on the pour. Flows like oil.

Aroma is of pumpernickel bread, dark roasted malts, raisins, and hints of cherries. Complex and layered. No coffee odors, but definite roasted grains.

Taste is of strong dark malt, slightly bitter, roasted character played down and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full, rich, and chewy.

Drinkability is good. It's almost too strongly flavored, too intense, for a higher drinkability score.

Serving type: can

05-05-2009 02:59:22 | More by connecticutpoet
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's shocking to see such a dark liquid to come from a can. Nearly no had. And what is there dies to ring of bubbles on the edge. Virtually spotless lace. Near black, no lace.

Mild black patent malt aromas. Not as potent as I expected.

The flavor is an improvement on the smell. Oily body of a high-alcohol beer. Black patent malt flavors with notes of cherry and strawberry. Some hoppiness is present. Overall, this is a syrupy and malty beer where the bitterness comes from the burnt grains.

Serving type: can

05-04-2009 01:11:32 | More by smcolw
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Beejay

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Domingo for this!

A: Black, thick, oily, and beautiful! Rich thick, brown head, that sadly dissipates pretty quickly..

S: Barley, Chocolate.. big time chocolate.. roasted, sweet and amazing..

T:Thick, sweet with a touch of bitter. flavors reminiscent of Dark chocolate, nuts and malt. Big and beautiful. This is a proper RIS. Big taste, big alc, but you can't taste it.. Yum!

M: Thick and Syrupy.

D: If you are looking for a beer, or a meal this one will do.. Not sure I could do a pack in a sitting, but a killer night cap, or cigar beer.. Undoubtedly the best beer I have ever had that came out of a can!

Serving type: can

05-02-2009 02:34:22 | More by Beejay
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Dark Lord Day 2009. While this certainly isn't my favorite RIS, it has worked to turn me off to the irrational fear of canned beer that I still maintain (I'm sure Surly would have done this long ago were we able to get their canned beers in Chicago instead of having everything on tap.)

A: Very dark black with a good brown head.

S: Some chocolate notes along with some hops and roasted malt. A tad bit weak.

T: Roasted malt and some chocolate underneath some hops. Much like the nose, but a little bit more there.

M: Full-bodied and slightly dry.

D: Pretty good, but this one fails in comparison to the truly great RIS's. It's lacking in deep complexity, but is not a bad beer by any means. Actually, quite good.

Serving type: can

05-01-2009 14:21:36 | More by Thorpe429
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fetus for a 4 pack of this good stuff

I gave it a simi-vigorous pour into my Chimay goblet producing a nice two finger head, so close to overflowing but it didn't. Color is deep and dark and the head is a soft brown color with minimal lacing. Smell of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Tastes of nice roasted malts, molasses, alcohol and some sweetness from the malt. Low carbonation and very thick making it nice and smooth. This is a great tasting beer but the 10% makes it a sipper that i will definitely want to have a gain.

Serving type: can

04-29-2009 23:57:37 | More by Bobbydigi
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jminsc76

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a tulip while relaxing at home. Pours a large brownish/mahogany head atop an impenetrable black body. The head is creamy but not thick and foamy. Excellent legs but decent lacing down the side. Visuals are better upon the initial pour.

Aromas of molasses and coffee at first, and subsequent cocoa, molasses, and coffee with a little agitation. Also very fruity - mainly berries such as raspberry and strawberry - that exhibit a high degree of sweetness. Nothing that burns the nose hairs off, but its impressive.

A sip yields more molasses and fruity flavors (very similar to the smell), and a quaff yields more coffee, chocolate, espresso, and slight bitterness from the hops. It's not a punch to the palate, and I don't taste as much of the complexity, fullness, or refinement found in some of the other high quality Russian Imperial Stouts, but the plethora of flavors as I continue sipping and quaffing is so various and intense I could drink at least three more of these in one sitting. Considering its 9.5% ABV per can, however, I would probably be rolling on the floor spouting incoherent ecstasies and nursing one hell of a headache the next day.

So I'll stick with two per sitting and spout more coherent ecstasies. Great beer overall, with an A- for the mouthfeel due to the easy consistency on the palate, with the high ABV nowhere to be found in the flavors.

Serving type: can

04-28-2009 22:18:04 | More by jminsc76
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willjschmidt

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours an incredibly thick and black viscous color. Looks like crude motor oil coming out of the can.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, even a bit of hops.

T: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, bitter coffee are all up front. Lots of layers of flavors in there. Some espresso and molasses as well. Nice hop finish as well.

M: Smooth, creamy, full bodied.

D: A very good IRS. It's tasty and smooth as hell. Crazy to see this thing come out of a can.

Serving type: can

04-28-2009 04:27:20 | More by willjschmidt
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gorby10826

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow for as many good reviews I can honestly say I am boggled. I do not think this has anything over any midwest stouts like northwind or blackout, and those arent even in the top 100. It looks awesome and has an awesome mouthfeel but is lacking in smell and taste as far as I am concerned.Just pretty standard in those areas. High drinkability but still disappointed.

Serving type: can

04-28-2009 03:03:01 | More by gorby10826
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for the trade at DLD and thanks to my girlfriend for picking it up. I have been wanting to try my first ever imperial stout from a can, so here it goes:

A: Pitch black with a nice creamy dark brown head. Head sticks around throughout. Coats the glass.

S: a very sweet and roasty smell, some notes of chocolate. This smells delicious.

T: Wow, the taste is amazing. There is a perfect harmony of malted sweetness balanced with roasted notes. The finish is chocolate and sweet. I would say this is a little on the sweet side for imperial stouts, but it works so well with this beer. The 9.5 % alcohol is very well masked.

M: A nice velvety smooth feel with low carbonation. This beer is very thick which is perfect for the flavor.

D: I really wish this beer was more readily available for me, this is an excellent imperial stout. I have yet to be disappointed by a craft beer in a can. This is one of my favorite imperial stouts.

Serving type: can

04-27-2009 23:46:24 | More by homebrew311
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chsanders

Nebraska

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very impressed with this beer. It met every expectation that I had from things I've heard on different podcasts over the past year or so. It has just taken this long to get my hands on some. I love this beer and will sing its praises to anyone who will listen.

Serving type: can

04-27-2009 18:20:47 | More by chsanders
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bowersdm

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a nonic. thanks to ScreamForMe for including this as an extra.

A - typical RIS black with a halo of carbonation forming on the beer's meniscus.

S - roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, a bourbon smell with oak, tobacco, and plenty of oak, a slightly smoky, charred flavor which I wasn't sure whether it was due to the bourbon/oak or to some charred barley.

T - roasted barley, dark chocolate, alcohol, oak, solvent-like alcohol combining with the oak produce a distinctly barrel aged flavor. further notes of molasses and anise as the beer warms. caramel?

M - thick. oh my god thick with a viscosity reminiscent of oil. low carbonation further makes this beer seem thick and honestly, chewy. I could feel it sliding down my throat...or, perhaps "oozing" would be a better word.

D - amazing beer. best mouthfeel for any of the RISs that I've had. one to seek out and stockpile.

Serving type: can

04-27-2009 01:45:07 | More by bowersdm
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can in recent trade with ottovon thanks!!

a-jet black..nie 1 1/2 finger head that lingered for a while nice lacing...

s-old ale malt back bone, coffee and molasses, slight sweetness....

t-similar to an old ale with a nice hop presence to cut the malt and sweetness, alcohol in the end followed by that old familiar ris finish....

m-thick and chewy..heavy and oily just like i want my ris

d-i could see myself having two cans of this in night if i could get it that often...

overall this is a great brew and a top notch ris..one to look for more of and seek out...craft beer in a can i have found a home...thank you oskar blues

edit 10/29/09

had the opportunity on trying this fresh..canned on 9/25/09 and honestly the floral hops really diminish the quality of the brew..the year old can i had was top notch..i think ill age my remaining 10 cans for some time..

Serving type: can

04-26-2009 04:48:17 | More by stoutfiend27
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Pudge43

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying thanks to my man Aaron (PerzentRizen) for my first Ten Fidy. This is the BEST CAN of beer that I have ever had! This is definitely not your typical can beer. Pop the top and out pours black liquid that looks like "motor oil" according to my wonderful wife. No head rises whatsoever on this baby.
Strong malts smell but a hint of hops in there as well. Molasses, carmel and alcohol (9.5%) smack you right in the face. The burnt carmel flavor takes over from there and coats your mouth. The aftertaste lingers for quite some time. I love my stouts and this is definitely right up there with the best of them. This is extremely smooth but more than one or two in a sitting would be tough to handle.

Serving type: can

04-21-2009 23:01:20 | More by Pudge43
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morimech

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a thick looking body. Just a very small head that quickly goes away. Very little lacing is left on the glass. Not that great looking RIS. The aroma however is very pleasing. Dark, roasted malt, dark fruit, and coffee. Has a bittersweet quality. Nice roasted malt flavor. Again it has a bittersweet quality. Hops make their presence known. Alcohol warming in the finish and it helps to cleanse the palate without dominating the flavor. Thick and rich body. Just enough carbonation to liven up the body. One of the better tasting RIS I have had.

Serving type: can

04-19-2009 17:35:52 | More by morimech
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 ounce can into a small tumbler. Like a can of oil out of the can, a small caramel colored head and some very stellar lacing. Smells of sweet roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee notes, and earthy tones. Taste is a bitter/sweet blend of robust coffee, some of that there chocolate, nice sweet malts and some nice hop to pop at the end. The beer is thick, its real chewy and has a bite like no other. ABV very noticeable, but the fullness of the beer has know problem telling you about it. Unfortunately its a sipper, but if you like slugging barium this is the beer for you. It's phenomenal overall, just takes a lot of devoted time to consume, (chuckles). Been dying to try this one, glad that I did but would probably pick another RIS if confronted again.

"It should have been you, Gordon"....

is next

Serving type: can

04-18-2009 05:54:34 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark black, no light passes through. Pours a dark tan foamy one finger head with nice retention.

Smell - Strong aroma of malt and chocolate, with some molasses. Very impressive.

Taste - Malt, chocolate, molasses, with a little coffee bitterness. Strong alcohol presence. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy, full bodied and the right amount of carbonation.

Drink - Very drinkable, this is an outstanding RIS.

Serving type: can

04-18-2009 01:12:51 | More by hardy008
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