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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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8,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,503
Reviews: 2,395
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 567
Gots: 2,040 | FT: 122
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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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Ratings: 8,503 | Reviews: 2,395
Photo of woosterbill
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Fully black body that glows vermillion around the extreme edges when held up to light. 1/2" head of dense, pillowy brown foam. Good retention, great lace. Intense-looking, gorgeous stout.

S: Big + rich: chocolate, coffee, brownie batter, and booze. Quite good, but nothing really stands out to make it especially memorable.

T: Follows the nose: sweet and roasty up front, with major chocolate and brownie elements leading to a finish that balances the malty goodness with some earthy hop bitterness and a healthy dose of alcohol. Definitely boozier than I'd like for a sub-10% beer, but still very tasty.

M: Thick, viscous, and explosive. Definitely a bit overly frothy, but still hugely enjoyable.

O: Great beer, but I think I like it better from the can.


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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jegross2
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged (2010 vintage) can pored in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a sludgy black color that looks exactly like used motor oil. Completely opaque. Pours a half finger of brown head that disappears when it settles. Below average lacing, but that is to be expected with such a high gravity beer. 4/5

Smell: Huge aromas of unrefined cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Hints of cream, some marshmallow. Subtle hop bitterness as well. Booziness is definitely apparent. 4/5

Taste: Creamy dark chocolate. Roasted malts. A little sweet and smoky wood on the mid-palate. Warming alcohol is apparent, but it's very balanced and thus more cuddling that distracting. Finishes with unsweetened chocolate, some coffee beans, and warming alcohol. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, very low carbonation. Very oily on the tongue. Finishes dry. 4.5

Overall: One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts on the market. I've had this fresh and enjoyed it, but aging this beers makes it incredibly smooth. Certainly worth buying and sticking in your fridge for a while.

Photo of philippegee
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Bilco
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rsuske
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of doof116
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hophead717
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. A 12 ounce pour into a tulip glass.

A: Black with a one-finger mocha head that sticks around for more than half of the beer. Fair amount of lacing along the glass.

S: Major notes of chocolate as expected, but also strong hints of bitterness from the hops. I expected the hops to come through in the taste, but probably not in the nose. Some clues that the beer will be sweet as well.

T: Chocolate malt upfront, with a light caramel sweetness. Strong bitterness from the hops also. Definitely not used to this level of hop bitterness in a stout, but it works well.

M: So creamy, so delicious. This is easily the creamiest, full-bodied beer I've had. Imagine the creaminess of Guinness, but without it's thin body. Perfect.

O: Great beer. I really enjoyed it and will keep an eye out for it on draft again in the future!

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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

Canned on 10-28-11. $16 a four pack.

A: Pure motor oil. Possibly the most viscous beer I've ever poured. Mocha colored head, great lacing. Perfect.

S: Cocoa, slight smoke, coffee w/cream.

T: Charred malts, bakers chocolate, dark berries, molasses, & licorice. Not as hopped up as many RIS, but there is a moderate pine hop aftertaste. Maybe a tad too sweet. A slight hotness at the end, too.

M: Creamy, thick, smooth. Leaves my mouth dry after every sip. The dark fruit/berry flavor really kicks in warming up.

O: Finally bit the bullet after a couple years passing it by and bought a four pack. Not regretting it. A great stout to sip on those cool nights.

Photo of GHeinze89
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is delicious. One of those beers I will attempt to cellar and know I'll have a hard time knowing how good it is. 2011 Vintage

A - Wonderful - Deep black body that is complimented by a dark caramel head. Poured about 2 fingers to start which falls to a trace amount. Some slight lacing.

S - Molasses and caramel. A little burn but not bad by any means.

T - A little burnt malts and molasses. Dark chocolate type bitterness. The caramel is there but very light. Well balanced between the sweetness and bitter chocolates. Very nice.

M - Stong carbonation and thick body. There is some dryness on the finish. Higher carbonation that a lot of stouts and high alcohol beers, but this is good.

O - A wonderful beer at a great price. Definitely a regular in my line-up but want to do a side-by-side with some other regular RIS beers available. Need to find my favorite.

EDIT: Opened an 09 tonight. I was searching for off flavors. Maybe some slight metalic notes, but still right on. I would say the nose has gone up to to a 5. Everything else is about the same as above.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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

Canned 11-25-09. Almost exactly 2 years old.

A: Pours a thick, motor oil black color with little to no head. A ring of chocolate covered lace barely coats the glass.

S: Smoked malt and dark chocolate dominate the aroma with a bit of coffee on the end.

T: Rich chocolate along with a smokey malt flavor. Almost a leather like quality as well. 2 years has done this one well, with the alcohol practically non existent.

M: Full body with low carbonation.

D/O: Great RIS. Hopefully this one will be around AL in the next year...at least from what I hear. I think this one could easily go another year or 3.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. can poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a black color with a thin brown film, mostly around the edges. Looks quite still, though there's a little cluster of bubbles sitting there quietly on top...

Smell: The aroma first strikes me as being both rich and warm, without imparting any particular flavors to me. The more I sniff, I recognize some sweetness. Not quite vanilla, and not quite caramel, but no matter, it smells nice.

Taste: Nice toasty malt flavor. The same sweet flavors that I detected in the aroma are present here, nicely offsetting the somewhat bitter roasted flavors. Very nicely balanced. There's surely some alcohol in there, especially at the finish, but it is kept mild and doesn't overhwhelm. Despite being served fairly cold, the flavors didn't seem very muted at all at the start.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a bit of pleasing graininess. Medium- to heavy-bodied, but not terribly dense. Light, tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong, but heck, it is an IRS. The easiest-to-drink Imperial Stout that I've ever had, hands-down.

Finally shelled out the big bucks for a 4-pack of this, and I'm quite happy with it. The flavor is very nice: it isn't too bold, so it leaves room for subtleties in an oft over-the-top (or at the least, rather extreme) style. The alcohol doesn't make me shudder either. Very glad I picked this up; great job, Oskar Blues!

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ksimons
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-thick looking, almost black with ruby highlights and a thin layer of light brown head

S-rich roasted malts, molasses, coffee. Really nice smelling.

T-Rich molasses, roasted malt, burnt coffee, milk chocolate, and a light amount of hops to balance it out. Alcohol leaves some nice warming notes. A pretty darn perfect RIS.

M-syrup like in the mouthfeel, it completely coats the mouth, full body, light to medium carbonation

Overall one of the best RIS's I have had. Loads of malt and really flavorful. Even with a high ABV it doesn't overpower the rest of the taste.

Photo of stonelis
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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