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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
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7,731 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,731
Reviews: 2,269
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 489
Gots: 1,533 | FT: 95
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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 hansendc
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep motor oil black. Almost no discernable head. I tried to drink it out of the can at first. I figure that it's in a can for a reason: if you could take a bottle or a pint glass to where you would be drinking it, you would. Perhaps I'll keep a can or two around to drink at the top of a mountain or for backpacking.

This isn't one of those aromatic beers. I would assume that there was little dry-hopping done, if any. Actually, there is a very small amount of hops at all. At first I thought it was because of drinking it out of the can but, even after pouring into a pint glass, there is very little aroma.

It has a pretty thick mouthfeel. Could use some improvement, but not bad.

The taste is simple. Nothing offensive at all, but nothing special. I bet the barrel-aged versions add some complexity. Definitely try those if you have them available. But, unless you really have a need for the can packaging, there are much better imperial stouts available.

hansendc, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of markaberrant
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours like motor oil into the glass, small dark tan head does not hold up, a little lacing

S - lots of fruit and roast wafting from the glass, slight char/smoke, big and bold,

T - dark fruit sweetness to start is quickly whisked away, BIG creamy roast, lots of nuts (almonds?), decadent dark chocolate aftertaste that just goes on and on

M - velvety smooth, thick, lucious, low carbonation, NOT syrupy, big beer, but smooth alcohol

D - powerful flavours, but still incredibly smooth

Wow, I really like this!!! I've drank my share of good to great imperial stouts and this one really stands out (Bells Expedition would be the other). Huge roast, and incredibly thick, yet somehow has great drinkability.

Wish I had more than this 1 can. Thanks to Viggo for sending it my way!

markaberrant, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers in the can. It's not as good this year as in previous years, but it's still damn good.

A – This shit has ink in it, I swear. Not much head, but sticky lacing.

S – Phenomenal smells of fresh cut green apples, vanilla, chocolate mint, brown licorice. Candy. The best smell ever.

T – Very dry and bitter, like Cuban coffee. This is one beer that could use a little more sweetness. At any rate, despite being very tasty, the taste is not as good as the smell.

M – It is big, salty, astringent, and exceptionally dynamic. Challenging but good.

D - Obviously not one to bust out for a day at the beach, but it is real good so it is real drinkable.

ktrillionaire, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Rizow
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Scott, stacks and stacks of cases of Ten Fidy, just sitting out in the open, at display in front of the Lake Merritt Whole Food's beer section? Just sitting out there, like we're not supposed to notice this shocking and sudden surfacing of one of the legendary BA stouts?!

What can one say, but - Crazy Unexpected Beer, Get Out Of My Dreams And Into My Car!

And drive away we surely did. Can't wait to get you home and crack that top...

Well, it's dark. Very dark. Black, as one would expect. It leaves pleasing lacing patterns on the glass, I'll give it that. It smells as it should, as one would expect of a heavy, contemporary craft stout - there's chocolate, coffee, sweet syrups, some may find anise or licorice. And the taste ineluctably follows this same pattern, the only question being which of these flavors will be featured. Here, it's big burnt, bitter and roasted layers that dominate.

Mouthfeel is a definite strength. Ten Fidy's slick velvet feel leans more toward the motor oil feel of Bourbon County Stout than most other stouts, which earns it good points from me.

Drinkability, to me, must be reasoned as more than simply just "Can You Drink A Shitload" of a given beer, which is an approach I find far too simplistic, necessarily slanted toward lightweight beers, and unfairly prejudiced against heavyweights. Drinkability should be a complete measure of the experience, and not a mere reflection of volume. In this case...yeah, drinkability's fine.

If "Reputation" were a category, Ten Fidy would surely rate a 4.5 or 5.0, and the hype is not unjustified. This is a supremely good beer. For me, though, it sits a notch or two behind the likes of Bourbon County, The Abyss, Speedway, but remains a definite winner, by any means.

Rizow, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of david18
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer in the can but I think the draft version is even better. Almost the perfect imperial stout. Very dark color with a very dark head. Good head, not great. Amazing smoky aroma and great dry, dark flavor that perfectly hides the alcohol.

This is a stout you have to get no matter what format but the draft is not to be missed.

david18, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this brew from a can sent from TX by whoneeds8. Thanks! Have had this multiple times on tap and 1-2 times in a can-but never formally reviewed.

A-Body is an opaque definitely black hue...even when held up to the light. An aggressive pour ends with a slowly emerging 1 finger deep brown mocha colored head which fades slowly into a thin collar. Small traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is distinct of RIS style. Dark is prevalent with big accents on dark chocolate, anise, and fig. A very mild almost hidden touch of phenols is present.

T-Upfront is a rich dark chocolate flavor as well as a hint of molasses with a big roasted malt backbone. A touch of anise also comes through. The anise and dark chocolate flavors as well as hint of liquor come through the most for the finish. What lingers is a big roasted malt flavor as well as smooth and subtle hints of the other flavors mentioned and a very mild alcohol warmth.

M-Awesome. Low to medium tingly carbonation and a thick but velvety smooth body with the slightest presence of alcohol consistency.

D- This is, so far to me, one of the great RIS's. The character matches the style to a tee. The alcohol is mildly present but never obnoxious and it had that dark complexity that I sometimes can't get my head around with a wonderful balance. This beer, to me is on par with the most hyped,well known, and infamous stouts- but this is readily available and a must-try for the style. The only other widely available RIS I have found that is this good is the seasonal Stone IRS

PittBeerGirl, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned August 25, 2008, enjoyed August 21, 2010.

Trying some aged 10W50 tonight...hopefully my tolerance will allow me this 2-year old can plus the 1-year old can in the same night for some comparisons.

Pours thick black with a very small DARK brown head, one of the darkest heads I've seen, shame it was so small and short-lived. Reduces to a small ring and very faint wispy island, leaves just a few temporary spots of lacing.

Aroma is rich black coffee...lots of coffee, some dark chocolate and roasted malt, a little bit of anise and dark fruits round things out. Flavor is roasted malt, anise, cherries/dark fruit, some coffee & chocolate, very low alcohol presence. Good, but not the best tasting Ten FIDY I've had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied for an IS, low carbonation, sticky.

Well, the muted alcohol was nice, however this seems to have lost some of the characteristics I've enjoyed in this beer in the past. Definitely curious to see what the 1-year old can has in store.

Aroma 4, Appearance 3.5, Taste 4, Palate 3.5, Drinkabilty 4

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12oz canned Sept 25, 2009, enjoyed August 21, 2010.

Pours thick black with a small, fizzy, and quickly dissipating dark brown head, reduces to a small ring and doesn't leave much lacing. Even more flat looking than the '08.

Aroma is of moderate strength and features some coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruits, mustiness and alcohol, quieter than other versions I've had.

Flavor is some strong coffee, somewhat burnt, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some dark fruits and a touch of sourness, also only of moderate strength. Alcohol makes more and more of a presence as it warms and starts to become fairly distracting.

Mouthfeel is thick compared to all beers, but medium bodied for the style, low to medium carbonation, oily and a bit sticky.

Good, but easily my least favorite can of this I've had. While never reviewed, the 2007 batch ranks in my memory as the best one yet.

Aroma 3.5, Appearance 3.5, Taste 3.5, Palate 3.5, Drinkability 3.5

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Jul 3, 2009

12oz. can. Pours black, literally like used motor oil. Blackest, thickest substance I've ever seen come out of an aluminum can. Small dark brown head. Some lacing, but very temporary, doesn't stick to the glass.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, cofee, and some chocolate.

Flavor is heavy on the chocolate with some coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of the hops rearin' their head, and is also long-lasting. This year's is less chocolaty than the previous years.

Low carbonation, thick and rich.

A top-notch imperial stout. I've bought a number of 4-packs over the past year and will definitely buy more. Enjoying this one along with a Hershey bar and they're a great combo!

Aroma 4, Appearance 4.5, Taste 4.5, Palate 4.5, Drinkability 4.5

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of elniko
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into snifter glass.

A: Jet oil black with minimal tan head. Definitely the thickest blackest RIS that I've encountered. Awesome looking.

S: What a nose, such strong roasty chocolate notes. Absolutely exquisite. I could smell it all day.

T & M: It was tough but I let brew warm for a bit. Deezam, what a great beer. Full bodied, alcohol hotness there but does not overwhelm. Mouthfeel so rich and creamy. Roasted chocolate notes throughout with a perfect slightly bitter, hoppy finish with a little bit of citrus tones.

D: High ABV and just overall ridiculousness would prevent more than one can in a session but oh my goodness what a fine brew.

elniko, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black that lets no light through with a small brown head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits.

Tastes of the roasted malts with a hop twang to it. Definitely dominated by flavors of chocolate, coffee, a bit of dark fruits, and molasses. But there is a good dose of hops add a citrus zing as well as a pine background.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ten Fidy pours a deep, dark, obsidian - with a slight, tasty looking brown head that dissipates pretty fast, leaving a ring of lace around the glass. Smell is mostly of sweet, roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of alcohol - with a touch of coffee. Taste starts with dark chocolate, followed by a robust roasted flavor - a sweet finish is followed up by a well matched hop bite. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and silky smooth - low carbo and a little sticky on the palate. Its very drinkable for the style - just watch out for the 9.5% - a good one to have on a cold winter's night!

jpro, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.43/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-the liquid looks like motor oil and is complete opaque. the head is bubbly chocolate milk colored beer that lingers for a good amount of time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S-an ok nose of sweet mollasses, a slightly roasted aspect, lots of chocolate cake, and tons of sweetness with notes of acetone, overly sweet.

T-the taste is quite big and more roasted. it starts with the molasses, some caramelized sugar, a fair amount of dark chocolate cake, finishing overly sweet with dark cherries and ripe plums with a tinge of acetone and alcohol in the back.

M-medium to full body, chewy, soft and creamy feel, low carbonation, and a bit thin in the back.

D-overly sweet but still has an ok balance of flavors. the nose is sweeter than the flavor but the sweetness does dominate.

cpetrone84, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As black as beer can get, with a nice head that looks like a chocolate milkshake and reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

It smells of alcohol, molasses, coffee, chocolate and unidentifible sweet things.

The taste is big, too. Sweet flavors of molasses, chocolate and toffee mix with coffee and other roasted flavors and finish with a note of solvent alcohol.

The body is glassy and slick, of course.

A very fine Russian Imperial Stout, but I'd recommend Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout over this because it's a bit better and cheaper.

Shaw, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Tomdee74
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I finally got to try this i've been anticipating this! It is sold at my local package store but i finally got around to picking it up. I used to diss beer in a can until I tried Sehag IPA from NE Brewing.

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is jet black with a rather impressive head and great lacing.

S - I can smell the alcohol in this. The smell of coffee and chocolate is there but rather faint..

T - pretty thick tasting. I can taste the alcohol. There is a faint chocolate coffee taste to this; however, I would prefer both to be pronounced a bit more...

This is tough because the last stouts i've had were NE IST, Great Divide 08 stout, founders breakfast stout, and NE vanilla/cherry stout on cask.. I don't want to be unfair to this one; although it would rank last amongst those previously mentioned.

Overall I think this is pretty good for an imperial stout!

** Edit on 3/1/10 ***

Thanx to smutty33 for giving me from 2008 as the first i reviewed had no age at all on it.. i thought it might be a little to fresh for my liking when it comes to a stout...

A - Pours a jet black just as I remember... this thing looks like a glass of motor oil with a head that will not dissipate... excellent lacing..

S - I'm not smelling the alcohol.. i smell sweet chocolatey malt.. i'm thankful i get to review this again.. this smells like it is going to be special indeed!

T & M - Wow where is the alcohol i tasted from my first review! ya see... you have to let stouts age.. this is totally different than my first review.. i taste the sweet, chocolate, coffee.. no alcohol.. very thick, chewy... a great stout.. i've taken down half a glass already... this is very tasty... wow just drank an abyss last nite and i think this might be better! lol..

D - I'm drinking this down no problem. I don't taste any alcohol.. carbonation is low.. very chewy, thick, sweet and malty.. i'm glad i reviewed this once again.. This is an "A" beer no doubt!

Tomdee74, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with a slight brownish head that did not last. No lacing so far.

The smell is a little chocolate syrup flavor. It has a pretty strong caramel flavor with a bit of a peppery flavor.

The taste is is dark chocolate with creamy notes. Some hints of licorice with some espresso flavor and toffee.

The feel is medium bodied that is pretty surprising for an Imperial stout but it is the first that I have had a can. It does down easy and has a limited aftertaste.

Duhast500, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark colour, almost pitch-black. Slight hint of brown up to direct light. Head is not beige, or ochre, but brown. Bronzey sort of brown. Very dense, bubbles pop here and there but it's sticking around, about an inch thick. Leaves some nice spidery trails of lace. Very nice.

Nose, look, has huge darkness in there, but somehow doesn't reach the depths of the abyss. A large amount of dark chocolate, but yeah, mostly spice, huge peppery sensation and a lot of liqueur notes. But wow, smelling deeply makes my eyes water. It smells strong, more than anything, like a good cognac. But very pleasant.

Taste is surprisingly palatable. Strong, yes, but starts like dark chocolate and has notes of raisin in there and some blood plum, then gets very alcoholic towards the end, spicy and phenolic with black pepper notes and a lot of vinous flavours, oak and burgundy, some rum, yeah. Definite noticeable alcohol, but it comes through full of flavour, it's all roasty and alcoholic at the same time. Really, really good flavour. This is the sort of beer I adore. Strong like a cock, but flavoursome as a minge. I tasted this blind, was stunned to find out this came from a can.

Thick feel, makes your mouth very sensitive though, with its harsh alcohol. Huge amount of body to it, just a bit harsh.

Couldn't drink it every day, but a damn fine drop.

laituegonflable, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmm... this was one heck of a beer... had it with some buffallo wild wings... this beer even made up for the botched order, (Note, it isn't a good idea to order an order of 18 there broken up into orders of 9, or you may wind up walking out with an order of 12)

Anyway this beer poured thick with a heck of a head, reddish dark brown with a massive tan head, Smell is smokey a with hint of molasses. Taste is bitter sweet, kind of like chicory, walnuts and a few other flavors. This beer is quite thick and coats the tongue.. Kind of heavy to drink alot of but goes down easy none the less.

hdofu, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Whole Foods Market in Chelsea, New York. Carried back with loving care to Australia and shared with my bro @laituegonflable.

Dark opaque black colour, with just the hint of brown at the edge. Head is a creamy and delicious smear of chocolate coloured foam across the top. Quite turgid and frothy, with amazing lace. Looks extremely dark and exceptionally full bodied. The tiny bubbling in the head is exceptional - it's bordering on creamy without the gimmick of pure creamy-headed stout. Really awesome.

Deep, dark and boozy notes of fresh licorice, charred grain, leather and (almost) smoked fish. It's incredibly smooth and complex, with so many dimensions cavorting around. But despite this, it seems so well integrated, as though I'm viewing it from far away, and the radically different elements are all part of one succinct and coherent whole. Quite remarkable.

Smooth and creamy on the palate, and certainly not as intense as it could have been. Roasted notes of high-cocoa chocolate, vienna-roast coffee and smooth bourbon vanilla make it rich, but approachable. Finish is full and rather sweet, despite the carbonised coffee bean rawness; and the smoky tessitura just accentuates the otherwise full-bodied rounded character that makes up its bulk. Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly more tingling from the alcohol than expected.

A very robust and complex but enjoyable impy stout. It packs a punch, but is unexpectedly drinkable given the ABV and the style. This is a really good and extremely layered beer - extremely worthy of appreciation.

(Without a doubt, the best beer I've yet had from a can).

lacqueredmouse, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Alf7247
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Poured so nice and thick; the usual used engine oil as commonly described with many RIS. It even sounded thick when it hit the glass! Black as night with the darkest brown head I've ever seen on a RIS.

Picked up coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and lovely molasses.

Picked up those mentioned above in the taste with some hops deep in the background. Nice balance.

Thick, almost syrup like mouthfeel.

Drank one and I thought it was impossible to handle another. I had a slice of some frozen chocolate pie then had another. I felt fine. I'm sure if I was on an empty stomach I would have been knocked out!

Alf7247, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of animal69
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- canned w/ care 11-16-09, pours a viscous pitch black w/ almost no head to speak of, very little lacing as well

S- smell is a collage of dark malts, licorice, wood and alcohol with a faint caramel and woody fruitness, gets even better as it warms

T- initial taste was licorice with a faint hop/roasted malt bitterness, turns a bit sweet w/ some toffee-like caramel, dried dates/plum and wood/smoke, not sure but i get a faint coconut-like note deep inside somewhere, finish is slick w/ some alcohol and mineral to it

M- a thick full-bodied beer, a modest amount of co2

D- drinks like a "big" beer should yet never really shows the 9.5% ABV, quite a complex brew, tastes different w/ every sip & makes you have to keep drinking it

animal69, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 65 degree can born on 10/27/09 into a snifter.

A - Deep brown/black with the slightest ruby halo around the rim. Head is remarkable chocolate milk color, one inch that fades in five minutes. No lacing, but when swirled, there is a ruby sheen on the glass. It really does look like motor oil (maybe iced espresso) during the pour, and I think the can adds to it.

S - Once warm, it smells just like warm Christmas pudding. Specifically, brandy-soaked raisins, currants, and toffee cake.

T - So many flavors over the course of the tasting, but never out of balance. Strong licorice at first, but that goes as it warms. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burned malt and burned sugar. Later, dried fruit, particularly raisins, and fig. Alcohol is warming but feels less than 9.5%. Slight hops.

M - Thick, heavy-bodied with light carbonation. Feels syrupy on the lips (just like how it coats the glass when swirled). Slight alcohol burn impacts mouth feel more than taste.

D - This is extremely delicious but due to the high gravity and alcohol it is a sipping beer. One can usually lasts an hour, and it's enough for the night.

jwillcourt, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Imperial Stout from a can.

A- Pours a thick black with a dark tan colored head. Fairly light on the lacing.

S- Dark fruits, alcohol burn, sweet malts, molasses, burnt carmel, coffee beans, and some chocolate. Lots of dark fruity sweetness up front with the malts followed by the bitter chocolate notes on the end.

T- The alcohol in the nose has almost vanished in the taste. Caramel, coffee, and burnt malts shine through. More bitter than sweet and very awesome.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy and rich,

D- Very solid brew and its pretty cool that it comes from a can.

nrbw23, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial stout in a can? Yes, yes, yes! Opaque black, the can adds to the motor oil effect. Huge, muddy brown head. Leaves a maze of lace like a side-view of an ant farm. Thick foamy miasma retention. Great first impression.

Smells like awesome. Sugary dark malt, toffee, vanilla, dark espresso.

Alcoholic warmth, dark fruit (black currants, cassis), burnt caramel and roast malt are like four good friends guiding you on a tour of awesome town. Licorice and toffee support. Still a little young, this has 5 potential. It's a kitten puncher and a half.

donkeyrunner, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. The bottom of the can is stamped with "Batch #5+6" (as near as I can tell) and "Canned on 12-31-08". This has had a year to mellow out.

A: Pours thick and black, like used motor oil. It has a thin brown head which faded quickly with only slight lacing.

S: Lots of roasted and toasted malts here. Great dark chocolate aromas and roasted espresso. Some dark fruit, raisins, etc. This beer actually smells sweet from the chocolate and fruit notes.

T: More toasted malts, with a lot of sweetness of raisin or currant. Nice bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee. For 9.5% ABV, there is absolutely no hint of it in here. Pretty much no hop presence detectable here as has been noted in the fresh beer; this is to be expected for a year into aging.

M: Nice carbonation present, with a very heavy body from the sweetness and the bitterness of the malts. The aftertaste is rather dry and somewhat bitter, like a hot cocoa made from rich, very dark chocolate.

D: It tastes great and has no hint of alcohol, as noted above. However, the heavy body dissuades me from drinking too much of this one.

This beer has very mellow flavors after one year. It is nicely balanced between the sweetness and bitterness of the malts. I would be interested to try a fresh one to see what it is like with more hop presence. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I can get this beer at stores near me, as I bought these year-old cans at a store while visiting family for the holidays. I do have a couple more to age for another year or so, it will be interested to see how much more mellow this can be by then.

goldbot, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of blackenmn
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a very opaque black with a 1/4 creamy brown head. This is definitely a dark one. Smelled very roasty, definite coffee presence. A bit of dark chocolate and mocha notes hiding in the also.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of sweet slick chocolate and scorched dark fruit. Definitely alot more earthy hop bitterness than expected. Almost to the point where it noticeably hid flavor. The mouthfeel on the otherhand was as good as it gets. Bounces between heavy roast and bitterness to thick creamy sweetness. Finishes nicely with a nitter-sweet licorice like flavor sticking aroud.

Drinkability:I've been really wanting to try this brew a while this definitely appeared in the glass as labeled. Looked like thick motor oil. This was a very enjoyable brew just a bit spendy. Age would do this wonders and probably unmask plenty of flavor.

blackenmn, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of JalfPsu
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Wow. I've never seen anything this dark come out of a can. I don't think I was quite prepared for it. It pours nearly jet black, with about a quarter inch of dark brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

The smell isn't nearly as impressive as the appearance. It's pleasant enough, with notes of caramel, molasses, and coffee, but the aroma is quite mild, and perhaps a little too subdued. It doesn't provide too much of a strong impression up front.

The taste, on the other hand, doesn't hold back. The initial tastes are rich caramel and molasses, with intense coffee following close behind. There's some chocolate mixed in there, along with a mild cherry taste, but they don't overwhelm. The aftertaste is primarily coffee and molasses, with the coffee flavors lingering for quite a while. Overall, it's quite a well balanced RIS, with all of the flavors complimenting one another very nicely.

The body is lighter than some similar Russian Imperial Stouts, but it's by no means thin. There's very little carbonation here, and it definitely coats the tongue, though without being excessively syrupy. Honestly, the body of this beer is as close to perfect for the style as I've experienced; it's not overwhelmingly heavy, but there's still plenty there to enjoy.

This beer is also impressively drinkable. It hides its alcohol quite well, and the flavors are well balanced, and don't get old. It's also not oppressively sweet, which I feel can hinder the drinkability of comparable such stouts.

On the whole, this is an excellent brew, and goes a long way toward showing that canned beer should not be looked down upon.

JalfPsu, Jan 02, 2010
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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