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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,801
Reviews: 2,278
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 490
Gots: 1,567 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A RIS in a can - as an old-school bottle guy, still seems a bit odd. Perhaps the darkest pour I've seen - like squid ink. Nominal head. Very sweet malt flavors - molasses predominant, with some toffee in the background. ABV well integrated and lends a touch of pepper. Sweetness seemed a bit out of balance and bordered on cloying.

Brent, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This will be my first review of a can of beer that can be considering craft. Canned on October 1st, 2009. This puppy already has some age on it.

Appearance: This stuff oozed out the can like motor oil into an engine. This is definitely one of the darkest beers I've seen to date. Not even a whimper of light makes it through this beast. The head started off at a respectable finger's worth. Ridiculously dark brown, again one of the darkest I've seen. It faded relatively quickly, but left a collar that lasted throughout.

Smell: The first thing I'm picking up on is licorice. As in sweet Twizzlers brand black licorice, not anise. Though I think this could be the merging of the tones of anise and the dark chocolate. Perhaps a shade of alcohol plays a part in their as well. Beneath the two aforementioned aromas lies roasted malts and coffee grounds.

Taste: All the flavors are here from the aroma, but they take a slightly different order of dominance. The dark chocolate is slightly dominant of the licorice this time around. The licorice flavor continues to be relatively on the sweet side, but not to the point of being cloying. The roasted malts are a fair bit stronger than in the smell with the coffee flavors being confined to the lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is easily my favorite part of this brew. Huge, full body without the syrupy quality that often bugs me in these big boy stouts. Instead it's rich, velvety and smooth. Carbonation is a solid medium-low, but it's about as good as it gets for the style.

Drinkability: There have been times where it's taken me hours on end to finish an Imperial Stout such as this. But I believe I can chock that up to the syrupy body that I've found in some examples of the style. But this one, all things considered, goes down easy.

Overall I'm impressed by my first Imperial Stout out of a can. I can only hope that the other Oskar Blues brew I traded for (Gordon) is as good as this one was. Thanks to JosephLondon for the trade!

DrDoitchbig, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 12-10-09. About 3 months old.

A: Good lord is this dark. Even the head is nearing brown. Head slowly developed but bloomed a bit as the pour increased. Dropped to a thin ring of mocha brown surrounding the glass. Looks like motor oil.

S: Smells of oak and roasty malts. Alcohol is still a bit on the forefont, the beer is only 3 months old. Get some sweet notes behind the alcohol. Vanilla and bourbon aromas are quite nice. Theres a bit of a chocolate syrup type aroma. Just a touch of raisin/plum smells. Very focused on the roasty malts. Smells fantastic.

T: A quick alcohol burn leads to a deep roasty taste profile. Could see this aging quite nicely. Some dark and sweet fruits are present. I also get vanilla and that oak I smelled on the nose. Bitterness comes way at the end and leaves the palate feeling dry like a highly tannic wine. Has a fruit soaked in brandy taste to it as well. Like cherries soaked in brandy, the sweetness is there but the alcohol in the brandy cuts it a bit. Very interesting.

M: Great mouthfeel. As stated above, the beer lends a tannic experience to the tongue. It is not a bad astringency, just leaves you wanting more. Hits the tongue smooth as silk and carbonation comes out right before swallowing as the tongue hits the roof of the mouth.

D: Might be hard to get through more than two of these, although it does sip quite nicely. So flavorful that you'd want to grab another but they are quite strong. Think I'll savor the rest of this one while finishing up a movie.

kiddynamite920, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this at the craft beer outlet in Philly. Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. Damn does this stuff look like oil. Left amazing lacing and rings all the way down the glass and very thick at that. Opague black and had a brown heading.

Smell is all roasted malt with a heavy coffee aroma. There is a slight aroma of hops in this beer but very little until the big dark malts flexes it's muscle.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Heavy dark malts with nice sting on the palate of hops. You can sense the hot booziness in the beer after the intial taste but is immediately replaced by the big malt in this beer.

Mouth is full bodied with very good carbonation and amazing velvety texture on the tongue.Leaves a heavy coffee aroma on the palate after a few sips.

Very enjoyable and very smooth.

TheFightfan1, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of mroberts1204
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black with a dark brown head. Looks like motor oil. Leaves decent lacing and head slowly dissipates into a thick brown ring around the glass.

S - Chocolate and brownies. Bitter bakers chocolate. Dried fruit, maybe fig. Very little alcohol. Smells great.

T - Loads of chocolate. Some nice roastiness with a little bitterness towards the end. Similar to the bitterness associated with coffee. The alcohol is completely hidden which is amazing considering the high abv.

M - Thick and creamy. Good carbonation for the style. Very smooth.

D - Extremely easy to drink. Had to stop my girlfriend from drinking it all. Could probably drink 3-4 of these in a night and regret it in the morning.

This is an extremely good beer. Almost perfect. Would love to try a barrel aged version.

mroberts1204, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of 100floods
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Last of my four-pack. I wanted to age it, but the last time I drank it I debated whether or not it really needs aging. here we go.

pours pitch black with a dark copper head that fades away, only to leave some lacing around the edges. A little fizz here and there, but nothing noticeable on site. There's a few different aroma categories/groups I associate with stout and this one hits one of them on the head. Roasted malt, dark/semi-sweet/bitter chocolate notes. It kinda gives the illusion of some alcohol scents, but it didn't fool me this time. This one is smooth. The flavor leans more towards the dark and roasted flavors. Just enough carbonation to stir things up but not disrupt each sip. It works well with the roasty aspect. i would definitely sip this one. At 9.5%. I think the can also helped the pour. I've had a few other Oskar Blue beers and it's even easier to get a good pour with a can. Anyways. This is a smooth, highly enjoyable (and accessible) top notch stout.

100floods, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Russian Imperial Stout...from a can, AWESOME! Thanks to "yourefragile" for this extra in a recent trade...

12oz. can poured vigorously into my Delirium Noel snifter...

Pours a dense black, maybe a hint of mahogany...vigorous pour results in a thick one finger chestnut brown head that leaves a ring all the way down the glass...

As expected, roasted malts with some coffee hints dominate the nose. If you really try to sort through the complex scents, you can detect some vanilla and a mild hop presence as well...

Tastes like it smells; dark roasted malts, some sweet chocolate flavors, with a burnt coffee taste in the finish. I also pick up a molasses/syrupy subtlety as well. There is a slight burn on the way down...beer is balanced well between the dark malts, mild hopping and decent alcohol presence...

Smooth and creamy, coats the palette and gives a nice little 10%abv (or so) reminder on the lips and back of the tongue...

Only gets better as it warms, definitely something I'll sip and savor, took about 45 minutes to drink...will be trying this one again!

hawks10, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Falling Rock in LoDo. The bartender must have some serious experience pouring this because it was the best looking stout I've seen. Jet black body, with an unbelievable head. The head was coffee colored, thick, dense, foamy, gush, gush, gush. After every sip there was a new cascading line left. By the time I was done there were chocolate rings every 1/2 inch all the way down the glass.

Great smell. Obvious roasted malts, a vanilla bean sweetness, and brownies.

Great taste, moves into contention for one of my favorites in this category. The bitterness of the burnt malts is offset by that vanilla and leaves with an aftertaste of marshmallow. Coffee graces the palate in the middle. It's a complex roller coaster of a stout.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and smooth. Finish is slightly bitter but does carry a little bit of sweetness.

But for the 9.5% and being a nice filling meal of a stout, this is very drinkable due to the flavor profile.

I wish I had steady access to this in IL, but unfortunately I don't. The good news is that I have friends in the area and visit it on occassion myself, so our luggage just got heavier.

Vonerichs, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Midnight black with a very dark tan head. Unfortunately, despite the most vigorous pour I could muster, I've come up with only about 1/4 finger width of head, and even that dissipates quickly into a thin ring. Some passable lacing exists, but it's on the low side. The beer itself appeared thick while pouring from the can, and swirling it around, it looks viscous.

Smells quite fantastic, lots of complexity here. Tobacco leaf, vanilla, roast, coffee, chocolate cake, dark caramel, cherries and some mild piney hops.

Tastes about how it tastes, but a little less complex. Yummy dark brownies followed up by vanilla, coffee, and finally cherries and some alcohol. Didn't get nearly as much of the hops as I thought I would, which may be a good thing since I didn't think the pine would meld too well.

Mouthfeel is also excellent, it's a heavy beer, quite thick and coats my palate well. Super oily, luscious, smooth and rich.

Drinkability is hindered a bit by some alcohol heat, but it's not overbearing and does add the nice cherry flavors. Also, it's so thick that it constantly reminds you how big it is. Overall this is one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts for being so unique, and it's probably one of the best beers to drink when you're feeling cold and dreary.

Bubba83, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A pitch black beer that looks really freaky as it pours from the can. A small brown head settles into a ring of lacings.

The aroma is quite powerful with notes of roasted malts, piny hops, chocolate, molasses, coffee and a hint of alcohol. Dangerously close to being a mess, but it keeps it together.

The smell is quite sweet at first with lots of chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and molasses. Hints of soy sauce. Then it turns fairly bitter with notes of bitter roasted aromas and piny hops. Strangely enough, although it feels powerful it feels like it lacks something in the middle. The finish is fairly warming with notes of sweet alcohol, roasted malts and hops.

Medium to full body, quite lively carbonation actually, but the mouthfeel i smooth.

This is quite a massive stout and it's constantly on the edge of collapsing into a sweet and bitter mess, but for the most part I think it manages to deliver. I had this at room temperature and I think I would have liked to have had it served a few degrees cooler.

ricke, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with one finger of creamy, thick, dark tan head.

Scent of brown sugar, dark fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. A well rounded, but unimpressive scent.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, sweet, dark fruit, and some coffee. Not particularly complex, but solid and definitely worthy of a try.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and smooth.

paco1029384756, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a imperial pint glass.

A- Blacker than black! Thin motor oil. Big 1'' of a dark brown head that quickly disappears leaving a slight film over the body of the beer. Solid lacing all the way down.

S- malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

T- Bittersweet/dark chocolate chips right off the bat. Followed by roasted malts and dark goodness. The sweetness of molasses balances everything out pretty well. Then it ends up bitter once again on the backend. Slight burn, just enough to remind you that u are drinking a a brew that has a 9.5 ABV. It's good that it's there because it doesn't seem like it's that high.

M- It's got some nice thickness to it. It really coats your mouth and leaves you with all the complex tastes swirling around for a while. Leaves a nice lil tingle in the throat from the alcohol.

D- I'm really enjoying this one. Not drinking it to fast. I'm just taking it all in after another cold night in Florida...yup 40 degrees. This one is warming me up from the inside out. I still can't believe it came from a freaking can! I will def be buying this again. I'm gonna hold onto one for a while to see what happens to it.

urwithdave, Feb 27, 2010
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black motor oil. Burnt umber tinted head. Some sticky strands of organic lace.

Smokey, roasty, burnt, and toasty. Bitter dark chocolate and earthy coffee.

Rich toasty chocolate and roasted bitter coffee. Smokey woody syrup. mocha milkshake of beer. Booze. Earthy coffee bitterness with a lingering smokey aftertaste.

Rich, thick velvety syrup. Sticky and dry. full bodied beer milkshake.

A big fucking beer right here. from a can. A smokey mocha milkshake. Love these in the winter.

CHILLINDYLAN, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black with a perfect, dark brown head! Excellent lacing too!

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and cherry

Taste: Up Front: Chocolate, coffee. Finish: Malted milk balls, and a little smoke right at the very end

Mouthfeel: Full body - thick & creamy and perfect carbonation

Drinkability: Goes down really smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden

Overall Impression: Don't let the can fool you, this is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts that's not barrel aged that you'll ever have!!! In truth, I would have thought that it was a barrel aged beer based on the complexity and depth of flavor.

BeerGodz, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

H. Straight up black, pitch black, as black as Nigeria
N. Coffee coffee coffee, dark chocolate, pure awesomeness

Ever seen the commercials with the engine sludge? I think Oskar Blues found a way to CAN that stuff. OK, seriously I think I'm going to order this tomorrow morning at Starbucks. **NOTE** I'm not a fan of Imperial Stouts but this one caught my attention, maybe cause its in a can and I love that a good beer can come from a can. Although the taste is very good, strong like a double shot of espresso but calms down rather quickly. A MUST TRY!

DosBeerigos, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #386
canned 12-31-08
"careful with this one"

Just picked this can up today from work and thought it was weird that i got a can over a year old. we just got this batch of cans into the store not to long ago. i dunno, guess we were just lucky.

A- Pours old engine oil black in color and thickness. a dark mocha colored head rises from the depths of this one a lingers for a while, finally settling after a couple minutes to leave some nice lacing.

S- Complex smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, as well as dark fruits, caramel, molasses and dark roasted malts.

T- Just as complex as the aroma. Heavy on the bittersweet chocolate and coffee up front, giving way to sweet caramel and molasses, finally finsshing of with some dark fruit and a touch of bitterness. warms the mouth wit alcohol but is very pleasing.

M/D- I'm dissapointed i didn't find this one earlier this year. full bodied and coats the palate very well. finish lingers for quite a while. Very drinkable for a beer of 9.5% ABV (dunno if this has to do with a year+ in the can).

Highly recomended.

Pabs311, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Shumista
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a 4 pack of this in a recent trade. I really wish we could get the Oskar Blues lineup here in Michigan as I would buy all of there beers frequently.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. This one plops into the cup more than it pours really, it's that thick. Looks like an imperial stout should in my opinion. Pitch black with no highlights and one of the darkest brown heads I've seen. The smell is dark and roasty with some alcohol. The taste is pretty unique, one of the meatiest stouts I've had. The coffee, chocolate and dark fruits are all there, but there are also some soy/teriyaki sauce flavors in here which are kind of odd. It sounds odd but this stout has some very savory elements in it to me. Not bad but different. Mouthfeel is thick and warming. Drinkability is good for such a big beer.

Not a beer you expect to come out of can. Finally, an imperial stout that you can take to the beach!...hahaha

Shumista, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of sophisticated
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm...Had this about a year ago and really enjoyed it, so wanted to try it again.

Bottom of can: "Batch #4 brewed 12-22-0?" - couldn't read the last digit but must assume it's an 09. Also says "The Great Dark Curse."

A) Pitch black, 1 finger of dark brown foamy head that lasted a few minutes before settling into a ring.

S) I was surprised at how much the dark fruit smell stood out (grapes, prunes). Also plenty of roasted malt presence, burnt sugar, coffee.

T) Like the smell - again heavy on the dark fruits, coffee, roasty, malty, nutty, some alcohol taste and definite warmth.

D) Overall, excellent. At 9.5% ABV it is way too easy to drink several. For some reason I seem to recall this being more coffee tasting and less fruit tasting when I had this before. Which is what I would like. However, this was still a definite pleasurable RIS.

sophisticated, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz can into my Rochefort chalice. Thanks to beavers for an awesome extra.

The beer pours out of the can tar black, definetley one of the darkest beers I've seen. It pours very oily without much carbonation. As the beer finishes pouring a very dark tan head settles rising only about half a finger, disappering right away.

The aroma is very malty sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla and cherry to it. At the end a hint of hops.

The taset is very sweet start to finish with a light coffee bite at the end. Its not overly sweet or annoying, ist just a sweeter ris.

The feel is a little warm, but light, with a dry finish.

Overall, this beer is a fine ris. Its sweet, which is fine but if it was balanced out better with either some hops or a more robuse coffee it would be world class.

jrallen34, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a thick and syrupy pitch black color. Totally opaque - not a hint of light gets thru this one. A thin cap of brown, loose bubbles forms for an instant and collapses rapidly to a thin collar and a lingering and persistant swirl of bubbles on the surface.

S - Smells strongly of alcohol, coffee, a hint of vanilla, maybe a tiny hint of bourbon, licorice, and lots of dark fruits surrounding it all. Very complex.

T - Flavor is just as complex as the aroma. A bit hot with noticeable alcohol in every sip. Some creamy vanilla flavor comes on strong up front. Coffee with some licorice fills in behind the vanilla and is rounded out with some pruney flavors behind. A touch of caramel and its associated sweetness comes in at the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and feels like it coats the entire mouth with its roasty, bitter and sweet flavors. Carbonation is low giving a nice creamy feel that complements the vanilla character to give a great smoothness to it.

D - Great imperial stout...only a bit of alcohol heat holds this back from being extremely drinkable. Very complex and well rounded stout...definitely a go to RIS...highly recommended.

portia99, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of wise456
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a 12 oz can (!) into a pint mug.

A - Absolutely pitch black with a short dark caramel head which quickly dissipated. Looks oily and slippery like a thin weight motor oil.

S - Big nose on this one. Dark roasted malts up front with toffee notes. Maybe a little vanilla and a slight prune-like hint of alcoholic heat.

T - Wow, expected a hot boozy over the top imperial stout but this was anything but. Good balance of bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts, a little burnt caramel set off by a slightly bitter finish.

M - Stellar mouthfeel, definitely a slick feel but not oily like some overly-hopped IPA. More carbonation than I expected from the wimpy head and a nice nutty creaminess.

D - While not a big fan of the style, this is the best imperial stout I have tried to date.

wise456, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gingerman in South Norwalk and served in a snifter glass. This was beer 50 of my tasting adventure, and epitomized the entire effort - so unexpected and enjoyable.

A deep, dark black, poured with very little head, but delightfully dark as night. Head is an off-brown cream. Smell is like coffee, malty, with dark chocolate and an enjoyable toasted finish. This seems to match the style exquisitely.

The taste is not overwhelming like other imperials I've head, but well balanced. Reminds me of the nose, with toasted chocolate - I cant think of a better flavor for winter. This is like drinking slightly burnt gingerbread. The mouth is sufficiently full, with very little bitterness. So very drinkable, but the ABV is high, and it'll hit you along the way.

An excellent beer to celebrate 50 with, I look forward to trying the can next time...

Jesstyr, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of BigMike
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours right on the border line of black and brown. No light coming through at all. Head is the color of chocolate icecream. Good lacing.

Lot's of chocolate, caramel malts. And coffee. A touch of alcohol in the nose as well. I agree with people that said it has the smell of whoppers.

Same as the smell. Chocolate, caramel. At the end there is a touch of smokiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. Very nice to drink. Not a ton of carbonation.

This is a really nice stout. One of the better ones i've had. Definitely worth a try if you can get it.

BigMike, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a black we'll only see when we're staring at the back of our eyelids while lying in our graves. The walnut head is not too much to speak of, rising up to about a half-finger at its zenith, but this completes the image of death: no head can survive when the presence of The End is so omnipresent. The aroma reeks with elements of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, even an only slightly perceptible hint of smoke. The taste relies heavily on that dark roasted malt flavor, with bits of vanilla, cocoa, and, yes, even that smoke making cameo appearances. This guy sits heavily on the tongue, yes, but not so heavily as to give the experience a negative connotation. Regardless, he's very smooth for his weight and ABV, allowing him to rise above the preconceived notions of his character, ascending to a lofty, relatively drinkable plateau of beery goodness.

TMoney2591, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's to getting the nifty little beer mug next to my name!

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Literally looks like motor oil when poured out of the can. Once in the glass, the brew is pitch black with one of the darkest tan heads I have ever seen. Usually I'm unsure how to rate appearance, but this one really impresses.

S: Strong aromas of mocha, espresso, and chocolate immediately meed my nose. Hints of sweet vanilla, molasses, and alcohol are also present. I know this wasn't aged in barrels, but the smell is reminiscent of some of the big BA stouts I've had.

T: Really great. Chocolate is the primary flavor I guess, but so much is going on here. There is a mixture of sweetness and harsh alcohol bite that balances out very well in this brew. Vanilla, molasses, toffee, and licorice all come through as the sweeter flavors. Maybe even some dark fruit too. The alcohol bite is reminiscent of bourbon and if I didn't know better I would guess this was barrel aged. Some bitterness in the finish can be attributed to some dark roasted malt and hints of coffee and espresso.

M: Rich and full, borderline chewy. The alcohol is hidden decently well, but you can definitely tell its there from the warming effects in your throat and chest.

D: A sipper for sure, but a great one. I think this may have just overtaken Old Rasputin as my go to big stout. I started a forum discussion a few weeks ago asking if this brew was worth the $4+ per can. In short: yes, it is. Go buy some, NOW.

MrDanno96, Feb 18, 2010
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