Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #95
Ranked #344
4.4 | pDev: 8.86%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Notes: This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.
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maxpower from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown-black color, has a great tightly bubbled, brown head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Roasted chocolate, coffee and dark fruit aromas, sweet fruity plum-chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice burnt bitter-sweet finish. Full body with creamy and smooth, oily mouthfeel.

Friday at 10:07 PM
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/3/19 “CAN FULL OF BLOOD STAINS” Hmmmmm

Well, I actually had the BA version first, so this should be interesting

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of espresso head that slowly reduces to a cap and leaves tons of lacing rings

Damn, that smells sweet. Very rich milk chocolate, caramel malts without much roast, and coffee

Quite the sweet alcohol heat immediately starting the sip with notes of brown sugar to snooth it out before moving into a massively sweet but balanced chocolate with hints of vanilla and coffee

This is a full bodied beer with moderate carbonation that makes it go down quicker than it should for the abv, damn smooth

Just as amazing as the BA version and a little less caustic and in-your-face. Great, simple imperial stout

Jun 07, 2020
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Carbonation is very strong - very cool.

Taste is really really nice. You expect it to taste more bitter, but never does. Super smooth and tasty.

May 17, 2020
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chill-i-am from Washington

4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. Been looking to try this one for a while. I love Imperial Stouts and Porters .. this one is right up there with Firestone's Parabola. Can't wait to try the bourbon-barrel aged variety. Go get some. It's a moral imperative!

May 10, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a 2 inch thick, foamy head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is strong molasses, toffee, brown sugar.

Tastes of molasses, bourbon, oak, raisins, currants.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Thick, creamy, sweet finish.

One word: Masterful!

Mar 29, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared two cans - one from November 2014, one from October 2019.
Pours very similar- black, slightly viscous appearance with a 1/2 finger tan head - the fresh pour held the head a bit longer.
Aroma from aged beer a bit more prominent with dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, tobacco - slightly more complex than 2019 with less dark fruit and tobacco but plenty of caramel and chocolate, and coffee notes.
Tastes were quite different 2014 had distinct and complex dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, leather flavours; 2019 smooth chocolate malt, caramel, coffee with a bit of pleasant bitterness on the swallow - both had a bit of booziness but felt more definite on aged can, but in good way.
Smooth creamy full mouthfeel - really did not feel 5+ years thinned out significantly - 2014 finish slightly more complex, 2019 smooth.
Honestly I am not sure which I enjoyed more - both great - suggest drink some fresh and sit on some and win win - fantastic.

Mar 29, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with full khaki head. Scent is of chocolate, coffee and malt. Taste follows, with the coffee taking over. Full mouthfeel and an aftertaste that starts sweet and leans toward coffee on the backend

Feb 28, 2020
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Jas0921 from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I much prefer this to the BA version. The can I’m drinking now has some age on it. Canned 8/03/2018. Strong notes of roasted malts, chocolate, with a faint finish of hop bitterness and coffee. A masterpiece!

Feb 18, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned: 08/06/2018
Poured: 1/26/2020

A: A deep dark black beer with a nice caramel head. A modest pour gives roughly a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving a very light lacing.

S: It is hard to initially determine whether the smell is bitter or sweet when first poured . The aroma is pleasant, leaving some notes of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. It did open up a bit more once warmer, but nothing too significant.

T: I am initially hit with a toasted graham cracker flavor, probably coming from the malt, that morphs into a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste. I also get a very light dried fruit near the back. While the flavor is tame and doesn’t display a ton of complexity, it feels soothing after a long cold day. It is clearly well balanced with out being too bitter or too sweet.

M: The consistency is something that really helps bring this beer up a few levels for me. While some stouts of similar quality can feel thin, this beer has a solid medium body without being too syrupy.

O: This is a solid, easy drinking stout that I know is always reliable. While clearly less complex than some of the bigger imperial stouts, its perfect for a random weekday afternoon. You should always keep one or two around for a rainy day when you don’t want to crack into the good stuff.

Jan 27, 2020
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured barrel aged version from a can but had base beer before as well. Pours dark black with tan foam, normal carbonation. Foam fades quickly but lingers around rim of glass. Taste is a hint of roast with some molasses and malt. Big and boozy and easy sipping, a delight of a RIS.

Jan 19, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a massive sniffer glass that is nearly spherical from a cold can of this hefty black magic.

Look: Pure light-absorbing liquid shadow colored black liquid with a rich, defiant head the color of coffee crema. When held to a bright light nothing penetrates the infinitely black body.

Smell: The aroma is lovely toasty and slightly acrid chocolate, with smoky molasses and dark fruits lurking in there as well. The aroma is complex and will no doubt become more so as the beer warms.

Taste/Feel: The taste is superbly rich, with hearty bitter chocolate and dark fruits supported by the smooth body. The full bodied brew is silky smooth and is rich with coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, molasses, biscuit, burlap, tobacco, and big earthy hops. A kiss of sharp yet hidden pine bitterness tickles the tongue as the beer warms.

Overall: This deep, rich, dark brew is phenomenally good. Very drinkable even with the strength and weight of the ingredients. Perfectly brewed excellence.

Jan 15, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can dated 9/20/19 into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with about a finger of light brown head. Seems slightly thinner than some IS's I've seen. Not much retention or lacing. Smell is a little muted-faint coffee and chocolate-maybe just a hint of alcohol. Taste is pretty bold and evenly coffee and chocolate. Not much of an alcohol taste giving the abv. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a bitter aftertaste and slight amount of alcohol. Overall a very nice IS. Price is a little high ($16/4 pk) so Narwhal or Expedition may be a better substitute.

Dec 31, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured moderately hard from a can into a snifter glass, eventually filling the remainder, ~3 fingers, with brownish head. Nearly black, opaque color. Smell is a wonderful and strong sweet roasted malt. Taste is similar, with flavors of malt, caramel, a bit of chocolate, and some roastiness that comes through stronger as it warms. Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation. Excellent stout, especially if you like strong malt flavors.

Dec 06, 2019
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BEASTmaster from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweeter than i remember it. Not as thick either. I feel like since scaling up production both Oscar blues and great divide have gone down hill. Very sad.

Nov 22, 2019
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b11 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The reason I'm enjoying this is that it is not viscous, it is not syrupy, it is not overly sweet. Pleasing scent of vanilla, less so of chocolate. Solid bitterness, burnt, which is the dominant taste. Nicely carbonated, just enough. Seriously dark color. I'd suggest you not drink this too cold, let it warm up a bit,

Jul 15, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a tan foamy head that disappears quickly. Aroma of roasted coffee. Taste of chocolate. Some bitterness. Good mouth feel.

May 11, 2019
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mpruden from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canning date 7/25/18, aggressively poured into a tulip glass.

Pours opaque very dark brown, 3/4” dark tan head remains, adequate lacing.

Nose: pleasant, rich, roasted malt, a bit of licorice as it warms.

Mouthfeel: pleasantly thick

Taste: rich, roasted malt with a subtle, pleasant sweetness, some coffee, hop balance, alcohol present but not overwhelming, a hint of licorice

What terrific balance in this special ale, as neither the 98 IBU’s nor the 10.5 ABV dominate, making this a wonderful, filling sipper. Though I’m drinking it with breakfast on a spring morning — and this is a year-round enjoyable beer — it would be even more remarkable on a cold winter evening.

May 11, 2019
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Agemar from Arizona

4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent!! World class imo. Full bodied, dark chocolate, notes of espresso, hope. Dank! Smells wonderful, chewy, and looks like used motor oil :) in my top 5 of imperial stout I've ever tasted! Well worth the 3.50 I paid for the can!

Apr 13, 2019
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Viaduck from California

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very lovely appearance, with the body the color or dark chocolate topped with a thick foamy head the color of milk chocolate. Very pretty aroma , chocolate & brown sugar, caramel & malt. Taste is sweet & bitter. Chocolate & coffee flavors dominate with brown sugar, caramel, malt with a bitter hoppy finish. A slight metallic taste, possibly due to the aluminum can. Nice, thick viscosity with good carbonation & moderate stomach burn. I love stouts & this one of the better ones.

Mar 30, 2019
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AllOfTheCats from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've found that this is really good at about 1-2yrs old. I'll rate based on my sweet spot. Here's my rating breakdown by age -

0yrs - 4 and 4.5 (4.25)
1yr - 4.5
2yr - 4.25, 4.5, 3, 4.25, 4.5 (4.25-ish)
3yrs - 3.75 and 4 (4ish)

Mar 22, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, with canning date stamped as '10/17/14'.
Black colored body, with a glint of a backlit garnet highlight. Aggressive pour resulted in two finger dark tan head, which recedes but stays around as a thick cap. Leaves behind some scattered medium sized spots of lacing.
Aroma is dark roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. No coffee.
Taste is a mellow mixture of dark roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. A touch of coffee is tasted at the very end.
Thicker mouth feel, and coating. No felt carbonation but it is there as supportive.
Even at its advanced age in the can, the tasting experience is excellent. Not bitter and hides the higher ABV%. Smooth and lingering.

Mar 10, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A strong pour down the middle yields a half finger of light brown creamy froth with average retention and abundant spots of lacing. Opaque dark rosewood brown, almost black.
Strong smell of coffee, baked chocolate, dried fruits and milk chocolate. These fill the taste.
Big taste of sweet and roasted malt, semi-sweet and high on bitterness. Rich and smooth malty middle with a mild astringency, caramel and baked brown sugar are pushed along by the hidden carbonation. The finish is neutral and malty rich, balanced so well with hops and roasted malt bitterness. All flavors mentioned are present during a lingering aftertaste.
Full bodied with carbonation in reserve, pours like warm motor oil. Smooth easy sipper.
Outstanding balance between bitter and sweet, alcohol is fiendishly disguised.
A sipper that can be quaffed, be careful with this one.

Mar 09, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid black color with light carbonation. Has an above average body with a slight thick creamy feel
Aroma isn't overpowering but it is mostly black coffee, roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, and some milk and dark chocolate
Taste is much more powerful than aroma with bitter black coffee being forward. There's some alcohol and the burn that goes with it but it isn't unpleasant. Some roasted malt and dark chocolate show up,coat the tongue and linger awhile
Overall it's an excellent beer that's worth trying

Feb 24, 2019
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mishi_d from Romania

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black color, brown head, aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and vanilla, taste is medium bitter / medium sweet, full body, medium carbonation.

Feb 23, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice, smooth, rich imperial stout that had a good balance between mild bitterness and malt sweetness. Pours a deep, dark, rich black color with some darker tan-copper head and some sheets of lingering lacing that stayed for about 10-15 minutes. Smells of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuttiness, stone fruit, malt, caramel and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, along with some brown sugar, raisin and some faint toffee. Smooth, rich, slightly sticky mouthfeel that mildly coated the palate. Good carbonation. An excellent beer and I’m looking forward to trying their barrel-aged version.

Jan 27, 2019
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