Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #257
Ranked #571
4.38 | pDev: 8.9%
Sep 11, 2022
Dec 29, 2006
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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Rated: 4.74 by RoyalKaiju

Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Aug 24, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by beefbucket from Missouri

Jul 13, 2022
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.1/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Reviewed near blind... all I know whilst making these notes is it's American and high ABV%.
L- Pours jet black, with an impressive 3Cm notably very dark tan head. The head lingers for 10mins (as I was then distracted), now down to about 3mm + heavy lacing which is a heck of an achievement for this ABV% of beer where the surface-tension usually zaps the head super quickly.
S- Whiskey, treacle + timber barrel.
T- Molasses/black treacle, super deeply intense/pungent, notable whiskey, then up it comes a solid ABV% zing - bam!
F- Rich but not outright sweet. It's super-pungently flavoured, so much so it's a reeeal slow-sipping beer, just waaay too intense to sup as usual. Be aware if drinking on a hot night that the beer might materially warm in the glass before you can enjoy it all.
O- I'm often in a quandry to know how to rate beers like this. No doubt it's BIG, but subtlety and balance are harder to achieve IME and a nobler achievement, and a high ABV% CAN achieve that. It has a *very* shouty ABV%; and 12.5% isn't even that high (try visiting Iceland for properly high ABV% beer hehe) ... usually not considered good brewing if the ABV% is whacking your palate, albeit from a liquor barrel aged beer. Would I drink it again, no thanks it's way too big a shouty statement; I've had far higher ABV% beers than this that have achieved subtlety and balance.
355ml can. BB: 11/11/2025 Bought from Bacchanalia, Mill Road, Cambridge/UK £7.69
Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Sinister from New York

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by jbolger from Connecticut

Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - Poured from a can into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Huge frothy two and a half finger chocolate head on aggressive pour. Lots of lacing. Dark opaque color

S - Scent was a chocolate, malt, roast, and caramel. So many great smell. Sweet. A little boozy.

T - Taste follows scent. Dark Chocolate and bitter chocolate. Roasty. Sweetness in there as well. Some dark fruits as you drink. Toward the end, the coffee notes are more present, which I don't prefer.

F - Great carbonation and frothiness. Enjoyable mouthfeel.

O - Overall this is a great beer, but as with other beers with coffee flavors, I’m not a fan, since I don’t like coffee. Despite that fact, this was still a good beer for me. I’m glad I tried it, and I would definitely recommend it to any coffee fans.
Apr 15, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by Hopweiser from Korea (South)

Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by BrewMaven from New York

Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by KrissyKat6 from New York

Feb 05, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Jet black on the pour and in the glass and even my delicate pour prompts a huge light brown head to explode and pillow up, eventually relenting some and leaving awesome lacing behind
Aroma: Roast, dark chocolate, ethanol, roasted barley, bready notes, earthy hops, and blackstrap molasses
Taste: Brown bread, baking cocoa, and roast jump out and tailed by wafts of alcohol heat which all hold for a second before earthy and slightly spicy hops come out to play. A little molasses and light brown sugar wafts are noticed in the background and closes with roast, chocolate, and booze along with a big bite
Mouthfeel: Full, somewhat silky, medium-high carbonation, and a very dry and robust finish
Overall: I dig it. This beer is big and means business and you can tell both of those things right away. I hadn’t had this in years and it was like I remembered in that it’s a hoppy and big Imperial Stout that flexes its muscle throughout and is a well-made and good one as well. A must-try for Imperial Stout/Russian Imperial Stout fans and I’m glad that its cold outside as this one is definitely a belly warmer.
Jan 31, 2022
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Rated by dpgrifs from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark brown and opaque with a very light foam. The smell is of bourbon and coffee.
Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by lsudduth from Ohio

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can purchased off the shelf as part of a 4-pack. Canned 9/25/21, so this beer is almost 4 months old. I had this in the fridge and allowed it to come up to room temperature before I cracked it open.

Look: Pours out a very dark almost black color. There was a thick, rocky brown/dark tan colored head that slowly reduced to a thin layer, leaving behind some nice looking lacing.

Smell: Smells nice. Intense dark chocolate, coffee, sweet notes of marzipan and vanilla and some booze. There are also secondary notes of dark fruits. It has a nice roasty aroma.

Taste: Interesting. Up front, it is very dark and roasty and there are also some sweet pastry type notes (think brownies and chocolate cake). The finish lingers long and is more bitter than I expected - lots of roasted malt and there is a strong charcoal flavor on the finish. I think that there is a lot of bitterness and some oiliness from hops that is coming out in the finish. This beer definitely does not taste like it's 10.5% ABV, although I do get some warming in my chest as I consume more of it.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and has a very interesting finish. I would say that it is a bit thin for what I was hoping for.

Overall: I haven't had this beer in years. My old roommate and I used to split cases of this beer. It's definitely one of the quintessential American imperial stouts, and its availability has stood the test of time. I guess that my main criticism is that it doesn't taste as complex as some other great imperial stouts that I have had. Perhaps it would benefit from aging?
Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Hawkfish from Washington

Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Patrick2012 from California

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very beautiful stout. Slow rising, dark head. Notes of roasted espresso in the nose. Taste is candy caramel with coffee and chocolate. Very very bitter yet delicious and drinkable.
Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Scrappy notes from 2018. 6 pack purchased at Super One Liquor in Duluth, MN.
An incredibly firm and deep stout. It is boozy, firm tannins, very dark with a dark tan head, roasty toasty, dark bitter chocolate and molasses. It has a lot of staying power on the palate and is staining. It's great flavors are bold and powerful overall and is quite excellent tasting. Amazing beer in a can.
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.04/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Guess I'm too stoned or something lmao, I've had a solid share of imperial stouts now and this sucks to me. I taste sweet booze and nothing else. Maybe it's somehow still cold but I'll stick to breakfast stout, KBS, Expedition, Narwhal, idk dude this is somehow one of the worst I've had.
Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by caffeinelogic from New York

Nov 07, 2021
Rated: 3.55 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerdrinkerJon from Florida

4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
One sip propelled this Imperial Stout into my top 3! I didn’t have to evaluate it. That’s a good sign. Seeing how dark it was, I expected it to be thick-n-chewy, sweet, and have a lot of alcohol burn.
Holy shit!…It had more balance than an olympic gymnast and an exceptional roasted malt complexity which carried throughout the finish. I avoid canned beer at all costs, but I really wanted to try this one so I took a chance on it. Poured into a stout glass and cooled just long enough, I indulged. I expected the typical regret of a curiosity purchase, but instead I was thrilled at the discovery of a new favorite! Although I was amused by the name of this beer, it actually detracts from this seriously well crafted Imperial Stout.
Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
don't know what i think about 97 but ok it's a very strong offering. Happy to put it in the rotation
L: from the can. minimalist but v stylish
S; nice. malt, molasses, coffee, stone fruit. very inviting.
T: delivers nicely on the nose. complex flavors and a hoppy bitterness on the close. Thank you sir, may I have another!
F: rich and smooth. Yeah, baby.
O: I like it, man. Not a 97 but am I giving it a 96? Whatever. Go for it.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
1800th review!

Appearance - Pours a dark jet black with two fingers of frothy mocha tan head.

Smell - earthy, leafy, and floral hops, coffee bean, roasted malts, dark fruits (raisin and fig), cocoa, and earthy yeast.

Taste - earthy, leafy, and floral hops upfront. Then quickly goes into the bold coffee bean, cocoa, roasted malts, and dark fruits (raisin and fig). The earthy yeast rounds out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes velvety smooth with the bold coffee bean and cocoa with a nice lingering alcohol warmth.

Overall - A stellar imperial stout that has been on my radar for quite some time. If you come across this don't leave your local liquor store without a can or two. A pleasant sipper.
Oct 23, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by Dgman8053 from New York

Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 4.52 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 4.52 by Resistance88 from California

Sep 22, 2021
Rated: 4 by MGibbons from Maryland

Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This shouldn't take more than a twelve ounce can poured out and into a clear glass Imperial pint mug. It's expresso black-brown with a tidy tan head that is lasting. There's a strong aroma of roasted malt which is influenced noticeably by oak tannins. The taste is incredibly rich and complex. There's roasted malt, tannins, hops, alcohol and even some chocolate. The body is amazingly rich and smooth, especially considering all that it's delivering. There is sufficient glass lacing to bear witness to the quality of this brew's body. This may be a little too much for those that like a less whiskey influenced ale, even though the tannins are pretty well balanced by the other tastes. The ABV is high and somewhat noticeable, so that may also put off some. Overall, this is an obviously great example of brewing craftsmanship. But when you go this boldly, not all will follow.
Aug 13, 2021
Rated: 5 by PaulMcartney33 from Florida

Jul 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pours opaque jet black with a thin but persistent tan rim.

Heady nose of malt, molasses, pumpernickel and black figs.

Palate is massive. First taste is a big bitter hit.beer swiftly envoloped by roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, with fruity fig and plum notes. Some sweetness but the bitterness lingers right through the long finish.

Very full bodied with minimal carbonation, unctuous mouthfeel, lovely lingering bitterness, lot of warm alchohol. Beautiful savoury beer.

This beer ages really well. Mellows some of the alchohol heat and the flavor marry wonderfully.
Jul 12, 2021
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Rated by Paradox1000 from Florida

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Excellent well balanced stout!
Jun 26, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Taenim from New Jersey

May 16, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It smells sweet with malts and a lot of bourbon. That's really all that I'm getting.

The taste is like bready bourbon up front and then you get a rich coffee bitterness.  The stout coffee flavor and the sweet woody bourbon complement each other beautifully and provide for a balanced taste.

This beer is full bodied and smooth with just a subtle carbonation that gives it an even thicker feel. The finish is clean with alcohol and coffee.

Overall this one is pretty damn fantastic. So balanced and the mouthfeel is great. I'm giving it a 5.8 out of 6... so good!
May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by LennyBound from Illinois

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by JTuomi from Finland

Apr 04, 2021
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