Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #110
Ranked #368
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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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.49/5  rDev +2%
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.

Saturday at 05:30 AM
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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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blazerkor from Nevada

4.71/5  rDev +7%
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
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Sigmund from Norway

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml can, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.5%. Pitch black colour, moderate chocolate brown head. Nice aroma of roasted malts / roasted barley, chocolate, coffee and bakery. Intense flavour of malts (malty sweetness + heavily roasted malts/barley), notes of strong coffee, molasses and dark bitter chocolate, ending in a distinct bitterness (both from the hops - 98 IBU - and the roastiness). Possibly the most awesome canned beer in the world.

Mar 23, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nice viscous, creamy mouthfeel with lots of dark roasted malts and malt-molasses sweetness. Dark chocolate and coffee are present with a mild bitterness that balances it out. This is definitely a top notch imperial stout.

Mar 11, 2021
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Pivopijak from Washington

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

can into glass
Thin tan head. Nice 'n' black appearance. Rich, sweetened dark chocolate and some toasted grain aroma. Lots of bourbon with a bite, along with a thick, non-sweet caramel, central flavor. Slightly woody trailing finish. Real nice brew.

Jan 10, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid black appearance with a medium size, multicolored head showing different bands of tan and light brown; lacing was good. Roasted malt aroma layered with coffee and dark chocolate. Earthy flavors of toffee, chicory, caramel and semi sweet chocolate. Respectably hopped with a bitter bite in the aftertaste. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel leading to a long lasting, very satisfying finish.

Dec 29, 2020
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AleSan from Italy

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can 2020. Great beer. Deep black with a beautiful hazelnut colored foam hat. Nose is intens:, chocolate, coffee, ash, red fruit and dried fruit, persistent and clean. In the mouth it shows the same hints, the alcohol is well hidden; it has a sweet start that blends well with coffee and dark chocolate. Intense, clean with a soft and viscous mouthfeel; never clumsy. Excellent

Dec 13, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours pitch black in color with a bitchin two finger espresso colored head.
S: A lot of roasted grains & maltiness, coffee, faint amounts of dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar.
T: Certainly follows the nose, rich, deep, & complex. It has a perfect ration of bitter & sweet. Nice roasty flavor that compliments the coffee bitterness.
F: Full-bodied, medium carbonation, chewy.
O: One of the best imperial stouts out there, has a nice warming quality as you sip.

Dec 13, 2020
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Dillpickle315 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great roasty profile on the nose. Pours black with brown head. Nice roasty taste which sweetens as it warms. Such a solid example of an imperial stout.

Dec 09, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look: big rocky tan coloured head, beer is a gorgeous jet black colour, no light bleeding through whatsoever.

smell: smells great, lovely malt character, smokey, toasty, lots of milk chocolate, lot of prune, fig, cherry, cappuccino, oaky, light floral element, enticing.

taste: a big beer and a tasty beer, lot of malt character, roasted smokey flavour, tobacco, unami, milk and dark chocolate, espresso, prune, raisin, fig, whiskey, caramel, nicely sweet, pretty alcoholic, big bitterness on the finish, smokey malt flavour lingers, yum.

feel: full bodied, light carbonation, dense, thick, motor oil, lovely lingering bitterness, lot of alcohol warming, lovely to drink.

overall: a very nice imperial stout, to be sipped, relaxing beer at the end of the day.

Dec 03, 2020
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loudmacleod from Ohio

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

This is a great imperial stout. Pours dark and thick. Great foam head. It’s got a great mocha flavor that lingers. Slight roasted finish. Drinks like a BA stout.

Can / Snifter glass / No food pairing

Nov 30, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful looking brew that pours deep dark brown with a fluffy frothy burnt tan head that has moderate retention and leaves patches of sticky lacing

smells sticky sweet, milk chocolate and caramel (milk dud?) with a tinge of dark stone fruit

taste follows the nose, beautifully.

medium carbonation, thick body; smooth but with slight booze bite and a bittersweet finish

pretty damn good. it requires a little breathing room, but doesn't provide a big payoff by way of complexity. that is to say, it would benefit tremendously by leaning towards complexity or smooth sailing, rather than meandering as it seems to do. the milk chocolate and caramel malt bomb is superb - but then it adds a bit of bite that suggests complexity, without delivering on any nuance (say a particular booze/barrel pairing, or spice, or even coffee)
it still works, delivering one of the best *tasting* stouts I've ever had - but the mouthfeel just feels "off"
this is almost certainly a personal thing, which is why I leave it to the "overall" part of this review, and it's obvious many people have found this brew to be top-notch. I would *mostly* agree, but am left wishing this brew was 0.5% higher so I could comfortably age it a year+ to see if my complaint is resolved. I am usually one who enjoys the booze heat or mouthfeel kicker, but I have long associated that with a trade-off for a complex taste profile that reveals something new within the style, or a particular niche.
or, whatever - party. this stout is one of the greats, and I may have my checklist, but this thing rules 7 days a week.

Oct 25, 2020
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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.

Jul 03, 2020
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Rug 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 (AB)

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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