Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
9,853
Reviews:
2,610
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
736
Gots:
2,819
For Trade:
127
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 9,853 |  Reviews: 2,610
Photo of Charlie_Hoss
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nUgZ
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color with a half finger head and decent lacing.

S: This smells amazing!! Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little coffee as well as some nice sweet fruity aromas.

T: Lots of roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, smoke, and a little fruit. There are hops in there somewhere, but hard to find with all the other strong flavors. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full bodied with just enough carbonation. Super smooth...almost perfect.

O: There's nothing bad I can say about this beer. It's damn near perfect.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at a local bottle shop for $16/4 x 12oz cans.

Poured into a room temp nonic.

A - A somewhat viscous black beer. Pours like chocolate milk. Head is a rich medium brown, almost like moose. 2 fingers high. Average lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, some hint of nuts, reminds me a little of a chocolate milkshake.

T - Dark chocolate. Roasted malt. Some hops. Ends with some slight bitterness of burnt/roasted malt and hops. Its taste easily hides the 10.5% ABV!

M - Smooth and silky, but not like a nitro-tapped Guiness. Chewy.

O - An excellent beer. Easy to drink. In my top ten. Will always be available in my house.

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Photo of RobertColianni
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can to my FW snifter glass
Canned 10-15-12 Peanuts Envy

A: Pours a dark coffee brown with the complimentary finger thick of mocha chocolate whip atop. Damn near motor oil status as the name suggests. Definitely dark and lovely in the glass. Persistent head with curtains of etched lace all the way down.

S: The nose carries rich chocolates with some firm roast barley and notes of dry roast coffee. Has a real earthy toasted grain aroma with some ash on it. Not all that intense but nice with some suggestive alcohol spice. Warming opens up a bit more of the roast with some stronger hints of cocoa.

T: Flavors are bold with rich chocolate. Much more than the nose suggests. Follows with additions of coffee bean and dark berry. Dark roasted grains are predominant throughout with a bit of charcoal, vanilla bean, dark licorice, and some earthy chicory or birch root likeness. The beer has a substantial bitter hop charge that brings out some ashy pine notes. There lies some hidden alcohol giving a mild spice kick towards the finish. Great balance considering the intensity of flavors here. Sweet with gobs of dark roast malts but not cloying. All around just a delicious beer.

M: Silken smooth feel with an overall lush cream like quality. Somewhat light on its feet all together. There is a puckering hop bite to the beer with a dry crisping towards the finish. After feel is sticky and sleek across the palate.

D: Deceptively drinkable for such a beast of a brew. Possibly the best beer that does come in a can. Tasting incredibly fresh and very hoppy even for imperial standards. Balanced with plenty of sweet chocolate and roast character followed by a firm alcohol presence. I do enjoy this stout greatly.

I really should be picking these up more often.

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Photo of Perducci
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of scootny
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the greats. Simple as that. Black liquid, dense brown head that leaves sticky spots and streaks. Smell is Godiva meets Starbucks. Taste is as good as it gets with a huge chocolate front that is followed by a heavy roasted grain coffee finish. Hops are plentiful but because of the huge sweetness of the malt they are balanced to the point of playing second fiddle leading into a coffee like finish. The wonderful blend of dark and chocolate malts just lays the floor on this one. A touch of licorice. Finish is surprisingly clean and dry with an extra bold coffee taste lingering. A touch of grapefruit skin as well. Feel is smooth and chewy while remaining light enough to drink way to fast. Satin on the tongue with a perfect and subtle carbonation. One of the best RIS I've ever had. No barrel needed, just vision and expert brewing. WOW!

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of andthevolcano
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as night and thick as mud. Pretty large head forms, partly because of a violent pour, but I will also say the beer forms a large head by itself. Head is dense foam of a deeper chocolate color. Among the darkest colored heads I've seen. Lacing and retention is superb.

S- Heavy on the traditional dark malt roasts. Chocolate is the predominant flavor. A fair amount of sweet is there with the chocolate. Other malts are strong and dark in flavor. There is little to no detectable coffee profile in the scent.

T- Very similar to the scent, with the exception of chocolate being prominent. Starts with a big, dark, and somewhat bitter roast flavor profile. More coffee is present here before switching to the sweeter chocolate profile of the scent. Malts, slight coffee, and chocolate combine to present a solid flavor profile that isn't groundbreaking, but very good. This brew ends with a slight bite of the bitterness returning.

M- Creamy and thick, pretty much with an impy stout should feel like. Lower levels of carbonation provide the thick and creamy feel that I like in my big stouts. Towards the end of the drink the alcohol heat is detectable and can be felt down the throat.

Overall, this is an impressive impy stout. I've been looking forward to getting this one, and being near the Ohio border over break provided the opportunity to go get it. Nothing is too out of the ordinary as far as flavor goes, but the weight and feel of this one is pretty good. The only small drawback is the alcohol heat in the back of the throat.

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Photo of Drtfinelli
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DilisioYCBC
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Rudy
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jpd7374
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Phacoman
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of devlishdamsel
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this for the first time last night. It was nothing short of amazing. It had an amazing texture, very smooth and velvety, without being overly viscous. The flavor was intense, without being overly rich. That being said I tend to avoid stouts due to the aftermath, but please give me more!

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Photo of Fresh
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of VonThinker
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a can with a fellow beerphile...

A: Poured into a standard draft glass, about 55 degrees. Color is very dark, almost opaque, espresso like. Viscous pour, leaving a well-formed medium brown head of about 1 1/2 fingers which is slow to dissipate

S: Chocolate prevails, almost "burned" or "campfire-like" but not overwhelming. Hits to back third of the tongue mostly

T: Chocolate, dark chocolate, burned toast (mild), blending to a fine raisin/caramel/mild coffee like concoction

M: Smooth, full, and creamy. Warm caramel/chocolate aftertaste

O: I am by no means a stout expert and got this based on its reviews here...however if this is at all representative of the fine Russian Imperial type I am sold!! Definitely a "dessert beer" This one could catch up with you! Left me with a warm feeling

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Photo of tcanaday
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to picking up a 4 pack last night. Poured from can into a snifter.

Appearance: Motor oil like, no light makes it through this beer. Nice one finger dark mocha like head. Dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell: Not much of an aroma when cold, when warmed up a bit dark fruits are released, a bit of a boozy nose, a lot of malt and smells of intense chocolate.

Taste: The perfect imperial stout, a touch of carbonation, with the perfect balance of chocolate, malts and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: HUGE and thick mouthfeel, mouthfeel reminds me of that of Firestone 16 Anniversary, very thick supple but has a nice thick finish that dries slowly.

Overall: One of my favorite imperial stouts that I've trie thus far. Very drinkable for 10%, great beer for after dinner to appreciate all of the complex flavors of this beer.

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Photo of Dtrain4
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of acbe
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AHunter062
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of beersvh23
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Austindh
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.33 out of 5 based on 9,853 ratings.
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