Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

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

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, thick black with a one-finger dark mocha head. Very thick and hearty. Head slowly dissipated and left some heavy lacing. The smell was not as strong as I had expected but my wife was sitting next to me and she said it was potent. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of sweetness. The taste starts out with very bitter, burnt chocolate flavors but slowly leads to a creamy, sweet milk chocolate. The bitterness is strong at first but slowly fades as you make it through the glass. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy but still not a sipper. Overall a great RIS but not to be over indulged. Have a can left so I think I'll hang onto it and see if it mellows out any.

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Photo of Viggo
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can acquired from xmarcnolanx.

Pours black as night, brown head, very rich looking, tons of lace, nice legs as well, head settles to a thick layer. Smell is wicked, roast, chocolate, toffee, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, biscuits, wood, alcohol, excellent. Taste is just as good, thick roastiness, chocolate, toffee, biscuits, vanilla, dark fruits and dates, alcohol but well hidden, solid roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with silky low carbonation, way too easy to drink. Fantastic Impy Stout, one of my favourites. Thanks Marc!

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Photo of gwong
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Good amount of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted chocolate and coffee dominate the scent.

T: Bittersweet chocolate flavor with a slight hint of strong roasted coffee at the end.

M: Full body that's smooth and creamy on the tongue. Slight amount of carbonation.

D: High ABV but chocolate flavor makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12Oz can poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Black as pitch with a persistent dark brown frothy head. Pours thick as blood and probably will stain clothes just as badly!

S: Combination of sweet and burnt chocolate/chocolate malts up front. There's cream, notes of coffee and just a hint of raisins in there. This is what i expect from a good RIS

T: Thick bitter burnt chocolate, coffee that slowly fades leading into sweeter palate with just the hint of cream and milk chocolate. The finish is long and bitter. It's "standard" world class RIS.

M: Smooth, fluffy with a pleasant carbonation

D: Split one after dinner as dessert or have two for dinner.

**Edit 10 March 2013**
A 5 year old can, my last one. My notes above are accurate in terms of flavors, but not for feel. Despite a fullness, there's a lightness/wateriness interspersed with the thicker, chewier finish. Pretty solid. 4/4/4/4/4

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Photo of dsa7783
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can copped singly from Gary's in Madison... heard a lot of good things about this one, so I was eager to give it a try... Pours an engine-oil, jet-black, deep ebony hue with a sunset-red, tan head that left impressive lacing... smell wasn't as powerful as I was anticipating, although a noticeable dark chocolate and cocoa aroma was certainly present... Taste was absolutely outstanding... this one takes on the full characteristics of a thick, rich, chocolate milkshake... sugar-sweet, powerful, creamy flavor loaded with roasted malts, dark, burnt chocolate, espresso, and latte essences... the hefty 10% ABV is hardly apparent behind an intricate conglomeration of ultra-rich, thick, sweet, chocolate flavors... this one is right up on par with Southern Tier's Choklat, if not better... perfection in a can, and an excellent depiction of the style combining a creamy, thick mouthfeel, and a good drinkability that only took a hit due to the high ABV, which, although isn't noticeable, soon becomes manifested in a warming glow... Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...
As a side note, I've heard that this beer was created combinig ultra-premium ice cream, and Whoppers malted-milkballs...

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Photo of NJBeerguy
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, for a ten percent beer it has great drinkability. If it's in such short supply I've got to get back to the store from which I purchased it and purchase as much as they'll let me have. Yes I did like it. The pour at first gives no indication of the head that will first endear you to this interesting rendition of an imperial stout. The pour at first seems to produce no head to speak of with a pour so slow and with a viscosity to mirror that your heaviest of black gold (choose what weight of oil you will), in the end from the gathering of bubbles in the glass appears a thick medimum brown head (a good half inch in a conventional pint glass). The head allow for the perfect lace to form on the glass with each sip. The head does however disapate into a fine brown ring a each sip bring you closer to the bottom of the glass. The nose is of alcohol and deeply roasted grain. The taste is a wonderful roast and, chocolate flavor with an aftertaste who lingering roasted nutty flavor sits on the back of your tongue wishing for more. While I did detect a slight alcohol nose the drinkability is not impaired by the 10% ABV, yes that the scary part I could have turned this into a sessions beer very easily. Oh! Yea one after another. Yes it has the ability to make you forget that you are drinking a 10% ABV beer and visiting the far side of the moon. While some high gravity brews of late I've not found worth their weight in gold (and yes you will pay your weight in gold of this one). In my opinion this is by far the best yet from the little brewery from Lyons.

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Photo of dondeez21
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard that this beer is available in very limited supply. My local liquor store has quite a few 4packs on the shelf and with a price tag of almost 13$ it doesnt look like it will be moving very fast. I grabbed a 4 pack the other night and I have to admit I am very glad I did. Ten Fidy is easily one of the darkest, thickest beers I have ever seen. It almost looked like I was pouring used motor oil from the can. A nice dark copper colored head formed after a few seconds. Overall I give this beer a 9.5 everythign was perfect from the color aroma and taste. Get this beer while it lasts!

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Photo of naproxen
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours dark as night from the tap with an equally imposing dark milky head as accustomed to this style.

The overall taste is sweet and roasty upfront with a delicious lingering taste of chocolate or maybe coffee.

It is very drinkable if you are looking for a meal in a glass, this is by no means a light russian imp.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep, dark impenetrable black, that strongly resembles used motor oil, with about a 1/4" of sturdy dark brown head that exhibits decent retention. Aroma is very restrained, good but noting too out of the ordinary. Roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and some dark fruits are present with just a faint whiff of alcohol. Taste is much like the aroma. At first I am hit by a sticky sweetness which is followed by the arrival of roasted malts and, towards the finish, some dark chocolate and hop bitterness. The dark fruits don't appear until after the bitterness. In the late finish I get some alcohol, not hot or overwhelming, but noticeable. Mouthfeel is ok, it was a bit too thin IMO. This brew is medium, maybe medium-full, in body and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, there was a nice alcohol warmth (a good thing) but overall I just wasn't that impressed. Its a solid brew and one that I'll revisit (since I have a few more cans) in the hope that tonight was just a bad night for FIDY.

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Photo of foxmul924
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Can into Room-Temp Pint Glass)

Appearance: Utterly Black Body with a Deep Brown, Lasting
Head with Sufficient Lace.

Smell: Chocolate and Alcohol

Taste: Bittering Hops are Quickly Overtaken By the Extremely
Malty Chocolate, Molasses, and Roasted Barley.
Additional Notes of Coffee and a Lingering Marshmallow

Mouthfeel: Full-Bodied, Almost Like Drinking a Thick Milkshake.
Very Smooth with a Semi-Clean Finish. Slightly Sticky
On and Around the Lips.

Drinkability: Definitely a Sipping Beer. Probably Wouldn't
Partake in a Second as it is Quite Rich, Warming, and Filling...
Not To Mention the 10% ABV Sneaks Up On

Other: A Very Solid Russian Imperial Stout. I've Been Very
Impressed with Oskar Blues and Their Blue Collar 'FIDY'
Mentality. Worth a Try!

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Photo of manleyphoto
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At any given time I have about ten different beers that I consider my white whales. Beers that based on reputation are must-try, but for whatever reason are not widely distributed, or are one-offs, or only available at the brewery. Until this week, Ten FIDY was one of those beers. I have pursued this beer with an Ahab-like fervor and unlike the fateful sea captain my search has been satisfied.

Ten FIDY is like a black hole. A vortex of malt and flavor that seems hardly contained in its unassuming can. This beer lives up to its vehicular namesake and pours as thick and rich as motor oil. It is so dense and so dark that the small bit of foamy head that manages to make it up through the liquid is as dark brown as cocoa powder. The smell alone told me that my search for this beer was not in vain, and the fist sip confirmed that fact. This is a slow drinker with loads of slightly sweet and roasty malt, coffee, and dark chocolate, with the slightest touch of root beer near the end of the taste. Ten FIDY is not as sticky-sweet as other versions of the style and the right amount of hops, coupled with a mild-drying astringency from the roasted malts make this really fun to drink.

Often when searching out elusive beer, the result tends to be disappointing. Ten FIDY lives up to expectations, and then some. This is a seasonal brew from Oskar Blues, with an unknown availability. Luckily it is brand new in the area, and there should be enough supply, at least for now. Don't let this one be your white whale, cast off the bow lines and sail over to the store and pick up as much of this as you can get your hands on. This is definitely one of the best beers I have had this year.

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Photo of tprokop7
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up some at Julios. Poured into a snifter @50F.

A - Black as can be, with a dark reddish-brown head. My roommate says "I think this beer is so dark it actually consumes light."

S - This smells pretty alcoholic to me... snifters are supposed to bring out aromas, but I really don't smell much else.

T - Taste more than makes up for the smell. There is almost no alcohol flavor in the beer, and it has a wonderful roasted flavor.

M - Thick and smooth, with only slight carbonation. Great overall balance, it is a pleasure in your mouth.

D - I wish I had more, so that must mean the drinkability is pretty high, right?

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a new style Sam Adams glass. This jet black opaque brew poured with a three finger head of dense cappuccino colored bubbles. They formed a head so dense and thick it looked like a chocolate milkshake float. Thick doily like lace clung to the sides of my glass with each sip forming intricate patterns. This is one of the best looking brews I've ever seen.

Big espresso notes on the nose followed by dark cocoa and burnt molasses. Big roasted malt aroma in the finish with a hint of smoke and alcohol.

Upfront notes of burnt molasses and caramel. Followed by burnt sugar sweetness and caramelized dark fruits and licorice. Dark roasted espresso notes lead into unsweetened dark baking cocoa. Hops come up in the finish with a slight citrus rind twang and some alcohol vapors.

The mouthfeel is like liquid silk, and although it displayed a serious head, the carbonation is low and it goes down very smooth. Very drinkable despite the high abv. I haven't been this excited about a RIS in a long while. Get this if you can! No pun intended.

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Photo of beerkeeper
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly viscus black. The pour was absolutely incredible. The thickness of the beer took minuets to disapate. Which worked good in the long run because I enjoyed the malts even more as the beer wormed to room temp.Intimidating at first glance, but opens up nicely as reaches room temp, and becomes very inviting. Up front on the taste is a bold burnt malt taste which follows the beer down. Just when you think the beer is done, the alcohol comes back on the finish with reckless abandon, with a hint of hops. Great beer for those cold months.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Pours out dense and oily with a small rusty crema head that dissapates quickly... (has an almost metallic sheen).... leaving a small collar in a Duvel tulip glass.
Dark chocolate and tobacco smell.
Super roasty burnt toast , charred chocolate flavor up front. Some sweetness , but the dry licorice , chalk and bitter espresso dominate. Some hints of tobacco, leather , vanilla and metal. No alcohol, though. Bitter, dry finish.
Mouthfeel is full , but not as dense as it looks.
Carbonation just about right.
A good dark , complex brew to sip on a cold Feb. evening with snow falling outside and the UCONN women beating someone's ass on the tube.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this ours out of the can like motor oil. it's so thick that it takes a a few seconds for a head to form, due to the bubbles barely being able to push through the thick liquid. this looks like it mean business.
the aroma is of burnt coffee malts, with a softer hersey syrup type. the alcohol isn't detectable at all.
the taste is filled with that same burnt coffee, creating a slightly harsh bitter burned character. as in the aroma, there is a powdery chocolate quality beneath the coffee, in greater quantity than the smell though. very subtle licorice/rootbeer type flavors become noticable when it warms. the alcohol is masked very well, the only indicator is a little warmth in the throat.
it's very full bodied and very subtly carbonated.
drinkability is fairly good, but the burnt bitterness takes it's toll. this beer would do well in a 4 or 5 oz serving after dinner type setting.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour- like motor oil...it should be called 10W-40

Appearance- darkness....to light passing through this guy....dark brown head

Smell- Roasted, smoky, chocolate

Taste- wow...hits every inch of ur tongue with malt, hops, caramel, chocolate, roasted smoked coffee

mouthfeel- sticks to your teeth, like drinking a milkshake

drinkability- great for a cold winter night

next time i need a fork and knife to drink this....awesome

im surprised to see that this beer is retired i just picked it up a few weeks ago

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Photo of unholy2
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review so bare with me. The color is a black like motor oil with a nice baige head. The head was not very tall but leaves a nice lacing in the glass.I am a fan of R.I.S style beers and this one is high on my charts.The can looks like it should be in a corner store somewhere next to the colt 45 but thats one thing I like about it. I would recommend this R.I.S to anyone

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Photo of unclecrappy
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired? Nooo!

I got my one and only four-pack two days ago at 3 Sons in Wexford -- something I had been dying to try since reading about it in BA mag a couple of months back. That kind of anticipation is often hard to equal once you finally get your hands on the beer.

I'm happy to say that in this case, Ten Fidy was as good as I had hoped -- and maybe better.

A -- darkest, thickest beer I've ever seen. Saying it pours like oil is not an exaggeration. Thin, dark brown head forms after a hard pour. And stays. And stays. And stays.

S -- maybe the only thing about this beer that's close to pedestrian. Big roasted aroma, with coffee up front and chocolate and tobacco in the background.

T -- Wow. Chocolate is bigger than the aroma would suggest, but not sweet at all. Coffee and other roasted flavors swirl around the chocolate, and there's a nice, dry, hoppy tinge at the end. What you don't get much of is the alcohol; a remarkable job of masking for a 10-percenter.

M -- Luscious. Rich. Thick. Smooth. Holy crap.

D -- Rated high, because of the exceptional complexity and off-the-hook mouthfeel. Easy to forget this beer's ABV.

OK. If you have a chance to try this, don't pass it up. And if you work for Oskar Blues: For crying out loud, tell someone to bring this back next winter, willya?

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Photo of HopDerek
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil, a thick, pitch black with about 1/2 of creamy chocolate milk colored head, good long lasting retention and great full coating lacing. Smells big of coffee and chocolate, with some hops and a hint of alcohol. Tastes like an espresso with lots of roasted malt character that gradually changes into a nice chocolate shake. A smokey and hopped finish with a slight alcohol heat. Full bodied, low in carbonation, smooth and creamy with a nice bite. One excellent RIS, big in coffee and chocolate and very thick, hides the ABV nicely. Glad the folks at Oskar Blues decided to can it this year, hope they continue to do so.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't wait to try a canned RIS. Served at just about cellar temperature, in a snifter, from yes, a can! Let's see if it lives up to the hype.

Appearance: Pours out a deep inky, spent motor oil black. Possibly the blackest I've seen. Not a single ray of light could pass through this tar colored liquid. A vigorous pour yielded about a half inch of thinnish, dark, coffee colored head. Head receded rather quickly, leaving some thin streaks of dark lace.

Smell: A bit of a faint nose on this one. Nice roasted malt aroma with some prominent chocolate notes. Maybe a little molasses or brown sugar sweetness with some underlying dark fruits and black licorice. Almost a warm, freshly baked cookie in there as well. Pretty good so far.

Taste: Wow! A bit different. Quite bitter and dry in my opinion. A little coffee, a bit of dark chocolate, and an almost oaky flavor. A little dark fruit, maybe a raisin flavor. Tons of roasted malts with a mild hop bite. Finishes pretty smooth, with a little molasses and some noticeable booze. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel. A bit dissapointed in this part of the brew. A little bit thinner than I would like but decent. Comes up just short of chewey. A moderate amount of carbonation is felt on the tongue and throat.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability despite the high ABV. Drinkability seems to get better as the beer warms. Overall pretty good, but different RIS. Lives up to the hype in my opinion.

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Photo of chefnash51
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been after this brew for awhile now.. thanks to this great site, I got the tip that a small amount was making it's way into CT... I was on the phone in a flash and was able to secure 2 four packs.

A: Oil.. Black oil as it plopped out of my can. I gave it a vigerous pour into my Chimay goblet. Large thick, dark brown head. Can't wait.

S: Dark Chocolate coffee, liquorish, alcohol comes through. Hint of hops.

T: Couldn't even wait for the head to go down a bit. Chocolate hits my tounge with a dark coffee taste. The hops are there, but where is that alcohol.

M: Feels great going down. very smooth.

D: This is the smoothest RIS I have every had. I quicky went through 2 cans... whoops.. 10%.. ohh yea, better switch to H20.
Sneaky? This is like the ninja of RIS. Tasted so good, I was almost gulping it down.
Favorite RIS to date and can't wait until this is more of a regular around here.
Look forward to finding it on tap.

@13.99 a 4 pack.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retired? Bummer I thought this was going to be an annual thing. Anyway..Jet black with a beautiful dark tan head on top. Simply a great looking beer. Deep roasted aroma. Very grainy flavored. Heavy, heavy dark chocolate. Heavy roasted and somewhat burnt taste. High level of hops in here. Very complex flavorwise. Not overly full in the mouthfeel. Quite smooth and creamy. Very dry in the finish. Almost too much at once. I cant see having a lot of this in one sitting. Great beer but in moderation for sure.

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Photo of kkipple
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the legendary Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Thanks Dave & Co.

Served in a goblet. Ten Fidy is: deep. Black. Deep black. Spotty, red-dark small head. Low retention. No complaints here.

Wait till it warms and you'll be rewarded with a rich malt-heavy nose that sports dense roasted grain, coffee, loads of cocoa, tobacco, vanilla and earth. Delicious, but subdued compared to some in the style. Alcohol is easy to pick out.

Now we're talking! Bitter coffee and burnt grain up front, followed quickly by chocolate and even more espresso. Large amounts of earthy hops shine through all the black mess; it's all very intense and in your face. Booze is noticeable. A sipper for sure. Unreal that this comes in canned form.

Carbonation is medium-hi off the keg; all quite acceptable. Mouthfeel is dense and slick, finishes roasty and earthy with a big coffee and hop bitterness.

Ten Fidy isn't awfully drinkable, but then it's a 10% Russian Stout. In a can. A can I say! Goodness. Perhaps the most intense beer to ever see the inside of an aluminum cage, Ten Fidy is something you should seek out and release. I also proclaim this the ultimate cold weather camping beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A jet black beer. Has a thick foamy dark brown head with some lace. The aroma starts with a solid grapefruit hop character with notes of licorice and chocolate in the background. A roasted malt bittersweet chocolate character covers your tongue. On the finish there is a hint of coffee just before a double snap of piney the citrusy hops wash down the back of you throat. Didn't really capture me as an imperial stout. But tasty none the less.

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Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 10,012 ratings