Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #93
Ranked #333
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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Reviews: 2,681 | Ratings: 10,132
Photo of b11
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,

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Photo of mpruden
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.

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Photo of Agemar
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!

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Photo of Viaduck
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.

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
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)

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of mishi_d
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
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.

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Photo of jkblr
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz canned 8/22/18 (5 months ago) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 10.5% ABV. The beer pours dense black with reddish mocha colored head. The head recedes to a quarter inch cap and the lacing is complete and spectacular. The aroma is earthy chocolate and roast malt. The taste is semisweet roasty, ashy, bitter chocolate with hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is full bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, outstanding. The feel is the star here with taste and appearance coming closely behind. Velvety texture and a fantastic balance of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally rating my fave RIS. Better than Expedition by a slight margin, the flavors are more complex and meld together with ease. They do well to limit the molasses from overwhelming the beer while letting the subtle flavors of vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, and hints of coffee to come to the forefront. Just perfectly balanced, zero booze, one of my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Pitch, opaque black with a large dark tan head that sticks around and leaves a good amount of lacing behind. Very good looking stout.
S - Dark chocolate and roasted malts - it's a good smell, but a little faint.
T - Loads of bitter dark chocolate followed quickly by roasted, toasted malts, hints of toffee, vanilla, and caramel
F - Full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation - creamy, smooth, thick.
O - A great imperial stout with a flavor profile that hits all the right notes, and hits them well. Nothing fancy, just a good old fashioned imperial stout - a breath of fresh air in a sea of bourbon barrel aged stouts and dessert stouts. Well done Oskar Blues.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks jet black with a 3 finger creamy mocha colored head.Nice lacing. Smells like chocolate, toffee,coffee,some ethyl. Tastes like chocolate,toffee,sweet BBQ sauce,earthy. Feels viscous and creamy in a good way. Overall this is a great example of a smooth Imperial stout.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date: Canned on 08/22/18, enjoyed on 12/10/18.

Appearance: Pours out completely black, creating a finger and a half of tan head. The lacing on the glass as I swirl is something to see.

Aroma: Dark well roasted, near charred malts, loads of green hops, roasted coffee, higher cacao percent dark chocolate, molasses, graham cracker, oak, raisin, and a little vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla, dark chocolate, and a good amount of dark fruit juice hits first, followed by malts that taste more charred than they smelled. The end is a mix of thick and rich mouth coating molasses and a lingering oak bitterness. This is somewhat reminiscent of Deschutes The Abyss in its mixture of dark fruit and oak flavors. The hops work very well here to balance out the sweet qualties much as they do in North Coast's Old Rasputin. The mouthfeel is full and coats the palate, also there is some heat here but it isn't anythin that detracts. The beer gods be praised, for we have here a highly rated malt driven near masterpiece that isn't a damn pastry stout! While I don't think it's as good as Old Rasputin of Expedition Stout, it is a great beer for those snowy afternoons when you arrive at the realization that its bone chillingly cold and there is another three months of winter to slog through.

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Photo of singletary
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep oil black with a kakai colored head. The smell is chocolate with a whiff of coffee. The taste is a bitter chocolate but smooth. I get a alcohol taste also but not as proment as expected. Overall it is good but I expected something more.

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Photo of Isalazar7
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look- Dark with tan head around 1 to 2 fingers wide.
Smell- Dark chocolate with hints of coffee.
Taste- Beast mode flavor, but still smooth going down. Tastes of bitter chocolate with roasted coffee.
Mouth feel- medium to thick.

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Photo of nbrady37
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 8/15/18. Poured into nonic pint.
Look is pitch black with a soft ten head. Nose is espresso and bitter dark chocolate. Taste is the same with extra bitter dark chocolate in the middle and a ton of roastiness and bitterness coming through in the end complimenting a nice malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and chunky. Overall a really nice thick Russian imperial stout. Teeters right on the edge of too much bitterness but ends up on the balanced side, good stuff.

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

This beer pours such a gorgeous looking black liquid with tan to light brown head due to the addition of flaked oats. Alcohol is well hidden although I am getting a slight burning sensation on the backend The dark chocolate notes are big on this beer with a little coffee & oats on the backend. It's a good RIS but I do prefer other RIS over this beer. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Azdirtmover
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Imperial Stouts.I think this is the best I have ever had.Albeit pricey,and way to strong to have more than one per sitting,this beer is what a RIS should be.Sit and sip one,enjoy life, then proceed to something weaker to finish your relaxation time with.Highly recommended!

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

glad these are around here, didn't see em last year. super roasty and chocolatey with a nice earthy balance, looks pitch black with a decent head and lacing for a big stout and covers the mouth without getting messy. glad i went ahead and bought 4

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Photo of AlT1914
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wish it was more available. The other day I drank a can straight down. Mainly it's a dark chocolate,rich coffee sipper. I don't horde much but I do store Ten FIDY

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 9/14/15; drank 11/26/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE dark khaki head (careful pouring!); strong lace.

Blackberry, fresh earth, bakers chocolate & marshmallow notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Blackberry, fresh earth & bakers chocolate flavors up front; faint oat notes on the finish.

A robust stout; one for the coldest night of the year.

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Photo of Michelleroo
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a gorgeous color! Soooooooo dark! Thick! Creamy! A beautiful head! It’s about as high an ABV as I can tolerate but it’s smooth going down. ❤️ Love

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Photo of daliandragon
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer features one of the darkest, fullest heads Ican ever remember seeing on a beer, even a stout. Notes of fig, coffee, chocolate and black cherry accompany that monster head and jet body.

There s so much going on here it is a little overwhelmng. You have your dak ruits, roasted coffee and bakerschocolate colliding with 98 IBUs of piney hoptasticness. A bit of oatmeal smooths out that mouthfeel just right. Its quite amazing that this lives up to its outsized reputation. The ultimate deep winter stout?

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