Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Finally got to try this on tap @Papago Brewing in Scottsdale AZ.
Beer is a deep dark thick creamy black with a wonderful looking burnt brown head. Aroma of roasted Barley, Burnt Coffee, chocolate. Has a really nice thick yet oily mouthfeel. Taste is bittersweet with hints of coffee, chocolate, maybe a touch of brown sugar. Comes across as being neither sweet nor bitter, but instead perfectly balanced and hides the alcohol very well. Yum! Very well done Oskar Blues. One of my Top 5 favorite Impy Stouts.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #300. Jet black body with a small ring of brown bubbles at the edge. A film of bubbles clings to the glass when it is tipped. Aroma has a dark roast and some ash to it along with chocolate and a lactic sourness in the background. Flavor is chocolate leading to toffee and caramel, with some light smoke.
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, shared @ jbrusís place. Pitchblack and opague. Aroma has dark chocolate and coffee. Loads of roasted malt and mocha in the flavor. Oily hopbitter aftertaste. Could use just a bit more body. Some aluminium in the aftertaste.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 on tap @ papago... finally! it pours as black and viscous as everyone said it would. itís topped with a very creamy fluffy brown head. light lacing is formed and a film sticks around until the end. smells a bit like maple cured smoked bacon... dark roasty grain, chocolate, maple and mild sweetness. the flavor is surprisingly NOT sweet! it combines all the qualities i like and has none of the ones i despise. itís nice and ashy with some smokiness, scalded cream, coffee, a mild sourness in the finish and all around robusto. nice smooth mouth feel and creamy texture. brutally parching aftertaste from the huge dose of hops...7/5/9/4/18=4.3
nothing like swigginí this beauty straight from the can! aroma is amped... coffee, cotton candy, roasted malts, chocolate and berries. the palate is a bit sweeter than it was on tap but it still has a serious dry ashy finish. i noticed that the hops have dramatically faded which allowed a fruity nuance to come through. 8/5/9/4/18=4.4
seriously like drinking ashy heavy cream... so rich and smooth. hoppiness has faded but is still present. very well rounded and smooth... the edginess has mellowed ...
Arayaga2 (1901) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 Brown-black like a chocolate syrup with a light brown head that fades to nothing rather quickly. Roasty sweet aroma with chocolate notes.Taste is intense lingering roasty bittersweetness that is roughly comparable to bakerís chocolate. Carbonation is somewhat underwhelming on the palate, and the can opened with a rather weak can-of-juice ípop,í so Iím not sure if this is by design or flaw. Quite good, but a little rough on the bitterness in the aftertaste. Love the fact that it comes from a can. $3.50/12 oz
douglas88 (7181) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2012 Can thanks to jrob_21. Wait...did Jonathan switch a beer with a old oil can? Pours a deep black with a thin head. The aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, and tires. The taste is light fruit, a bunch of oily sludge, some sugar and chocolate, and a nice bitterness. Really smooth, like silk almost. This is a great drink, the best thing to come out of a can since it was created perhaps. Nice. Had a full 09-2012 vertical at the brewpub. The older versions were viscous beasts: amazing oil can and dark fruit.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absorbingly sweet and chocolatey up front, thrashingly bitter in the back. Smooth up front, but becoming more and more jagged as you pass it to the back of your mouth to swallow. I want to say big hop flavor is there too, but really itís just bitter as all hell. I donít mind bitterness, but i at least want hop flavor to go along with it. Alcohol peeks its head out now and again, but never assertively. big chewy palate, really sits heavily on the tongue. Even with the massive bitterness, on par with devil dancer and old crustacean, there is nothing unappealing about this beer to me. Itís got nice flavors and while the balance does not come in the form of a compromise, rather the big sweetness precedes the enormous bitterness, it is a balanced beer. Honestly, Oskar Blues is best when the beers are smaller. This and Gordon are the weaker beers in their portfolio. Still, this is enjoyable and above all just a huge beer. What it lacks in nuance it makes up for in aggressiveness. I think the thing I like most about it is that itís different. there arenít a lot of beers out there that are this ballsy.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can@Home. Espresso aroma. Black, brown head, good lace, oily. Light sweet, bitter, coffee. Full, oily, roasted dry mouthfeel. Very nice and flavorful but lacks a real complexity.
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 1500, can from jrob_21 - thanks, Jonathan! Huge chocolate nose with some nice ruddy bg fruit, some mocha, and some dusty yeast. Room-filling aroma is really [too] heavy, dense. Appropriately, motor oil black pour, pitch with a gorgeous, spoonably rocky dark brown head. Yes, this may be the blackest beer around, and itís facing stiff competition - still, this is ridiculous. Very robust taste, some alcohol leaking into the bonanza of dark chocolate and faint mocha. Muddied hop presence there toward the back row. Some good espresso notes, though! A creamy, smooth feel with a pleasantly warming end. Full bodied and big, but not roasty at all and not as bitter as a lot of other stouts, impy or not [including Herculeís, which I had earlier in the day and enjoyed much more]. Finishes very dry with some enjoyable hop prickling, and just a touch of exotic hop flavor, in the range of FFFís Black Sun but not nearly as pronounced. Some smooth, non-oily oatey notes and gobs of gourmet chocolate; Iíd love to have a few six packs of this, but when judging it against the best in the land, this is missing the unifying whole.
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oskar Blues Ten FIDY is excellent. Love that it comes in a can. You never expect to find a stout that strong coming from a can. great