dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 12 oz. CANs courtesy of foureyedgeek, shared with Exec Board. Pours viscous black with a dark tan head, foamy with little lacing. Nose os roast, anise, cinnamon, dark fruit, plum and raisin. Taste of roast, toffee and coffee, bitter and fruity raisin and plum. Wow this is bittered well. Thick and viscous, sticky and cloying mouthfeel. This was just a fantastic brew to end a night of tasting. And I canít believe itís in a can. Freakiní awesome. Big on flavor. Just tasty. Thankís Eli.
london1o1 (14) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours like motor oil. Beautiful, delicious motor oil. Coated my tongue and the inside of my mouth like some sort of evil amoebic creature from a sci-fi horror flick. And then I blacked out. When I woke up, I knew what great stouts are meant to taste like.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured from a 12oz. can into a Sam Adams Beer glass
A: This beer is insanely dark, almost jet black, and absolutely no light has a chance of penetrating it in the glass. A gorgeous dark brown, creamy head rises the height of 2 fingers and leaves behind an ample amount of spider-web sticky lacing.
S: Smells are all of the sweet variety: sweetbread, milk chocolate, cocoa, and dark breads & grains dominate.
T/M: A sharp hop bite up front, and then all the dark flavors take over. Beer develops into rich, roasted char & a very chocolatey body. Sweet, dark fruits - mostly cherry - make their presence known as the beer warms. And then an intensely bitter charcoal finish, almost ashy, creeps up on you, delivering a very noticeable alcohol warming on the backside. Feels slick & oily, coating the tongue with ease, until a minor aspirin dryness finishes things off.
D: Given the 10% ABV & the massive charred finish, itís not as drinkable as other monster stouts, yet itís still an amazing representation of style and well worth seeking out.
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Opaque black body with dark tan, frothy, lasting head. The aroma is malty with lots of roasted grain, coffee, sweet molasses, cherries and chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Moderate acidity, too. Medium to full body and a velvety texture that is softly carbonated. Some chalkiness in the finish along with lasting bitterness. Warming alcohol and dryness, too. A big beer that is very tasty and deep. Thanks Jeff.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by thebeercellar at the footsex gathering. It does pour like motor oil and whatís cool is itís coming from a can. Black with a small bronw head. Nose has the usual suspects: chocolate, smoke, hops, roasted malt, coffee. Flavor follows suit and is very welll balanced and rich. A tasty treat. Big thanks to Matt for sharing several cans on with everyone friday night and then "trading" me a can the next morning.
CapFlu (4818) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Can) Sampled at Ciderwinder 5 in Victoria. Courtesy of Oakes. Pours a small brown head atop an opaque body. Great coffee nose. Somewhat one dimensional. Very big hit of coffee grounds as this beer passes oneís lips - than melding into a semi-sweet cocoa powder and hot alcohol burn. Very delicious.
drjay44 (2996) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much to my surprise and delight I was able to identify this as an Oskar by smell and knowing it was from here in Colorado. Great heavy mouthfeel and the IBU is well hidden. I donít get the ice cream like quality, but do appreciate the coffee, chocolate characteristics. This is good stuff.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can. Can opens with no hiss of carbonation - looks and sounds like opening a can of cold coffee. Even poured vigorously, the head is thin. The head, a deep tan/caramel color, leaves lots of suds and lace on the glass and quickly fades into a thin ring that has pockets, or spots, reminiscent of the lunar surface, covered in craters. The beer itself is jet black and opaque. The aroma is extremely rich and roasty - like smelling fresh espresso beans. There is also a vinous quality in the aroma - chewy with subtle, dark fruit and dark, bitter chocolate. The flavor starts with a thick coating of burnt coffee flavors, accompanied by a delicious blast of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit (black cherry), and bitter hops. There is also a touch of bitterness from ethanol, but it is far from harsh. The flavors are wonderfully complementary - smooth and delicious (which makes it a dangerously drinkable beer). The middle of the flavor picks up more sweet malt, dark and dry cocoa powder, and fruity esters. The finish is dry and roasty with a firm hop bitterness. There is a bit of alcohol in the finish too that makes itself known more prominently in the bitter, yet quite enjoyable and roasty, after-taste. The mouthfeel is full in body - and velvety and creamy, too. The carbonation level is low - just enough to give the body a tickle of liveliness at the front of the palate. Overall, this is a magnificent beer.
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer looks amazing. My goodness! This beer poured like motor oil, and when I say motor oil it looked exactly like it! The appearance is amazing. The chocolate head is lovely. I have not seen a better looking Imperial Stout. The aroma is equally lovely. A hugh amount of coffee, wood, and smoke coming from this thing. I wish it were colder in Georgia so this thing could warm me right up. This beer is quite impressive. I have long awaited its arrival. The beer is quite rich. It is, as the description says like drinking a milkshake. I just tried a barley wine that was smooth, but this is more smooth hands down. Ah, the beer just tastes perfect. The IBUs are hidden. There is not an alcohol burn, or a bitterness that is annoying. It allows me to focus on the chocolate, coffee, and wood. This beer is missing one thing. A sweet aspect. Other than that, this is my favorite beer of all time. I could drink this all day everyday. The fact that it is so smooth, and not so bitter just allows the flavors to sit on my tongue and actually enjoy the taste of this beer. Great job Oskar Blues.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Thanks to Captain Cougar for this can. Pours black with thick brown head and nice lacing. Very nice roasty aroma with subtle hints of espresso. Big malty backbone with lots of coffee, roast, hops and a little chocolate on the finish!