kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011
Date: March 04, 2005
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2005
Appearance: dark amber
Aroma: strong hop aroma with lots of citrus grapefruit character
Flavor: nice sweet malt flavor well balanced with lots of hop flavor, nice mild bitter finish
Date: January 19, 2006
Appearance: dark amber with suspended yeast particals, thin cream head, lots of lace
Aroma: sweet grapefruit aroma with lots of carmel sweetness creating that targeted sugar coated grapefruit
Flavor: big carmel malt flavor with a nice dose of hops, carmel sweetness holds its own against the hops, long bitter finish
Overall: a good drinking big IPA but lost by today’s standards
Date: May 12, 2006
Source: brick store
all sweet pine, nice pepppered hops, great lace, lots and lots of pepper
Date: January 24, 2007
after a year in a cold fridge the hops fall off as expected but in their place is a great rich dark caramelized caramel sweetness that nicely offset by earthy bitterness, different but no better or worse after a year
Date: August 13, 2011
Source: tmac kennesaw
Appearance: muddy dark red, dense beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: bready and earthy aroma, hint of pine
Flavor: rich sweet caramel malt flavor, touch of breadyness, balancing hops, touch of citrus and pine, sweet pine comes out as it warms along with a touch of spicy pepper, medium bitter finish
Overall: much like the year old can, but I was thinking this was a recent batch that came to town
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a surprise this is - true quality in a can. Lovely red amber colour with a nice lasting tan head. Lots of flowery hops in the nose. Quite sweet flavour with notes of caramel breaking through the hoppiness. Smashing stuff.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unexpected greatness in a little silver can. Beautiful amber color and cream-colored head. A very drinkable strong ale and one that achieves the right balance that so many strong ales are unable to pull off.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Recieved in trade with RustyDiamond
Gordon pours with an amber body with glowing orange highlights when backlit. A creamy one finger beige head formed on the pour that fell to a half finger while leaving sheet lacing that slowly falls back into the body leaving some stragglers.
Much bigger malt backbone than I expected. Huge caramel malt, actually some of the best smelling sweetest caramel malts I can recall. Juicy brown sugar sweetened grapefruit juice. Fairly simple and straight forward but delicious.
The can says this beer is "Big. Red. Sticky." Couldn’t have been said any better. Much like the aroma the flavor has that huge sweet smooth caramel maltiness. Brown sugar sweetened grapefruit add another layer of sweetness along with a mild bittering component. I’m usually more into the hop bombs but this is a masterful cretion of maltiness.
Medium bodied with an incredible lush smoothness. Slight alcohol fumes rise on the finish. Fantastic mouthfeel.
An incredibly easy drinking high abv beer. This beer would be in constant rotation if I lived in their distrobution area.
Another great beer from Oskar Blues. I’ve tried three of their offering and everyone was great, not just good, great. Keep canning these brews, I want to try them all.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Amber colored with hoppy & aroma. hops well balanced with sweeter malts. nice beer but prefer more hop bitterness
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nice clear amber with a foamy white head. Very hoppy/floral aroma. Soft, buttery, sweet, hoppy taste. Finish of caramel with a slightly bitter end. Wonderfull beer. Best beer in a can.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dry and piny version of the strong ale. Makes this a guzzler of an ASA. Beautiful big red and sticky appearance. Love Oskar Blues, Love the can. Thanks Beerlando.
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange colour with average head. Musty, tea-ish hoparoma, something in between of citruses, grapes and nuts. Sweet malty with caramel and loaded with flavouring hops. Bit woody with rounded mouthfeel. Not as biter as the 2IPas but bitter enough. Very good, tasty beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 12oz can from my Secret Santa - thanks, Santa! Really fine looking brew, with a deep ruby-to-brown body and modest head. Amazing how much quality canned beer is out there these days. Something about the aggressive hop profile and the smooth caramel just screams Arrogant Bastard to me. And though Gordon ranks just a shade below, the comparison is largely favorable. Big props to this one.
Skyview (5706) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during Cellar’s Wine & Spirits Friday evening beer tasting in St Paul, MN. Pours a coppery orange amber brew with a decent white head that has a good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, honey, papaya and some citrusy spruce. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of smooth caramel malt and apricot flavor. Finish is slightly hoppy bitter with a fruity aftertaste. It appears that Oskar Blues has their canning system working above par.