Located in Longmont, Colorado Oskar Blues Brewery is one of Colorado’s foremost craft brewers. Unlike most other brewers Oskar Blue’s sells their beer only in 12 Oz cans. Oskar Blue’s is also known for Dales APA and Old Chub Scotch Ten Fidy is an American style Imperial Stout with 10.5% ABV and a heavy 98 IBU’s. I have had Ten Fidy several times before and consider it to be one of my all time favourite brews.
Pouring out a entirely black and opaque viscous mess with a thin tan head on top. The aroma is heavily roasted with robust notes with aromas of chocolate, espresso and licorice root. A light vanilla aroma also blends with the heavy roasted notes. The first sip has a small amount of sweetness from the dark chocolate and vanilla notes with a heavy espresso bean flavour. Delicious licorice notes are more subtle but add another layer of complexity. A bit of a smoky flavour comes through after the vanilla, licorice and espresso with a heavy oily mouthfeel. The finish has a heavy body with a creamy mouthfeel. The finish is quite bitter with a moderate astringency and a lingering roasted bitterness. A nice warm and alcohol heavy finish that fits well stylistically. Every time I have this beer I find new reasons why I love it so much. Ten Fidy is such a great complex and heavy Imperial Stout that is perfect for a cold winter day or really anytime.