Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

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.

Grade: 93/100

2 comments

  1. West Coast Beer Geek · January 15, 2015

    This is such a good Imperial Stout, love the fact that it’s in 12 oz cans so you can enjoy it on weekday 🙂

  2. mikescraftbeer · January 22, 2015

    For the most part you are correct about the 12oz cans being the only way they sell their beer but that is only true outside their brewery. If you were to go to the brewery you could get a Crowler filled. They pioneered the Crowler and own rights to it and sell to other breweries.

    http://www.oskarblues.com/crowler/

    About the Ten Fiddy you are absolutely correct though as it is epic!

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