Craft Beer Review: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

oskar blues craft beer ten fidy imperial stout

I’m not a huge stout guy.

And I have not reviewed very many of them. Also, the most significant thing I know about Oscar Blues is that they were one of the first craft breweries to can with their Dale’s Pale Ale, which I’ve only had once. I don’t necessarily care if you can or you bottle but freshness and purity of product is obviously critical for a craft beer.

Ten Fidy – Imperial Stout

“This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 65 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.”

ABV: 10.5%
IBUs: 65

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.
Canned 8/30/2015, reviewed 3/25/2016.

A — Appearance: This beer pours black as a dark winter night for sure. The head is a finger of creamy tan bubbles with a very light lacing that slowly crawls down the glass. This beer commands your attention as you give it a once over. It dares you to enjoy it and rewards you if you do.

S — Smell: This is another very big beer. Right away you get hit with dark fruits, fig, cherry and plums. I definitely get some booze in there as well. Maybe some chocolate and a hint of ground coffee. I don’t typically like a presence of ground coffee so we’ll see how this goes.

T — Taste: The taste is surprisingly smooth and follows the nose. I get all of those dark fruits, raisins and the coffee is much more pronounced here. This is velvet with a pronounced sweetness. Molasses, and that hint of vanilla which I love in this style of brew. There’s a hint of earthy hoppinesss here and a bit of alcohol that surfaces at the end but I don’t mind it.

M – Its creamy, its smooth, it’s a big complex beer.

O — Overall: I had this beer about a year ago and really liked it but wasn’t sure why. It’s super complex with a lot of things going on as I mentioned. Not sure I’ve adequately captured all that’s going on with this beer but it’s certainly a very busy beer. I compare it to an Old Rasputin which I also really enjoy. If you want to enjoy an Imperial Stout, give this one a shot and you won’t be disappointed.

The business: 4.00/5

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this review and the other craft beers I’ve reviewed for Brew Studs. Feel free to reach me at jrakitin@yahoo.com

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1 Comment

  1. Dave

    May 2, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    I am a lover of Stouts and find this to consistently be one of the best out there, it is very well done and complex, smooth as glass, and overall a superior beer

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