Thursday, February 7, 2008

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout review

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial StoutFill 'er up and put in some motor oil. Today's reviewed brew comes from a local Colorado brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery of Longmont, Colorado. This brewery offers it's fine crafted brews in cans only. But before you look elsewhere dig this, all of Oskar Blues beers are canned and they prefer it that way. Watch their video on their web site and you'll know why this brewery is known for the "best craft beer in a can". (This beer was reviewed in 2008).

Of the growing canned selections they offer, I chose their Ten Fidy Imperial Stout first as I am partial to the darker brew. I had already read the hype about this craft beer in a can and decided it was time to try it. Be warned, this beer is not cheap as it came in a 4-pack and cost around $12. Wow. Even the guy at the liquor store check out said "I hope it's good for that price". Well let me tell ya - I'm not disappointed. (Update 2012: A 4-pack now runs around $15)

Appearance: This beer pours dark and I mean DARK. It's one of the darkest stouts I have ever seen. As many drinkers have reviewed, this stuff looks like motor oil yet pours out with a nice thick brown head. This head lingered quite a while and still has a nice bead to it much later in the drink.

Aroma: The aroma is one of rich chocolate malt and some coffee tones. You don't notice a big hoppy smell to it but you know that it has a fair amount of it judging from the 98 IBU rating. Oskar Blues put in an assortment of malts including: 2-row, chocolate malt, roasted barley and some flaked oats. They call it their winter warmer and I can see why. The beers was measured to have a 9.4% ABV value.

Taste and Feel: I swirled the beer in the glass to bring out the rich malty aroma. Upon first taste I was struck (WHAM) with a kick right up front. Wow. You immediately taste the chocolate malts and the alcohol kick. This is not a light weight beer by any means. It hits you and keeps on coming with flavor. The alcohol isn't overpowering but you can definitely tell it has a higher value than most beers. Certainly had a lot more kick than the Full Sail Top Sail Imperial that I tried last week.

This beer has a nice rich body to it. You can't possibly see anything through this dark brew. The beer nicely coats your tongue with flavor and has a nice dry finish to it. Seeing that this beer has some kick to it, it is not going to be one you're going to have many of in an evening as I bet that if you tried to drink the entire 4-pack that you'd get hammered.

Rating and Overall: The beer ranking sites all loved this beer. Ratebeer.com gave it a 100th percentile score and a 4.11/5 rating. BeerAdvocate gave this beer an "A" rating (4.38/5). It appears that the can did little to chase away imperial stout lovers. I like this beer simply because it is bold and gave me a "wow" affect upon the very first taste. I definitely feel a warm alcohol feeling in my body after just a half a can. As far as Imperial Stouts go, this is going to be one of my favorites for sure. I am really looking forward to having another one on an upcoming night this weekend. As for my own personal rating, while it's not my all time favorite, it's going to get a decent score from me, a 3.8 out of 5 rating.

You owe it to yourself to seek this one out and try one. It may cost a lot more than other beers, but it is worth the experience. Now if I can only get back to Longmont and the Tasty Weasel (now open) to try this on tap. I heard some of this is now aged in whiskey barrels! Yum.

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- Oskar Blues Gordon review.
- Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale review.
- Breweries of Longmont - Oskar Blues.
- Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Ale review.
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