Monday, March 11, 2013

Oskar Blues Brewery - Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

Sakes alive, it's 10.5!
Years ago, I would have never imagined finding a magnificently crafted beer inside a can. Times have changed for the better, you betcha.

I believe Oskar Blues Brewery packages their wares almost exclusively in cans. Hey, it may come in a poptop, but the stuff ain't cheap. I paid $3.99 for a single 12 oz. can of Ten Fidy. Ouch. Gratefully, the beer was well worth the price of admission.

Ten Fidy poured into my tulip glass a dark, bottomless pit black color with a creamy, mocha head. The head came up a full finger thick and dissipated slowly. A thin cap was left across the top, with spiderwebs of lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is overripe dark fruit and roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee in the background.

Taste is bitter dark chocolate, espresso and roasted malt. There's a big, booziness in the background. Mild smokiness and the flavor of dark cherries. Hops are present and provide a subtle balance for the malt. Nice.

Full mouthfeel with a creamy finish. There's a spreading alcohol warmth to this 10.5% ABV beer, but it doesn't adversely effect the complexity of flavors that are left on the palate.

Amazingly, Merry the Wonder Beagle was able to smell the aroma of this beer THROUGH THE UNOPENED CAN! She immediately started doing her "hoppy dance" as soon as I pulled the can out of the fridge. Amazing.

This is about a perfect as an Imperial Stout can get. Ten Fidy gets a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie.

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