Ahhh, Ten Fidy. Oskar Blues makes some really good beers, and this one is one of their most interesting! It’s the very first beer I traded for, although to be honest I didn’t quite realize how potent it was when I traded for a four pack of it!
Black as used diesel motor oil from an old caterpillar on the farm, with a great, lasting brown head and tremendous lacing.
Although it’s a bit subdued for an imperial stout, the aroma smells of sweet roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and caramel. The rising smell of alcohol seems to accent the complex aromas nicely.
Taste wise the complexity only increases. Bitter roasted malts, molasses, honey, coffee, chocolate, a touch of dark fruits (raisins?), and notable alcohol taste are rounded out by a slightly acrid bitterness from the ample hops.
The body is thick and rich, gaining complexity as it warms. Carbonation is smooth and silky. A lovely burnt, roasty, bitter malt character finishes it off and leaves a nice stouty aftertaste.
Absolutely amazing beer, and even more amazing that such a beer can be found in cans. I’m all for canning beer, BTW, and Oskar Blues does a great job with all their brews.
Hats off to Oskar Blues Ten Fidy!