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Thursday
Jun022011

Oskar Blues Brewery- Ten Fidy: I LOVE it in the can, and you will too! Ameri"CAN" Craft Beer Review Month - Day 2

It’s one thing to be an innovative Craft Brewery, but to be able to put, “We were canning beer before it was cool” on their repertoire is an entirely new level of awesomeness.  Yes, by now we have all heard the rants of beer enthusiasts on the pros of canning beer. In most occasions, most of these beer drinkers sneer at the “beer illiterate” when they say ignorant things like, “I don’t like cans because I taste metal.” We all know it’s just in their head, and Oskar Blues made theories like this an unpopular view, and have turned these unsupported opinions into fuel for stoking the snob fire.

Oskar Blues Brewery can say that they liked punk before it was mainstream; Minor Threat as opposed to Green Day.  They are the real deal. They believe all the theories and ideals that follow along with canned beer, and now all anyone else can do is join the parade.  Almost every craft brewery that you read about today will mention a blurb about how they will be canning beer by the end of the year. My first Oskar Blues ever was their Pale Ale, but I want to talk about the beer that stands before the rest. Like a deity demonstrating it’s power before all, while the rest look upon it and facebook how great it is to be in its presence. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy..

The stuff in the can glubs out slowly like cold maple syrup. Scary blackness fills the glass, while a nice tan head lifts above the black liquid like an erupting volcano, and engulfs the glass like a black hole. The head pops like pop rocks while lifting its skirt to reveal a lovely trimmed lace, very minimal. The first whiffs are familiar. Chocolate and Coffee.. cool, but BORING. Dig deeper and you’ll find anise, toffee, licorice, and burned toast.  Tasting it unleashes a party in your mouth, while being blasted with flavors of fresh pipe tobacco, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and rum soaked cherries. The 10.5 ABV burns the first layer of your esophagus, while warming your body in the best way strong alcohol can.  Oskar Blues Ten Fidy is an amazing example of an Imperial Stout, and the veteran beer drinker WILL NOT be disappointed. Of course, if you’re trying to get this can into the mouth of your girlfriend after she’s slammed her third Mike’s Hard Cranberry, she MAY not agree with me.  Oskar Blues has proven over and over that most people like it in the can, and that the best form of flattery is indeed, imitation.  

ABV: 10.5%

Consumed: Mini Goblet

Verdict: Buy a Case

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