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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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Oskar Blues Brewery- Ten Fidy: An Imperial Thanks To Adam

Strange story, a few months back we got a new guy transfer in from our office in Connecticut (the company I work for that is).  Typically we have a morning meeting every Monday and one Monday the new guy showed up.  My manager introduced him and said, “Adam, Jason is a big beer guy, he even has a website.”  Adam replied, “Which one?”  I stated that I founded www.thegreatestbeerofalltime and his reply was, “oh yeah, I follow you guys on Facebook.”  I was dumbfounded.  How did this guy from Connecticut find out about us?  I was really stoked, I later found out that he originates from the Chicagoland area and Adam and I have become quick beer friends.  I bring you to the present, a few weekends ago Adam was making a trip up to Wisconsin and asked me if I wanted him to pick me up anything and my first answer was, “Ten Fidy.”  He said no problem and I ended up trading a six pack of Bell’s Hopslam for the hefty 4 pack of Oskar Blues Brewery's Ten Fidy.  Now having been to Oskar Blues Brewery back in September it would be hard to believe that I have never had Ten Fidy but I haven’t.  Now thanks to Adam, I get to enjoy this much talked about Imperial Stout.  Master Steve claims that Ten Fidy is black gold; I’m going to see if I agree or if Steve got drunk and ended up not knowing it was fool’s gold all along.  Ten Fidy is poured and ready. 

Oskar Blues Brewery classifies this brew as an Imperial Stout and their website describes Ten Fidy as, “Ten FIDY Imperial Stout – This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt.  Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) 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.”

Ten Fidy pours a 10W30 oil black with a 1” dark brown head.  The aroma is roasted malts up front with smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, cream and fruit.  Ten Fidy is 10.5% ABV.

One of my favorite things about Oskar Blues is that they deliver their brews in cans and I love cans.  The Ten Fidy can is especially cool as it is straight up black on aluminum in appearance and really grabs your attention.  The can has a variety of quips on it from, “Half-Baked. Fully Roasted Ale”, “this dog’ll hunt.” and “Cross-eyed.  Cyclopean.  Cancupiscent.”  Now enough about cans.  Ten Fidy is just as awesome as Steve had said and now I completely understand the hype and praise heaped upon it.  Ten Fidy is roasty, creamy, chocolaty and has a slight alcohol bite to it.  The flavor is unlike any other Imperial Stout I have ever had and can only be explained as heavenly.  I would be really interested in seeing how well Ten Fidy ages as I can only imagine that it would lessen that slight alcohol bite and would make it perfect in my book.  Ten Fidy is very deceptive in taste however, it’s drink more like a 7% ABV beer and a lot less like a 10.5% brew.  I could see knocking back quite a few before I realized that the beer’s name is not Fen Tidy and I’m 30 seconds from passing out.  Ten Fidy is now on my unofficial “top ten” Imperial Stouts list to try!

ABV: 10.5%

Consumed: Nonic Pint Glass

Verdict: Buy a Case

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Oskar Blues Brewery- Ten Fidy: Black Gold

When I was a kid I watched a bunch of black & white TV from the 60s & 70’s like Lost in Space, The Honeymooners, The Munsters, and of course The Beverly Hillbillies. I’ll never forget “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” which was the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies.  Especially the part that went, “…And up through the ground came a bubbling crude (Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea)”. That whole idea of black gold fits in perfectly with Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues Brewery.

Ten Fidy is a Russian Imperial stout with  a gorgeous deep brown head and a light carbonation that fits like a glove inside a beer which is black as night. It smells malty and roasty and it tastes like velvety chocolate with notes of fig, coffee, and vanilla.

It was during a beer tasting at Finnegan’s that I was given this tasty treat. I am lucky enough to have friends like Kevin & Shannon who brought this beer here to Illinois from Colorado and had enough after the tasting for me.

I’m starting to feel as though I am on a streak of naming my favorite beers in specific styles and maybe I am, but Ten Fidy has got to be my favorite Russian Imperial Stout. With every successive sip I cannot wait to take another.  It’s not because of some stupid Budweiser drinkability reason where the dryness leaves your mouth wanting something wet to cure the dryness which just begets more dryness.  The reason I want more in this case is because it just tastes so damn good.  It’s sort of like when you are pretty stuffed from eating too much of a really good pizza, but you still go for another piece because it tastes so damn good.

So thank you Kevin & Shannon for bringing me the best black gold that I have ever had!

ABV: 10.5%

Consumed: Mother Earth Globe Glass

Verdict: Buy a Keg

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