Ten Fidy by Oskar Blues

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Beer Name: Falco

Brewer: Oskar Blues, Colorado, USA (although this beer brewed in North Carolina)

Date Sampled: 14th December 2016

ABV: 10.5%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

If you did a survey asking craft beer lovers to name their favourite stouts, you wouldn't have to wait long before hearing the words Ten Fidy. This imperial stout by Oskar Blues is all over instagram and when I saw it for sale on Beer Gonzo recently there was no way that I wasn't going to place an order.

This particular can is over a year old (canned in November 2015 according to the stamp on the bottom) but due to the nature of the beer, that does not concern me.

It comes out the can thick and gloopy like crude oil, and with a heavy pour produces a large head that looks like cinder toffee. This doesn't hang around long though, leaving a dense shiny mass in the glass.

Ten Fidy has a heavy aroma, think with toasted malts with hints of vanilla.

In the mouth it is as thick as the pour suggested it would be, coating your tongue as it passes.

Ten Fidy is not subtle, with everything from the nose following through into a bold boozy mouthful that leads into a black treacle finish.

You can taste all of the 10.5% ABV (and a little bit more if I'm honest) but I love that. Ten Fidy is a cracking imperial stout that every lover of dark beers should try at least once.

Now, does anyone know where I can get hold of one of the barrel aged versions?....

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