Keeping with my recent trend, I’ve decided to keep experimenting with stouts as I’m committed to trying a wide range of them. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been a fan of other beers that Oskar Blues brews. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, is a Russian style Imperial Stout. It is 10.5% ABV and is brewed in Brevard, North Carolina. Oskar Blues was actually originally located in Longmont, Colorado but in 2013 they opened up a second brewing facility in North Carolina where they offer tours and have a taproom as well brew all beers Oskar Blues is known for.
Ten Fidy is shipped in a can as opposed to a bottle, that is what most people are used to. Oskar Blues ships all their beers in cans and I’m sure it gets over looked as a brewer by many because of it. It’s a common misconception by many who aren’t aware of the positives a can offers. Plenty of people think beers shipped in a can aren’t as fresh or that it taste like metal because it’s contained in aluminum. Thats not the case. Cans actually prevent ultra-violet light from hitting the beer and keeping the beer tasting as fresh as possible for longer since cans they aren’t translucent. Cans have made a comeback in the beer world and for good reason. Same amount of beer as a bottle, less weight, cools better and is cheaper to produce.
Ten Fidy has some serious power and flavor. The flavors I got most consistently were chocolate, toffee, malt, barley, a coffee after taste and hints of vanilla. It was rich with good texture and packs a punch. Ten Fidy poured pitch black with a beautiful tannish-brown head. I poured it into both a pint and snifter glass on different occasions. I would probably try to drink this kind of beer out of a snifter if I had the glassware for it. Being a beer with a higher ABV this is a nice sipper. Doesn’t hurt that you’ll want to sit back and savor the rich flavors.
The aroma of the beer was interesting to say the least. It wasn’t bad or pungent by any means, but I felt like it almost didn’t fit the taste of the beer (maybe i got a hold of an older batch). I got very subtle notes of chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla and malt, but for some odd reason had a smell of green olives, it was bizarre. It didn’t ruin the flavor for me or the experience of the brew, but it did throw me off a bit while I was trying to uncover the other scents the beer had.
I can add another stout to my list of beers that I enjoy and I’m actually starting to crave them more and more as I try the ones I like. My stout list is starting to grow and with it my palate for the tastes and ingredients used to make them. I wouldn’t hand this beer to someone who just likes a Guinness or run of the mill stout, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for something full of flavor, can handle the ABV, enjoys the complexity of flavors and likes stouts. As long as the slightly off smell doesn’t bother you, which i don’t think will once you start drinking, I think you’ll love Ten Fidy. I’m still very new to stouts, but I feel this is one of the best I’ve had yet!