Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours inky, sludgy, old motor oil thick and nearly black, with a dense, thoroughly brown finger of head. The luscious head recedes to a thick film after a minute or two, but leaves nice lacing. Actually extremely impressive lace retention for a stout of this size.
The nose isn't particularly powerful - subtle whiffs of dark chocolate, roasted grains, green raisins and dark fruit. I'm noticing as I type and sip that these become a little more apparent as the beer warms.
Taste is simply everything you could want from a big imperial stout. Inky and concentrated chocolate, espresso and licorice flavors. Chalky mocha, roasted barley, a touch of plum... deeply satisfying.
Rich and intriguing mouthfeel. Big and full to be sure - soft, chalky and dry one moment, then a little slick and syrupy. It's tough to pin down, but I like that.
Overall, a really well-rounded stout, deeply imbued with those bitter-sweet flavors we love. Alcohol is almost nowhere to be found. Only in a slight, lingering cool after-vapor is it maybe perceptible. Very impressive for a 10.5% brew. This one might have just dethroned Expedition as my favorite non-barrel-aged stout, and even gives BCBS a good run for its money.
Serving type: can
01-21-2014 21:34:31 | More by Mongrel
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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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