Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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Reviews by krustster:
4.64/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a thick black with a preposterously huge, sticky, super-persistent dark brown head. When I say a huge head, I mean I poured this into a giant snifter and the head almost reached the top (when usually there's a few inches of space even on the foamiest brews). After a minute it faded to a manageable level that looks incredibly creamy and thick. The lacing is so thick and heavy that it actually seems to be drying in place on the glass like paint. People always describe imperial stouts as being "like used motor oil" but this may very well be the most apt example of that term that I've seen. No light shines through, even at the very edges, and it slops around like a glass of wood varnish. Incredible density and viscosity.
Smell is actually a little odd and not as exciting as the look. I get a large serving of fresh, almost vegetal coffee, with a bit of "roast" and not a whole lot else. It's kind of odd that there's such a coffee smell; as far as I know this doesn't actually have any coffee in it. Maybe a trace of alcohol in the nose but it's almost all coffee to me.
Taste: uuaauuhh god man. Weirdly, this beer tastes more like how it looks than how it smells, if that makes sense. There's a touch of coffee in the taste, but the appearance, to me, hinted at a sweeter and more roasted flavor. That's what comes through here. It's not quite as sweet as Mystery Stout but there's a huge sweetness almost like molasses. Following that is a blast of roasted malt tapes, massive dark chocolate, really almost milk chocolate considering how low the bitterness is, and that hard-to-quantify "flaked oat" taste backing it up. The finish is lengthy and thick with coffee. It's easy to see why this is considered a classic of the style. The variety of flavors is standard, but each one stands out and they almost come in stages: first molasses, then malt, then chocolate, then black coffee. Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention over the years, but this is the first beer where I've actually noticed a distinct progression of flavors, one after the other. The finish goes on for ages. Even as I'm writing this sentence, it's been minutes since my last sip and I'm still noticing new elements as it fades. Amazing!
Mouth feel: oily, syrupy, coats your mouth and throat almost like pepto-bismol (though the taste is far different). Incredibly viscous. It actually leaves a feeling in my mouth and throat like--and I know this is going to sound gross but I mean it in a positive way--drinking whole milk and/or having a bad cold. It just leaves that thick, borderline disturbing mucus-y feeling in the back of your throat. Maybe I'm out of line, but I love it in the right context. And of course, the right context is drinking a massive, oily beer. Finally, there's just a hint of alcohol burn that seals the deal perfectly. It never overstays its welcome, but you also never forget that you're blasting a 10.5% imperial stout. It's a beer to be respected.
Overall, the number of reviews and overall score for this beer should tell you all you need to know. It took me a long time to get around to it, mainly because it's not available where I live (I ordered it online in accordance with a free shipping deal) but now that I have it, I feel like one of the missing puzzle pieces in my life has fallen into place. This is an absolute benchmark of the style. The flavors and textures are so powerful, so in-your-face, yet so expertly layered... it's near perfect. If a bourbon barreled version of this exists... its power... I don't even want to think about it.
Serving type: can
01-01-2014 04:43:53 | More by krustster
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4.76/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Ten Fidy is possible the best imperial stout. Black darkness that is like motor oil. Pours with very little head. So smooth, hints of vanilla blended with a dark chocolate coffee finish. Doesn't taste like a 10.5%, what is tastes like is heaven. It will sneak up on you!
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 19:53:53 | More by paskinsj
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 6,760 ratings.