Ten FIDY (Whiskey Barrel) - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ten FIDY (Whiskey Barrel)
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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 194
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 12-27-2008)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely pitch black with an 1/8" of persistant dark tan head. Coated the glass with a super thick layer but couldn't hold on to form any lacing. The beer is so thick that the head that formed on the side of the glass took about 2 minutes to reach the surface. It formed this "reverse-Guiness" effect as it rose.

Strong bourbon and alcohol in the nose. Milk chocolate, toffee and a touch of caramel sweetness. When I had the original I thought the nose was weak, again I think so, but there is a strong bourbon aspect to bump it up a bit.

Lots of bourbon again initially. THen dark chocolate and toffee. Alcohol notes after the swallow. Not overly toasted, but lots of malts. I agree with the malt ball candy taste I've heard describe this beer before, but now with bourbon.

Creamy thick, oily and slick on the tongue. Superb really. Flavor sticks but washes away soon after.

This is a definate sipper. Its a high-quality bourbon stout but the strong alcohol notes make this one hard to drink after a while. If I had this one again it'd need to be a cold night and I'd need about two hours to work on it. A great beer though and a must try.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this hand bottle.

The beer pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma is roasted malt and whiskey but I also get something that resembles trash. (It is not necessarily bad, but that is what it reminded me of. It smelled like Mikkeller Black Hole.) The flavor has a slight whiskey oak character with some roasted malt and alcohol. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I don't like it near as much as regular Ten Fidy.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz CBX filled Bomber into a Founders Balloon Tulip.

Pours pitch black with a thin foamy persistent head.

Nose is dark roast, wood, vanilla, and bourbon. Pleasant mesh of flavors here.

Taste is big on roast and wood, the vanilla lingers in the background, and the bourbon sits way in the background. Long woodsy finish. As it warms, the bourbon becomes more integrated into the beer. Wonderful.

Silky smooth, if a little light for the style.

Drinks very well, glad to have been able to save this one for my bday. Kudos to CBX for the effort of bottling it.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours completely black with just a few large brown bubbles on top. The bartender moved the glass down as far as possible but still no head. The top of the beer is very oily-looking and there's not a whole lot of lacing here.

Smells mostly of whiskey at first, then as it warms roasted malt and chocolate aromas shine through a bit more.

Tastes very good. The whiskey isn't as pronounced in the taste as it is in the smell. Roasted malt, chocolate, and whiskey all blend together very well. As the beer warms the chocolate flavors take over slightly. Bitterness is solid throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. Very thick with just enough carbonation so that it's not flat-tasting. Smooth.

Drinkability is good. The whiskey aroma draws me in, and the flavors keep me wanting more. Beers like this make me upset we can't fill growlers.

Overall I prefer this just slightly to regular Ten FIDY, but I'll take either of them any day of the week. Give this one a try if you see it around.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Tasty Weasel, Oskar Blues' new tasting room in Longmont, CO.

Labeled "Oakbarrel Fidy" on the chalkboard, after ordering I inquired more about the beer. The oak barrel is actually a used whiskey barrel from Stranahan in Colorado. Technically, it's not bourbon at all because it wasn't made in Kentucky but that's another website...

It has the same inky black color and thickness as the canned Ten Fidy. The pint glass is filled almost to the top with no head to speak of other than a thin creamy layer that struggles to cover the top of the beer. Even swirling the beer doesn't bring much to the surface.

Aroma is sweet with dark malts and whiskey. Hops are evident but it's the oak that stands out the most.

Taste is also sweet and has a nice whiskey quality to it that isn't at all overwhelming. Sometimes these whishkey barrel beers are over the top but this one is done just right. I actually get more from the oak in the taste of vanilla than I do from the whiskey. There's a slight smokey flavor possibly from the charred barrel. Some roasted coffee and chocolate rounds it out. It's really nicely balanced but also very strong.

Mouthfeel is dominated by thick full bodied richness and a perfect silky texture. There's almost no carbonation which just makes it so damn smooth. I could drink this all night but then I don't know how I'd make it home. Maybe next time I'll bring a growler.

Another great beer from Oskar Blues. Perhaps, instead of bombers, they could can this stuff in tall boys.

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Big bourbon aroma and taste blending with IS, enjoyed at Coles Rare beerfest. Lovely, yet felt natural carbonation. Dark colour, very drinkable. Extreme on the whiskey and you must appreciate it to get through it. Worth seeking out. Black gold, a sipper.

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Makers Mark barrels

As far as a barrel aged RIS goes, the barrel notes were rather low to me - bourbon is not extremely abundant and only a bit of wood and vanilla sneaks through. I think ten-fidy is just such a massive and sweet beer in the first place, that its hard to penetrate. Still - a tasty stout but not worth the increased pricetag over the basebeer in my opinion

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Ten FIDY (Whiskey Barrel) from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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