Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel AgedTen FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged through four seasons and from a blend of the top Bourbons around, this Ten Fidy has morphed into a monster of cranked up flavor. Espresso, burnt sugar, rich chocolate, caramel notes are now driving alongside the vanilla, oak, bourbon from the barrel and been smoothed out during maturation. Even at 12.9% (75 IBUs) it is cool and drinkable, letting each sip add more and more complexity.

Added by DrMindbender on 09-06-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#213
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
1,944
pDev:
6.04%
 
 
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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date: Canned on 11/07/18, tried on 12/17/18.

Appearance: Another stout that pours out in total darkness, it looks great but if you've seen Expedition Stout or Even More Jesus then you know what you're in for. It also features a minimal dark mocha one finger of head.

Aroma: Assorted roasted malts ranging from rich to roasted give off a good deal of dark chocolate aromas, a there is nice bourbon aroma that never overtakes the beer. Additionally there are notes of vanilla and milk, but it isn't as if lactose has been added.

Taste: The bourbon hits harder on the taste than it did on the aroma and brings a not an insignificant level of oak barrel with it. On the front the malts take center stage and are accented well by chocolate and bourbon, that aforementioned milk quality is here also which creates somewhat of a dessert feel without going full tilt. That milk like quality translates to the texture as well because this one is extremely smooth. Don't misunderstand, this isn't some overly sweet B.S. Pastry stout, there are plenty of IBUs here to balance this monster out. The point I'm laboring toward is that this iteration of Ten Fidy is very well balanced between sweet, bitter, bourbon, and chocolate, and roast. As it warms up, the barrel character comes out a tad more and some alcohol heat rears its head, but not in any unpleasent or distracting way. At $13 for a 19.2oz can, you can grab several with confidence.

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Photo of Benji88
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobhits
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge head, shocker?

I get chocolate malt and vanilla on the nose. Not much else.

Rich vanilla, more vanilla, chocolate, light barrel, light bourbon. Second taste and I get a lot of bourbon, that sugary bourbon ball like character I get sometimes with these stouts.

This doesn't come off as big and instense as I expected as Ten fidy is huge and I assumed bourbon would thicken it. Instead it almost thinned it with more alcohol. It isn't a bad thing, this is still a huge beer.

I'm a bit let down by this given just how much in my head I hyped what it could be. Backing away from the disappointment, it's outstanding beer. This was like 12 bucks for a weirdly sized I believe 19.3 oz can. Absolutely worth the price.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the growler via Cappy's in Loveland via the little Lady's daughters beau---cheers Jamie!

This beast pours a rich and muddled brownish black with a nice head of tan foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin light pool, and displays some nice light lacing. Nose of bourbon
booze, dark chocolate, toffee, oak, vanilla, and char. Flavors exceed the nose which compared
to the standard is muted. Bourbon and oak take to the fore with chocolate heavy fudge and
earthy char over a light layer of vanilla and mild coffee. Raisin and date notes show more
influence with warmth as does a light pine hop note. Very nice mouth feel; full body, smooth,
slick, coating, warming, low carbonation, and a rich bourbon and chocolate heavy finish.

in conclusion, this is a beast, but at 60 plus a growler it is overly priced, excellent, but
way too much of a price point....and don't give me that one glass and that is
all you get crap at the brewery or the beverage dispenser....to savor is to
go back a few times thank you!

Cheers

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Photo of Fubudu187
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MykeJ
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HellsRanger
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a superb brew to me...but again I am partial to Oskar and Ten Fidy. This being said it pours an intense rich dark 20w50 motor oil with full body dark tan foam that turns to a fine ring and light lacing.
The aroma is music to the nose with nice accents of coffee, chocolate, cherry and oak smoke...with slight bourbon and more, that makes a fabulous adventure for the old factory.
As for the taste it follows the nose with more intense coffee, chocolate, and the bourbon with smoke coming thru nicely at the end.
The feel is enjoyable, but seems to have a little dryness coming from the oak smoke and bourbon, but still stays smooth and a belly warmer for sure with the ABV being nicely incorporated in.
All in all...a beer for the ages and this time of year. Enjoy and savor every drop.

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Photo of grapeshops
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of micada
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Scored a few 2018 stovepipes, so had to try one. I’ve been cellaring one 2017, but didn’t want to crack it lest I never find another. Poured hard room temp to a tulip glass. Color is black, dirty, oily. Big brown bubbly head that fades to a thin ring. Heavy lacing. Nose is ten fidy malty coffee chocolate, with a zing of bourbon. First sips are all ten fidy base, with a front of nondescript bourbon. Lots of barrel wood in the flavor...lots. Pretty solid RIS, though way less refined than the Parabola I just had earlier. It’s a ruffian, suited for a super cold snowy day on the deck. Alcohol hides well, but gives a slight kick on the back. Mouthfeel is viscous with a heavy oak wood linger. The amount of bourbon kick is minimal, but noticeable. At $12 a can, i don’t think it’s significantly better than the base ten fidy, but it was a nice find and a good drink. I’m sure it will age well. I think it’s time to start rating stouts as subcategories, e.g., bourbon focus, coffee focus, chocolate focus...they’re all good, but Parabola and BA Expedition stout against ten fidy and DFH WWS just don’t make sense any more, now that I have more tastes on my tongue. Beer rating problems!

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Photo of Chad473
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really solid. Seems lighter on the bourbon this year, but maybe it's just my memory.

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Photo of ER527
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled across this and thought I'd give it a go. Pours black with brown and garnet highlight and a very dark head. Pretty thick pour but a surprisingly large amount of carbonation. I had to pour rather slowly to keep it tamed down.
Aroma was not over powering or rich. Can pick up the wood and bourbon and then some richness from the base IPA, but really overall a rather held back aroma. Also there is something aged or old about the aroma that I do not enjoy.
I might be drinking this too fresh and too sharp for my tastes (canned 11/8, so less than I month old). However, this is more of what I expected. Quite rich with the wood bigger than the bourbon, at least to start. Good solid RIS foundation with rich fruit and apparent but not excessive roast. Sort of a mix between coffee and chocolate.
As it warms and opens up the barrel and bourbon really play in the background. There is a unique wood dryness on the finish but it become a solid RIS with subtle features of the BA.
Not a real heavy feel but a nice soft richness with a hint of slickness. Nice feel.
I like this. Probably not worth the price for a since large can. Not that different from the non-BA Ten FIDY.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMC43
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlee0810
2.86/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of martinimike82
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonHj
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Continues the Oskar Blues run of great Ten Fidy barrel aged series. Heavy, thick, boozy imperial stout. Best if allowed to warm a bit from the frig to allow all the flavor nuances to develop.

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Photo of gspirit
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KMcGrath
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KRG
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mike22ne
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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