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

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Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel AgedTen FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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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

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Ranking:
#193
Reviews:
374
Ratings:
1,935
pDev:
6.03%
 
 
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Photo of micada
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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%
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 -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMC43
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlee0810
2.86/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of martinimike82
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonHj
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KMcGrath
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KRG
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mike22ne
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T-RO
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matt141
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justinbshelton
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11/4/16 drank 11/23/18 - OVERALL 4.25
A: pours pitch black with a massive, deep cinnamon head. good retention and lacing. particularly good given the ABV. 5
S: dark chocolate, light espresso, char, subtle soft bourbon, a touch of alcohol.
T: barrel character seems to have faded. dark roasted chocolate, plum, light espresso, char, a touchy of oaky vanilla, subtle bourbon, a touch of alcohol heat.. 4.25...probably waited too long on this one. has aged nicely - didn't turn into soy sauce - but will drink quicker in the future when barrel character should be more prominent. warming alcohol presence.
M: smooth, creamy lingering chocolate, roasted malt, light oaky vanilla. 5
O: great beer, but again, probably drank too late. 4.25

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a tiny tan colored head. The head fades almost instantaneously to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – Oh man!! This one brew is heavy of a bourbon and roasty smell with the roasty aromas being heavy of toast, char, and a whole lot of toasted malt. Along with these smells come some very sweet smells of caramel and molasses, as well as a decent showing of dark fruits of raisin, prune, and plum. With a little bit of crème and a rather decent showing of vanilla and oak, one is left with a rich and sweet boozy aroma overall.
Taste – From the start the taste is very dark and roasty with tons of roasted and toasted malt flavors, as well as a bit of cocoa and very light coffee. There flavors are very much the backbone taste of the brew and persist throughout the entire profile. While the dark and roasty are very consistent, other flavors throughout the profile change quite a bit. At the start the flavor is not all that sweet, but over time develops quite a bit of sweetness due to tons of molasses and brown sugar coming to the tongue. There is also a little bit of light caramel and dark fruit that join the taste profile. Along with the increase in sweet, comes a good deal of boozy bourbon flavor as well as some hint of vanilla and herb. Upfront in the taste is a moderate oaky and woody flavor, which seem to in contrast to the sweet, and fade over time. In the end, with the increase in sweet and booze and the light decrease in oak and herb, one is left with a rather robust, warming, and moderately sweet, stout flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is quite low. The feel is what one should expect for a stout of 12.9 % abv. and with the boozy taste, and the nice blend of sweet and alcohol, it is a very nice feel to keep this one rich and robust, and most importantly.. A slow sipper.
Overall – Very big and robust. This one is rather sweet and boozy, even though it hides it at first. The flavors are rich and smooth and make for one nice dessert style and very enjoyable brew overall. Quite well done.

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Photo of Brew-Knows
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
3.81/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can purchased at Total Wine in Sarasota (Siesta Key). Canned in Oct 2018.

Pour: deep black with small tan head. Quickly dissipated into slight clouds and a thin ring. Small amounts of bubble lacing.

Nose: bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak.

Taste: bitter dark chocolate, bourbon, lots of it, some dark fruit. Hint of vanilla sweetness, licorice, but bitterness and Bourbon dominate throughout. Liked it better as it warmed a bit.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, thinner than I expected. Relatively clean finish.

Overall: a little harsh and heavy on the bourbon for me. But, worth a try as YMMV. I would like to see how it ages but probably won’t buy again otherwise.

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Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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