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:
#147
Reviews:
358
Ratings:
1,865
pDev:
6.03%
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Photo of BJB13
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/30/17
19.2 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Nice!

Pouring ruby-brown and blacking out the snifter there is about a half inch of medium brown micro-bubble head that simmers down to a glistening ring.

The nose is moderately strong and delicious. Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, a bit of fig and light roast aromas are all discernable. Alcohol is well masked.

Taste is excellent! Very smooth front to back with only a subtle amount of heat at the savory finish. Thick, chocolatey and fairly sweet with some tang and dark fruit at the finish.

Full bodied, soft, a little frothy and slightly viscous there is nothing for me to complain about here either.

Beware! I don't believe I've ever had a brew that is as smooth and drinkable at 12.9% ABV.

Get some!

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out the color of tar with a nice bubble show that builds a dark beige head ; scads of lacing

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, espresso, caramel and Bourbon tone

Taste: Rich tones of dark chocolate and caramel hit the taste buds first, with the espresso building through the middle; the Bourbon is pronounced, after the swallow, bringing oak and vanilla tones, as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Lots of great BA stouts out there but this one can go toe to toe with almost every one of them

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Photo of Dwbow48
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tywhite
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atomicnemesis
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 505beergeek
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jag5859
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

19.2oz can dated 11/2/17 poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Rich chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Quite complex
T: Matches the nose note for note. Rich and complex, very tasty
M: Full-bodied, the alcohol is dangerously hidden. Smooth
O: A fantastic beer worthy of its high score

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Photo of Steveskk83
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If there's ever a stout that destroys a snifter it's this one. Inky black, utter darkness pour, with an angry, fiery red head of 3 fingers. Lace is left in an intricate, artistic, spider-like web all around the upper torso of the snifter.

Aromas of rich, succulent honey, followed by HUGE woody oak and bourbon. It's like I'm sitting in a sauna in Russia with top shelf bourbon in my hand. Dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, coconut, and roast coffee behind that.

Flavor is more oak and wood-focused than bourbon, I'm thinking the barrels used were not particularly wet yet. Stiff wood meets cinnamon, earth, pine, faint vanilla-roma, and coffee bean. Astringent alcohol burn floats in the distance somewhere.

Feel is thick yet cut thin by the bourbon, with a burning boozy hotness all the way down. Sticky syrup and sticky resins alike coat the palate with destruction.

Overall, still more earthy than I like my stouts, but I knew what I was in for with the original TenFIDY. Bordering on an astringent black IPA, this stout in a barrel brings forth tons of wood and breathes about 25% more character than the original. Not bad, but not sure if I'm on board with original asking price.

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Photo of Shy_Traveler45
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of cjmccahill
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rothobinide
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Diura
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinL
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well well, certainly the first barrel aged beer I've had from a can. It's not any barrel aged beer.

It pours a dense pitch black body. The head looks nice and is mocha-like.

Savory aroma to say the least. Gourmet bourbon upfront, vanilla a lot of it. Cocoa and espresso. Some booziness linked to the bourbon. Some dark fruits and berries notes. Very complex. You could almost think there is cocoa or coffee in this one. Earthy hoppiness reminds you this originally a RIS

The taste is a bit less complex but is amazing as the beer warms up.
Bourbon, coconut, vanilla, greatly roasted espresso coffee, bitter cocoa nib, earthy hoppiness. It has all the attribute of a gourmet stout without the sweetness. Amazing as it warms up. Very rounded

Dry to semi dry, the ale as a fine carbonation. Not overly thick, the mouthfeel is as it is very drinkable especially for 12.9% Abv imperial stout!!

Overall this is a incredible beer. The barrel aging is here an improvment to a already amazing IRS

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Photo of jroof1
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a

Aroma is big roasted malts, chocolate everywhere, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits, mocha coffee notes, peat like hints and bourbon mingled through out. Alcohol is well hidden in the nose. A rich wonderful smelling brew.

Taste is wonderful just like the nose a big chewy bunch of roasted malts. Chocolate and molasses sweetness upfront to start aided by vanilla, dark fruits, anise. Moves to still more mocha coffee, and sweetness but bourbon warms its way through the mix with a touch of alcohol burn more anise and some lingering hop bite that keeps this monster from being cloying.

Mouthfeel is big full of roasted goodness, smooth carbonation makes it go down like old motor oil.

Overall this is wonderful, makes me sad I haven't been going to the release. Might be my new favorite Barrel Aged Stout I mean Bourbon County is great but hate so much giving Inbev money.

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

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4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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