Winter FIDY (Juniper And Cardamom) | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by thain709 on 01-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by mdtnelson:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Al's with cardamom and juniper; referred to as Winter Fidy.

A: The stout is bold and black, opaque like an eerie abyss. A tan head rests atop the ale, thin thanks to the cask.

S: The aroma is Belgian, spicy with cardamom. Juniper adds an astringent bitterness, but it pales when compared to the Asian spice.

T: Spicy sweet upfront, the RIS tends to hide its roasted provenance. The cardamom is spicy sweet, dry with an exotic taste. Juniper adds to the spice profile, a hop-like flavor that adds bitterness. The stout flavors linger beind the scenes, content to come through late in each sip. They add a roasted, bready flavor that doesn't stand a chance against the domineering cardamom.

M: The stout is rich, well-suited to support the spice addition. That spiciness makes it very difficult to recognize the stout underneath everything.

D: I was content with one glass; the spice profile is that overwhelming. A warming addition to Ten FIDY.

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Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Al's of Hampden yesterday. First I ever heard of this beer.

Not unlike regular Ten Fidy, Winter fidy pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is much like the regular fidy, but there's also something of a holly aroma along with the coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate and molassess. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I picked up some brown sugar as well in this moderately sweet stout. Mouthfeel is soft and full, with a long, sweet, spice infused finish. Drinkability was pretty good I thought. While you can certainly tell the alcohol is up there in this beer, it's not at all hot, heavy or tiring on the palate.

Kind of a fun change from the normal ten fidy, though thankfully it still has all of the outstanding qualities of the regular version as well. Good stuff.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours opaque black with a bubbly dark tan one finger head, dissipating to a thin tan film, leaving spotty sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of cardamon spiciness up front with a few wisps of juniper toward the end. Rich dark roasted malt, sweet molasses, and bittersweet chocolate mix well to offer a contrast to all those spices. Very different yet still interesting.

T - A bit of sweet dark roasted malt up front giving way quickly to a ton of cardamon spice and some sweet juniper. Finish has plenty of spice that warms the pallet for some time, leaving a dry feeling on the tongue. This version of ten fidy is really quite interesting and I am glad I got to try this.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Heavy feel with tons of spices. Finish is quite spicy, warming the pallet quite a bit.

D - Fairly high. It is amazing what some spices will do. A totally different, yet equity enjoyable, beer compared to the normal version. The spices do wear on you a bit over the course of the glass.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 1/16/11. On the hand pump at Als of Hampden served in a nonic. This brew appears black in color with a dark tan to brown head that dissolves rather quickly. Lace appears in patches all over the glass

The smell of this brew includes notes of dark fruits with a mellow alcohol contribution considering the abv. It blends well with indications of chocolate, coffee and an overall roastiness about it. Not bad.

The taste is bitter roasted malt somewhat coffee-like and bitter with burnt to charred grains. It is spiced with a flavor similar to spruce. Warming alcohol with a light fruity almost raisin flavor that is a little different.

Medium to full in the feel with a light amount of carbonation. Warming alcohol that isn't as noticeable as you would expect which lends it to be quite drinkable. The spruce/spices was a bit much but made for an interesting twist. It is worth a try but not something I would return to again.

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Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a beer engine from Al's.

A - This one is pitch black...nothing light about it...the head stands one finger and is brown and creamy...falls into a ring slowly...the lacing only showed for the first 1/4 of the beer

S - Right off the bat you can pick up the shows itself with lots of fresh pine aroma...I'm thinking a Christmas tree or even gin...there are also notes of roasted malt lingering in the background

T - The beer went through a few different changes as I sipped on it...first sip brings a bright blast of fresh pine from the mellows out in the middle and the finish is full roasted malt with coffee and chocolate mixed, as the beer warmed the brightness of the juniper faded and became more apparent in the finish and the malt was more apparent at first sip

M - Full bodied...this one is thick and smooth...great cask feel...roasted flavors coat the palate and the juniper adds a nice bitterness

D - I like regular TenFIDY and I think this is a perfect brew for would have been great to have around Christmas time since it smelled like a Christmas tree...nice complex flavors with roasted malt and bright pine...I think it was served a little too cold BUT that let me notice the changes in the beer

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a nonic of this at Al's of Hampden -served on handpump at cask temp

A color I would liken to used motor oil which is why the name is apropos, the pitch piano black color is fitting and totally opaque with medium tan cappuccino and lace clings ok with a microbead giving a single head collar. The smell is like soap at first - very woodsy kind of like irish spring with the juniper dominant. As it warms slightly you get more yeast esters and mild spice from the cardamom with a mellow malt odor and slight alcohol ester. the feel is highly roasted and spicy w/ mild alcohol warmth with a bitter malt accent and and moderate hop acidity w/ slight umami quality and mild bitter finish.

The taste is like marinade for steak with the flavor of spice pretty dominant and slightly earthy flavor and mild pepper element. The juniper is giving a mild wood taste which is sweet with a light astringency and the malt gives a mellow molasses note due to the strong dark malt presence. I enjoy the dry finish which is also somewhat alcoholic tasting and bitter. Overall I would recommend this as it is unique in the realm of spiced stouts, but I would probably only say give it a try, it is not something I would return to for multiple tastes. I enjoyed the spices, but they are pretty forward in the flavor which decreases the overall drinkability for me

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Winter FIDY (Juniper And Cardamom) from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.97 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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