Oskar Blues Ten Fidy – Bourbon Barrel Aged

We had a few friends over for New Year’s Eve (luckily, early in the night, since I was so exhausted from work that I didn’t make it until midnight). One of them is really into craft beer, so I opened this to split with him. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12.9%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: This can was a very odd shape.

This beer poured with a one finger, light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, bourbon and burnt brown sugar and a nice espresso. The booze wasn’t apparent on the nose. The taste was really complex. It started with the expected roasted malts and dark chocolate. It went into bourbon, vanilla, molasses and some caramel. The booze made an appearance at the back of the throat. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with bourbon. I enjoyed this beer a lot, although it would have been rough to kill the can by myself.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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