Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

This is one of the most requested beers that viewers and fans keep asking me to review. I don't know why I've put it off for three and a half years, so here you go.

P.S. This episode debuts a new filming/editing technique I'll be using from now on. Let me know what you think of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (645) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 9, 2012
If there’s one beer I would use to show what can be done with canned beers, Oskar Blue Ten Fidy would be it. This is a fantastic imperial stout - delicious taste, well-balanced and extremely drinkable - that just so happens to come from a can

I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Probably the blackest beer I’ve ever seen! Of course that’s where the name is derived from - the fact it looks like spent 10w50 motor oil (just kidding - it comes from the fact it's 10.50% ABV). Forms a large, dark khaki, frothy head which mostly dissipates, but still laces the glass well.

Smell: Sweet red grape and some noticeable citrus scents. Roasted malts and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: As soon as this beer hit my tongue I was definitely "wowed." It’s a delicious taste of dark cherry, red (but not sour) grape, chocolate syrup, and some milky/creamy taste. A gentle sweetness up from with fruit and other natural sweet flavors, but never cloying for a second. There’s subtle citrusy bitterness underlying the entire time, but once the palate transitions to the finish it really comes out. A quick burst of grapefruit tartness followed by deeply roasted malt and coffee flavor and accompanying bitterness. There’s a very subtle vanilla and woody flavor right as it finishes, along with some alcohol warmth which actually accentuates the palate rather than distracting from it.

A delicious palate and an impressive one considering how well-balanced it is, plus its incorporation of its natural alcoholic strength. I’m glad I can get this beer easily.

Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Oskar Blue Ten Fidy wasn’t the taste, but the mouthfeel. So extremely soft, thick, and tepid - like chocolate syrup considering the viscosity and smooth creamy texture. It coats the entire mouth and is a very comfortable feeling. To call it smooth is an understatement. It definitely seems to have all the makings of a 10.5% ABV beer, but isn’t nearly as intimidating as most brews of the weight and general style. Drink this as a liquid dessert and you’ll thank yourself for it.

Grade: 10/10

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