Saturday, October 6, 2018

Oskar Blues Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy

Fill date: 11/2/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Huge dark malt presence comes through as sweet dark fruit with a note of sour grape and black licorice. Chocolate-like character, but dark (i.e. baker's chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate). Bourbon barrel imparts noticeable wood and vanilla character, though it is more subtle than most brews of the style. Noticeable alcohol presence enhances everything else. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque inky black (44+ SRM). Large dark brown frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Robust imperial stout to say the least. Massive amount of dark malt with a hefty dark chocolate taste throughout the first half. Also contains strong presence of dark fruits and black licorice. Hops may have faded a bit after a year in the can, though bitterness is still strong enough to provide balance in the form of slightly piney/resiny flavor and dank bitterness. Bourbon barrel is somewhat subtle with a lovely vanilla and woody note on the finish. The alcohol is difficult to ignore, though it is not distracting or bombastic. Seems to add a slight spicy character. Aftertaste is akin to chocolate syrup and rum. No oxidation character after a year of aging. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied to be sure. Carbonation is about moderate and helps create for a luscious, smooth, creamy texture. Nice drinkability for a hefty 12.9% ABV brew, though the alcohol presence is impossible to ignore (it's never distracting). 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A Hall Of Fame imperial stout made all the more interesting thanks to the bourbon barrel aging. 10/10


NOTE: See my 2012 review of the original Ten Fidy here:

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