As I’m pouring, I’m thinking, “so far, so good.” It looks thick as hell and dark as night, like motor oil, straight from the can. Impenetrable. The 2 finger head was a caramel color that made it all look oh-so-inviting, despite the fact that it dissipated some quickly.
When I took my first whiff, I was blown away by the smell of alcohol. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so noticeable at 9.5% ABV. This much alcohol I expect from the 13% Bourbon County Stout, but I didn’t quite expect it here… not that that’s a bad thing, just unexpected. Behind the alcohol aroma, I found hints of bitter chocolate and a bit of malty sweetness, somehow sneaking through.
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy which, according to the website is actually 10.5% ABV (my can of Ten Fidy said 9.5%), tastes very much like dark, bitter chocolate and coffee with sweet molasses and a very noticeable alcohol flavor. After taking in the nose, I expected this and it certainly delivered. The only area that I felt it was lacking was in the mouthfeel, quite honestly. From its pour and aroma, I really thought it would be a heavier brew. I mean, I’m a HUGE fan of Oskar Blues Old Chub, their Scottish ale, and if I remember correctly, the Old Chub has about as much body as this Russian Imperial Stout.
Overall, I found this stout dark and complex, just how I like them; I only wish there had been a bit more body. Would I drink it again though? Yes. Yes I would.
Thanks again to Larry at USA Beer Trends for passing it along!
*****Post Update 3/11/10*****
After enjoying 11 stouts at the Good Beer Club meeting yesterday, Ten Fidy being one of them, my opinion on its body has slightly changed. I’m not sure if I had a funky pour for this review or what, but the Ten Fidy was definitely one of the heavier bodied stouts I tasted at the club meeting. That being said, I simply had to update this post.
[techtags:BEER REVIEWS, RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT, OSKAR BLUES, TEN FIDY, IMPERIAL STOUTS]