- IBU: 75
- ABV: 12.9%
- Style: Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Oskar Blues, a brewery who should need no introduction at all, took their already amazing and delicious stout, Ten Fidy, and threw it in some barrels for 8-months to produce one mammoth of a beer. On the open you get espresso, burnt sugar, roasted chocolate, and rich caramel notes, along side barrel notes of vanilla, oak, dry fig, and bourbon. The pour built a beautiful fluffy tan head that left light lacing down. Flavors of oak, roasted dark chocolate, vanilla, dried dark fruit, bold coffee, and creamy caramel all intertwine to create a perfect marriage of flavor. The mouthfeel is softer than silk. Its thick and bold, yet light, soft, and delicate. As creamy as this tastes, I still think the body is a bit thinner and easier drinking than the non-barrel aged Ten Fidy. The finish was dry with a very, very low bitterness to it.
The balance in this is stellar. The ABV is hidden dangerously behind the deep complex flavors of this beer. Its without question to say that this beer is better than the non-BA version. Balanced, full, yet light…What else could you ask for?