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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Friday, January 13, 2017

The Beer Baron - Get It While You Can: Oskar Blues Ten FIDY

Do you like stout? Do you like things that are awesome? If so, please stop reading this and head over to the LCBO website to check to see if there is any Oskar Blues Ten FIDY left at a store close to you. Yes, it is just a little can. And yes, it is $4.85 for that little can -- but it won’t be around for long and you’ve probably had coffees that cost that much.

Now that I’ve said the important part and assuaged any guilt I might feel if you don’t get any Ten FIDY, let’s move on with some context: Ten FIDY is a Russian Imperial Stout (which I’ve lovingly written about in the past) from Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado. It has a near-perfect score of 100 overall / 98 style on Ratebeer. It was among the first really epic craft beers to be available in a can. And before now, it has never been available in Ontario.

So, what’s it like?

It’s the Chewbacca of beers, that’s what. 

It is strong (10.5% abv), powerful but friendly, dark, wonderful, aromatic and it comes out of a grey 
metal object -- like the Millennium Falcon -- that some people might underestimate at their own peril. Also, if you have too much of it, I have to assume it would rip your arms off.

Geekery aside, we are lucky to have Ten FIDY at the LCBO. It has a viscous pour like engine oil, a beautiful dark brown head, aromas of roasted malts, vanilla and toffee, a deliciously sticky smooth mouthfeel, and tastes of bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee and molasses that would embarrass any $4.85 drink from Starbucks.

So, a high five to Oskar Blues for sending their delicious Ten FIDY up to Ontario. Get it while you can (that’s a pun because it comes in a can) because it won’t last long.

This post comes from Matt, the Beer Baron and you can find him on Twitter & Instagram @geekcanuck

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