Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

A friend gave me this can of beer. Well, I say he's a friend, but he should know that CANS of beer are not what people come to this blog for. Yes, there have been good cans reviewed here. Actually, come to think of it, I have only had pretty good cans. So, I guess a can is okay. Free beer is certainly good, so I think Robert might deserve a thank you, even if I don't like this beer. In fact, I'm sure of it.

It is nice and black. I'd say that (like most stouts) it is probably so dang dark red that it appears to be black, but it may as well be black. The head is a thin brown cap of dense bubbles that grip the sides very well and leaves a few islands floating on top, waiting for a life outside the glass. The aroma is dark roast coffee and oatmeal.

A sip brings an onslaught of toffee and chocolate and lots of other, more interesting tastes that all kind of merge together to form a puddle of nonsense that just doesn't scream palatable to me. I suspect life will be better with a full sized gulp.

Tip-in is light coffee, toffee, and chocolate, but mostly, it's chocolate. The middle is a sweet and creamy wash of toffee and alcohol with an unusually noticeable presence of hops. The middle is VERY nice. The finish brings a bit of fig and nuts to the party with a slightly harsher and more tart taste.

Bottom Line: A delightful and sweet beverage, the can doesn't seem to matter.



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