Beer Review: OSKAR BLUES WHISKEY BARREL AGED TEN FIDY

Beer Review: OSKAR BLUES WHISKEY BARREL AGED TEN FIDY

Oskar Blues Brewery’s Ten FIDY, known for its bold flavors and a robust 10.0% ABV with 98 IBU, undergoes a transformation in this whiskey barrel-aged variant, using barrels from Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Presented on tap at Stone Oakquinox 2012, this iteration boasts an alcohol content hovering around 9-10% ABV.

Appearance:

The pour reveals a dense, dark brown liquid, devoid of any noticeable swirls, head, or lace—a visual presentation that lacks the anticipated intrigue.

Aroma:

Wafting from the glass are discernible notes of chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and leather—a seemingly promising olfactory experience.

Taste:

Upon the first sip, a clash of char and chocolate dominates the palate. Subsequent flavors unfold with a medley of whiskey, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate cereal—an ensemble that fails to harmonize seamlessly.

Mouthfeel:

The beer boasts a full-bodied profile but disappoints with an unexpectedly low level of carbonation—a characteristic that falls short of elevating the overall drinking experience.

Overall:

While professing admiration for the original Ten FIDY, the whiskey barrel-aged version leaves much to be desired. The vibrant essence of the base beer seems to have been compromised, with no discernible improvement in any facet. Despite the anticipation built over years of pursuit, the verdict is clear: the superior product resides in the unadulterated 4-pack of cans, rather than the whiskey barrel-aged rendition.