Today I'm writing my 400th posting, which means about the 390th-ish posting with a beer review. So I wanted to pick up something really different and good. Don't get me wrong. I have several at home that would be great options... OK you got me. I just wanted to go browse the aisles at Total Wine and needed to invent an excuse. They restocked some good ones in the past week. Some Brown Shugga' and Double Bastard and a couple others. There is also their "Clearance" section, but it is not very well placed, a little out of the way. Seriously, they could get rid of all their Weyerbacher Imperial Pumkin Ale if they just put it on a shelf right by the entrance. It's already priced terrifically at 75% off: $2.99 for a 4-pack. Just nobody knows that TW wants to get rid of it. BTW, I have a pic of the "pumpkin-and-stuff-to-go" shelf, but don't know how to get it off my phone--yes, I'm an idiot.
ONE surprise bottle. The famous Magic Hat #9 was on the shelf. I've heard so much chatter about that beer that my ears are burning. Well, now I got me some for a rainy day.
So for that something special I ended up picking a beer I already had at home--a beer in a can. "In a can?" you ask? Yep! Ten FIDY Imperial Stout brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colorado. I've had a few of their other beers, also canned, and remarked that they were the best I'd ever had from a can. Well, this guy has quite the awesome reputation. I was curious, so I went to the OB website which suggests that Ten FIDY is so named because of the 10.5% alcohol in there. Mystery solved!
Lots of stuff happening on the can. From "this dog'll hunt." to "Cross-eyed. Cyclopean. Cancupiscent." to "Half-Baked. Fully Roasted." I guess I'll need to go back to their site (and a dictionary) to figure that stuff out. On the bottom of the can, "Come to the dark side" and for the record, this one was canned on 10-27-09 at 15:27.
Mmm. Malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Milk chocolate flavors start things off along with a really nice black licorice taste. And I am immediately impressed with how well the alcohol intensifies both the chocolate and licorice. Awesome! Smokey with raisins and vanilla and a really good dose of roasted coffee, too. This beer is super complex and everything works so nicely together. That bourbony alcohol ducks in and out and gives a nice little burn, but it is oh so delicious. Creamy texture is great, just keeps coating the mouth. Good body, medium carbonation and a really nice chocolate and coffee flavor is left on the palate. This was one terrific beer and it sooo earned its reputation! Check out this beer for sure!
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