Following Oskar Blues' entry in the Chicago beer market in August, the Colorado brewer has announced that its canned Imperial Stout, Ten FIDY, will make its debut here as a winter seasonal. The beer, which clocks in at 10.5% alcohol by volume (thus the name) is available in Chicago this week on tap and in cans at SmallBar Division, The Owl and Jake Melnick’s, and will appear elsewhere until February.
A news release from Oskar Blues describes Ten FIDY as a "…titanic, immensely viscous stout…, loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee that hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt." Ten FIDY scores at 100 percentile at RateBeer.com, and a 95 at BeerAdvocate.com.
To make room on the distribution list for this special, Oskar Blues has put its GUBNA Imperial IPA on seasonal status, to be available again in March.
From the news release:
Oskar Blues head brewer Dave Chichura lets it be known “Ten FIDY is no walk in the park to create; it’s a labor intensive beer.” Ten FIDY’s gargantuan grain bill is just short of 50% specialty malts that are packaged in 55 pound bags and loaded into the mill by hand. The many bags of oats are poured directly into the mash tun. Oats and rice hulls are lugged up the 20-odd stairs to the top of the brew-deck to be placed near the mash tun. “We aren’t mashing it with a computer from a comfy control room. It takes hands-on craft brewing to make a big ‘ole can of eat-it-with-a-fork stout,” adds Dave.
Ten FIDY is sold in 4-pack carriers of 12 oz. cans, at a suggested retail price of $14.49 per 4-pack.
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