Oskar Blues Brewery’s Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, a darker-than-dark, 10.5 percent ABV malt, will return as a seasonal release on Sept.14. Ten FIDY will be distributed nationwide on draft and in four-packs of 12 oz. cans.
Vast quantities of malt, including caramel and Munich malts, and fluffy oats are used in the making of Ten FIDY. The result is an opaque brew that gravitates toward flavors of espresso, chocolate-covered caramel, black licorice and plum. Ten FIDY will return as supermassive as ever this fall.
When asked what sets Ten FIDY apart from other imperial stouts, Oskar Blues Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews says, “The sweetness aims at being mouth-coating but not stomach-coating. It has all the robust flavor without the excessive sugar that other imperial stouts have.” He went on to suggest some tips for maximum enjoyment of Ten FIDY, specifically that it should be paired with anything smothered in gravy or with chocolate desserts, and that the optimal time to enjoy a can of the seasonal stout is “at the end of the day after all activities are wrapped, when everything is slowing down for the evening and you’re ready to sip on the reward.”
Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues first brewed Ten FIDY in 2007. Over the years, it’s gained a loyal following, earning a score of 97 on Beer Advocate and praise from beer-centric publications. “This big, bad stout is not messing around,” said Men’s Journal. Paste Magazine described it as “enticingly thicc” and “a blueprint for one of craft beer’s tastiest styles.”
In conjunction with the Sept. 14 launch, there will be release parties at Oskar Blues taprooms in Longmont, Colorado; Boulder, Colorado; Austin, Texas; and Brevard, North Carolina.