Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ten Fidy for Ten Ninety-Nine

Those guys over at Jubilation are big, big fans of beers from Oskar Blues. They were responsible for getting Gordon here in New Mexico, and now have brought in Ten Fidy imperial stout. Four-pack cans are going for $10.99, which may seem crazy for four cans of beer but will probably end up being at least two bucks cheaper than anybody else in town. And people are willing to pay for it.
Even with rumors of distribution problems and no Dale's on the shelves elsewhere, Jubilation has stacks and stacks of their beer. I guess that's how they were able to negotiate such a "reasonable" price point.

I tried some Ten Fidy last night and can tell you that this is a big, big beer. It weighs in at 10% after all. Oh, I get it now...10%; TEN Fidy. Sometimes it helps me to work things out on paper.
The beer pours so dark and oily that next time I am just going to stab a hole in the side of the can and watch it glub glub into my glass. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost like an oatmeal stout though I don't believe there is any added. I got a little licorice in the taste, though I feel the flavors will come through over time. Right now, the beer has a little too much alcohol for me. In fact, my girlfriend and I split one rather than each having one. I'll see how it tastes in six months or so. I never tried to age a canned beer before so it will be interesting.

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