In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Oskar Blues Brewery Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY

Aroma: “Dark chocolate nibs, moderate vanilla, light oak earthiness, umami, and caramel, touch of coconut. Medium alcohol.”

Flavor: “Rich chocolate-syrup flavors up front, perfect for ice cream. Sweet caramel and a touch of vanilla and coconut with coffee notes going into the aftertaste. Medium alcohol on the back end (but not harsh) mixed with a slight burntness. Touch of umami. Cherry esters are rich and sweet. Some tartness gives the finish a little tang. Barrel notes are subtle—vanilla, and slight tannin on the finish helps to dry it out.”

Overall: “Big dark chocolate–dominated imperial stout. Touch of ethanol warming, a touch of umami, and a light pleasant anise/licorice thing that all flow together nicely. The alcohol level is quite balanced with the high chocolate and caramel notes. If not careful, I could consume a lot of this.”