Lori and I met Courtney at the Outback in Castle Rock last night for dinner. There were just under 10 taps with approximately 10 – 15 beers in bottles. My first selection was Sam Adam’s Winter Lager on tap at 5.6% ABV that is reddish brown. The website describes the beer as having cinnamon, ginger, with a hint of citrus (orange peel), but I did not pick it up. I was not real satisfied with this selection and was very happy to see Abita on tap. Could it be Turbo Dog? Yes, it was and I ordered one to go with my dinner of Sirloin Steak and baked potato. I had Turbo Dog the previous week at NoNo’s Café in a bottle, and I thought the beer tasted even better from the tap. Turbo Dog is a dark brown ale with 5.6% ABV and 28 IBU and went perfectly with my dinner. I will order Turbo Dog again, but I will not order Sam Adam’s Winter Lager.
I poured an Oskar Blues Ten Fidy – Imperial Stout at 10.5% and 98 IBU to enjoy while watching SyFy’s Sanctuary and this one pours as dark as I have ever seen a beer and there is virtually no head. Some describe the pour as oil coming out of a can and you have to see it to truly appreciate the darkness of this beer. I took my time with this one and I poured it in a pint glass and let it warm up a bit. It is better warmer than fridge cold. Oskar Blues describes Ten Fidy as “This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.” This is an interesting beer and I cannot see one drinking more than 1 or 2 at a setting. This is a sipping beer to be enjoyed with chocolate – good dark chocolate – or a powerful cheese. I can see why this beer is rated high and I am glad there are a few more in the fridge.