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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,383
Hads: 8,843
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 4.18%
Wants: 628
Gots: 2,238 | FT: 122
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of nizzle8287
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on 8/26/14 - exactly one year ago. Poured into a snifter at 55F.

No light gets through this beer; it is jet black, with about 2 fingers of tan head that dissipates rather quickly down to a ring around the edge of the glass.

I smell licorice and chocolate mostly, with a very faint hop aroma hidden in the background. Very simple, yet robust.

This is a full bodied beer with light carbonation, and as far as imperial stouts go, the 10.5% ABV is very well hidden. Compared to a fresh sample of Ten Fidy, the alcohol and hop character has mellowed significantly.

Taste is is like the smell, with licorice and chocolate dominating. There is an overall richness that makes this beer a delectable sipper, perhaps best with some kind of pie after a light supper.

When I had this beer around Thanksgiving of 2014, I would rate it 5/5. It tastes like a different beer now, more mellow, and less pronounced hop character, yet I would still rate it 5/5. It is a much more civilized imperial stout with some age. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who loves thick and hearty imperial stouts. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an awesome Russian imperial stout. The key is that you let it warm up. The nose is mainly chocolate with some roast, but the flavor is so much more complex. The first sip hits you with a stern chewy chocolatey flavor, with a hint of roast to follow, followed by a nice sweet lasting chocolate flavor and may I say even a little bit of coffee esqe flavor recognizable, before a nice roasted chocolate flavor sits on your mouth. The mouth feel is silly and thick, a heavy beer but it covers your mouth and feels just right. This is basically, half baked brownie beer. Yum. (575 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 09/2014 served in a wine glass.

Appearance: black as night with a thin head of brown foam

Nose: chocolate, coffee, hazelnuts, round and sweet

Taste: initial sharp carbonation, sweet malty backbone, chocolate, a proper RIS

Overall: fantastic, lives up to its reputation. I'll age them some more to see the change. (324 characters)

Photo of reds2harleys
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oskar blues hits another one out of the park. I am a stout guy and this one does not disappoint. Pours black with a nice foamy head. Excellent flavor all way through. Nice ending. Highly recommend (200 characters)

Photo of TomMorris
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is fucking meaty. Pours extremely dark with some ruby-red on the outside when light is shone into it; leaves some "cancupiscent" lacing as well. Smell is an amalgamation of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and smoked meat with a bit of a subtle soy-sauce kind of twang that lots of Russian Imperial Stouts have. The taste is just incredible and extremely well-balanced; difficult to pick apart the chocolate from the coffee but it's held together by this incredible meaty smokiness. The mouthfeel is considerably thick and viscous, and lingers on the tongue while the beer finished with a slight but pleasing alcohol burn that warms the stomach upon consumption.

This one got better with every sip, very fortunate to have found a pack today dated from last fall! (774 characters)

Photo of danh53
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Year old bottle here. The aroma is strong, almost pungent. Licorice, coffee, molasses, and roasted malts smell almost strong enough to make my eyes water. Chocolate appears on the taste, but the sweet caramel and toffee from the fresh version are not apparent here. Licorice and anise take center stage backed by creamy, roasted coffee. Mouth feel is slick and smooth. I like the changes even though I preferred the fresh version. It's hard to find beer this good on the shelves. (479 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass:

Appearance: Jet-black with a big, fluffy, mocha-colored head. Really solid retention and a clearly viscous body that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Somehow get lots of oakiness, but it's not BA, which is........confusing and awesome. Other than that, lots of chocolate, toffee and maltiness. Caramel and molasses too on the end.

Taste: Still get the bourbon barrely type taste at the front, which is amazing. Did they use oak staves in the brew? After that, lots of viscous mocha flavor and malty sweetness. So delicious and decadent!!

Feel: Thick and sticky, with a heavy body that lingers on the palate for plenty of time. The perfect dessert beer. Rich and heavy.

Overall: Can't believe I never picked one of these up before. One of the best non-BA stouts I've had, and for the ease of acquisition, one of the best beers I've had. (861 characters)

Photo of darktronica
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My typical benchmark for what a non-BA Russian imperial stout can be. Not much else that needs to be said over the other 2,000+ reviews, but this is also an excellent candidate for an easily-obtained beer for cellaring and experimentation. Masterfully done. (257 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oil black body with a thick fluffy creamy brown head.

Aroma: I get alcohol right off the bat. It smells a lot like bourbon but the can doesn't say it is aged in bourbon barrels or anything.

Taste: There's a lot going on here. It tastes like chocolate and coffee at first, then there is a bit of a black licorice flavor, and a sweet brown sugar flavor. It has a bit of a bourbon flavor as well. It tastes pretty awesome.

Mouthfeel: A very full bodied beer. Not too chewy or oily but not something you could chug. It's a definite sipper.

Overall: A really good beer. It has a good complex flavor and a nice full body. I would buy it again, but I'm making a note that this is a very rich beer and would be best as a night-cap, holidays, special occasions, etc. Don't let the can fool you. This is the type of beer you could easily find in a waxed bomber. Yeah, I would buy it again. It's the type of beer that delivers the "RIS" experience. (953 characters)

Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one and it immediately entered my top 5 stouts list. Has a sweetness to it, but is not overly sweet. As much as I love chocolate and/or coffee stouts, it was nice to have one with no flavoring. Can't wait to grab more of these. (251 characters)

Photo of DoctorD
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love stouts but I'm ashamed to say that I put off trying Ten FIDY for a long time while I worked through many other stouts because I was afraid they might pale in comparison. Now I'm disappointed that I waited so long, this one is worth the extra effort to obtain. Pours a beautiful, thick khaki colored head that dissipated quickly. Smells sweet and malty, and the taste matches this - a balanced beer that is creamy with amazingly smooth feel. The alcohol kicks in at the finish with just a touch of bitterness, but it isn't a burner like many other RIS I have tried. This is the top of the line for non-flavored, non-barrel-aged stouts and every stout enthusiast should try this as a benchmark. (699 characters)

Photo of ljjpowers
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quaker State; Valvoline; Castrol GTX; Oskar Blues Ten Fidy—the closest thing to a sludgy motor oil that you will find on the list. The beer flows from the stout’s trademark can at the same pace that Bartolo Colon gets down the line after lacing a double (just kidding, single) into left-center. The nose is complex, revealing roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, booze, figs, soy sauce (seriously), teriyaki beef jerky (seriously) and molasses one after the next. But the most striking quality of this OB creation is the finish… the beer goes down with a slight numbing that renders this brew dangerously drinkable. No flavor stands out. Instead, the tastes fuse to create something that is uniquely Oskar Blues. Speaking of uniquely Oskar Blues, who the hell decided to put a rich stout in a can? Despite its Colorado roots, this brew is not something that I would generally choose to take with me on a hike or rafting trip (read: I don’t like to mix physical activity with imperial stouts). And despite a valiant attempt, Ten Fidy just does not stand up to most of the other dark beers on the list. (1,104 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours pitch coal tar black crowned by a 1” tan foam collar that fairly quickly dissipates to a film
S: Light chocolate, roast and wine notes.
T: A little chocolate, some dark dried fruits, very nice malt and alcohol flavors. Has a little wine thing going on.
F: Juicy, slight warming, creamy, oily, with very fine carbonation, medium to medium low overall, medium full body.
O: A very fine Russian Imperial Stout. (423 characters)

Photo of Naked_Batman
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look-looks thick coming out of the can, pours a beautiful jet black with a small amount of dark brown head

Smell-strong coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, malted milk balls, dark roasted malts, dried fruit, slight minerality

T-sweet up front surprinsgly, leading into chocolate, coffee, honey , there's definitely a certain rich earthiness here that not's unlike drinking merlot, slight floral hop notes at the end with a robust bitter aftertaste.

F-I'm not exaggerating when I say drinking this beer is like having your tongue wrapped up in a blanket. It's thick, but with just enough slight carbonation to let you know it's a beer. After swallowing a pleasant alcohol warmness rolls to the back of your throat and up your nostrils.

O-Absolutely outstanding. The best russian imperial I've ever had. The mouth feel is incredible. This beer is a knockout. (861 characters)

Photo of Cyanmonkey
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big ass beer. Not for the casual. Big and boozy, this poured porch black with a lot of chocolate on the nose. Sweet, chocolaty with a smooth roasty finish. Body is HUGE. Like yogurt is to beer. I get some banana, but nothing extreme; others would say fruity, but to me is banana. Low carbonation but head sticks around the whole time.

Not one I'd have a lot of at once, but worth taking your time on every once and a while. It's a sipper. (440 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This black, slightly viscous stout pours to a beautiful medium creamy brown head that gradually dissipates to a thick ring and leaves sparse, delicate lacing. The nose is a bit sweet and darkly malty, a very nice blend of chocolate, caramel and dark toffee with hints of coffee and readily apparent boozy undertones. On the palate, it is sweet chocolate and cocoa up front, joined by a significant molasses character and hints of coffee mid-palate. The finish is dark, roasted maltiness that leaves behind a lingering chocolate/molasses flavor and a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and luxuriously thick, as well as warming due to the ABV; the carbonation makes itself known as well. Alcohol flavors are surprisingly absent from the palate, so caveat bibitor. (764 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown - virtually black; 1 finger dark tan head that receded to a wispy cap; thick lacing that dissipated quickly;

S: bittersweet chocolate with roasted grain and hint of coffee behind it;

T: roasted grains up front; from mid-palate through the finish, it's like drinking malted milk balls;

M: full bodied - coats your mouth; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: in a word, fantastic; (404 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY has a thin, beige head and a dark brown (black, really) appearance, with some splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma and flavor are bold: the smell is of sweet, dark-roasted (but, not burnt) malt, sugar, and coffee, and the flavor is of those elements, with a touch of char, sugar, oatmeal puree’, mild black liquorice, background celery, and bitterness, which being counter-balanced by the extreme malt, does not come across as a 98 IBU thing. Mouthfeel is heavy and viscous, and Oskar Blues Ten FIDY finishes in between wet and dry, with an alcohol presence noticeable in the body, but not so much in the flavor. Actually, not at all in the flavor, really.

RJT (693 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. can.

A: Pours like motor oil. Pitch black allowing absolutely no light to penetrate it. Head is a robust thick mocha color. Excellent retention as the head lingers for awhile. Leaves behind some small amounts of beautiful lacing.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, soy sauce, roasted malts, and some subtle earthy hops.

T: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, plum, cherry, soy sauce, and some earthy hop spiciness.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, oily, and smooth. Alcohol is hidden well for being 10.5% but still gives a nice warming sensation. All of those factors make it a somewhat easy drinker that you want to saver as a sipper.

O: This is one of my personal favorite stouts. This is just truly a great beer that I look forward to every year. I always stock up so I can enjoy it throughout the year. I would put Ten Fidy in the same category as Founders Breakfast Stout, and Surly's Darkness, as some of the best non-barrel aged stouts. (980 characters)

Photo of ZachWolf
3.31/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Odd occurrence. I peruse my local whole foods for beer often. Suddenly two weeks ago their selection of Oskar Blues quadrupled, and for the first time I saw Ten Fidy and immediately bought some. I open it up and it smells like.... SOY SAUCE. The 2015 Parabola smelled and tasted like soy sauce but it was balanced and it played nicely as an umami - ish element. Unfortunately I am pretty bummed out how much soy sauce I taste and smell blocking what seems like a great beer, especially being hype from its reviews.

Now the odd occurrence is that I looked on the bottling date and it was a year and a half old. Did Whole Foods go to a distributor and accidentally pick up beer that had been sitting there that long? Did they think " oh stouts age lets buy it anyways." I dunno. So Ill look for a fresh batch one day, or a guaranteed well aged one but for now this is just an alright beer. (888 characters)

Photo of Fred_swick
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, this is what other beers want to be when they grow up. Very dark (the lights dim in the room when you pour it dark). Small head with nice lacing, rich taste. This is my mainstay when I am in the mood for a stout. (227 characters)

Photo of Braz
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like you could stand up something in it. Color of tar. Could not get a lot of aroma. Taste is heavy duty old coffee. Subtle sweetness. Velvety texture. Very good. (168 characters)

Photo of ukwildcatsr1
4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

God, I wanted to hate this beer because at $15 a four pack it's a little out of my price range for drinking often. But, as the reviewers before me can attest, this is an outstanding beer that is one of the finest beers I've ever drank and definitely the finest I've ever had from a can. I look forward to dropping large sums of money on this in the future. (359 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Almost a perfect stout. I enjoy stouts a great deal and this is one I keep coming back to. Pours like motor oil. Flavor is perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. Heavy and thick mouthfeel with above average carbonation to lighten it into an easy drinker. This is a feat for a 10.5 ABV imperial stout.

Overall this is near perfect. Not quite as complex as a KBS but doesn't have to be. I could drink this every day of the year. I can't say that for the KBS which I love in its own way.

Wonderful. (505 characters)

Photo of GrahamDN
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/24/14; drunk exactly eight months later.

Right out of the gate, Ten Fidy tells you it means business, pouring dirty-motor-oil black and viscous topped with a deep tan head that takes a minute or two to recede.

The nose is dense with chocolate--fudge, chocolate cake, some cocoa--over top aromas of dried fruit and plum, some booze, and a whiff of oily espresso. A faint scent of soy sauce appears as the beer approaches room temperature.

Richly flavored without being oppresive, cocoa dominates on the palate, with an array of malt flavors supporting it. I feel like I can taste a little of every shade across the spectrum of malt kilning, stewing, and roasting. Full-bodied and viscous, the interplay of modest hop bitterness and acrid bitterness from roasted malts keeps this fairly sweet RIS from becoming tiresome on the tongue.

The namesake "ten fidy" makes itself known immediately on the finish. The tongue tingles with a gentle--but undeniable--alcoholic warmth that even numbs a bit, like a very mild anesthetic. A little too much so for my taste, but it does keep the beer from seeming cloying, helping to make this heavyweight dangerously drinkable. (1,178 characters)

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