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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,439 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,439
Hads: 9,095
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 664
Gots: 2,404 | FT: 121
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.
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Photo of aleigator
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color, with a small, dark brown head, soon reduced to a small ring of bubbly lacing.

Smells of fudge coated, roasted malts, also containing ground coffee leftovers. Matured, grassy hops create a bitter-chocolate impression, finding its sweet counterpart in molasses and a whiff of rock sugar. Exhibits a very vivid, diversified nose, not solely on the sweet side, but with a promising, intriguing earth supported bitterness.

Has a higher carbonation, perfectly preserved by the can, which adds a refreshing antrunk, while the beer in general still drinks beautifully smooth. Even its dry, bitter coffee ending leaves enough space on the palate for soothing whipped cream, ensuring a soft, enjoyable mouthfeel.

Tastes of toffee accompanied earth, together with a warming scorched malt foundation. Milk chocolate produces a ton of whipped cream, which smoothes the slowly uprising bitterness till the very end, consisting of a blend between grassy, still pungent hops and heated coffee beans. Once the prominent bitterness is established, it becomes a grundpfeiler of the beers taste profile, revealing a multi-layered coffee, earth, roasty malts and hop richness. Caramel cuts through during the finish, balancing the long lasting bitter aspects of the beer, while ending surprisingly clean, putting the focus back on soothing whipped cream, wrapping up wooden ground coffee.

A breathtaking approach of creating a big, bold stout, with a fantastic, balanced depth to it. Almost overpowering the palate at certain stages, as for its extreme taste diversity, the smoothness guarantees a convincing balance throughout. The beer always tends to find an answer for the boundary pushing questions it poses in a fitting, just as extreme counterpart.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't fault this excellent stout - it's a winner all around. It's beautiful in the glass - all black and nice little bubbles on tight foam head. Quality made, obviously.

The aroma is a wonderful malty smell that keeps getting better as my brew goes from warm to warmer. Nice. The taste similarly warms up from a nice moderately bitter, malty, boozy drink to a richer, meltier yet experience. It is a strong stout taste yet is not so complicated as to confuse me.

This is a great one and is highly recommended. When we head out to CO in 12 days our first stop after the airport is a huge beer store, and I will seek this out. I wish we were stopping at the weed store first, but I'm not in charge of our big group.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep black with a brown foam head, directly from can. Aroma is of coffe and chocolate almost no hops. Taste is rich and coffee notes are dominant, some dark fruits and chocolate go with the coffee. Body is medium and carbonaton is low. Very good beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter, canned 11/04/15

A- pours a motor oil thick black color with a one-finger creamy dark brown head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- being only 3 weeks old, the hops are quite noticeable on the nose; aromas of grapefruit and pine battle with a roasty dark malt base, giving notes of dark chocolate, caramel, milk chocolate, burnt toast and a hint of herbal coffee

T- dark roasted malt fills the mouth with notes of burnt toast, charred wood, dark chocolate & sweet caramel, black licorice, dark fruits & campfire ash. The hops barely poke through the dark malts, giving flavors of citrus and pine. The finish brings more charred malt that lingers long after drinking

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and chewy mouthfeel and a creamy, silky smooth finish, light warming on the linger

O- a straight up, solid RIS that is a benchmark for the style

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter ("canned on 08/19/15 @ 07:39 Darth Fader").

Appearance: Deep, inky black-brown with a frothy head of tan foam; spare lacing.

Smell: Bitter chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, figs; roast, almost burnt grains.

Taste: Full, roasted grains; dark chocolate and coffee; toffee, dried fruit. Bold, balancing bitterness, and creeping alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full and creamy, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Intense, roasted malt.

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Photo of BiaSongThan
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10-01-14 can. Black with two fingers of coffee colored head. Not bad for a year old! Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, leather, tobacco taste follows the nose with some dark cocoa, smoke, and a strong charred bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick, with light carbonation that adds creaminess. Overall it's an excellent RIS among the best in style, but the roasty bitter finish is a tad too prominent to make it a favorite (founders IS still the top)

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Photo of gman1602
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours the deepest darkest black possible. Light refuses to enter, even darkness illuminates the area around the glass, yet cannot penetrate this blackity blackness. Think of the blackest thing you can imagine, and double that blackness, and take a black magic marker and fill in the gaps, and put that into a black rocket ship, and shoot that into the depths of black space, and close your eyes, and use that as a reference. With a tan head. Perfect tiny fine bubbles, very little lacing.
S: Dark roasted malt and some decent hop presence. Floating around in the background I get milk chocolate as well.
T: Roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, a hop brightness that makes me think of pineapple (but in a good way, really), and a bitter finish, but right for the style.
F: Pretty much damn near perfect. The carbonation has small bubbles which makes it kind of creamy.
O: One of the benchmarks for the style and it shows. The multi-syllable words on the can do it justice.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a working glass. The beer has a very dark brown hue and a nice head. The aroma is very complex. The taste is excellent, especially as the beer warms up a bit. This is an exceptional beer!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So glad I finally scored a 4 pack of this. It pours a jet black color with a one and a half finger brown head. Darker than a cardboard box, lighter than a chocolate bar. Just a thin layer of retention, but excellent lacing. Smell is rich roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste follows suit with a hint of booze on the back end. Feel is heavy and slick with decent carbonation. Overall this beer is fantastic and worth the hype. Definitely my favorite non adjunct stout out there.

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Photo of Kwak
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

a thick black pour im not going to say (motor oil) but it is black .
smells boozey with a touch of chocolate the head is almost caramel
deep rich flavor with a slight bitter aftertaste. top notch

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect used motor oil black, has a large dark head. Great smell of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Has a roasted taste with a hint of smokiness to it. Very thick.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has a strong boozy aroma with notes of chocolate. Flavor is sweet, smooth and rich. Has notes a chocolate and a Carmel like sweetness. Surprisingly it doesn't have a boozy mouthfeel or aftertaste. Overall a really nice stout

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues TenFIDY.

At long, longggggggg last I finally get to try this highly acclaimed juggernaut of a beer. Only took me three or four years haha. Anyway, scored a 4 pack for 15.99. Did not go into the store with intentions on buying this..and then I saw it sitting there looking lonely and calling my name like your mom after I dumped her when we had you. Enough fucking talk, let us get to it.

Look - I've said abyss. I've said motor oil. I've said darkness, pitch black, and your wives blown out vagina. But this right here is officially the blackest beer I have ever seen. Poura blacker than Charlie Murphy out of the twelve ounce can into a pint glass with the deepest, darkest mocha head I have ever given my witness testimony to seeing. Carbonation will obviously be impossible to read given the supreme depth of this beer. The stick is moderate in nature and clings to the glass quite well.

Smell - Woahwoahwoah...I've never seen hops like this in ANY stout before. Big grapefruit and floral notes right off the bat met in the middle by roasted malts and chocolate and coffee and this and that. This is most definitely the MOST UNIQUE nose I have ever come across in any beer I have ever cracked open. Well...this will be an interesting flavor profile.

Taste - Tropical mango and grapefruit piths really stand out in this beer. Honestly I think this may be one of the most tropical beers I have ever tasted. After the initial tropical assault you are met by the chocolate and roast though they stay tame relative to the hops. There is a huge vanilla note as well that really dominates the mouth as you continue into the beer. A palate wrecking stout? Well that's certainly new. It tastes like mixing a ' Lil Sumpin Extra! ' with a ' Stone IRS '. This is an incredibly sweet beer with a melding of bitterness. They do not cancel out and instead join into a unison of boozey goodness. The alcohol isn't present at all.

Feel - The feel os this beer is thick with a higher than any other level of creamyness. The fresh hops once again dominate this aspect and the malts are turned down from the taste though there is an ever present roasted smokiness. The beer swallows once again very sweet and very bitter in an odd unison that I have never encountered beforw in anything I have drank. Should also add that the carbonation doesn't appear to even be a factor in this one. Beer is so damn thick it gave me a mustache.

Overall - This is easily the most unique beer I have ever had. With that said, if you know a hophead who hates stouts or a stouthead who hates IPAs this would be the gift to give them for christmas. Ultra hopped and fresh to death. Nice melding of the sweetness amd the bitterness. I've drank some bitter and some sweet beers before but this one was king in both categories, nearly choking me up a few times. This is not your typical high ABV dark stout. This is a whole new dimension of beer making.

Note: I will likely update ratings as I continue into the four pack.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured super thick and lights-out black. 1 finger of gorgeous caramel colored head. Beautiful looking beer.

I am surprised with the aroma. I definitely get the chocolate and coffee with a kiss of tobacco smokiness, but the most prominent aroma is a hop-like citrus note. It's almost like a sour twang. Alcohol also does come through in the finish.

Taste is really nice. Nice and thick with beautiful rich chocolate and coffee notes. Minor smokiness throughout the sip. While the beer is not all that bitter, the citrusy hops push forward which does cut the richness, but detracts from the main components of the beer. Alcohol heat does come through slightly in the finish which warms the body pleasantly. Nice amount of carbonation and beautifully thick mouthfeel.

Overall, i think hops are a bit unbalanced in this one. Again, not the bitterness, but the slightly sour, citrus notes. Tone the citrus down and the beer is a perfect balance of smoke, chocolate, and coffee. Also, with all the great stouts available, not sure the price is justifiable. I see this pairing well with a porcini and espresso rubbed hangar steak with a red wine Demi glacé. It gets a 86/100.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6 on tap at my local pub, not a bad investment. Very smoky flavor mixed with chocolate, coffee and hints of burnt fruit. This is what a stout should taste like, heavy and packed with flavor. I noticed "men" down at the end of the bar drinking light beer and I wanted to strip down to my loincloth and behead them with my sword after sacking the nearest village. This is a man's beer and should be treated as such.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a stem glass. Canned on 10/05/15.

Pours a dark cola brown, but looks pitch black in the glass, topped by a finger and a half of creamy mocha brown head.
The nose burnt sugar, dark chocolate, caramel, raisins, soy sauce, vanilla, and burnt toast. A typical imperial stout aroma. Intense.
Complex and delicious in flavors. Loads of dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, toast, and cacao. Plenty of brothy umami, soy sauce, makes it hearty. A twinge of sweet dark fruits in the middle as well; figs and raisins. Finishes balanced between sweet and dry with cocoa and coffee bitterness. A hint of earth as well. Only a very faint warmth of alcohol for being 10.5% abv.
The mouthfeel is full, thick and smooth, typical for the style and lovely.

This is a really good imperial stout. Worth picking up every fall, for certain. I'll probably be enjoying many more of these over the course of the winter.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can, 2 years aged, pours a black color, hints of red in the light with a thin light brown head. The odor for me is chocolate, vanilla, milky, sweet, slightly nutty, slight coffee, roasted malts, slight tree sap note. The taste for me is dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, roasted malts, not much bitterness.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black. Dark brown head. Good amount of lacing. Nose is subdued with sweet chocolate notes. Taste is great. Roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, coffee. Feel is slick and chewy. Coats the mouth. Overall, an excellent RIS that's easily obtained.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a NC 12 oz can into pint glass.

Pours black with thin 1 finger dark tan head, that retreats quickly.
Obviously a lot of malt on the nose with some chocolate and toast.
Lots of malt flavor with a good deal of coffee. A good amount of sweetness to go with the espresso. No taste of alcohol, very well done.
A real nice creaminess when held in my mouth. Very little carbonation.

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Photo of scottyg354
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coming from a stout connoisseur this is one top notch beer. Pours very dark and viscous like motor oil. Brown head that lingers with nice lacing. Smells of chocolate, molasses and burnt toast follow through into the taste, combining with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Mild hop character evens out the maltiness. A great beer. Oskar Blues seems to never disappoint.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(out of 12oz. can) - Pours straight motor oil after not being changed for 5 years Black. Huge dark tan head that lasts for about 3 minutes. Smells of caramel, chocolate, coffee, toffee, toasted bread, and burnt oatmeal. Taste follows the smell to a T, with a nice lingering on the tongue. Intensifies as it warms. Mouthfeel is just how it looks, thick, creamy and oily with med-low carbonation. Alcohol is warming, but not extremely noticeable. Overall, a great representation of a RIS. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thu beer pours a solid molasses black with a large-for-a-stout mocha-colored head. The aroma brings in dark chocolate, caramel, burnt sugar, and molasses. The flavor leads with burnt sugar, licorice, chocolate, and a slight smoked gaminess. The mouthfeel is rich, but more understate than many stouts, which I like. As it warms the booziness becomes more apparent. Overall this is an awesome, rich, superstar stout.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/9/14 poured in a duvel glass

L: Pours absolutely pitch black with a finger and a half of a burnt brown/tan head.

S: Burnt malts, toffee, bitter chocolate..some coffee maybe some burnt wood.

T: I get bitterness at first relaxing with chocolatey warmth some burnt/roasted character at the end..

F: Thick and viscous...like everyone says, motor oil big time! Usually not a trait I enjoy but with this beer it just works like I said so balenced...

O: Being that I'm not a stout guy in surprised to say I really enjoyed this ..so balenced may start to push me to the dark side.

Will have to try fresh to compare and see if I enjoy it as much as I did with a year in it!

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Photo of EMH73
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a thick, creamy beige head that is well retained. Smells and tastes of espresso and chocolate. This is what a Russian Imperial Stout should be. Can't wait to find it again.

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Photo of braker649er
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is big beer. Rich and powerful. Deep and dark. Thick and boozy. Smooth and biting. Easy to see what the ratings are all about. Not sure what more you could ask for in an Imperial Russian Stout. Black color, thick lingering tannish head, smooth going down with a backburn of sweet booziness. Has to be high on my charts.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.