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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew


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6,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 6134
Reviews: 2167
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of HopintheSouth

North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter, looks of spent motor oil! A dirty copper, light brown head even resembles such.

The smell brings on licorice, roasted coffee, and sweet chocolate. Very pleasant.

Subtly sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee. Almost like the best espresso I've ever had, minus the hop bitterness that bites as soon as it hits the tongue. Taste is right on key, and so drinkable at 10.5% abv. Amazing, it's hard to drink it slow!

It's smooth, silky, and leaves a coating almost like milk does in your mouth that stings of hops and the taste of roasted chocolate.

Very good stout, hand's down one of my favorites and glad I got to finally try it. If you can find one, drink it. Oskar Blues did a very good job here!

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 00:01:34 | More by HopintheSouth
Photo of Kuaff


4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought on April 12th, 2014, but canned on September 24th, 2012 (...?!). Enjoyed at cellar temperature in a snifter.

Inky blackness oozed out of the can and, darkly pooling in my snifter, created a one-finger head of mocha-brown froth. Beauty.

From the moment I cracked the can open my nose detected a downright lethal dose of chocolate. This is balanced and enhanced by a thwomp (yes, "thwomp") of rum-soaked raisins and prunes, with a touch of earthy vanilla. Notably chocolaty and fruity, like chocolate-covered raisins smell. The aroma also has a bit of a likeness to the dough of a sweet, dark rye bread.

The flavor is a maelstrom of intense chocolaty maltiness and roasty earthiness. And it has a depth of dark fruitiness I usually only get from Belgian strong dark ales. Simply sublime. Must be the age.

The feel is thick, heavy, and sticky... duh! Anyway, it's great.

Tremendously tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:50:29 | More by Kuaff
Photo of TheDDO


4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 10/19/12. Poured into my KBS tulip glass.

A- Pours black, looks like used motor oil. Finger and a half of creamy toffee colored head, which quickly leaves a sticky lacing down the the glass as it dissipates. Has the look of my kind of Imperial Stout!

S- With the first dip of the glass to the nose, I got coffee, and a hint of soy sauce. Chocolate and roasted malts are also present. The appearance and smell have not disappointed. Onto the taste!

T- I've been waiting for this. Taste follows the nose very well. Coffee, chocolate. I didn't pick up on a soy sauce taste. A slight boozyness follows as the beer is swallowed. Very good! Has the taste of a barrel aged stout.

M- Slightly thick, creamy, very smooth. Leaves a bit of a sticky feel as the beer is swallowed.

O- Ten Fidy is a great beer, very good Imperial Stout! Even though this beer is 10.5 ABV, It didn't go down that way. Very smooth. I was turned off at the thought of an Imperial Stout in a can, but trust me, pop the top, poor this bad boy into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 01:20:43 | More by TheDDO
Photo of abeeronthebeach


4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/07/2013.

A - So this beer is actually black. And I like that. You don't have to mince your words trying to find an adjective for almost-black-but-actually-very-deep-dark-brown. Lacing does not hang around too long, leaving a cauldron of menacing black liquid in my snifter which is awesome.

S - For the first time ever I got a really heavy dose of that soy sauce odour which people talk about. Not a huge fan to be honest.

T - Almost getting a little bit of a sweet bourbon flavour which is cool as this isn't BBA. Burned treacle, soy sauce again. Not much smoke or peat. Moderate earth and mid-roasted malt. A little booze heat which has a warming effect. Pleasant but not mind-blowing.

M - A definite strong point. Pleasingly viscous. Nice and thick and faint carbonation.

O - Good to finally try the widely lauded Ten Fidy. I'd like to try a fresher batch which hopefully won't be as soy saucy. I'll try this again but in my book Narwhal still reigns supreme amongst shelf imperial stouts.

Serving type: can

04-12-2014 08:14:16 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of N_Schleret


4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a motor oil color with a one finger chocolate head that dissipates slowly, light lacing.
S: Roasted malts, burnt chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit.
T: Roasted chocolate and coffee that lingers.
M: Medium heavy, creamy, and very smooth. Dry and sticky on the palate. ABV is well hidden.
O: Very easy to find RIS that does not dissipoint.

Serving type: can

04-11-2014 14:37:44 | More by N_Schleret
Photo of NicMurray


4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this last night for the first time!
It has a smooth oily pour, with a dark head.
a malty, coffee smell, not too overwhelming.
It's finish is glorious with tastes of slight sweetness.
While sipping the flavors became even more robust and delicious.
I really enjoyed this beer and was bummed I only bought one can.
Will definitely buy again!

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 14:29:39 | More by NicMurray
Photo of barhoc11


4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as they get with a nice dark brown head that sticks around pretty well

S: Big Malt and heavy roast smell with very sweet overtones

T: Just as it smells, very roasty with a thick malt backbone. This thing gets better as it warms, with a minimal alcohol burn as it goes down

M: Perfect for the style, the large malt bill makes this beer really thick

O: This is a very good RIS, there are better but I think the availability of this makes it even more impressive. I am curious to see how aging it will change the characteristics

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 00:40:54 | More by barhoc11
Photo of dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on date of 11/25/13; savored on 04/08/2014.

Pours a midnight-black color with a medium light-brown head. Pretty good lacing to boot. Thick, creamy, and vicious is how I would describe this brew. My first Oskar Blues beer and I am impressed to say the least. Smells of coffee, vanilla, and maybe dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, coffee, and some toffee. A chewy, sticky mouthfeel that is extremely easy to drink and oh so smooth. The ABV is very well hidden yet there is an alcohol burn that's present and the end. Oskar Blues hit this stout right out of the park. I've been looking forward to trying this one and I was not disappointed. Became more enjoyable as is warms and I can't wait to find this stout again. Superb!

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 01:42:55 | More by dpgoblejr
Photo of BumpyAZ

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours ink black with one finger of lacey, bubbly mocha colored head which slowly disappeared leaving a ring around the inside of the glass. No light penetrates the body when held to the light.

S: Big aromas of roast malt, chocolate and molasses

T: Similar to the aroma but the flavors aren't as bold. A bit of an alcohol taste to it, with as slight hint of metallic flavor.

M: Medium-thick to thick, minimal carbonation, slight alcohol burn

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:07:56 | More by BumpyAZ
Photo of CowsandBeer


4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter glass. Canned on date of 09/28/2012. “Fig old Bidys.”

Appearance: Pours a finger of mocha colored head which slowly dissipates to a film/ring and leaves sticky clumps of lacing. Slow as molasses. Striking shiny ink black body. It almost looked like clumps were being poured out of the can.

Aroma: Lots of roasted dark malts. Smells papery/cardboardish. Some sweet stone fruit and alcohol. Brings to mind chocolate powder and cold chocolate milk.

Taste: Massive amounts of smooth roasted malts fading into a nice chocolate/coffee taste. More of the papery notes. Slightly smoky, almost savory chocolate. Some leathery raisins. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Huge, thick and heavy. Lots alcohol warmth, almost boozy. Low carbonation for what is one of the better mouthfeels I've had from a stout. Too bad it's so hot.

Overall: A memorable looking stout with a thick, heavy body. The notes of paper/cardboard were not too distracting and were starting to take on some nice nutty chocolate tones not unlike an aged barleywine/old ale. Surprisingly it was boozy and had some residual herbal hop bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: can

04-03-2014 03:30:54 | More by CowsandBeer
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

COD 1/15/14. Pours used motor oil black with a massive head that has excellent retention and lacing. Mild nose of chocolate, roast and a touch of dark fruit over an alcohol base. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Below average carbonation level with no effervescence on the finish. The exceptional flavor profile is complex and balanced. It begins with a blend of chocolate and roast, flows into a touch of smoke and dark fruit then finishes with molasses. The finish is quite smooth and leaves you with a pleasant bite of hop bitterness and alcohol.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 19:19:42 | More by tillmac62
Photo of kdahnke123


3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a very dark black with a two finger medium brown head.
S - Chocolate, malt and a little bit of coffee.
T - Very smooth with a malty backbone and a little bite.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.
O - An above average stout with a medium amount of roast and not too much hops.

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 23:10:39 | More by kdahnke123
Photo of BigMurph


4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black as night no head

S - Smells of toasted chocolate & slightly of coffee.

T - Taste of roasted chocolate and coffee.

M - Very smooth, minimal carbonation heavy, viscous almost oily.

O - Not sure on this one. I got it in an assorted pack so I think I need a few more to really rate it but for now it's good but not quite great.

Serving type: can poured into a pint glass

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 21:48:33 | More by BigMurph
Photo of Bedrocker


4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a snifter.

A: Midnight black. Can't see a ray of light through this one. Leaves a nice dark tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of vanilla. Although the beer smells very good, it doesn't really stand out as much as I would expect, especially considering how it tastes...

T: Coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, molasses, and toffee. This beer is very sweet, but it balances well with the roasted malts and bitter coffee taste. Great coffee aftertaste.

M: One of the best, if not the best, feeling beers I've ever had. So thick you can almost bite down into it. VERY smooth. Creamy as well. Carbonation is perfect, in my opinion. Hides the alcohol very well.

O: One of my go-to stouts. I want to age some to see how it tastes with a year or more on it, but I can't stop drinking from my stash... Oskar Blues hits it out of the park with this beer.

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 03:01:28 | More by Bedrocker
Photo of TCMike


4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Produced a 3 finger, dense, beige head. Beer color is black.

Aroma is of dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses, and a hint of pine.

Taste was similar, but with some dark chocolate, and alcohol. Heavy, sticky mouth-feel. low carbonation.

Very good beer!!

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 22:11:32 | More by TCMike
Photo of fscottkey

New York

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark coffee black with a 2 1/2 finger tan head. The head did not linger for too long and receded into a thin tan cap.

S: Roasted oak smells with chocolate, coffee. There are hints of vanilla and toasted marshmallows. The smell is inviting.

T: Follows the nose - but the coffee is much stronger. Slight boozy taste - but not overpowering or out of place

M: Perfect. Very light on the tongue. Smooth and creamy. Made the beer "feel" about 15 degrees warmer than it was. Slight dry bite on the finish - but among the best mouthfeel beers I have had.

O: This beer lives up to its reputation. It is smooth and very drinkable. The mouthfeel masks the high ABV and makes it go down easily. This is one I'd drink again. Actually for a stout this is one I'd prefer a little colder. I will certainly try that next time.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 01:12:08 | More by fscottkey
Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Stone Snifter. Canned on 11/25/13.

Poured a jet black used oil viscous look. Something to be admired. Aroma is awesome - lots of roast, booze, caramel, chocolate, espresso, toffee, and molasses. Taste is on point with smell. A sweet jar of molasses mixed with espresso, slightly bitter coffee/chocolate, some bourbon, booze and toffee. This one is a real winner. I plan on aging some as well - sounds like it can even improve with age.

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 00:04:22 | More by hops202
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New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here it is, I'm finally trying Ten Fidy.

Absolutely gorgeous beer. Midnight black and viscous. Thick and nearly black head. Never saw a head so dark before. Lots of lacing.

Roastiness, caramel, sugars, leather, bit of not so ordinary spiciness, bit of booze as well. Real bourbon-like. Very sweet smell.

Oh yeah. Bittersweet coffee, black burnt biscuit, bourbon, sugar, hint of booze, maple syrup on the back end. This is something to behold.

Thick, rich, and viscous. Creamy and slick, how an RIS should be. Syrupy sweet aftertaste with just a slight burn.

Amazing stout. It lives up to the hype without a doubt. Such a bold beer and really delicious all around. Perhaps my new favorite stout?

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 00:01:52 | More by PeterParker
Photo of RickS95


4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good luck improving the look, can't be done. Solid black color and thickish, not even a hint of brown. A cascading head slowly forms. It doesn't stop til it's a couple inches thick. It retains well, but as it dies, it thoroughly coats the glass in a sticky lace.

Everything about the beer is dark, even the smell. Dark roasted grains and expresso dominate the nose. While alcohol content is high, it hides from the nose. Hop presence is non-existant.

It tastes spectacular. Roasty grains, expresso are there, but joined by some chocolate nibs. Something sweet resembles sweet milk.

Mouthfeel takes you far from beer, more like a liqueur with it's thick, smooth and creamy feel. It's still grainy, but like an expresso. Lots of sweet, only enough bitter for balance and still, the alcohol is barely there. Full bodied. Faint heat in the finish with a lingering, smooth chocolate coating.

Overall, it's absolutely world class, almost perfect, probably is. There's nothing not to like. This just became available around town, and just might become my go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 03:05:47 | More by RickS95
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South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am blown away by this imperial stout! One of the best I have had in a long time. Had heard great things about this one, was not disappointed.

A: Oily black with a thin, tan head. Great lacing.
S: Coffee, toffee and a hint of vanilla.
T: Coffee, chocolate up front with vanilla coming through - delicious. Complex flavors, yet very balanced. The flavors are bold, as one would expect from a good imperial stout. It finishes with a slight toffee flavor which is very nice-not over done.
MF: very creamy and smooth.
O: Unbelievably good! Don't let the fact that this beer is in a can scare you away. It is amazing. Though the price of the four pack is a bit high, it is worth every penny.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 12:30:34 | More by BeernerdJeff
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out pitch black with a thin, brown head. Smells of cane syrup, heavily toasted bread, loads of American hops, booze, and roasted malt. Flavors are a bit more subdued than the aroma, which is good in the case of the alcohol heat. I get much more chocolate and deep roasted malts and a lot less hop character, as well. I get a good bit of fruity esters as well, which gives off some gummy bear quality. Mouthfeel is full and fairly creamy, with a bit of prickliness at the end of each sip. This is a very good stout, but I can't see myself buying 4 packs of this at the price it's going for.

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 02:59:30 | More by goochpunch
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3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a snifter, date Jan 15th 2014.

A real good pour brings a super dark mocha brown head, thick and rich and easily three fingers tall. Out of the can it's like motor oil still, and hits with an incredibly dark body of black walnut color with no see through quality at all. Real impressive and much better looking than last time.

Nose is a bit mixed with a bit of weirdness. Gone is some of the metallic sense, but a strange sweetness hangs over. It's sort of like a juicy candy, mixing with a faint hints of coffee and very thick rich char. Senses of jammy fruit really seem evident on it also. Quite enjoyable and a bit out of kilter in a fun way.

Palate though provides some interesting notes. There is a bit of twinge and jarring to this, and a sort of ferrous quality. It's really hard to describe. THe mouthfeel is incredibly thick and rich with a very slick oily quality to match bring lots of roast and char coating. Big leafy hop bitterness and matches with tobacco warmth. My fillings are tingling. Where is that thick fruit quality on the palate hinted on the nose?

THe experiences is somewhat similar from what I remember taste wise before, but there's more here on the delivery to explore, and certainly more to enjoy but my overall rating doesn't really change that much, although more positive.

---- 12-09-2010 23:54:18 ---

4, 3, 3.5, 3, 3.5 [3.38]

Poured from the can into a pint glass resembling black motor oil, not much head but does give way to a coffee like chocolate brown bubbles. Head does disintegrate eventually and leaves no ring whatsoever.

Smell consists of faint leaf tobacco but also metallic... don't like that, but there are some very good noses on here but they are weak, faint roast, tiny alcohol heat on nose also. I really do like this nose I just wish it had removed some faults and wasn't so weak. Sometimes from a can I can get that metal/aluminum thing others times I don't, on this one I did.

Taste is syrupy, thick bodied, more so than I would prefer, with tobacco flavors, masking the alcohol well, some malt, with a good finish. There is also a very nice smoked meat/sausage quality on the afterfinish which is great. Luckily the metal/aluminum on the nose doesn't come through on the taste so much. I would like this more if it wasn't so syrup/thick in consistency.

Drinkability though all considering is better than average because there are things worth exploring in this brew for sure.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 23:53:10 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Brenden


4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Given the name, I was really hoping this beer would live up to it, and it really does. Black as tar and almost as thick, this is one RIS that it's easy to tell will deliver. Definite motor-oil viscosity and heaviness means this will be the style as it was meant to be delivered. The medium brown head rises to a finger's height and slowly settles to an eventual half-finger and no further. Patching sticks thickly to the glass and with good distribution.
Big roast, really big, and a touch of char hit the nostrils with a rich, chocolaty sweetness to counter it. There's no tang or astringency in the roast, either, the hallmark of a good RIS and difficult to pull off. Some coffee notes are present and a nice bit of hops just for balance, impressively curbed to let malts rule but still as huge as most DIPAs out there, just so much more packed into the aroma than seems possible. There's a touch of fruity sweetness on the end that seems to be from the alcohol, which is well masked otherwise.
Coffee comes up first with lots of roast, a certain creaminess, and some wood. Dark fruits flash in the middle before it turns back to wood, staying with the roast into a lingering finish. Cocoa is bittersweet, and the hops presence is noted in a particular leafiness. Alcohol is really very well controlled. Smoke also comes into the finish.
Thick and very, very rich, with smoothness that develops in layers but remains constantly creamy. While smoky, woody notes dry it out a little, malts and sweetness keep it semi-dry and a real pleasure to sip. With no indicator of the high alcohol, it would be easy for one to think he or she could drink more of these in a sitting than he or she should.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 21:29:32 | More by Brenden
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Toasty chocolate malt, molasses, slight notes of the alcohol as it warms.

Appearance: Motor oil black, Nice tan head that drops to thin lacing.

Flavor: Toasted chocolate malt, a little cardboard oxidation.

Mouthfeel: Thick a little sticky but not syurpy, smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: Solid basic Imperial stout. The high abv is not noticeable until it warms up. Not much depth in the flavor which is why I say it's a good basic imperial, but overall it is a decent beer, would buy again but I do have many other favorites ahead of this stout. $14 for 4 pack of cans.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 19:12:18 | More by buzzardman
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't wait till stout season to try this one ! Drank from my Ciney sniffer.

A - Pours a thick ebony/oily colour with a nice tight coffee head that retains real well for an impy stout.

S - Nice balanced sweet vanilla and roasted malts.

T - Up front some damn smooth flavours of vanilla and caramel. The roast kicks in mid palate before some nice toffee and vanilla flavours finish off the back palate.

M - Smooth, smooth and damn smooth. Top marks

O - Great stout, You will find it hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 09:17:05 | More by eric5bellies
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