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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,750 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,750
Reviews: 2,272
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 489
Gots: 1,541 | FT: 95
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz. can poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pardon my language, but HOLY SHIT this beer is DARK. There's no color, no light shining through during the iPhone flashlight test, and absolutely no highlights either. What. The. Hell. This brew is scary! A moderately vigorous pour results in a monstrous light brown head that's dense and creamy and takes ages to deflate. Leaves tons of lacing in its wake.

S: Delectably rich semi-sweet chocolate syrup and roasted malts up front create a boisterous and powerful aroma. A little bit of roasted coffee and Earthy hops come through as well. One of the most delightful aromas I've experienced.

T: This is unbelievable... These flavors are off the charts. HUGE waves of rich, decadent chocolate. Those Earthy hops creep in that add just enough bitterness to offset the chocolatey sweetness. The middle offers a few molasses-like notes, but primarily consist of the initial chocolate hop medley. It's all beginning to feel a little too sweet, but then... the finish offers a wonderful deviation from the candied bliss and transitions to an absolutely phenomenal freshly-ground roasted coffee. Bliss. Pure Bliss.

M: The body is full, and it might actually be more accurate to describe it as huge. The closest thing to a flaw I can find here is that it's not as creamy and rich as I had hoped and the carbonation is just a hair above my comfort level in a RIS, but even still, I can't drop it below "outstanding." Oskar Blues just knows what they're doing.

O: I'm having a hard time processing my thoughts into words right now... I've always held Stone's offering of this style in the highest regard, but I think it has been replaced. I don't know what the folks down at Oskar Blues are doing, but they're doing it right. Every aspect of this brew is so powerful and each flavor is so intense that it borders unbearable, but then it transitions into something new and it just all adds up to a divine experience. I'm simply in awe right now, and slightly sad that I've taken the last sip whilst typing my conclusion... If you haven't had this yet, stop what you're doing right now and buy it.

ThePaintedGrey, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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Photo of m_hall
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. can (a can!) into a tulip glass. This is not a dark beer... this is BLACK. Midnight black. Outer-space black. Satanically black. It actually seems to pull in the light from around it... holding it up to a light, nothing penetrates. This inkiness is topped by a thick two-finger chocolate-colored head that fell slowly to a cap that left a cobweb of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas of coffee and toast are very apparent, a subtle earthiness, as well as tangy hop notes, vanilla, and alcohol.

The flavor of this is impossibly complex... the expected espresso, chocolate, and toasted bread notes are immediately perceived, with a touch of molasses fighting for attention in the background as a titanic wave of pungent hop bitterness sweeps in, somehow managing to harmonize with the lingering, almost ash-y roasted malt notes and warming alcohol. Even with the strapping 98 IBU bitterness rating, it all seems just right given everything else that's going on here. Subtle? No, but wonderful just the same.

The mouth-feel is rich and full-bodied, but with a surprising amount of carbonation lending it a tingle that keeps it from being syrup-y. It's not something you're going to quaff with abandon, but at 10.5 ABV that would be a foolhardy proposition in any case.

This is a true classic among Imperial Stouts, a masterpiece... powerful, uncompromising, demanding, this is the Death Metal of beers, and much like that musical genre not for everyone's taste, but very rewarding for those willing to explore its dark depths.

m_hall, Yesterday at 10:11 AM
Photo of dm123
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

dm123, Yesterday at 09:13 AM
Photo of pagriley
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz can a few months old

A - pours oil black with decent 1 finger tan head that lingers
S - sweet malts with roasted coffee and hints of dark fruit
T - Malt forward with a thwack of roast bitterness at the back end
M - rich, creamy and full bodied - session this indeed...

Overall a superb imperial stout - pretty much the benchmark for me. Have had this a year old and it does evolve nicely, but fresh is pretty much just awesome, so not sure how many will see a birthday from this year in my cellar!

pagriley, Yesterday at 03:55 AM
Photo of SomethingClever
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into tulip glass

A: darkness pure and simple mocha head it laces and clings on the glass

S: licorice roasted malts maybe some alcohol 

T: deep robust roast, silky chocolate, licorice, a little coffee, nutty sweet on the tongue big satisfying aftertaste

M: creamy luscious on the mouth just coats and clings even after it is gone it just lays on your tongue 

O: Amazing its deep complex layered and the mouthfeel goes and goes it's everything a stout should be and it's in a can. WTF are you reading this for buy it now price be damned

SomethingClever, Yesterday at 02:56 AM
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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Wiz99, Friday at 06:55 PM
Photo of Big_V
3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

12oz can poured into my sniffer
A-Dark with very faint head
S-Maybe some roasted malt with chocolate. Not much else.
T-Getting faint chocolate and some coffee. About it. Got a nice buzz quickly from just one can.
M-low carbonation, heavy body
O-The can didn't provide a date. Not getting much in the flavor department that other people have described. To me this beer was just 'meh'. If I'm in the mood for a stout this won't be my first choice.

Big_V, Friday at 03:15 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

odomosan, Friday at 04:02 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

SeattleBoB76, Friday at 01:51 AM
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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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