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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,406 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,406
Hads: 8,939
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 646
Gots: 2,305 | 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

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

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Photo of sittinggc
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 8/26/15. Poured into teku glass.

Look: Black with a nice khaki head. Good head retention.
Smell: Roasty.
Taste: Like the aroma, roasty. Sweet chocolaty flavors give way to nice espresso notes. Tasty. Alcohol very well hidden.
Feel: Nice and creamy. Chewy, just like I enjoy my stouts

Overall: It took me way too long to try this beer. Boy was I missing out because this beer is phenomenal! Probably my favorite non-adjunct/BA stout. And at $14 a 4 pack, its a pretty good deal. Pick this brew up!

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

R: black with a long lasting creamy tan head
N: rich burnt caramel bitter-sweetness
B: full creamy body, sweet mocha with more of a hefty bitterness following up in the finish, pure indulgence

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the line at oskar blues wasnt very long surprisingly. so i was able to finally try this one out. good solid stout from these guys. never had a bad beer from them

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Photo of SGerrard
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal RIS. Had on draft in a half pint glass (not the best for any level of appreciation, I understand). Mouth feel was a complete sensory experience, with a rich coating that persisted. Excellent go-to stout, much like the Expedition for me.

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Photo of engle1wj
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - black in color and pours with a good amount of head which is brown in color

Smell - the smell was sweet with roasted notes but wasn't jumping out of the glass.

Taste - lot of roasted notes and the alcohol was hidden well with the beer especially with an over 10% abv

Feel - the roasted notes linger and it has a bit of a thick feel

Overall - very solid beer for an russian imperial stout. once you let it warm up it really comes to life

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Photo of Calvinistic
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is expensive, but well worth the money if you like a great stout!

L - poured slowly from a silver can into my favorite stainless steel mug at room temperature. Pitch black with a small dark tan head.
S - smells sweet like syrup having a consistent maple/caramel character.
T - sweet at first, with extremely strong malt flavor, then smoky caramel and a lingering pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Then it turns sweet again. No dark fruit here, yet that is not a fault given the strength and complexity of the flavors. It's almost like a liquefied form of teriyaki beef jerky! Amazing. Makes you want to take another sip.
F - yummy and thick like syrup with strong carbonation.
O - I look high and low for great imperial stouts and this one is just excellent. A super combination of flavor, smell and mouthfeel. But keep in mind that this is a heavy and powerful beverage. "Ten Fidy" stands for the high 10.50% ABV. One of these is plenty for me. This is a flavorful sipper, not a session brew to just gulp down. If you like strong dark beers, you can't go wrong with this one. In a word, "spectacular!"

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Photo of Walligator
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look: Thick and BLAK! Held up to a bright lite, no way you're going to se through this stout
The smell: 60deg. I got the burnt barrel up front, but not as boozy as I expected. Must've been that particular barrel ( maybe used one time too many?)
The taste: 60deg. out of a can, but first taste was burnt barrel then metalic. Not sure where that comes from. Sweet up front then bitter. I have plenty to compare this stout to and PERSONALLY, I can't see the 96/100 ratings.
Feel: 60deg. Poured like thin syrup and that was what I expected. You gotta love barrel aged stout!
Over all: Excellant RIS, but as to be expected, you have to let this rest and come to it's cences.As it warmed to hand temp., the more inline the smells and flavours become

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Jet black, viscous, super thick, motor oil, half a finger tan/light brown head. Sexy looking beer
Smell - roasted coffee, chocolate, coco, underling sweetness
Taste - Follows the nose. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some sweet caramel notes
Feel - Best mouthfeel Ive ever experienced!! So thick you can chew on it. Absolutely amazing.

Overall - This is a game changing beer for me. Really opened my eyes to what stouts are capable of.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. The appearance in the glass is black, thick, and almost tarry with red highlights. The handsome one-finger head is a medium brown foam composed of fine bubbles. The aroma is malty, roasty sweet with hops presence. The taste is like the aroma with the addition of black coffee with sugar and along with slight burnt sugar plus a slight astringency. There is no alcoholic burn. The astringency remains as an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perfect: chewy with perfect carbonation. Overall, this one is a winner and a new favorite for me!

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Photo of ivorycannon
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Coco, coffee, chocolate, a little bit of a smokey flavor to it. For me, it is all about the mouth feel. So damn chewy...amazing really. Maybe some dark fruits to.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a dark inky black with a thick dark creamy head.

smells like coffee, a faint aroma but aromatic nonetheless. almost hoppy coffee.

taste is fantastic, sweet roasted coffee.

very smooth, finishes with a coffee roast. like drinking iced coffee but it's beer!

i imagine this would be perfect on a cold day. thankfully i picked some up to have for a while. my first time having this and already one of my favorite stouts!

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Photo of govlady
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter out of the can.

A : Pours pitch black with probably three fingers of head, light brown.

S : not too strong of a smell, can smell some rum, chocolate, cocoa.

T : burnt, chocolate, malty, cocoa, can taste the alcohol, but it goes down smooth

F : pretty thick, great feel, full body

O : A solid Russian Imperial Stout. I was hoping for a stronger smelling beer, but it definitely gets the job done. Not a perfect beer, but a pretty damn good stout.

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Photo of kculrich
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can into a 13oz tulip, sitting out at the picnic table on a 90° day. Inky black but glowing red in the sun like the malevolent heart of pure evil, a small dirty brown head like the enzyme scum that runs out of washing machines and collects in the salt marsh at low tide - so ugly I want to take it home and make rough love to it... wait, did I type that? S: Roasty-toasty malts, cherries and booze. T: A boozy mocha frappachino, toasty but otherwise uncomplicatedly boozy. F: some fizz but mostly creamy smooth and thick. O: Tasty, but the taste doesn't live up to its look, nose and feel. Still, I'm not left feeling like I wasted those calories. Maybe I should have shelved it for a year instead of drinking it straight off.

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Photo of L0ne
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From backlog. 12 oz can, November 2014.

Pours pitch black and viscous with a foamy head the color of wet sand. Chocolate, anise, sweetness and roastiness from the malts, a little bit of boozy alcohol, some dark fruit, and maybe hints of cherry. Feels thick, creamy, and rich without being too much.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into an antique German chalice

Pours like black motor oil. Huge, dense brown foam cap . Bazillions of tiny bubbles , settle into larger bubbles in a dense layer . Noticeable lacings

Aroma of roast coffee malts, licorice, rum, alcohol

Roasted malts, smooth, coffee roast, not bitter.

Smooth but you feel the alcohol burn. Powerful stout, very good

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Photo of MichaelProcton
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black as the night, with an almost egregiously big head. Malty, roasty smell. Tastes creamy and delicious, with sweet chocolate that lingers for what feels like days. Still, this beer seems to float above your palate rather than weighing itself down. Very tasty, and I'd prefer to have one at home where I could let it warm rather than a crowded bar.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a globe snifter glass from a 12 oz can aged 2 years, exactly - as in 9/5/13. Wow, didn't mean for that to happen intentionally!

A : Pours a tarry, motor oil 100% black out of the can, creating a reddish almond head of about 2 fingers. It's not too large, even small for this snifter, but it sticks around with a mossy layer of salmon-colored froth on top, also adhering softly to the sides as its swirled.

S : Lots of Russian going on here. A strong alcohol presence with hits of rum, chocolate (chip, syrup, burnt, powder), oats, anise, and burnt malts. Some fig and cherry notes as well.

T : This is highly burnt, both in malts and in alcohol. It's not a bad burn, but a smooth one. It's like a fire cavern in your mouth. Some black licorice underneath, with burnt chocolate chip cookies that were left in the oven too long (the crunch, the char, and the melted chocolate). Overall I'm left craving more chocolate, oatmeal, and depth.

F : The feel of this beer is highly sophisticated, and powerful. It's a creamy wash of depth and electricity, like firecrackers going off in a froth of heavy cream. It ends burnt and relatively dry.

O : This is a solid Imperial Russian Stout, but not quite my favorite. What it has going is lots of power, burn, screamin' alcohol, and some nice chocolate/licorice notes. I could have used more versatility in flavor and not as much linearity of the one-noted burnt alcohol/chocolate. I'm sure by the time I'm done with this snifter I'll be close to nap time. Already feeling this.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from HomeBrewStuff. Black and inky, thick foamy dark tan head. Instant chocolaty aroma, smell the roast malt. Tons of bitterness in the flavor, lots of bite, lingers for quite some time. Alcohol warmth stays through from first taste to finish. Oily, slick and slippery. High quality brew.

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Photo of Gerad_12
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is BLACK. Very dark looking, but has a surprisingly lighter flavor (in comparison to how dark it is). Great night cap, and incredibly smooth.

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Photo of nizzle8287
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of TomMorris
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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, dark fruits and berries, 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; not too sweet nor too savory and twangy. Truly balance in a can. 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!

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Photo of danh53
3.89/5  rDev -10%
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.

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