Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,376
Hads: 8,796
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 622
Gots: 2,202 | FT: 120
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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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Reviews by Gryphon69:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (2,136 characters)

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

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

An Imperial Stout in a can--you've gotta love that.

Pours a motor oil consistency, ink black, dark as Satan's heartless soulless pit, liquid that's crowned with a thick, rich-looking coffee-colored head--hold the cream and sugar. Aroma is surprisingly soft with some fresh grain, hint of smoke and estery, dark ripe fruits taunting in the back. Creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, viscous, with a rich malty base. Tangy molasses, molten chocolate cake, major roastiness going on with more smoke, char, double espresso and burnt raisins. Overripe black cherries. Bitter, but not puckering, more of an overall acridness that engulfs the palate. Hop presence is leafy, herbal, earthy, with a hint of lemon--barely detectable in the black chaos. Alcohol is well hidden, but sneaks into your brain eventually with a warming fuzz. Finish is exactly like you just had a double chocolate chip cookie in your mouth.

This one puts the "A" in "Holy crap!" (976 characters)

Photo of StuartCarter
5/5  rDev +16%

10w40 mixed with dark chocolate, dark coffee, dark fruit, and a hint of degenerate matter from a neutron star.

One isn't enough, two is too many! (146 characters)

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

I get tired of drinking stouts that are less than the best. Thank God for Ten FIDY.

I get tired of dark beers that are merely opaque. This sucks the light out of the room like all black holes.

The taste is so smooth and easy, you feel it is a part of you. You don't notice you're drinking it; only the bliss remains. (And the after effect of 10.5 ABV.)

May it be stocked everywhere, at all times. Amen. (407 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 spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

A - Pours midnight black with a wonderful thick brown foamy head.
S - Aroma is of roasted coffee and chocolate.
T - I taste bitter or burnt chocolate.
M - Not as chewy as I expected, more medium body.
O - This is an outstanding Imperial Stout, can't think of one better. (271 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 MisterKilderkin
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

good stout to have with breakfast. or whenever people drink stouts. (67 characters)

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

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can from which I forgot to get any dating information before recycling it. That said, I know for a fact this can is from last year (2013), so it's just about a year old at this point. Poured into a large 33 oz snifter glass.

Appearance (4.25) - It's hard to think of any way to describe the look of this beer other than motor oil with about a finger of ecru-colored chocolate mousse resting on top. It's the kind of brown that's so dark that there is no point in even trying to distinguish between the shad and true black. It matches the black on the can. The head is about a finger thick and slowly fades away to leave a film across the surface of the film and flecks of lacing here and there on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.0) - Initial aromas are all varieties of roasted and toasted malts. Dark notes of burnt toast and char along with some more subtle elements of baker's chocolate and even hints of what reminds me of coffee grounds, but the variety that has been ground awhile ago, leaving them without the distinct coffee bean pungency.

Taste (4.25) - The promises of the smell are all delivered with interest--rich notes of semisweet chocolate and notes of bitter char and roasted grain are again front and present. There are also more earthy profiles of damp soil and soggy tree bark, even a bit of dried tobacco, albeit fleeting. It's relatively sweet, but not the cloying, toothache inducing kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Full bodied and viscous, with a weight just like it's motor oil appearance. Moderate carbonation to counteract it from becoming sludgy. Semisweet and lingering finish on the tongue.

Overall (4.25), a fantastic beer and easily the best big, bold russian imperial stout in a can that I've had. This would be a great nightcap to have around the fire after a day of camping and drinking more heat-friendly canned beers in the sun. As the night comes over and the air starts to chill, whip out your can of Ten FIDY, pour it into your metal mess kit cup and sip away by the light of the fire. (2,057 characters)

Photo of Spider889
2.65/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Canned on 10-12-10", consumed 7/30/2011. Once again I am convinced that Oskar Blues just sits on shelves in FL where I bought this single.

Also on the can under the canned on date: "4th time's the charm?"

Huh? No explanation, and the usage of the question mark alone is enough to annoy me.... whatever.

A - Poured into a snifter. Very thick, I mean, really really damn thick. I took a lot of work to get a short head, but when I succeeded it was a dense fudge color and very short lived.

S - Dense, rich roast. Not much going on beyond that. Maybe some burnt brown sugar.

T - Roast and ash. Cigarette butts - this is actually the first time I have wanted to use this descriptor. There's a bit of fruit on the finish (plum and raisin).

M - Bitter, thick, and quite boozy.

O - Boy do I not get the hype and praise this beer gets. So far I am not all that impressed with Oskar Blues. This was simply an unpleasant beer to drink. (933 characters)

Photo of JNForsyth
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a snifter glass.

L - Pitch black like motor oil (hence the name) with a nice thick light brown head that stuck around. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Getting some dark fruits but kinda lacking in this depatment.

T - Dark fruits with a nice little alcohol kick.

F - Super creamy and thick, really seems to coat the inside of your mouth.

O - A really great, super accessible Imperial Stout. (425 characters)

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

Pours oily black and clearly viscous with an ample two finger brown head. Smells slightly sweet with dark cherry, dark chocolate, brown sugar and roast malt. Tastes really nice, blended nicely between the cherry and sugar and some hop bitterness and malt tang. Mouth feel is viscous but has just enough carbonation to offset that thickness. Overall, this is a really wonderful imperial stout....best I've had in a while. (424 characters)

Photo of m_hall
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,555 characters)

Photo of Trentt2
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a stout should be. Smooth and rich. Had both growler and can. Growler a bit better but both some of the best beer be ever had (132 characters)

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just epic beyond belief, this is my favourite imperial stout hands down l, if you can find this exceptional stout buy some. 5/5 O.B.D91 (135 characters)

Photo of jdoge_crft
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

almost everything i am looking for in a stout. black as tar, dark fruit & licorice smell, wonderful taste & coating. would definitely buy again (143 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily anthracite with no highlights whatsoever (not even with blindingly bright sunlight behind the glass). The fudge milkshake-colored crown looks more dense than a fudge milkshake and looks fantastic as it slooowly melts. A serrated band of thick lace is just beginning to appear. No hesitation here. This is a picture-perfect RIS.

The snifter is undoubtedly helping, but the aroma is both powerful and pungent. I'm sure that massive amounts of chocolate and roasted malt are the reason why. Rich chocolate fudge actually describes the nose pretty well. Roasted coffee bean and spruce-like hops are noted as well. Given the stated 98 IBUs, the hoppiness isn't a bit surprising.

Although it's still a little cool, the flavor doesn't have the intensity that was expected after the eyeball and nose tests. It's good, it just isn't extraspecialsuperduperamazinglyfantastic good. I spoke a few minutes too soon. A few more degrees make all the difference in what is now a muffled explosion of flavor that oozes into every nook and cranny of my tongue.

Bittersweet chocolate leads the way. A stout with this much malt (let's call it gargantuan) needs a considerable amount of hops (let's call it withering) to maintain some degree of balance and to stay on the drinkable side of cloying. Mission accomplished. This isn't the hoppiest RIS that I've ever had, but it's in the top-5.

Other than Hershey kisses, the flavor profile contains the same roasted coffee beans and pine sap that was noted in the nose. Let's throw in anise, blackstrap molasses and several pounds of white grapefruit zest as well. For hopheads who like massive stouts almost as much as DIPAs (like me) this stuff is manna from heaven.

Like appearance, mouthfeel is a no-brainer. The first ounce told me all I needed to know. It's huger than huge, smoother than smooth and plusher than plush. How in the world did the brewers manage to pack so much malt into such a small can? There are just enough bubbles floating around to keep the beer from feeling flat. Again... perfection.

Now, a word about the beer's name. My first thought was that Ten FIDY was a slang way of saying 'ten fifty', whatever that's supposed to mean. The fact that FIDY is capitalized made me dig deeper. I now believe that it's a recognized acronym meaning (F)*** the (I)ndusty, (D)o it (Y)ourself. Tell me I'm wrong, Oskar Blues. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the best toss-in ever.

I used to think that Oscar Blues brewed the best canned beer in the universe... until Surly Furious, Bender and CynicAle came along. Ten FIDY, however, can stand toe-to-toe with some of the best RISs out there. Since Surly Darkness will most likely never see the inside of a can, this brew seems destined to be the finest canned Russian Imperial stout the planet Earth has ever known. (2,809 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unbelievably today was the first time I have had this offering.Poured into a way over chilled pint glass at Sticks and Stones a jet black with a minimal mocha colored head that was gone quickly.Aromas of dark fruit,vanilla,and dark roast mainly stood out in the nose,a bit of char also showed thru as the beer warmed up to the right temp.Sweetish and rich up front with vanilla,and dark fruit standing out,the chocolate flavors are more bitter along with a hefty roast in the finish.Its thick and chewey and glides down easy,it is a big brash IRS,one to savor. (560 characters)

Photo of Shawnadams330
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RoyalT
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is very dark in color, solid black if that's possible, with a beautiful, super-dark head that is (I really know there is no such thing as this) a light black color. The head showed great retention and just looked like a puffy goose-down pillow.

Smell - This is my favorite type of RIP profile. The roasted malts are there but very faint. The big aroma is that stiff brown sugar on toast with butter washed down with a cool cup of cocoa.

Taste - The wonderful sweetness from the nose comes over at the taste with a perfect step up from the roasted malts. There is a very mild and pleasant burnt flavor that does a terrific job of lightly cutting the big sugars. The finish is all roasty malt just the way I like it.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but I wouldn't call it full. The bitterness is not shy but doesn't overpower. There's a light tinge of alcohol in the middle with a tick up in the bitter department at the end. There's some decent carbonation in here as well which I usually don't find much of in the style but here it seems right at home.

Drinkability - One of the best-drinking 10% RIPs that I've ever had, and from a can yet. (1,177 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to xmarcnolanx for trading this to me. It's surprisingly fun to watch a jet black and oily beer with a mega huge brown head pour from a can. Truly. Ten Fiddy's appearance is nearly unbeatable. Carbonation is relatively light but the head remains an inch or more thick for several minutes before coming to rest at about a 1/4 inch. Aroma is deeply roasted with faint cherry and vanilla notes. Caramel malt is also present in the aroma but coffee and chocolate are both mysteriously absent. The flavor changes things up a bit as that intense roasted malt character leans towards coffee. I emphasize leans because coffee character in this beer is subtle at best. Chocolate too is minimal if present at all in the taste. Again , however, cherry is quite pronounced with some vanilla as well. Creamy is an understatement as to mouthfeel. As stated, carbonation level is low, and the bubbles that are around just seem to roll of the tongue. Nice bitterness in the finish. Extremely smooth, creamy, and luscious. Not as depthful as I would like and lacking a couple of those key RIS atributes, but...this is still a wonderful beer. It's so easy to drink, looks and feels great, and taste pretty decent. If this becomes available around here I could see picking up a 4-pack with some regularity. (1,299 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NicMurray
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (347 characters)

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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