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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,001 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,001
Reviews: 2,211
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 454
Gots: 1,246 | FT: 84
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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Reviews by krustster:
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krustster

Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a thick black with a preposterously huge, sticky, super-persistent dark brown head. When I say a huge head, I mean I poured this into a giant snifter and the head almost reached the top (when usually there's a few inches of space even on the foamiest brews). After a minute it faded to a manageable level that looks incredibly creamy and thick. The lacing is so thick and heavy that it actually seems to be drying in place on the glass like paint. People always describe imperial stouts as being "like used motor oil" but this may very well be the most apt example of that term that I've seen. No light shines through, even at the very edges, and it slops around like a glass of wood varnish. Incredible density and viscosity.

Smell is actually a little odd and not as exciting as the look. I get a large serving of fresh, almost vegetal coffee, with a bit of "roast" and not a whole lot else. It's kind of odd that there's such a coffee smell; as far as I know this doesn't actually have any coffee in it. Maybe a trace of alcohol in the nose but it's almost all coffee to me.

Taste: uuaauuhh god man. Weirdly, this beer tastes more like how it looks than how it smells, if that makes sense. There's a touch of coffee in the taste, but the appearance, to me, hinted at a sweeter and more roasted flavor. That's what comes through here. It's not quite as sweet as Mystery Stout but there's a huge sweetness almost like molasses. Following that is a blast of roasted malt tapes, massive dark chocolate, really almost milk chocolate considering how low the bitterness is, and that hard-to-quantify "flaked oat" taste backing it up. The finish is lengthy and thick with coffee. It's easy to see why this is considered a classic of the style. The variety of flavors is standard, but each one stands out and they almost come in stages: first molasses, then malt, then chocolate, then black coffee. Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention over the years, but this is the first beer where I've actually noticed a distinct progression of flavors, one after the other. The finish goes on for ages. Even as I'm writing this sentence, it's been minutes since my last sip and I'm still noticing new elements as it fades. Amazing!

Mouth feel: oily, syrupy, coats your mouth and throat almost like pepto-bismol (though the taste is far different). Incredibly viscous. It actually leaves a feeling in my mouth and throat like--and I know this is going to sound gross but I mean it in a positive way--drinking whole milk and/or having a bad cold. It just leaves that thick, borderline disturbing mucus-y feeling in the back of your throat. Maybe I'm out of line, but I love it in the right context. And of course, the right context is drinking a massive, oily beer. Finally, there's just a hint of alcohol burn that seals the deal perfectly. It never overstays its welcome, but you also never forget that you're blasting a 10.5% imperial stout. It's a beer to be respected.

Overall, the number of reviews and overall score for this beer should tell you all you need to know. It took me a long time to get around to it, mainly because it's not available where I live (I ordered it online in accordance with a free shipping deal) but now that I have it, I feel like one of the missing puzzle pieces in my life has fallen into place. This is an absolute benchmark of the style. The flavors and textures are so powerful, so in-your-face, yet so expertly layered... it's near perfect. If a bourbon barreled version of this exists... its power... I don't even want to think about it.

01-01-2014 04:43:53 | More by krustster
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

11-28-2010 20:52:03 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-06-2009 01:34:32 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-10-2012 03:11:30 | More by aszatk01
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

10-22-2007 01:06:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-14-2013 00:38:55 | More by DanGeo
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NicMurray

Florida

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

04-10-2014 14:29:39 | More by NicMurray
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

The pour is extremely viscous, thick, and blacker than a black hole. Let's put it this way - if your motor oil looks like this, then you should have changed your oil months ago. A creamy, tan-leather head caps the beer as it just sits, still and menacing. Swirling the snifter around allows the head to grow even more as the beer makes a slow and deep sloshing noise as it lapses over itself.

The nose is as powerful as the appearance; deeply roasted, almost burnt malts and grains; thick, bittersweet chocolate; creamy, dark fudge. Sweetness is heavily present from the malts, and some cocoa beans, burnt coffee/espresso, and slight char reside in the background. An ever-so-slight hop presence can be detected as well, even more so as the beer warms up; ashy, leafy, herbal. I like RIS's to have a deep, bitter offset, and if the nose is any indication - Ten FIDY will fulfill that desire.

Upon taking the first sip, I'm pretty blown away. The body hits my palate as creamy and chewy as they come. I feel like I should be cutting this beer into pieces with a knife, I can't tell if I'm drinking it or eating it. The intense roasted malts hit your tongue right away and come hand-in-hand with a gentle gradient that runs a slow course on your palate from a mellow sweetness to a sharp, yet delicate bitterness. The malts appear as a rich, dark chocolate, creamy, bitter espresso beans, and even a deep, dark fruit sweetness in the form of bruised figs and raisins.

Once the sweetness has taken its turn, the bitterness starts to make its crescendo on your palate - some more of that sharp fruitiness comes back in a subtle, yet effective way, along with a new set of flavors that start to take over. Ashy, leafy, and herbal hops, woodiness, slight nuttiness, and smokey, charred bitter hints sift through the static and leave a lasting impression long into the aftertaste. I haven't taken a sip in 5 minutes and I can still taste Ten FIDY. The 10.5% ABV is nothing to scoff at, and it provides a robust feel and a solidifying warmth all around. Carbonation is fairly low, but strong enough to bring out the best flavors - it works incredibly well, here.

Ten FIDY is simply outstanding. One of the first Russian Imperial Stouts that I truly fell in love with. It's quite a shame that I can't get this regularly in my region, or you can bet my fridge would be stocked with it all the time. If you're a fan of big-ass, robust RISs, do yourself a solid and seek this bad boy out - you won't be disappointed. Plus - it comes in a can. How fucking cool is that?

10-31-2012 23:53:14 | More by tectactoe
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-03-2014 17:32:37 | More by Hoppin_mad
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ricke

Sweden

4.03/5  rDev -8%

Can.

A pitch black beer that looks really freaky as it pours from the can. A small brown head settles into a ring of lacings.

The aroma is quite powerful with notes of roasted malts, piny hops, chocolate, molasses, coffee and a hint of alcohol. Dangerously close to being a mess, but it keeps it together.

The smell is quite sweet at first with lots of chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and molasses. Hints of soy sauce. Then it turns fairly bitter with notes of bitter roasted aromas and piny hops. Strangely enough, although it feels powerful it feels like it lacks something in the middle. The finish is fairly warming with notes of sweet alcohol, roasted malts and hops.

Medium to full body, quite lively carbonation actually, but the mouthfeel i smooth.

This is quite a massive stout and it's constantly on the edge of collapsing into a sweet and bitter mess, but for the most part I think it manages to deliver. I had this at room temperature and I think I would have liked to have had it served a few degrees cooler.

02-28-2010 19:20:47 | More by ricke
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.2%

Had this on tap and in the can at the Distillery in Sav. GA. Both were equally great.

Ten Fidy pours jet black with a coca colored head. Aroma is full of Roast, Coca, and Dark Fruit, Flavor washes your senses with roast, coffee, rasins and prunes. The alcohol is present as it is in all my favorite imperial stouts, but it is not obtrusive, subtle actually when you consider that it is 10% ABV. Superbly drinkable this beer could get you into trouble if you are not paying attention.

Comparing this beer to others in the style I have to put it at the top, de-throning others such as Avery's Czar, Bell's Expedition, and Old Rasputin. Even the perennial #2 beer can take some lessons away from Ten Fidy.

I don't want to rate this beer perfect, but I can't mark it down in any of the categories in good conscience. At $8 for 12 ounces that is a bit steep, but I'll gladly pay for a couple of snifters full to revisit this gem every winter.

05-27-2011 20:10:22 | More by ExtraStout
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Reviewed from notes written on 2/15/11. Thanks for the venue, Walter the Dog.

Ten FIDY ( I love that name) pours a scorched engine oil black into a medium-sized wine glass. There was no fizz at all when I popped the tab on the can, which led me to wonder if it was under carbonated. No head appears at all; only a faint haze of dark brown sits atop the black body. Just a hint of a brown hue is visible around the edges and there is no lacing to be found on my glass.

The smell is very toffee heavy upfront, with quite a bit of caramel and dark chocolate notes showing through. Some roasted malt and acidic coffee scents are present, but they reside well in the background. Dark cherry and plum aromas also hide in the background. As it warms, the roasted malt and coffee smells become much more prevalent. Strangely, the smell reminds me a bit of creamy Baileys. "I'm Old Greg!"

I find there to be a perfect balance of acidic roastiness and sweet creaminess in the taste. As it warms, the acidic roastiness pops and nudges the the creaminess of the dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel flavors out of the way a bit. This is a very full, complex, present taste with a nicely dry and roasty finish.

Ten FIDY has a full and viscous feel in my mouth. It is very creamy and Baileys-like, but with enough of a roasty and hoppy bite on the sides of my palate to balance the feel out. This beer is a member of the three B's club: Big. Bold. Badass.

This is a slow sipping beer and an ear and face warmer, to be sure. It is not one that I would ever think of having several of in a sitting, simply because it is so heavy. It is, however, a beer that I would be thrilled to have from time to time.

02-25-2011 19:12:22 | More by TCHopCraver
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

09-08-2013 15:08:24 | More by OhioBobcat
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CavemanRamblin

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-31-2014 12:24:29 | More by CavemanRamblin
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-13-2013 20:16:29 | More by Zakk
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-27-2013 19:39:58 | More by jono0101
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MaxT

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-28-2013 04:15:35 | More by MaxT
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Looks like wonderful used motor oil that I want to drink.

Licorice, subtle smoke, chocolate notes on the nose to name a few.

Dark fruit(prune), ruby port, cold coffee, with a dry, bitter chocolate finish and alcohol coming in late and warming the chest.

Mouthfeel is viscous and coats your mouth for a short time after the swallow.

Very well balanced and drinkable for the style. Elegant. It's so strange that this beer comes from a can.

12-31-2009 00:15:14 | More by brownbeer
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abeerdude

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-17-2013 22:12:09 | More by abeerdude
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-25-2011 04:45:08 | More by Schlais
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Imperial Stout out of a can huh? Interesting.

A-I'm not sure if pour is an accurate description of how this comes out of the can. Sludge maybe. Dark think looking motor oil with 1 inch brown head that dissipated quickly.
S-Great espresso chocolate smell. No vegetal smells. Not super compelx but really nice.
T-So thick, bitter espresso, chocolate, light dark fruit taste as warms, some alcohol burn and astringency on the end.
M-So full in the mouth, undercarbonated, the astringency causes not to be totally smooth.
D-This is a sipper for sure. I could put down one more on a cold night.

Over the top flavors, but one you should get your hands on.

06-06-2008 20:42:52 | More by hopsleeroy
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Spaten454

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-14-2014 21:00:31 | More by Spaten454
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Jehrnstrom34

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-07-2013 15:40:20 | More by Jehrnstrom34
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a John Smith's snifter. "Canned with Care 10-27-09"

It pours a nearly jet black with a 1 finger dark mocha head. The head dies fairly quickly leaving just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The nose is deep and rich filled with alcoholic chocolate. The alcohol is nice and warming, absence of harshness. There isn't much of a roasted character at all.

The taste is really great, it's rich and full of sweet sweet chocolate. Much like the nose the roast character is very low but I think, coupled with some hop bitterness, lends a contrast to the sweetness so it isn't overwhelming and cloying. There is just a hint of a nice mild coffee flavor and licorice at the end. It's really a great beer.

Mouthfeel is just amazing. Although it has a nice carbonation level the mouthfeel is liquid velvet, just coats the mouth and doesn't let go. The strength of the beer can be tasted but it's not distracting, it's just great. Drinkability is above average for the style but because of the fuller mouthfeel this beer lends itself to be a nice sipper and enjoyed for a good 30-60+ minutes. Just wonderful.

11-09-2010 06:22:39 | More by weatherdog
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-16-2014 22:08:54 | More by tbryan5
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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 7,001 ratings.