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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,383
Hads: 8,841
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 626
Gots: 2,234 | FT: 121
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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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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can (sweet!) into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a slight coffee colored head only produced by a vigorous pour. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell is a bit one dimensional. Alcohol dominates the nose. Faint hint of chocolate as well.

Taste is nice. Chocolate and esspresso do battle with the noticable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is oil like but in a good way.

Overall, this is a tasty beer. Not the best impy stout I've had but a solid one for sure. Plus it comes in a can! Yeah it does! (488 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely excited to finally try this one out! Pourd from a can into a shaker pint. Pours out like good maple syrup, slow and steady. Produces a wonderful looking creamy tan/brown head that looks like you could float a quarter on. Smells of burnt malts, smoke and some vanilla light at the end. Taste is sharp for a syruppy beer. Nice chocolate and molasses flavor with a bite. Not my favorite style, but this one can grow on me. Beer mellows a bit as it warms- I think it took my 45 minutes to down this one. Great beer to sit by the fire with! (545 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a creamy, tan head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass all the way through. Smells of honey and toasted bread. Taste is richly malty, with a smooth roasted bitterness in the middle. The finish is lightly bitter, with a hint of earthy hops. The finish is also slightly metallic likely from the high alcohol levels. Mouthfeel is smooth, very rich, with nice carbonation levels. Drinkability is pretty good, being 10 percent abv makes it tough to drink more than one can at a time. Not my favorite RIS, but a very good beer, and definitely worth a shot for lovers of the style. (603 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours opaque black, with a thick film of fine, dark brown head on top.

S: Tons of chocolate aroma here, with bits of coffee and dark fruit. Alcohol is quite noticeable.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate the complex flavor of this one; coffee and dark fruit once again make appearances, along with vanilla and a light smokiness. Fortunately the alcohol that showed up in the aroma is well hidden here.

M: Thick, rich, and smooth, with very little carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable; the sweetness of the beer when it was cold was a bit much, but around room temperature everything is very enjoyable. (614 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

shout out to Sleuthdog for opening this at a tasting!

A: jet black engine oil and viscosity. You can’t pour it fast enough to create a trace of head formation. Zero lacing

S: sweet molasses, dark chocolate, strong burn of alcohol some coffee, not much complexity

T: dark chocolate, bitter grassy hops, some sweet molasses, creamy finish

M: chewy, leaves a nice big dark chocolate after taste on the teeth

O: don’t find this one all that complex, very straight forward. Thought that this is a solid beer all the way though. Glad that this is coming to Chicago in the near future (586 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (2009)--Canned 11/25/09, pretty fresh.

A-Pours a dark brown/black with a bubbly dark brown foam cap--perhaps the darkest head I've seen. Coats the glass when swirled.

S-Pineapple! Tropical fruit, a little banana perhaps. If you really dig past the pineapple you can detect a little chocolate character, and vanilla. The malt makes a good effort to subdue the hop scent once it warms. Not the most complex RIS I've had by any means. The pineapple is definitely at the forefront of this beer--probably heavily dry hopped, and will mellow with age.

T-Light fruity hops play into roasted malt. Nothing too complex (which may change with age, although I don't see too much potential) Much lighter than the appearance lead it to be. A little sweet chocolate comes out as it warms, followed by a French roasted coffee acidity in the finish, slight hoppy bitterness.

M-Not nearly as syrupy as the Expedition had side by side. More creamy than syrupy, which I enjoy.

D-The alcohol is hidden much better than the expedition, coming in very smoothly with the finish only (as opposed to being evident up-front in the Expedition). Very smooth for an RIS of this strength and for how young it is. (1,211 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one glugs, glugs, glugs out of the can a dark ruby/obsidian black with a nice small tan head of foam. Aromas are run-of-the-mill imperial stout with no real stand out aromas to mention. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, maybe a bit of toffee or caramel in the malt backbone. Anyways. This is a ncie smooth, yet big and bold imperial stout. A bit more raw and less refined than I usually like them, but than again it is nice in it's own way. The mouthfeel is thick and coating and the drinkability is good, but not the best because honestly this has all been done before. Stilll, for a canned imperial stout, this is pretty damn good ! (637 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a dense, solid black with just over an inch of thick, deep tan head that had great retention and lacing.

The aromas were a little more subdued than I expected for the style, but still full of deep, rich roasted notes. The flavor was right where I think the style should be, plenty of the deep malts with just a slight tang of hop on the finish.

The body was also just about right for the style, full, deep and rich without being overly heavy. The drinkability is very good although, personally, I have a hard time drinking more than 2 big stouts in a row, my palate tires of them quickly.

Overall, a very good beer that's worth seeking out. (681 characters)

Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Plan B, Simsbury, CT. Served in a chalice. Inky black and opaque. Nearly no head, but I believe that's a result of a bad pour rather than a deficiency of the beer.

Low aroma of cocoa, smoke and molasses. Sharp initial flavor of burnt espresso, dark chocolate and molasses. Some bits of marshmallow come through, followed by a charred oak finish. The ABV is relatively hidden except for some warming of the mouth and cheeks mid sip, and some vapors that make their way slowly up the back of the nose.

Moderate to low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel but not too bubbly, not a great deal of body. This is a tasty beer and pretty drinkable, but IMO it's being elevated a bit by the hype it's been generating. (714 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
3.92/5  rDev -9%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of mcgwire756
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is like a milkshake in a beer can. What I mean is that it is very drinkable as far as the 10.5 ABV, but after you finish one it feels like you just drank a milkshake especially if you had any food at all with it. I do like this beer a lot, but after having it a few times whether it is out of a can on tap or from a growler, I highly recommend someone just having this for the night and sipping it to truly enjoy what this beer has to offer. I also wish it was slightly more affordable than $14.99 per 4 pack. (519 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, 9.4%

Pours an oily black in color, hardly any light gets through this one. A small tan head rests a top. Big nose, lots of roasty malts and whiffs of alcohol. Big sweet burnt malts invade initially, fruity mid palate with a bright hop character on the finish leading into a drying alcohol wave. Good weight to its body, low carbonation makes it feel 'bigger' than it really should i think, very good drinkability nonetheless. Im not quite sure this one lives up to the hype behind it but Ten Fidy is reasonable in price and definitely worth trying. (559 characters)

Photo of BS68280
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have waited far too long to actually buy a 4 pack of this stuff to enjoy. I'm glad I finally bought some. Poured into my DFH signature glass.

A: Umm.... you guessed it... black. About a quarter inch of brown head. Looks great. The head ends up as just a brown ring around the edges of the glass.

S: A good mix of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Only hints of the 9.5%

T: A sweet vanilla and molasses start, followed by a nice touch of dark fruits covered in dark chocolate. Leaves you with a taste of a smokey burnt coffee bitterness. The alocohol is in there too and becomes more apparent the longer you hold it in your mouth. Not too hot for 9.5 but hot enough.

M: Nice carbonation, full bodied, a sticky creamy film coats the mouth afterwards.

D: A little hotter than similar beers I have had. (805 characters)

Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like sludge. Gurgling sounds emanated from the can. I think there was a tire and a boot in there as well. Not really. Smells like caramel and molasses. Some chocolate and coffee in there too. Up front on the taste is those 98 IBUs, but they actually fit pretty well here. The alcohol taste is also a little prominent. Then there's the taste of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is thick and appropriate, with low carbonation. This one's a slow sipper. (462 characters)

Photo of Jagen
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. 3rd one I’ve had out of the 4 pack…haven’t reviewed yet
A – pours a very pretty looking, thick tan head…3 fingers initially. Slowly fading down. Thick, brown/tan bubbles…leaving an ever-so-slight lacing on the side of the glass. It pours black. Can’t really describe it other than black…”the darkness is coming” indeed! Head fades into an extremely thin layer that just barely covers the top of the beer.
S – smells like a nice roasted coffee…the roasted smell almost makes me think of a burning sugar/syrup when cooking. Dark chocolate (slight hint). A hot boozy smell lingers tantalizingly at the end, hinting at the beast you are about to drink!
T – very rich flavor. Immediately a heavy roasted malt flavor hits the palette. It has a bitterness I associate with a very strong batch of coffee. Tastes like strong, bitter cooking chocolate. This coffee flavor lingers for awhile. You can just barely taste the hops in the background…a very nice addition. I normally don’t get many hops in the background of a stout. This starts out sweet and gives way to the nice bitterness at the end. This beer is delicious.
M – Very low carbonation…when you open the can you almost think it might be flat! Very thick body…smooth. I would love to try this nitro-tapped.
O – One of the best things to ever come out of a can. A tad pricey ($15/4pack), but I would say it is worth it. If I had more money, I would stock up on this and see if it ages well in the can. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. I normally am not a fan of stouts but this is helping bring me around. I would say this is a little heavy on the roasted flavors…some may like it, some may not. The beer is damn good but not perfect…worth picking it up and I enjoyed every sip. (1,813 characters)

Photo of FleeVT
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz black label can with the motto "Half-Baked, Fully Roasted". Not dates, poured into a snifter.

A: An extremely dark (read black) thick beer with a dark tan head that really sticks to the glass.

S: Chocolate milk, seriously. Not an overpowering nose, but malty sweetness in the form of milk chocolate. Mild crisp hops balance it out.

T/M: Thick and rich. Palate is dominated by the roasted coffee beans with a chocolate backdrop and the finishes with a nice little hoppy bitterness and smokey fullness. Hints of dark berries contribute to the chocolate sweetness. Alcohol is detectable throughout but not in an obscene way. This is a heavy beer with more carbonation than I expected considering the style. Nice warming effect with the alcohol.

D: A definite "occasional" beer, and by "occasional" I mean on the occasions when I can find it. A slow sipper but a good one. (878 characters)

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's fair to say this is the darkest beer I've ever poured out of a can.

The pop-top crack is not followed by the usual canned beer fizz. Instead slowly rising from the depths of the can a very fine layer of deep brown bubbles emerge. Of course once poured into a glass these bubbles transform into a beautiful fine layer of head that retains quite well floating atop a pitch black base.

The sweet aroma produced from this glass is a mix of malt and alcohol. The taste and mouthfeel are difficult to parse as Ten Fidy thoroughly coats your mouth and the malty sweetness is balanced by dry dark malts and a touch of bitterness. One sip leaves an almost syrupy coat over your tongue. If you open your mouth you will be greeted by a hint of alcohol as you inhale.

All in all this is a very tasty Stout and well worth trying should you cross paths with one. While there are hints to the potent nature of the alcohol in this brew, while drinking one it's hard to believe it is 10%..until you've managed to have a few. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a goblet.

Appearance - One of the blackest stouts I have ever seen. No light, not even as I poured it, passes through. It fills the glass with a slight chocolate head that dies down to wisps of bubbles and hints of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Roasted malts, sure. Chocolate, coffee. But what I am most surprised about his the light hop aroma. Definite citrus aroma to it that really manages to be stronger than the other aromas.

Taste - Much more stout-like than the aroma. Chocolate and coffee again. Some of the lighter malts come through as toffee and a slight fruitiness, but more of a dark fruit. It's consistently bitter throughout. Perhaps oppressively so.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I'd expect. Fairly light bodied for such a big stout. No booze in it, either. The bitterness is a detractor though.

Overall - I have had this a few times and always enjoyed it, but never thought it was as good as the ratings suggest. Definitely a quality and easily obtainable stout, but my money would go to Old Rasputin before this. I also have a few older cans that I'd like to try. I'm hoping the hops will fade a bit to let the malts shine a little more. We'll see. (1,191 characters)

Photo of BigIrishman
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing (while watching BEER WARS!)

Appearance: Pours very dark with possibly the darkest one finger head I've ever seen. Head slowly dissipates slowly and leaves a whole bunch of lace.

Smell: Not overpowering, but a bit of coffee and chocolate, even a bit smokey. Although overall not too powerful.

Taste: I get a lot of chocolate up front, then a malty background overwhelms the initial flavor and leaves a slightly licorice flavor. But I kind of feel that big malty flavor just stripped me of that nice lingering espresso/choco/smokey/etc flavor that makes me love a RIS.

Moutfeel: Heavy, but not as huge as Rasputin or Stone IRS.

Drinkability: I can definitely take down a bunch of these, but for the price, I think I'll stick with my favorites.

Notes: Overall I like this beer, I really do...but It doesn't really catch me the way others have. Will I recommend it? Yes, but after I recommend others. (920 characters)

Photo of BZero007
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a pack from Rick's Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.

Pours an extremly black color with the outer edges looking see threw brown, reminds you of motor oil. The head formation is a thing of beauty as it forms with out any help. The head formation was great for a RIS and any other brew honestly. Afterwards lace surronds the glass the entire way down. Smell was not very strong and did not contain the strong coffee or chocolate scent. To me it was a very light chocolate aroma, which by no means is bad. First sip is great as for most RIS's in the 10% alcohol range to me are sippers due to the strong flavors. This is a roasty chocolate RIS with a light hint of coffee coming threw in the background. The flavors are not extreme and do not over power your taste buds, which makes it a nice over all drink. The brew is extremely smooth and the alcohol content is almost no where to be noticed. Though once you are done you will feel that 10% sneak up on you.

Great brew that I will continue to stock. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found single cans at Capone's in Norristown.

Appearance: Normal pour into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass yielded a small, 1/2 finger tan head with little retention. Decent lacing. The blackest of black that let through no light.

Smell: Not much aroma to it, unless you really get your nose up in it. Some chocolate notes, a touch of vanilla as well.

Taste: Some dark fruit notes, as well as chocolate notes, dark roasted malt notes, vanilla, maybe a little coffee bean flavor. Some sweetness to it that builds as it warms but is pretty well balanced with the roasted coffee backbone.

Mouthfeel: Very very smooth. Creamy. Thick. The best part of this particular beer.

Drinkability: As with most, if not all stouts, its a sipper. Pretty filling, but I could definitely have more than one in a sitting.

My first taste of what Oskar Blues has to offer, and I'm impressed. One of the better RIS's i've had. (908 characters)

Photo of br3wmeister
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- On pour a thick black liquid resembling dirty oil is released into my pint glass. An inch of dark brown foamy head appears at the top of this beer. The color of this beer in the glass is black, no light gets through this beer at all. Good head retention with moderate lacing.

S- This beer has many complex aromas. Coffee, Dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, ginger bread. Some alcohol is present as well even through the dark sweetness.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted barley and molasses. This beer is very roasty, at times its almost like eating burnt toast. There is some good sweetness up front then a wave of roasted barley then again sweet then the roasted barley comes back and sticks to your tongue. Some hops come through at the end and there is also some alcohol warmth.

M- It is not as thick as I thought it would be based on the pour. This is still a full bodied beer, quite thick, little oily. Good carbonation and hops give it some bite at the end.

Overall- This is a pretty good imperial stout. Maybe a little rough around the edges but it is still pretty good. Though it comes in a cute 12 oz can this one will take some time to drink. (1,160 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as black as possible with a chocolate milkshake colored head. pouring something that looks like this from a can is quite an experience, its very odd to say the least.

aroma isn't the strongest, some vanilla, coco, and roasted malts.

Flavor is very balanced, balanced between roasty and sweet. i could see this being a RIS anyone could enjoy. Vanilla & carmel on the sweet side, with dark coco and italian roasted coffee on the bitter side.

This is the Gulf of Mexico in your mouth. Straight up Oil on your pallete.

Pretty drinkable, but not overwhelmingly so, the balance keeps it from getting cloying, but this isn't the type of beer that screams at me for another one, more like the kind of beer i'll have one of over an hours time. (744 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark as dark could be with another hint of darkness. Foaming dark mocha head dissipates quickly to a quickly vanishing film

S - malty, molasses, rounded off by coffee

T - like the nose, heavy on molasses with hints of a special not so dark yet rich and bitter chocolate. Coffee is there as well along with a slightly nutty finish

M - smooth with a nice comfy alcohol warmth. Not a whole lot of aftertaste.

Meh... I agree that they hit the marks with the style and all, but I can think of several RIS' that I'd go to well before this one. It's not bad, but there's better IMO (582 characters)

Photo of selecter70
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought to by the masters of good canned beer, the Ten Fiddy Stout holds up excellently in spite of any initial reservations. A thick, smooth black pour and near to no head/lace sat like dark oil. The aroma was thick, with a bit noticeable alcohol that blocked the other wet, burnt wood & burnt malt aromas. The flavor was akin to the aroma, with additional plum-raisin elements and a near-liquor quality that brought on a nice chest warmth. A bit flat & heavy on the alcohol, but otherwise a good sipper. (505 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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