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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,485
Hads: 9,351
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 693
Gots: 2,578 | FT: 129
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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

This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.
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Photo of 3leggeddub
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Duvel tulip snifter.

Appearance: I know it's overused, but this stuff really does look like the aftermath of a long overdue oil change. Black brown that swallows light and allows none to penetrate. Very thin cocoa head.

Smell: Nutty. Roasted coffee. A hint of burnt chocolate. Not very strong though.

Taste: Lots of earthy bitterness like unsweetened chocolate. Alcohol. Finishes bone dry. Flies in the face of a lot of imperial stouts in that there isn't the creaminess and sweetness at the finish. There's lots of bitter and burnt here along with hops hiding away. Somehow given all that it's still appealling.

Mouthfeel: Oily and thick. Carbonation not really a presence. Covers the palate, but then disappears with that dry finish.

Drinkability: Given the boldness of the taste and high ABV one Ten Fidy will be enough for a sitting.

Overall: It's a compelling beer but definitely not for everyone. There will be plenty of RIS fans who will take a pass on this one, but you should at least try it once. In all honesty it could use something extra, maybe a touch of sweetness, to balance out the bitterness and sharp edges.

I picked up a 4 pack and the other 3 will last me a long, long time. It's a bit like a really strong rauchbier in that respect; even though it's good you need it only on occasion.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a goblet out of a can. Black as coal, 1 finger head fell quickly. Beautiful

Smell - Very Sweet smell, hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Very strong stout flavors. Starts very sweet then rushes into roasted chocolate and coffee. Very dark roasted flavors almost burnt flavors. Leaves a Toffee sweetness lingering. If there is any bitterness, it is not perceived.

Mouth feel - Thick. Very Smooth. Buttery but not enough to let the flavors pass bye. Leaves a brown hue on the glass after each sip.

Overall -This is a was a very complex and strong Stout. Its a sipper through and through. The flavors are almost to much, and it seems that time would be in its favor. But nothing is overpowering. Very Good Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

idk how well cans age but this ones about 3 years old. I thought oak aged yeti had the darkest head I've ever seen but I stand corrected, this thing is deep purple like. Pours like motor oil.

Lots of chocolate covered raisins on the nose with dark cherries cinnamon and vanilla. Smells like a fudge store. Incredibly thick and creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are surprisingly rather subdued but that could be the ageing on it. Roasted malts up front with creamy chocolate in the middle. Finishes with bitter coffee and chocolate cover flavored raisins. Impeccably blended flavors and increibly smoothness. Almost no detection of alcohol.

Impressive imperial stout that withstands the test of time of being abused in my liquor store. Good, but worth 11.99 (sale price for being old) for a 4 pack? Eh, possibly. But 14.99? I'll take a yeti. Still good though, best canned beer I've had yet.

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Photo of wstein70
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A short review since I had this a few weeks back.

A: black and thick, almost like motor oil that is past it's scheduled change. little to no foam when poured into a glass

S: like a cross between cocoa and roasted coffee

T: like a dark heavy coffee.

M: pleasant, not to heavy

D: A good beer, I am not a Russian imperial stout drinker, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone that like imperial stouts.

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Photo of hobojon
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can tasted 11-4-09. Dated 12-22-08.

Aroma- chocolate. light coffee. fruit, candy sweet malt, munich and caramel malt. subtle roast. very sweet aroma. floral. earthy. molasses. vanilla.

App- brown head. black to deep brown at edges. foam dissipates. minimal lacing.

Taste- very sweet chocolate and raisin, dates, and candy. caramel. very light roast, mostly chocolate. not hoppy, solidly sweet. hops that are present cuts sweetness some balancing the beer out. earthy. citrus hops. some subtle funk... tastes slightly oxidized but it is in a can?

Mouth- med creamy carb. filling. very sweet. some alc astrin on tongue.

Overall- very sweet and strong flavor. lots of chocolate and fruit, not much roast or bitterness. a great character but sweet and filling.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Informal. Nice, nice impy stout in a can. Can beers no longer scare me, its becoming more and more common place and this proves it once and for all, you can, can anything, Big roasted malt flavor, big in body, weighs in at 9.5abv. Delicious. Recommended.

The can seems like a novelty at first but I'd pass over quite a few stouts in a bottle for this one, the best of the Oskar Blues in my humble opinion.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.355ml can of 9.5%ABV. Original review lost on site!

This beer was poured into a Westmalle Chalice for my review, it suited the beer and showed it off well.

Still have the can if not the review, liked it, dark, strong and moreish. Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt brown toast, etc, etc.

I promise to re-review if I ever get the chance to do so!

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Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Looked like oil when poured. Nice tan head formed that left some nice lace.

smell - Java beans, and dark chocolate.

taste - Dark chocolate taste with a bitterness to it.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Pretty good beer, I would buy this again, seems like a hot little item.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jasonmech77 for sharing this hand bottled version...
Appears an opaque, pitch black with a dark tan head that fades to a mild cap and collar after a moment. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, light roastiness, mild vanilla, coffee, anise, and brown sugar.
Taste is of roasted nuts & grain, light anise, cocoa, and mild coffee coming through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with anise, roasted nuts, and bitter coffee swirling around the palate.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this beer.

Pours a dark dark black color with nice head and lacing.

Smell is of lots of chocolate malts with a moderate roasted characteristic.

Taste is bitter with hops to balance the intense sweetness. The chocolate malt and roasted characteristic are balanced with a minty hop aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

The 10 % abv is not overwhelming. This is a nice RIS that I could easily drink again.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured in Pint Glass

Appearance: Very dark, black, with a thick brownish head.

Smell: Dark roasted malt sweetness, smells like a burnt desert, like smores, a little bit of the alcohol cuts through, but my nose mainly picks up a dark roasted chocolaty sweet malt aroma overall.

Taste: Sweet and chocolaty and first, with a hint of citrusy bitterness towards the middle leaving you with a sweet wet finish.

Mouthfeel: not as syrupy as I would have imagined. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a great Imperial Stout, and I would definitely get it again. It is very sweet, and I can't taste any of the alcohol which is impressive since it contains 10.5% ABV.

buy it if you see it!

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Photo of macher0
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to goblet.

A. Almost jet black. Poured finger light tan head that retreats to a fine bubble rim and blotchy film. Highly viscous.

S. Chocolate and caramel malts. A roasted fragrance. Bitter cocoa. Woody and dusty.

T. Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, liquorice, vanilla, and some bitterness from the hops. A little booze on the end.

M. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, and oily. The feel is not as thick as the appearance likely from the high abv.

O. A really good stout, but not great. Very consistent across the metrics. The price is high but I would likely buy again given the right circumstances. I certainly recommend this ale to anyone.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep oil. Spilled a little on my hand and it didn't run, it was a slow, thick drip. Deep caramel colored head, haven't seen on that dark in a while. Didn't last.

S-Alcohol abound. Semi-sweet chocolate.

T-Big alcohol bite and coffee and chocolate undertones. Pretty smooth overall.

M-Sticky and viscous.

D-Could have a couple. Not one of my favorite IS.

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Photo of IPA1978
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some what over hyped. A great beer but let me down just a bit. Dark roasted malts, chocolate followed by mineral, dry dark fruit. really good not great.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: light brown wisps of foam on top of a deep black crude body

s: dark chocolate and sweet coffee; chocolate syrup; pretty light

t:dark chocolate; coffee; raw wheat husk; burnt toffee; slight unpleasant medicinal taste

m: thick and syrupy in a good way

d: a decent istout and certainly the only i stout i have had from a can which is pretty cool. maybe i'll take some next time i go backpacking

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Photo of honestdave
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer in a trade with Jared. Thanks again Jared!

Poured the 12oz can into a snifter

A: Looks similar to the used oil that came out of my tiller. Super dark, thick viscosity. Thin chocolate brown head.

S: Sweet dark chocolate. Coffee. Fresh bread. Smells delicious.

T: Some licorice, full city roast coffee flavor, dark chocolate. Very tasty stout.

M: Smooth, thick and syrupy. Very little carbonation.

D: I could easily drink more than one of these - despite the high alcohol content.

Summary: This is a good stout. Very well balanced. I hope to try this again sometime soon. Glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz can into a chalice. Poured an India Ink black with a dark brown 2 inch head. Smell is of dark chocolate, molasses and roasted espresso beans. Taste is baker’s chocolate, burnt coffee beans, alcohol, and a surprising bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is heavy, full bodied. This beer is definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz can, let the can sit out for 30-40 minutes prior to opening...

Appearance - Pours a finger of burnt brown head that recedes to a cap in a minute, the body is a deep dark black, light doesn't pass through the center, but the edges of the glass are a gorgeous mahogany garnet color.

Smell - Roasted malts, french roast coffee, dark ripe fruits, molasses, smells very rich and complex, time to pour...

Taste - Roasted pumpernickel bread, dark black coffee, nearly unsweetened black chocolate, roasted malts, good amount of char, unsweetened licorice, a touch of roasted rye, there are slight dark fruit at the very center of slight plum and cherry, the finish is dry toasted breadcrusts of pumpernickel and a good bit of char.

Mouthfeel - Just above medium, nearly mouthcoating, very silky and smooth, almost creamy, carb is on the lower side but provides some interesting brite edges along the back of the tongue. A very nice stout to sip and enjoy.

Overall - I expected great things from this beer, and it's definitely a nice RIS, especially if you like the focus to be on more of the roasty and char flavors. It's a very good RIS, but not great in my opinion. Great flavors, but not the balance I'm looking for, this one is definitely roast/char forward - which is great if that's what you like. Complex yes, balanced, not so much. For $15 dollars a 4-pak, you could do better.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into tulip 11/4/12

A shes black right out of the can and up to the edge of the glass, short lived dark two finger foam leaves zero lace, points for utter darkness

S chocolate covered prunes and black-strap molasses take center stage, a little booze comes out stronger then I'd like

T the chocolate covered prune's still there but much less booze and much more dark roast, with some espresso, and burnt wood coming through strong on the finish, just a little licorice between the espresso and char

M thick for sure but needs a few extra bubbles to give it some life, just a little heat but I love the lingering charred finish

O tastes awesome and that's always nice, I've never aged a can before but this one could use just that

a little heat needs to be worked out and perhaps my glass was dirty because zero lace is odd for style, but when a beer tastes this good its got to be a good thing. I need to thank the very awesome Rutager for sending me this

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Photo of CuttDeez
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into a snifter
A - The pour almost defines motor oil and it appears blacker than black. There is a very creamy tan head on this beer with a decent amount of lacing.
S - Very awesome note. There are roasted malt sugars, there are roasted oats, wheats, and grains. Then there is the deep dark chocolate mixed with coffee and roasted espresso notes. The thing that balances it out is the dark fruit notes that are mixed with the sugars. A good complex and deep nose.
T & M - A very very smooth stout that is dominated by the nose in taste. The coffee, malt, chocolate, and roasted grains come through in all phases. I am a big fan of the cherry and chocolate flavors mixing in the palate. The beer is not very carbonated, but it is smooth and it is heavy on the palate.
O - A great beer. Awesome to have some canned craft with such character and I cannot wait till my other cans get some age on them. Great stout from oskar blues.


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Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All good. Black with very little dark reddish areas under light. Thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, hops and alcohol in good balance. Combined it produces a licorice smell that I get in my more preferred Imperial stouts. Flavor is a repeat of the aroma which is good - I love when beer tastes as good as it smells (when it smells good that is). Full body that is at the same time easy going in the drinkability dept. Roasty finish with a dash of coffee, chocolate and hops. Yes yes ya'll, very nice.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We had a beertasting at Beerpirates place on sunday the 15th of may 2011. Jeffo, Claark13, Bierschenker, beerpirates and i drank a whole bunch of beers. Thanks for your hospitality Wim!

Poured in my Westvleteren tasting glass this beer shows itself from it's good side with a finger thick head. Fluid is deepdarkbrown/black. Sticky fluid and the molasses are in front with the taste.

A very good beer out of a can!

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Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bad boy as an awesome extra in a trade, thanks Brad!! 12oz. can poured into a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a viscous jet black with a quick rising very deep brown head that disappears just as quickly. No lace on the cup of oil.

S: This smells like a little sweetened version of a typical RIS. Some coffee notes come through with a booze back and slight bitter roast.

T: I'm getting a burnt coffee that a slight roast chocolate the longer the sip lingers on my tongue. As the beers warms the burnt chocolate flavors become much more pronounced. I'm not picking up any heat or booze, very well hidden.

M: This brew is quite the lingerer. It has all the perfect qualities of one: low carbonation, viscous and oily in nature, and the burnt malt taste create the perfect combination of a palate zapper.

O: Who knew my favorite RIS to date comes in a can? I enjoyed the subtle nuances of this brew and I wish I had access to this beer 24/7.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the 2008 CBC in SD.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a nice dark brown head.

The aroma of the beer was full of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and ash. Some notes of coffee and dark fruits were in the background.

The flavor of the beer was focussed on roasty malts to the point of being a touch ashen. Mid-palate could've used a little more molasses/dark fruit sweetness. The hops seemed slightly citrusy and pretty up front. This can was pretty fresh and I'm sure this beer will age out well.

The mouthfeel was full, but was not too heavy. It finished pretty dry for a RIS. The carbonation seemed dialed in well.

A very solid RIS that's forcussed more on the ashen roasty end, but restrained enough so that it doesn't go overboard like The Abysss IMO. Very drinkable and accessable.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

russian imperial stout in a can! obviously you have to love that. jet black with minor head... chocolate and alcohol on nose, black patent malt and creamy chocolate in taste. rich, heavy, yet drinkable. i'll definitely be bringing a six-pack of ten FIDY with me next camping trip...

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.