Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured jet black from the can, nice coffee colored head when poured aggressively

S - dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, maybe a trace of nutmeg, tinge of black coffee

TM - sweetly malt bomb in the beginning and a nice bitter hoppy finish- Mouth feel has good carbonation and the alcohol warms on the way down finish is more hop bitter than roasted malts but both are still prevalent in the aftertaste., chocolate mentioned in smell not tasted at all. Almost silky body.

D- good beer balanced but leaves me feeling more like I had an IPA then a stout, good balance 10%ABV is hard to taste but would definitely catch up to you.

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Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As black as beer can get, with a nice head that looks like a chocolate milkshake and reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

It smells of alcohol, molasses, coffee, chocolate and unidentifible sweet things.

The taste is big, too. Sweet flavors of molasses, chocolate and toffee mix with coffee and other roasted flavors and finish with a note of solvent alcohol.

The body is glassy and slick, of course.

A very fine Russian Imperial Stout, but I'd recommend Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout over this because it's a bit better and cheaper.

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Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jet black with a coffee with cream colored head that holds very well and leaves some serious lace. i was expecting the mother of all noses after reading some of the other reviews, but i was a little let down to find that the nose was a little subdued. georgeous, nonetheless, it exhibits some smoky malt scent as well as some caramel and sweetened creamy coffee. to me, the taste was a fairly complex mix of smoky caramelly malt followed by a sharp espresso like finish with some super bittersweet dark chocolate and maybe some fruit in the middle, as well as some earthiness for good measure. nice medium-full mouthfeel, although i was hoping for full-full. i had no problem knocking a few back, and i still feel like a few more, but i took some points off the drinkability because i know that high abv and seriously bitter/coffee bitter/smoky/roasty doesn't appeal to most. by far the best ris i've ever had from a can, and definitely a great stout.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to try this beer. Ordered a can while at Sunset this past Saturday. Poured into a tulip glass. First thing you notice is that it comes out of the can like motor oil. Probably the thickest beer I have ever seen. Dark black body, with a large brown head. Smelled like roasted coffee beans. More coffee in the flavor, mingled with chocolate and malt. A perfect example of an RIS. Even at 10% abv, it still seemed smooth enough to drink a few. Maybe it's a good thing it only comes in 4 packs. Definitely has earned it's reputation as a worth stout and a must-try.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/27/2009 "Come to the Dark Side"
Also labeled 9.5% ABV

A: Motor Oil. Thin pour, dirty brown edges. Almost seems to glow. Little head, quickly retreats for the glass.

S: Booze, thick sweetness, chocolate, dates, an element akin to a boozier smelling BSDA, beer bread

T: Clean, mild chocolate. Less booze here vs. the nose. The taste ride is very short and "sweet". No hops, finishes with a mild residue of something like maple syrup and cereal that puckers the tongue slightly. Rich sweetness throughout. Very interesting and very good.

M: Thin and smooth. Very even. Very low carbonation, which contributes to the silkiness. Tiny bit cloying.

O: Very interesting vintage stout. Admittedly this is my 1st TenFidy. However, I'm now motivated to anny up the $17.99/4pack.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours straight, thick black with a thin layer of dark brown soda like head that quickly recedes to a thin layer around the rim of the glass, check that, it has now receded to an almost non-existent single line of bubbles most of the way around the glass. The aroma is tons of strong roasted malts and a hint of alcohol. Not a lot of nuance but pleasant. Taste is more of the same, pretty straightforward, lots of roasted, chocolately malt with a touch of acridness and a good dose of warming alcohol that manages to avoid being harsh. Carbonation is medium-low which gives a good smooth and full mouthfeel. Overall this is a super nice, very accessible RIS, it lacks some of the complexity of its more specialized brethren but it does not disappoint.

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Photo of hophugger
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. Pours like motor oil(good luck trying to see anything through it. Head is light coffee colored with tons of agitated bubbles and tremendous lacing. Aroma is rather light with malt tones, roast coffee and chocolate cake. Taste is very creamy with some sweetness, roasted coffee(espresso) and some toasted chocolate(just to the edge of burnt, but not). Overall, this beer is a mouthful and brings out lots of coffee, chocolate and a touch(ever so small ) amount of hop bitterness. This beer lingers on the palate, and U know what????. That's ok. Full bodied and the epitomy of an amazing imperial stout !!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Philly, PA

Pours and oily, pitch black, with a finger of dense brown head that laces nicely. Smell of coffee, ash, and licorice. Taste of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, licorice and molasses, with a rummy alcohol kick. Bitterness from the coffee notes lasts into the aftertaste. Full body and good drinkability. Very good stout.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a stout fan but loved this beer.

Black, black as night. Almost too black. Drank straight from the can. Smelled sweet and roasted. It has a thick mouthfeel but goes down very smooth. A slight bitter aftertaste doesn't last long and leaves you wanting more. Small chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Doesn't kill your mouth. Try it!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-6-08

Pours an absolute pitch black, with a tan head that settles quickly. Big, thick rings of tan lacing line the sides of the glass.

Smell is super malty, and very good. Lots going on, wood, dark fruits, anise, and a fair amount of smoke. Nicely complex and very well-blended.

Taste is much like the smell, very malty, but with a surprising bitter kick. Not as complex as the smell, and a little boozy on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little thin, but the carbonation is spot-on.

Drinkability is decent, the malt flavors are very strong and the bitterness adds up.

Overall, good, but not as good as I hoped. Still, it's the best beer-from-a-can I've ever had.

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Photo of brystmar
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and noticeably viscous. Mild tan head leaves trace amounts of lace behind. Deep chocolate in the nose along with roasted malts and booze.

Strong chocolate and booze right off the bat. Roasted malts, mild sweetness, and caramel find their way to my tongue. Plenty of alcoholic warmth. Finishes with the boozy bite of a bigger beer.

Thick, oily body. Drinkability suffers a little from the alcohol. All in all, a solid RIS.

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Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: maybe it's the shock of seeing this tar pour out of a can, but few stouts I've seen look as thick and heavy as Ten FIDY. Rarely do you see a beer with legs like this one. It's syrupy like molasses, black and viscous as 10w30. A tiny head of cinnamon peeks out of the murk before swiftly fizzing out. A tiny amount of spotty lace is left on the glass as I drink.

S: maple, molasses, cocoa powder and a bit of vanilla. This is one sweet aroma.

T: the flavor trends toward the sweeter side of life, with molasses and maple syrup playing about. You could bake ginger snaps with this. It later opens up to roastier tastes of toasted bread, peanuts, and a finish of espresso.

M: the viscosity of the appearance translates to the mouthfeel, as it's nicely velvety and creamy about the palate. The body is medium-full and a light carbonation massages the tongue.

D: Ten FIDY is definitely a sweeter RIS, but I like it that way. It's got great flavor, the 9 percent ABV is only noticeable when it's far too late to care and it comes in a can! What's not to love? In the top tier of readily-available Russian Imperials.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Totally black color with a thick cocoa brown head that slowly dissipates. Sweet roasted malty, chocolaty, aromas, with hints of maple syrup and coffee. Thick and chewy feel. The carbonation slowly fights through the thickness to provide the full body feel. Big dark roasted malt flavor with a very smooth finish. The high ABV peaks through in the aftertaste, but is generally hidden in the big thick dark malt flavor. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of codsmith
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - It was a very nice deep, dark black with a slight head on it from the can.

Smell - This is by far the favorite part of this beer for me. it has an amazing feminine smell to it that I have never smelt in a beer... a little weird at first, but it really makes you want to drink it. No hoppy or grainy smell, this is very hard to describe.

Taste - it starts with nice deep tones and milds out in the middle. The end is really where your smell and flavor kick in and take you for a ride to the end. Nice and deep body with full flavor

Mouthfeel - It start out light, but ends feeling a little heavy in the mouth at the end.

Drinkability - It's a great beer, but I would probably only have about 2 in a single session.

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Photo of jpro
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ten Fidy pours a deep, dark, obsidian - with a slight, tasty looking brown head that dissipates pretty fast, leaving a ring of lace around the glass. Smell is mostly of sweet, roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of alcohol - with a touch of coffee. Taste starts with dark chocolate, followed by a robust roasted flavor - a sweet finish is followed up by a well matched hop bite. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and silky smooth - low carbo and a little sticky on the palate. Its very drinkable for the style - just watch out for the 9.5% - a good one to have on a cold winter's night!

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really dark with a chocolate off white head

Smells really chocolatey, with dark malt and a little bit of bourbon or alcohol in the background

Tasted like a good porter, smokey, chocolate, and then you get a hit as if you've just chased it with some shot of bourbon

Feels fine, smooth like guiness

Couldn't have much more than the pint I had!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque pitch black, one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. A finger of dark tan foam forms. Retention is average.

S: Dark chocolate, malted milk balls, licorice, prunes, and a hint of roasted malts. Lots going on here, though the aromas are a bit muddled.

T: This beer starts off with intense molasses, caramel, and malted milk ball sweetness. Right behind this, I get some dark chocolate and roasted malts to balance the sweetness, actually quite strong, but not quite enough. The malted milk ball and molasses sweetness is really overpowering here. I also get quite a bit of anise in the flavor.

M: Quite thick and creamy - very good.

O: The complexity here is wonderful - I love the flavors here, there is so much going on. However, the malted milk ball and molasses sweetness is overpowering - it needs more dark chocolate and roast to balance. Either way, a solid RIS.i

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a obsidian black color with a small brown head that dissipates a slowly. Small amount of lacing.
Molasses, chocolate and alcohol.
Rich roasted malt and molasses. Alcohol is the next thing I notice. Lots of other subtle flavors come though as you drink it. Earthy hops, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits (prunes).
Full body beer with a syrupy texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
Smooth and sweet with some bitterness for balance. The syrupy sweetness (and alcohol) makes it hard to drink too much.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looked amazing coming out of the can. The black against AL was impressive. Once in my Darkness tulip, dark patches of black settled between bubbles. This then fell to an impenetrable blackness with an inch of cocoa creamy foam. Looked a lot like milk froth even. Very nice.

Smells of dry dark fruits that intermingle with a sappy green wood. This sadly rounds out into a touch of cough syrup and a hint of celery. Beneath it all there's a dark chocolate backed by a boozy sting. There are some less than desirable aromas here, but the overall blend is quite nice.

Tastes very subdued at first with only pricks of dryness on the edges of my tongue and a faint cherry sweetness but then blossoms with a toasty coffee and dark chocolate. That green sappy wood is back too. This just sorta stops here and the sting on my tongue just gets amplified in the finish lingering along with some burnt coffee and smokey wood. Not bad at all, but rather monochromatic.

Feels really slick and quite small. The carbonation is present but seems to be hiding.

A nice take on the style, but far from my favorite. That being said, if you're an Old Rasputin fan, you just may go nuts for this beer.

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Photo of zdk9
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark rich motor oil liquid into my pint. This stuff is black and not the full light of day penetrates an inch into it. A small finger of dark cocoa colored head covers the oil. At first there are very strong sheet-rings of lacing, but after drinking a third of the beer these dissapear. (So close to a 5, and for a catagory I rarely give much thought to.)

S- Coffee, chocolate, woody bourbon. There is a good complexity to the smell, but it isn't strong enough to leave up to the strength of the taste.

T- Chocolate flavors, coffee flavors, a touch of maple syrup. There's a bit of hops citrus, though hardly detectable. Mostly roasted malts dominate this one, but I'm not dissapointed by it- these are great flavors. There's also a decent clip of alcohol flavor.

M- Increadibly milk and smooth. The alcohol burns just a bit in the back of my throat, but overall the mouthfeel on this is amazing.

D- Wow! My first canned craft beer, and I have to say it was a good choice. This must have some great ingredients to have the smoothness, and blackness that it does. My only qualm was with the strengh of the smell, but even that was delicious. Highly reccomended.

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Photo of albern
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this beer says it all. It is like thick, black, inpenetrable sludge with a creamy dark brown head that retains and laces. It looks a bit like a chocolate milk shake. This beer is full bodied and loaded with character. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts, this is the real deal. Not a style that I'm crazy about because it is just too roasted, charred, and heavily laden with alcohol. The aroma on the beer is roasted malts, alcohol, and thick florals.

The beer is prodigious, complex, and loaded with character. It is chocolately, has thick roasted coffee malts, charred cherry flavors, and a strong ABV backbone that tastes like a roasted liqueur. There are some hoppy notes towards the finish, a throaty ABV burn, and a really oily mouthfeel coupled with the ABV presence. The aftertaste is quite pronounced. For me, this is a sipping beer and that's it. I can't handle the strength of this beer, but for what it is, it is a great representation of the style. L'Chaim.

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Photo of TheEremite
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift from metallitone1. Thanks again.

Poors black with a dark tan/light brown head. Coffee, malty and carbonic aroma. Smells a little soy saucy, like it's going to be super syrupy. Tastes very dry though. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavor, not too sweet. Very drinkable. The roasted malt is a little biting, but I could still drink it all night. I'm really glad I got to try this beer. If it were local, I'd stock it regularly.

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Photo of shivtim
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Brick Store. Served in a chalice. Deep black with maybe the slightest brown highlights, and a dense, creamy, lasting brown head. Looks spectacular.
Nose is heavily roasted malts, sweet and sugary, with bits of cocoa. Taste is a heavy fire-burnt malts implosion, some sweet dark chocolate, and alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is great; very full and foamy. Drinkability is about average; this one is a sipper. Definitely recommended for those of you who love a toasted malt-bomb of a beer.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an imperial stout and it pours real thick, like oil. It has a dark brown head and smells fairly mild, a little roasty. It tastes smooth and rich, hints of chocolate and a thick feel in the mouth. It has a bit of a warm alcohol feel on finish. This stout is quite good.

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Photo of Omnium
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Mason Pint

A - Pours total black, motor oil style, absolutely no transparency. Thin fizzy half a finger of rich brown head, no lacing.
S - Deep dark roasted malt, big smokey undertone throughout, dark coffee, cocoa, some slight burnt caramel.
T - Tons of booze, too much in fact. Lots of sweet roasted malt, kinda like a burnt pecan pie. Some rich baker's chocolate. A slight fig and cherry quality as well. But the more I think of it, that burnt pie crust flavor stays and does not go away.
M - Incredibly creamy smooth, but rich and sticky.
O - Good RIS, appearance is awesome, but thats really the best part, flavor is overly sweet and boozy for my tastes, could benefit with a little more dry hop, maybe even a tad more smoke to tone down the sweetness.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,516 ratings.