Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,405
Hads: 8,938
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
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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 Smurf2055
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip.

Near black with a couple fingers tan head.

Smell is smooth chocolate. Smells sweeter than most imp stouts.

Taste is very smooth. Coffee is present. It’s not the same dark chocolate bitter that usually comes with stouts like this.

Heavy. Pretty impressive. Even more so because it comes in a can.

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Photo of Enola
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark black with a small tan head. The smell is a nice blend of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and more. The taste had some sort of funky medicinal taste that detracted from the brew somewhat. the abv show and there is a nice roasted aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This is a slow sipper and a very filling brew that is a unique find in a can.

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Photo of Nesued
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Have been looking for this beer for a while and finally came upon this on a recent visit to Atlanta.

Appearance - Black as midnight at the bottom of a coal mine. Little to no head forming upon the initial pour from the traditional Oskar can. Unable to determine the impact of carbonation, but I can estimate it to be slight. The head that is present is a dark tan in coloring.

Smell - Strong roasted grain and coffee nose. Breath deeply and you will enjoy. I was suprised by a bit of a grapefruit nose as contributed by the (I'm sure) single hop bloom they added (just kidding..). The nose expands a bit as the beer warmed in my hands. I did want to delay drinking this until it warmed from the refrigerator temp

Taste - Dense is the best way I can describe this beer. I was expecting a very mellow finish but was suprised by a bite at the end that otherwise marred an outstanding experience.

Mouthfeel - Did I mention dense? Was able to finally feel the impact the carbonation had on this beer. A coffee-flavor-related bite announced it's presence and provided a basis upon which to build upon.

Drinkability - I enjoy RIS offerings. If left on an island with only one style of beer, it would be an RIS. In my opinion, this is a good Russian Imperial Stout. I very much wanted to try it due to the reviews present on this site, and was glad I did. In my heart of hearts, I was expecting more. I purchased two four-packs to further review at a later time. I've heard it ages well.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours like motor oil--dark dark brown, almost black, with a very slight tan head. Smells mildly of chocolate and coffee. Tastes moderately of dark chocolate, coffee, malt, caramel. The flavors are well-blended, but they are on the mild side for an imperial stout. Mouthfeel is a bit watery for an imperial stout, but carbonation is about right. Overall, a good imperial stout which I'll drink again, but they could have ramped it up a notch.

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Photo of grssmnperez
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had from a can dated 29 Oct 2009. Very good, with rich dark color. Poured no head and drank well with flavor notes of coffee and for some reason hints of roasted nuts. Kinda pricey but for a brew of this caliber reasonable to say the least! Tasted great and had an alcohol content to compliment. If you are planning on having more than one dont plan on driving.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Absolutely opaque black. An aggressive pour shows no initial head. Just after pouring a thin cap of mocha cream appears and then disappears. No lacing. Aroma is heavy dark fruits, berries and chocolate. First taste is smooth and creamy, an underlying roast note ends with a slight alcohol taste. As it warms chocolate and roast become more prominent. The main detractor to this brew is that the alcohol is more noticeable than I would like. Generally I prefer more roast character as well.

And the "pack it in, pack it out" slogan on the can warms the heart of this backpacker. It would be an excellent backcountry brew. Pika, meet Ten FIDY. Ten FIDY, Pika.

Initial review on 2/5/09. After a few more RISs under my belt I revisited it. The above is the newer review. It's fairly similar though I reduced the scores a bit, I was a bit starry eyed with this brew since it was one of my first RISs.

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came in the 12oz can shown in the photo. Pours a dark black color with a small head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all chocolate and coffee with just a touch of dark fruits. The flavor has lots of chocolate with some other dark malts following. Also has some dark fruit and tobacco characteristics. Not very bitter. The alcohol is slightly apparent, but not overwhelming. Very smooth. The body is on the heavy side of medium and the drinkability is good. Pretty awesome for a beer in a can.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-12-21 in Columbia, PA. A nice treat to have while warming by the fire.

A - Jet black with no head a just a few bubbles. A small bit of lacing. This is the thickest pouring beer I've ever seen.

S - Apparent but not super strong. Figs, raisins, smoke, roasted grain.

T - A flavor bomb. Smokey, dark roasted grain, dark chocolate, expresso, dried fruit that's been roasted on a charcoal grill, some molasses and vanilla sweetness, moderate astingency and some bitterness and earthiness from the hops to round it off. Aftertaste is very good, like an acrid latte. Impressive.

M - Very thick but not cloying at all. The alcohol helps dry off the ending sweetness.

D - I think one is enough at a time for me. Liked it quite well but didn't want a second one.

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Photo of tprokop7
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up some at Julios. Poured into a snifter @50F.

A - Black as can be, with a dark reddish-brown head. My roommate says "I think this beer is so dark it actually consumes light."

S - This smells pretty alcoholic to me... snifters are supposed to bring out aromas, but I really don't smell much else.

T - Taste more than makes up for the smell. There is almost no alcohol flavor in the beer, and it has a wonderful roasted flavor.

M - Thick and smooth, with only slight carbonation. Great overall balance, it is a pleasure in your mouth.

D - I wish I had more, so that must mean the drinkability is pretty high, right?

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Photo of nelsonhf
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ink dark; great, thick foam; subtle aroma, a bit of caramel; malty, smoky taste with a bit of alcohol, turning into slightly bitter; nice, smooth feel

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Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can obtained via trade with autumnaldave. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown (almost purply black) head above the opaque black brew. Head hangs on, with average lace, which actually is pretty good for the style. Aroma is surprisingly minimal, but what is present is the expected dark maltiness with ample hops. Taste starts with sweet darkness, but quickly goes almost acrid bitter, in a good way, then giving way to sharp hoppiness, and closing with gradual warmth. Mouthfeel smooth and creamy, but the acridness does hamper things a bit, and drinkability reflects the same, but still very good overall. I'm really being picky here, but that's just me. Regardless, way kudos for Oskar Blues for continuing to be on the cutting edge on putting new style in the can.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Brewery 'Ten Fidy Imperial Stout' @ 10.5% , served from a couple of 355 ml can's purchased for $4 each

A-pour is a super dark brown from the can to an almost black in the glass with a small thin tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint


T-good tasting 'RIS' , bit rough on the swallow

MF-mild carbonation (dull sound when opening can), feels full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , not world class

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Vylo
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is the highlight. Black as night with a thin brown head, as to be expected from a stout.

Smell is underwhelming, but unless you are trying to snort your beer, somewhat irrelevant.

Bold strong taste. Chocolatety, bitter, but not too much so. Well balanced.

Low carbonation on the mouthfeel as expected. Above average for stouts, but a bit more syrupy then I think would be prefered.

Worth a shot if you are into stouts. If they aren't your flavor, you could stand to be a bit more selective, but still not an unworthwhile beer.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage poured from can into wine pinot glass.

A-Jet black as everyone else would have guessed, but also one of the thickest stouts I have had. It didn't want to come out of the can and stuck to the inside walls of the can. Really dissapointed that there wasn't as much head as I was expecting, but it did have some light lacing.

S-Best thing about this beer is the sweet mocha and chocolate smells. Definately a nice stout smell of roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, anise/licorice.

T-Pretty good on the taste, you can definately taste the citrus from the hops in this which I think will calm down after a year or two of cellaring. Taste resembles the smells but I just don't think they are as intense, again I will age and try again later.

M-Good carbonation, definately a big/heavy/viscous beer that is very creamy on the mouthfeel and the alcohol is definately evident but is not overwhelming.

D-Good but there are many other stouts out there that I would rather drink but still it was good and easier to finish than a stout bomber.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Oily black body, deep tan creamy, but thin, head. Weak lacing, quickly disappears. Good appearance of the can.

S: Dark chocolate and unmolested coffee, very bitter and slightly acidic. Some soapiness.

T: Roasted malt, loose structure of chocolate and coffee, molasses? Alpha acids play a minor part in the lasting bitterness. Alcohol adds a disappointing chalky note.

M: Thick, kinda heavy, light but sufficient carbonation.

O: Good, but nothing that knocks me over. Solid flavors but nothing that goes above and beyond. For such a sturdy and highly acclaimed beer I'm surprised I don't have more to say. Still the best from a can.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip chalice, colori is solid black with the darkest head I've ever seen on a brew, nearly brown, little bit of lacing.

Smell is slightly off to me, somewhat sour-sweet thats quickly overcome by roasted and chocolate flavors and then finished with light alcohol esters.

Taste is very solid, big maltiness with roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors blending well; bitterness is very nice in keeping everything balanced - light grassiness.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than most RISs, but its also a pretty big beer, solid presence on the tongue and throughout, pretty good balance.

Overall, very good beer and definitely an RIS that stands out.

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Photo of Hands22
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach). 

A- Poured dark brown (almost black) with a thick, brown head that lasted for most of the glass. 

S- Chocolate malt with a little bit of roast and booze. Strong malt sweetness reminiscent of dark fruits (plum especially). 

T- Chocolate malt and the dark fruit again. The beer is well balanced enough that the malt isn't overwhelming but it is still the focus. 

M- Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation.  

O- A great imperial stout. Very well designed but a bit pricier than I'd like.

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Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black. Even when thinned, it's black. The head is practically black. Quite easily one of the darkest beers I've ever seen.

Smell - Roasty and dough-like, almost burnt, with just a touch of sweet molasses. Almost smells like burnt coffee with a few sugars in it when it warms up a bit.

Taste - Dark roasted coffee, chocolate cookies and burnt toast immediately spring to mind. Not much sweetness here, with earthy hops providing even more bitterness. Sharp, burnt bitterness remains on the palate long after you've swallowed. While this is easily one of the most imbalanced imperial stouts I've had, it's damn good. The dryness is almost refreshing, making this one dangerously drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, viscous, moderate carbonation. Definitely not lacking in texture.

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Photo of JoshVandy
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355mL can into a Cigar City snifter.
Canned on date of November 19, 2009.

A- Pours about as black as I've seen a beer, with very little mocha colored head that vanishes immediately, leaving a menacing looking liquid in the glass.

S- Chocolate and roasted malts come through very nicely. Let it warm in the glass an picked up even more chocolate and just a hint of smoky molasses.

T- Huge taste of sweet chocolate and roasted malt hit my tongue, followed my lovely coffee and dark fruit. A great tasting beer, with not a trace of alcohol heat present, which is good.

M- Intensely thick and creamy, with a smooth feel and slightly low carbonation. Absolutely coats the mouth with huge flavor, leaving me wanting more every time I set my glass down.

O- A very well made RIS that is insanely drinkable given its ABV. This beer is immensely smooth and creamy as well. Definitely something I will have various vintages of at all times in my fridge and cellar.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

been waiting to taste this beer for awhile now finally got my hands on a four pack yesterday. It poured the color of motor oil with basically no head to speak of. The smell wasnt as bold as i was expecting, going by the reviews i was expecting a more pronounced nose. The taste was good with dark choclate roasted malt carmel and coffee coming through. My can had little to no carbonation but a very smooth mouthfeel. i was surpised also to see that this was a 10.5%er because i dont taste the booziness at all. Overall I would have to say that although this beer was good i was hoping for more. It had the feeling of a highly hyped pay per view event that ended in the first ten seconds. Leaving you with the sense of " i paid how much for that!" Im not saying that i dont like this beer i do, maybe it was my can, maybe it was my mind hyping this beyond what it could produce. Or maybe it was the $16 dollar price tag for a 4 pack that is leaving me a bit empty. In the pockets that is.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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!

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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!

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Photo of tronester
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of tut2528
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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