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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,479
Reviews: 2,249
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,437 | FT: 89
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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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Photo of JToad
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cpferris for sharing this with me..

Poured out of the can straight into a Michelob Celebrate chalice.

Pours a dark viscous, like motor oil. Nice large head, with great lacing on the side.

Smells of chocolate, tobacco.

Tastes of chocolate, raisins. Slight tobacco undertones, mixed with coffee and hops. A bitterness not usually found in a lot of stouts.

Sips well, not overally as thick as it looks, goes down smoothe. The 10% ABV is well masked but I"m not sure i could do more than of these. It compares well to Darklord, but do not like it as much as I do the GI Bourbon County Stout. Very interesting for my first craft beer in a can. I enjoyed this beer alot, just had a few issues with the raisins, and some of the tastes on the front of the tongue.

JToad, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of codsmith
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

codsmith, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep, dark impenetrable black, that strongly resembles used motor oil, with about a 1/4" of sturdy dark brown head that exhibits decent retention. Aroma is very restrained, good but noting too out of the ordinary. Roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and some dark fruits are present with just a faint whiff of alcohol. Taste is much like the aroma. At first I am hit by a sticky sweetness which is followed by the arrival of roasted malts and, towards the finish, some dark chocolate and hop bitterness. The dark fruits don't appear until after the bitterness. In the late finish I get some alcohol, not hot or overwhelming, but noticeable. Mouthfeel is ok, it was a bit too thin IMO. This brew is medium, maybe medium-full, in body and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, there was a nice alcohol warmth (a good thing) but overall I just wasn't that impressed. Its a solid brew and one that I'll revisit (since I have a few more cans) in the hope that tonight was just a bad night for FIDY.

mnj21655, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of C20Percent
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**Bottled on 10/11/2011**

A: Pours like a can of oil -- just pours so thick and black with a bubbly brown head on top. Surely, depending on how vigorous you pour the can the more head you get, and I definitely let it fly. Don't expect the head to stay like this throughout. But, this is what I feel a stout should look like.

S: Heavy chocolate, cocoa -- lots of nice roasted maltiness and toasted grains. Nothing bad here -- a bit of booziness, but very solid.

T: Warm, syrupy, roastiness with a little bitter finish. Not the booziness that I smelled. Some definite cocoa in there. Maybe even some caramel flavors. Nice taste.

M: Thick body -- syrupy, oily. Little carbonation, but that works here. Good chewiness, which brings out the chocolate. Nothing wow here, but good.

O: Very solid Imperial Stout -- the look of this is the winner. The smell and taste back it up. If you're looking for a heavy stout, then I'd suggest this brew.

C20Percent, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Natural510
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz aluminum, canned 12-22-08.

Consistency of crude oil bubbling fresh from the ground; the color is beyond pitch black. A centimeter of brown head is created, which dissipates to a thin but solid ring of lace on the upper lip of the chalice.
Loads of chocolate to the nose, with a slight roasted malt edge.
Flavor is very sweet; rich milk chocolate, candied sugar and espresso dominate the flavor. Very similar to a chocolate candy bar. Malt provides a hint of cola to the flavor as well.
Heavy in body and soul, as evidenced by the pour. Ever-so-lightly bitter in the end, with a nice little hop buzz at the finish.
Drinkability suffers a bit from the cloying sweetness. If that element had been toned down, it would make for a much nicer RIS. Still worth picking up, but I'm tempted to age the other cans further to see if it will mellow.

Natural510, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of JeffV
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like motor oil as I pour it into my glass. The head is reluctant and I find myself trying to pour in such a way as to accentuate it. However, the head that does emerge is unrelenting and caps the beer from start to finish.

In the nose this beer has a nice chocolatey-coffee smell augmented by a touch of hops and a great malt spine.

The beer's taste is robust and indulgent. Chocolate. Coffee. A little pumpernickel maybe. Some piney hops in the back of the throat.

The one problem I have with it is that at 10.5% this beer has a little too much alcohol bite. I want the alcohol to serve as a crisp way to end a mouthful not as a sterile swab of vodka. This beer is the latter. Its a nitpick because when you buy a beer that is named for its alcohol content (ten fidy) you get what you paid for...

The beer has a delightfully heavy feel in the mouth and you can tell you're drinking an imperial. This isn't a sissy's beer and it does not feel like one.

With that said, it would be tough to choke down many of these in one sitting. On the other hand with the high alcohol content one beer is probably enough.

JeffV, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous, deep, opaque black. Topped by a half-inch, dark brown head that fades to a film, leaving good lace. The aroma is fairly light overall. Roasted malt aromas, chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of molasses.

Sweet and chocolate tinged malts upfront. The center is dominated by dark fruit, with notes of raisins and prunes, over a sharp molasses and boozy backbone. There's a nice roasted bitterness in the finish, as well as an alcoholic spiciness. Thick and full-bodied, with prickly carbonation.

Maybe it's been awhile since I had a RIS, but this seems a bit sweeter than most. Still a good beer, and a great dessert beer.

EPICAC, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of kurtissellen
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this is the first craft beer I've ever tried out of a can, it almost doesn't seem right seeing anything but clear yellow macro swill. Cracked this open with a pull top and watched this viscous black liquid pour into my oversized wine glass. Looked dark as hell with a rusty brown looking small head with a subtle aroma of coffee beans. Sweet dark chocolate taste and small amount of carbonation at first, followed by a surprising hoppyness, and finishing with dark coffee and left a lingering smoky taste in the mouth. By far the best beer I've had out of a can... ever!!!

kurtissellen, May 08, 2008
Photo of dwpiercetx
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With all the hype, I was expecting a knock out with a smooth feel that would hide the alcohol under the stoutiness. I was wrong. I am not saying this was bad at all, just didn't live up to the BA hype put on it. I will buy more next time it comes around. It's a beer that I'll drink if I want beer and it's too late to make a session. Dark..couldn't see through it. Roasted choc and coffee malts with lingering alcohol taste...the only bummer. Would and do recommend for special occasions for cans.

dwpiercetx, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Omnium
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Omnium, Oct 01, 2013
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12oz can into a large snifter

Appearance _ Black as can be even after being held up to a bright light. Dark tan head forms after a vigorous pour that dissipates quite quickly leaving a thin head that lingers aroud for a long time.!!!

Smell _ Moderate amount of roasty and expresso coffee notes and underlying dark chocolate. At a 10.5 abv I would expect to smell some alcohol but none here. I found the nose to be a little muted .

Taste _ Crazy smooth I mean I can taste no alcohol and it isn't the least bit hot. There are some enjoyable coffee and subtle coco aftertaste. I would suggest enjoying this one on the warmer side of cold definitely getting better after warming up a bit

Mouthfeel _ A little thiner than I thought it would be but still a full bodied adult beverage. Definitely not stickysweet very enjoyable

Overall : This is a very solid beer and worth repeating. Whith its high alcohol percentage I thought this to be would be a little hot but is very smooth.

BUNZILLA, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of foxmul924
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Can into Room-Temp Pint Glass)

Appearance: Utterly Black Body with a Deep Brown, Lasting
Head with Sufficient Lace.

Smell: Chocolate and Alcohol

Taste: Bittering Hops are Quickly Overtaken By the Extremely
Malty Chocolate, Molasses, and Roasted Barley.
Additional Notes of Coffee and a Lingering Marshmallow

Mouthfeel: Full-Bodied, Almost Like Drinking a Thick Milkshake.
Very Smooth with a Semi-Clean Finish. Slightly Sticky
On and Around the Lips.

Drinkability: Definitely a Sipping Beer. Probably Wouldn't
Partake in a Second as it is Quite Rich, Warming, and Filling...
Not To Mention the 10% ABV Sneaks Up On

Other: A Very Solid Russian Imperial Stout. I've Been Very
Impressed with Oskar Blues and Their Blue Collar 'FIDY'
Mentality. Worth a Try!

foxmul924, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A half finger of cinnamon colored head appears on a thoroughly black body that looks like motor oil coming out of the can. The head quickly shrinks to a thin film and leaves behind little lace.

S - Lots of dark, roasty malt notes. Coffee, roasted tea leaves. There is a bit of chocolate as well, but the character is mostly roast, with low hop aroma.

T - Strong, coffee like bitterness along with herbal hop flavor. Lots of tannic, earthy roast flavors follow along with a strange mint/ licorice note. The finish is full of lingering bitterness as well as a bit of alcoholic warmth that is the only time the beer reveals its significant ABV.

M - Heavy, oily body with moderate carbonation. Slightly tannic mouthfeel and mildly sweet finish.

D - Obviously not a session beer, but a bit hard to drink even for a 10% ABV stout. The aroma is very nice, but the overwhelming malt bitterness in the taste is a bit out of proportion despite the heavy body and residual sweetness. A very complex and interesting beer, but a bit over the top on roast character, in my opinion.

nickfl, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of johnd513
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.
This beer pours oily pitch black in the glass with a carmel colored head that quickly disapears. The smell is chocolate and alcohol which not suprising considering its high abv. The taste is bitter, chocolate and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, not as carbonated as I would like. Drinkability is good but obviously hindered a bit by its high abv.

johnd513, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Smurf2055
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Smurf2055, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Hermthegerm for this!

Appearance: Black as death with a small head that quickly moves to the perimeter only. There is some lacing, which is more than I expected.

Smell: Big roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, coffee, yum.

Taste: Barley and roasted malts combine nicely with subtle coffee. A hop punch hits in the middle and then fades as the malt becomes evident once again, fading into a bitter, clean finish. Booze is hid nicely.

Mouthfeel: Just right, not exactly viscous nor thin. Medium bodied feel that lends nicely to the downability of this beverage.

Overall: Glad I got to try this. Not my fav imp by any means but it's a quality beer.

PsilohsaiBiN, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can at City Beer Store in SF. A good beer but definitely not a standout for the style.

A - Black color, dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've seen in a beer.

S - Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, and some hops.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, hint of dark fruit, bitter cocoa, and slight metallic notes. Hops really stand out relative to most other imperial stouts. Alcohol noticeable but not too much for the ABV.

M - Smooth on the palate with a full body, but not at all syrupy. A little alcohol warmth.

D - Average-plus for the style.

nickd717, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

DwnTwnBwn, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade, and it was on my want list... never see it up here in Portland... and something just sounded really good about an imperial stout from a can... something just fits with it and seems right. Thanks to beandip for this little number!

- Great dark coffee color with a mocha colored head that quickly went down to little bits of drifting mocha lacing... poured in a tumbler, and can't see through it.

- Wonderful sweet chocolate and caramel scent.. heavy butter cream... and creamed coffee latte goodness.. rather sweet.

- Great bitter hop zing with a creamy finish to a chocolate syrup delight... huge bitter chocolate characterlittle bits of caramel and cake frosting.. lol

- Bit bitter dry feel... leaves the mouth watering for more..

- Hugely drinkable... bit sweet but it must be needed to hide its strength so well... a great all around imperial stout.

Docer, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of JoshVandy
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

JoshVandy, May 23, 2011
Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

HopsHopenstein, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

bluegrassbrew, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

ppoitras, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of LampertLand
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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

LampertLand, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of MCain04
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 month old can poured into a 13 oz snifter. Extra in a trade with hilgart1, much appreciated!

Appearance: Dark dark brown. 1 finger tan head. Moderate retention/lacing.

Smell: Roasty, a little alcohol on the nose, toasted malts.

Taste: Heavy roasted malts, a little boozy, but there's a malty sweetness that finishes with a soy-sauce aftertaste that isn't the greatest.

Mouthfeel: Full, heavy, smooth, coats the tongue.

Overall: Overrated in my opinion, not even close to world-class. A decent Imperial stout but for $15 per 4 pack I can think of 10 other stouts I'd pick over this without spending more than I would for this one. Doubt I'll ever drink this again, but you never know.

MCain04, Feb 13, 2013
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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