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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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8,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,490
Reviews: 2,391
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 567
Gots: 2,034 | FT: 120
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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 semibaked
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours the blackest of black with about 2 inches of dark brown head, just great looking. Looks like thickened motor oil, it coats the glass

S - Giant molasses/brown sugar smell, dark roasted malts, raisins, and very faint hops.

T - A lot of sweetness from the molasses hits right away, the roasted malts comes through in the middle, also has some dark fruits, and dark bread, man there is a lot of dark in this beer.

M - Full bodied, super creamy and viscous.

D - This is a heavy hitting beer, has huge amounts of flavors, great mouthfeel, terrific smell and appearance. Definitely seek it out, but you definitely have to like a sweet beer to enjoy it.

Photo of NBake
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ten Fidy

The can is interesting, like all of the Oskar Blues clan, with goofy quotes and a simple yet appealing graphic in the background. I'm excited for this one.

I pop the top, hear that little fizz of delight and ceremoniously pour Ten Fidy into my big mug. I am rewarded for my effort with a black body, capped with 3 fingers of beautiful brown head.

The nose is unexpectedly hoppy, with notes of chocolate and general roastiness mixed in.

First taste brings lots of roasty and hop filled bitterness with some dark fruits and cocoa, followed by some alcohol and rebounding back into bitter dark chocolate flavors. The alcohol and chocolate stick to the roof of your mouth, begging you for another sip. I'll oblige. I'll admit, there is a lot of sweet malt flavor going on here as well, but this one is really about the roasted barley, and an assertive hop profile. I dig it.

Ten Fidy goes down smooth. It is viscous, with low carbonation and right on for the style, as far as I'm concerned. It isn't too syrupy or sickly sweet.

Overall, this is a great beer. Many of the Imperial Stouts out there are very sweet, which is ok, but this one is dry enough to session, if you can handle the booze. It brings a flavor that is hard to get tired of and I would recommend it to all that are unafraid of dark beer.

Photo of vdread
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


i love the name. i love the can. i love what's inside. Ten FIDY looks, tastes, and feels like a great RIS. at nearly five bucks a can, it had better kick ass!

pours a beautiful thick black like motor oil, slick and heavy in texture. it's covered by a tiny dark brown head that disappates quickly, even for the style. smells heavy with malt, syrupy and sweet.

tastes are initially heavy with dark chocolate and raisins. when it warms up, complex flavors like very sweet and heavy deep chocolate stands out the most, with some roast and coffee behind. booze peeks out a bit as well.

mouthfeel thick and full, almost syrupy. this was a good beer and enjoyable. everything you would want and expect from an imperial stout. it's great in every way- but not worth five bucks a can. i'd rather get a bomber of something just as good for that price.

that being said, i'll still buy this again, even at 5 bucks a can.

Photo of Andrew61923
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had been intending on sitting on this longer, but after a long week, it seemed like a good way to cap this Friday.

A: Pours dark, dark, and darker with minimal head, even with an aggressive pour. Rim of khaki around the edge in my Delirium tulip.

S: Mostly dark fruits with a slight hint of smoked malts initially. As it warms up, the malt comes out slightly more.

T: Initial sweetness (with this ABV, that's to be expected) followed by the dark fruit I had picked up in the nose. Lingering and pleasant taste left with the malt and cocoa dominating.

M: Extremely smooth for the ABV with little carbonation. Definitely enjoyed this aspect.

O: Having had this beer only once before and remembering it to be great, I was not let down. I may have enjoyed it in the wrong venue and would have liked to share it with a friend, but I didn't mind having it all to myself at all. For the pricepoint, you cannot go wrong and I wish I had picked up an extra can or four to age for a while longer to see what happened to it. The educator in me gives it an A-.

Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a snifter. Bottled on 03-10-10, or should I say canned on lol

(A)- Poured thick & dark black as the darkest night. Produced a good brown colored head that dissipated down to bubbles after a minute or two.

(S)- A rich roastedness that is actually rather toast-like. Bits of coffee & raisins. Dark cocoa amidst some bread-like nuances.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A depth of roasted malts with flavors ranging from toast, molasses, raisin, coffee, & cocoa. Rather bread-like. Has the tiniest hint of licorice.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Malt-tastic! A wealth of robust roasted flavors with only a mild bitterness. Has a rich body that is surprisingly smooth. Hides the 10.5%abv extremely well.

(D)- A solid to great stout, but more importantly, probably the best beer I have had out of a can! Definitely fits the style well; just an all-around good stout I would love to always have in the fridge if I could. I was very surprised by this one.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Sold ink black with a minimal caramel to khaki head. One of the darkest of stouts that I have had. Sticky lacing. Oh yeah! This one looks sick

S- Holy roasted oats! Cocoa nibs and coffee beans also come to pass, while some earthy hops try to step in with a feeble attempt to distract my nose from the robust roasted malt

T- Everything the nose finds, but with added bitterness that comes on strong to give the finish quite a kick indeed. Lots of sweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, and an abundance of brown sugar up front with the burnt roasted astringency on the back end. So much so that it distracts in a lingering way. World class start with an average finish.

M- Syrupy, full body, and finishing dry. The alcohol is present, but not at all distracting like the astringency.

O- Big time appearance, aroma, and initial flavor wave left me expecting more from the finish. But admittedly, the bar was set extremely high. Overall, an outstanding beer.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 -- what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours out like motor oil. Jet black with a thin layer of chocolate brown head. No lacing to speak of, naturally, but coats the glass nicely.

Smell -- Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, faint charcoal.

Taste -- Follows the nose to the tee: chocolate, molasses, vanilla, some faint prune sweetness. Finish is bitter with char and hops.

Mouthfeel -- Full bodied with mild creamy carbonation. Like velvet!

Drinkability -- The fact that this beer came from a can still boggles my mind. Rich and sweet with enough acrid char character to prevent it from being cloying. More importantly, not a trace of metallic off flavors from the can. I loved it!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 11-29-10. This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a half inch of dark brown foam that recedes quickly into a thin ring of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and cocoa powder. The taste is similar to the aroma with a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick, chewy texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good RIS, but I can't quite call it great. It is flavorful, but lack true complexity in both flavor and aroma.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was a thin layer of tan-colored head and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

T: A well done taste of bitter dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The alcohol is pretty noticable at first, but you get used to it.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well made and easy to drink beer.

Photo of sitarist
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with hardly no head, no lacing or any other sign of life. It has that "dirty motor oil look" that we all like.

There are scents of toasted marshmallow, smoked meat, coco, coffee, and horehound. Nicely balanced. The scents are nice, just a little weak for the style.

The flavors match the nose well. Again it seems a little week for the style, but dam tasty none the less.

The mouthfeel is sticky and flat with nice medium body.

Verry drinkable. I cant belive something this good came from a can.

Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours motor oil black with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, black and chocolate malt scent that's bitter and roasted. Some hops sneak through the darkness. The taste is good. It has a very bitter, black malt and hop flavor. It's got a nice roasted character also, but the black malts prevail. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a FULL bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I have to say that it's a bit over-hyped. It's about as black as a beer gets. But where is the complexity? All in all, I'm glad I finally got a chance to try this one. Thanks JJ.

Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in the glass, with a nearly brown head, which lasts quite a long time. Pleasant spritz on the tongue.

Huge mouthful of flavor. Dark roast malt, licorice, and hops. Rather tart with a big smack of alcohol. Massively rich without being syrupy. Maybe a whiff of smoke and some raisins, but a clean powerful taste.

Such a a black flavor, a blast of malt shot with crazy darkness of charred sugar. Really none of the sour burnt taste. A mouthfilling, hot, vast expanse of flavor. Great sipping beer and to me, more friendly and pleasurable than some of the other icons of the RIS world.

On tap at Ciros on Garnet Ave in San Diego.

Photo of Naugros
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is nearly black with a tan, dense head that sticks around for awhile. Despite the alcohol content there is very little evident in the nose. The smell is left to the roasted malts that give a sweet and mild coffee odor. The alcohol does show up in the taste, giving the overall impression of a coffee liqueur in a beer. But the mouthfeel is what really sets this one apart. It's creamy, thick and viscous. The booze show up here as well with a bit of a tingle on your tongue. This beer will definitely make its way into my beer fridge one of these days...when I can afford it.

Photo of BgThang
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff pours a solid black like 10w40 out of an old oil can :D

The nose is that of roast, chocolate, smoke, raisins, hints of alcohol.

mouthfeel is real creamy, roasted chocolaty, silky smooth.

Drinkability is very nice could do a few of these but with 10.5 abv I would be drunk. The alcohol is very well hidden.

I cannot wait for this to come to texas.

Thanks to tprokop7 for the one can.

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: complete blackness with thick, rich, extremely dark head. Even light cannot escape it.

Smell: alcohol and roasted malts. There is also a very bizarre aroma which almost has a shellfish character ... must be something to do with the yeast. Good overall, but a little odd.

Taste: lots of big fruity alcohol taste supported with thick, roasted malts. It is not overly bitter and is surprisingly smooth. There is that hint of the sea in the flavor too, but not enough to be truly off-putting. It's not bad, but it's not my favorite RIS.

Mouthfeel: huge body, not particularly carbonated. Thick, syrupy and mouth-coating, this is what I look for in a RIS.

Drinkability: between some of the flavor characteristics and the huge alcohol, this cannot rate super high on drinkability. It's still quite good though.

Photo of 321jeff
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had an 08 and an 09 split side by side with Ben in early January 2011, reviewed from notes. Both were canned in December of their respective canning years.

Appearances were pretty similar, both Black as night with a milk chocolate colored head, the only real difference being the 09 had a good bit of head and the 08 was noticeably smaller.

Aromas were also similar with lots of chocolate and burnt roast. The major difference here was notes of alcohol that was present in the 09 but not in the 08.

The differences in the taste were more noticeable, bot had lots of chocolate, but the bitter roast was much smoother in the 08 and had more of a bite in the 09. There was also a bite from the alcohol in the 09 that had vanished from the 08.

Mouthfeel was thick and viscous in both with moderate carbonation. Both of these are enjoyable, and I'd like to try it against one that is really fresh, but it seems that once Ten Fidy hits the 2 year mark, it really smooths out and takes things to the next level.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours (if poured, I can't imagine someone would pass the opportunity to drink an RIS from a can) a very viscous dark brown with hints of red passing throu with light dark brown head is actually surprisingly foamy.. smelss just super roasted, malty above anything with some cocoa.. tastes very roasted, again very malted, a mix of some dark fruit and a bit of rum flavor a mix of milk and dark chocolates, becomes more raisiny as it approaches room temp, aftertaste of black coffee.. thick chewy mouth, like a chocolate chip cookie.. drink its quite thick and pretty heavy, what you should expect from a good RIS, so you're not gonna down a bunch
(unless, like.. you've got a problem)
but its very good for a stout, like syrup and coffee..

Photo of Premo88
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into "stout" glass
(canned on 8/28/13 8:35 a.m.)

L: like pouring an old can of motor oil -- black. black black; light does not pass through this thing. and it looks thick. the dark-brown head is only 1/4-inch and this "stout" glass is very similar to a tulip. no stick or lace but does keep a nice collar of reddish brown (the head has a twinge of redness to it)

S: BIG stout ... lots and lots of dark roasted barley and grain, big coffee notes, chunky chocolate ... maybe some raisins. maple syrup. starting to smell the alcohol -- rubbing alcohol, very noticeable now.

T: first sip is too good ... all coffee with no trace of booze/alcohol. alcohol booziness starts to show up about 1/5 in, but it's still very drinkable around the vodka/liquour note. dark chocolate. quite sweet, but the alcohol is really permeating each sip. molasses

F: slick but full, loads of carbonation ... overall very drinkable for such a thick-looking, big-boozy brew

O: hard to properly place -- I've had two cans on different days so far, and the first can felt weaker but also hid the alcohol perfectly; the second can tastes much, much boozier for some reason but has a more drinkable mouthfeel.

I'll split the difference and say Ten Fidy is quite drinkable with loads of good sweet chocolate, espresso, burnt/roasted barley notes -- and the 10.5% ABV is no joke. i'm definitely going to enjoy the second half of my 4-pack. (and bonus points for selling this in 12 oz. form -- a bomber of these things is always pushing it for me, so I love the 12 oz. can serving ... perfect!)

Photo of paytoplay
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fingers crossed this makes it out west. Stellar brew. As other notes state, coco, coffee, roasted malt with very slight sweet and vanilla. Where this wins for me is the texture and thickness though refreshing and never feeling that heavy. Quality in a can!

Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This thing is a deep opaque black, almost like ink with a dark coffee colored foam head that disappears quickly. When held up to the light the room gets darker as this s.o.b. absorbs all light around it. It's pure evil.

Smell - At first sniff I get dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. As it warms hints of of deep rich coffee and a oak wood aroma comes through.

Taste - First sips had a high level of bitterness which were still tolerable, but got better as it warmed. It transformed into a balanced flavor of roasted malts and barley then leaving an aftertaste of a liquored up espresso.

Mouthfeel - Judging by looks you'd think it would be thick, but it comes in very smooth with a medium body to it with very little carbonation.

Overall - Very impressive beer out of a can! This one is definitely a sipper and may get you in trouble if not careful as it hides the alcohol very well.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a snifter.

A - Black as night, with a mocha-colored one-finger head that receded to nothing, just maybe a slim ring around the edge. No lacing at all.

S - Dark chocolate and black cherry at first, followed by brown sugar and toffee.

T - Dark chocolate is dominant, with those same black cherries along with it in the front. French roast coffee follows, plenty of alcohol -- it's not too hidden, although it's not out of place. The finish is more cherries and dark fruits, and burnt sugar.

M - Thick and velvety; very pleasant. For a RIS, this is just about perfect. Coats the mouth and then recedes without overstaying its welcome.

D - Pretty boozy, even for a RIS. I'm buzzed after one, but the flavor keeps me wanting to come back for more.

Overall - This is one of my favorite RISes when I don't care about subtlety. There are others that might be more nuanced, but when I want a powerful example of the style, this is where I turn.

Photo of Titans77
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours like 10/50 motor oil... Gee, where did that come from -_- Quarter finger of khaki colored head with slight carbonation. Solid looking RIS

S - Roasted malts. Roasted chocolate malt dominant. Dark fruits and some alcohol. Pretty standard for an RIS, though as powerful as i was expecting

T - With the chocolaty malt and dark fruit taste as good as this beer delivers, it deserves a 4.5 in Taste. My only complaint is the salty background. Maybe a canning thing? Not too sure, but it is solid.

M - Absolute best in class. Smooth. Full bodied. Coats the mouth and makes this brew an absolute privilege to caress the tongue. Can't say enough about the mouthfeel of this stout.

O - Such a great RIS. I wouldn't believe it was canned if i didn't know beforehand. Easily the best stout i have had so far, but the list is rather limited. Well worth the $15 for a 4 pack

Photo of paulozanello
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black and opaque color, very thick and motor-oily, with a small brown head, very creamy, great lacing.
Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and booze.
Taste starts with lots of roasted malts and then chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Lots of hop bitterness then kick in to finish. I also get a roasted/smoky note.
Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy and body is heavy with moderate carbonation.
Great RIS from OB, very worth trying and seeking it out.

Photo of angelmonster
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at the flying saucer. Nice dark chocolate inch head with a pitch black body. Very good lacing through out.

Smells mostly of roasted, chocolate malts , faint hops and bits of alcohol. Expected more of an alcohol smell since its 10 % abv but it smells very sweet

Taste is a rich, sweet, chocolate cream with low medium bitterness. Alcohol is also present but not over powering.

Mouth feel is a nice balance of carbonation. Some bitterness is present but the creamy head does balance it out a bit.

Ten fidy does a nice job of masking the alcohol while keeping true to the IBU's of an imperial stout , while also providing a rich flavor to balance it all out. Would buy again , especially in the winter. I love this beer

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Maudite tulip

A - Very vigorous pour (on purpose) gave me a very small, dirty teeth yellow head that left in less than a minute. Used motor oil black.

S - Semi weaker nose, roast coffee, chocolate, alcohol

T - Roast coffee, some molasses, bitter chocolate and a nice finish of black licorice.

M - Very heavily bodied, semi creamy and hot from the alcohol.

D - This beast is most definitely a sipper, delicious, but takes some time!

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