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Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

2,514 Reviews
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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 TheRaven
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh snap! If you are dark beer lover as I am, this is a superpower of the genre. And by that I mean not only the taste, but also the wallop. Not for the faint of heart, this beer pours as used motor oil with a thin caramel-colored head. Yeah, licorice, burnt toast, coffee, blah, blah, blah. Very flavorful but, let's be honest, it is hard to conceal 10.5% ABV. There is s distinct alcohol taste that numbs the tongue after a while. This is a must-try if you enjoy hefty brews but stop yourself after two pints or so, for your own good.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into a small snifter. Darkest beer ever? Black, with a dark tan head that formed late but came up quickly when it did. One of the prettiest beers out there.

Smell is of the dark malts that make the beer, a lot of chocolate aromas going on.

Taste is straightforward: dark and heavy. The balance is great, I tasted some chocolate flavors, and there was also a bit of a hop presence that I wasn't expecting. Very sweet, this would make a great dessert.

Mouthfeel was impressive, carbonation was fitting with the style. As far as drinkability, I have to say this was perfect. Its 10%, but if I weren't rationing these beers due to its availibiltiy and cost, I could have 2-3, maybe 4. I was craving another can after this, but I restrained myself. Now, I keep thinking about the taste and can't wait to have more.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for the trade at DLD and thanks to my girlfriend for picking it up. I have been wanting to try my first ever imperial stout from a can, so here it goes:

A: Pitch black with a nice creamy dark brown head. Head sticks around throughout. Coats the glass.

S: a very sweet and roasty smell, some notes of chocolate. This smells delicious.

T: Wow, the taste is amazing. There is a perfect harmony of malted sweetness balanced with roasted notes. The finish is chocolate and sweet. I would say this is a little on the sweet side for imperial stouts, but it works so well with this beer. The 9.5 % alcohol is very well masked.

M: A nice velvety smooth feel with low carbonation. This beer is very thick which is perfect for the flavor.

D: I really wish this beer was more readily available for me, this is an excellent imperial stout. I have yet to be disappointed by a craft beer in a can. This is one of my favorite imperial stouts.

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Photo of Phillyduke
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA'ers smellysell & session1979 for hooking me up with a few cans of the Original Release of this beer.

Appearance: Can opened with barely a pop of C02. Poured briskly into a Riedel stemless wineglass. Beer is as black as onyx and as viscous as motor oil. A beautiful 2 to 3 finger head of dense, pillowy tan foam that resembles hot cocoa slowly recedes to a thick top layer, leaving a trail of lacing down the side of the glass. Excellent retention.

Smell: At first the nose is hard to discern. Hints of burnt malt give way to cocoa, coffee, and a strong alcohol scent as the beer approaches room temperature.

Taste: What a world of flavors! The ABV here is well-masked by the strong flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee, complimented by hints of caramel. A pleasing bitterness that goes perfectly with the other flavors rewards each sip. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and syrupy. Coats the mouth with velvety smoothness and leaves a sticky residue behind. Nary a hint of carbonation. Warming alcohol sensation greets the stomach.

Drinkability/Overall Impression: Wow. This is quite a concoction. The ABV here will definitely catch up with you before long, so I don't know how many of these you could have in one sitting before becoming completely incapacitated. It's definitely a sipper, but quite exceptional for the style. Perfect for a cold winter night, or when you need to feel warm all over. The beer definitely has a "sweet spot", however, as the last few sips of warmest beer couldn't stand up to the earlier, cooler draws. Definitely a keeper!

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Photo of beersheppard
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a thick and viscous pour, midnight black with brown head, great lacing, decent head retention.

Smell: roasty chocolate malts

Taste: light coffee, HEAVY chocolate, full flavored, roasted malts, a little alcohol, robust.

Drinkability: A delicious and hearty brew for the stout lover. It lived up to the hype.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to mcduck for sending this beer. I've wanted to get my hands on one of these cans for a while now. Poured in a Smokestack goblet...

Appearance: Crack of carbonation upon opening the can. Pours like motor oil from the can. Heavy carbonation leads to an opaque black liquid with a caramel-mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a mocha ring around the glass, and tons of beautiful lacing down the sides. This beer looks exactly like an RIS should.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malts, and a ton of them, at that. I can smell this beer from an arm's length away. Some vanilla and toffee as well, but the breadiness of the malt is overpowering. This smells delightful.

Taste: Exactly like it smells. Glorious roasted, toasted malts. Some nubs of dark chocolate mixed with some notes of caramel as well. The flavors meld together to create an otherworldly mishmash of beauty and goodness.

Mouthfeel: This is a heavy RIS. It coats the tongue (which saying it looked like motor oil coming out of the can makes it not much of a surprise) and envelops the taste buds. The toasted malts play well with the sweeter flavors, and it comes across very well in the overall feel of the beer.

Drinkability: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer. The 10% ABV is almost nowhere to be found. Maybe a slight twinge on the swallow, but overall, this beer is pure bready malts and chocolate flavors. It's a shame this beer isn't distributed more widely, as this could become a staple in this Kansas home.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one another awesome surprise extra I got from xpimptastikx. Poured into a snifter.

A- After a pretty viscous pour a thin DARK reddish brown head rises then falls leaving nothing but a ring. This head is the darkest Ive seen. Its almost as dark as some porters!
Ten FIDY is the typical opaque pitch black, the only thing about the appearance that's one of a kind is that dark head.

S- Waiting for this to warm really helps awaken the nose. Slight alcohol, sweetness and cocoa powderyness.

T- Really exceptional flavors here. Bitter-sweet cocoa, dark and roasted maltiness, and a lovely creamy/milkiness. Alcohol is barely present.

M- Ive heard great things about the mouth feel here. Mainly that its really really heavy and thick. In that department I was let down a little bit. I think mainly because of the hype. But thats not to say the mouthfeel on Ten FIDY isnt amazing.
The carbonation is very low. The MF is similar to a creamy whole milk. Its liquid velvet. So nice!

D- Its taking all my strength to not chug this all down right away. Its so good! Alcohol is barely perceivable. A very very drinkable RIS.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Well, Ten Fidy is a big, bad, bold beer. This review is for a can that is nearly one year old.

Viscous black liquid with a small brown head. Some lacing along the glass.

Huge grain and chocolate malt aroma, caramel sweetness, molasses, roast, fresh wood, hint of booze. Just an incredibly deep, rich malty nose.

Taste offers a huge roasted character with restrained sweetness, dark chocolate, alcohol, and long, lingering bitterness.

Feel is spot on. I mean perfect. Huge, chewy body with some presence from the oats. Soft, fading carbonation.

A damn good RIS."Must try" for any beer lover.

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Photo of cvfish
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured as black as a struck match, produced a fluffy brown head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely, pure beauty in a glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had bitter chocolate, ground coffee beans, roasted malts, and some pine tree hops

T - This taste of this beer had the typical RIS elements that one would expect, roasted malts, ground coffee, and bitter dark chocolate, but also had some molasses and piney hops that made this one unique

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a heavy, creamy body that was accompanied by a light amount of carbonation

D - This is exactly the kind of beer that make big RIS and American Imperial Stouts my favorite style of beer, just when I think another style of beer is making its way up, this comes along and blows my taste buds away. Excellent job Oskar Blues

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Photo of BWED
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

A- Black with a one finger dark brown head. Leopard print lacing all the way around this glass. Beautiful.

S- Thick with caramel and chocolate. There's a bit of a savory and smoky smell as well, but I can't put my finger on it specifically. It inspires me to eat some oysters alongside.

T- Very heavy chocolate covered dark fruit, a little caramel, and a small hop presence.

M- Thick, creamy, with just enough bitterness to jerk you from the sweet malt. Very filling.

O- Unbelievably rich. Almost a meal in itself, and the ABV is well represented. This beer will get me a little handsy. Throw in those oysters and you're in for a treat tonight. A delicious, rich beer. Amazing.

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Photo of mwNMT
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a snifter

this is definitely one of the darkest beers i have seen and its head resembles chocolate ice cream in appearance and density.

the smell is complex like dark malts licorice coco and dark fruits all roasted together.

it tasted even better than it smelled with a hoppy earthyness and coffee thrown into the mix and its sweetness seems to mask just enough of the alcohol

mouthfeel is pretty heavy as it should be in this big imperial stout

the drinkability in this is about as good as it can be with this kind of a beer. definite sipper but that's a good thing so you can enjoy it

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Photo of JonMich13
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally picked this up in my area, as it hasn't been readily available in the past. Poured from can into my Flying Saucer beerknurd 2009 glass.

A = Absolute crude oil. As thick and black as a beer can get, I suspect. Half way up the glass I didn't expect much head and didn't get it. If looks could kill.

S = Nice roasted malt, chocolate, and some dark fruit.

T = Beautifully well-balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and some definite hop. A peppery spice note with some slight alcohol heat. Very, very nice.

M = Almost a 5 for me. Very smooth and creamy. If not for a little more carbonation than I like, it would have been perfect.

D = Exceptionally drinkable. A tad hot, but not nearly enough to detract from how smoothly this one goes down.

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Photo of DrewV
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, pitch-black motor-oil liquid with a thin dark khaki head. Maybe 1/2-finger at most.

S: Sweet, but dark. Some bourbon in the aroma. Dark cherry, molasses. Not much coffee, more of an espresso aroma, very dark and sweet.

T: Very similar to Old Rasputin. Dark molasses, dark cherry, figs. A little dark chocolate in there as well.

M: Smooth and creamy. Silky smooth, with a very mild burn in the aftertaste.

O: The BA crowd didn't steer me wrong with this one. A bit pricey ($15/4pk), but worth the occasional treat. A bit thicker and more tasty than Old Raspy, so I don't mind paying the extra $$. Very odd to see such a terrific treat in a can. A solid A+ overall.

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Photo of halo3one
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark, black, very light dark brown froth, light lacing

S - Sweet, espresso, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla

T - Bite of sea salt up front, chocolate, fig, burnt coffee/dark roast espresso finish

M - Light carbonation, coffe aftertaste

O - Read the review and doubted, but this is legit, delicious and yes...in a can.

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Photo of IgotsHops
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Whole Foods in North Seattle. I'm really glad that Oscar Blues decided to send some of their beers over to Seattle.

Poured jet black with dark, minimal head.
Smelled of strong black malt and spicy hops. Strong espresso and toffee sweetness smell and taste. Great hops presence that was really interesting and fun to drink.
Nice medium mouthfeel. Not too coating, but let's you know you just took a sip.

Overall a very enjoyable beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of spicelab
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mulder1010 for this long time want.

Tarry black pour. Finger of chocolate brown head doesn't hang around but leaves the barest ring.

Nose shows a mix of roasty and lactic notes. Loads of sour cherries, balsamic and grape skins, Roastiness is largely charcoal, bark and tar. Brooding and refined.

Very similar to the nose with additional chocolate and liquorice sweetness. The combination of lactic sourness, fortified character, and restrained roastiness is sublime.

Viscous and full, but not at all heavy. Lowish carbonation is dialled in sweetly.

Very, very classy. Ballsy, distinguished and balanced. Enough said.

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Photo of websherpa
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before and really enjoyed it. Reviewing a can with noteable dents in it. Hope the contents are ok...

Appearance: Black, no transperency. Modest 1/2 finger brown head. Interestingly on the edges the thick black color of the beer seems to creep up into the head. Lacing just from the head melting. All signs indicate thick and and full beer. I've seen other review with more head, and I really wish I had more. It looks phenomenal, I'm just not getting a lot.

Smell: This smells complex. There is a musty roasty-ness that prevails through all the flavors. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it reminds me of the wonderful smells of a leather shop. Vanilla is probably the most forward but there is a lot in here. Chocolate maybe some nuts. Coffee is there but way back. There is a balancing bitterness and maybe that is the prevailing mustiness. I'm positive I'm not picking out everything Definitely booze in there too.

Taste: Just delicious. I could try to pick out all the flavors, but it's so much nicer to sit back and let the ensemble do it's job. Appreciate the complete picture. Look at the smell for the components, but the well executed blend of all the above parts is why this beer is so delicious. The alcohol is actually very well hidden. You know it's a big beer based on the flavor, it's not what I could boozy. As the beer warms I get some pipe tobacco smoke flavors. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel: It's thick as expected. It washes over the mouth and stays there. Fresh out of the can it's slightly over carbonated but if you sip, it hits it's stride about halfway through the beer. I'm no expert. As the beer warms the alcohol kicks in at the end of the beer. The tobacco flavors are enhanced by the dry finish.

Drinkability: The flavor sticks with you and does not demand the next drink. Still there is nothing stopping you. It's rich without being overwhelming. You can sip on this for an evening, or it can be a candidate in a evening filled with drinking assuming the other offerings aren't quite as tall.

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Photo of Texas_Chit
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is dark and oil like. Rapidly dissolving head. Smell is coffee and roasted malts. Taste is heavenly! First couple of sips are followed quickly by another. Very filling. Aftertaste is a little off but nothing to bad. Mouthfeel ... possibly one of the smoothest stouts I have ever tasted. Possibly smoothest beer overall! Overall the price is high but a great beer for special occasions.

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Photo of bayougutter
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can to a snifter, midnight black with a very small khaki head with limited lacing. I could tell it was really thick and creamy from the pour. Light carbination

On the smell, I first get heavy roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, later comes dark fruits, caramel/toffee, booze. I got a little nutty maybe hoppy aroma as well.

Wow, great tasting drink. Complex with a great mix of taste, all the tastes seem to flow together but yet you can taste each on its own. Very different from your average Impy. Taste follows aroma to a tee with the exception of the booze, which is very subtle

If you like em heavy, thick, and creamy you will love this one. A sipper for sure.

Overall this is a readily available hyped Imperial Stout that lives up to the clamor. Well done, and no need to tweek this one Oskar Blues.

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Photo of ditch
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about as good as it gets!

Poured a thick oily impenetrable black. Small dark caramel head that fades to a ring around the glass. Lacing is thin and very sporadic down the sides of the tulip.

Smell is strong chocolate and dates/raisins. Chocolate covered raisins! Very sweet and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is deep. Sweet roasted malts and chocolate up front. Dates and raisins. Slightly bitter smokey finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly good for this style. Thick but not too thick. Just enough carbonation to bring out the flavors.

Drinkability is also good for this style. Light enough to keep 'em coming for most of the night. Well played Oskar well played.

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Photo of NicMurray
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this last night for the first time!
It has a smooth oily pour, with a dark head.
a malty, coffee smell, not too overwhelming.
It's finish is glorious with tastes of slight sweetness.
While sipping the flavors became even more robust and delicious.
I really enjoyed this beer and was bummed I only bought one can.
Will definitely buy again!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter. This was canned in January 2013.

With a beautiful, dark khaki-colored, fluffy, pillow-like head that forms 4 fingers thick, I'm already impressed. The body beneath is pitch black and has an oil-like thickness and viscosity as it enters the glass. 4.5

Pick your chocolate: dark or milk? Actually, no need on this nose as I get doses of both. There's notes of oak and a hint of booze, vanilla, and and a subtle hint of red wine. 4.25

Thick layers of chocolate, vanilla and caramel are almost like drinking a milkshake. Just a boozy one, as again there's a bit, a tiny bit, of wine-like booze flavor. There's a dose of oak on the finish. 4.6

Superbly creamy, viscous, smooth and rich, this is a dessert in a can. Though there's a taste of booze, it's not felt on the tongue, except if you count the dry finish. 4.7

This beer is tasting phenomenal. It's close to perfect. 4.65

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Motor oil with 10,000 miles on it! Pitch black color with 3/4" of dark brown head with a rusty orange tint to it. No light is passing through this baby! The lacing is all the way down the glass with orangish brown sheets. This one was poured into my Dale's Pale Ale pint glass.

S- Roasted, burnt chocolate malts. Caramel, coffee, mocha, and cocoa. Hops are making their presence known even with the overpowering of the malts that take the lead.

T- Unreal! The sweetest malts that I have ever tasted. Mixed in with this roasted/burnt goodness is a nice blend of bitter hops. The cocoa, chocolate, and coffee follow very closely to the nose.

M- Thick and chewy with not much carbonation. Very sticky in the mouth leaving a film on the tongue.

D- Of course, this style is not for sessioning. But, this beer drinks as well as any I have had as a stand-alone drink.

Overall- I have read and heard the hype, and I must say that this beer is worth every bit of it! Very nice representation of the style and one of my top beers I have ever had. I love it and it is great!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Way to shatter all the stereotypes that exist about canned beer! This beer blubs out of the can like a thick sludge. Wow.

My first impression of the appearance is that this beer is *dark*. Even at the thin parts of my SA glass, no light comes through. Pitch-black. The head is a very nice deep chocolate.

The smell of the beer is fairly muted. Plenty of bready grains, and a nice bit of chocolate and roast. Good stuff.

But it is the taste where it really shines. Despite being as dark as it is, the beer isn't overly acidic. There is just a nice soft roastiness to it, coupled with truckloads of anise. They had to have put licorice in this beer, the taste is just too knock-your-socks-off for them not to have. Since I really like licorice/anise, I'm happy with that. A nice bit of milk chocolate makes its way through as well. Mmmmm. Good stuff.

Mildily tongue-numbing, mildly carbonated, the mouthfeel is full but not too full. It could be over-the-top crazy, but instead of a gooey mess it drinks more like a nice glass of milk. Certainly full, but you could pound it if you were so inclined.

Wow, thanks ColoradoBobs. Great, great stuff.

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Photo of mscudder
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here I have a RIS in a can, I really cannot say what I make of this...
Poured into a snifter.

A - How this can from a can is far beyond me. An opaque deep fudge brown topped by a two-finger leather head. Fair retention and great lacing.

S - Massive sweet chocolate and malts. This is like smelling a fudge milkshake, only better because its beer.

T - Same as the nose: huge taste. Big chocolate notes intertwined with some mild hop bitterness that finds a delicate balance. Some light hints of coffee on the rear that rounds out the RIS style. Some vanilla even makes a cameo appearance.

M - Perhaps the fullest beer I have ever had. Somehow velvety smooth and the ABV adds just the amount of warmth. Creamy and outright delicious.

O - This beer is the s**t. I have nothing else to say. Well worth my $15 for a 4-pack.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,514 ratings.