Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,752
Reviews: 2,455
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
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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 awalk1227
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/22/10

Poured into a Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster pint glass

This is one of my favorite imperial stouts ever, and it's about time I review it.

A: Pours black like oil, with a huge brown head. Maybe it's my aggressive pour, but is this lacing from a high ABV stout? Interesting.

S: Roasted nuts dipped in vanilla and rolled in brown sugar. Dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T: Dark chocolate, espresso. It's like taking a bite of a dark chocolate brownie with toasted nuts inside.

F: THICK. I hear Dark Lord is thicker, and I don't doubt that, but I can't imagine how it could be more viscous than this. Full and creamy, oily coating everywhere.

D: Ridiculous. I bypass the buzz and almost always drink two of these (making sure not to step foot near heavy machinery).

Photo of markaberrant
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours like motor oil into the glass, small dark tan head does not hold up, a little lacing

S - lots of fruit and roast wafting from the glass, slight char/smoke, big and bold,

T - dark fruit sweetness to start is quickly whisked away, BIG creamy roast, lots of nuts (almonds?), decadent dark chocolate aftertaste that just goes on and on

M - velvety smooth, thick, lucious, low carbonation, NOT syrupy, big beer, but smooth alcohol

D - powerful flavours, but still incredibly smooth

Wow, I really like this!!! I've drank my share of good to great imperial stouts and this one really stands out (Bells Expedition would be the other). Huge roast, and incredibly thick, yet somehow has great drinkability.

Wish I had more than this 1 can. Thanks to Viggo for sending it my way!

Photo of Efay
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Every time I've had this beer I've been preoccupied to do a real review! I picked up a 4pack after a long, cold day in the Chicago weather to warm me up. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed.

A- Poured black, with some light being able to refract some dark brown color on the edge of the glass. This thing is really dark! When poured, big bubbles of foam, equaling around 3 fingers worth of dark caramel head was present. However, there was not much retention, but some spotty lacing appeared.

S- Initially I got a scent of booze, but I then got smells of baker's chocolate with some burn malt that was highly defined. This all ended with a smell of burnt sugar that made this thing smell pleasantly sweet, but complimented with the alcohol and bitter burnt malt.

T- Smooth and sweet baker's chocolate, followed by some sweet toffee. Ends with some bitter coffee and malt flavors that make this oh so enjoyable.

M- Moderate body for an IRS. Nice and smooth with a little amount of carbonation. Ends with a nice warmth down the esophagus.

O- This IRS is to die for. This beer is highly drinkable yet very complex. The great thing though is it's not too complex and I can drink a 4 pack of this in one session it's that good. It also isn't hot on the tongue but you do feel that nice warmth down your esophagus. Just a superb beer.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

A: Minimal head over black liquid.

S: Coffee, toffee, toasted malt and yeast.

T: Yeast, coffee, toffee malt up front and toasted malt and some alcohol taste on the back end. Very nice.

M: Extremely smooth, with a medium to thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Very slight drying from the alcohol.

O: An extremely drinkable Russian Imperial Stout, my sole complaint is that it could have a better mouthfeel from having a higher level of carbonation; which would give it a better level of head as well.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a thick, gunky black body with very creamy, very dark brown head. Check that out, huh?

Smell: Lush aroma of dark, hefty maltiness. Plenty of sweetened espresso, molasses, and rich fudge brownies that've been slightly undercooked so that they're still warm and gooey in the center.

Taste: All at once, a thick, rich maltiness engulfs the tongue. Its definitely sweet. Chilled fudge-flavored pudding with a side of roasty espresso and a pinch of chalk dust. The long, smokey-sweet chocolate laden finish is simply heavenly. Hey, is this thing tasty, or what?

Mouthfeel: This one's full-bodied for sure, with an exceedingly creamy carbonation and a somewhat oily body.

Drinkability: This is one outrageously flavorful, exceedingly well done brew. Almost too much fun for one beer. Fantastic work, Oskar Blues!

Photo of williamjbauer
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the brewery in Lyons, have had this since canned as well

A - Jet black oil slick with a 3 finger tan fluffy head with excellent retention and sticky lacing. Like a sexy simple black dress, this beer is working the glass.

S - Extremely pungent rich dark chocolate notes with espresso coffee notes you'd except in a RIS and a healthy dose of booze, sweet vanilla and caramel mingle with the aforementioned notes.

T - Yum, the chocolate is bittersweet and wholesome and fills the palate right before coffee notes and a bit of vanilla, malt, oak, smoke and a touch of earthy bitter notes touch the tongue and diminish as warming booze replenishes the soul. This beer is too complex, is too aromatic and pretty to drink from the can.

M - Full bodied, moderate-high carbonation, slick, oily, thick mouth feel with appropriately loud warming booze.

O - My favorite canned RIS, equally excellent on tap and among the best showing from Oskar Blues. This is one hearty beer with complex chocolate flavor and great balance.

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the finest of my fave styles...

thick, luscious...viscosity abounds

roasty...balanced...chocolate...coffee in the nose and mouth


Photo of UTCengOwl
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ten FIDY, how I love thee. I've had you from cans in my Great Divide ballon glass at my house in Austin. I've brought you as my "I'm a badass" beer out of a can while floating the Comal River. Now, I had a 2009 version of you at the Falling Rock Taphouse and I couldn't help but review you (served in a St. Bernardus chalice).

This beer is always shockingly beautiful. At the tap house, it came without much of a head, but it had an impressive oily layer across the top. This beer looks like the death of light. I feel bad for any beams that happen to cross its path. They will never escape the black hole that is this beer. When I've had it at home, it produces a nice light brown head with some tight bubbles. If I could give this beer a 6 on appearance, I wouldn't hesitate.

This beer is a toasty behemoth. Smells like chocolate and burnt goodness. The hop presence wasn't there as much for the 2009, but it's definitely there when I've had it at home. You can tell from the nose alone that this will be a huge beer experience.

Thie taste is surprisingly balanced. Always roasty as all heck, but not overpowering. The 2009 had a great dark crystal dopplebock type quality. Mmmm.... fruity. The booze isn't hidden here. The hops always show up to the party in the fresher vintages. Just well balanced and inviting. It's not the ass kicker that the smell and look suggest, it's much more of a sensitive, but powerful force.

The high booze feel gives it a great thick and warming quality. Excellent for a 10 degree winter night. The beer works its way around, coating my whole mouth. Such a great feeling. While it's a huge beer, I never have a hard time finishing the glass / can and I would never mind getting another (unless it's already warm from being in the sun on the river :) ).

Photo of Bills453
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - poured from a growler into a Duvel tulip glass. This beer looks amazing. Black with a light chocolate looking 2 finger frothy and creamy head of deliciousness!

Smell - chocolate, malt.

Taste - this is a very delicious stout.

Mouthfeel - thick and creamy the way a RIS should be.

Overall - an amazing stout, top 5 that I have ever tried.

Photo of devlishdamsel
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this for the first time last night. It was nothing short of amazing. It had an amazing texture, very smooth and velvety, without being overly viscous. The flavor was intense, without being overly rich. That being said I tend to avoid stouts due to the aftermath, but please give me more!

Photo of hermit990
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a goblet. Canned on 11/26/12.

Appearance: The color is an opaque, impenetrable black. There is about 1 finger worth of a tan head off the pour, which recedes to a foam on top leaving a ring of lacing on the glass. The liquid looks very thick and viscous when swirled around the glass. Good retention of the lacing, sticking to the glass and leaving alcohol legs as the beer is agitated. A very good looking imperial stout.

Smell: On the nose, there is an immediate sweetness that invades the nostrils. The sweetness is joined by notes of chocolate and dark fruits (raisins and figs) as it lingers in the nose. I also pick up some hints of roasted grains and breadiness, almost resembling freshly baked cookies as they mix with the sweetness. At 10.50% abv, some hints of alcohol are also present in the aroma. A very complex aroma, seeming to unlock more of the grain notes as it warms in the glass. Generally on the sweeter side, which is just fine with me.

Taste: There is a slight sweetness as it hits the tongue, gradually morphing with the milk chocolate and fruit tastes that were present in the aroma. As it remains on the tongue, a bitterness sets in, leaving tastes of roasted grain to hang. This fades into a bitter, roasty aftertaste on the tongue. Considering the abv, the alcohol flavor is well hidden. Very delicious, layered flavors to this one.

Mouthfeel: Similar to the appearance, it's very viscous in the mouth. It feels very thick as it swishes through the mouth, coating the tongue and palate and cheeks as it travels through. The heavy feels matches well with the lingering tastes that remain in the mouth. The alcohol is much more present in the feel, leaving a warming on the tongue and throat during the swallow.

Overall: To me, this is very much what I'm looking for in an imperial stout. The sweeter notes fit well with my tastes and makes for a very enjoyable beer. This is personally one of my favorites, and I try to always keep some on hand. It is a little on the pricier side at $15 for a 4 pack in my area, but in my mind it's well worth the price. I would highly recommend trying this one.

Photo of Benish
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 8/29/13. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Viscosity appeared thick while pouring out the can. Jet black in color and a half inch thick dark brown foam. The foam just looked so rich and edible. Like you could take a spoon, scoop it out and you'd think you'r eating milk chocolate.

Smell: Intense notes of sweet malty chocolate. Unfortunately I have a cold so it's a bit hard to pick up the specifics. But I have no doubt, that this is a beer you'll want if you crave a chocolate stout.

Taste: So sweet, malty, and rich. Seriously taste like a liquid dessert. The sweet chocolate is just so profound it screams at your taste buds. No hop profile or strong bitterness detected except for a little bit at the finish. Its like a dark chocolate where the sweetness overpowers the bitterness, yet you still pick up a touch of bitter.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy and full-bodied.

Overall: outstanding beer. It's fourteen dollars a 4 pack but that's still cheap (and a steal) compared to those RIS in bombers.

Photo of jdklks
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Thick, black, with a beautiful milk-almost-dark chocolate colored head with great retention and thick lacing.

S- roasty, malty, coffee, chocolate, sweet dark fruit.

T- Taste is simply fantastic. this beer is THICK, extremely thick, creamy and rich. chocolate chocolate chocolate, more chocolate, and malts. bitter roasted coffee finish on the back of the palate (doesn't last for long). the aftertaste is of sweet longing for more.

M- ridiculously thick and chewy. grab a knife and some A1 and you can eat it like steak. one of if not the thickest beers ive ever had. great. smooth as all hell.

D- its hard to stop drinking, because its so damn good. but it is so damn thick that you not only feel it slowly making its way down, but it settles in your stomach like an oil spill in the ocean.

Best beer from a can i've ever had.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- damn downright darkest foam i've ever seen. no pssht when i popped the can and at first i though something went wrong and there would be no head but it kinda formed on it's own with awesome cascading effect. body is absolutely pitch black with no highlight at all. the head on this one is dense like a half cooked light chocolate cake. it seems to lighten in color a bit as it slowly recedes, takin on the tone of chocolate mousse or hot cocoa. remarkable retention as well for a beer so high in alcohol, but i'm guessing there's enough hops and grain in there to keep it solid and dropping some seriously nasty lace.

S- sweetly smoked and incredible. chocolate milk, cocoa and coffee hit the nose right away followed by smoldering pecan wood and the dried mellow aroma of figs and dates. smells so roasty and savory that notes of smoked pork shoulder rubbed with brown sugar and black pepper come to mind in the midst of pungent charred grapefruit and oscuro and maduro ciga wrappers. a floral pineapple lily apple whiff of alcohol is present, but neatly tucked beneath the blanket of roasted malt aromas.

T- dark chocolatey sweet from start to finish and long into the finish for that matter with the damn near exact flavor of lingering 80% cocoa melting softly over the palate. it's sweet like extra dark fudge brownie sweet, but by no means is it cloying or sugary. the full deep roasted flavor is so intense, backed by resinous hop bitterness against the burnt wood bitterness, the sugary isn't even an option. alcohol aromas appearing as the brew warms reflect on the taste as well, intensifying the dark fruity tart side of the flavor profile. think lemon, orange, and grapefruit rinds along with figs, dates, and black currant all left to pickle in a jar of molasses, burnt mixed nuts, charcoal, a pinch of salt, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. that's the best way i can describe it. lit oscuro cigar, damp wood, rich black soil, sandalwood incense, super strong espresso, and burnt pork. keep in mind that while all this is going on, dark chocolate flavors are unabated and continuously present, contrasting and complementing every subtle nuance of this insanely complex craft beer from a can. another puff of smoke on the swallow, and an extremely long finish of all the tastes above fading to penetrating hop flavor.. to roasted.. to dark chocolate.

MF- slow lazy lethargic carbonation, as if the bubbles just can't push through the turgid sludge to make full contact with my tongue. they feel like stomping bubbles marching over a blanket of gel, their impact significantly reduced. thanks in part to the addition of oats, the body is creamy beyond words-- like melted chocolate and whole cream and so decedent and rich and warming that this could seriously be an ice cream topping. drying on the cheeks thanks to massive alcohol (their website states 10.5% which is appropriate) and sticky on the lips thanks to the abundance of malt sugars and microscopic particles. there's alot of thanks goin on.

D- i couldn't have another one of these right now. one is enough. i need something that will wash the much of my palate. nevertheless, the complexity of flavors and the feel of this brew keep me comin back for more. the smoky dryness and sticky graininess incline me to take sip after pleasurable sip to relieve the roasted condition of my lips and cheeks but the only that could do that would be a toothbrush and lots of toothpaste. so in that sense, one can is entirely drinkable and in many ways too small, but this brew is too rich and powerful to be anything but a treat for me.

Photo of anotherpg
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unlike other reviews, I poured mine into a tall glass and got a 2 inch head that was colored brown. The beer is so dark you can't see through it. It tastes thick and chocolatety with a slight bitterness from the hops. A big, full body beer at 10.5 abv which masks the imperial booziness under thick layers of complex dark malts. A worthy addition to the imperial stout line. Seek this out.

Photo of irishevans
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours pitch black with a thin medium brown head, smells like a floral chocolate milk, an inviting one anyway. nice thick mouth-feel, and a flavor of chocolate malt, minor hop flavor, and a hint of caramel. the scary thing about it, is it drinks like milk, skim milk, in other words far, far too easy for it's abv. wonderful brew don't pass it up.

Photo of Wasatch
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to ArrogantB for this brew.

Pours a deep black color, very nice carbonation, huge two finger creamy tan head, which leave some awesome sticky lacing. The nose is big on malts, toffee, chocolate, nice slight vanilla, and caramel. The taste is absolutly delicious, malty/toffee/chocolate, nice little bit of sweetness, and some caramel. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, could drink a few of these easy. Full-Medium body, a well rounded brew. Very drinkable, very smooth, this is an exceptional brew, highly recommended.

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black as night. In the glass it makes the whole room darker.
Thick, rich head.
A bit sweet on the midpalete. But holy crap this is good. Chocolate, malty, hints of molasses.
Very rich mouthfeel. Beee-eautiful texture.
Long, finish, not intense, of smoke and licorice.
Definitely a quality beer.

Photo of israel
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What can you say about Ten Fidy that hasn't already be said. This beer pours like used motor oil, and is only ever recognizable as beer when the espresso colored head forms. The head clings to the sides of the glass, but never really sticks around. The aroma is big with it's notes of coffee and dark chocolates. The flavor certainly follows suit with the aroma, but the chocolate notes really seem to dominate the initial flavors. The mouthfeel is really deceiving as initially the beer goes down smooth, but leaves a sensation of the back of your throat being coated with syrup. This may sound unappealing but only adds to the experience with an intense after tast that hangs around for quite some time. This beer comes across as immensely drinkable, but with the high ABV. it is wise to refrain. Overall this beer deserves any hype that it may receive, and I am always on the look out for it. This beer has really opened my eyes to what an imperial stout can taste like, and has got me even more excited about whats next.

Photo of Merkur
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a very thick, rich dark brown, almost black. Looks exactly like used motor oil.

Beer smells very roasty of dark chocolate. A boozey smell is also detected.

Beer tastes of very rich dark chocolate. A bit of roasty espresso. There is a slight boozey afterburn.

Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. Very nice and rich.

Great Imperial Stout

Photo of BlindPig
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Nice creamy dark mocha 1-2" head on a bitch black body. It is weird seeing such a thick black stout being poured out of a can.
S- Sweet chocolate malt, hints of dark fruits, light burnt grains, grass hops, light citrus parts, light smoke, and coffee.
T- Blend of coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel, burnt grains, some smoke, hints of citrus, hints of dark fruits, and some grass. The bitter malt and hops linger in the mouth with a light warming from alcohol and some burnt notes.
M- Nice thick chewy body with a creamy smoothness to it. Leaves a really big dry note.
D- I think this is a great beer. I would try finding this again and thank you to Franksnbeans for this in a great thank you package.

Photo of Roman5150
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can into Hornbeer tulip, from Arte&Sana Cervecería in Málaga, Spain.

Appearance: pitch black with slight 1 finger mocha head

Smell: roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, ris flavor, slight anise, caramel, vanilla

Taste: the perfect blend of dark and milk chocolate, espresso and coffee flavors, an classic RIS roasted malt backbone. To top it off plenty of vanilla and caramel notes. Alcohol is apparent, but fits in well and balances everythig out. Aftertaste is where the chocolate and vanilla, even subtle anise come through.

Mouthfeel: slight carbonation and huge bodied feel.

Overall: One of my favorite stouts, right up there with Bells Expedition and Stone IRS. Well crafted its amazing something this good can come from a can. If you can find this pick it up its usually sold out everywhere.


Photo of AdamBear
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black with a lot of dark tan head

S-A lot of dark chocolate. Very sweet and malty.

T- Hits with a very smooth yet striking blast of dark malts with a hint of chocolate notes. The after-taste is bitter but it's a very welcomed bitterness. There is also a nice dose of mocha malts as well! This is a nice warm beer. The ABV note is present but minimal.

M-Very heavy, medium to low carbonation with a crisp finish.

D-Well its very thick, so its definitely a sipper. But wow I feel it might get better and better as it goes down. I hope to be getting this again some time soon!

Photo of Onibubba
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got a chance to try this beer and it does not dissappoint. Pours with a gorgeous head so dark creamy and luxurious it is had to distinguish from the black oily body. Smell is dark chocolate with some coffee notes and this is echoed in the taste. No bitterness nor soy sauce offness detected at all. The body is pure Oskar Blues goodness - crushed black velvet in a glass. The alcohol becomes more than appearant as it warms, but this is a 10% impy stout - that is to be expected. An oily film is left in the glass as a testimony to the power contained within. All I was hoping for and more. A contender with Speedway Stout for the best Imperial Stout I have ever tried. Simply amazing

Photo of KTeamLSU
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass

A: Thick, Dark, Molasses pour, nice dark brown finger width head

S: Can definitely smell the roasted malt and a little booze

T: Man this stuck is thick, a lot of roasted bitterness but not too much, more mellow than a fresh Black Chocolate Stout or Bell's Expedition

M: Almost have to chew this thick beer, but that is a compliment. Silky smooth milkshake texture.

O: One of the best... we all know it.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,752 ratings.