Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,375
Hads: 8,788
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
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Gots: 2,202 | FT: 121
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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 Spineypanda
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick syrupy black with a nice caramel head that is gigantic.
Smells of chocolate malts, some serious roasting goin' on here!
This is probably one of the best stouts I have ever had... Has a large amount of chocolate taste to it a little coffee and some major roasted malts flavor.

VERY GOOD! Got it from a friend who was under the impression it was a Pale ale, hope he isn't too disappointed. Doubt he will be! (420 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black opal pour, topped with a chocolate malt looking head, some chunks of foam come out.
Complex, yet simple array of aromas come through. Roasted malt, coffee, toffee, some dark chocolate, dark soft fruit, raisins...perhaps a bit of caramel.
Taste; one of the best RIS I've had. Those aromas melt well into the taste. Nothing slips past, nothing overpowering. Some sugar-cane or rum is detected in the alcohol, a bit sour as well. Very nice.
This one is great. Got Fidy? (472 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pitch black with a light brown head that dissipates leaving a ring of foam that cascades down the sides of the glass.

S-Big time chocolate, then some coffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. The nose is pretty complex.

T-Similar to the nose except more complex. Flavor is dominated by chocolate, then brown sugar, a touch of coffee, and alcohol. So complex and so delicious.

M-Thick as it looks when pouring, which for the record is like motor oil, and very rich.

D-This is a sipper all the way given its high abv. and amazing complexity.

This is a beer to be savored. It lives up to the hype and the somewhat hefty price tag. I highly recommend it to lovers o the RIS style. (675 characters)

Photo of sevopie
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - I totally agree with what others have stated, this looks like motor oil coming out of a beer can. Black with the slightest hints of brown on the edge. Darkest head I have ever seen in a thick brown mess - though there's very little of it even with an aggressive pour.

Smell - Smells a bit like a sweet rum mixed with some Chocolate. There's a tiny bit of coffee and even something I can only think is raisins.

Taste - Hmm... Chocolate, coffee, licorice, raisins, and toffee jump out you, and even the rum makes a slight appearance in flavor (perhaps I have rum on the mind or something... I sware its there though!) The bitter is very well masked in this one by the wide array of flavors, its only when you try to describe it to someone to you realize you have to include the bitter in there. (I let my girlfriend try it... bad idea.)

Mouthfeel - Viscous. Thick. Motor Oil? Despite there being very little in the way of a head, the carbonation is definitely present, though properly subdued.

Drinkability - If it wasn't for the in your face alcohol kick, this would get straight 5s. Its just a little too much to make this an "easy-drinking" beer. That being said, its still a very approachable RIS, and one that needs no help in finishing (unless you are trying to finish the whole 4-pack.) I'm not the biggest RIS fan, but this is one helluva brew.

Note: Check out your glass after you take a sip. This brew turns the side of the glass brown for a minute. Talk about thick. If there was such a term to describe it, I would borrow one from wine-lingo: legs. (1,576 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 11-11-10, this Ten Fidy pours a thick, syrupy black, with a light brown head that is well-retained and provides pretty good lacing. Sweet licorice aromas blend well with a big malty backbone, molasses, and a hint of nail polish? Big roastiness out front, with dark chocolate and light smokiness pushing into a slight hop bitterness in the background, with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Very low carbonation helps the big and creamy full body of the Fidy take center stage in this easy to drink 10.5% Imperial Stout. (532 characters)

Photo of TheSquirrel801
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a sexy bitch. The monochromatic can announces this beer is all business, and it pours like bitumen (see link) http://www.theviewfromthepeak.net/images/thicktar.JPG. I've only been a time or two, but the dark side of the moon is also a fair description. Combined, the can and the beautiful pour make you eager like prom night.

S: Sweet, molasses, raisin, with a hint of a spice I can't identify (anise? clove? nutmeg? I'll go with anise). Hops are there, but you have to be looking for them.

T: Delicious! Malty, rich chocolate, raisin, with a hint of coffee, but not as much as others of the style. Yummy yum yum. 98 IBUs, so the hops are there, but are completely overpowered.

M: This beer made sweet, sweet love to my mouth. It was caring and gentle, and kind enough to linger for awhile after we were finished.

D: Not much, although I just cracked open another one. Looks like another trip to the dark side of the moon may happen tonight!

This is officially my favorite RIS, with sincere apologies to Rasputin. Velvety, rich, knock-you-on-your-ass powerful, it's sex in a can. I've been a member of BA for awhile now, and it was so good I had to honor it with my first public review. (1,204 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily, viscous black with probably the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer- morethe color of espresso than crema. The head seems to fade a bit quicker than on the draft version. On the nose are notes of fine, vinous chocolate, a deep roastiness, and long bitterness with hints of coffee waftinf in and out. Very nice. The flavor is a knock-out. Big flavors of bitter chocolate, espresso, a massive roastiness, long complex vinous notes and a gritty cocoa powder finish. Just magnificent. Huge mouthfeel, a bit grittier than on tap- it lacks a little of the creaminess of the beer served that way, but huge, with a bitter and vinous finish that goes on for a long time. Just as delightful as the first time I had this. Wonderful stuff, and my absolute favorite beverage for a winter camping trip. (805 characters)

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a founder's snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Head quickly dissipates and forms bubbles around the sides of the glass. Nice lacing.

S- Smells of vanilla and sweet coffee. Dark fruits also present... The vanilla aroma may have to do with the nearly two year age of the beer.

T- Vanilla and dark roasted chocolate arrest the palate. Nice and creamy with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Great balance and character.

M- Thick and chewy. It's creamy throughout with little carbonation as the style warrants.

D- Good drinkability despite the chewy thickness. This is a soul warmer. I would love to try a fresh one of these. (671 characters)

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a rich flavor with heavy chocolate notes and hints of coffee. The blend of malts balances the flavor and while the beer is high in alcohol content there is little to no heat on the pallet. It has a full body mouthfeel and a sweet aftertaste that lingers. An exceptional Russian Imperial. (301 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into a Spiegelau glass. Canned on 10/4. Consumed on 10/12.

A - Appeared rather viscous during pour from can to glass. Deep brownish black with a cinnamon colored head. Gentle pour yielded less than a finger of head. Quickly dissipated. Lightly carbonated. Light splotchy lacing which fades over time.

S - Vanilla, heavy cream, anise, and toasted malts with some acidic coffee astringency. Alcohol notes, but not boozy.

T - Rich in flavor. Coffee, toffee, toasted malts, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, and amaretto. Pleasant alcohol notes. Some tartness initially, but fades quickly with a slightly bitter finish. Completely hides ABV.

M -Perfect sipping beer. Silky smooth. Lightly carbonated, perfect for style; slight tingle on tongue. Slight stickiness... reminiscent of a good eggnog. Very warming.

O - Wow. Really enjoyed this beer. Perfect cold weather beer. Perfect mouthfeel, rich flavor, and very warming. Still can't believe this is 10.5%. A complete package... can't understand why it isn't a top 20 beer on BA. Has my highest recommendation. (1,072 characters)

Photo of amart79
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a can into a pint glass.

A - Looked like I was pouring motor oil into a can with absolutely no head with a little brown lacing. Very nice looking despite that it's so thick looking.

S - very complex smell. Lots of malty, chocolate, and espresso smells. They all hit you at once and its very nice.

T - tastes just as complex as it smells. Those same smells show up in the taste. Lots of malty, chocolatey goodness. Great.

M - almost a creamy feel. Little to no carbonation. really smooth and then you get the bite from the alcohol at the end.

O - I was a little intimidated by the look of it coming out of the can but man, it turned out great. (664 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ten fidy is extraordinary. The blackest of black with a dense brown head that smells like a smore that was hit with a blowtorch. Appearance smell-wise it is not very different from other RISs, but its taste sets it ahead of its kin. Very rich chocolately and coffee flavors, both of which have sweet AND bitter expressions coming through depending on whether its on the front of your palate, swished around, or the lingering swallow. Its body is dense but has a luxurious, velveteen texture. The first sip literally gave me goosebumps. This beer has "quality" written all over it. Props to Oskar Blues for shunning microbrew conventions by putting such a grand masterpiece in a can. (682 characters)

Photo of BeerMonarch
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a Whole Foods in the Short Pump section of Richmond.

The color could be none more black. The smell is is slightly alcoholic but not off putting. Notes of roasted malts and chocolate dominate the rest of its scent.

The mouthfeel is like velvet, very low carbonation as it should be.

The taste is of sweet and roasted malts but nothing too harsh. It finishes without any burnt tastes at all.

I love imperial stouts and have been waiting to try this one for a while. It definitely lives up to its reputation. This is easily in my top ten now. (561 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a snifter glass

Pours a very dark black with a more than decent dark chocolate colored head.

Smell is sweet with licorice and chocolate hints.

Taste is complex with chocolate and hints of coffee and toffee like sweetness with a slight bitterness.

Finish is slightly bitter but not in a bad way.

Wasn't sure that the $16 for a 4 pack would be worth it (BCS used to be 22) but it is a excellent world class sout (430 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This fantastically unique RIS pours a completely opaque, ink black body with a luscious, dark brown, 1/2 inch of foam perched on top. The incredibly attractive head lasts good and long as well. This is essentially what an RIS should look like in my opinion. I can't imagine how I would improve it.

Wow, the aroma is just plain surprising; and in a good way. I expected a big, chocolaty, coffee, roast bomb (and don't get me wrong, those flavors are in there), but the primarily contributor to aroma is definitely the big leafy, bitter hops. I've never had an RIS that's been hopped this well while still maintaining such a fantastic texture. The hops are certainly something to behold but beyond that there is tons of deep, roasty notes and a hint of vanilla. Ridiculously unique.

The flavor is super creamy and formidable with smoke, strong black coffee, bitter baking cocoa, and even more of those delicious, pungent hops. Earthy, deep and roasty. So complex and satisfying. I've heard good things about this selection, but I wasn't expecting it to be this fantastic.

What a mouthfeel. Thick and creamy with a juicy, dense, syrup feel. It's essentially like sipping extremely tasty, aromatic motor oil but with a slight fluffy feel in the finish. This is one to savor, especially on a chilly, snowy nigh like tonight. (1,323 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can dated 9-19-11 with "hundred an fidy"

A-jet black with rust/tan half finger head that dissipated left good lacing

S-huge aromas of roasted malts caramel chocolate and coffee that warms you up

T-taste incredible with dark chocolate coffee roasted malts and a hint of hops

M-great mouthfeel quite surprised with the way it poured thick, well balanced low carbonation, slick to the tongue

O-great surprise on how hid the ABV, comes in a can and how old the beer was. I had this beer after being out in the snow. Great beer to warm up with! Must get a recent brew to compare. (579 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY. Canning date of 9/24/12. Poured in a New Belgium globe.

A - Pitch black with a fluffy brown head. Above average retention but not a whole lot of lacing.

S - Smoke, dark chocolate, and cherries. A little bit of alcohol as things warm up.

T/M - Super complex. Roasted malts nicely balanced with just enough hops. Coffee and dark chocolate. Super thick and without the burn of most imperial stouts.

O - Best imperial stout I've ever had, hands down. While I enjoy a lot of imperial stouts, I usually can't handle more than one glass at a time. I could drink this stuff all night. Well, until I pass out from the 10.5% alcohol that is. (691 characters)

Photo of mwrecording
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. At $16 a four pack, I was a bit resistant to try it given that most high praised beers I've bought and spent big money on weren't worth the high price but imperial stouts are my favorites so I wanted to give it a shot. Holiday gift to myself.

The appearance is what you should come to expect from an RIS: Pitch black with a small brown/tan head.

The smell is mix of coffee and soy sauce to me and while that isn't appealing it certainly isn't off putting. For me, anyway.

The most important part - the taste:
Very sweet, subtle coffee notes, sweet malty notes and I even pick up a bit of that soy taste - which I enjoy. Great taste.

The feel of it is a bit different than any other RIS I've had before as it is a bit 'chewy' and very thick. Coats the mouth and teeth.

Drinkability: At the time of this writing, I'm halfway through the beer. I haven't tasted much alcohol at all although that could be because I've enjoyed the beer so thoroughly. I'm a bit of a lightweight so I don't know that I'd have more than one of these in a sitting but if I could I'd drink them all day.

I loved this beer and I can't find anything bad to say about it. It'd be great if it was a few bucks cheaper but at its current price, for me, it'll be a special occasion type beer - and maybe it'll be even better that way.

Lastly, this was a fresh shipment my store just got in. I'm planning on drinking another in a week or two and then aging the other two from the pack. One for 6 months and one for a year.

Cheers. (1,510 characters)

Photo of PeterParker
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here it is, I'm finally trying Ten Fidy.

Absolutely gorgeous beer. Midnight black and viscous. Thick and nearly black head. Never saw a head so dark before. Lots of lacing.

Roastiness, caramel, sugars, leather, bit of not so ordinary spiciness, bit of booze as well. Real bourbon-like. Very sweet smell.

Oh yeah. Bittersweet coffee, black burnt biscuit, bourbon, sugar, hint of booze, maple syrup on the back end. This is something to behold.

Thick, rich, and viscous. Creamy and slick, how an RIS should be. Syrupy sweet aftertaste with just a slight burn.

Amazing stout. It lives up to the hype without a doubt. Such a bold beer and really delicious all around. Perhaps my new favorite stout? (700 characters)

Photo of kirkse
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz can poured into Lawson's Tulip

A – Comes out of the can almost black. Pitch black in the glass with a dark chocolate brown head.

S – Roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. It smells like Ten Fidy. I don't know how else to describe it.

T – Similar to nose. Chocolate is more pronounced. Some bitterness. A little booze as it warms, but that is to be expected for a beer of this size.

M – Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O – For me, this is one of those style defining beers. I always pick some up if I see it. (546 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a very vigorous head that is a dark brown color resembling that of cocoa. The beer itself is an opaque black with dark brown notes. The beer has a very roasty smell with hints of dark chocolate sweetness to it. The beer also has a cocoa note that mixes well with the roast and dark chocolate sweetness. The beer taste is very roasted with cocoa and bit of dark chocolate swimming underneath of all the other notes. The aftertaste is very bitter, which is similar to the rest of the beer. Additionally, the earthy hops also make an appearance to offset the malts, cocoa, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with some biting carbonation. While it is smooth, the beer also has a bit of texture to it as well. Overall, a fantastic beer that I come back to every winter and it still hasn't lost its appeal. (830 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this at the craft beer outlet in Philly. Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. Damn does this stuff look like oil. Left amazing lacing and rings all the way down the glass and very thick at that. Opague black and had a brown heading.

Smell is all roasted malt with a heavy coffee aroma. There is a slight aroma of hops in this beer but very little until the big dark malts flexes it's muscle.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Heavy dark malts with nice sting on the palate of hops. You can sense the hot booziness in the beer after the intial taste but is immediately replaced by the big malt in this beer.

Mouth is full bodied with very good carbonation and amazing velvety texture on the tongue.Leaves a heavy coffee aroma on the palate after a few sips.

Very enjoyable and very smooth. (801 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice aroma. Coffee, but not too strong. Deep and dark fruit. Soft hop. Nothing over the top - so very well balanced.
Pours slowly. Small, but dense dark head. Opaque body. Looks like it should in my mind. Really dense and thick lacing. Never seem something quite like that before.
Wow! Now that's a nice beer. Again so very well balanced, yet rich enough to be fulfilling. Very complex but nothing dominant or overwhelming. No sharpness! No biting! Just straight up RIS flavors presented in the most pleasing form.
Feel is top notch. Smooth creamy and perfectly carbonated.
This deserves its spot amongst the top beers. What a joy. (631 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pretty much black. Head is huge thick and brown. Falls to two fingers and stays there. Two solid rings of lacing.
S- Sweet, roasted, and all sorts of nice flavors. Coffee, Chocolate, caramel, a bit of earth, a bit of hops. Very nice.
T- Starts sweet with an interesting and odd blend of caramel, apple, spice, and grapefruit. Gets more roasted with espresso flavors and dark coffee. finish is a huge kick of roasted flavors and hops competing and complimenting.
M- You can see it's thick the moment you pour it. Smooth. Body is crisp at first, but it evens out.
O- One of the best stouts I have ever had. Very good. (619 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just a Awesome stout. Its the gift that never quits giving. Every time I have it I am reminded, yes, there is such thing as a superior stout over all the other good stouts. (172 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,375 ratings.