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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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8,491 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,491
Reviews: 2,391
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 567
Gots: 2,035 | FT: 120
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 8,491 | Reviews: 2,391
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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black, chocolate with 1 finger of creamy dark tan head with some lacing.
S: definitely smell the chocolate and malty goodness.
T: very good although I can taste up alcohol, which is a no-no iny book.
M: soft of the tongue at first, like a melted Hershey kiss. Then the bitterness kicks in at the end.

Photo of Matt411
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mechamifune
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been eyeing this one for a while, and since I've been on a bit of an RIS kick of late I finally broke down and got it.

Pours a motor old black into the glass.... almost no head and no sense of carbonation. The beer just feels kind of "dead" as it sits in the glass, which, while purely aesthetic, still bugs me.

Smell is of obvious coffee/chocolate and very pleasant, though not overpowering. Alcohol pretty hidden.

Drinks with a relatively creamy mouthfeel and sense of smoothness. Taste goes pretty hand and hand with the smell, mostly chocolate and coffee, very minimal sense of alcohol or hops.

For a RIS, very drinkable, pleasant. Doesn't strike me as particularly complex, but it gives you more or less what you'd expect from a RIS.

Photo of senglish7
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerginner45
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimDudley
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as oil, and nearly as thick. Little carbonation. A thin head quickly disappears, leaving only a milk chocolate ring around the glass.

Aroma is not very strong, but what's there is full of burnt caramel, chocolate, and soy sauce.

Taste is sweet and metallic - perhaps from the can? Bitter coffee, soy sauce, and molasses dominate up front. Also a slight dried fruit. Hops at the end, not much but more than your typical stout. The hops are a bit floral and not too dry, typical of popular American hop varieties, and do a lot to balance the initial dark sweetness.

The flavor here is incredibly complex. The more I sip, swish, and think, the more I can detect. A sweet note here, a bitter note there, a glimmer of citrus, some burnt smoke. Alcohol is surprisingly hidden.

A looong aftertaste, deserving of at least five or six o's. Finish is dry, with a slight iodine bitterness that fills the palate long after I've swallowed.

Mouth is bold and full. The beer coats the tongue. There's not much carbonation or alcohol tinge. It's smooth, not syrupy. It's highly drinkable - but 'sippable' rather than 'gulpable'. I could easily put back several over the course of a few hours, it's not heavy or filling like most stouts. I'm restricting myself to one, though, mostly because at 10% alcohol, I might not remember anything past the third.

Ten Fidy has been on my 'to-try' list for about two years, so there's a great deal of anticipation and expectation here. I'm happy to report that my high standards were met, but not exceeded. This is the most hoppy stout I've ever tasted, yet somehow that's desirable. A great beer all around.

Full article: http://timdudley.net/beer/?p=106

Photo of Nuclearx
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of bmwats
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can, into my Surly Darkness mini-snifter.

A: Black. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly, but leaves a lingering smattering of carbonation of the surface. No real lacing.

S: Dark roasted espresso, with hints of molasses, dark chocolate, and peat.

T: Hearty malt serves as the base. Charred coffee beans, unsweetened bitter dark chocolate, pungent peaty moss, and just a hint of maple syrup or molasses. A little bitter pecan shell in there and tea leaves, too.

M: Thick and syrupy (...where's my spoon?). Lightly diluted sweetness in the start. Pungent, bitter, dry finish. High alcohol content is apparent.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Dark and intimidating appearance. Fair head, but no lacing. Nose is a collection of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Flavor even more so, a great combination of coffee, malt, sweet and bitter notes. Very well-balanced. Heavy alcohol content is deceiving. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of TheStove
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from a can poured into an angular tumbler.

Pours inky jet black with the slightest shallow pool of foam at the top before quickly disappearing. It's almost kind of amazing how dark this beer pours.

Wasn't getting much scent from it unfortunately. Not sure if the can is really holding down that scent or what but it was tough to get a sense of the beer until taking a sip.

Regardless happy to report that the beer drinks like a thick dessert of rich chocolate and licorice with some light coffee notes. The malts are sweeter and flavorful and balance well with some light hop hints towards the end. Subsequent sips reveal the same characteristics; deep, flavorful and complex. I don't know another way to express that there isn't a "light" moment in this beer, it drinks like a liquid slice of deep rich malty chocolate cake.

In my mind it is not just a top shelf stout but an epitome of the style. Oskar do the Midwest a favor and distribute to Chicago!

Photo of dwtyler
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice looking imperial stout. Pretty standard for the style. Nice medium tan head which dissipated slowly. Some legs on this one

S nice imperial stout notes with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Can detect a bit of alcohol

T again pretty standard. It does have some complexity to it but it just isn't blowing me away. The taste follows the nose for the most part with the dominant flavor being imperial stout and hints of bitter dark chocolate and then some coffee way on the back end. The alcohol is masked well.

M its creamy and drinks nicely, kinda reminds me of a milk stout.

O Was a bit disappointed with this beer. It was good but imo far from great. This can is at least a year old so I'd be interested in trying a fresh offering. The taste had nice imperial stouts notes and the feel was nice and creamy but overall it just seemed to be missing something.

Bottom line: a nice example of the style but I've had better

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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of elliott1184
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mikehoffman02
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Malefactor
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveWhite
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark black. Not much head, but the head is tan and thin. The first taste is smooth with a hint of chocolate followed by coffee. The end of the sip is sour. There is a good hint of sweetness in both the smell and taste. A very good and heavy beer. Must be sipped an not chugged, though no good beer drinker would do such a thing. Highly recommended.

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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of udubdawg
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz can

pours nicely viscous and black, no evidence of light at the edges of my Stone IRS glass. The head is quite dark brown and looks beautiful, tall and sticky, leaving exceptional rings of lace on one side, and spots with every sip on the side I'm drinking out of. Eventually it fades to a quarter inch of edge-clinging foam before refusing to die completely.

Nose falls short of the beauty of the pour, the complexity of the taste, and the creaminess of the mouthfeel, but enticing and reasonably full, just short of some of the aroma-heavy big stouts. Plenty of heavily roasted and charred malt here, heavy coffee aroma, some chocolate, hints of dark fruit. Sweetness is very dark molasses. Almost smoky. Not quite my favorite, but there's nothing to dislike here. Alcohol noted here only as it warmed to room temp. Well put-together.

Can't decide whether the taste or mouthfeel is better. So creamy and full bodied - very dense! Carbonation is soft, the herbal hops and charred malt adding sizeable bitterness that sticks around on the palate but falls short of obtrusive. Not quite dry, but well short of sticky. So full of heavily roasted goodness. Chocolate sticks out a bit more here than in the aroma; fruit remains light, almost an afterthought compared to the roastiness. Alcohol heat not noted on the palate or throat, but the stomach is notably warmed by midglass.

A sipper to be sure...one I must have more of. With just a bit more of the dark fruit coming through here I'd be tempted to give this a 5 for taste. Excellent and highly recommended!

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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