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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,256
Reviews: 2,230
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 471
Gots: 1,348 | FT: 87
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of JasonA
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon cracking this can, it doesnt seem like there will be any carbonation. Nice pour provides amble dark mocha, almost wood color head. Boy does it look thick. I would give this a 5, but the head doesnt seem to quite stay long enough. I might be getting picky here. Oil slick black, no light getting through this thing. Exciting.

Deep roasted malt, almost burnt but it a good way. Some coffee/espresso present. Some stout hops.

Amazingly creamy. Wow, how did they do that? Fairly dry and hoppy. Espresso, malt.

Really dry, but in a good way. I can say I have never tasted a beer like this before. I think its the hops component, but I cant be certain.

There is something a little out of balance here, not exactly sure. It might just be this beer is extremely different from any norm, even RIS standards.

I would love to have a 6r of this.


JasonA, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of johnd513
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.
This beer pours oily pitch black in the glass with a carmel colored head that quickly disapears. The smell is chocolate and alcohol which not suprising considering its high abv. The taste is bitter, chocolate and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, not as carbonated as I would like. Drinkability is good but obviously hindered a bit by its high abv.

johnd513, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of unionturf
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 4 packs while in GA...good move. :)

Poured in glass with a pitch black appearance. with carmel foam head and oily lacing around the glass. Smell is coffee/chocolate/alcohol and taste matches. Mouthfeel is thick and oily, good malt/hops balance, a very good RIS. Once again it's impressive what Oskar Blues is putting into vans...wonder if it woul dbe any better in a bottle.

unionturf, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black as night and as thick as used motor oil. A thin, brown head forms and quickly recedes to a small ring around the glass. The beer is so thick that it leaves a slight film on the glass.

S- Very much a true RIS: Roasted malts, chocolate, dark Italian-roasted coffee, espresso, and notes of raisin, rounding out the smell.

T- It's bitter without being difficult to drink. The dark chocolate notes and bitter coffee flavors are accented by a surprising hop bitterness. Roasted malts with notes of caramel and raisin add a little sweetness.

M- Looking at the beer, you would think it's going to be completely flat, yet there's just enough carbonation to give the beer a little life. It's also incredibly rich, thick, and creamy.

D- Almost no hotness from the alcohol comes through. It's a sipper because of it's massive consistency. Overall, a really nice, classic example of what a Russian Imperial Stout should be.

JoeMayo, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Reino
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can received in a trade from my man everetends. Thanks Gilly.

Appearance- Pours black with a slow rising, mocha-tan monster of a head. It looks tasty as fuck. Good lacing, but could be a smidgen better.

Smell- Dark roasted malts, dark bitter coffee and chocolate, and floral hops. There's also some dark fruits and baked cracker lingering in there that reminds me of AK MAK. I don't have to strain to find the different smells, which is beautiful.

Taste- Wow! What a shit ton of bitter chocolate, roasted malt and dark, dark coffee. As if that bitterness wasn't enough, there are bitter hops that show up next. They are soon completely wiped out by the ensuing heat. A second "Wow!" goes out to this beers ability to be fresh out of the oven hot with alcohol without it being unpleasant. It was a fairly warm day here in the central valley of Oregon, and for a bit I was literally sweating from drinking this beer, and that is A-OK with this guy. Big chocolate, big coffee, big hops, and big heat. This beers gets the job done. It's the John McClane of the RIS world.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, lush, rich...go thesaurus crazy with the word creamy and you get the point. Low carbonation and a better body than a young Pamela Anderson.

Drinkability- The abv and heat keep the drinkability down a bit, but only because I don't want to sweat off 10lbs and do something to get me arrested. The flavor never gets old and doesn't ware on the tongue. Come winter, I will be trading for more than a few of these guys to keep me toasty.

Reino, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep oil. Spilled a little on my hand and it didn't run, it was a slow, thick drip. Deep caramel colored head, haven't seen on that dark in a while. Didn't last.

S-Alcohol abound. Semi-sweet chocolate.

T-Big alcohol bite and coffee and chocolate undertones. Pretty smooth overall.

M-Sticky and viscous.

D-Could have a couple. Not one of my favorite IS.

TasteTester, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lots of stouts look black in the glass. Never saw one this black pouring. Total darkness black hole. Creamy dark tan head, a level three fingers. Good lacing.

Good strong nose, heavy on the coffee, supported by chocolate, dark fruits, and a bit of licorice.

Taste begins with a tasty coffee shot, an undercurrent of dark fruit, a solid hop bite at the swallow and finishes with a huge lucisous burst of rich chocolate syrup - wow!

Mouthfeel is full, somewhat rich, but short of oily slick. Drinkability is terrific - only hampered by the $5.99/can price tag.

If this doesn't end the "no good craft beer can be in a can" argument, nothing will. Can, draft, bottle, a mighty fine Imperial Stout everbody should try at least once.

RonfromJersey, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of fdrich29
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Colonial Wine and Spirits in Acton, MA Saturday, August 23. Drank Sunday, August 31.

"Crosss-eyed, Cyclopean, Cancupiscent" and "Half Baked. Fully Roasted". "Ten Fidy Imperial Stout...this dog will hunt." The can was a fun read.

I've never seen anything like this beer, it was like pouring 2'oclock in the morning somewhere far from city lights into a glass. I've never seen a milk shake made with Ghirardelli, but that's exactly what I thought of when I saw the head form.

Smells of sweet chocolate, malts and coffee. Damn I want to try this beer.

My God, what an amazing beer. Chocolate, coffee, rich and creamy. Instantly one of my favorite beers, and definitely upper echelon of Imperial Stouts.

If Willy Wonka had this running through his factory I would have stabbed Augustus in the eye with a candy cane and jumped in before he could get his mitts on it.

fdrich29, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another can experience. I love it.

A - Dense, opaque black with a KILLER head of mocha, leaves slowly.

S - Earth, leather, cocoa and of course, coffee.

T - Dynamite. Mocha plus. Starbucks got nothing on this one.

M- Hits all the cues. Nice coating, good carbonation. Feels wonderful.

D - I would try to drink more, I want to drink more, but it is 10%...

srandycarter, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a shade of black resembling pure, unadulterated evil. Slinks into the glass like thick oil. Covering this is a 1 1/2 finger, dark tan/coffee colored head that's very creamy and rich and sports excellent retention. It slowly recedes to a slight skim and leaves an ornate lattice-work of lace in the glass.

S: Huge aromas of dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt/blackened malt, booze, toffee, and hops. Smells very sweet with a distinct bitter edge.

T: Tastes much like it smells. Burnt malt, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, toffee, rum raisin bread pudding, chocolate covered cherry, spices, and a touch of citrus and pine. Very nice and slightly hot boozy flavor.

M: So thick, oily, and incredibly coating. Huge sweet fruit, dry/roasty malt, and spicy/bitter hops make for such an interesting adventure. Finish lingers forever and continues to evolve, running the gamut from sweet, dry, bitter, spicy, and back again.

D: I drank this on an empty stomach and was surprised at how "non-invasive" the alcohol was. I found this to be supremely drinkable and one of the most enjoyable Russian Imperial Stouts I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

GbVDave, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks for this can goes out to IVNLOUD

A- big black body with a small coffee colored head that sticks around for a while

S- chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of booze. very hoppy as well.

T- about how it smells. wonderfully dry and bitter on the back end. the only drawback is that its a little hot right now from the alcohol

M- great! thick and chewy, just how a RIS should be.

D- its a beast with this much alcohol, but its a pleasure to drink. i really wish it was available in this area so i could drink it on a regular basis. id have more of this whenever i got the chance. recommended

jwinship83, Aug 28, 2008
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!

paytoplay, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of kindacold
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My cousin did it again. Along with the Gordon's he put in his kegerator, he also put this in.

Looks black like the bowels of hell it came from...in a good way.

Smells like heaven in a glass. Malty and sweet smelling.

Tastes like dark chocolate mixed with coffee and a touch of hops in the background.

Thick and magnificent. A few of these and you've had a meal.

I had a few of these, and was full, but very, very content.

kindacold, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of steelcutoats
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


I couldn't wait from the time I first tried this beer a few weeks ago to write a review about it. I was picking up some beer to-go tonight and figured it would be worth it to get a can and write up a few lines about it. First off, I LOVE CRAFT BEER IN A CAN!!!! There is something almost romantic about a can of beer and now that I can get good beer in a can, it makes that romance even hotter. I poured this bad boy into a 16 ounce pint glass. There was a little head straight outta the can, a milky chocolate color, which slowly dissipated. The aroma was full of dark roasted malts with dark chocolate. The taste was mellow...no bite for a beer that boasts a 10.5% ABV. If you get the chance to try a can of this EPIC brew, don't put it off...this dog will hunt!

steelcutoats, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black sludge with a nice one inch dark tan head. Head lasts well and leaves a fine layer of lacing as it disappears.

S - A very strong dry and roasted flavor presents itself immediately. Dark chocolate and coffee are the obvious checkpoints. An undercurrent of dark fruit floats below the dominant dryness. Just a hint of floral hops.

T - Starts with the same intense roasted dry flavor as the scent. Slightly sweet, but it works well with the bitter dark chocolate and more-subdued espresso flavors. Dark fruit gets lost in the strong bitter dry flavor.

M - Dry and very full bodied yet rather smooth. Bitter dryness at the end complements the roasted dryness of the early mouthfeel.

D - A huge stout that should not be taken lightly. Certainly worth picking up, and perfect for that first cold night of fall.

gmcfarre, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of BrewMan13
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'll probably say what has alerady been said countless times, but this is one incredible stout and hands down the best beer ever to come in a can.
Pours really black and really smooth into a Stone RIS glass. You can just tell this is one viscous brew. I must say, there is something very satisfying about pouring a beer this black and thick from a can. A small, creamy dark tan head slowly develops. The head looks like, if you could scoop it off and put it in a glass by itself, it would be somethign someone would pay $6 for at starbucks. Alas, it does not last terribly long before reducing to a small coat on the top of the black hole that is the beer.
Smell is mostly of roasted malts with a nice whiff of hops.
Taste is out of this world. As a big fan of the style, I've had my share of RIS's, and this is the 1st one in a while that has really exceeded my expectations. Very intense onslaught on the taste buds of dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate and enough hops to notice, but not enough to overpower the brew, as some American interpretations of the style do. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish, mingling for awhile with some leftover roastiness. This is no beginner RIS, thats for sure.
Mouthfeel is smooth as silk and very heavy on the palate. Perfect for the style, IMO.
Drinkablity? Well, I cant wait for the next sip.
All in all a very impressive stout...damn its good.

BrewMan13, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of engisch
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened the can and it made almost no sound. Just the sound of the aluminum scraping, as there was no hiss from carbonation. Pours black with a little dark brown head. Very thick pour that resembles syrup. Smells of roasted malts, hops, coffee, and alcohol. I can not wait to take a sip. The taste is fairly typical of an imperial stout. It has strong flavors of coffee and chocolate from the malts with a nice bitterness from the hops. Quite a heavy feeling beer with light carbonation.

Exceptional brew! I am very glad that I recently picked up a whole case of this. That will be a well enjoyed case. I cannot believe how all these good beers from Oskar Blues come from a can. Great job! Don't underestimate what can come out of a CAN!

engisch, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured an awesome pitch black! The super frothy head is a very dirty dark brown. Aroma is potently alcoholic but in a good way. Roasted coffee, sweet malt and very bitter chocolate are standouts in the nose. The taste is more of the same but the alcohol isn't as noticeable as in the smell.

Most impressive here is the multiple waves of delicious bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Moderately drying. Alcohol warms in the belly. The feel is syrupy and coating but at the same time creamy. Just to point out, at this time in the session almost all of the empty glass is coated in a generous sheet of brown lacing. This is WAYYY to drinkable for a 10% abv. It is a delight to drink but it will bite back!.

These guys make fucking awesome beer then they put it in a can! I know it shouldn't be a surprise to find beer this awesome in a can these days but i still do. Don't let it deter you, buy anything by Oscar Blues!

kbnooshay, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass. Shared a couple of these with a friend.

A: Maple syrup/ used motor oil. Very thick pour. Poured a sticky and bubbly tan head, with a little green tint to it (hop resin?). The lacing in the glass dries incredibly sticky, almost to the point where you need a brush to scrape them off after the session, as a hot water rinse is not sufficient.

S: Coffee, bitter chocolate, malt, grass.

T: Stong bitter coffee flavor from the dark roasted malts. A nice sweetness follows the initial bitterness. Damn good.

M: This is a substantial beer. Chewy and thick. You pretty much eat this one, not drink it. Unbelieveable.

D: At 10%, and with the heavy body of this beer, I could not drink more than one of these in a session. It probably didn't help that this was the conclustion to a session that included (2) Stone Ruination, ABA, RIS, and Green Flash IPA.

usmittymc, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin tan head that diminished to a ring. Aroma was roasted malts and slight bitter chocolate. The taste was a smooth blend of roasted malts, fresh ground coffee beans, bitter chocolate and slight molasses. The beer is medium bodied and smooth with well hidden alcohol, there is also slight carbonation that only makes it smoother. This one is certainly a sipper, but it is quite enjoyable, I imagine it will be even better on a cold winter night.

atsprings, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass. This one was interesting, no sound when the can opened.

A: Pitch black with the creamiest of brown head, this one pours like syrup and sticks to your lips. Laces oh so nicely.

S: So complex with mostly coffee, fresh roasted black malts, cherries, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Black and roasted malts really take it away here, along with dark cocoa. There is a huge complexity in the taste though of dark fruits, and bitter chocolate. Bittering hops come in nicely as well.

M,D. The mouthfeel is extremely chewy and lacking some carbonation. Thus, the drinkability is quite low, but this is a great brew nonetheless!

treyrab, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of ShrLSU
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a Troegs for Oskar Blues sixer from Glid02 (good guy even though he's a Georgia Bulldog fan)

A - Nice black molasses like pour. Nice tan head and great lacing that sticks then cascades down leaving a slight bubbly residue.

S - Some bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Some earthy hops as well. Maybe a little coffee, slight but not much.

T - Tastes of sweet roasted malt up front then a bitter chocolate taste. Somewhat of a bitter earthy hop taste and some bitter roasted coffee.

M - Smooth with a good amount of viscosity. Not very carbonated and slightly creamy.

D - This came in as a very hyped beer and it was pretty solid. It's a great RIS with some good flavors in it. If you can get it defintely give it a taste.

ShrLSU, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting to try this one for a long while. It's time to coat the taste buds and see what's behind the can.

Appearance - Black as licorice with a very thin tan line of head. Looks like chocolate syrup when it's poured into the glass. Very thin and oily looking. Lacing is top notch for an impy stout, with tiny dots hanging to the side of the glass. A faint whirlpool of tan mist swirls on top.

Smell - A thick layer of spicy alcohol blends in with a coffee bitterness. Oh yeah, a bit of chocolate in there too.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Ever so gentle carbonation bite, but this one turns as smooth as silk very quickly. The tiny bit of carbonation gives it a bit of life from the slick coating on the tongue. Don't get the really deep chocolate taste everyone is talking about. Yeah it has chocolate but it's a very bitter chocolate and not as sweet as I was hoping. The hops play a huge roll in the bitterness, but the coffee taste contributes as well.

Drinkability - I love the IPA's from Oskar Blues, and this is another good offering as well. Not my favorite from them, but definitely worthy of it's following. A mean hoppy brew if your looking for a big bitter chocolaty RIS.

ryrust5301, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I can easily say that this beer is the best I have had from a can.

The first shocking revelation is that wow this beer is like black molassas and motor oil after about 15,000 miles. I cannot believe the depth of color. Mine was poured into a trappist glass. As you swirl the beer a greenish tan head forms. This beer absolutely sticks to the sides of the glass!

The shock does end with the appearance. The smell confirms that the green tint was in fact hop resins. That hop bite cannot be felt as a result of the huge malt character and overwelming mouth feel.

This beer is one of if not the best imperial stout I have ever had the pleasure of driking. God bless Oskar Blues!

PerzentRizen, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to try this beer. Ordered a can while at Sunset this past Saturday. Poured into a tulip glass. First thing you notice is that it comes out of the can like motor oil. Probably the thickest beer I have ever seen. Dark black body, with a large brown head. Smelled like roasted coffee beans. More coffee in the flavor, mingled with chocolate and malt. A perfect example of an RIS. Even at 10% abv, it still seemed smooth enough to drink a few. Maybe it's a good thing it only comes in 4 packs. Definitely has earned it's reputation as a worth stout and a must-try.

morebeergood, Aug 12, 2008
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