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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,447 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,447
Reviews: 2,246
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 472
Gots: 1,426 | FT: 90
Brewed by:
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 PoolhouseRebel
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone RIS tulip. Comes out of the can like the most delicious looking used motor oil I've ever seen. Perfect light brown head.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malts and tin can.

Damn tasty stout, reminds me of Great Divide's Yeti. Nice big flavor but oh so smooth at the same time. I was shocked when I read 98 IBUs but then thought it made perfect sense with how balanced the taste was. I know it's their trademark but the tin can taste was at the end of every sip but in no way ruined the beer, I'd love to have this on tap, out of a bomber or even barrel aged.

Mouthfeel is kick ass! Rich and smooth somewhere in between a milkshake and chocolate milk.

Drinkability was perfect, nice balance of great malt taste and 98 IBUs. The 9% ABV was revealed at all the right moments. Savored every sip and going back to the store to get more!

PoolhouseRebel, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of BigBry
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz glass, the special on nitro at Hollingshead Deli, Anaheim.
Dark, oily black, enough to scare away any of my Coors Light drinking friends. Nitro gave it a thick, tight foam of chocolate brown head. Long lasting foam, thick chunky lace. The aroma is strong, but not overpowering. Some roasted chocolate, lots of bitter coffee. Flavor has lots of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, chocolate. Sweet enough to balance the coffee/espresso bitterness. You can feel the warming alcohol, but doesn't burn. Thick, strong mouthfeel, but still creamy smooth and easy to drink. Definitely one to sip slowly and savour.

Note to self: Ranked #74/100 Top Beers on Planet Earth when I tried it

BigBry, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of tjthresh
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Jesus, this is one hell of a thick pouring brew. My wife even took notice while I was pouring it. Just dense opaque black with some brown head. The aroma has a rich chocolaty, rocky road, fudge ripple, marshmallow fluff thing going on that is pretty irresistible. Hell, if you take the time to find them, there are some hops in this bear. Coffee and char are the major flavor components. Oh, don't even trip. All of the character of the aroma are there in one way or another. Theres a strong bitter finish. Thick and rich on the palate. Ten FIDY is sooo insanly easy to drink, its criminal.

tjthresh, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of jklinck
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

aroma: initially a chocolate aroma with some alcohol in the background, some mild fruity esters, roasted barley aroma is only very faint, also some initial malt sweetness
8/12

appearnace: jet black, opaque, upon initial pour no head was formed until I poured from higher above the glass, upon swirling the glass a thin head was formed and persisted for a while, head is dark tan in color
2/3

flavor: medium level of bitterness, no perceived bitterness from roasted malt, roasted barley flavor is in the background, smooth alcohol taste and some warmth, not solventy, chocolate and coffee like in the aftertaste, malty sweetness provides and excellent balance with chocolate and coffee flavors in the finish, finishes sweet with a little bit of linger bitterness
17/20

mouthfeel: very thick moutfeel from oats, low carbonation, some smooth alcohol warmth that burns slightly in the back of the throat
4/5

overall: thick is very rich stout that has an excellent dessert like quality to it that makes it very drinkable and has an excellent balance
9/10

40/50

jklinck, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with grandq
A= Thick black motor oil with a small tan head and no lacing is left
S= Soo sweet and rasiny. Chocolate comes through as well.
T= Thick chocolate and creamy coffee. Great ris. As this one warms it becomes more and more chocolaty but the chocolate becomes more and more silky. soo good
M= Thick and creamy
D= Very very high too good for my own good.

jjanega08, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really surprised me, never judge a book by it's cover.

Brew pours a motor oil, pitch black body with a creamy mocha colored one inch head. I can already smell this dude. Spider web lacing all over the glass, with pretty good head retention. Great looking.

Aromas of iced mocha coffee, roasted sweet malt. Hints of molasses. Simple, but it smells great.

First thing that I noticed was how creamy this is - it's great. Sweet coffee/mocha flavors backed up by roasted malts with hints of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate dipped cherries kept coming into mind.

Alcohol slightly bears its head on the finish, but overall it's extremely (and dangerously) well-hidden. Carbonation is low, but it's so creamy and rich it doesn't detract at all. Perfectly well balanced with a great bitter coffee-like finish and aftertaste. Top notch RIS.

TMB0424, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of JWD
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just picked this up the other day at a local retailer, I was suprised to find this!!

A- Jet black, not old rasputin black but darker like DL or Abyss black, deep dark brown head on this bad boy!!

S- Little sweetness going on here back up by suttle roastiness.

T- Outstanding, sweet roasted chocolate with a little bitterness to finish.

M- Thick, i would put this on par with the Abyss but not DL or BCS thick, but this is from a can??

D- Outstanding, i just had a 4 pack in 2 days and will get more tomorrow..

The best value in the catagory as far as i am concerned!!!

JWD, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at Nikki's in N Providence, RI.

A - Pours like motor oil. Deep black with almost no head; just a dusting of bubbles. Some lacing though.

S - Molasses, licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

T - Rich but very well balanced and smooth. The alcohol kicks hard on the first sip but then mellows. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee follow.

M - Thick, chewy and silky. Almost no carbonation.

D - Surprisingly easy to drink for such as big, dark beer.

GJ40, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of joshsbeerblog
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

russian imperial stout in a can! obviously you have to love that. jet black with minor head... chocolate and alcohol on nose, black patent malt and creamy chocolate in taste. rich, heavy, yet drinkable. i'll definitely be bringing a six-pack of ten FIDY with me next camping trip...

joshsbeerblog, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of dewalt
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is massively dark and murky. It pours inky black, with a thin, caramel colored head. The brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of maple syrup. It tastes very malty, like a boozy malted milkshake, thick and creamy and chocolatey with a bit of bitter aftertaste. Most Russian Imperial Stouts like this one are quite strong, and while Ten FIDY does come in at about 10% alcohol, it's not quite as intense as I expected -- it's quite drinkable and perfect for a cold winter night.

dewalt, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of PhxHorn
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours like motor oil--dark dark brown, almost black, with a very slight tan head. Smells mildly of chocolate and coffee. Tastes moderately of dark chocolate, coffee, malt, caramel. The flavors are well-blended, but they are on the mild side for an imperial stout. Mouthfeel is a bit watery for an imperial stout, but carbonation is about right. Overall, a good imperial stout which I'll drink again, but they could have ramped it up a notch.

PhxHorn, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of bound4er
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pitch black with a light brown head. Probably the darkest beer I have ever seen. Nice frothy head that settles to a full covering skim, leaving a good deal of lacing.

S. Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and faint forest floor (from the hops I assume).

T. Most of what's present on the nose carries over to the taste - rich smoky malts, coffee and chocolate. There is a nice lingering bitterness to the finish that sticks with you for quite some time after swallowing this beast.

M. Rich, thick and chewy with low carbonation. More or less what I am looking for in a RIS.

D. This is a one-and-done beer for me due to its high ABV and heaviness. It's a very enjoyable RIS that carries its alcohol well and avoids the over sweetness of many others.

Note: The metallic aftertaste others refer to is present only upon first opening - it seems to "blow off" as it warms.

bound4er, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a 1 inch dark tan creamy smooth head, that dissipated to a thin layer after about 2 minutes leaving very little lacing. This beer is very black in color, and doesn't let any light through. Looks like motor oil when poured from a can.

Smell: Very sweet and matly, some alcohol present. There are hints of sweet spices like cinnamon.

Taste: Up front pretty smokey and malty. There is a bit of alcohol taste, and a bittersweet end like dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied for a RIS, slightly syrupy, has a small sting on the tongue from the alcohol.

Overall: For a RIS this is pretty easy to drink. The alcohol is there but not overwhelming. I would say this is a pretty good RIS, nothing too special but definitely worth trying at some point.

natasharai, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, 9.4%

Pours an oily black in color, hardly any light gets through this one. A small tan head rests a top. Big nose, lots of roasty malts and whiffs of alcohol. Big sweet burnt malts invade initially, fruity mid palate with a bright hop character on the finish leading into a drying alcohol wave. Good weight to its body, low carbonation makes it feel 'bigger' than it really should i think, very good drinkability nonetheless. Im not quite sure this one lives up to the hype behind it but Ten Fidy is reasonable in price and definitely worth trying.

ATPete, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an oily black pour with about a two inch foamy mocha head. Some spotty lacing, it barely sticks, and the head recedes rapidly with barely a light film that remains. Nose is slightly sweet, with smoked and coffee notes, and roasted malts.
There is a big chocolate presence, espresso hints, small note of smoked flavors in the first sips. Hops are present, but very mild - however gives a nice blend of bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety, medium to full, but not sticky. Drinkability is good. I highly enjoyed this.

Jayli, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - When I first poured it I thought I was changed my BMW's motor oil for a second. It pours super dark brown with a dark brown head...never seen anything like it.

S - I don't drink many stouts but to me it smells very roasted and malty. Very chocolate-y, lots of roasted aromas, hints of malt syrup, and surprisingly a little sweet at the end.

T - If you told me this was out of a can I would have tried to administer you to a mental institution. At first it's very robust...the roasted malt dances on your tongue like a rendition of Riverdance. The sweetness of caramel and molasses are vaguely present. It finishes with an espresso-like aftertaste.

M/D - It is very velvety on the palate and quite smooth. Not much carbonation which I kind of expected. I gave it a low drinkability score because I don't think anybody needs more than one of these a night.

After many recommendations about Ten Fidy I am stoked I bought one. This one took me my storm...definitely a wonderful beer in the Imperial Stout category from my experiences.

VaTechHopHead, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The mystique of Oskar Blues rolls on. Part of a 4 pack I bought at Total Wine, on to the beer:

Tanned caramel heads are sexy, better when they can hold their lids. Shine the beer through a light and no change in color, pitch black body. The aroma is mild for an impy stout, charred wood is dominant here. Undertones of unsweetened chocolate. The flavor is sweeter than the aroma, but the charred and wood flavors remain dominant. Hops are moderate in intensity, found mostly on the middle of the palate. Slightly sweet. Hints of the can remain throughout the beer. The body is big and viscous, carbonation is low. Chocolate brownie notes remains in the aftertaste with a charred and astringent flavor.

It's a tasty imperial stout...from a can. And you can bring it beaches that allow alcohol. Not too expensive for an out-of-state RIS, $8.99 for a four pack of 12 ounce cans.

DoubleJ, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was a thin layer of tan-colored head and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

T: A well done taste of bitter dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The alcohol is pretty noticable at first, but you get used to it.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well made and easy to drink beer.

avalon07, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of SilentSabre
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from its can absolutely jet black and incredibly thick. Nice. No head to speak of. Smell is big baker's chocolate with maybe a pinch of coffee and little else. Taste is dominated by dark malts with some nice hop bitterness showing up at the end. Very heavy, almost oily in the mouth. The 10%abv is very well concealed, too. A very, very solid stout.

SilentSabre, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd been wanting to try this for quite some time. No problem finding Dale's or Old Chub, but this one hasn't made it to these parts as far as I know. Many thanks to coldmeat23 for hooking it up.

The pour is like cracking open one of those old school oil cans and throwing it in a snifter. Completely pitch black, with a colony of bubbles nesting at the bottom of the snifter, probably too suffocated in thick viscosity to climb up. The head is a gorgeous brown, smooth and thick like melted chocolate ice cream, and it stays put a good while before thinning to a crown. Pouring this kind of thing out of a can felt like total novelty. I love it.

Unlike other Oskar Blues stuff, and pretty much all other canned crafts I've had, there seems to be a layer to the aroma that is, well, "can." We'll just call it earth/mineral. But some deep roasted characteristics do emerge, as does some chocolate. Not really "all that," in terms of aroma--certainly not as big and bold as others of the style.

While bringing the snifter to the mouth, I still get that mineral/earth element, but it's pretty well buried by the roasty goodness once liquid hits tongue. Good dark roast coffee qualities merge with a creamy milk-chocolate flavor, while a nutty aspect rounds it out. Faint whispers of cola, dark berry and steamed milk in the background--and into the finish, where the roast/nut characteristics dominate. Hops? Maybe, but only well-mingled--they definitely don't run the show.

Slick, round and uber-creamy in the mouth, although thick/gooey it is not. Just the right balance of weight and glide, and quite dry, certainly more so than many in the style category.

9.5% ABV (that's what it says on the can) is superbly well-hidden, lending only the most minor sensation of alcohol warmth. Makes it dangerously drinkable. I'll hunt this down again and see what happens. This hit the spot and has plenty to recommend it.

Metalmonk, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of 0110x011
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - pours motor oil thick and midnight black. Thick, tight, bark brown two finger head. Major staying power. Surprisingly, not too much in the way of lacing. As pretty a RIS as I've ever seen.

S - major chocolate on the nose. Smells like a liquid Hershey bar. Caramel, raisin, and fig notes pull through. On the sweet side.

T - the chocolate and dark fruit flavors intermingle quite harmoniously. More of a raisinette kind of vibe. A solid roasty bitterness. Dash of alcohol. More roasty and chocolate as it warms.

M - thick, slick, rich and creamy. Smooth as silk.

D - one can is enough, but you don't want that can to end.

One of the best commonly available RISs out there. Not complex enough to be among the upper echelon, but still very, very tasty.

0110x011, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of stoutsnipas, as well as brdc. Poured from a can into a flute, it pours like an opaque black motor oil with brown edges when held to the light. A minimal mocha colored head forms to about an inch and then leaves minimal lacing at the edges.

The aroma is quite complex with the standard of dark chocolate. However, there are also strong components of bourbon and brown sugar, as well as a dark cherry hint.

The taste is similar to the aroma with dark malty flavor, as well as a fair level of bourbon. Hops do sneak there way in at the finish. It gives off a large flavor of chocolate and does not seem to be just dark chocolate, which adds a nice sweetness.

The mouthfeel in farily heavy with a good amount of carbonation. It is quite viscous and smooth with a sticky finish.

I still can't believe it comes in a can. This is an very good beer to enjoy and savor. It will leave you satisfied if you like good stouts.

SykDoc, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Absolutely opaque black. An aggressive pour shows no initial head. Just after pouring a thin cap of mocha cream appears and then disappears. No lacing. Aroma is heavy dark fruits, berries and chocolate. First taste is smooth and creamy, an underlying roast note ends with a slight alcohol taste. As it warms chocolate and roast become more prominent. The main detractor to this brew is that the alcohol is more noticeable than I would like. Generally I prefer more roast character as well.

And the "pack it in, pack it out" slogan on the can warms the heart of this backpacker. It would be an excellent backcountry brew. Pika, meet Ten FIDY. Ten FIDY, Pika.

Initial review on 2/5/09. After a few more RISs under my belt I revisited it. The above is the newer review. It's fairly similar though I reduced the scores a bit, I was a bit starry eyed with this brew since it was one of my first RISs.

goatgoat, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of organicbrewer
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lucifer snifter, celler temp (low to mid 50s)

A- pitch black with a mocha colored head. Too dark to see through.

S-Chocolate with some fruity esters. coffee. A bit weak compared to the flavor.

T- Chocolate brownies with a ton of bitter coffee. Really roasty, huge bitterness both from roasted grains and hops. Really nice

M- medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D- Nice beer for a cold snowy night. Probably wouldnt' be a good choice come spring.
Perfect desert beer!

organicbrewer, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of dwpiercetx
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With all the hype, I was expecting a knock out with a smooth feel that would hide the alcohol under the stoutiness. I was wrong. I am not saying this was bad at all, just didn't live up to the BA hype put on it. I will buy more next time it comes around. It's a beer that I'll drink if I want beer and it's too late to make a session. Dark..couldn't see through it. Roasted choc and coffee malts with lingering alcohol taste...the only bummer. Would and do recommend for special occasions for cans.

dwpiercetx, Feb 03, 2009
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 7,447 ratings.