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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,985 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,985
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 498
Gots: 1,666 | FT: 101
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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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of milkbaby9
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can ("canned with care 12-18-09", drunk 9-13-2010) poured into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Jet black with dark brown 1 finger head quickly reduces to only a ring and film of bubbles floating around.

Aroma dark unsweetened chocolate, roasted coffee bean, mix of raisins, hops, and alcohol peeking out. Taste creamy roasted coffee and dark malt, hint of raisins and prunes, and thin sweetness trying to get through, then a taste of alcohol with a bit of a viney green hops bitterness mixing with the roasty bitterness.

Alcohol a bit warming and forward, dry finish. Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel, but not as creamy and heavy in the mouth as the color might've suggested. A bit of a rough heated finish from the alcohol. Decent, but not killer to me; probably would've liked it more if the alcohol didn't feel so harsh to me. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood...

Photo of BeerMonarch
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can poured into a snifter glass. Canned on date of 11-25-09 so this has almost exactly 10 months on it. Thanks to Cheesemoose for the generous extra.

Appearance: Pitch black like motor oil in color. Nice two finger, dark brown head with good retention. Almost a reddish or scarlett hue to the head. Very dark and very unique.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate dominates the nose. A little coffee bean bitterness, but the fudge and chocolate notes are the real draw.

Taste: Big fudge brownie and chocolate notes upfront. Transitions to more chocolate with a slight amount of bitter coffee beans. Sweet, but nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy. Maybe not as thick as it appeared on the first pour, but still quite thick and chewy.

Drinkability: The flavors are balanced and nice and the ABV did not seem like 10.5% even though this was an imperial stout. Goes down really smoothly, though I can't imagine killing a four pack of these.

Overall, a really solid and sweet imperial stout. Not the best I've ever had but solid in every respect and really tasty. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into the glass like thick, black oil topped off with a 1 finger rich & creamy brown head. Somewhat good lacing throughout the drink. The darkest stout I've ever seen by far.

S: A wonderful and complex aroma of sweet molasses, roasted chocolate, epresso, licorice, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt caramel, hints of dark fruits, and a little bit of booze. Forget drinking this, I need this smell as a car air freshener.

T: Wow. Amazing. Not a legit description though- okay... a rich flavor of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel roasted malts, and vanilla. Booze and hops can be detected, but are very faint. Reminds of a brownie or fudge. Delicious.

M: Creamy and rich texture. Mild carbonation & full body.

D: Can't write anymore, going to go open another one.

Photo of beerpirates
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into my lost abbey stemware glass

A: i never saw à stout so dark and so thick like ten fidy , awesome look , it's just like dark dirty oil with a thick dark creamy head. À real beauty , Nice lacing on the glass

S: Sweet malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses. Fudge also comes to mind. I'm also picking up some hops

T: Biig chewy bittersweet mocha hits you up front with dark fruit and some smokey vanilla, a hint of bourbon and a very nice hop bite

M: Full bodied,very creamy and oily nice carbonation

D: so smooth , so Nice , so well balanced , this is à BIG boy in à small can

stout in à can ? Never had one before , but this stout is just awesome . Wow

Photo of EgadBananas
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Inky blackness poured like heavy crude oil. 100% opaque. Dark Mocha, maybe a finger, head. Close to, if not THE darkest stout I've seen.

Huge notes of coffee, chocolate, slight bitterness, roasted, toasted malts, caramel, burnt toast, molasses, and a hint of booze.

Bitter Chocolate, coffee (not as much as the aroma), huge malt sweetness. The molasses, caramel and some burst flavors are back. The alcohol is well tamed. Fantastic.

This thing is full-bodied, heavy, chewy and syrupy. No carbonation. Coats and sticks around for a while.

The flavor on this is huge, the alcohol is totally there, but very tamed with everything else going on. Killing a 4 pack would be easy. Super drinkable stout. Sadly, I had only 1 can.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Can

Appearance - Dark, black as oil, Nice creamy 1 inch head with tons of lacing. Looks amazing,

Smell - Coffee, Roasted malts, some dark fruits like rasin and plum. Mollasses and brown sugars. Some alcohol at the finish.

Taste - Starts out very malty and sweet, lots of fruits, brown sugars, thick syrupy mollasses. Hops come in and add dry bitterness, and some fruity sweetness. A bit of smokey malt near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Caramel and roasted malts coat the tounge. Sugars, mollasses really show up and sweeten up the tounge. Palate gets more sugars and malts, and a little hop presence. Aftertaste is sweet, dry and malty.

Drinkabilty - Really tasty. A very sweet ris. The alcohol is really masked, drinks like a 6%'er. Malts are roasted, caramely and work great with the sweet brown sugars and mollasses. A really nice beer, a little different from regular ris's. Only negitive is its a bit pricey, seen this 3-5$ a can. Theres no way id pay 5$ for this when i can spend the same amount for a kbs, or the much cheaper old rasputin. Worth a drink for sure.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into pint (thanks to checkii for this)

The pour was not smooth as I had to puncture the top w/ a can opener after the poptop bent/broke. still, nice color and a solid milk chocolate head. Very roasted aroma. The lace didn't last as long as the brew.

Taste is solid. There is a nice boozyness to it that I often find lacking in the more coffee/chocolate flavored stouts. This is a stout with notes of roast; the traces of chocolate round out the flavor instead of dominating.

The mouthfell is excellent. I was surprised initally just because it came out of a can. Once you get past that little block and drink it for what it is - the mouthfeel couldn't be better.

I'd certainly reach for this when I went looking for a stout. It has a nice blend of subtle flavors.

(16th)

Photo of bruachan
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the darkest froth i've ever seen, i believe. looks a little milkshaky, even

smells superroasty. molasses. strong herbal hops, licorice

not as thick as it could have been. strong and flavorful, for sure, but this thing could have been a helluva lot more syrupy (and i am thankful!). bitterness is authoritative, keeping the putatively levee-bursting flavors in check. the bitterest of chocolates, chicory, molasses, cocoa (is that different from chocolate?)

best RIS i've ever had from a can!

Photo of thagr81us
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. Served from tap into an imperial pint. Pours black with a one finger dark tan head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, dark chocolate, and caramel. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. It was heavy on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was an excellent stout. Lots of surprising flavors in this one which kept me going back for more. The aroma was also quite excellent on this one as well. This is a definite must try whether out of the can or on tap.

Photo of TheStove
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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 AdamGarcia
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in shaker pint. Canned 12/18/09.

A: Pours a slick, oily, tar-like color. Has one of the darkest heads I've run across. Only a small head adorns this netherworldly brew, and it doesn't stick around long. It is slightly clingy and leaves some lace here and there. Very menacing appearance :)

S: Roasty with some solid char. Sweet dark fruits. Somewhat nutty. Also a faint astringency.

T: Rich and very chocolatey. Coffee is also present. Roasted flavors are very intense. Small dose of hops come through on the back end. Finishes with milk chocolate and a certain nuttiness. Just slightly boozy. Lots going on in this one.

M: Big and viscous. Slick and coating.

D: As good as can be expected. You won't get bored, that's for sure.

Oskar Blues has it figured out. Their entire lineup is class and the cans are just an added bonus. Ten FIDY is worth seeking out. If it were a one day brewery only release, this would be get a lot more credit.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can served in an oversized wineglass. gotta love a canned RIS.

pours an absolute jet black tone with less than a finger of a mocha/cinnamon colored head; solid retention and a lot of good-looking lacing.

nose is primarily of roasted malts and dark chocolate that are substantiated in the flavor. notes of espresso, vanilla, and maybe a touch of dark fruits. very tasty beer.

while some have maligned its mouthfeel, IMO this is one of its better characteristics. full bodied and velvety with a bit of chew to it. dangerous drinkable for a RIS.

in the end, an excellent RIS. would have scored it even higher but for the competition within the style. the can takes nothing away. if this were bourbon bbl aged i could have a new favorite stout.

Photo of ncaudle
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into St Bernardus goblet.

Imperial Stout from a can; this could get messy. (ever go to a music festival that stated no glass?)

Absolute pitch black. I almost wanted a oil like thickness... alas, not to be. A small brown head formed and left a nice lacing around the glass.

Deliciously creamy. The expected coffee and chocolate flavors stand out yet there is an ultra smooth feel.

I can't speak for others but a 4-pack could go down quick in my hands and at 9.5%...

Excellent brew.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a small, dark chocolate brown head, In the aroma, chocolate and dry coffee. In the taste, starts with dry coffee, and a sweet chocolate end. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, roasty, small chocolate aftertaste. Big beer, big flavor and quite good.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours absolute black with a bit of dark khaki head that recedes quickly to the collar. We have mainly chocolate on the nose with some hints of espresso and alcohol esters on the back end. More chocolate to the taste with some figs, caramel, and roastiness included. The mouthfeel is rather disappointing. It was slightly watery and flat to me (and I usually complain about too much carbonation).

Photo of fastsrt
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured form a 12 ounce can in a snifter

A: black, thin brown head, pours form the can like used motor oil. it looks cool to see a beer like this to come from a can, "Real caned beer"

S: roasted malts, smoke, chocolate,

T: chocolate, nice roasty flavors, smokey this is one great RIS,

M: low carbonation, full body, coating

D: smooth, the booze is hidden, and the beer is drinkable.

Photo of aepb1
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black, brown head, thick, oily, leaves lots of lacing

S- Sugary malts, coffee, alcohol

T- Malty sweetness up front, some roasty earthiness going into a great finish/aftertaste. A lot going on as should be in an RIS

M- Full-bodied, creamy, good level of carbonation

D- RIS in a can?!?! Great beer, if the price in FL was more reasonable, it'd get a higher mark

Photo of ptykozoon
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pretty beer. Abyss like dark. Mountainous dark brown head with nice retention and lacing.

Smells of rich chocolate and spice.

Tastes like the nose, spicy chocolate. Not too much else going on.

Very very very thick, chewy mouthfeel, can feel deposits of sugar being etched on my teeth. I'd like just a bit more of a controlled alcohol heat. Not bad.

Interesting beer, I detest cans but this is one I may seek out in the future.

Photo of decadance
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Yep, its black. Very little head, a little disappointing.

S - Burnt malts which ends kind of sweet. Coffee in the back of the smell.

T - Not so much chocolate sweet as coffee sweet. Full malt flavor, with a bit of alcohol in the back.

M - Pretty think and coating. Would be done well with a bit more carbonation.

D - More carb and I would like more. Its an excellent taste when an "ehh" mouthfeel.

Photo of velosuds
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from specialty beer store for $2.69.

A-Pours a virtually black hue, nearly the color of the can, with a two finger, dark creamy tan head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Deep, dark chocolate and toasted malts and dried fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes. Coffee and vanilla also noted. Very nice and appropriate for style.

T-Good, but not equal to the anticipation I expected from the aroma. Malty sweetness, but not nearly as complex as the aroma. Rich, creamy with some smokiness, but alcohol present in the taste was a bit too dominant.

M-Medium to full body, with a nice level of carbonation.

D-Quite good for a RIS, especially from a can. Nice that it comes in a 12 oz. serving. Wouldn't want a bomber all by myself. A definite sipping beer this one.

Photo of alkemy
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cliché, but this pours just like old motor oil. There's no real hint of carbonation in the pour. Head is dark brown/burnt orange, but really dissipates quickly. Really smells of dark, dried fruits like prunes. Intermingled with this is a burnt sweet malt aroma reminiscent of crème brulee. Silky smooth feel. The burnt malts are the dominant taste for me. Prunes and raisins also show themselves. I also get an overall sweetness that has hints of both chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. I'm not a huge RIS fan, but this is pretty good stuff. I've yet to be disappointed with an Oskar Blues beer. Too bad I can only get the stuff when my father-in-law comes back from Florida.

Photo of jsanford
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Canned with care 10-10-09 @ 10:34. How Bout U Sideburns?

A - Motor oil black with a very thin head that disappeared way too fast. No lacing, nothing.

S - I had a Bells Expedition last night and I cannot believe the similarities between these two beers. Almost an identical nose of dark sweet malts, coffee, licorice and rum-raisins.

T - Very rich and sweet. Dark roasted malt, cocoa powder and coffee with a touch of dark stone fruits and smoke. Not much in the way of an alcohol burn.

M - Surprisingly medium-to-thin bodied with barely any carbonation. I seem to remember this being more "milkshake-like", so I'm a bit disappointed with the thinness on this.

D - Quite drinkable for the ABV but I really wish this was thicker and had better carbonation. Definitely a great stout, but I'm surprised by how Expedition-like this is. Granted, I did love Expedition, and imitation is the most sincere form of flattery...

Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a big trade with Jojomdma, as an extra no less. Thank heaps!

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out like black motor oil. No joke. Small brown noisy head quickly disappears, leaving only a ring behind. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. Thick looking body. Unfortunately no head, ring, or wisp remains, and leaves no lacing either. Looks a little flat by the end. Great, thick body, but a lackluster head.

SMELL: Roasted malts and lots of pure chocolate and molasses. Slight espresso notes and touches of black licorice as well. Lots of pure chocolate and molasses here.

TASTE: Roasted malts, smokiness, but lots of pure chocolate and molasses all over the place. Notes of espresso and black licorice, like in the nose, but it's more about the roasted, chocolate and molasses throughout. Mild but lingering aftertaste on this one.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium prickly carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth, a slight burn after the swallow, and finishes somewhat mouth-coating.

OVERALL: An enjoyable and tasty stout. I see why it's so highly praised, especially compared to the other chocolaty molasses flavored stouts. Lots of flavor and a good body on this one. The head could use a little beefing up, but a solid brew all around. Thanks again for hooking me up Jojo!

Photo of Luk13
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can, thanks to HogtownHarry. Thick, dark, black pour with a bit of brown head. Aroma is a malt bomb, heavy with chocolate. Some hops and licorice too, reminescent of Bells Expeditions stout. Taste is quite bitter, some roastiness and hop bitterness with a fruity finale. Palate is rich and thick, quite boozy (lots of alcohol warmth). Slightly overdone even for an imperial stout.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
98 out of 100 based on 7,985 ratings.