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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,538 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,538
Reviews: 2,253
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 470
Gots: 1,466 | FT: 91
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 Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer shared with Dave Blanchard at the Brick Store Pub. On-tap aged for a year firken. Good mouthfeel and much lace and dark het black. Rich coffee and chocolate, roast and great bitterness in the background well balanced by the other tastes. Half worth the trip to Atlanta.

Sammy, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -3%

t0rin0, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely thick black color with a 1 inch super dark khaki head that fades to an oily cap on the top of the beer. Chunky dark khaki streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Taste is of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa powder, dark fruits, and slight coffee on the finish. Very little bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and creamy. Probably one of the thickest beers I have ever had. Overall, this is an awesome RIS and my favorite beer from Oskar Blues.

UCLABrewN84, May 12, 2011
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -3%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -3%

djrn2, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Dark Lord Day 2009. While this certainly isn't my favorite RIS, it has worked to turn me off to the irrational fear of canned beer that I still maintain (I'm sure Surly would have done this long ago were we able to get their canned beers in Chicago instead of having everything on tap.)

A: Very dark black with a good brown head.

S: Some chocolate notes along with some hops and roasted malt. A tad bit weak.

T: Roasted malt and some chocolate underneath some hops. Much like the nose, but a little bit more there.

M: Full-bodied and slightly dry.

D: Pretty good, but this one fails in comparison to the truly great RIS's. It's lacking in deep complexity, but is not a bad beer by any means. Actually, quite good.

Thorpe429, May 01, 2009
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.7%

acurtis, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger high dark and creamy mocha-colored head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of chicory and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite complex and has flavors of bittersweet chocolate, chicory, cocoa, roasted malts and smoke. There is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness from the initial taste through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and slightly dry on the palate with a light ot moderate amount of carbonation. It is not viscous or cloying. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer definitely tastes like it is strong, but nowhere near 10.5% because the alcohol is well masked.

metter98, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil, with a pitch black color and a thick brown head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Espresso and licorice, somewhat charcoalish

Taste: Opens with a rich coffee and licorice flavor, with powdered Dutch chocolate and a build up of smoke and hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors become prominent and then fade into the smoke and the bold hops again

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: A really fine Imperial Stout, with plenty of complex flavors

brentk56, May 09, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +14.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly the best Russian Imperial Stout ever poured from a can. For some reason I feel dirty just admitting that. The beer slowly crawls out of the can and carefully eases itself into the glass with a more-viscous-than-most appearance. Low on carbonation, but releases an firm yet terse foamstand that laced and retained quite well. The beer is as dark and opaque as they come. The motor oil comparison that others have used is a good descriptor. Bold aromas of roasted barley malt, espresso, cocoa beans, and sweet alcohols garner attention from the nose. The flavor profile is much the same, but with the major emphasis on the roasted malts and espresso notes that just dominate the beer. Light hoppiness goes largely unnoticed, as do the esters, phenols, and any other delicate yeast qualities. Not overly complex, they have given this stout very few jobs to accomplish, but to do so larger and bolder than anyone else. They've largely succeeded. The beer is heavy, thick, and nearly syrupy. The light carbonation gives just enough lift to make the beer palatable. Finishes as you could imagine with a long lingering of espresso, cocoa, and warming alcohols.

BEERchitect, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily anthracite with no highlights whatsoever (not even with blindingly bright sunlight behind the glass). The fudge milkshake-colored crown looks more dense than a fudge milkshake and looks fantastic as it slooowly melts. A serrated band of thick lace is just beginning to appear. No hesitation here. This is a picture-perfect RIS.

The snifter is undoubtedly helping, but the aroma is both powerful and pungent. I'm sure that massive amounts of chocolate and roasted malt are the reason why. Rich chocolate fudge actually describes the nose pretty well. Roasted coffee bean and spruce-like hops are noted as well. Given the stated 98 IBUs, the hoppiness isn't a bit surprising.

Although it's still a little cool, the flavor doesn't have the intensity that was expected after the eyeball and nose tests. It's good, it just isn't extraspecialsuperduperamazinglyfantastic good. I spoke a few minutes too soon. A few more degrees make all the difference in what is now a muffled explosion of flavor that oozes into every nook and cranny of my tongue.

Bittersweet chocolate leads the way. A stout with this much malt (let's call it gargantuan) needs a considerable amount of hops (let's call it withering) to maintain some degree of balance and to stay on the drinkable side of cloying. Mission accomplished. This isn't the hoppiest RIS that I've ever had, but it's in the top-5.

Other than Hershey kisses, the flavor profile contains the same roasted coffee beans and pine sap that was noted in the nose. Let's throw in anise, blackstrap molasses and several pounds of white grapefruit zest as well. For hopheads who like massive stouts almost as much as DIPAs (like me) this stuff is manna from heaven.

Like appearance, mouthfeel is a no-brainer. The first ounce told me all I needed to know. It's huger than huge, smoother than smooth and plusher than plush. How in the world did the brewers manage to pack so much malt into such a small can? There are just enough bubbles floating around to keep the beer from feeling flat. Again... perfection.

Now, a word about the beer's name. My first thought was that Ten FIDY was a slang way of saying 'ten fifty', whatever that's supposed to mean. The fact that FIDY is capitalized made me dig deeper. I now believe that it's a recognized acronym meaning (F)*** the (I)ndusty, (D)o it (Y)ourself. Tell me I'm wrong, Oskar Blues. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the best toss-in ever.

I used to think that Oscar Blues brewed the best canned beer in the universe... until Surly Furious, Bender and CynicAle came along. Ten FIDY, however, can stand toe-to-toe with some of the best RISs out there. Since Surly Darkness will most likely never see the inside of a can, this brew seems destined to be the finest canned Russian Imperial stout the planet Earth has ever known.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gford217: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a huge deep brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with some vinous notes and some sweet notes. Taste is a mix between some vinous notes with some roasted malt and a quite sweet finish. I could not detect much coffee or black chocolate notes that I usually associated with the style. Full body with average carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Interesting sipper but I am not sure what the hype was all about really.

Phyl21ca, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +14.2%

GRG1313, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -8.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into an Imperial Pint Glass and served at cellar Temperature

A – Poured the thickest darkest oil looking liquid I have ever seen. This stuff literally poured out of the can like it was an oil slick, thick and syrup like and a drop fell on the counter, I thought it would stain forever. A huge four finger high head of thick dark colored foam rose up ever so slowly from the bottom of the glass and almost peaked its head up over the top. It had a nice cascading settling effect that really just added to the whole appearance and made look as though it was really a big time player here. Huge amounts of side glass lace were common here as this was just a monster. I would have to say appearance wise this was just perfect.

S – The aroma was thick, but not too overpowering as to be a put off. The deep dark chocolate was the first wave to hit you and this melded seamlessly into a big splash of roasted coffee. Very dark aromas here in general with hints of caramel and possibly some lactose or vanilla swirling around in there, but the overall heavy feel of this one was just getting itself started.

T – The flavor was huge and very dry even from the first sip. As I started I knew it was going to be big. The first thing I could taste was a nice amount of dark chocolate. Not a ton of it, but enough that there was some in there. This was balanced by some nice coffee like flavors and a ton of dry roasted malts. This was a very dark stout, even for the style. Some nice alcohol warming notes were present as well, and were actual welcomed here as it added some depth. The finish was very dry almost unusually so with a big time drawn out finish. Some subtle hoppiness was present in the finish, however nothing that would let you know that from the start, and in fact it took a good long time for that to even come around. There was another tiny little hint of vanilla in and around a sugary bit at the end, but this was mostly a bitter dry stout.

M – Very very full bodied. This was one of the thickest drinks I have ever had. It had the feel and consistency of an oil milk shake. Very big bodied and very filling this was easily something to cap off the night with. The carbonation was very nice as I would have thought for being so thick that it would have gone flat rather quickly, but this was not the case, it actually had a very nice and creamy consistency and the silk like feeling you can get from tiny carbonation bubbles.

D – This was defiantly a sipper, just due to the shear thickness of it. The alcohol content itself was very well hidden and in fact only trace amounts could really be picked up. This was just so filling there was just no way were you going to be able to take down huge gulps of this.

Overall I really thought this was pretty good. Now I will admit I have had better stouts, but I would say this was still more then decent and really showed off what this brewery can do. I would have to say it is more then deserving of its high ranking and is a nice contrast to a lot of the sweeter stouts I have had as of late. A solid effort and a really nice example definitely go out and get this one.

mikesgroove, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, very viscous. There is about one finger's worth of foam initially, but it quickly disappears.

S: Very chocolaty, excellent malt aroma, vanilla, and a mild coffee scent.

T: Very much like the nose. I get the chocolate, primarily. The vanilla is very subtle here too.

M: Very smooth and full bodied.

D: One of, if not the, easiest drinking Imperial Stout I have come across.

womencantsail, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger deep tan/milk chocolate head. Very nice retention. Body is jet black with no light getting through.

S: earthy hops, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate. abundance of aromas.

T: strong coffee, espresso notes. The sweetness backs off in the flavor which is ok with me. roasted malts and coffee bitterness are the backbone of this one.

M: full body and moderate carbonation. smooth.

Overall: Very complex aroma with a beautiful appearance. This is an excellent Russian imperial stout.

kylehay2004, May 15, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had seen an article about this beer in a magazine a few weeks before I saw some at my local shop. The magazine was really talking it up so I had to give it a try. This beer pours out as black as a moonless night in an abandand coal mine. The thick black liquid chugs it's way out of the can as a dark brown head forms on top. The smell of the beer is very roasted and has just a touch of dark berry and hop aroma mix with a ton of molasses. The taste of the beer is very rich, it's deeply roasted with a subtle sweetness up front that fades into a burnt bitterness in the end. The taste in the middle is kind of earthy. The mouthfeel is very thick indeed. Overall it's a really damn good Russian Imperial Stout. really worth looking into.

Knapp85, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a thick, gunky black body with very creamy, very dark brown head. Check that out, huh?

Smell: Lush aroma of dark, hefty maltiness. Plenty of sweetened espresso, molasses, and rich fudge brownies that've been slightly undercooked so that they're still warm and gooey in the center.

Taste: All at once, a thick, rich maltiness engulfs the tongue. Its definitely sweet. Chilled fudge-flavored pudding with a side of roasty espresso and a pinch of chalk dust. The long, smokey-sweet chocolate laden finish is simply heavenly. Hey, is this thing tasty, or what?

Mouthfeel: This one's full-bodied for sure, with an exceedingly creamy carbonation and a somewhat oily body.

Drinkability: This is one outrageously flavorful, exceedingly well done brew. Almost too much fun for one beer. Fantastic work, Oskar Blues!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -8.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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