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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,483
Hads: 9,339
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 692
Gots: 2,570 | FT: 127
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.
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Photo of kurtissellen
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this is the first craft beer I've ever tried out of a can, it almost doesn't seem right seeing anything but clear yellow macro swill. Cracked this open with a pull top and watched this viscous black liquid pour into my oversized wine glass. Looked dark as hell with a rusty brown looking small head with a subtle aroma of coffee beans. Sweet dark chocolate taste and small amount of carbonation at first, followed by a surprising hoppyness, and finishing with dark coffee and left a lingering smoky taste in the mouth. By far the best beer I've had out of a can... ever!!!

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Photo of lionchow
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a thin brown head.

Aroma is more like a Belgian strong dark ale with the scent of prunes, and dark chocolate cake.

Flavor is also more like the Belgian strong dark ale, with rich dark chocolate cake, cherries and prunes. There is a very slight roasted malt character. No noticeable bitterness.

Finishes quite dry in the mouth despite the fruit in the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Alcohol level is not really noticeable.

Overall a nice, surprising beer, flavorful if not exceptional.

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Photo of bonk0076
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color out of the can with a bold, creamy brown head. Aroma is of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate and molasses. Taste features a prominent oatmeal taste, with bitterness coming from the coffee and some hops. With a little bit of sweetness coming from the chocolate and molasses. Rich, hearty, mouthfeel

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.68/5  rDev -15%
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...

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Photo of EMH73
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a thick, creamy beige head that is well retained. Smells and tastes of espresso and chocolate. This is what a Russian Imperial Stout should be. Can't wait to find it again.

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Photo of dondeez21
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard that this beer is available in very limited supply. My local liquor store has quite a few 4packs on the shelf and with a price tag of almost 13$ it doesnt look like it will be moving very fast. I grabbed a 4 pack the other night and I have to admit I am very glad I did. Ten Fidy is easily one of the darkest, thickest beers I have ever seen. It almost looked like I was pouring used motor oil from the can. A nice dark copper colored head formed after a few seconds. Overall I give this beer a 9.5 everythign was perfect from the color aroma and taste. Get this beer while it lasts!

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like sludge. Gurgling sounds emanated from the can. I think there was a tire and a boot in there as well. Not really. Smells like caramel and molasses. Some chocolate and coffee in there too. Up front on the taste is those 98 IBUs, but they actually fit pretty well here. The alcohol taste is also a little prominent. Then there's the taste of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is thick and appropriate, with low carbonation. This one's a slow sipper.

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Photo of hobojon
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can tasted 11-4-09. Dated 12-22-08.

Aroma- chocolate. light coffee. fruit, candy sweet malt, munich and caramel malt. subtle roast. very sweet aroma. floral. earthy. molasses. vanilla.

App- brown head. black to deep brown at edges. foam dissipates. minimal lacing.

Taste- very sweet chocolate and raisin, dates, and candy. caramel. very light roast, mostly chocolate. not hoppy, solidly sweet. hops that are present cuts sweetness some balancing the beer out. earthy. citrus hops. some subtle funk... tastes slightly oxidized but it is in a can?

Mouth- med creamy carb. filling. very sweet. some alc astrin on tongue.

Overall- very sweet and strong flavor. lots of chocolate and fruit, not much roast or bitterness. a great character but sweet and filling.

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Photo of gorby10826
3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow for as many good reviews I can honestly say I am boggled. I do not think this has anything over any midwest stouts like northwind or blackout, and those arent even in the top 100. It looks awesome and has an awesome mouthfeel but is lacking in smell and taste as far as I am concerned.Just pretty standard in those areas. High drinkability but still disappointed.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I tried this, I could believe such a thick, chewy brew could come from a can. This beer has some weight to it - and some serious calories I'm sure.

Pitch black with deep brown head. Settles pretty quick with just a ring arount the pint glass this was poured into. There was plenty sticking to the side of the glass, in fact, as I finished it the clear glass was a shade of brown.

Smells rich caramel, roasted malt and other grains. Didn't get the chocolate/coffee thing many are saying. Just a very real RIS. It's not a chocolate stout or a milk stout, this beer is just plain stout.

Tastes delicious. Caramelized sugar and burnt malt with some booze lingering around. Not too hot though but a year should do this beer fine.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick. Leaves a coating on your tongue like it does the glass.

Drinkability is good. Although 1 would be plenty satisfying, you could do 2-3 with ease. Goes down sugary sweet with a burnt finish and touch of alcohol.

It's just a great example of the style. If you haven't already, put it on you "beers to try" list.

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Photo of Grohnke
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours oily black, thick and opaque. Densely creamy dark mocha colored head forms effortlessly and holds.

Strong punch of bittersweet chocolate, backed with espresso. Slight notes of vanilla, malt balls and smoke. Dull trace of alcohol spice.

Strong chocolate and roast malts. Espresso notes and molasses like sweetness. Soft hints of ripe fruit, black licorice and smoke. Medium bitterness with a slight earthy hop flavor. Finishes long and sweet, with some surprise tobacco flavors subtlety making an appearance, as well as some light alcohol notes,

Full bodied, low carbonation. Very creamy, silky on the palate. coats the entire mouth and leaves a pleasing sticky and sweet film.

What a joy it is to finally get to try ten fidy. Bold, assertive, and complex. Perfect for the autumn/ winter seasons.

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Photo of hoody711
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found in Houston, TX. Only had seen Dale's PA, so it was great to find this and Deviant Dale's. Hopefully it lives up to the hype. I'll try not to be too biased - not my favorite style.

A - Canned 9/17 (40 days ago, about). Poured into a tulip. Inky and thick, motor oil. Dark tan 2 finger head that settles to a thin film but laces beautifully.

S - roasty malts, a little sweet fruit maybe (?), chocolaty, toffee. A little hint of booze at the end of a big whiff.

T - Subdued is the first thing I think of. After mostly tasting nothing, just experiencing the silkiness on your tongue, a nice sweet maltiness blends into dark chocolate and more roastiness. Follows the nose with a little alcohol warmth at the end. I want to say complex, but I don't mean it changes from one taste to another to another etc. It's more the nice fade from a great silky warming mouthfeel to the imperial stoutness, leaving a nice sweet aftertaste if you lick your lips.

M - rich and silky at the start, then warms and coats the palate. Great, if you're into that sort of thing.

O - well, not my favorite beer style, but this is amazing, and definitely lived up to the hype. I love stouts/porters that don't smash you in the face with coffee taste, and this is one of those. The beer is beautiful, the taste is complex and subtle, and the mouthfeel makes you want to light a fire, throw on pajamas, and watch football with snow falling outside. An incredible beer.

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Photo of Argion
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was looking at the list of top imperial stouts on this site and came across this beer. My local distributor had it and I was surprised to see it was in a can. That threw me off a bit, but given the good ratings it has received on the site I decided to give it a try.
All I can say is wow.... it poured a very dark/black colour with no head whatsoever. The combination of flavors was very good with hints of chocolate and espresso in it. There was some sweetness on the tailend of the beer but it was not as bad as other imperial stouts I have tried. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as dark can be. Thick, tan head lingers a long, long time. Aroma of dark chocolate, malt and sweetness.

Taste is outstanding. Bitter chocolate and roasted malt, caramel and little molasses sweetness. Great body and mouthfeel that coats the tongue, with a slightly sweet, chocolately finish.

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Photo of Hands22
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach). 

A- Poured dark brown (almost black) with a thick, brown head that lasted for most of the glass. 

S- Chocolate malt with a little bit of roast and booze. Strong malt sweetness reminiscent of dark fruits (plum especially). 

T- Chocolate malt and the dark fruit again. The beer is well balanced enough that the malt isn't overwhelming but it is still the focus. 

M- Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation.  

O- A great imperial stout. Very well designed but a bit pricier than I'd like.

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Photo of skiking70
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile. I can say this beer did not disappoint me at all and I will search it out in the future. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of fostwal
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty strong beer. Now doubt about it. This is a pitch black brew. Evan the foam is bark. It has a heavy roasted chocolate and caramel odor to it. The taste is very harsh at first. Though it really mellowed out while drinking it. Not sure if it needed to breath or just warm up. Similar to a red wine. In the end, it was a heavily malted, coffee tasting beer. The mouthfeel is ok.

Overall, this is a goodbeer. Definitely better after it breathed some.

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

A: One word... Black. Looks like motor oil. Thin layer of brown head that disappears quickly.

S: Big semi sweet chocolate and coffee whack you up-side the head. A little boozy with some dark fruit notes.

T: Bitter chocolate and burnt coffee with a warm alcohol bite. As this warms, it seems to all smooth out and become a complex mix of chocolate, coffee, and some tart sweetness.

M: Thick and smooth with a slight booze burn. The carbonation fizz tickles the tongue and helps clear the palate.

O: Out of the cooler, I was not all that impressed with this, but, as it warmed, the character of this beer came out. I will let the next can warm a bit before drinking... overall a very nice RIS.

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Photo of Titans77
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours like 10/50 motor oil... Gee, where did that come from -_- Quarter finger of khaki colored head with slight carbonation. Solid looking RIS

S - Roasted malts. Roasted chocolate malt dominant. Dark fruits and some alcohol. Pretty standard for an RIS, though as powerful as i was expecting

T - With the chocolaty malt and dark fruit taste as good as this beer delivers, it deserves a 4.5 in Taste. My only complaint is the salty background. Maybe a canning thing? Not too sure, but it is solid.

M - Absolute best in class. Smooth. Full bodied. Coats the mouth and makes this brew an absolute privilege to caress the tongue. Can't say enough about the mouthfeel of this stout.

O - Such a great RIS. I wouldn't believe it was canned if i didn't know beforehand. Easily the best stout i have had so far, but the list is rather limited. Well worth the $15 for a 4 pack

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Photo of McD0uche
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sipped from a can.

A: This stuff is black as can be. The residual on the can lip reveals a dark brown, reddish hue with the light. Interesting overall.

S: Chocolate and coffee come to mind. Roasted malts. Appealing in general.

T: Roasted malts and chocolate make up the backbone. It is extremely powerful and delicious, but crazy smooth with the delivery. It's like being hit by a train, but not really feeling it. Not as boozy as you'd think at all.

M: Heavy body, but gloriously so. It's like taking a bite out of something, and really spectacular when you factor in how great it tastes.

O: This stuff brought a whole new meaning to the stout style for me. I will pick this up whenever I can get it, and I highly recommend it to anyone out there.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the can at cellar temp with a big, chocolate colored two finger head, impressive pour to say the least. Looks fabulous in the snifter.

Either caramel or toffee smell for me, nothing overpowering but it is very sweet smelling, got a hint of cinnamon as well. Nothing outstanding here for me.

wow, that is a tasty imperial stout. it is sweeter than I anticipated on the front with chocolate and toffee, coffee, a layer of malt and a bit of alcohol bite follows. my knock on many imperials is the alcoholic bitterness left in your mouth after a sip, that isn't present here at all.

The mouth feel, like the pour is exquisite. For all the hops/malts jammed into this one, the fact they pulled off such a smooth mouth feel is really something special. Bravo OB.

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack for $10.50.

A- black tar color with a 2 finger head.
S-dark roasted malts with coffee and chocolate
T-Well balanced dark malts with coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and toffee. Good balance of sweet and some bitterness in the aftertaste.
M-heavy slightly carbonated
D-A great representation of an imperial stout. Of course everyone knows its from a can, but I don't really care. I love Gordons and Dales, and this one is no exception. This is the best way to enjoy an imperial stout after a 10 mile hike to your campsite.

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Photo of dzni
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Decent head, last a little while. Dark, tar-like black.
S - Malt, chocolate, espresso
T - Chocolate, cakey, some creaminess
M - Heavy body
D - This is too heavy to be something I could drink a lot of, not to mention the alcohol content.

Honestly, I think Old Chub from Oskar Blues is phenomenal, in comparison. This one is good, but it doesn't seem to have the complexity that Old Chub has, in my opinion.

Poured into a snifter.

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Photo of BeerShirts
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Watery Motor oil, no light shines through this beer, head is a thin line around the edge of the glass

S- Chocolate, coco, Caramel, and booze. a little bit of a sweet smell too.

T- sweet chocolate and coffee, roasted malt no alcohol in the flavor at all which is shocking from the smell

M- Thick and Creamy, no carbonation

D- Amazing beer. if you can get your hands on it GET IT!!

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Photo of agomega
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Appearance: Super dark motor oil color with a creamy two finger thick dark brown head.

Smell: An extremely complex aroma including hints of roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, some boozy alcohol aromas, and a hint of fruitiness (mostly cherries).

Taste: Intensely sweet flavor with tons of chocolate maltiness and a hint of roasted malts and coffee flavors. The finish is pretty boozy and a little fruity with hints of brandy-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness which is somewhat surprising given the residual sweetness in the beer.

Overall: A lovely stout with a pretty unique character. A little on the sweet side, but excellent as a dessert beer.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,483 ratings.