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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,804
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 429
Gots: 1,186 | FT: 83
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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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

10-07-2013 03:05:13 | More by kevindp9
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

02-20-2013 06:09:36 | More by Azrael
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-24-2013 19:18:53 | More by JasonTaverner
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-13-2013 18:29:37 | More by 21Maestro8
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-30-2014 23:16:10 | More by ubufan2112
Photo of jmalex


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

I got to try this on tap a few months ago in Arizona and now I'm thrilled to see it in cans all over PA. Nothing like an Imperial Stout on a hot day.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Delirium tulip a deep, deep motor oil black with a latte brown head. It starts at about a finger high and drops fairly quickly to a full collar and full hazy surface covering.

SMELL: Huge, huge aromas of the full Imperial Stout spectrum. Caramel to loads of dark chocolate to espresso with a nice dose of bourbon and vanilla. Not terribly fruity and not much of a hop note. A little jolt of alcohol tops it off.

TASTE: It's not anywhere near as complex as in the nose, but it's still a flavor bomb. Much more fruity (plums, dates) along with the chocolate. It finishes with a slightly astringent roasted note which provides plenty of bitterness to the beer and lasts long after the swallow.

MOUTHFEEL: A beer can't possibly be thicker than this one. Wonderful all around and coupled with a lower carbonation level. Despite all this, it manages to stay away from being too slick.

DRINKABILITY: A complete beast of a beer, Ten Fidy is definitely for sipping. Alcohol doesn't get in the way at all though, so it's something I'm begging for another sip of.

Very, very nice. This is a beer absolutely deserving of it's spot among the elite Imperial Stouts in the world. I'll be buying some of these again.

Serving type: can

07-02-2008 00:29:42 | More by jmalex
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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - oily black as night body. dark brown head half a finger deep with good retention and great lacing.

S - dark chocolate, roasted coffee, oats

T - pine herbal hops medicinal alcohol chocolate roasted coffee oats. much hoppier than i remember which isnt a bad thing. medicinal taste kinda off putting for me.

M - full bodied with good amount of carbonation. alcohol and hops very present.

O - its a really good beer. expensive but very much worth it every once in a while.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 03:10:22 | More by celticfutblclub
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

01-14-2013 00:01:48 | More by CanisMajor
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4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/07/2013.

A - So this beer is actually black. And I like that. You don't have to mince your words trying to find an adjective for almost-black-but-actually-very-deep-dark-brown. Lacing does not hang around too long, leaving a cauldron of menacing black liquid in my snifter which is awesome.

S - For the first time ever I got a really heavy dose of that soy sauce odour which people talk about. Not a huge fan to be honest.

T - Almost getting a little bit of a sweet bourbon flavour which is cool as this isn't BBA. Burned treacle, soy sauce again. Not much smoke or peat. Moderate earth and mid-roasted malt. A little booze heat which has a warming effect. Pleasant but not mind-blowing.

M - A definite strong point. Pleasingly viscous. Nice and thick and faint carbonation.

O - Good to finally try the widely lauded Ten Fidy. I'd like to try a fresher batch which hopefully won't be as soy saucy. I'll try this again but in my book Narwhal still reigns supreme amongst shelf imperial stouts.

Serving type: can

04-12-2014 08:14:16 | More by abeeronthebeach
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New Jersey

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


Finally got a chance to sample the Ten Fidy. Had a nice little can all to myself =)

Poured this badboy into a tulip glass for an optimum tasting experience.

A- Oily black liquid straight out of the bi-colored can (silver and black). One look and I knew this would be a bad ass RIS. Thin caramel graham cracker head. Thin yes, but it stuck around the whole time. Lacing- CHECK. All the elements of a nice looking RIS were in order.

S- The smell was much sweeter than expected. I smelled some dried fruits and figs a long with cocoa and brown sugar.

T- The fact that this brew was extremely well-balanced was one of the beers best qualities. A nice combonation of hops, chocolate, dried fruits, sugar, molasses, etc. Not too much of just one ingredient.

M- Oily as all hell. Smooth like slick on the tongue and throat. Woah! Burns, yes, but quite enjoyable. Carbonation perfect.

D- One of my favorite brews to date! I would love to pick up more and sit a few down although its great right now.

Serving type: can

03-14-2009 01:45:09 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Stark black with no head other than a little wispy lace resting on the surface. No light is getting through this sucker.

S: Coffee. Yep, coffee.

T: A very smoky coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. This is a very, very tasty beer.

M: More carbonate than you might expect, but still on the oily and smooth side. This is a pleasant and not too heavy beer considering its density and ABV.

O: Oskar Blues is in the business of brewing classic beers. This is certainly one of them. One of the best, widely available stouts you can find anytime.

EDIT for an aged beer:

Just cracked a two year old (almost to the day) can that had been sitting at a consistent 60 degrees in a pitch black storage area. All of the coffee flavor and aroma was still there, but it had mellowed. The aroma improved a lot, with some wonderful chocolate smells coming through along with a bit of vanilla and caramel.

The taste had some more of the same character changes as the smell, but it was ultimately a bit thinner (but probably smoother as well). Oddly enough, the 98 IBUs seemed to come through a little stronger two years later than with a fresh one.

Ultimately, I'd say this is worth aging, as I can imagine now that it has mellowed a bit it may become a more accessible beer. Also, the aroma really is quite improved. That said, for my tastes, two years may have been two long. I would like to try aging one for just a year.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 21:40:33 | More by StoneTSR
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-29-2012 23:07:20 | More by FalconA
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

09-28-2013 18:25:04 | More by DMarlinJ
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-18-2013 02:07:23 | More by yoitsarch
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-20-2012 21:00:05 | More by Romulux
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New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a jet black color with ever so slight tan head

smell - dark chocolate and coffee is what i pick up, not as fragrant as other RIS's I have tried

taste - this is a lot better than the smell - dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, expresso, hint of vanilla

mouthfeel - low carbonation, big bodied, smooth, good balance to this, slightly sweet at the start, then there is the right amount of bitterness to follow that, I can't even detect any booze and this is coming in at over 10%abv

overall - kinda pricey (bought a single of this for $4.50, the 4pk was $16), but if you like RIS's, then this is a must try. Really good example of the style and comes in a can to boot! I'm usually skeptical of beers that get a lot of hype but this one lives up to expectation.

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 23:19:07 | More by keithmurray
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a classic Oskar can into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A: pitch black in color with a finger of coffee colored head after a mildly aggressive pour. Head disappeared quickly and lacing was slight but present.

S: caramel, roasted barley, brown sugar.

T: Nice mix of chocolate and barley and the bitterness of the chocolate is well balanced. Not sure by what; perhaps some vanilla? If so it's not at all overpowering.

M: creamy, full bodied lingering taste that holds on for quite some time. Little aftertaste included but that which does hold on is welcomed.

D: unbelievably drinkable beer for a beer with an abv north of 10%. This is a world class imperial stout and it's crazy that I poured it out of a can.

Serving type: can

02-24-2011 02:59:53 | More by suspect
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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte.

A - Black period. Nice big creamy head with a tinge of coffee coloring. Sticky lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee and figs maybe? Very nice. Little sweetness in the scent.

T - Just a touch of bitterness but not overpowering. Nice coffee flavor. Dark chocolate flavors as well and has that nice alcolhol feel at the end. Not overpowering at all but you feel it.

M - Amazingly clean feeling with enough thickness that feel like your whole mouth is coated in goodness.

D - Yes but with that ABV you will start to feel a couple in a hurry. Not that its a bad thing!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 20:46:15 | More by GallowsThief
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Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can to a snifter.

Canned on 11/25/13 enjoyed on 05/02/14. Can says: Fidy's n yo face!

A: pours a oil black with a thin thumbs worth of brownish head. The head breaks quickly leaving wisps of foam. When the beer is swirled in the snifter the resulting agitation leaves great lacing.

S: roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and some smoke.

T: espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruits like prunes, a slight bit of alcohol but nicely blended.

M: creamy, thick and chewy with good carbonation.

O: so I waited a while to get this beer and it was worth it. I have to say this one of the nicest RIS that I have ever enjoyed. And some people say this gets better with age? I can't wait to revisit it with some age on it. Such a complete beer is hard to top.

Serving type: can

02-05-2014 21:53:37 | More by polloenfuego
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New York

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-28-2014 03:54:00 | More by Bustersuess
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-12-2014 04:53:14 | More by ssgunbond
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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Dark as a black hole with a good sized, brown, head. A bit of lacing too.

S: Milkchocolate (lots!), Coffee, Roasted malts, Grain.

T: Chocolate, Bitter coffee, Dark caramel, Hint of vanilla.

M: Extremely thick and robust. Medium carbonation. Initial feeling is sweet and intense but at the end you feel the 98 ibu's kicking in and balacing it out.

First imperial stout in a can i've tried and what a great start. I am lucky 2 have a couple of more of these sitting in my fridge. Recommended!

Serving type: can

12-07-2008 21:05:58 | More by baggio
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-19-2011 02:20:20 | More by whallgren
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-24-2012 14:45:01 | More by Supergenious
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-01-2012 05:20:58 | More by Joshgonzales79
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