Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,375
Hads: 8,793
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of cleve00
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First thought "this cant be that great from a can".... It was:)

Born Date 12/16/2012

Black and oily, mild carbonation, hearty but smooth, alcohol is there but not in a bad way, roasted expresso perfecto!

All Categories outstanding but had to leave room for improvement in the smell category.
I drank this at room temp straight from the can and was blown away and I love RIS and thought I had peaked..the only thing was the cost 16.99 for a 4 pk. OUCH but I have 3 cans left for special occasons. It is a sipper for sure. I will be looking for more hopefully at a little better price.

Damn good! (600 characters)

Photo of anotherpg
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unlike other reviews, I poured mine into a tall glass and got a 2 inch head that was colored brown. The beer is so dark you can't see through it. It tastes thick and chocolatety with a slight bitterness from the hops. A big, full body beer at 10.5 abv which masks the imperial booziness under thick layers of complex dark malts. A worthy addition to the imperial stout line. Seek this out. (389 characters)

Photo of websherpa
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before and really enjoyed it. Reviewing a can with noteable dents in it. Hope the contents are ok...

Appearance: Black, no transperency. Modest 1/2 finger brown head. Interestingly on the edges the thick black color of the beer seems to creep up into the head. Lacing just from the head melting. All signs indicate thick and and full beer. I've seen other review with more head, and I really wish I had more. It looks phenomenal, I'm just not getting a lot.

Smell: This smells complex. There is a musty roasty-ness that prevails through all the flavors. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it reminds me of the wonderful smells of a leather shop. Vanilla is probably the most forward but there is a lot in here. Chocolate maybe some nuts. Coffee is there but way back. There is a balancing bitterness and maybe that is the prevailing mustiness. I'm positive I'm not picking out everything Definitely booze in there too.

Taste: Just delicious. I could try to pick out all the flavors, but it's so much nicer to sit back and let the ensemble do it's job. Appreciate the complete picture. Look at the smell for the components, but the well executed blend of all the above parts is why this beer is so delicious. The alcohol is actually very well hidden. You know it's a big beer based on the flavor, it's not what I could boozy. As the beer warms I get some pipe tobacco smoke flavors. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel: It's thick as expected. It washes over the mouth and stays there. Fresh out of the can it's slightly over carbonated but if you sip, it hits it's stride about halfway through the beer. I'm no expert. As the beer warms the alcohol kicks in at the end of the beer. The tobacco flavors are enhanced by the dry finish.

Drinkability: The flavor sticks with you and does not demand the next drink. Still there is nothing stopping you. It's rich without being overwhelming. You can sip on this for an evening, or it can be a candidate in a evening filled with drinking assuming the other offerings aren't quite as tall. (2,050 characters)

Photo of KTeamLSU
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass

A: Thick, Dark, Molasses pour, nice dark brown finger width head

S: Can definitely smell the roasted malt and a little booze

T: Man this stuck is thick, a lot of roasted bitterness but not too much, more mellow than a fresh Black Chocolate Stout or Bell's Expedition

M: Almost have to chew this thick beer, but that is a compliment. Silky smooth milkshake texture.

O: One of the best... we all know it. (450 characters)

Photo of m_hall
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. can (a can!) into a tulip glass. This is not a dark beer... this is BLACK. Midnight black. Outer-space black. Satanically black. It actually seems to pull in the light from around it... holding it up to a light, nothing penetrates. This inkiness is topped by a thick two-finger chocolate-colored head that fell slowly to a cap that left a cobweb of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas of coffee and toast are very apparent, a subtle earthiness, as well as tangy hop notes, vanilla, and alcohol.

The flavor of this is impossibly complex... the expected espresso, chocolate, and toasted bread notes are immediately perceived, with a touch of molasses fighting for attention in the background as a titanic wave of pungent hop bitterness sweeps in, somehow managing to harmonize with the lingering, almost ash-y roasted malt notes and warming alcohol. Even with the strapping 98 IBU bitterness rating, it all seems just right given everything else that's going on here. Subtle? No, but wonderful just the same.

The mouth-feel is rich and full-bodied, but with a surprising amount of carbonation lending it a tingle that keeps it from being syrup-y. It's not something you're going to quaff with abandon, but at 10.5 ABV that would be a foolhardy proposition in any case.

This is a true classic among Imperial Stouts, a masterpiece... powerful, uncompromising, demanding, this is the Death Metal of beers, and much like that musical genre not for everyone's taste, but very rewarding for those willing to explore its dark depths. (1,555 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Almost a perfect stout. I enjoy stouts a great deal and this is one I keep coming back to. Pours like motor oil. Flavor is perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. Heavy and thick mouthfeel with above average carbonation to lighten it into an easy drinker. This is a feat for a 10.5 ABV imperial stout.

Overall this is near perfect. Not quite as complex as a KBS but doesn't have to be. I could drink this every day of the year. I can't say that for the KBS which I love in its own way.

Wonderful. (505 characters)

Photo of BobCS
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very dark brown, almost black, raising a brown head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing but a hint of lace, viscous and oily clinging to the glass and staining it brown when swirled

S - smoky, roasty, and almost rummy with alcohol, hints of licorice trying to peek through

T - thick, big, smooth, sweet, roasty, espresso - everything happening at once and initially hard to pick apart. The beer changes quite a bit as it warms in the glass and it seems each sip brings out something new

M - very full and rich on the tongue, viscous, creamy, and warm

D - as if 10.5% alcohol wasn't enough reason to take your time with this beer, the depth and complexity rewards contemplation. (695 characters)

Photo of bobjonesSD
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked some up from Whole Foods. Very dark from the can into a glass. It has a very small espresso head. The aroma is nice, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee - could be a little bigger though. Taste is solid with a subtle slightly acidic undertone that gives a bit of bite. Mouthfeel feels a little thin for the style. Drinkability is solid. (340 characters)

Photo of mckeowbc
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - If this beer falls down anywhere it's on appearance. It pours from a the can like a thick black syrup. Almost like an old can of motor oil. That's all great. Only problem, no head. The first one I opened developed a very slight head, the second one none at all.
S - Smell is sweet, malty, with some burnt coffee notes.
T - I'd never believe this beer came from a can unless I'd poured it myself. Really good taste. Sweet with a little bit of bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. The 10.5% alcohol content is just barely noticeable.
M - Mouthfeel is very heavy, almost thick in the mouth. Not quite a syrup, but darn close.
D - Overall very drinkable, although perhaps a little heavy flavor and alcohol wise to drink a lot of. (730 characters)

Photo of scotvega18
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a Can into a 12 oz snifter - from 2010

A - possibly the most gorgeous imperial stout I have seen. The head color in particular is incredible with a kind of dark chocolate brown that resembles ice cream. The body is as black as ink.

S - I think if there was a weak point on this beer, this is it. I really dont get a whole lot on the nose other than alcohol and dark fruit, presumably from the yeast. I dont smell the chocolate or roastiness that some people mention
EDIT- as this warms up I start to get the chocolatiness out of the nose. Still, Alcohol and Dark fruits dominate the scene.

T - BOOM! incredible smoothness, can only be described as velvet, as the taste of chocolate, both milk and dark, and some mild roasty bitterness coat your mouth. Wow, just.... wow.

M - As stated before, velvet is the only way to describe it. It is the balance and smoothness that make this beer one of the bests in terms of imperial stouts. amazing

Notes- This thing assaulted my taste buds. holy crap. The stickiness, which is something I love in a stout, sticks around forever. This being in a can, It will be interesting to see how this ages. Will be holding on the other 3 of the 4 pack for a good long while. although, not drinking them will be a challenge.... (1,272 characters)

Photo of session1979
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Setting: Stuck on the couch watching American Idol with the wife so I went to the fridge to find something that could take the edge off, Ten FIDY it was..

Appearance: Poured this into my DFH snifter. Pours with the color and viscosity of used old black engine oil but with an amazing depth and clarity. The can burps as it releases this amazing beer. Once poured a thick 3 finger dark milk chocolate head sits atop the liquid and lasts for quite a while.

Nose: The nose is full and rich with chewy dark chocolate brownies, fresh brewed espresso, roasted barley, oats and molasses. The alcohol is noticeable and almost like a warning shot across the bow to remind you this is a big badass beer....

Taste: Wow, so freaking good. Big bold flavors, coffee, dark roasted malts, creamy caramel, slightly bitter chocolate. The ominous nose that warned of dominate alcohol was indeed misleading as the ABV is buried nicely under a flavor barrage of all that is good.

Mouthfeel: You know from the moment you pour this beer that the mouthfeel is going to be more like a heavy cream then a beer, and indeed it is. Moderate carbonation and the creamy texture make this a party in your mouth.

Drinkability: I would call this moderately drinkable and that is based much more on the fact that it is a full flavor powerhouse as the ABV presence isn't all that noticeable.

Overall: I have had this several times now and each time it has just gotten better and better. The first time I had it was 2 days after canning and it was very bitter and phenolic, almost like eating powdered aspirin. That was a one time taste as it has now become one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. (1,664 characters)

Photo of JeffV
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like motor oil as I pour it into my glass. The head is reluctant and I find myself trying to pour in such a way as to accentuate it. However, the head that does emerge is unrelenting and caps the beer from start to finish.

In the nose this beer has a nice chocolatey-coffee smell augmented by a touch of hops and a great malt spine.

The beer's taste is robust and indulgent. Chocolate. Coffee. A little pumpernickel maybe. Some piney hops in the back of the throat.

The one problem I have with it is that at 10.5% this beer has a little too much alcohol bite. I want the alcohol to serve as a crisp way to end a mouthful not as a sterile swab of vodka. This beer is the latter. Its a nitpick because when you buy a beer that is named for its alcohol content (ten fidy) you get what you paid for...

The beer has a delightfully heavy feel in the mouth and you can tell you're drinking an imperial. This isn't a sissy's beer and it does not feel like one.

With that said, it would be tough to choke down many of these in one sitting. On the other hand with the high alcohol content one beer is probably enough. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Gouxman
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial Stout came out of the can looking like straight motor oil. As I poured it into my snifter the opaque brew resided with a dark brown head.

The aroma is full of roasted malt, chocolate, and molasses.

This brew is rich and flavorful with hints of roasted malt, licorice, molasses, cocoa, and smoke.

The mouthfeel is super smooth as it coats the touch. The finish lingers for a while, but in a good way. There is a slightly sweet and bitter bite on the end of the palate.

For a 9.5% Imperial Stout the drinkability is quite high. I could drink one of these every night for dessert.

It's good to see beer like this come out of can. (646 characters)

Photo of jimbus
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a 5oz taster.
Thanks to urbancaver for sharing this!

A- Stupid dark, looks elegantly intimidating

S- Didnt get a whole lot in the nose; some roasty, coffee, and chocolate malt grain come through

T- Big, chewy, roasted dark malts; huge presence of bittering hops. Flavor profile is solid yet not complex.

M- Smooth, full bodied and quite imperial

D- Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV, I'm impressed. (427 characters)

Photo of jhp40219
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing, top of the line Imperial Stout here! Pours a dark black with the look and consistancy of used motor oil. Rich chocolate-colored two-fingered head. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. Normally I am not a fan of imperial stouts. Generally they taste like burnt coffee with alcohol added. This isn't like that. This is strong, as an imperial stout should be, but extremely tasty and drinkable. Not something a frat boy is going to chug. Instead it is a very savory sipping beer. Huge delicious chocolate taste with hints of coffee and malts. A slight alcohol burn on the back of the throat after a drink, but not something you are going to taste. Left a dark brown lace on the glass after each drink that required the pint glass to have a second quick rinse afterwards. Generally the imperial stouts I have tried have a very up-front alcohol taste. Not this one at all. Works extremely well after a nice meal as a dessert. I would not give any beer a perfect rating unless it absolutely deserved it. This one does. I have had top-rated imperial stout DarkLord by 3 Floyds Brewery at three seperate beer festivals, and I have to say I prefer Ten Fidy to it. Ten Fidy should be every bit as celebrated as DarkLord! Ten Fidy should be the gold standard that all imperial stouts aspire to. (1,295 characters)

Photo of gawnphishin
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- The beer is jet black with absolutely no head.

S- Full of chocolate and a little roastiness. Slight bit of alcohol.

T- Chocolate and roast then perfectly done BACON!

M- Almost too carbonated, which is weird for the amount of apparent carbonation. Slightly Chalky.

O- Good Imp Stout. I could drink it every day. (319 characters)

Photo of RappAttack
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: BLACK, and i mean black, brown head about a finger, dissipates quickly
S: boosey with a hint of chocolate
T: dark chocolate (almost un-sweet) slight alcohol bight up front but cocoa and vanilla finish nicely
M: viscous with light carbonation

O: My first taste of the Tin Fidy, having put it off for to long do to price i can finally say its totally worth it. try it with something chocolate. (397 characters)

Photo of BSK_ONE
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black, chocolate with 1 finger of creamy dark tan head with some lacing.
S: definitely smell the chocolate and malty goodness.
T: very good although I can taste up alcohol, which is a no-no iny book.
M: soft of the tongue at first, like a melted Hershey kiss. Then the bitterness kicks in at the end. (303 characters)

Photo of BigMurph
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black as night no head

S - Smells of toasted chocolate & slightly of coffee.

T - Taste of roasted chocolate and coffee.

M - Very smooth, minimal carbonation heavy, viscous almost oily.

O - Not sure on this one. I got it in an assorted pack so I think I need a few more to really rate it but for now it's good but not quite great.

Serving type: can poured into a pint glass (381 characters)

Photo of darktronica
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My typical benchmark for what a non-BA Russian imperial stout can be. Not much else that needs to be said over the other 2,000+ reviews, but this is also an excellent candidate for an easily-obtained beer for cellaring and experimentation. Masterfully done. (257 characters)

Photo of unclecrappy
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired? Nooo!

I got my one and only four-pack two days ago at 3 Sons in Wexford -- something I had been dying to try since reading about it in BA mag a couple of months back. That kind of anticipation is often hard to equal once you finally get your hands on the beer.

I'm happy to say that in this case, Ten Fidy was as good as I had hoped -- and maybe better.

A -- darkest, thickest beer I've ever seen. Saying it pours like oil is not an exaggeration. Thin, dark brown head forms after a hard pour. And stays. And stays. And stays.

S -- maybe the only thing about this beer that's close to pedestrian. Big roasted aroma, with coffee up front and chocolate and tobacco in the background.

T -- Wow. Chocolate is bigger than the aroma would suggest, but not sweet at all. Coffee and other roasted flavors swirl around the chocolate, and there's a nice, dry, hoppy tinge at the end. What you don't get much of is the alcohol; a remarkable job of masking for a 10-percenter.

M -- Luscious. Rich. Thick. Smooth. Holy crap.

D -- Rated high, because of the exceptional complexity and off-the-hook mouthfeel. Easy to forget this beer's ABV.

OK. If you have a chance to try this, don't pass it up. And if you work for Oskar Blues: For crying out loud, tell someone to bring this back next winter, willya? (1,306 characters)

Photo of IgotsHops
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Whole Foods in North Seattle. I'm really glad that Oscar Blues decided to send some of their beers over to Seattle.

Poured jet black with dark, minimal head.
Smelled of strong black malt and spicy hops. Strong espresso and toffee sweetness smell and taste. Great hops presence that was really interesting and fun to drink.
Nice medium mouthfeel. Not too coating, but let's you know you just took a sip.

Overall a very enjoyable beer and very drinkable. (466 characters)

Photo of honestdave
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer in a trade with Jared. Thanks again Jared!

Poured the 12oz can into a snifter

A: Looks similar to the used oil that came out of my tiller. Super dark, thick viscosity. Thin chocolate brown head.

S: Sweet dark chocolate. Coffee. Fresh bread. Smells delicious.

T: Some licorice, full city roast coffee flavor, dark chocolate. Very tasty stout.

M: Smooth, thick and syrupy. Very little carbonation.

D: I could easily drink more than one of these - despite the high alcohol content.

Summary: This is a good stout. Very well balanced. I hope to try this again sometime soon. Glad I had the chance to try it. (629 characters)

Photo of seancake
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, is this sucker thick in the mouth. And heavy in the mouth. And rich. And a dessert in a can. And a wonderful nightcap.

I've had other RISs I prefer to this one, because I felt they were more balanced, more drinkable, more user-friendly in one sense or another. This, my friends, is a BIG brew. In many ways. Coffee. Chocolate. Alcohol. This is BIG-big.

This is really great for the style, very faithful. I cannot however give it highest marks, because, well... I'm biased, and faithful. Towards other, slightly less BIG brews.

Doesn't mean it's wrong for you. I recommend you try it. You may find it's just your cuppa BIG BREW. (636 characters)

Photo of mgoblue5743
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I haven't had a canned beer in a really long time.
Congratulations to the good folks at Oskar... this is a gem...

Right up there with Old Rasputin or Stone RIS... this is a classic.

Every sip is a treat, though by sip 6 or so I was pretty drunk. (253 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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