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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,980
Reviews: 2,292
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 498
Gots: 1,666 | FT: 100
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Canned with care on 12-18-09.

ABV on my can is noted as 9.5%.

A - Thick, viscous goop pours out where I thought beer would be. Not as syrupy as some other RIS's I've had recently, but pretty much blacker than all of the combined. This beer has almost no highlights to it, simply black void all over. Even after a hard pour of most of the can, I struggled to ink out even a finger of cocoa colored head. Pretty meager retention as well. Not much lacing, if any.

S - I came into this beer expecting another coffee-bomb stout, but am pleasantly surprised. The nose is sweet and malty, thick to be sure, but also full of rich, bittersweet chocolate. The coffee is suppressed to say the least, but the chocolate covers up nicely. However, not much depth besides that.

T - The taste doesn't bring much out in the way of the coffee, either. The malts really bring a roasted, sweet flavor without relying on the burnt espresso taste, and they transition nicely into a chocolate flavor so bitter, I don't think I've met a beer that even comes close. It's like biting into a bar of baker's bittersweet chocolate. A subtle, subdued hop appearance near the end.

M - Mouthfeel is definitely thick and heavy bodied, but with a good amount of carbonation to help it move. A moderately lasting bitterness, but overall it doesn't abuse the palate that some other, coffee-dominated stouts do.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Surprisingly, the thing that I could see holding this beer back is the sweetness and bitterness combination of the malts. The sweetness lasts throughout the entire taste, which is good to ease the coffee flavors, but bad in that it imposes in the finish. Alcohol is masked wonderfully; there's almost no presence of the 9.5% ABV.

Overall a nice change of pace from other RISs, but I feel it's a bit too sweet for my liking, and I am a stout lover drawn to the coffee flavors. A good beer, and I'll certainly get it again, but I won't make a special trip for it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 8/29/13.

Appearance: Pitch black and opaque body with a frothy dark tan head. Nice lacing on this one.

Aroma: Roasted malts with the usual chocolate and coffee of the style. A touch of vanilla in there as well.

Taste: Ten Fidy is one of those beers that sticks to its style guidelines and yet somehow stands out from all the other beers of that style. The start is smooth roasty malt goodness with a bit of bitter hop presence there to keep things from getting too sweet. The finish is more of the same with black coffee bitterness and echoing hops looming through the aftertaste. The lively hop character will probably fade with time giving Ten Fidy a smoother flavor. 10.5% ABV is nothing to smirk at but the alcohol is hidden pretty well here, only coming through in the finish as a sort of liqueur backing to the abundant malt flavor. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Full in body with a feel akin to chocolate milk. The carbonation is at the right level but a vigorous pour keeps things nice and smooth. Drinkability is really good for a beer of this caliber.

Final Thoughts: A great RIS and a standout in my mind for one of the best non oak aged stouts. Got two cases of the stuff and can't wait to see how it ages. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
98 out of 100 based on 7,980 ratings.