Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,405
Hads: 8,938
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
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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 aewinte1
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer about 10 times, first time reviewing it.
A- Pours pitch black like most stouts. Nice 2" head yields from semi-vigorous pour.
S- Chocolate is the first to hit my nose followed by some coffee aroma. Chocolate smells very sweet and delicious.
T- Taste is complex, sweet, and delicious. Chocolate really comes through nicely. Coffee is there and certainly detectable, but not that strong. Tastes like a founders breakfast stout but with the chocolate flavor outshining the coffee flavor. Alcohol seems top be apparent in some form of warming sweetness right as the beer hits the taste buds. The flavor then progresses to sweet chocolate then coffee and the warming is gone. Ends with a somewhat smokey roasted malt flavor. Dank
M- Nice and thick. Nothing really super outstanding or worth complaining about with the mouthfeel.
D- Drinkability is good considering the ABV. You would be doing this beer an injustice to do anything but sip due to the nice complexity of flavors. Not to say I couldn't drink a four pack if I had enough time.

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Photo of Mertzy81
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at a local bottle shop for $16/4 x 12oz cans.

Poured into a room temp nonic.

A - A somewhat viscous black beer. Pours like chocolate milk. Head is a rich medium brown, almost like moose. 2 fingers high. Average lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, some hint of nuts, reminds me a little of a chocolate milkshake.

T - Dark chocolate. Roasted malt. Some hops. Ends with some slight bitterness of burnt/roasted malt and hops. Its taste easily hides the 10.5% ABV!

M - Smooth and silky, but not like a nitro-tapped Guiness. Chewy.

O - An excellent beer. Easy to drink. In my top ten. Will always be available in my house.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BAers seem to hype the hell out of this beer! But with good reason. Oskar Blues seems to have snuck its way into Indiana distribution recently... Thats great! Bit expensive... And If Im spending this much on an Imperial Stout again, its gna be Expedition. Anyway its really really good.
A- I have learned something from trying many many examples of the style, and thats the color of the head, and thickness of the head. If it is tan brown or red in color, youve probly got a winner. This stout is BLACK. Its head is somewhere inbetween tan and brown, like some good raw if you know what I mean. Good lacing, great retention.
S-I had to give it 3.75, because of the very apparent alcohol smell, I dont like it, it cuts right thru the good stuff. When you get past the alcohol, everything is there that you want, deeep roasted malt, almost chocolate. Maybe some fig?The alcohol presence is killing it for me. I can just pick out some hop bitterness. I dig stout where I can detect that.
T-Again, alcohol is really detectable. You know what, Im going to let it warm for awhile, then come back to it. Its 9:26 pm, and its been warming up for awhile now. Okay its 9:45 now, and I know thats not alot of time, but it did make quite a difference. Well I gotta say, Im not sure when it was brewed, but its a little "green"...Its just so fresh. I bet some aging would really improve this beer, and I may just do that. Its got big roasty character, dark chocolate... Im really trying to taste hops, but there arent any. I detect just the faintest hint of fig or something like that.
M- Wow! I can say that about this beer, its mouthfeel is heavenly. Its creamy and smooth, almost chewy, but really its all creme. It seems to melt in your mouth, if you will.
Overall? This beer deserves SOME of it hype. Its very well crafted, I love everything about it except a)the price and b)the over apparent presence of alcohol. $16 for a 4 pack? Really? Id rather spend another buck and get 6 Expeditions. Worth a try tho. Its all about the chase, man. Cheers

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Photo of DHGranstrand
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to lightindarkness for the TenFidy!! I have had two great trades with 'the man'!

Pours jet black with prodigious dark creamy head.

Nose of burnt chocolate, strong espresso and malt.

Strong espresso and burnt chocolate hit the tongue followed by anise and malt.

Very creamy but just a tad thin for such a strong flavored stout.

This is an incredible flavor rush. Very well balanced for a 10% abv. Just a little burnt for me but it is a strong contender.

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Photo of ABHatter
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First can of beer that I've had since last summer on the golf course.

A- Pours out of the can like motor oil. Very nice color (pitch black) I think a flashlight couldn't go through this one. Very nice 1/2 inch shaved chocolate color head. It even looks a little purple (Maybe it's the lighting in my kitchen).

S- Amazing! Dark chocolate & Mocha. Maybe even a little chocolate mousse nuances.

T- Very very nice. Lots of chocolate & lots of coffee.

M- Very well rounded. It actually has some soft characteristics to it.

D- Drinkibility is somewhat good for a RIS that is 10% abv, Normally I will only drink one and then move on to something a little lighter.

This is a terrific RIS. I'm glad to finally try this after hearing all the hype about it.

Great beer!!!

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Photo of drnknmnky
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured jet black from the can, nice coffee colored head when poured aggressively

S - dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, maybe a trace of nutmeg, tinge of black coffee

TM - sweetly malt bomb in the beginning and a nice bitter hoppy finish- Mouth feel has good carbonation and the alcohol warms on the way down finish is more hop bitter than roasted malts but both are still prevalent in the aftertaste., chocolate mentioned in smell not tasted at all. Almost silky body.

D- good beer balanced but leaves me feeling more like I had an IPA then a stout, good balance 10%ABV is hard to taste but would definitely catch up to you.

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Photo of jhughes23
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass

A-Pours a viscous black with dark brown hints of light coming through the edge. A thin 1/4" mocha head forms that slowly gives itself up to a thin film that leaves some lacing with nice alcohol legs

S-Sweetness first, then coffee with roasted malts. A traditional RIS aroma that leads me to believe this will taste just as the aroma hints too.

T-Sweetness, followed by bitter malts. Some bitterness from the hops come through as well. There is coffee notes as well but not as much as the aroma would hint too. The bitterness is well balanced with the sweet maltiness. This is complex for such an unhyped RIS. The alcohol is noticeable. A slow sipper for sure but just the way I like it.

M-Nice creamy full bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. The bitterness from the hops was more than I expected but like i said before, I like multilayered full bodied slow sippers so this is great.

O-Great RIS. One of the best out there that is easily attainable. Oskar Blues is really doing something right with this one.

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Photo of YeahRightt
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours thick with a nice head, pitch black and oily.

Smell: Malty, chocolate, boozy, slightly sweet, with a bit of hops in the background

Taste: Chocolate rounds out the bit of hops and sweetness from the malts, making for a balanced flavor from start to finish without any overtly dominant flavors. Notes of coffee are present but are never too bitter, as are the hops. Notes of dark fruits like dates and raisins are present and round out the bitterness. Very good RIS and among the best i've ever had. The fact that its out of a can is insane. Would pick this up often if it were always available.

Feel: Slightly thick, nice addition to the notes of chocolate and coffee. Really perfect and velvety.

Overall: Would pick this up all the time if it were readily available. Pricey, but a must-try for any doubters in regards to how great cans are. This brew is a testament to how far craft has come in complexity of flavor in such a seriously intricate style. IN A CAN. Great job.

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Photo of Brondeau
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
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.


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Photo of SeaUrchin
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

cracked with a born on date of 10-03-09 thanks to IDateTheFormula, thank you, poured into a tulip, first sip taken out of the can just to see what it was like(advised by a fellow BA to do so)

appearance - black, light carbonation, little head if any, no lacing to speak of, almost the consistency of motor oil

smell - smell of chocolate and sweet roasted malts, and slight coffee

taste - followed the nose, went with a nice sweet malty chocolate, then it moved into a slightly bitter coffee, then a mild sweet alcohol flavor, very delicious

mouthfeel - thick and silky, the light carbonation kept it smooth, this is what i look for in a texture of a russian imperial stout, top notch

drinkability - while this is a heavy beer it is still very drinkable, just over a long period of time, if i had access to this on a regular basis, it would be something i enjoyed over the entire duration of a tigers game, when im in a state where this is sold i will be picking up a case of this

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Photo of rappmann
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Literally pours completely jet black. Oily is a good word to describe it. Two fingers of tan head that dissipates into a thin wisp over the beer. Great lacing, Great looking beer.

S - Boozy bitterness, sweet malt, dark bitter chocolate, and some nice deep fruit notes that I love in a stout.

T - Bitter dark chocolate really comes through, really well balanced, not too malty or sweet, the dark chocolate really helps balance it out.

M - Again likening this brew to oil is the best comparison. In a word, I would describe it as slick. Very nice carbonation, really nice beer to sip on.

O - A great beer, that I had wanted to try for a long time. Really what can I say that hasn't been said on these reviews. Seek it out, it's worth every penny!

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Photo of Donerik
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


I liked it

A: Dark, Dark, Dark, Brown. It poured out of the can like oil. I looked like oil. Had about the same amount of head.

S: Rich Malt Smell, Think of the best Malt Smell you've ever had, then roast it, and you're close.

T: Delicious, It had malt upfront, Richness throught, then finished with a smoky chocolate flavor. Sublime.

M: Flatish, still good, for the style but a bit flat, didn't take away from the flavor at all, just made it smooth.

D: I liked it, this would be a staple in my fridge if I lived west of the Mississippi.

High Marks all around on this one.

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Photo of buzzardman
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Toasty chocolate malt, molasses, slight notes of the alcohol as it warms.

Appearance: Motor oil black, Nice tan head that drops to thin lacing.

Flavor: Toasted chocolate malt, a little cardboard oxidation.

Mouthfeel: Thick a little sticky but not syurpy, smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: Solid basic Imperial stout. The high abv is not noticeable until it warms up. Not much depth in the flavor which is why I say it's a good basic imperial, but overall it is a decent beer, would buy again but I do have many other favorites ahead of this stout. $14 for 4 pack of cans.

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Photo of Rob23
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ten Fidy is by far in my top 10 of all time.It is the perfect Russian Imperial Stout.Pricey but worth it.When I see this on the shelf I can honestly say I will buy all I can.Very malty and chocolaty.Just the right amount of boozyness.many stouts have that hype and a few are deservedly so.Ten Fidy is one of them. 5.00 across the board.My favorite stout and perfect in my eyes.

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Photo of gwong
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Good amount of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted chocolate and coffee dominate the scent.

T: Bittersweet chocolate flavor with a slight hint of strong roasted coffee at the end.

M: Full body that's smooth and creamy on the tongue. Slight amount of carbonation.

D: High ABV but chocolate flavor makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of iamshad
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Friend, _n:_
A person who gives you their last 100pt beer in the fridge.

Thanks, Jimi! Ten Fidy is so unbelievably smooth.

When I poured it into the glass, my first thought reminded me of changing the car oil after waiting too many miles ... it poured so thick and black ... like bad oil. I now understand why this is $15/4pk and it's worth the money. wow, what an exceptionally smooth beer. I have just been ruined for wanted to try _anything_ other imperial stout.

Standing in front of the poured glass on the counter, I could clearly smell the strong aromas. It's just so wonderful. Rich. Heavy. Chocolate. Dark chocolate. Roasted. Mature. Thorough. Molasses. Thick. Rest well on palette. Aftertaste lingers. Worth every single penny.

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Photo of SMADMS
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass
canned on date 12-22-05? wow just bought this today

A-- BLACK! a wonderful cocoa brown head that laces the glass

S-- rich espresso, chocolate and toffee aromas

T-- bitter sweet chocolate, roasted coffee bitter citrus

M-- full bodied and creamy mouthfeel but easy going

D-- Rich and intense better at warmer temps

finaly had the chance to get this one and it was worth every bit the wait!!!!

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Photo of cdViking
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in a can, at home.

Pour is the darkest of darks, color looks absolutely amazing, with minimal head that disappears after a short period of time. Smells like sweet roasted coffee with chocolate undertones. Taste is amazing: wonderful chocolate and coffee taste, with sweet dark fruit back there as well. Perhaps the richest beer I've ever tried. The mouthfeel is the best part of this drink. It is a silky smooth, and a tremendous treat going down. While I had no problem sipping what I opened and completing it, I could not see myself having more than one of these in an evening: each can is pretty much a dessert, and much like a sundae, consuming multiple would be overkill.

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Photo of HBeezley
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark as night. Or darker maybe. Nice coffee colored head that recedes to a thin lace. No sticking, but stays.

S - Smells just like a fresh bag of candy. When the head recedes roast comes through the sweet smells. Dark burnt licorice is faint.

T - Not as intense as I thought it was going to be. Which is nice. it makes the brew that much more drinkable because even though intensity is low, flavors are still coming through. Tastes like a cappuccino with a shot of mocha in it. Some fruits are faint. Burnt seasoning and sugar are also very present. Alcohol sneaks up as it is really well hidden.

M - Very thick brew. Strong flavors suggest sipping, but the hidden alcohol makes this that much more drinkable.

O - Great RIS from OB! Maybe one of the best I have had yet! But like I am with most RIS's, I wouldn't really go for more than one of these.

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Photo of m_hall
4.88/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of captenaj
4.75/5  rDev +10%

A: Darkest beer I've seen. Thick, long lasting head. Looks like motor oil. In a good way.
S: Not a lot of aroma. Slight chocolate, more than slight alcohol.
T: Very full, deep and delicious. Coffee and chocolate flavors. Alcohol tastes is very noticeable.
M: Thick and creamy.
O: An excellent brew! The alcohol flavor is too strong for my liking and brings the rating down just a bit.

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Photo of JoeCeez
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Pours from a 12oz can a thick inky black , blacker than Darth Vader's robotic heart, blacker than Charles Manson's soul, blacker than Wesley Snipes, it's pretty f'in black ok? The one fingered head is a lovely shade of dark creamed coffee, incredibly thinck lacing. This stout is beautiful.

S: mostly roasted dark malts, black coffee, some dark fruityness, bittersweet chocolate

T: starts with bittersweet dark chocolate, turning into acrid espresso, burnt malt, some piney hops and a bit of cherry or currant fruityness, ends with warming alcohol

M: very low carbonation makes this beer feel extremly rich and creamy and syrupy but not overly slick, it starts sweet but it's very bitter in the finish

D: The alcohol is very well hidden by the extreme bitterness of the dark malt and the hops, at 10% this beer is dangerously drinkable.

Ten Fidy is an exceptional imperial stout and possibly one of the greatest beers ever to be put in an aluminum can.

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Photo of paskinsj
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ten Fidy is possible the best imperial stout. Black darkness that is like motor oil. Pours with very little head. So smooth, hints of vanilla blended with a dark chocolate coffee finish. Doesn't taste like a 10.5%, what is tastes like is heaven. It will sneak up on you!

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Photo of chefboy812
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a goblet.

Holy Moses this IS a stout!!!

Jet black with a big creamy mocha head.

coffee, burnt toffee notes, then a big smack of licorice. some molassas, raisen , and madeira.
Did I say WOW!

HUge roasty coffee, burnt sugar, toasted bread. Huge licorice; both good'n'plenty and black grandma style too. molassas and maple syrup. very bitter espresso finish lingers for a minute; literally.
Did I say GEEE WHIZ!

huge chewy malt with adry atringent bitterness that makes you snap your lips.

I think this stout gives old rasputin a run for it's money

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Photo of OtisinAZ
3.16/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

WOW! This beer poured blacker than black. Very small head that appears to be brown.

I smell burnt chocolate, sugar and I want to say, oil.

Taste was bitter with a touch of chocolate and something else I can't nail down.

An ok stout that I had to try more for the history on BA, rather than want.

1 or 2 would be the max for me.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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