Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,375
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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 jkane101
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to GFORD217 for including this as an extra in our trade!

Pours a thick black color with tan head typical of this style.Tastes of coffee and chocolate.This is a creamy smooth treat that goes down very easily.
Luckily this can be found now and again in the NYC area, so I'll be sipping this again...but not too often since it's priced a bit over the top. (360 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05/09/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep black and thick used motor oil pour. Starts off with a good 3/4 inch brown head and shrinks to the slightest rim upon consumption. Leaves moderate lace patches.

Smell- Notes off chocolate, coffee, deep malt and a bit of alcohol. Kind of restrained though.

Taste- At first it seems like a random good RIS until the end of the taste. The flavor hits you about 3 seconds after you swallow. Massive chocolate and a mild coffee taste swill around each other...not to mention the considerable hop flavors as well. Like a chocolate grapefruit soda.

Mouthfeel- Brisk and tight carbonation with a tremendous hoppy-chocolate aftertaste. Thick and chewy as well.

Drinkability- Even with the great aftertaste, it doesn't quite reach the heights of Stone, Speedway or some of the other top notch RIS's I've had. Overall it's very good and definitely worthy of seeking out though. I wouldn't turn down one of these. (1,058 characters)

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

Poured into mini heff glass at Spring 08 Long Island Brew festival.

A: Jet black with tan tiny head.

S: Earthy hoppy at first, then biscuits, cracker and toasted biscuit with a light note of dark roasted grains.

T: Ubet chocolate syrup taste with coffee and roasted barely undertones.

M: Finish has bittersweet taste of citris fruits.

D: Excellent brew but not as big and bold as I would have expected from a 10% ABV but perhaps that is due to the complexity of the ingredients. (487 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil, with a pitch black color and a thick brown head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Espresso and licorice, somewhat charcoalish

Taste: Opens with a rich coffee and licorice flavor, with powdered Dutch chocolate and a build up of smoke and hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors become prominent and then fade into the smoke and the bold hops again

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: A really fine Imperial Stout, with plenty of complex flavors (544 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can that has a picture of...Wait a minute! Did I say can? I sure did! It's more than likely the only Imperial Stout that's available in a can. It's a black and silver colored can with the name of the beer in front of the Colorado Rockies. All over the can are some funny and stuipd quotes. Those quotes escape me right now. The only other stuff on this can is the US Government warning and the barcode. No date anywhere on the can. Not even a stamped date on the bottom.

Appearance: Who's the funny man who replaced the beer with a thick motor oil. It's not funny because I really wanted to try this beer. Wait a minute! This thick black liquid is the frickin' beer! It's so thick and black that no light can even come close to penatrating this beer's solid black body. The only down point to the appearance is the head of tan colored foam. It started off at the 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch mark, but from there, it quickly dissiapted into a few tan rings along the edge and one single solitary spot of tan lace. So sad it couldn't leave more lace, but it was still a great solid black appearance.

Smell: The aroma to this beer is a bit on the overpowering side. The aroma is chock full of the darkest roasted flavors you can ever find in a beer. Some of the dark aromas that I found in this beer are; roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, black cherries, plums, bitter dark chocolate, black raspberries, more roasted coffee beans, very subtle caramel, a pinch of dark roasted hops, and plenty of alcohol. Just a woderfully strong dark aroma that will more than likely overwhelm your sense of smell.

Taste: After all of these dark flavors, the taste was light and fluffy with toasted malts...Who am I kidding? The taste was like everything else in this beer, powerful and dark. It starts off with some bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Then all of a sudden, in comes this overwhelming taste of roasted coffee beans and bitter dark roasted hops. If you're not ready for it, you will almost gag on those dark flavors. The taste is that powerful! After the big hit of dark roasted flavors, it settles down with black cherries, plums, more dark chocolate, and a big bite of alcohol. Just be warned! Make sure your taste buds are up to the challenge and can handle a taste this big!

Mouthfeel: If I could go above saying that this beer is full bodied I would. It's an overwhelming powerful full bodied beer that just so happened to have a full flavored dark and bitter aftertaste of roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted hops, and tons of alcohol. Not so much alcohol that it took over everything else. It was just there to make its presense known to the consumer. This aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for about an hour. It takes alot of water to clean your palate.

Drinkability: Ten Fidy is definitely one of those sipping beers and one of those once in a while brews. It's far to overpowering to drink on a daily basis. Not a beginner beer! If you want some Ten Fidy, make sure your tastebuds are up to the challenge. (3,065 characters)

Photo of kurtissellen
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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!!! (576 characters)

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

Let me preface this review by saying that I had this at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and they charged me NINE FUCKING DOLLARS for ONE CAN. Since then I've been able to buy a four-pack for $8.49.

Hubba hubba, this is one pretty looker! This thing pours an impenetrable blackness for which there is no escape but the tan head ensconced above it. The color and viscosity are near that of a warm balsamic reduction. The Whoppers and ice cream used in the brew come through in the aroma, along with some alcohol. After all, this is an imperial stout. With its low carbonation and medium body it drinks easier than others in the style. The roasted barley hits up front with a hop bitterness towards the back, while the finish is mildly dry and pleasantly bitter.

Were it not for the persistent alcohol I would have rated it higher. I know this is partly what typifies the style but I wish it could have been covered up more. (928 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2 general comments:

1) just because it is actually a pretty decent beer in a can, does not make it the best beer ever just because it is in a can
2) if there ever was a beer to drink for dessert, this is clearly it

A: Pours like motor oil. Only thing saving its aesthetics was that it poured with a pretty nice head, which was incredibly dark, like tree bark.
S: PRetty amazing here. Instantly upon pouring aroma fills the entire room. Complex, overpowering, but in a good way.
T: It's good. Really dark chocolate (like 85% cocoa), roasted malts, bitter coffee.
M: I think it was the mouthfeel that ruined the taste a little for me. had it been a bit more full bodied it could have handled the extreme bitterness better. perhaps more malts would have been better.
D: Pretty damn drinkable, but for the love of god, don't drink it out of the can!

also, really tough to clean the glass afterwards - an intense beer! (919 characters)

Photo of Donnie2112
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: black with a typical chocolate brown head and lacing

smell: very rich and rummy on the nose, plenty of vanilla, cocoa and coffee on the nose

taste: the coffee really comes out on the tongue, very toasty, a nice light sweetness and actually a bit of citrus from the hops on the finish.

mouthfeel: rather heavy on the pallet, very creamy, not too much carbonation.

drinkability: very nice, you want another sip but you probably wouldn't be able to drink a whole ton of these just because of how heavy they are. I really like it. (543 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the one beer I was looking forward to trying on my trip to denver. It only took me one stop at falling rock tap house, where they had one left for $5. Dark as oil and almost as thick. Nice tan head, almost too easy to consume to watch out! Alcohol is not noticeable, some raisins and plums. I have enjoyed better imperial stouts, but never in a can. Worth it. (368 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black, 1 1/2 finger brown head.

S- Strong roasted malt with strong earthy hop aromas.

T- Strong roasted malt flavor dances with a slight sweetness in the begining. The bitterness of the roasted malt which comes through in the middle lends way nicely to the strong but not too overpowering hop finish.

M- No complaints.

D- I'll have to try it again, eventually.

Altough a little over the top for me, this would be a must try if you're an Imperial Stout fan. (470 characters)

Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks wolfsblood for the trade

A- poured a dead black with a clear body with a big brown frothy head on top that rose slowly but stayed for awhile. light to decent lacing was left around the glass as it slowly fell down

S- very strong chocolate character with a bit of roasted body to it as well. smooth very light alcohol presence. malty character

t_ as the last review noted there is some pretty noticable hop character wihch i didnt notice in the nose, but was pretty evident at that point right before you taste it on your tongue. i woudlnt say it detracts all that much cuz to me it was swallowed pretty quickly by the malts and became really a malt machine where the hops were more balance than character. very creamy and smooth and I wouldnt expect a 10% to be like this. very smooth roasted body to it.

M- extremely creamy and very light carbonation, thick as hell body.

D- pretty damn good, (906 characters)

Photo of SQNfan
3.02/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can. This was black in color with very fine brown bubbles that dissipate quickly. The nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit clearly poking out along with dark chocolate. The grapefuit edge makes this very strange for me. There is more of the same in the mouth with the grapefruit, sour cherry and dark chocolate lingering to a bitter finish. (351 characters)

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

Wow, it does pour like oil from a can. It's sitting pitch black and viscus in my glass with a short tan head.

The aroma is hoppy at first then I'm pulling out cracker and toasted biscuit with a light note of dark roasted grains. It tastes a lot like slightly watered down chocolate syrup in that its got a lot of cocoa with sweet sugary feel. The aftertaste has a hit of roasted brley along with citrus rind and grapefruit hops.

Overall, the flavor profile and aroma are different than the average RIS. And for a 10% beer, it's pretty drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden. However, for such a big beer, I'd expect bigger flavor. (636 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz can poured into a pint glass.

A = Pours like old engine oil, thick and so dark brown it is pretty much indistinguishable from black. Forms small dark brown head which dissipates slowly, leaves medium lacing on glass.

S = Strong bitterness and hops flavors mixed Turkish coffee, evaporated milk, flowers. Interesting smells, but frankly a little too hoppy and flowery for my tastes in an imperial stout.

T = Strong coffee tastes mix with both bitterness and pine tastes from hops. As with the smell, the pine and floral tastes of the hops just don't meet my expectations. It's not bad, but it's not my cup of tea. I'd prefer an RIS with perhaps some of the bitterness of hops, but not the strong flavors. Tastes too much like I mixed a coffee stout with an IPA. There's not inherently wrong with doing that, but it's not what I'm looking for in an RIS.

M = Heavy, heavy body, luscious creamy feel, great mouthcoating. One of the best mouthfeels I've ever experienced in a beer.

D = This is a drinkable beer but with the ABV and the mixed tastes of RIS and IPA, I think this is one where I really have to be in the right mood. (1,135 characters)

Photo of TheEremite
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift from metallitone1. Thanks again.

Poors black with a dark tan/light brown head. Coffee, malty and carbonic aroma. Smells a little soy saucy, like it's going to be super syrupy. Tastes very dry though. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavor, not too sweet. Very drinkable. The roasted malt is a little biting, but I could still drink it all night. I'm really glad I got to try this beer. If it were local, I'd stock it regularly. (444 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russian Imperial Stout in a can?
Yes, please.
Pours a very pretty pour. opaque black with a deep brown head... hard not to like the look of it.
Scents are varied, strong and deep. Chocolate is the first thing to hit and after a bit I get some whiskey. I tasted a whiskey not long ago called Peat Monster and there are some strong similarities. Roasty, toasty scents, roasty, toasty flavors.
A bit of chimney.
Dark, bitter chocolate with some notes of smooth milk chocolate piping in here and there. I think I can taste the connection to this and Dale's Pale ale in the hop character.
Maybe coffee with citrus rind thrown into the mix? That's what the hops seem to do in here.
The first comparison that comes to my mind is Brooklyn's Black Chocolate stout. For the money I'd say I'd have to choose the Brooklyn version, but for a more definitive comparison I'd have to do a head to head taste test. (899 characters)

Photo of bobbinalong
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night on the far side of Pluto. Not much head with very sticky lacing.
S: Burnt malt dominates but chocolate holds it own.
T:Nice balance at first that quickly gives way to malt and more malt. Finish is hops dipped in chocolate.
M:To call this creamy is an understatement. It's like taking a scoop of Haagen Daus chocolate and letting it melt in your mouth.
D:Slowed me to a crawl.
Overall: A "dessert" beer that if given a little more finishing hops would be perfectly balanced. It's production probably explains the high price of grain right now! (559 characters)

Photo of throwitallaway
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fuck I already forgot who sent this to me. Thank you just the same! Poured from can into snifter. Very dark with a small brown head that fades quickly. Smells like an RIS, roasted malts, a little chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes similar, a pleasant roasted bitterness hits you first, with chocolate and alcohol following. Mouthfeel is right in middle and a little creamy.
Drinkability is hurt by the alcohol being too prevalent. Not really my thing unfortunately, but tasty enough (479 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tiger88

a - poured a three-fingers thick dark brown head into an imperial nonic. the head was thick and creamy and left sticky lacing and thick sheeting throughout. i know it's been said but it really does pour like motor oil out of a can, the body is black as night. beautiful looking beer.
s - burnt and roasted chocolate malts with a hint of hops.
t - same as the smell with a little coffee thrown in.
m - thick and creamy, this is as good as it gets.
d - wow! unbelievable beer and i could go crazy with this one as it is so drinkable. but i'll have to ration the three i have left... (599 characters)

Photo of DHGranstrand
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of therica
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A= pours like old motor-oil out of a can, both of which are black. Little head, and of course looking more like foamed-chocolate. Entirely dense.

S= nice but not as powerful as the beer itself. Complex herbal hops scents, burnt everything you can think of, especially chocolate and coffee with a little rust-hint.

T= as bold as it appears. "The kitchen-sink of beers" I suspect. Burnt chocolates, malts, various hops that blend bitters and burnt tastes nicely. Coffee, no licorice or anise as I find frequently in these darker artist-craft beers, thankfully. Great from top to bottom.

M= burnt chocolate and mild bitters, a little sweet residue but not much.

D= great for maybe 1 or 2, a definite must-try for beer affectionados. (744 characters)

Photo of vtfan77
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Well, this is pretty much black. I can't really imagine it getting much darker than this. It has a nice coffee-colored head too, along with decent lacing. This is quite an attractive beer.

S- Straight-up roasted malt here. Classic burnt malt aromas of bitter chocolate and espresso are present, forming a fantastic bittersweet character.

T- The taste is just as I would have expected given the smell. It's sweet upfront, with a chocolaty, brownie batter-like taste. The finish is bitter with coffee and a bit of piney hops.

M- Smooth and a little creamy with a medium-full body. Carbonation isn't too high, which is good for a beer like this.

D- I certainly wouldn't want more than a single can of this in a sitting. Even though the alcohol isn't really noticeable, it's still a very rich beer that I wouldn't want too much of at a time. Of course, it's not meant to be consumed in mass quantities, so I can't really hold that against it.

This is a great beer. I give it props for having a classic roasted malt profile. Those flavors are more prominent in this beer than in any other Imperial Stout I've had. The only thing keeping this from the very top of my list is a slight lack of complexity. The roasted malt flavors are great, but they're all this beer has to offer. It lacks some of the fruity character present in some of my favorite example of the style. Anyway, that's just a personal preference, and I'm really nitpicking at this point. Bottom line: if you like stouts, seek this one out. Highly recommended. (1,528 characters)

Photo of IPAcraig
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out of the can like motor oil. Small brown head atop the massive black body.

Smells like cascade hop crusted dark chocolate. Bravo!

I was expecting the taste to blow my tastebuds away (like yeti), but that wasnt the case. Every flavor you want in a stout comes together near perfectly in this brew without being overpowering. Complex and drinkable. Very nice, indeed.

Rich and indulgent mouthfeel. Enveloping.

One of the best stouts I have had. Near perfection in a can. (480 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz can into a goblet. The beer is thick and black, and absolutely no light escapes from it. Dark brown head grew to one finger thick with very poor retention.

Smell: Dark chocolate and black coffee with a slight of vanilla in the back.

Taste: Rich coffee on the introduction. Dark chocolate in the midpalate with a hint of roasted nuts, maybe hazelnut. Things stay pretty bitter through to the finish, which is a nice creamy chocolate note.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with a bit of carbonation. Smooth all the way through. (557 characters)

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