Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,374
Hads: 8,786
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 620
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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 prototypic
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to csmiley for his generosity.

Appearance: I'm floored. After cracking open the can and pouring it into a glass, the blackest beer I've ever seen sits before. It's an opaque onyx. Not one speck of light's getting through. It's truly a sight to behold. The head was also among the brownest I've seen. Very dark and imposing. It was somewhat minimal and dissipated relatively quickly. Light lacing lined the glass. But, this is an amazing beer to see. Truly top notch.

Smell: It's a little less vibrant here than I would've liked. Don't get me wrong. There's plenty of roasted and chocolate malt to go around. There's a nice coffee/espresso aroma that blends well. A bit of a lactose smell comes across which is interesting and a nice touch. Hops are much more apparent than I expected (which bumps it up to a "4"). But, it still comes across as just a little weak in this department.

Taste: It's as good as advertised and picks up tremendously here. Chocolate and roasted malts create a very tasty flavor though the chocolate certainly tastes stronger. Great for a little chocolate fix. It does have a very interesting lactose flavor which is fantastic and gives it a creamy feel. I'll come back to that. The coffee flavor complements the other flavors well and plays its role perfectly. It's not overpowering, but certainly makes its presence known. I wasn't really expecting this to be hoppy, but it's got a nice bitter taste to it. The hop presence really elevates it to greatness. It finishes, bittersweet and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It feels medium bodied. Carbonation is extremely low, but it works perfectly. It's extremely smooth. The lactose element really adds a lot in this regard and gives it an incredibly silky feel. It might be 10% abv, but you'd never know. Alcohol is not noticeable in any way and makes it incredibly drinkable.

Ten FIDY is quite the beer. One can only chuckle at the thought of an RIS this tasty being canned. But, Oskar Blues has pulled it off and crafted an extremely fine beer. It's every bit as good as advertised and perhaps a little better. (2,103 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can! Finally got some cans of this after trying it on tap and bourbon aged many times before. Pours into my glass a deep, brooding black, the most viscous beer pour from a can I've ever experienced. A small dark tan head shows up and settles to a ring around the top. Aromas start off with big deeply roasted malts alongside a mix of bittersweet chocolate and coffee tones. Weak brewed coffee with a cream accent. Big malty and chocolaty.

First sip brings a rich, big dark roasted malt body upfront. Bittersweet chocolate moves in along with somewhat of a creaminess. Brewed coffee makes an appearance. The oats provide a nice slick, creaminess as well. It finishes with a long, lingering roasted flavor and a subtle sweetness. Only a slight hint of noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich, dense and viscous. It coats the palate as it goes down and the oats lend a smooth creaminess to each sip. Mellow carbonation works well here too. Overall, this is a solid, tasty imperial stout, but there are still plenty of others I'd grab first. This just doesn't have the depth of flavor I normally enjoy in a rich imperial stout. Thanks to warriorsoul for the cans. (1,165 characters)

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

Served at the 2008 CBC in SD.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a nice dark brown head.

The aroma of the beer was full of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and ash. Some notes of coffee and dark fruits were in the background.

The flavor of the beer was focussed on roasty malts to the point of being a touch ashen. Mid-palate could've used a little more molasses/dark fruit sweetness. The hops seemed slightly citrusy and pretty up front. This can was pretty fresh and I'm sure this beer will age out well.

The mouthfeel was full, but was not too heavy. It finished pretty dry for a RIS. The carbonation seemed dialed in well.

A very solid RIS that's forcussed more on the ashen roasty end, but restrained enough so that it doesn't go overboard like The Abysss IMO. Very drinkable and accessable. (809 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lots of chocolate aroma. Big roast malt and tons of base malt. Almost smells a little like candy.

Deep dark with a big thick head of tan foam. Very nice. Lost of brownish lacing sticks, almost like syrup to the sides of the glass.

First sip is mostly sweet malt flavors and some maple and caramelized sugar, deep dark rich sugar flavors. Then the roast kicks in. It's not big roast flavor but enough to give it some tartness. Hops are present for bittering and are at a nice level to do that job, but mostly the hops are an afterthought. Big yeast esters of ripe fruit and black cherry. It finishes with a lot of chocolate flavor. Yum...

Big thick mouthfeel. Very apprpriate for the style. Slight warming from the high alcohol level. Almost chewy.

Big huge sipper. A very worthy beer to put among the better impy stouts. (825 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours out like motor oil. Rich fine brown foam that laces the pint glass.
Aroma is smoke and peat and dark chocolate with rich yeast strains. Almost a fruitiness that I can't put my finger on.
Taste is tobacco and chocolate burnt malts. Really good RIS here.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such an oily concotion.
Drinkability is still high here despite the 10% alcohol. mmm good. (386 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This was a good imperial stout, and by far the most drinkable one I can remember ever having. Thanks to SurlySober for bringing some cans back from VA in his wooden leg. As he surmised, if you were going to drink an imperial stout every day, this would be the one to have. I'd add that if you were looking for an imperial stout that got close to "sessionable," this would be it.

Appearance was black and thick with a minimal tan head. Aroma was surprisingly floral to me; in addition to the usual aromas for this style (roastiness, coffee, etc) I got something that approached lavender. Flavor was hoppy and roasty and good, but not all that unusual - chalk this criticism up to how much I've heard about this beer prior to having. Mouthfeel was smooth and slick but a bit flat.

This is a really nice and drinkable beer. I would highly recommend it. (851 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Inky black, with a scarce, brown head. The head alone is darker than most beers, including craft ale. High marks on viscosity alone. It's intimidating to even look at. Despite the lack of a blooming head, lace sheets down the glass quite nicely. The head disappears, save a very thin collar clinging to the glass, before the beer starts to warm up.
The aroma is heavily roasty, but overall sweet. Jammy dark fruits, slabs of dark chocolate and heaps of coffee. Molasses sticking to the lot. Maybe a little tree bark and charcoal as the beer warms.
The flavor opens surprisingly mellow, given what my other senses are telling me. Rather than punishing my palate, I'm greeted with an extraordinarily silky smoothness that carries the bold flavors with elegance. Very round, without any sharp edges or angles. Very full bodied. Heavy roastiness comes across mostly as a dark chocolate with very high cocoa percentage. Lots of caramel providing an undercarraige of sweetness. Gummy molasses and berry flavors, leading into a balanced finish. Leans a bit towards bitter, evening out the oily sweetness up front. Strong, roasty bittersweetness, with pine-like hops maintaining a strong presence. A bit of alcohol to round things out. A very long, drawn out finish, roasty chocolate sticking around what seems like forever. Hi-test!
Very happy to spot this one on tap at the local watering hole. I hope to see it again. (1,412 characters)

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

It pours as black as a moonless ebon night on a far-flung heath. Two fingers of velvety brownish tan head settle to a soft scoop of pillowy foam. A sheer wall of lacing scarps the inside of the glass.

The aroma graces with long and deeply roasted malt that's darkly earthy with dates, black cherry, cocoa, black coffee, and chocolate. A low-key toss of hop spice precedes a surprisingly soft blush of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is singed artfully, teasing out bitter espresso, sweet toffee, and dried dark fruit, a light bite of black cherry and unsweetened chocolate. Hops spice moderately and play off a twist of licorice. The alcohol is much warmer here, but it's still craftily incorporated. Burnt biscuit bottom begins a very crisp and dry finish that slides easily into a long low hum of lingering bitterness. This is a glass full of inky black flavor excellence.

Full bodied, it flows thick and sticky like 40W mixed with syrup, and the glow it leaves is marked and homey.

If it's dark, earthy, and deeply brewed, it seems to be in here, like rich loam in a can. It's wickedly complex, it's deceptively well blended, and it can't help but inspire a warm smile with every eager sip. And speaking of warm, the ABV is present but still slightly subversive. Yet, it drinks especially well because it tastes so damned good, and feels awesome going down. For my money, it is well wirth the $3.50 a can it cost me, and I'll be buying it again, and gladly at that. (1,476 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Scary looking. Pitch black, I can't recall a darker brew. The thin head is a few shades lighter than black.

Smells of chocolate and bread. There are some roasty aromas as well.

Starts sweet with a ton of dark chocolate. Some berry and cherry flavors follow. The finish is full of coffee and roasty flavors. Very dry finish to balance the sweet start. There is a lingering roastiness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is luxurious, thick, and chewy. Amazing.

I am impressed with this brew. Flavors are great and the mouthfeel is unearthly. If you can find this consider yourself lucky. Highly recommended. (607 characters)

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

Can courtesy of peabody. Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with no highlights and a super dark brown head of about 2 fingers. Great retention with some solid lace.

Aroma is a really rich, bright, milky chocolate, with almost a graham cracker sweetness to it. No roastiness or booze, just delightful chocolate.

Taste leads you to believe it is similar to the aroma for about a millisecond before slamming the tongue with roasted coffee. A nice herbal hop bitterness melds well with the roasty bitterness to create a dry, lingering finish that has a bit of anise to it.

Mouthfeel is huge and chewy yet soft, with the perfect amount of carbonation. A very drinkable RIS. (671 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

UPDATE: 5/1/09 - 4/5/4.5/4.5/4.5
Loved this beer "fresh," figured I'd give ageing it a try.

Look is a deep brown, near black color, with absolutely no highlights. A small tan head over top that dissolves down to a fine film fairly quickly.

Nose is pretty huge. Enormouse cookies, chocolate, molasses, some prunes, maybe cherry liqueur.

Flavor is likewise monstrous. Huge cookies, roasted malt, coffee. Rolls into chocolate. A touch of dried fruit. Light hops in the aftertaste. Maybe a hint of butter.

Body is thick and full. Lightly creamy. Mild to very mild carbonation, but it works well.

Excellent beer. Don't really recall many differences from my initial tasting, but it's fantastic nonetheless.

ORIGINAL: 4/19/08- 4.5/5/4.5/4.5/5
This beer is amazing, so I'll just start off with that. Pours a motor oil pitch-black with a deep amber/brown head. Mediocre looking lacing that drips the whole way through. Looks excellent. Nose is all over the place. First off lots of roasted malt, then a crazy hit of drying hops. Loads of cookies, chocolate, and some swirling dried fruit. Light spiciness. Incredibly sweet and delicious. Flavor's a lot hoppier; tons of coffee, crazy roasted malt. Dried fruit, very light alcohol flavors that come on stronger as it warms. Body is thick, although a little thinner than some other RISs I've had. hen I don't care that it's 10% ABV. It's absolutely amazing. An exceptional brew, and one of the better RISs I've had. Love to try it on tap. (1,490 characters)

Photo of ABHatter
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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!!! (767 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can

Pours a viscous, used motor oil black with barely a hint of a tan head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Rich, roasty aroma with lots of espresso and dark cocoa smells. A bit boozy as it warms.

Instantly hammered with a rather aggressive hop bitterness that lasts throughout and beyond the finish. Deep roasted malts, espresso, and dark cocoa flavors abound.

Full thick body, very light carbonation.

Well, this is indeed a nice RIS, but it just doesn't meet the hype that surrounds it (and I'm not sure it even merits the retail price). (545 characters)

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

When you pour the beer I think to myself I've gotta take this back to the store, this oil is already used. Glossy black like ink. Head is three fingers of rocky chocolate colored head with great retention. Leaves lots of lace. Nose is just as big with smoked malt, toasted bread crust, and even a hint of black licorice and vanilla. A big bitter toassted malt feel coats the entire mouth on first sip. Dark burnt blackness really drives the palate of this brew. A bit of a nutty feel develops twords the end along with a bit of warm Belgium waffles dripped in molases. This Impy really does lack sweetness that would balance it out and score even better with me. It drinks best quite warm. Alchol is well hidden but warms the belly well. Mouthfeel is an ashey burnt bitter feel. Drinkabilty is very much a sipper like straight esspresso. (837 characters)

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Near pitch black. The head pours a half finger thick and dissipates almost immediately. Thin sticky lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Roasted coffee bean. Oatmeal.

T: Big flavors of dark bitter chocolate and deep roasted coffee are followed by a soft hop presence. Roasted caramel malts give off a pleasant astrigent bite. The sweetness of oats with a warming alcohol sensation.

M: Slick and slightly thin for an RIS. Minimal carbination. Dry and warming.

D: Given the high ABV this brew is dangerous. Well balanced with alot of flavor. I would like to revisit this beer again but next time out of the can. Recommended. (672 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a long lasting and creamy 3" tan colored head.

Smell: roasted malt aromas are big and easy to pull out of the glass.

Taste: big roasted malts, prunes, raisins, molasses, and a nice bitterness makes a great RIS. The toasted tones linger throughout the swallow. Alcohol provides some mild warming.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start with it becoming almost syrupy and dry at the finish. Heavy in body. Super long aftertaste as the flavors glue themselves to your tongue.

Drinkability: a totally satisfying RIS. Having this style available in a can is great. Easy to drink and enjoyable despite the high cost for it. (651 characters)

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

This is a really great beer. I am really happy that OB is finally coming to Texas.

Poured a 12oz. can into a snifter.

Appearance - This beer is BLACK - one of the deepest colored RISs I have ever sampled. It looks like this could stain the glass I have it in. It produced a deep brown 1/2 finger head and left behind a minimal amount of lacing.

Smell - Roasty with a huge cocoa component with a sweet hue. Very powdery and dusty smelling, like actual cocoa powder. There is a distant cherry scent in there as well. The smell isn't overly complex, it is very one sided - though it is a very enticing scent.

Taste - Heavy chocolate, but it sort of runs the chocolate gambit. There is a heavy dark chocolate edge, with a bitter cocoa powder tinge that is closely tied to the hops. It is pretty roasty, but also contains a hint of cherry. The hop profile rounds it all out with a nice bitter finish. The ABV is extremely well hidden for it being 10%. This is very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but fairly thin for the style - though this is not to its disadvantage. It definitely has enough carbonation to keep it interesting. It is pretty slick and oily textured, and this makes for a really easy drinking RIS.

Drinkability - This is a really well crafted beer. I have found that some RISs need some time to develop, and need to be cellared for a while, but this is excellent as it is. It is easy drinking, and certainly not overpowering. Since it comes in a aluminum can and is able travel to where glass bottles sometimes can't, and its ABV is so well hidden, I can see how this could easily be a very dangerous beer - in a good way.

Perhaps the best beer I have ever had out of a can. (1,698 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a dark tan head, very little retention (not surprising for its strength), leaves a nice leg on the glass.

S: Dark molasses, booze, dark bread and a light fruitiness.

T: Dark molasses, rye bread, booze, coffee, dark chocolate, plenty of hop bitterness, light roasted acidity (undoubtedly smoothed by some oats).

M: Thick with a dry alcohol finish.

D: Remarkably drinkable for something this big & bitter. (421 characters)

Photo of SaltyLime
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black with one of the darkest heads I have ever seen

Smell - nice aromas, almost like a darker and heavier version of Oskar's Old Chub

Taste - nice complexities in here, I should rate it higher, but tried it right after a few other favorite RIS's and I will rate compoaratively reserved for now

Mouthfeel - solid full body with appropriate carbonation

Drinkability - definitely a pleasure for an impy lover, will have more, and will recommend (459 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep rich black with a quarter inch mocha colored head. Smells of roasted coffee with a vanilla/milk chocolate sweetness. Taste is nicely malty on the front, chocolate on the finish with some mild coffee bitterness throughout. Very smooth and pleasant to drink.

Updated. After drinking 4 more over the last 2 months, I have become more and more impressed. (374 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice brown/tan head that fall immediately leaving behind no lacing, but this super black color with brown/chocolate edges. The smell is very coffee roasty. Taste is sweet and roasty with a good bitter aftertaste that makes me think of a hoppy bitterness which may be. Very drinkable with a great smooth mouthfeel that's heavy on the tongue. I enjoyed this fine brew. Thanks Ave for the trade. (400 characters)

Photo of thickerfreakness
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered from Liquor Max in Co. Thanks Nick.

I definitely wowed some friends pouring this amazing beer from a can. Pours motor oil black with a thick, mocha colored head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is very similar with a majority coming from the chocolate and roasted malt taste and then a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is very thick and expected of an RIS. The alcohol is hidden very well in the smell and taste for a 10%ABV beer thus it is pretty drinkable but I can't see having more than a couple in a session. (546 characters)

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

Thanks to bditty187 and smellysell for this beer.

Pours an inky black, with a dense one finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a solid sheet on the glass.

Smell; a little charred malts, coffee, black licorice and molasses all swirling together in the nose. Chocolate along with some piney hops as present as well. The warmer this thing gets the more pronounced the aromas become.

Taste; dense chocolate and molasses give this a very rich flavor initailly. Some coffee, a touch of licorice and a bit of char fill out the middle, while piney/citric hops and a hint of alcohol finish it off. As a matter of fact, I'm surprised there's not more of an alochol presence here with 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is massive yet smooth, and the drinkability is pretty good consider the high alcohol and the huge flavors. (838 characters)

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

Bought a 4 pack for $10.50.

A- black tar color with a 2 finger head.
S-dark roasted malts with coffee and chocolate
T-Well balanced dark malts with coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and toffee. Good balance of sweet and some bitterness in the aftertaste.
M-heavy slightly carbonated
D-A great representation of an imperial stout. Of course everyone knows its from a can, but I don't really care. I love Gordons and Dales, and this one is no exception. This is the best way to enjoy an imperial stout after a 10 mile hike to your campsite. (536 characters)

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

..poured from a can into my tulip glass....

Appearance: WOW, liquid tar pours out of the can and into the glass. This stuff looks like it could stain the glass its in. Black as night. Absolutely no light comes through...the brewery couldn't have said it better..."this dog'll hunt"

Aroma: Not too bad, some chocolate and coffie, nothing exceptional though.

Taste: Very nice. Starts out roasted and cocoa, chocolate....coffee...everything roasty and malty. Stouty goodness! But wait, leave this sit in the glass for a while, and suddenly you get a delicious, sweet, candy-like finish. DELICIOUS!

Mouthfeel: Is it possible to chew a beer? This one is close. Nice-thick/syrupy body, slides down the throat wayyyy to easy.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkeable. RIS are generally not that drinkable by nature (1-max), but this one is very...very smooth. Find yourself a case of this stuff to stash away...and don't be fooled by the cans. (943 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.