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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,441
Reviews: 2,246
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,421 | FT: 90
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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Photo of reebtaerG
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can dated 9-19-11 with "hundred an fidy"

A-jet black with rust/tan half finger head that dissipated left good lacing

S-huge aromas of roasted malts caramel chocolate and coffee that warms you up

T-taste incredible with dark chocolate coffee roasted malts and a hint of hops

M-great mouthfeel quite surprised with the way it poured thick, well balanced low carbonation, slick to the tongue

O-great surprise on how hid the ABV, comes in a can and how old the beer was. I had this beer after being out in the snow. Great beer to warm up with! Must get a recent brew to compare.

reebtaerG, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Fwai
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Fwai, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Hendrick24, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of tard24
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

tard24, Jan 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

koko2315, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of JPeezy
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JPeezy, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of BrainTree
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

BrainTree, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of nguasta2
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

nguasta2, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of scanny24
4/5  rDev -8.7%

scanny24, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Ben7773, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of jaltland
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

jaltland, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of kerry4porters
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

kerry4porters, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of SteveB24
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance; black as night, totally opaque, pours a finger of brown head that dissipates into lacing.

smell; roasted malt, swet caramel, chocolate.

taste; very smooth, inoffensive flavor, but far from weak. heavy malty sweetness, lot of chocolate, some light coffee, unexpected breadiness in the finish.

mouthfeel; heavy body, but not greasy, low-medium carbonation, fits the texture well.

overall; an excellent stout, lots of flavor but they are well balanced, and no aspect of the tastes overwhelm the others, but they sing together instead. all in all a wonderful experience, and would definitely something i would buy again when I'm willing to pay top dollar.

SteveB24, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

oldsailor, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of sia478
4.25/5  rDev -3%

sia478, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of AndrewBV
5/5  rDev +14.2%

AndrewBV, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of krustster
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick black with a preposterously huge, sticky, super-persistent dark brown head. When I say a huge head, I mean I poured this into a giant snifter and the head almost reached the top (when usually there's a few inches of space even on the foamiest brews). After a minute it faded to a manageable level that looks incredibly creamy and thick. The lacing is so thick and heavy that it actually seems to be drying in place on the glass like paint. People always describe imperial stouts as being "like used motor oil" but this may very well be the most apt example of that term that I've seen. No light shines through, even at the very edges, and it slops around like a glass of wood varnish. Incredible density and viscosity.

Smell is actually a little odd and not as exciting as the look. I get a large serving of fresh, almost vegetal coffee, with a bit of "roast" and not a whole lot else. It's kind of odd that there's such a coffee smell; as far as I know this doesn't actually have any coffee in it. Maybe a trace of alcohol in the nose but it's almost all coffee to me.

Taste: uuaauuhh god man. Weirdly, this beer tastes more like how it looks than how it smells, if that makes sense. There's a touch of coffee in the taste, but the appearance, to me, hinted at a sweeter and more roasted flavor. That's what comes through here. It's not quite as sweet as Mystery Stout but there's a huge sweetness almost like molasses. Following that is a blast of roasted malt tapes, massive dark chocolate, really almost milk chocolate considering how low the bitterness is, and that hard-to-quantify "flaked oat" taste backing it up. The finish is lengthy and thick with coffee. It's easy to see why this is considered a classic of the style. The variety of flavors is standard, but each one stands out and they almost come in stages: first molasses, then malt, then chocolate, then black coffee. Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention over the years, but this is the first beer where I've actually noticed a distinct progression of flavors, one after the other. The finish goes on for ages. Even as I'm writing this sentence, it's been minutes since my last sip and I'm still noticing new elements as it fades. Amazing!

Mouth feel: oily, syrupy, coats your mouth and throat almost like pepto-bismol (though the taste is far different). Incredibly viscous. It actually leaves a feeling in my mouth and throat like--and I know this is going to sound gross but I mean it in a positive way--drinking whole milk and/or having a bad cold. It just leaves that thick, borderline disturbing mucus-y feeling in the back of your throat. Maybe I'm out of line, but I love it in the right context. And of course, the right context is drinking a massive, oily beer. Finally, there's just a hint of alcohol burn that seals the deal perfectly. It never overstays its welcome, but you also never forget that you're blasting a 10.5% imperial stout. It's a beer to be respected.

Overall, the number of reviews and overall score for this beer should tell you all you need to know. It took me a long time to get around to it, mainly because it's not available where I live (I ordered it online in accordance with a free shipping deal) but now that I have it, I feel like one of the missing puzzle pieces in my life has fallen into place. This is an absolute benchmark of the style. The flavors and textures are so powerful, so in-your-face, yet so expertly layered... it's near perfect. If a bourbon barreled version of this exists... its power... I don't even want to think about it.

krustster, Jan 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -42.9%

get_bentley, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Salter714, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Drk93TT
2.51/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours pitch black with plenty of creamy dark head The appearance of this brew is outstanding.

S: Smells of chocolate, roasty malt and some creme/coffee. Alcohol bit is apparent in the nose.. wow.

T: This takes a strange strange turn for me... at cold, cool, and even warmer temperature. Tastes like granny smith apples and alcohol. Chocolate and roastyness are like 10% maybe of this beer. This is wild.

M: Full and complex. But still a perfumey-fruity odd flavor that just doesnt fit for the style to me.

I feel let down by this Holy grail stout. Dissapointed. Sad. Oh well. Oskar blues needs to tweak this one. Too fruit/ester/off flavor-y for me. Oh well.

Drk93TT, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of GlassHalfFull
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a pint glass

A: Thick with a creamy head, moderate lacing

S: Boozy, with roasted malt and chocolate

T: Chocolatey, with molasses and faint notes of maple. Not as boozy as the nose

M: Nice, thick, and smooth. Perfect silkiness; what you want out of a bold Imperial Stout

O: Fantastic offering for the style. A little sweeter and boozier than some, but in a good way.

GlassHalfFull, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

BradT, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues Brewing Company, Colorado
---from can to English pint glass---

I am pretty sure that this is not beer; it is the stuff that keeps the gears in my car from grinding against each other. Black. 2 fingers of daaaark head, good lacing.

Smells beautiful, super sweet malt, oatmeal, molasses, chocolate and hints of coffee.

Sweet, bitter, chocolate covered coffee beans, alcohol, earthy hops.

Creamy and bitter at the same time… the alcohol will warm you in even Minnesota like temperatures…thick and heavy bodied beer. You almost have to shake it to get it out of the glass!

Whoa. Now I know why I paid 15 bones for a 4 pack! This should define the term, ‘Imperial Stout’. Just, wow. I’m finding it hard to criticize this beer…

Kevin-Wieken, Dec 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

hatfulofhollow, Dec 31, 2013
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 7,441 ratings.