Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,029
Reviews: 2,302
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 501
Gots: 1,700 | FT: 102
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of PeterParker
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here it is, I'm finally trying Ten Fidy.

Absolutely gorgeous beer. Midnight black and viscous. Thick and nearly black head. Never saw a head so dark before. Lots of lacing.

Roastiness, caramel, sugars, leather, bit of not so ordinary spiciness, bit of booze as well. Real bourbon-like. Very sweet smell.

Oh yeah. Bittersweet coffee, black burnt biscuit, bourbon, sugar, hint of booze, maple syrup on the back end. This is something to behold.

Thick, rich, and viscous. Creamy and slick, how an RIS should be. Syrupy sweet aftertaste with just a slight burn.

Amazing stout. It lives up to the hype without a doubt. Such a bold beer and really delicious all around. Perhaps my new favorite stout?

Photo of BeerPunk1312
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MitchD14
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of NbChobs
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hrdqore
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GarrettFM
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Halluxone
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of osant37
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of RickS95
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good luck improving the look, can't be done. Solid black color and thickish, not even a hint of brown. A cascading head slowly forms. It doesn't stop til it's a couple inches thick. It retains well, but as it dies, it thoroughly coats the glass in a sticky lace.

Everything about the beer is dark, even the smell. Dark roasted grains and expresso dominate the nose. While alcohol content is high, it hides from the nose. Hop presence is non-existant.

It tastes spectacular. Roasty grains, expresso are there, but joined by some chocolate nibs. Something sweet resembles sweet milk.

Mouthfeel takes you far from beer, more like a liqueur with it's thick, smooth and creamy feel. It's still grainy, but like an expresso. Lots of sweet, only enough bitter for balance and still, the alcohol is barely there. Full bodied. Faint heat in the finish with a lingering, smooth chocolate coating.

Overall, it's absolutely world class, almost perfect, probably is. There's nothing not to like. This just became available around town, and just might become my go to beer.

Photo of TooGood
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeernerdJeff
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am blown away by this imperial stout! One of the best I have had in a long time. Had heard great things about this one, was not disappointed.

A: Oily black with a thin, tan head. Great lacing.
S: Coffee, toffee and a hint of vanilla.
T: Coffee, chocolate up front with vanilla coming through - delicious. Complex flavors, yet very balanced. The flavors are bold, as one would expect from a good imperial stout. It finishes with a slight toffee flavor which is very nice-not over done.
MF: very creamy and smooth.
O: Unbelievably good! Don't let the fact that this beer is in a can scare you away. It is amazing. Though the price of the four pack is a bit high, it is worth every penny.

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of goochpunch
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out pitch black with a thin, brown head. Smells of cane syrup, heavily toasted bread, loads of American hops, booze, and roasted malt. Flavors are a bit more subdued than the aroma, which is good in the case of the alcohol heat. I get much more chocolate and deep roasted malts and a lot less hop character, as well. I get a good bit of fruity esters as well, which gives off some gummy bear quality. Mouthfeel is full and fairly creamy, with a bit of prickliness at the end of each sip. This is a very good stout, but I can't see myself buying 4 packs of this at the price it's going for.

Photo of smakawhat
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a snifter, date Jan 15th 2014.

A real good pour brings a super dark mocha brown head, thick and rich and easily three fingers tall. Out of the can it's like motor oil still, and hits with an incredibly dark body of black walnut color with no see through quality at all. Real impressive and much better looking than last time.

Nose is a bit mixed with a bit of weirdness. Gone is some of the metallic sense, but a strange sweetness hangs over. It's sort of like a juicy candy, mixing with a faint hints of coffee and very thick rich char. Senses of jammy fruit really seem evident on it also. Quite enjoyable and a bit out of kilter in a fun way.

Palate though provides some interesting notes. There is a bit of twinge and jarring to this, and a sort of ferrous quality. It's really hard to describe. THe mouthfeel is incredibly thick and rich with a very slick oily quality to match bring lots of roast and char coating. Big leafy hop bitterness and matches with tobacco warmth. My fillings are tingling. Where is that thick fruit quality on the palate hinted on the nose?

THe experiences is somewhat similar from what I remember taste wise before, but there's more here on the delivery to explore, and certainly more to enjoy but my overall rating doesn't really change that much, although more positive.

---- 12-09-2010 23:54:18 ---

4, 3, 3.5, 3, 3.5 [3.38]

Poured from the can into a pint glass resembling black motor oil, not much head but does give way to a coffee like chocolate brown bubbles. Head does disintegrate eventually and leaves no ring whatsoever.

Smell consists of faint leaf tobacco but also metallic... don't like that, but there are some very good noses on here but they are weak, faint roast, tiny alcohol heat on nose also. I really do like this nose I just wish it had removed some faults and wasn't so weak. Sometimes from a can I can get that metal/aluminum thing others times I don't, on this one I did.

Taste is syrupy, thick bodied, more so than I would prefer, with tobacco flavors, masking the alcohol well, some malt, with a good finish. There is also a very nice smoked meat/sausage quality on the afterfinish which is great. Luckily the metal/aluminum on the nose doesn't come through on the taste so much. I would like this more if it wasn't so syrup/thick in consistency.

Drinkability though all considering is better than average because there are things worth exploring in this brew for sure.

Photo of Nanand
4.16/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Brenden
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Given the name, I was really hoping this beer would live up to it, and it really does. Black as tar and almost as thick, this is one RIS that it's easy to tell will deliver. Definite motor-oil viscosity and heaviness means this will be the style as it was meant to be delivered. The medium brown head rises to a finger's height and slowly settles to an eventual half-finger and no further. Patching sticks thickly to the glass and with good distribution.
Big roast, really big, and a touch of char hit the nostrils with a rich, chocolaty sweetness to counter it. There's no tang or astringency in the roast, either, the hallmark of a good RIS and difficult to pull off. Some coffee notes are present and a nice bit of hops just for balance, impressively curbed to let malts rule but still as huge as most DIPAs out there, just so much more packed into the aroma than seems possible. There's a touch of fruity sweetness on the end that seems to be from the alcohol, which is well masked otherwise.
Coffee comes up first with lots of roast, a certain creaminess, and some wood. Dark fruits flash in the middle before it turns back to wood, staying with the roast into a lingering finish. Cocoa is bittersweet, and the hops presence is noted in a particular leafiness. Alcohol is really very well controlled. Smoke also comes into the finish.
Thick and very, very rich, with smoothness that develops in layers but remains constantly creamy. While smoky, woody notes dry it out a little, malts and sweetness keep it semi-dry and a real pleasure to sip. With no indicator of the high alcohol, it would be easy for one to think he or she could drink more of these in a sitting than he or she should.

Photo of buzzardman
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,029 ratings.