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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,385
Hads: 8,851
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 630
Gots: 2,241 | FT: 123
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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 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)

Photo of beerking1
2.96/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I REALLY want to like this beer more. The look is AWESOME, with a dark brown head, about 1/2 inch high, leaving a cap and lace all the way down. Darkest head I have ever seen on any beer. Pours thicker than any beer I have ever had before, much like a 30W oil, AFTER months in the engine.
Aroma is great, EXTREMELY roasty, with burnt notes. There is some notes of higher alcohols in the nose, but they blend well with the roast.
Flavor is where this beer falls apart. HUGE notes of fusel alcohols, and I am expecting a big headache from this. The higher alcohols form a hot, astringent character on the tongue, very slightly overwhelming. The roastiness and malt is great, but the fusels are too much.
I recommend sharing this, as 12 oz seems way too much. (758 characters)

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

Thanks to BA "Turbine2475" for this delicious brew.

Poured a thick dark black color, with a creamy deep brown head that settled very quickly. Smell is a combination of roasted smell of chocolate, malt, some woodsy aroma as well. Taste is a bit stronger of roasted coffee, cocoa, vanilla, tobacco, even a faint "peat" flavor. Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth all at the same time. A very good, flavorful HIGHLY drinkable RIS. Fans of the style won't be disappointed. The 10% abv is well hidden in this one, so be careful drinking more than 1 or 2. (550 characters)

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

12 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a motor oil black (which is what it looks like coming out of a can) with a 1/2 finger of burnt tan colored creamy head. It retains nicely into a thin layer that lies across the surface and leaves some pretty impressive lace behind but it unfortuantley doesn't stick around long, opting to leave a slick, brown coating down the sides of the glass. The aroma is burnt oats right off the bat, along with zippy coffee notes, a rich chocolate stickiness, and a fairly prominant presence of dark fruit tartness that shines through.

The taste is a dark roasted mix of malt and coffee bitterness to start things off with a generally overall feel of oats to it. That's balanced out by a big chocolate sweetness and hints of dark fruits. The finish is bitter, hot and sticky. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a wonderful creamy and sometimes slick texture to it. As full as the flavors are though, it seems like the body could go even a little deeper. A beefy heat is present but doesn't become stinging, more like adding some extra toughness to the overall feel.

A solid RIS from Oskar Blues and a decent deal at around $3 a can for what you get. It's not quite up there with some other top ones in the style but the uniqueness of a RIS out of a can has to earn it some brownie points too right? (1,325 characters)

Photo of pheggeseth
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PHawk for this trade. Poured into my Darkness goblet.

A: probably the blackest pour I've ever seen, small brown head dissipates quickly
S: dark bitter chocolate, thick creamy vanilla, slight coffee, great
T: dark bitter chocolate again, wood in the back with juicy dark fruit in the middle
M: thick, warming alcohol
D: not the strongest RIS I've had, but definitely up there, a sipper in a can (404 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is abolutely black, not a trace of any light can get through the glass. It pours with a big, frothy, super dark, mocha colored head that has good retention and great lace.

s: Heavily roasted malt aromas that border on charred. Mild alcohol notes as well, along with some very faint cherries.

t: This is certainly big and satisfying, but it lacks subtlety and complexity. Huge, roasted to within an inch of becoming ash, malt flavors absolutely dominate up front. Some creamy chocolate flavors come next. The finish is a burned bitter malt that includes some alcoholic heat and lingers for quite a while.

m: This is very thick and hearty, like hot chocolate made with whole milk. It is superbly carbonated.

d: Ten Fidy is to impy stout fans what an absolute hop-bomb is to a hop-head. Big, delicious and flavorful, but a bit one-dimensional. Not much to decipher, but plenty to enjoy. If ever there was a sessionable impy stout, this is it. (951 characters)

Photo of timbro81
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. Pours out like Satan's blood, black and lumpy, WOW. Nice brown head that settles to a fine ring. I have no idea about the carbonation. Smells of deep roasted chocolate, dark candied fruit
(raisins, figs), and a little alcohol is noticable. Big oily mouthfeel. An impressive bitterness actually shines through. Dark candied fruit is buried by the roasted malts and high AA hops. Nice and burned, almost smokey. Aftertaste is burned and the bitterness really starts to grows. Booziness also in the aftertaste. A huge, superb beer that live up to its hype. An absolute must. (615 characters)

Photo of currysage1
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest beer to ever be poured from a can.

Little head, quickly dissipates to just whisps on the surface, has a good viscosity just like a wine.

Smell is of french roast coffee, oily and strong, with dark fruits and a slight alcohol.

Taste is of bakers chocolate, strong coffee, raisins and figs, some alcohol towards the end.

Mouthfeel was slick with not so much in the carbonation front. Very to the style, full bodied in every way.

Drinkability is high because while it is somewhat bitter, the alcohol is hardly noticeable, which is odd for a 10%. (555 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can into 8oz snifter.

Deep dark opaque black. As it poured out of the can it reminded me of dirty oil coming out of the bottom of the oil pan on an engine (this tastes better though, trust me). The pour is restricted because of the shape of the mouth of the can, which created a smooth steady pour that created a quarter inch chocolate brown head that slowly transforms into a thin rim. Spotty and stringy lacing is left along the glass.

Thick and heavy bitter malts set up the base which leads way to a spicy hop aroma (which is barely detected behind the malts). Along with the two anchor aromas is a light smokiness which pairs well with sweet molassees. Some dry alcohol comes in as the beer warms.

The bitterness of the malts rivals a strong black coffee (and there is some of that flavor in there as well) along with a citrusy hop flavor hiding in the background. Mild chocolate comes into the middle to balance the overall bitterness. Some mild dried fruit finds its way in there. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The feel is thick and sticks in the mouth after each sip. The alcohol is buried under the bold flavors, but sneaks out a little as the beer warms. The finish is the everlasting roasty malts, along with a little bit of hops.

This is a very robust RIS that probably tops them all in terms of bitterness and mouthfeel. The can seems to be a perfect fit for this one. The glass just seems to "designer", too classy, too delicate for this beer. It was a bit of a search for this one, but I feel it was worth it. It dumps the malts on you with still allowing for the hops to join in. After all that, there is still room for dry fruit and chocolate to add to the complexity. After reviewing 522 beers, some better than others, this one finally wins a perfect score from me. If you ever run into the brewers at the Oksar Blues grill, tell them Chris said, "Thanks." (1,901 characters)

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

On-tap 4/5/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, short head that almost the same color as the beer itself, it fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts and black coffee.

T: The taste has very strong malty flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The dark chocolate flavor brings a bitter bite as well. There's a very mild hops presence as you would expect from a big stout. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, pretty filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good stout to drink for a while until you get too full, but I think it's very over-hyped. There are definitely other RIS's out there that I like better. (866 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-6-08

Pours an absolute pitch black, with a tan head that settles quickly. Big, thick rings of tan lacing line the sides of the glass.

Smell is super malty, and very good. Lots going on, wood, dark fruits, anise, and a fair amount of smoke. Nicely complex and very well-blended.

Taste is much like the smell, very malty, but with a surprising bitter kick. Not as complex as the smell, and a little boozy on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little thin, but the carbonation is spot-on.

Drinkability is decent, the malt flavors are very strong and the bitterness adds up.

Overall, good, but not as good as I hoped. Still, it's the best beer-from-a-can I've ever had. (688 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can from a 4-pk purchased for $12.99 at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho. Why I can't find this in a city of nearly 200,000, but can drive 20 miles east and pick it up in a somewhat small town in northern Idaho cannot be explained.

Poured a viscous black, with a tight tan head that hung around for several minutes. Lots of lace initially, but that's receeded to spottiness.

The nose was chocolaty, with roasted malts, hops and booze cutting through.

The taste starts out chocolaty but with bitter hops forming a flavor undercurrent. Not as fruity as other RIS's I've known, though there's a slightly pruny taste in the background, along with a warming alcohol sensation.

Full bodied, with a coating, stick-to-yer-ribs texture to the mouthfeel.

A tasty addition to the ranks of those beers of the style I've managed to drink. This would make an excellent nightcap. Still, after sampling it, I think I prefer the Abyss. This is certainly no slouch, however, and I'm glad I've got three more for later consumption. (1,020 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily anthracite with no highlights whatsoever (not even with blindingly bright sunlight behind the glass). The fudge milkshake-colored crown looks more dense than a fudge milkshake and looks fantastic as it slooowly melts. A serrated band of thick lace is just beginning to appear. No hesitation here. This is a picture-perfect RIS.

The snifter is undoubtedly helping, but the aroma is both powerful and pungent. I'm sure that massive amounts of chocolate and roasted malt are the reason why. Rich chocolate fudge actually describes the nose pretty well. Roasted coffee bean and spruce-like hops are noted as well. Given the stated 98 IBUs, the hoppiness isn't a bit surprising.

Although it's still a little cool, the flavor doesn't have the intensity that was expected after the eyeball and nose tests. It's good, it just isn't extraspecialsuperduperamazinglyfantastic good. I spoke a few minutes too soon. A few more degrees make all the difference in what is now a muffled explosion of flavor that oozes into every nook and cranny of my tongue.

Bittersweet chocolate leads the way. A stout with this much malt (let's call it gargantuan) needs a considerable amount of hops (let's call it withering) to maintain some degree of balance and to stay on the drinkable side of cloying. Mission accomplished. This isn't the hoppiest RIS that I've ever had, but it's in the top-5.

Other than Hershey kisses, the flavor profile contains the same roasted coffee beans and pine sap that was noted in the nose. Let's throw in anise, blackstrap molasses and several pounds of white grapefruit zest as well. For hopheads who like massive stouts almost as much as DIPAs (like me) this stuff is manna from heaven.

Like appearance, mouthfeel is a no-brainer. The first ounce told me all I needed to know. It's huger than huge, smoother than smooth and plusher than plush. How in the world did the brewers manage to pack so much malt into such a small can? There are just enough bubbles floating around to keep the beer from feeling flat. Again... perfection.

Now, a word about the beer's name. My first thought was that Ten FIDY was a slang way of saying 'ten fifty', whatever that's supposed to mean. The fact that FIDY is capitalized made me dig deeper. I now believe that it's a recognized acronym meaning (F)*** the (I)ndusty, (D)o it (Y)ourself. Tell me I'm wrong, Oskar Blues. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the best toss-in ever.

I used to think that Oscar Blues brewed the best canned beer in the universe... until Surly Furious, Bender and CynicAle came along. Ten FIDY, however, can stand toe-to-toe with some of the best RISs out there. Since Surly Darkness will most likely never see the inside of a can, this brew seems destined to be the finest canned Russian Imperial stout the planet Earth has ever known. (2,809 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz can; served in a snifter.

Thick syrup consistency; very deep, opaque brown. Thin, creamy light brown head with pool of cluttered bubbles. Somewhat ringed and dimpled lacing with above average strength.

Dark chocolate aroma; rich, roasted malts with hints of oatmeal. Intense, fresh espresso with a rather nutty profile. Mild whaffs of peat along-side a slight sherry-like alcohol presence.

Rich, roasted malts with an immediate, rough floral hop bite. Smokey peat lingers from the initial sip. Dark chocolate, roasted hazlenut, very floral hops all cut by a slick, hefty alcohol flavor. Very robust flavors, yet balanced with one another.

Full in body; intensely slick but also very chewy. A little too over-the-top on the palate even for an Imperial Stout.

A flavorful, robust Imperial Stout. Slightly young and rough around the edges, but some very promising flavors. I wonder how long you can 'cellar' a can for. (930 characters)

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

A- Ten Fidy pours thick. Dare I say too thick? Looks like used motor oil, pours like used motor oil. A vigorous pour from this can of magical goodness creates a small dark mocha-colored head. Fabulous lacing.

S- Coffee & chocolate. Nothing too crazy

T- Rich chocolate malts. Coffee. A bit of booziness on the finish that does not detract from the overall taste. I'm sure this'll only improve as it warms

M- Magnificently creamy & full-bodied... not that it could be anything else given the appearance

D- As good as any other RIS. Heavy body does not allow quick consumption and frankly, you'd probably die if you were to pound it. Glad to have one more in the fidge. (670 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,385 ratings.