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Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of medic25
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the can into a snifter. The first thing I notice is the total blackness of this beer. It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.
Aroma is a sweet malty chocolate. The taste is a fantastic balance if malt and hop, with great hints of coffee, fruit, and burnt malt. Very little carbonation (almost silent when I popped the tab), this is a thick, syrupy delicious meal of a beer. A little pricey, but this would make a fantastic treat of a beer on a cold night.

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Photo of phil7568
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this beer forever.

I thought about chugging from the can but I managed to take just a sip. nice.

This looks great in a glass. Jet black body with a nice thick head.

What a great imperial stout! This stuff is smooth and buttery. Cocoa and coffee dominate.

I've had two and I could go for another but I won't, I'm already a little tipsy.

Awesome Imperial stout. I will be getting more.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet-black, no light through on this one, with a big, thick, dark caramel brown colored head that just sits there, clinging to the edges of the pint glass. Smells of LOADS of dark baking chocolate, extreme roastiness, coffee, caramel, really intense. As is the flavor. Extreeeemely roasty, burnt toast, charred meat, bitter, dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso beans, black licorice/anise, burnt figs, raisins. Some hop bitterness in the finish, as well as some alcohol heat. Extremely viscous, oily, thick & slick body that completely coats the mouth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Tons of flavors and depth on this one. Tremendous beer. We have a winner.

Old Chub is easily one of my favorite scottish ales, and Dale's Pale Ale is pretty damn good when I had it on tap too. Looks like Im gonna have to try their Gordon!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at Lenora's Way in Brooklyn, NYC. 26 July 2008:

Whoa! This little can packs a punch! Quite possibly, no... without question, the darkest beer I've ever seen! BLACK. No light gets through. Creamy dark brown head. Exceptional retention given the strength. Nice lacing. Dark malt aroma. Some dark fruit. Some cocoa. Some background 'spent' hop. Mainly just dark malt. Coffee-like. Black coffee like. And that carries over into the flavor. More black coffee. Rich. Blanketing. Somewhat acidic, but not too much acidic. Solid mouthfeel. Firm and oily smooth. Flavors become more apparent as it warms, revealing more fruitiness (fig, burnt currant - which means dark berry-like fruitiness but with a bit of a tang, raisin, prune), lots of bittersweet chocolate, more coffee in a less roasty/acidic vein, more 'spent' and earthy/leafy hops, black licorice, burnt sugar, and alcohol. Solid bitterness. Quite the beast! Impressive. My fellow drinkers are satiated at one sip... ... I, however, could have another! Drinkable in the summer heat in Brooklyn? Yeah, with air conditioning! I'll have to grab some of this to enjoy as the leaves fall or the snow sets. Wonderfully super-rich libation! WHOAH!!! DAMN, I just looked at the receipt - $8 a can!!!?? Better make that just a 'few' cans for the entire winter season ;)

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice black beer with a brownish tan head.

S- Smells of anise, chocolate and roasted smells are very present.

T- There is a powerful anise taste which I like. This beer is very smooth. Great representation of an RIS.

M- Feels good on the mouth, a bit thick and oily.

D- Easy to drink, even easier to drink in a can, I'm glad it comes in a can.

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

A special thanks to tdt560 for hooking me up with this one.

A - Poured a black color very similar to pouring used motor oil into a glass with a brown head that leaves good lacing

S - Is of delicious roasted malt and chocolate

T - Is just like the smell roasted malt gives way to a great chocolate taste

M - This beer is creamy smooth with light carbonation to it

D - This is everything a good imperial stout should be awesome taste thats very smooth I think I'd try to drink this all night long or until it kicks my ass worth hunting out to try

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice Russian Imperial Stout. Perhaps the hoppiest RIS I have ever sampled. Pours as black as my heart! Absolutely gorgeous!

Characteristic Imperial Stout smell. Malt and chocolate.

Delicous roasted malt appeals to the tongue while the hop profile is amazing for the style!

Maybe the thickest beer I have ever seen!

Hard to believe beer from a can is this good! Bravo! Oskar Blues has a winner with this one!

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Photo of Trueant1
2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recomonded by a friend.

Pours a nice head. Off white and 1 inch thick.

Smells of malts, hops and a hint of chocolate.

Tastes a bit thin for this style. A bit stale. chocolate, coffie and maybe even burnt malts present.

A thin mouthfeel for this style..

This was a decent beer but did not want to finish it.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours super thick as you would expect, pretty dark tan head. Smell is thick and roasty, alcohol, chocolate but nothing really sweet. The taste is just a soup of roastiness and bitter chocolate but it's really masked by the alcohol and slickness of the body. It's pretty flavor and not so in your face, except that it's like drinking sludge. This would be hard to drink a whole glass of, and I probably would never want to do it. There are other Imperial Russian Stouts that I have drank whole glasses of and have loved, so Ten Fidy gets marked down in that area.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can (no dating info) that my buddy shipped me from Colorado. I let it warm up to proper temp before popping it open. It poured out like motor oil into the pint glass. It was pitch black and thick. It had a 2 finger dark brown head that slowly settled into a constant foam. No visible carb but great lacing that stuck around till it was finished. The smell was coffee, roasted choc malts and alcohol. It had a bit too much of an alcohol smell for me to rate higher. The taste was also impacted by the high alcohol. I had other RIS with same or higher ABV that masked it better. Not bad but kept me from really enjoying it. The rest of the taste was really good. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy but the alcohol left an oily feeling on the tongue. Overall, a good but not great beer from OB. Will need to try again to make sure the sample was proper. Also would love to try on tap again. I had it in a sampler at the brewery/restaurant and seem to remember it being better.+

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
It just seemed wrong to pour from a can to a chalice.

A- This beer pours an obsidian black body that looks almost like a nitrogen pour. There is a thick chocolate milkshake head that is creamy and could be spread like frosting. It last for much of the beer. There are a few odd, tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but no light exited.

S- The smell of black roasted malt has a slight sweet dark chocolate smell and a hint of creamy that came through when it warmed.

T- The big taste of black diesel exhaust quickly gave way to a black roasted malt flavor with a soft fusel taste and some dark prune notes. There was a bit of cream flavor to the prunes as the beer warmed and the finish was a nice black malt bitterness. There was a soft spicy note that came through the roasted finish aswell.

M- This beer had a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture but no real alcohol heat.

D- This is a big engine oil body with a dark roast smooth and creamy flavor. Not really complex but enough depth to keep this monster interesting.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured into a 12 oz snifter glass. Black liquid with a dark brown head. Pretty sexy.

S. Roasted malt and some sweet mocha tones.

T. Robust and flavorful, a rich almost chocolate taste with the roasted malt and a bit of a coffee tinge. Hop profile is subdued to the heady malt.

M. Full bodied and smooth.

D. Very enjoyable, would certainly have again. The ABV is hidden in taste, but noticable after drinking.

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Photo of cbn
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid black body, mocha head, sticky lace.

Sweet roasted malt, lightly floral hop, trace of alcohol.

Sweet and malty with a healthy dose of bitter hop. Grainy and fruity flavors mix well with citric and alcohol notes.

Smooth, a bit oily and fairly heavy, just as the name implies.

Drinkability is diminished slightly by heavyness and high alcohol content.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a large brown foamy head. This is really a special looking beer. The lacing is fantastic and the color is so dark no light can shine through. The smell is pungent with roasted malt,alcohol,cocoa,chocolate,and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is very creamy,like hot chocolate or chocolate milk. Like the smell,the taste has alcohol,roasted malt,dark fruit and of course,chocolate. The m/f is very heavy with all the flavors mixing well. This is a true Russian Imperial Stout. Thick,strong,flavorful,if you want a special beer, here you go.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to Jw347 for ten fidy, not fidy cent.

This beer pours out like the sludge of the bottom of your engine. Viscous, dark, midnight black with a thin coffee head. I thought I was going to need a fork to drink it.

Subdued smells of mocha, chocolate, slight alcohol.

Hershey syrup taste with hops and a shot of alcohol thrown in. Smooth and creamy, Like Billy Dee Williams.

Sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Good beer to drink at Ten fidy at night, or early morning. Drink it now, and how.

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Photo of trill
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can, courtesy of Getinthevan.

Pours completely black, with no highlights and a small khaki head composed of very small bubbles. Nose is fairly mild, with a nice milk chocolate aroma, some coffee and cream and faint brown sugar. Taste is a nice, hefty roastiness, balanced by chocolatey sweetness, a hint of smoke, and an appropriate level of hop bitterness. Drier than other stouts in its class. The mouthfeel on this one is really exceptional for a non-oatmeal stout. It's quite weighty without being too sweet or sticky, and the high ABV is nearly invisible. A fantastic example of a by-the-book imperial stout.

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Photo of wilwfu
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stuff looks like the old motor oil from a car... not the new stuff going in.

The words that come to mind with this "thing from a can" are big, oily, grassy, pungent, thick, thick, bittersweet chocolate, subtle coffee, caramel, thick, tons of roasted malt, thick, and unbelievable... even smelled some marshmellow smores in there... Awesome brew, but not one to drink all the time it's so over the top!! Everything an imperial stout should be.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark to end all darkness. Decent sized cocoa brown head. Very thick. Motor Oil comes to mind.

Smell is coffee and chocolate like.

Taste is sweet and balanced with a liberal hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is very thick with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good for the style but only a couple of these is more than enough for a night.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a tulip.

Wow. motor oil into my glass. I could smell this fella two feet above the pour and into the glass. Two finger head, poured like oil into my car. Dark black and tan head then dropped to a thin head after a few moments. Lacing on the glass is great, a constant coat around the glass. Complex smell and taste. Coffee, chocolates, and sweet smells, lots of roasting here. Sweet at the front, bitter on the sides of the tongue, good mild hop profile with the roasted malts. Not tasting the alcohol on the palette or in the nose, deceptive in hiding, could cause trouble robocop style. Lots of bittering notes and dark malts in this one. Excellent caned brew. Recommend for heavy stout drinkers.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark, thick and wonderfull can all be used to discribe this fine brew, this one is so dark and thick that i cant even get the light to shine through this one tiping it all the way to the rim, this one is all about the dark carmal and robust malt with no real hop to speak of. this one realy lookes like moter oil in a glass, this is how a stout should be, and after i felt like i had a meal in a glsss.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's no reason I shouldv'e waited this long to review Ten Fidy!

Oh, the glorius sight of a 10% Impy stout in a can. I wanna give someone a hug for devising this.

Dark as satan's poo, with a thick viscous stickiness on the sides of my glass. The dark head tops off the pint. I accidently spilled a few drops onto the top of the cooler (we were camping), which I can only assume the lid will be forever stained.

Fairly sweet cocoa and bittersweet chocolate at first, then into a deep bitter coffee aroma. The high ABV is nicely hidden.

Big flavors from this tiny can. Rich chocolate and cocoa, espresso, and deep tobacco.

A real good smooth drinker. One can can last you a good long while. I am giving this one a 5 for drinkability, which I actually don't think i've done before, certainly not for anything imperial!

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Photo of corey0212
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours motor-oil-thick, black, impenetrable by light, tiny dark brown head rises and fades, leaving a light coating on the beer with decent lacing. Smell is big-time cocoa, dark fruit, molasses, some coffee. Taste is dark roasted coffee, some burnt edges, a hint of spicy alcohol on the lips. This one is thick and chewy, coats the inside of the mouth, and the flavors linger, especially the burnt coffee. I'm a huge fan of this beer...easily one of my favorite Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of shirfan
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a thin layer of brown foam.

Aroma of cocoa, mixed nuts, and campfire ash.

Taste is incredibly roasty and burnt. Dark coffee grounds, pine boughs, smoke, burnt wood, a couple hints of bacon grease. Rauchbier Impy Stout?

Mouthfeel is simply huge. Thick viscosity makes me think that the brewers could barely squeeze anything else in.

Everything else pales to the smoky hellfire found here. There's some sweetness for balance, some piney hops, some coffee and a breath of alcohol... but none of it matches the charcoal malts.

"Blackened is the end."

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Photo of maximum12
3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Salut to tpd975 for throwing this into a trade. That sums up the trading addiction right there!

Pours a rather molten ribbon of black into my rarely used Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence chalice of life. A rare RIS that I can actually smell the chocolate emanating from the beer.

Taste is creamy, smooth, with a hint of hoppy nuttiness thrown in, & the cool wash of cocoa. It slides down easily enough, with some nice alchohol heat.

Pretty decent RIS. I wouldn't put this up against the big boys in my personal pantheon, but it's a good beer.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black Imperial Stout. 1/2" chocalate milk of a head with good retention at 1/4". Leaves full lace and thick rings. Nose is full of rich malt, molasses, tar, and dark fruit. Big dark chocolate, layers of malt...bitter roasted malt. Coffee. Some fruit soaked alcohol. Leafy hops in the finish. Full body. Thick and velvety mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very good drinkability -- excellent. Thanks to doulos31 for the can.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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