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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,483
Hads: 9,320
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 691
Gots: 2,564 | FT: 128
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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.
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Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can. Pours a jet black color. No highlights at all. Thick mocha head. Great head retention, especially for the size of this beast. Just a great looking beer.

Dark chocolate comes across first in the nose. Lots of fresh roasted coffee, a fair amount of alcohol, and some cream.

Very roasty up front, with a good blast of warming alcohol. Hints of dark fruit, but nothing seems to get through the roasty aspect. Long lingering bitter finish, not sure if it is from the roasty flavor, or some hops working in.

Full body, almost creamy. Seems a bit too dry for me. Alcohol is very much evident. I liked this, but maybe not as much as others. If nothing else, then love this for being an imperial stout in a can!

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

The novelty of watching something this black and viscous ooze out of a can is worth the price of admission. But this doesn't need any gimmicky help in the looks department. The combination of inky absolute blackness and sizable milk chocolate suds always wins me over.
Aromatic of burnt beef, dark chocolate, espresso, tawny port, Islay Scotch (with the requisite peat smoke, salt, and earth), and fir trees.
It greets the tongue with a duffel bag of malt, and it's immediately clear that it plans on staying a while. Dark fudge and prunes and port enter first. It then turns powerfully smoky, with cigar ash, spent espresso grounds, peat, and beef brisket. There's a moment of saltiness that, when mixed with the smoke tones, again suggests a peat-rich coastal Scotch. Fudge and espresso hues resume dominance and carry it toward a hop conclusion full of mint of pepper and pine needles. There's a good deal of bitterness as it lingers in the entrance to the throat with peppermint and cedar.
It carries a full body, but it seems to thin across the mouth. The power of it flavors make it so that anything less than a gel-like consistency seems insufficient. Nevertheless, it coats the mouth, and flavors drips down long after the gulp is swallowed.
This is intense above all else. The smokiness quotient is raised above any stout I've had, and pushes towards Rauch-status. It's like a mouthful of grill-scrapings chased with a Laphroaig 10 YO Scotch with an double black espresso sidecar. I love it, but one can at a time and slowly.

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

extra in a trade from hophobo, thanks.

12 ounce can poured into a chalice.

A - Pours black. 3/8 inch mocha colored head. Settled to a thin layer and ring around. Wall of lacing around the glass.

S - coffee and sweetness from malt

T - chocolate, coffee. Slight alcohol warming in the finish.

M - smooth and thick.

D - a couple of these would go down very well.
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Reason for update:

Did a blind tasting of 7 RISs.

Night Tripper, Czar, and Stone RIS tied for First. Siberian Night and Old Rasputin tied for 4th, and Ten FIDY and Expedition tied for 6th. Based on these results I've changed my numbers.

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Photo of JToad
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cpferris for sharing this with me..

Poured out of the can straight into a Michelob Celebrate chalice.

Pours a dark viscous, like motor oil. Nice large head, with great lacing on the side.

Smells of chocolate, tobacco.

Tastes of chocolate, raisins. Slight tobacco undertones, mixed with coffee and hops. A bitterness not usually found in a lot of stouts.

Sips well, not overally as thick as it looks, goes down smoothe. The 10% ABV is well masked but I"m not sure i could do more than of these. It compares well to Darklord, but do not like it as much as I do the GI Bourbon County Stout. Very interesting for my first craft beer in a can. I enjoyed this beer alot, just had a few issues with the raisins, and some of the tastes on the front of the tongue.

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

I first had a sample of this at DLD... and I liked it, but didn't go gaga over it.

I decided to give it another whirl and it's really paying off for me this time.

As you can imagine, it pours pitch black with a nice 1-finger chocolate head. It smells of chocolate malt. The taste is like sinking your teeth into a moist chocolate cake with some hoppy bite at the back end. The mouthfeel is smooth and chewy... like the best RIS' are. So god damn tasty. It's like liking the batter bowl when you're not supposed to and not getting caught!

Oskar Blues has done what most thought impossible... they put a delicious RIS in a flipping can.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into small glass.

A: Pours dark, opaque, deep black color without any signs of a highlight. Tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: A roasty, coffee aroma with some malt sweetness and a slight amount of spicy hop.

T: Starts with the coffee flavor, molasses, a hint of chocolate, moves into a spicy hop bitter flavor, ends with a roasty punch that does not approach charred but is quite enjoyable. Very restrained chocolate flavor for an imperial stout.

M: Somewhat thick and viscous, about average carbonation

D: For an imperial stout this is quite drinkable. Could easily have a few of these. Would pair well with a nice chocolate dessert.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark deep black brew with a definite thin brown head. Oil-like consistency with this brew, thick and creamy, almost chunky. Smell is sweet, dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, fudge cake but a significant blast of hops there as well, more pronounced than in others I have tried from this style. Taste is thick but restrained. Very dark chocolatey sweet and bitter but not cloying thanks to a strong kick from the hops, which are very piney but complement the beer so well.

This is one of the most balanced RIS's I have ever had. Most have an big sweetness to them, this is the first I have had that throws the hops in your face. A tremendous brew, easily the best RIS in a can and one of the best out there period.

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

I finally got my hands on this stuff. The famous Ten Fidy in a black and sliver can. Beery goodness splattered everywhere when I popped the top. Pouring it into the glass revealed a black viscous brew with a half inch of head the color of chocolate milk. Coffee, rummy dark fruit, chocolate fill out a slightly spirituous aroma. Strong and full on the palate. Chocolate, sweet ripe fruit, and espresso all reveal themselves in the flavor. This lacks that dark roasted malty bite that some stouts have. The beer finishes with a blend of espresso, hops and a mild metallic alcohol character.

A solid imperial stout. I am still adjusting to the fact that this came from a can. Seek and Savor.

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

Edit: retasted after 6 mos. age. much better!

Can opened with too much vigor and it was as if motor oil spewed all over my hand and the counter.

Pours black as black can get, with deep rich dark brown head.

Nose reminds me of burnt eggo waffles, cherry-vanilla soda fountain, and SKOR candy bar.

Thick & full bodied on the palate. A roasted dark chocolate with espresso monster. Not a lot of balance. Hops are sharp and unpleasantly bitter. Not a pleasant complement to the roasty flavors.

This is an "in your face" beer but falls short in balance & drinkability.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

gift from shivtim. Actually, i was saving this can for kkulacki, but he got his own 4 pack, so now its mine! Pours massively black and tarry, with a thin, very brown head. Smells fruity and chocolatey, thick malt and alcohol odor. Massive burnt malt and dark chocolate flavor. rich and creamy. roastiness fairly intense, bordering on bitter or metallic. Almost fruity, but not quite, if that makes sense. thick to the point where im expecting lumps, but no lumps appear. huge, as a good RIS should be. A big beast of a beer...in a can! Not as supremely awesome as Gordon, but still awesome.

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Photo of Buebie
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade. thanks gford217!

Poured from a 12 oz can, into a larg brandi snifter. Black as night in color with a thick syrupy inky cream texture. Formed a dark brown 2 finger head. Which fizzled down to some medium retention. Laceing is present and very frothy and sticky in a syrupy cling.

Smell is chocolate malt grain with a subtle tinge of coffee. Some sweatness, no presence of alcahol to the nose.

Taste is very dark in a charred barrel sort of way. Deep rich chocolate malt character. Bittersweet chocolate. Black licorice at the swallow, very small hints of it though. Smokey notes before and after the swallow. Some bitter hops after the swallow that linger. Still, no alchahol warming. I would not have guessed this was 10%
This is like a thick beer milkshake. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Very little carbonation present in the mouthfeel catagory.
I really enjoyed this one, very dangerously easy to drink.

My first can was enjoyed 3 nights ago on a camping trip with 2 of my buddies. I shoulda brought more then one can, it went down to quick. Was a colder rainy night around the campfire.

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Photo of Drew966
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ten FIDY pours from a twelve ounce can as an opaque black with a milk chocolate colored head that faded almost as quickly as it formed. The aroma is black malt. There is a very thick mouthfeel. The hops are barely noticeable, this one is all about the malt, dark chocolate and hints of coffee abound. Not particularly complex, but very tasty.

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Photo of 245Trioxin
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable that this came from a can. An unremarkable looking can at that, save a few interesting bits of text.

12 oz can poured into a Budweiser / Phillies pint glass, 'cept for the Angel's share put into a juice glass for the wife's taste.

Appearance: Stealth black, head of 2% chocolate milk that takes me back to second grade. The head was 2 finger high, and thick like a fluidized bed! I'd take a pull, and watch the brew bubble down back through that head. Most be some serious proteins to do something like that. Lacing down the glass that gives the tell tale size of my gulps.

Smell: Great aroma, but seemed to missing something. Could be that I had grilled earlier, could be the pint glass, but it was just shy. Definitely roasty, some malt, didn't really note any hops. A little bit of coffee grounds as well.

Taste: This came from a can, right? My - my - my, this is good stuff. Roast, and a nice roast at that. No astringency that can follow too much roast at times. Hop bitterness gets you at the end, but its welcome in this style. The taste is fresh - could aging really help this? I'm not so sure it'd benefit. Well balanced for what it is, and delicious it is! As it warms, it gets only better, but I like it just out of the fridge cold. Little bit of Starbucks coffee in there. Very nice. I think the palate would need to rest awhile after enjoyment.

Mouthfeel: a bit thick - in a good way. Right amount of carbonation, pretty good for the style.

Drinkability: This is scary. I imagine myself with the two best buds sitting around the campfire in the woods enjoying this straight from the can. At 10%, it goes down easy. I think I could handle more than one of these in a row. Doesn't seem desert-ie like an imperial stout/RIS often feels. Great stuff.

Big thanks to Gleix for bringing this back for me. Glad to see that OB is making its appearance here in PA - I'll be on the look out for this!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours an extremely thick, pitch black color with a nice tan head. The aroma is dark and roasty with a lot of chocolate. The taste starts out smooth and creamy with some sweet malt and chocolate. Then, BAM! The hops kick in to make a very bitter finish. The mouthfeel is the best part of the beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and chewy, one of the better textures in a beer that I have had. This is a sipper for sure, but I could see myself enjoying a couple cans on a cold evening. Despite it being June and balls hot in Florida, I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Overall, Ten Fidy is another kick ass offering from Oskar Blues that is highly recommended!

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Photo of Douglas14
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a deep, dark black color with a dark brown, thick head. This is an extremely viscous liquid. Roasted coffee, espresso and dark chocolate in the nose. The taste is incredible, burnt coffee beans, dark chocolate, cherries, bananas, and oak. It is heavy in the mouth and has a very full body. This beer is hands down the most fun beer to drink. I think it has to do with the fact that it comes in a can and it's an incredible beer. I can't stop drinking these things. They're so good and fun. It's weird, but I feel that's the only way to explain it.

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

They made one minor error when packaging this beer, the got the name wrong. It should not be Ten Fidy but 10-W-50. Poured from a can to a pint glass like dirty motor oil out of an '87 Cadillac Brougham. It stained the glass with it's blackness. Had a sweet roasted malt, chocolate, coffee smell. The taste was sweet coffee, toffee, roasted malts, syrupy deliciousness. This drank like a muddy maple syrup. Wow I can't believe that was just poured out of a can. This is a slow sipper but very good. I look forward to introducing this one to friends.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Way to shatter all the stereotypes that exist about canned beer! This beer blubs out of the can like a thick sludge. Wow.

My first impression of the appearance is that this beer is *dark*. Even at the thin parts of my SA glass, no light comes through. Pitch-black. The head is a very nice deep chocolate.

The smell of the beer is fairly muted. Plenty of bready grains, and a nice bit of chocolate and roast. Good stuff.

But it is the taste where it really shines. Despite being as dark as it is, the beer isn't overly acidic. There is just a nice soft roastiness to it, coupled with truckloads of anise. They had to have put licorice in this beer, the taste is just too knock-your-socks-off for them not to have. Since I really like licorice/anise, I'm happy with that. A nice bit of milk chocolate makes its way through as well. Mmmmm. Good stuff.

Mildily tongue-numbing, mildly carbonated, the mouthfeel is full but not too full. It could be over-the-top crazy, but instead of a gooey mess it drinks more like a nice glass of milk. Certainly full, but you could pound it if you were so inclined.

Wow, thanks ColoradoBobs. Great, great stuff.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Stout out of a can huh? Interesting.

A-I'm not sure if pour is an accurate description of how this comes out of the can. Sludge maybe. Dark think looking motor oil with 1 inch brown head that dissipated quickly.
S-Great espresso chocolate smell. No vegetal smells. Not super compelx but really nice.
T-So thick, bitter espresso, chocolate, light dark fruit taste as warms, some alcohol burn and astringency on the end.
M-So full in the mouth, undercarbonated, the astringency causes not to be totally smooth.
D-This is a sipper for sure. I could put down one more on a cold night.

Over the top flavors, but one you should get your hands on.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about as dark brown/black as you can get. Very rocky, brown head forms on top. Smell is roasted malt and milk duds. Taste is huge! Very roasted malts, and I mean roasted. Charred might even be a better term. Full, creamy and very velvety on the mouthfeel. This has a close feel as a weak milkshake as you can get. This would be very complimentary to a good dark dessert. Can't get over the amount of roast, chocolate and coffee that is here. Over the top, but good beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, thick, syrupy black with a thin tan head and tiny spotty lacing.

S - Deeply roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, milk chocolate. Not too complex but ever so smooth.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, a bit of alcohol with a touch of citrus hops.

M - Thick and creamy maybe even a touch syrupy but not cloying. Slight alcohol burn.

D - A very smooth easy to drink (if a RIS is easy to drink) beer. I can't see how I would ever need this beer in a can but I love the can idea.

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Photo of McDiddyPop
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this for my first time today at the World of Beer in Tampa.

I poured a 12oz can into a pint glass. It poured a very viscous, opaque BLACk. They may as well call it 10-W Fidy because it looks like used motor oil. Very thin brown head left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It smelled of roasted coffee, molasses and a mild hoppiness. It tased a bit sweet with caramel and coffee and a slight alcohol warmth on the back of the throat. It was a very sticky beer that was a bit much for me. I am glad to have had it, but I am not in any hurry for more.

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

Looks and pours like motor oil with 5000 miles on it. Thin mocha head.

Big notes of roasted coffee, bittersweat chocolates, roaste malt, and dark fruits. Tastes of fine roasted coffee with a date sweetness that is very faint. Malts are strong but not unbalanced. Alcohol is there but not in the taste, or aftertaste, but in the effects. Feel is thick and smooth.

Hard to believe this came in a can. Very impressed with this one. This would make a good breakfast beer, if you did not have to go to work that day.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can served at 45 degrees F.

Definitely my first imperial stout from a can! I say first because I hope to see more (Surly Darkness maybe??). Anyways, this "oil" can empties out a very dark imperial stout brown. Thick finger of tight, dark cocoa brown head. Very nice lacing up the tulip glass. Nose of roasted barley, with some dark fruit sweetness (currants, figs, raisins), and some bittersweet dark chocolate notes. Also pick up some herbal hops.

Strong roasted barley and coffee flavors up front. Numbing herbal hop bitterness as well. Some dark fruits get lost among the intense bitterness and roasted malts/coffee. Aggressive alcohol bite and very warming. Lingering dark candy sugar and plum sweetness. Did I mention warming? Full-bodied with a thick, creamy feel.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A staple favorite of mine for sure. Pours a jet black color. The first thing I notice is the viscosity on this sucker. Great legs, has the consistency of motor oil. Even when you are finished the glass has a tinted color. A soft darker tan head with good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is complex with malt notes but soft with a limited quality. Some notes of chocolate and roast. Noticeable lacto notes with some silkiness almost consistent of a oatmeal stout. Very soft with lighter notes of coffee. I would have liked to see more astringency but ok. There are lighter ester notes in the back ground, cherries, raspberries and some rose characteristics. Noticeable solvent/alcohol notes but blended nicely.

The taste is more distinct than the nose indicated. Still a good complexity but more distinct chocolate, roast and coffee notes. Some lacto/silk textures remain with hints of oat like flavors. The esters are toned down as well, which helps the maltiness come out more. Feint cherries and figs mostly. Noticeable alcohol as well. There is a light red wine like finish that leaves a odd aftertaste.

The body is big. Full palate for sure. A lot going on here but with the silkiness makes it easy to drink. A definite must for stout lovers.

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Photo of Franchise
3.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours jet black leaving a small thin head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is chocolate, caramel, earthy hops, but pretty weak nose.

The taste starts with citrus bitter hops, then has a soft floural essence, with a sweet caramel feel that finishes again bitter hoppy dark chocolate syrupy mouthfeel. Decent imperial stout something I might visit again overall a bit sloppy and not what I expect from a great brewery like Oskar Blues.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,483 ratings.