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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,387 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,387
Hads: 8,855
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 630
Gots: 2,245 | FT: 122
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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 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)

Photo of jj21
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks smellysmell
It's odd actually pouring beer from a can! I'm used to slamming PBR and never seeing what comes out of the mouth so seeing this thick sludge flowing was an odd experience.
Poured the black liquid vigorously into a Duvel Tulip (thick enough that it didn't splash at all!) creating a deep brown thick, creamy head. Black body that light has no chance getting through. Awesome aromas of chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Flavor is wonderful! I had no idea this was almost 100 IBU because there was SO much malt. Incredible! Mouth feel was thick like cough syrup and hid the alcohol surprisingly well. A damn good beer that I wish I had while it was -20 degrees outside. Hopefully it cellars until next winter. (722 characters)

Photo of tiger88
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW. I hate it's taken so long for me to have one of these beauties. I'm so glad I have 7 more to enjoy. It looks like the thickest of used motor oil as it comes out of the can. Into the glass, a thin dark tan head forms then quickly disappears. The smell is sweet and burnt. Hitting the tongue, you experience sweet alcohol, dark coffee and sweet, dry chocolate. I would love to be able to drink this every night but I don't want to spoil this treat. (451 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The black and silver can cracks open, emitting very little carbonation. I proceeded to pour it into a snifter (how often are cans poured into snifters I ask), releasing the jet black liquid with a creamy tan-brown head. The head holds nicely leaving beautiful lace. The smell if full of roasted espresso with slightly burnt notes, figs, and alcohols. The taste is sweet up front. Coffee dominates giving way to bitter dark chocolate. A fruitiness lingers throughout. The body is full and creamy with subtle carbonation; fantastically smooth. This is a great imperial stout. The draw is only greater due to the can. The high amounts of roast and possibly hops impart a significant amount of bitterness to this beer, if it were a bit sweeter, it might be more drinkable, but regardless I would love to have this one again, and will certainly pick it up again in the future. (871 characters)

Photo of Nesued
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Have been looking for this beer for a while and finally came upon this on a recent visit to Atlanta.

Appearance - Black as midnight at the bottom of a coal mine. Little to no head forming upon the initial pour from the traditional Oskar can. Unable to determine the impact of carbonation, but I can estimate it to be slight. The head that is present is a dark tan in coloring.

Smell - Strong roasted grain and coffee nose. Breath deeply and you will enjoy. I was suprised by a bit of a grapefruit nose as contributed by the (I'm sure) single hop bloom they added (just kidding..). The nose expands a bit as the beer warmed in my hands. I did want to delay drinking this until it warmed from the refrigerator temp

Taste - Dense is the best way I can describe this beer. I was expecting a very mellow finish but was suprised by a bite at the end that otherwise marred an outstanding experience.

Mouthfeel - Did I mention dense? Was able to finally feel the impact the carbonation had on this beer. A coffee-flavor-related bite announced it's presence and provided a basis upon which to build upon.

Drinkability - I enjoy RIS offerings. If left on an island with only one style of beer, it would be an RIS. In my opinion, this is a good Russian Imperial Stout. I very much wanted to try it due to the reviews present on this site, and was glad I did. In my heart of hearts, I was expecting more. I purchased two four-packs to further review at a later time. I've heard it ages well. (1,539 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as can be. Thick rich motor oil looking beer with very little carbonation. The thin brown sugar colored head quickly disappears leaving only a slight collar. A very imposing looking brew.

Smells of bitter chocolate foremost. In the background lurks a slight roasted quality and alcohol. There is a slight astringent essence that seems to come and go. Not as deep and complex of a nose as some, but tempting nonetheless.

Taste is less complex and quite honestly disappointing given the hype behind the beer. Comes off overly roasted and acidic for my tastes. The sweetness of the beer is not cloying, but lacks any depth of flavor. I expected some chocolate, coffee, or dark fruit characteristics, but found them to be limited.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and lacks, in my opinion, the proper level of carbonation. This is coming from someone who prefers lower levels of carbonation for the style. Overall this beer is not bad and certainly above average, but not one of my top Russian Imperial Stouts. Overpriced for my tastes. (1,034 characters)

Photo of breity
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

You know it's going to be an interesting experience when your first instinct is that you've been tricked into pouring motor oil into a cup. No fizz at all when pouring out of the can, though a slim chocolaty head develops once it's in the glass, which then dissipates quickly. The smell is very enticing.

The beer itself coats your mouth (and the glass), complementing the taste which is a cross between espresso and hops. The taste was constant even when the beer warmed up. I quite frankly had to sip this beer -- it was overwhelming to drink any more than that and I'd waste the mouthful by swallowing it in a hurry. In fact, I had to have a glass of water with me to help out at times.

I would never be able to drink more than one in a sitting, and my palette would be (as it is now) destroyed afterwards, but I truly respect what Oskar Blues accomplished and can appreciate it. This is a once-in-a-while brew, and it would be a dynamite choice for those occasions.

(Mad props to goryshkewych for allowing me to try this bad boy.) (1,037 characters)

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's fair to say this is the darkest beer I've ever poured out of a can.

The pop-top crack is not followed by the usual canned beer fizz. Instead slowly rising from the depths of the can a very fine layer of deep brown bubbles emerge. Of course once poured into a glass these bubbles transform into a beautiful fine layer of head that retains quite well floating atop a pitch black base.

The sweet aroma produced from this glass is a mix of malt and alcohol. The taste and mouthfeel are difficult to parse as Ten Fidy thoroughly coats your mouth and the malty sweetness is balanced by dry dark malts and a touch of bitterness. One sip leaves an almost syrupy coat over your tongue. If you open your mouth you will be greeted by a hint of alcohol as you inhale.

All in all this is a very tasty Stout and well worth trying should you cross paths with one. While there are hints to the potent nature of the alcohol in this brew, while drinking one it's hard to believe it is 10%..until you've managed to have a few. (1,017 characters)

Photo of OKCNittany
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a 1/2" chocolaty brown head that left a nice coat of lacing on the glass. Body reminicent of crude oil.

S: Nose full of rich, roasty malt and coffee. Some alcohol is present as well.

T: On the tongue, more rich, roasty malt as the nose suggested, plus plenty of chocolate malt. Also notable were coffee and oats - all balanced by a noticable hop bitterness. Excellent.

M: Medium+ body with very low carbonation. Super smooth. Coats the mouth, resulting in a lasting aftertaste with a slight warming.

D: Well hidden alcohol (well, for 10% abv) with loads of flavor. As balanced as an RIS can be, and very drinkable. You'll have to slow yourself to keep from having your $14 four-pack disappear too quickly.

Oh - one more thing: if you live in a state where this is unavailable, happen to fall ass-backwards into a 4-pack, then share it with friends, you may regret it later. (888 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark, Texas Tea espresso/Jolt cola-color with thick, compact dark maple walnut/praline head and great lacing.

Heavy alcoholic tinge with tinny tones of earth, slate, grassy hops and double-roasted coffee and malt - a little unbalanced; not quite beautiful chemistry but blown away nonetheless

Wow. Burnt espresso, heavy ring of bitterness from coffee and hops. Mild sweetness - abundance of everything and way over the top.

Finishes very thick with nice, harsh coffee tingle.

This one's for quality, not quantity. Sip, savor and enjoy in moderation. (559 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Gingerman in Manhatten:

Pours pitch-black with a thick light brown, creamy head. Awesome retention, esp. for abv level.

The smell is of dark roasted maltiness - chocolate and coffee. A bit milder than expected, but nice.

The taste is almost explosive. Chocolate and deep roasted coffee with a hint of citric/piney hop support. Beautiful balance of sweet, bitter and roast. Warming alcohol is present, but fairly soft on the palate and non-interfering. It has a very long, roasty finish.

Just about hits full-bodied, it is rich and creamy without being too sticky or syrupy.

Good drinkability for such a high abv. Very rich and tasty - a work of brewing art! (680 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow is this stuff dark. Pours pitch black with a thick 1-finger tan head that quickly dissipates with a little lacing. Damn fine looking beer.

S: Strong roasty aroma of primarily chocolate with coffee to compliment. A hint of hops and alcohol starts to emerge as it warms up.

T: Quite a bit going on in this one. Chocolate and coffee dominate the initial taste, but a couple more sips bring out some caramel and molasses. Taste seems to evolve as the beer warms a bit. Quite nice actually.

M: Thick and syrupy. Completely coats the mouth and sticks around a while. A little bit of a dry roasted finish which is surprising given the thick, syrupy nature of the beer. The bitterness lingers a bit along with the chocolate. Top notch.

D: Very drinkable and well balanced for a big stout. (791 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jw347 for this one.
Can poured into a sniffer glass produced a fingers worth of coco colored head On top of a thick black body .The head goes to a nice layer of lace

Aromas' of chocolate, grains (cereal), coffee and smoke fill your nose

Taste is somewhat typical stout you get the roasted malts, chocolate, coffee thing going on but the hop presence is a bit more robust than the ordinary

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and goes down smooth

A good RIS the hoppiest I've ever had. Drinkable as a RIS can get, you better be sipping this at 10%.Not the best I've had but not the worst either .I would recommend it. Truly a hopheads RIS (647 characters)

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

A review by two roommates, one a beer salesman, the other a layman.

Beer salesman: The brew poured opaque, menacing, no light could pierce this darkness, an ominous first impresssion.
Layman: That sh*t was dark.

Beer Salesman: Pure roasted goodness, a fine monte-cristo rolled with world's best coffee.
Layman: Smelled of beer... expensive beer? I don't know.

Beer Salesman: Wow, can a beer this big also be this balanced? Apparently. Huge malt nose up front lends way to a drenched slightly bitter finish. This is like 2 parts Stone Russian Imperial Stout, one part Guinness.
Layman: It's like this beer ice cream I had once... but that was bad, and frozen. This was good.

Beer Salesman: Viscous, full bodied, coats the entire mouth and takes its sweet time getting out.
Layman: ::BUURRP!!::

Beer Salesman: 10% ABV? Guess I shouldn't have the third one... Honestly, I didn't notice. Sure I can't "pound" these, but name a Russian Imperial Stout that is appropriate for chugging.
Layman: Yeah, I can drink it! What am I queer? (1,082 characters)

Photo of Ave
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ten Fidy
12 oz can

With no carbonation fizz on opening, a dark blood amber pour stream falls into a pool of blackest of black stout. Thin set mocha colored head of tiny bubbles settles in. An unpronounced, delicate yet very pleasing aroma of espresso, toffee, beef and smoky chocolate. Head dissipated to a frothy ring, lovely. Mouthfeel is luscious and full, soft and bitter in the back that lingers over more espresso and smoke. Alcohol is noticeable but surprisingly balanced with full uber dark malt flavor. It's a sipper of pleasure for sure, one to be lingered over. A wonderfully massive stout, that over powers you with hug.

Thank you Oskar Blues!

Ave (663 characters)

Photo of Hoppington
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a rich, syrupy Stout! Even the head was brown! This stuff is deep - if you spill it, you might stain your shirt.

Delicious coffee and wine notes, complimented by a smooth but strong mouthfeel.

This is a sipping stout by all means. All-in-all, a superb imperial stout. (279 characters)

Photo of IgotsHops
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Whole Foods in North Seattle. I'm really glad that Oscar Blues decided to send some of their beers over to Seattle.

Poured jet black with dark, minimal head.
Smelled of strong black malt and spicy hops. Strong espresso and toffee sweetness smell and taste. Great hops presence that was really interesting and fun to drink.
Nice medium mouthfeel. Not too coating, but let's you know you just took a sip.

Overall a very enjoyable beer and very drinkable. (466 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely excited to finally try this one out! Pourd from a can into a shaker pint. Pours out like good maple syrup, slow and steady. Produces a wonderful looking creamy tan/brown head that looks like you could float a quarter on. Smells of burnt malts, smoke and some vanilla light at the end. Taste is sharp for a syruppy beer. Nice chocolate and molasses flavor with a bite. Not my favorite style, but this one can grow on me. Beer mellows a bit as it warms- I think it took my 45 minutes to down this one. Great beer to sit by the fire with! (545 characters)

Photo of Scoobydank
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikeale for this treat
L:Dark milk chocolate thick head. The color itself is dark dark black oil. Can't see a hint of light when heald up to the light.
S:The reason I found this exceptional is I picked up a smokey vanilla coffee bean. That vanilla really popped for me, which I love. Light sweet milk chocolate as well.
T:Thick rich chocolate cake. That vanilla smell is ever so light in the taste, but it is there. The chocolate gives way on the back pallat to a bright hoppiness.
M:Like thick rich melted choclate. Fat bubbles make a thick consistency. Very pleasing.
D:Very good. IT is like eating a big fat peice of rich chocolate cake. (650 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown/black... thin mocha head..

S: Mostly coffee and chocolate.. delicate yet fragrant.

T: Strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, and black licorice malt tastes... soft hops... smooth and balanced play between the flavors..

M: Fullbodied... smooth and oily..

D: The alcohol, while well hidden starts to get on you by halfway through the second glass... (368 characters)

Photo of psinderson
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a 12 oz snifter glass.

Appearance: Like motor oil. Totally blind to light. Thin, toffee-colored head.

Smell: All roast and meaty. Not much malt detected in the nose.

Taste: Strong roasty flavor with minor tastes of dark fruits. The finish is dry and roasty. No detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Cmplex flavor lowers the drinkabilityof this brew. (414 characters)

Photo of hrking
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is that if you're a fan of stouts like I am ..GET THIS BEER. I have had some brews from Oskar Blues before but this one is the crem dela crim..Chocolate roasted malts exceptional mouthfeel,over the top flavor it's all here. Pours a thick oil black without the soy sauce mouthfeel. Jumps to a finger to a finger and 1/2 chocolate beautiful head...Hmm all I can say is I want this to be a staple in my fridge for sure! Well I guess you can tell i like this offering..SOLID STOUT ALL THE WAY! (503 characters)

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

I was lucky enough to get 3 of these in Beer Powerball...so thank you Cartdan, Shaebs9 and Sudsdog for giving me the chance to try this!!!

I haven't had beer from a can and was sort of skeptical. Pours a deep dark brown, with a long-lasting brown head. I had it in my recently acquired tulip. There was a quarter-inch of head and loads of lacing when I finished the glass. This smells awesome, burnt malt, caramal and slight chocolate...just a hint of alcohol. Taste matches the look and scent. Lots of caramel flavor, it's like a burnt toffee. There is a nice hop presence, but not so much that it starts seeming like some sort of weird US interpretation of a hop stout monster. Balanced, is key. This is creamy and smooth. Should probably sip this in moderation, but seriously, it's hard not to just slurp it down. I could easily drink a few of these.

It's so wonderful I want everyone to try it, and yet, so wonderful I'm not sure I can bring myself to share these other 2 cans. Even my husband liked it. (1,010 characters)

Photo of cichief
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a nice brown layer of thick foam.

S- Strong smell of coffee and chocolate, very inviting.

T- Very powerful taste of thick coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Hops are muted, but balance the flavor nicely.

M- Very thick on the tongue, almost oily. Velvety smooth, the alcohol is muted, but cannot be missed.

D- At 10% alcohol I wouldn't drink many, but the sweet, thickness of this beer would fill me before I had too awful many. (521 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,387 ratings.