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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 ghostwalker
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed and reviewed as part of cburian's RIS showdown. Thanks for the chance to try some great brews!

Darkest brown body. Totally impenetrable to light. Thick and oily.

Rich, bitter dark fruit nose.

Tart, dark fruitiness. Intense pucker factor, hops anyone?

Thick, coating, extra oilyness. Chewy!

An adventure to enjoy. Intense and complex.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Bottleworks in Seattle.

RIS from a can. When I pop the top, there is only the sound of the metal. No carbonation, no "pssst", nothing. Never seen anything like this before. Oozes from the can. Looks like used motor oil, both in color and viscosity. Pitch black with one of the darker heads I've ever seen. Now this looks like a stout!

Smell is lots of cocoa with a healthy dose of espresso.

This is a big thick beer, no doubt about it. Tons of cocoa, coffee, and licorice/anise. The hops come in at the finish, and I'm guessing its pretty heavily hopped, but its overwhelmed by everything else. Mouthful is thick and luscious.

Definitely very warm, but not outright boozy. One of the better RIS's out there. The fact that its canned is just icing on the cake.

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Photo of taez555
3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a pitch motor oil black body with an extremely dark, possibly the darkest head I have ever seen on a stout. The head isn't just mocha colored, it's chocolate milkshake brown. Quite an interesting contrast and spectacular to look at.

Nose is a very nice mix of dark chocolate, dark roasted espresso beans, milk chocolate with some mild roasted grain smells as well. Very strong and very inviting.

Taste is medium full to full bodied. Dark over roasted, bitter espresso beans.dark chocolate, a dark metallic bitterness. There's a strong medicinal, chalky, earthy taste as well that flows from beginning to end. There's really not much more to it. Dark burnt espresso, dark chocolate, bitterness and chalkiness. It ends with a long lingering chalky bitterness. .

It smells and looks amazing, but taste wise it's VERY much out of balance. All the flavors are there, but it's just so overly burnt and bitter as to make it hard to want to drink more. I love Oscar Blues, but think this one is a pass.

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

I love this style, as the brewer can be very creative. This one rocks.
A: Looks like carbonated motor oil. The thick frothy lacing has remained the entire time. Impressive.
S: Alcohol. Coffee. Chocolate. Moderate burnt tones.
Taste: Low bitterness. Almost sweet. Coffee. Chocolate. Raisins. Although sweeter, this one is very nice on the palate. The alcohol finish is strong.
Mouthfeel: Very velvety, with the carbonation enhancing the smoothness.
D: A very "sessionable" RIS.

Seek it out.

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Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got to try this on tap a few months ago in Arizona and now I'm thrilled to see it in cans all over PA. Nothing like an Imperial Stout on a hot day.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Delirium tulip a deep, deep motor oil black with a latte brown head. It starts at about a finger high and drops fairly quickly to a full collar and full hazy surface covering.

SMELL: Huge, huge aromas of the full Imperial Stout spectrum. Caramel to loads of dark chocolate to espresso with a nice dose of bourbon and vanilla. Not terribly fruity and not much of a hop note. A little jolt of alcohol tops it off.

TASTE: It's not anywhere near as complex as in the nose, but it's still a flavor bomb. Much more fruity (plums, dates) along with the chocolate. It finishes with a slightly astringent roasted note which provides plenty of bitterness to the beer and lasts long after the swallow.

MOUTHFEEL: A beer can't possibly be thicker than this one. Wonderful all around and coupled with a lower carbonation level. Despite all this, it manages to stay away from being too slick.

DRINKABILITY: A complete beast of a beer, Ten Fidy is definitely for sipping. Alcohol doesn't get in the way at all though, so it's something I'm begging for another sip of.

Very, very nice. This is a beer absolutely deserving of it's spot among the elite Imperial Stouts in the world. I'll be buying some of these again.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cjsell for hooking me up with the can.

Poured into my gigantor sniftor dark as night with a small brown head leaving nice lacing with just a little swirl. Strong odor of coffee, dark chocolate, and oats. Tastes about how it smells with a little booze kick added. The chocolate and the oats seemed to dominate at first with the coffee and moleasses flavors coming out stronger as the glass warms a bit to room temperature. Thick and chewy feel in the mouth. Overall a solid RIS and another hit from Oscar Blues. Also, it comes in a can... how can you go wrong there. They could one up themselves by putting the BA version in a can that would be twice as awsome.

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

I probably would have rated this higher, but I had some Kate the Great in the afternoon, and when I got home wanted to continue with a RIS. Poured into a tulip glass the beer was a black color with a medium-sized orange/tan head. The aroma was chocolate, coffee/roasted malt, a little vanilla. The taste followed aroma. I thought the coffee dominated, as well as showing some late, espresso-like bitterness. The beer filled me up, and was maybe a little on the harsh side. It was still a very good beer.

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Julio's in MA. . . .

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass -- a thick, slow, viscous glub-glub-glub of a pour. Body is black with a small brown head that settles quickly, leaving behind some lace. A filmy chunk (chunky film?) glob, about a quarter inch long, sits on top of the head -- not sure what it is, but it happened the first time I had one of these too. I took away from the appearance score as a result. . . .

S: Roasty malt, coffee and chocolate -- more chocolate is evident as it warms. Good strong nose hits the spots you want for an imperial stout, with the emphasis on the roasted malt and chocolate.

T: First impression is that it's like the nose: coffee, malt and chocolate are all abundantly evident. Malt flavors are both sweet (I get molasses and even dark fruit) and roasted (plenty of coffee and roasted coffee beans). Some heat is apparent on the back end of the sip, not surprisingly given the 10% ABV. Even reminds me of dark rum a little. In spite of the initial dominance of malt in the profile, it finishes with a lingering dry, almost woodsy bitterness, for a nicely balanced imperial stout.

M: Definitely full bodied but slightly creamy too.

D: Very good, especially for a beer of this strength.

Notes: Excellent. One of my favorite imperial stouts to date. Very glad I bought two 4-packs, even at not-so-cheap prices (I think it was $14 per 4-pack). . . . Worth seeking out.

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

This stuff pours a solid black like 10w40 out of an old oil can :D

The nose is that of roast, chocolate, smoke, raisins, hints of alcohol.

mouthfeel is real creamy, roasted chocolaty, silky smooth.

Drinkability is very nice could do a few of these but with 10.5 abv I would be drunk. The alcohol is very well hidden.

I cannot wait for this to come to texas.

Thanks to tprokop7 for the one can.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the thickest, blackest beer I've seen yet. You'd think you were pouring a can of 30W into a pint glass. No head, no bubbles...nothing. Just thick black syrup in your glass.
Smells of rich milk chocolate and black strap molassas.
Taste like a rich milk chocolate candy bar. Hints of coffee, roasted malts, earthy hops but this is all about the sweet chocolate flavors. It's just chocolaty enough to be good with out being overdone.
This beer coats your mouth like a chocolate milkshake.
Very drinkable for the style and being in a can adds to the drinkability imo, b/c cans are more friendly to certain drinking situations. By far the best canned beer I've had and I'm hoping more breweries put quality stuff in cans.

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

Poured straight out of the can and man was this stuff incredibly dark.

For starters, the appearance was very dark, almost black with a nice frothy, light brown head. From the get go, this stuff clung to the side of the glass and never outshined its color...a very thick treat waiting to be taken!

Smell was very rich in roasted malts and cocoa. Needless to say, there was a very strong aroma to go along with the froth and thickness this stout carried.

Taste was magnificient. The aroma of freshly roasted malts, coffe and cocoa were the primary flavors that came throughout my serving and yeah, this stuff was very top notch. An excellent bargain.

Mouthfeel was very thick, very complex, and very satisfying. I can't get enough of this stuff, as it goes down nice for a thick stout, but either way, the flavors are a must with the overall thickness as well. Very pleasantly surprised to say the least.

Drinkability is without a doubt the best thing here. I will definitely recommend this stuff not only to my father (who loves stouts) but all of my beer drinking friends. What a great brew!

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Photo of jaluria
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a viscous, deep brown-black color with a strong head that left behind some stringy lacing. The viscosity of the beer was enticing and uncommon. Aromas of cocoa, expresso, and hearty grains stood out for me. The subtle sweet aroma was quite interesting. The taste is just incredible with hints of chocolate, baked bread, and roasted coffee beans coming out at different moments. The sweetness of the beer is tempered by a hop-derived flavors that transition into deep grain-like flavors. Rich and textured in my mouth, I really enjoyed this beer, but wouldn't be able to handle more than 1 in a setting.

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

Ten Fidy, Oskar Blues, can

Black as night, under a thick, luscious brown head, a slice of chocolate frosting.

Sweet cocoa aroma, next to bittersweet notes, roasty malt next to bitter hops, deeper divinations bring out molasses, dark rum, licorice. Beautiful.

Rich and full-bodied, starting sweet and chocolate-y, ending roasty and dry.
Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can (sweet!) into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a slight coffee colored head only produced by a vigorous pour. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell is a bit one dimensional. Alcohol dominates the nose. Faint hint of chocolate as well.

Taste is nice. Chocolate and esspresso do battle with the noticable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is oil like but in a good way.

Overall, this is a tasty beer. Not the best impy stout I've had but a solid one for sure. Plus it comes in a can! Yeah it does!

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Photo of aubuc1
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can in to a goblet.

Pours black as night witha brown thin head that leaves heavy lacing.

Smells of roasted goodness- not burned but roasted. If I had ever smelled peat, I think it would be like this. Chocolate hidden in the back.

Less roasty taste, more char. Not quite a coffee taste, but a bitter, rich malt. Alcohol is masked very well in the back. If I liked coffee/char this would rank higher, but I still like the taste.

The mouthfeel of this beer really shines. It is a great thick, oily swallow.

A great beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gford217: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a huge deep brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with some vinous notes and some sweet notes. Taste is a mix between some vinous notes with some roasted malt and a quite sweet finish. I could not detect much coffee or black chocolate notes that I usually associated with the style. Full body with average carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Interesting sipper but I am not sure what the hype was all about really.

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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.
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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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,524 ratings.