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 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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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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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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