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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 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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Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like sludge. Gurgling sounds emanated from the can. I think there was a tire and a boot in there as well. Not really. Smells like caramel and molasses. Some chocolate and coffee in there too. Up front on the taste is those 98 IBUs, but they actually fit pretty well here. The alcohol taste is also a little prominent. Then there's the taste of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is thick and appropriate, with low carbonation. This one's a slow sipper.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thick one finger head. Aroma of chocolate, oat, toffee, and hops. Huge bitterness. Flavor inititally of dark chocolate, but the hops quickly present, and the finish is seriously bitter. Great mouth feel. A really good, huge Imperial Stout. Note: I had a second tasting on 3/27 and let it breathe for a while (15-20 minutes). The bitterness still lasts, but all that chocolatey, malty goodness presented right up front and went along for the ride.

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

A. Pours a DARK black with a maroon tint.Two fingered head,fluffy with a maroon tint as well.Sticky lacing clinging to the rim.

S. The smell of malts gives way to an aroma of dark chocolate.Nutty/smokey the smell of coffee that was on the burner to long.With a hint of tobacco.

T. Smokey malts,dark chocolate,licorice,toffee,roasted nuts,with a hint of mint.Hops bitterness that gives way to a slight burning of alcohol.I like the alcohol burn that goes along with the bitterness of the hops.

M. Mouthfeel is creamy and silky with a pucker of bitterness.

D. Drinkability is almost perfect for this style.When I think of a RIS,I think a slow sipper with a large taste profile that lingers far past the end of your beer.

Notes. I only drink one of these in a single session.Two would be over the top and ruin the first experience.

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

Courtesy of Karen and Jeremy, thanks, shared amongst the gathering at biegaman's Saison tasting. Poured motor oil black, opaque with a thin brown head. Bubbles are miniscule, observed at the edges of the glass. Smell of coffee beans and cocoa. Astringent in the mouth, tastes of overpowering bitter dark chocolate, I found it bone dry with sharp edges and with a lingering astringency that was almost annoying in its dryness. The alcohol was cleverly hidden. The finish was extremely long. Altogether, this is a really nice example of an Imperial Stout and I'd love to try it again sometime.

Update June 1, 2009, the same beer sampled from a can. My notes would be almost the same but there is a molasses smell in the mix and I would rate the drinkability and mouthfeel a half-point higher as the astringency is not quite so dominant without sacrificing the full flavours. Again, a very long finish and the alcohol again is well handled. Cheers!

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

One of my favorite beers of all time. I would love to see what Ten Fidy would be like cellared, but I just don't see that happening.

Pours darker than a black steer's tuckus on a moonless prarie night (B.L.). The lack of carbonation only helps out the originality of this fine brew.

Viscous, intimidating, and always sought after, Ten Fidy is a thing of beauty. I never drink more than two, always trying to curtail moderation in fine things.

Lack of carbo hurts the smell-score, but I just can't bring myself to give it lower than a 4, on anything. Creosote, toffee, leather, briquettes, gear oil, and all other delicious dark liquids find their way into the flavor profile of this beer. It's just that complex.

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Photo of ewright
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: This can issues forth inky blackness that absorbs all light that falls on its surface. A thin layer of espresso-like head forms on top and slowly dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S: Faint hints of licorice, espresso and dark chocolate. I love the aroma, but it could be stronger. I'd rate this .5 - 1 point higher if the nose was more prominent.

T: Too much alcohol burn up front. Behind the burn I sense flavors of prune and burnt sugar. Late EDIT: The burn diminishes as the beer warms up. Some coffee notes are obvious. Bumping +.5

M: Thick, chewy, creamy ... carbonation is light and very fine. The only drawback is the strength of the alcoholic aftertaste.

D: This is such a mixed bag ... it looks and feels great. It could smell great if it was more pronounced. The taste ... hard to say, but the alcohol burn is just too prominent to mark this very high. I plan to hold on to one or two cans to see what six months does to it.

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

Poured as black as motor oil. Absolutely no light coming through this drink. Topped off by a finger of reddish brown foamy head that provided plenty of lacing.

Smeill is chocolate and raisins, in a great mixture. The first whiff of Ten Fidy I knew it was going to be a winner.

Taste is heavily weighted with coffee, but very smooth and unlike a lot of other brews in the class you don't really taste the alcohol. There is no astringent alcohol taste that usually turns me off to a RIS.

Mouth feel is smooth ans creamy, full bodied and very drinkable.

This may be the finest example in the style that I've ever sampled. I simply love this one.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is an astonishingly rich beer, remarkable in many ways, but its very size probably works against it as a drinkable beer. Only the heartiest of souls will want more than one of these in a session. In fact, this might be the only beer you can take in a day.

Pours incredibly black, with a slow-developing black-to-brown head that froths like a well-poured stout out of a nitro tap. The smell is powerfully woody and chocolaty and noticeable inches away from the glass. The taste is everything an Imperial Stout should should be - charred wood, bourbon, chocolate, raisins, coffee. It has a lingering bitter, smoky finish that clings to the tongue. The mouthfeel is amazing - rich, clingy, and luxurious. This is a beer to sip and enjoy over a long period. The beer's vast character, however, hurts its overall drinkability. Not everyone is going to want such a beer and even die-hard stout fans might find it too heavy under many circumstances.

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Photo of ph2001
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can in pint glass

pours THICK like motor oil. no light gets through at all. there is minimal head and a nice mild stout scent.

it is thick and coats the mouth with a velvety smoothness. very chocolatey, carmel flavors come out as well. alcohol slightly warms the throat. very smooth and drinkable for an IS.

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

Served in a nonic

Appearance: Poured thick and syrupy. Beautiful camel colored head four fingers thick. Cascaded for a bit but settled down into a lighter froth. The body was black as a moonless night, no translucency when held to light. Seemed almost like a thick old-fashioned cola in its consistency. This one is thicker than your average RIS.

Smell: Sweet licorice, vanilla, and caramel were most prominent for me. Some chocolate and wood undertones. The aroma of licorice snaps was very pleasing.

Taste: Vanilla and dark chocolate were quite demonstrative. A great compromise of sweetness and bitterness. Not overly sweet, but no bitter after-bite either. Chocolate and caramel played a larger role in the latter half of this beer. It's a powerhouse without smacking you in the face.

Mouthfeel: Smoother than silk. Words may not do its smoothness justice in my opinion. Smooth and powerful like a well-made triple-shot mocha. Did I mention it was smooth?

Drinkability: If you appreciate a solid RIS, this is a must drink. I wish it was readily available in my area. Finishing off my pint was like the end of a roller coaster ride - I was satisfied, relaxed, but mostly disappointed it was over and damn thankful I had the experience. This beer doesn't leave you wanting, just wanting more.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

CAN you dig it, man?

I am giving myself over to hedonism in support of the troops on Memorial Day weekend. I am joining a nudist colony, the '70's show about swingers has reopened people's eyes to the lifestyle, some ganja is on the menu ...

And now - Ten Fidy at 1103 (Local, EDT). In cracking open the top of the can, it was filled to the brim! Holy microbrew, Batman! I had beer everywhere, as though the can could barely contain its contents. This would NOT be the canned beer to drink on the Schuyllkill Expressway headed to Wachovia Center. What a friggin' mess!

The viscosity of this beer is what immediately jumped out. Thick, full, motor oil, you name it, as long as its black and thick, you got it. Hey, wasn't there a '70's era porn star who might apply? You get the idea.

The head, which was easily two fingers of mocha brown, actually cascaded. The retention was low, but the lacing was mad nice, yo!

I just laughed at the appearance. "Would monsieur care for a nice glass of motor oil?" or "You're going to put THAT in ME?!?" (squealing with a joy usually unheard). F**ksake! Deep, dark brown, black, really. Viscous, unforgiving.

The nose was all of it. Chocolate, coffee, raisins, anything deep, dark, and bitter.

Mouthfeel? Is this beer?!? I've eaten fudge that was less thick!

Drinkability: 10% in a CAN?!? I'll down a sixer at my local. Sweet!

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as oil an pours like it as well. Thin dark brown head with almost no retention. Excellent lacing.

S - Espresso and alcohol. Very strong coffee smell.

T - Dominated by the coffee taste but also a hint of chocolate. Super malty but enough hop bite to provide a good balance. Has to be a ton of hops to balance out the malt. Be sure to let this one warm a little as it is rather bland if too cold but comes to life as it warms.

M/D - Full bodied and super smooth. Just a little carbonation. Very drinkable RIS.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rtratzlaff for the local hook-up...enjoy that ruination!

12 oz. can into a Duvel chalice.

Pours an opaque, seal brown body with a tall, creamy, dark brown head. The foam is so dark that swirling the glass blends the outer reaches of the head into a blackened, oily mass. Retention is phenomenal, and some nice lacing gets left behind. I've smelled better RIS's, but the aroma is still good: roasted milk chocolate malts, espresso, vanilla, and some nuttiness.

Huge roasted notes picked up immediately in the flavor: burnt coffee & cocoa. Resinous hoppy bite on the finish is balanced by a syrupy alcohol warmth. One of the better usage of hops you'll find in an RIS. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, creamy, uber-thick and well-carbonated. Lingering burnt malts and hops last a bit too long on the finish...I'm still tasting this beer fifteen minutes later. All in all, Oskar Blues delivers yet another enjoyable brew. The alcohol is noticable, but at 10%, I'm suprised that it doesn't detract from the experience. Definately worth seeking out again.

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

Thanks SPLITGRIN for this one. Can poured into a snifter.

Pitch black, with a nice, fluffy cocoa colored head, with good retention and lots of lacing.
Very nice, strong aroma of roasted malts; chocolate; coffee, molasses, and even some dark fruits make an appearance.
Quite full on the palate, a deep flavor that resonates the aroma, and it matched my late night chocolate quite well. Finishes dry/bitter.
Drinkability is quite good for such a tasty, full bodied stout.
Impressive, and very worthwhile. Not a lot of beers tating like this out of a can.

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Photo of marcpal
3.06/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one alongside a Storm King to see if I could pick up differences. This one was good but came up short.

12oz can poured into snifter.

A: This thing looks like motor oil. Thats all there is too it- intimidating from a can.

N: Roasted chocolate and malts. I do detect some licorice on this one but an absence of hop flavors.

T: Roasted coffee, espresso and raisins. As it warmed, I actually didnt like the flavor as much and tasted more of the alcohol and burn. Far from put off tasting, but not great. Something I cant pinpoint here but the strength of roast is not pleasant.

M: Coatingly thick, a bit too much. Some bitterness would have been helpful to balance this one out.

D: High alcohol detection, overly thick oily feel leads this to lower ratings. I far favor the Storm King and may not just be my style here.

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Photo of israel
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What can you say about Ten Fidy that hasn't already be said. This beer pours like used motor oil, and is only ever recognizable as beer when the espresso colored head forms. The head clings to the sides of the glass, but never really sticks around. The aroma is big with it's notes of coffee and dark chocolates. The flavor certainly follows suit with the aroma, but the chocolate notes really seem to dominate the initial flavors. The mouthfeel is really deceiving as initially the beer goes down smooth, but leaves a sensation of the back of your throat being coated with syrup. This may sound unappealing but only adds to the experience with an intense after tast that hangs around for quite some time. This beer comes across as immensely drinkable, but with the high ABV. it is wise to refrain. Overall this beer deserves any hype that it may receive, and I am always on the look out for it. This beer has really opened my eyes to what an imperial stout can taste like, and has got me even more excited about whats next.

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

If you like full body, super heavy roasted, smooth, creamy stouts overflowing with chocolate and roasted coffee and smoky goodness, perfectly blended with delicious juicy piny hops, stop reading this and go drink some of this right now. This is one of my favorites. I really wish they had this in NC. Each one I have, I like better than the last. The heavy roasted character, is a bit of a shock at first.

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

A : Pours a thick black motor oil with a nice brown head that stuck around.

S : Roasted malts with some chocolate and alcohol notes. Pretty much what I would expect from an Imperial Stout

T : Wow. It's got roasted malts with some coffee flavors. It's got some chocolate flavors also. It finishes with a nice hop bitterness that just rounds out the flavor.

M : Creamy and smooth. It's a meal in a glass

D : It's a sipper but one I plan on getting more of to drink.

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Photo of claytri
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured coal black with a good bit of light brown head that stayed throughout. The smell was of roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. The taste was of toasted malt a little sweetness on the back end and bit of coffee mixed in. The feel was heavy and dry. This was a very nice drinkable RIS, very enjoyable, but I would have preferred a bit more sweetness.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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