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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,383
Hads: 8,843
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 4.18%
Wants: 630
Gots: 2,238 | FT: 123
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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 asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a pint glass. Who replaced the beer with honey?

Appearance: Opaque body of course, but a nicely billowing and ridiculously indefatigable head that sticks all over the place in rings and circles and smears of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Visceral all the way, with charred, roasted, burned, conflagration-like characteristics all the way through in the nose. Bitter coffee comes through as it warms, along with some bitter chocolate. A bit of sweetness and dark berries is evident, but this beer doesn't want to be coy about its intensity.

Taste: Roasted, burned, and charred everything, from wood, to charcoal, to tar. This is probably the most unapologetically visceral brew I've ever had the pleasure to taste. As it warms, mocha sweetness and bitter coffee come through, along with the assumed dark berry sweetness, with some oats, some scotch, and finishing semi-dry with a bit of citrus, balanced extremely well, and lingering for a hell of a long time.

Mouthfeel: Pure silk on all accounts. There are milkshakes that can't produce a smoothness like this.

Drinkability: An RIS to seek out, though don't if you can't handle it, because this thing's insane. This is the Arrogant Bastard of RIS, and I'm surprised they don't have a lengthy sermon on the can or website, because it deserves one. I picked up a 4-pack, and I have 2 cans left. I can't see the brew holding up for a while in the can, so those will probably see the light of day soon. (1,473 characters)

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

Pours opaque black with a half-inch head of tan. Enough foam to leave some rings and strings of lacework.
The nose is chock full of RIS goodness. Fudgy chocolate, espresso, cocoa nubs, and black forest cake batter.
A mild resinous hop note is also present.
The mouthfeel is big, chewy, and thick. Creamy and drying.
Dark chocolate, kona roast, charred malt, and fudge batter fill the bill on the pallet nicely.
A slightly green hop note is underlying and barely beats the warming alcohol as it finishes. The alcohol builds a bit, and stops short of being hot. Faintly numbing on the back of the tongue and throat though.

This must be the "year of the big, bad stout", as this monster will help testify.
My only gripe is the lame can. A beer as good as this should be in a wax-sealed 750, ready for a ten-year nap on it's side. (827 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this (as the last little bit able to be squeezed out of the tap) at MaHaffey's, thanks to Stace the wonderful bartender; she could see the sadness in my eys when I heard it was all out, so she somehow coerced the tap to pour one last bit of beer for me to drink.
Absolutely opaque, black body with a huge soapy tan head and excellent retention. Lacing was extraordinary.
The aroma was excellent as well, with coffee and chocolate leading the way but dark fruits and toffee in there as well. Very comlpex.
The taste was much of the same; coffee and espresso, chocolate and caramel malts. Very good.
The mouthfeel was a little on the bitter side for my tastes; the coffee acidity came out, as did the feel/taste of alcohol (no surprise since its 10%). The bitterness seemed to be at odds with the sweet and ultimately overtook that feling. Very full bodied and almost chewy. This is a meal.
Overall this was a fantastic beer and worth the hype. Hats off to OB. (963 characters)

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

Thanks to BA'ers smellysell & session1979 for hooking me up with a few cans of the Original Release of this beer.

Appearance: Can opened with barely a pop of C02. Poured briskly into a Riedel stemless wineglass. Beer is as black as onyx and as viscous as motor oil. A beautiful 2 to 3 finger head of dense, pillowy tan foam that resembles hot cocoa slowly recedes to a thick top layer, leaving a trail of lacing down the side of the glass. Excellent retention.

Smell: At first the nose is hard to discern. Hints of burnt malt give way to cocoa, coffee, and a strong alcohol scent as the beer approaches room temperature.

Taste: What a world of flavors! The ABV here is well-masked by the strong flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee, complimented by hints of caramel. A pleasing bitterness that goes perfectly with the other flavors rewards each sip. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and syrupy. Coats the mouth with velvety smoothness and leaves a sticky residue behind. Nary a hint of carbonation. Warming alcohol sensation greets the stomach.

Drinkability/Overall Impression: Wow. This is quite a concoction. The ABV here will definitely catch up with you before long, so I don't know how many of these you could have in one sitting before becoming completely incapacitated. It's definitely a sipper, but quite exceptional for the style. Perfect for a cold winter night, or when you need to feel warm all over. The beer definitely has a "sweet spot", however, as the last few sips of warmest beer couldn't stand up to the earlier, cooler draws. Definitely a keeper! (1,592 characters)

Photo of turbine2475
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GeorgiaBeer for this trade:
A - Opaque jet black color with a thick mocha head that disipated slowly into a heavy lace. Was impressesd with how well this beer coated. Each Successive sip left a thick coating that left a darkened yellow hue down the glass.
S - Dark chocolates and Roasted coffee with a light hint of dark sugars like prunes and maple that had been in a reduction.
T - Lots of coffee and chocolate with the roasted nature being the predominate theme and the fruity sweet that I detected earlier gave way to the presence of light hops.
M - Creamy and deep with a good balance of carbonation that has a thick coating.
D - Execelent beer that I would love to have access to here in Texas but sadly is not so. First of the craft brews that I have had out of a can, and it did not disapoint. So smooth that the ABV might sneak up on you, but in the end who cares. (884 characters)

Photo of joezak5
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a 4 pack at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99. I do have to believe that $10.50 would have been the more appropriate price.

Appearance: Minus for the can. The lady ringing me up took one look at the $11.76 price and said that it couldn't be right. The wide mouth can opened to a weak sound and splashed a few drops on the counter. One in the Duvel sniffter is was a beautiful pitch black with thick cocoa head.

Smell: Very rich roasted malt with a slight spicy background.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly inviscid and uncarbonated. The warmth of the alcohol starts to slide in with a very smooth swish.

Taste: Fairly straightforward roasted malt but without the bite at the end. The alcohol is very well hidden. The hops kick in on the swallow and the finishing exhale is a very mild roast.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. I think the deceptiveness of the hidden alcohol and it's smooth texture. (930 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ten Fidy pours like motor oil and if it gets on your hands its like iodine. This stuff is strong and syrupy and inky black in color. The head is brown and thin like the top of hardcore espresso (when you can see the caffeine!). It smells heavenly, like rich, roasted coffee, dark malts and even a bit like burnt toast and teriyaki. It's a great fresh smell that I'm thinking is preserved extremely well by it being canned.

Ten Fidy goes down smooth. Way smoother than I was thinking it would. The rich malty taste is complex and the high alcohol content is extremely well hidden. I'm glad I'm home for the night since I am sure its going to hit me when I least expect it. (673 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a sinister looking thick black liquid from the can - looks thick and syrupy during the pour. Liquid is capped by a thick and frothy brown head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves lots of sticky lace.

Roasty aroma of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Faint hint of dark fruit and alcohol. Fairly straight-forward scents.

Flavor is similar to the aroma - big roasted character of dark roast coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. A little molasses and caramel are present as well. The roasted bitterness helps to balance the sweet malty flavors. Finishes with linger roast and a touch of alcohol (rum-raisin).

Wonderful mouthfeel. Full bodied, thick, smooth, and a little chewy. Not cloying or sticky, which was a little surprising. Perfect carbonation, which I am growing to expect from Oskar Blues.

Good drinkability, but defiantly a big sipper that's more of a nightcap. Lacking somewhat in complexity, but has great straight-forward flavors. Very nice. (972 characters)

Photo of Poser
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip. Pours dark black with heavy, lingering tan head. Smells of coffee and maybe some dark chocolate. There's also some orange hiding in there as well. Taste starts with mild chocolate with coffee and smokey, roasted malts coming later. There's also a faint bit of cream. Very complex with a lot of bitterness at the end. (337 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. The brew pours a sinister black color into my glass, leaving a slight coating of head over top of the brew. This beer is dark. No light was making it through the stream pouring out of the can. Wow. The aroma is ashy burnt roasted maltwith some sweet molasses notes and just a hint of chocolate. This one smells promising. The first sip brings a strong burnt malt backbone that moves to a light molasses sweetness, followed by a solid pine hop that brings notes of coffee to the party as it mingles with the burnt notes. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on my tongue well after swallowing the beer. I'm pretty impressed with this one. It pulls all the flavors together; I had it on draft and was not at all impressed, so this is a pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is very thick, with just a hint of carbonation. This certainly fits the brew. Overall, this brew delivers. I think the deepness of the burnt malt really works well with the hop profile of the brew to bring new flavors from the marriage that would not otherwise develop. Glad to have had this one. (1,073 characters)

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

Thanks to olddirtysurfer for this can. I have yet to have an Oskar Blues product I didn't like.
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter.

A. Dark old engine oil color with a large fluffy mocha head that slowly dissipates and leaves great lacing.

S. This is definitely a beer to smell as it warms. Predominate chocolate maltiness with a hint of dark fruits. Some hops show through.

T. Very chocolately with a great coffee aftertaste. The maltiness is foremost.

M. Very creamy and pleasing texture. Great oily finish.

D. Except for the 10% abv I could drink this all day! A great RIS from Oskar blues!!! (608 characters)

Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to RutgersBeerGuy for this one.

Color: The color of motor oil. Pitch black beyond all return. Very thin head that's brown in color.

Aroma: Strong chocolate aroma with creaminess. Roasty. A decent whiff of coffee. Rich. Malty.

(best to let this bad boy warm up and then detect aroma)

Taste: Smooth and creamy upfront. Rich. Lots and lots of roastiness in the middle. The hops show through well. Chocolate and dark fruits galore. A second sip just confirms this one. The roastiness is what makes this such a great example of an imperial stout. The alcohol is well-hidden as well.

Mouthfeel: Dry and roasty. Creamy. Smooth.

Verdict: A beautiful, marvelous example of a RIS...but in a can! Who thought that such malty, roasty goodness could come from a can? I'm in love with this beer. I must have more. Apparently, I'm not alone either. Honestly, I just have to give this beer high props because

1. I've never had such a good beer out of a can
2. Russian Imperial Stouts are my favorite style and honestly, I don't see that many where I'm from. I always have to import the best stuff by trade or by travel.
3. It's such a brilliant idea. I wish more breweries thought outside of the box like Oskar Blues has.

Marvelous. I still have quite a bit left in my glass and plan to savor this one to the last drop. (1,321 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looked amazing coming out of the can. The black against AL was impressive. Once in my Darkness tulip, dark patches of black settled between bubbles. This then fell to an impenetrable blackness with an inch of cocoa creamy foam. Looked a lot like milk froth even. Very nice.

Smells of dry dark fruits that intermingle with a sappy green wood. This sadly rounds out into a touch of cough syrup and a hint of celery. Beneath it all there's a dark chocolate backed by a boozy sting. There are some less than desirable aromas here, but the overall blend is quite nice.

Tastes very subdued at first with only pricks of dryness on the edges of my tongue and a faint cherry sweetness but then blossoms with a toasty coffee and dark chocolate. That green sappy wood is back too. This just sorta stops here and the sting on my tongue just gets amplified in the finish lingering along with some burnt coffee and smokey wood. Not bad at all, but rather monochromatic.

Feels really slick and quite small. The carbonation is present but seems to be hiding.

A nice take on the style, but far from my favorite. That being said, if you're an Old Rasputin fan, you just may go nuts for this beer. (1,188 characters)

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

Pours an opaque black with one finer of dark mocha/tan head on it. It is very strange seeing a black beer pouring out of a can, and also not getting the canned "hiss" when opened. I rather like pouring this beer from can to glass. There is a ton of bittersweet chocolate in the nose with secondary scents of roasted coffee, molassas, hops, and some dark fruit. Quite the impressive nose on an imperial stout. The roasted coffee flavors come through at first sip, but other flavors intermingle quite well like powdered bitter cocoa, roasted grain, and burnt currants/plums. You notice all the flavors, but the bitter coffee/chocolate flavor comes through in every drink. I can barely detect any alcohol on the palate as well. This beer is velvety smooth and full bodied. The carbination is low as it should be. The drinkability is top-notch for this beer, and I would stock my house with it if I could find it locally, but I would have to be in the mood for this beer and wouldn't drink it on all occassions.

Overall I am pretty damned impressed by this beer. Personally it goes in my top 10 of all time. (1,104 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Great looking silver and black can with a mountain scene above the Ten Fidy logo. Would be nice to have date information, but obviously that won't be an issue with this for a while.

Appearance: Pours from the can very thick, completely black with a very dark brown colored good sized head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Alcohol, lots of bitter and roasted aromas. Some dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, very bitter in flavor. The bitterness is a nice combination of hops and espresso. Tons of roasted flavors, and the coffee and chocolate definitely shows up too.

Overall impression: Wow - this is definitely going to be a staple for camping this summer. Amazing to get this quality of beer in a can, and it seems to be readily available on the shelves in Colorado now. (819 characters)

Photo of irishevans
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours pitch black with a thin medium brown head, smells like a floral chocolate milk, an inviting one anyway. nice thick mouth-feel, and a flavor of chocolate malt, minor hop flavor, and a hint of caramel. the scary thing about it, is it drinks like milk, skim milk, in other words far, far too easy for it's abv. wonderful brew don't pass it up. (346 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours motor oil black with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, black and chocolate malt scent that's bitter and roasted. Some hops sneak through the darkness. The taste is good. It has a very bitter, black malt and hop flavor. It's got a nice roasted character also, but the black malts prevail. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a FULL bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I have to say that it's a bit over-hyped. It's about as black as a beer gets. But where is the complexity? All in all, I'm glad I finally got a chance to try this one. Thanks JJ. (646 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Looked like oil when poured. Nice tan head formed that left some nice lace.

smell - Java beans, and dark chocolate.

taste - Dark chocolate taste with a bitterness to it.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Pretty good beer, I would buy this again, seems like a hot little item. (298 characters)

Photo of abankovich
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a can filled completely up to the brim. It's funny opening a can and not getting the hiss that you'd normally expect from the carbonation in pop.

Actually very little head at all on this one. Poured aggressively into my snifter, this beer looks like oil while it's pouring out. Completely black, no light is able to get through when I hold it up in the air. The very thin head that did form was a nice brown color while it lasted. There is definitely a lot that clings to the sides of the glass when I swirl it or take a drink.

Smells of chocolate and java are hitting my nose but not overwhelming at all.

This beer is delicious. I love it and wish I lived in a state that sold it. Smooth chocolate is what I notice up front, it even feels like I'm drinking thick chocolate milk and I want to chew what's in my mouth. There is a quick hint of the alcohol in the middle that fades away to a very toasty flavor that lingers for awhile. Definitely warming as it goes down, and filling.

Again, I would love to have access to this beer. Very rich, filling, smooth, full and flavorful. Thanks again to RustyDiamond for the trade. (1,141 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky to have this one on tap at Zeno's...thanks Dave!

A-Deep, light absorbing black with a ridiculous dark tan head that looked like a living creature. Left heavy lacing throughout. One of the best looking beers I have seen.

S-Some liight chocolate and burnt malt. Not as intense as I would have expected.

T-Chocolate, burnt malts and a slight bourbonesque tatse. Really nice tatse throughout.

M-Smooth and creamy. This has a serious good mouthfeel. So big and rich....ends with an odd alcoholic finish...keeping this from getting a 5.

D-Very nice but a bit too big to have many of. Glad to have had it on tap. (616 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Jdiddy, thanks again.

Funny, when I grabbed this can from the fridge, I went looking for my bottle opener. Yet another benefit of canned beer, no need for one!

I have to say, it looks very cool, and also very odd seeing a black brew pouring out of a can. But it sure looks great, and matches well with the black and silver can.

Beer is a dark flat black color, with a great tan head.

Aromas are very nice, dark bitter chocolates, nutty, and creamy.

Taste is strong. This beer doesn't have any subtleness to it. This is a big black brew. There is a big dark malt presence, some coffee, nutty flavors, and very bitter dark chocolates. Alcohol is present, and gives the beer a warm feeling. While the finish is dry with some very bitter mineral flavors from the hops.

Mouthfeel is ok. Seems too thin for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a tasty and a quite good Russian Imperial Stout. It's not great though, I can think of a few others in the style that I prefer.

Kudos to Oskar Blues for continuing to put out very good beers in my favorite vessel, the can. (1,095 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a thick tan head that laces the glass all the way down. This beer smells of deep roasted malts and some hop bitterness and a little bit of alcohol. It tastes of sweet deep roasted malts but there is a slight burnt taste along with some hoppy bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is good - very thick rich and creamy. The drinkability is good as I could have more than one of these in a night. (422 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bad boy in a trade w gkatsoris, thanks George!

12oz can, served in a standard pint glass.

A - black, with a coffee colored head that remained as a layer the entire time, leaving brown globs of lacing on the glass.

S - 'cocoa puffs' chocolatey aroma.

T - better than cocoa puffs, semi-sweet chocolate flavor gets a bitter kick in the pants on the finish.

M - thick, rich, smooth and creamy.

D - a yummy treat. (423 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial stout in a can... cool. Thanks to Oxymoron for sending this in a recent trade.
Pretty much black with faint brown edges, looked pretty thick during the pour. Fine, dark brown foam that left some streaky lacing on the glass. Though there isn't a lot there, it had good head retention. Chocolate/toffee aroma, some licorice, roasty, with faint fruity hops. Spicy? Super malty with solid, balanced bitterness. Lots of bready malts, bittersweet chocolate, slightly burnt, with citrusy hops hiding in the middle and lingering with toffee in the finish. There's a dark, ripe fruit character hiding in there too. Roast was milder than expected, letting the richness of the malt stay in the forefront, but it did manage to fill out the finish. Delicious. Awesome mouthfeel. Thick and creamy, silky texture, fine carbonation. Chewy and very heavy. Luxurious. Wow. No hint of alcohol at all, making this an insanely drinkable (and dangerous) imperial stout. Highly recommended. (976 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This fantastically unique RIS pours a completely opaque, ink black body with a luscious, dark brown, 1/2 inch of foam perched on top. The incredibly attractive head lasts good and long as well. This is essentially what an RIS should look like in my opinion. I can't imagine how I would improve it.

Wow, the aroma is just plain surprising; and in a good way. I expected a big, chocolaty, coffee, roast bomb (and don't get me wrong, those flavors are in there), but the primarily contributor to aroma is definitely the big leafy, bitter hops. I've never had an RIS that's been hopped this well while still maintaining such a fantastic texture. The hops are certainly something to behold but beyond that there is tons of deep, roasty notes and a hint of vanilla. Ridiculously unique.

The flavor is super creamy and formidable with smoke, strong black coffee, bitter baking cocoa, and even more of those delicious, pungent hops. Earthy, deep and roasty. So complex and satisfying. I've heard good things about this selection, but I wasn't expecting it to be this fantastic.

What a mouthfeel. Thick and creamy with a juicy, dense, syrup feel. It's essentially like sipping extremely tasty, aromatic motor oil but with a slight fluffy feel in the finish. This is one to savor, especially on a chilly, snowy nigh like tonight. (1,323 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,383 ratings.