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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,441 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,441
Hads: 9,099
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 665
Gots: 2,407 | FT: 122
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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.
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Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Scary looking. Pitch black, I can't recall a darker brew. The thin head is a few shades lighter than black.

Smells of chocolate and bread. There are some roasty aromas as well.

Starts sweet with a ton of dark chocolate. Some berry and cherry flavors follow. The finish is full of coffee and roasty flavors. Very dry finish to balance the sweet start. There is a lingering roastiness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is luxurious, thick, and chewy. Amazing.

I am impressed with this brew. Flavors are great and the mouthfeel is unearthly. If you can find this consider yourself lucky. Highly recommended.

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Photo of illidurit
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of peabody. Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with no highlights and a super dark brown head of about 2 fingers. Great retention with some solid lace.

Aroma is a really rich, bright, milky chocolate, with almost a graham cracker sweetness to it. No roastiness or booze, just delightful chocolate.

Taste leads you to believe it is similar to the aroma for about a millisecond before slamming the tongue with roasted coffee. A nice herbal hop bitterness melds well with the roasty bitterness to create a dry, lingering finish that has a bit of anise to it.

Mouthfeel is huge and chewy yet soft, with the perfect amount of carbonation. A very drinkable RIS.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

UPDATE: 5/1/09 - 4/5/4.5/4.5/4.5
Loved this beer "fresh," figured I'd give ageing it a try.

Look is a deep brown, near black color, with absolutely no highlights. A small tan head over top that dissolves down to a fine film fairly quickly.

Nose is pretty huge. Enormouse cookies, chocolate, molasses, some prunes, maybe cherry liqueur.

Flavor is likewise monstrous. Huge cookies, roasted malt, coffee. Rolls into chocolate. A touch of dried fruit. Light hops in the aftertaste. Maybe a hint of butter.

Body is thick and full. Lightly creamy. Mild to very mild carbonation, but it works well.

Excellent beer. Don't really recall many differences from my initial tasting, but it's fantastic nonetheless.

ORIGINAL: 4/19/08- 4.5/5/4.5/4.5/5
This beer is amazing, so I'll just start off with that. Pours a motor oil pitch-black with a deep amber/brown head. Mediocre looking lacing that drips the whole way through. Looks excellent. Nose is all over the place. First off lots of roasted malt, then a crazy hit of drying hops. Loads of cookies, chocolate, and some swirling dried fruit. Light spiciness. Incredibly sweet and delicious. Flavor's a lot hoppier; tons of coffee, crazy roasted malt. Dried fruit, very light alcohol flavors that come on stronger as it warms. Body is thick, although a little thinner than some other RISs I've had. hen I don't care that it's 10% ABV. It's absolutely amazing. An exceptional brew, and one of the better RISs I've had. Love to try it on tap.

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Photo of ABHatter
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First can of beer that I've had since last summer on the golf course.

A- Pours out of the can like motor oil. Very nice color (pitch black) I think a flashlight couldn't go through this one. Very nice 1/2 inch shaved chocolate color head. It even looks a little purple (Maybe it's the lighting in my kitchen).

S- Amazing! Dark chocolate & Mocha. Maybe even a little chocolate mousse nuances.

T- Very very nice. Lots of chocolate & lots of coffee.

M- Very well rounded. It actually has some soft characteristics to it.

D- Drinkibility is somewhat good for a RIS that is 10% abv, Normally I will only drink one and then move on to something a little lighter.

This is a terrific RIS. I'm glad to finally try this after hearing all the hype about it.

Great beer!!!

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can

Pours a viscous, used motor oil black with barely a hint of a tan head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Rich, roasty aroma with lots of espresso and dark cocoa smells. A bit boozy as it warms.

Instantly hammered with a rather aggressive hop bitterness that lasts throughout and beyond the finish. Deep roasted malts, espresso, and dark cocoa flavors abound.

Full thick body, very light carbonation.

Well, this is indeed a nice RIS, but it just doesn't meet the hype that surrounds it (and I'm not sure it even merits the retail price).

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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you pour the beer I think to myself I've gotta take this back to the store, this oil is already used. Glossy black like ink. Head is three fingers of rocky chocolate colored head with great retention. Leaves lots of lace. Nose is just as big with smoked malt, toasted bread crust, and even a hint of black licorice and vanilla. A big bitter toassted malt feel coats the entire mouth on first sip. Dark burnt blackness really drives the palate of this brew. A bit of a nutty feel develops twords the end along with a bit of warm Belgium waffles dripped in molases. This Impy really does lack sweetness that would balance it out and score even better with me. It drinks best quite warm. Alchol is well hidden but warms the belly well. Mouthfeel is an ashey burnt bitter feel. Drinkabilty is very much a sipper like straight esspresso.

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

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Near pitch black. The head pours a half finger thick and dissipates almost immediately. Thin sticky lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Roasted coffee bean. Oatmeal.

T: Big flavors of dark bitter chocolate and deep roasted coffee are followed by a soft hop presence. Roasted caramel malts give off a pleasant astrigent bite. The sweetness of oats with a warming alcohol sensation.

M: Slick and slightly thin for an RIS. Minimal carbination. Dry and warming.

D: Given the high ABV this brew is dangerous. Well balanced with alot of flavor. I would like to revisit this beer again but next time out of the can. Recommended.

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a long lasting and creamy 3" tan colored head.

Smell: roasted malt aromas are big and easy to pull out of the glass.

Taste: big roasted malts, prunes, raisins, molasses, and a nice bitterness makes a great RIS. The toasted tones linger throughout the swallow. Alcohol provides some mild warming.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start with it becoming almost syrupy and dry at the finish. Heavy in body. Super long aftertaste as the flavors glue themselves to your tongue.

Drinkability: a totally satisfying RIS. Having this style available in a can is great. Easy to drink and enjoyable despite the high cost for it.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great beer. I am really happy that OB is finally coming to Texas.

Poured a 12oz. can into a snifter.

Appearance - This beer is BLACK - one of the deepest colored RISs I have ever sampled. It looks like this could stain the glass I have it in. It produced a deep brown 1/2 finger head and left behind a minimal amount of lacing.

Smell - Roasty with a huge cocoa component with a sweet hue. Very powdery and dusty smelling, like actual cocoa powder. There is a distant cherry scent in there as well. The smell isn't overly complex, it is very one sided - though it is a very enticing scent.

Taste - Heavy chocolate, but it sort of runs the chocolate gambit. There is a heavy dark chocolate edge, with a bitter cocoa powder tinge that is closely tied to the hops. It is pretty roasty, but also contains a hint of cherry. The hop profile rounds it all out with a nice bitter finish. The ABV is extremely well hidden for it being 10%. This is very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but fairly thin for the style - though this is not to its disadvantage. It definitely has enough carbonation to keep it interesting. It is pretty slick and oily textured, and this makes for a really easy drinking RIS.

Drinkability - This is a really well crafted beer. I have found that some RISs need some time to develop, and need to be cellared for a while, but this is excellent as it is. It is easy drinking, and certainly not overpowering. Since it comes in a aluminum can and is able travel to where glass bottles sometimes can't, and its ABV is so well hidden, I can see how this could easily be a very dangerous beer - in a good way.

Perhaps the best beer I have ever had out of a can.

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Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a dark tan head, very little retention (not surprising for its strength), leaves a nice leg on the glass.

S: Dark molasses, booze, dark bread and a light fruitiness.

T: Dark molasses, rye bread, booze, coffee, dark chocolate, plenty of hop bitterness, light roasted acidity (undoubtedly smoothed by some oats).

M: Thick with a dry alcohol finish.

D: Remarkably drinkable for something this big & bitter.

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Photo of SaltyLime
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black with one of the darkest heads I have ever seen

Smell - nice aromas, almost like a darker and heavier version of Oskar's Old Chub

Taste - nice complexities in here, I should rate it higher, but tried it right after a few other favorite RIS's and I will rate compoaratively reserved for now

Mouthfeel - solid full body with appropriate carbonation

Drinkability - definitely a pleasure for an impy lover, will have more, and will recommend

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Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep rich black with a quarter inch mocha colored head. Smells of roasted coffee with a vanilla/milk chocolate sweetness. Taste is nicely malty on the front, chocolate on the finish with some mild coffee bitterness throughout. Very smooth and pleasant to drink.

Updated. After drinking 4 more over the last 2 months, I have become more and more impressed.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice brown/tan head that fall immediately leaving behind no lacing, but this super black color with brown/chocolate edges. The smell is very coffee roasty. Taste is sweet and roasty with a good bitter aftertaste that makes me think of a hoppy bitterness which may be. Very drinkable with a great smooth mouthfeel that's heavy on the tongue. I enjoyed this fine brew. Thanks Ave for the trade.

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

Ordered from Liquor Max in Co. Thanks Nick.

I definitely wowed some friends pouring this amazing beer from a can. Pours motor oil black with a thick, mocha colored head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is very similar with a majority coming from the chocolate and roasted malt taste and then a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is very thick and expected of an RIS. The alcohol is hidden very well in the smell and taste for a 10%ABV beer thus it is pretty drinkable but I can't see having more than a couple in a session.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty187 and smellysell for this beer.

Pours an inky black, with a dense one finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a solid sheet on the glass.

Smell; a little charred malts, coffee, black licorice and molasses all swirling together in the nose. Chocolate along with some piney hops as present as well. The warmer this thing gets the more pronounced the aromas become.

Taste; dense chocolate and molasses give this a very rich flavor initailly. Some coffee, a touch of licorice and a bit of char fill out the middle, while piney/citric hops and a hint of alcohol finish it off. As a matter of fact, I'm surprised there's not more of an alochol presence here with 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is massive yet smooth, and the drinkability is pretty good consider the high alcohol and the huge flavors.

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

Bought a 4 pack for $10.50.

A- black tar color with a 2 finger head.
S-dark roasted malts with coffee and chocolate
T-Well balanced dark malts with coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and toffee. Good balance of sweet and some bitterness in the aftertaste.
M-heavy slightly carbonated
D-A great representation of an imperial stout. Of course everyone knows its from a can, but I don't really care. I love Gordons and Dales, and this one is no exception. This is the best way to enjoy an imperial stout after a 10 mile hike to your campsite.

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

..poured from a can into my tulip glass....

Appearance: WOW, liquid tar pours out of the can and into the glass. This stuff looks like it could stain the glass its in. Black as night. Absolutely no light comes through...the brewery couldn't have said it better..."this dog'll hunt"

Aroma: Not too bad, some chocolate and coffie, nothing exceptional though.

Taste: Very nice. Starts out roasted and cocoa, chocolate....coffee...everything roasty and malty. Stouty goodness! But wait, leave this sit in the glass for a while, and suddenly you get a delicious, sweet, candy-like finish. DELICIOUS!

Mouthfeel: Is it possible to chew a beer? This one is close. Nice-thick/syrupy body, slides down the throat wayyyy to easy.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkeable. RIS are generally not that drinkable by nature (1-max), but this one is very...very smooth. Find yourself a case of this stuff to stash away...and don't be fooled by the cans.

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Photo of beerking1
2.96/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I REALLY want to like this beer more. The look is AWESOME, with a dark brown head, about 1/2 inch high, leaving a cap and lace all the way down. Darkest head I have ever seen on any beer. Pours thicker than any beer I have ever had before, much like a 30W oil, AFTER months in the engine.
Aroma is great, EXTREMELY roasty, with burnt notes. There is some notes of higher alcohols in the nose, but they blend well with the roast.
Flavor is where this beer falls apart. HUGE notes of fusel alcohols, and I am expecting a big headache from this. The higher alcohols form a hot, astringent character on the tongue, very slightly overwhelming. The roastiness and malt is great, but the fusels are too much.
I recommend sharing this, as 12 oz seems way too much.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA "Turbine2475" for this delicious brew.

Poured a thick dark black color, with a creamy deep brown head that settled very quickly. Smell is a combination of roasted smell of chocolate, malt, some woodsy aroma as well. Taste is a bit stronger of roasted coffee, cocoa, vanilla, tobacco, even a faint "peat" flavor. Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth all at the same time. A very good, flavorful HIGHLY drinkable RIS. Fans of the style won't be disappointed. The 10% abv is well hidden in this one, so be careful drinking more than 1 or 2.

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

12 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a motor oil black (which is what it looks like coming out of a can) with a 1/2 finger of burnt tan colored creamy head. It retains nicely into a thin layer that lies across the surface and leaves some pretty impressive lace behind but it unfortuantley doesn't stick around long, opting to leave a slick, brown coating down the sides of the glass. The aroma is burnt oats right off the bat, along with zippy coffee notes, a rich chocolate stickiness, and a fairly prominant presence of dark fruit tartness that shines through.

The taste is a dark roasted mix of malt and coffee bitterness to start things off with a generally overall feel of oats to it. That's balanced out by a big chocolate sweetness and hints of dark fruits. The finish is bitter, hot and sticky. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a wonderful creamy and sometimes slick texture to it. As full as the flavors are though, it seems like the body could go even a little deeper. A beefy heat is present but doesn't become stinging, more like adding some extra toughness to the overall feel.

A solid RIS from Oskar Blues and a decent deal at around $3 a can for what you get. It's not quite up there with some other top ones in the style but the uniqueness of a RIS out of a can has to earn it some brownie points too right?

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

Thanks to PHawk for this trade. Poured into my Darkness goblet.

A: probably the blackest pour I've ever seen, small brown head dissipates quickly
S: dark bitter chocolate, thick creamy vanilla, slight coffee, great
T: dark bitter chocolate again, wood in the back with juicy dark fruit in the middle
M: thick, warming alcohol
D: not the strongest RIS I've had, but definitely up there, a sipper in a can

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Photo of DIM
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is abolutely black, not a trace of any light can get through the glass. It pours with a big, frothy, super dark, mocha colored head that has good retention and great lace.

s: Heavily roasted malt aromas that border on charred. Mild alcohol notes as well, along with some very faint cherries.

t: This is certainly big and satisfying, but it lacks subtlety and complexity. Huge, roasted to within an inch of becoming ash, malt flavors absolutely dominate up front. Some creamy chocolate flavors come next. The finish is a burned bitter malt that includes some alcoholic heat and lingers for quite a while.

m: This is very thick and hearty, like hot chocolate made with whole milk. It is superbly carbonated.

d: Ten Fidy is to impy stout fans what an absolute hop-bomb is to a hop-head. Big, delicious and flavorful, but a bit one-dimensional. Not much to decipher, but plenty to enjoy. If ever there was a sessionable impy stout, this is it.

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Photo of timbro81
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. Pours out like Satan's blood, black and lumpy, WOW. Nice brown head that settles to a fine ring. I have no idea about the carbonation. Smells of deep roasted chocolate, dark candied fruit
(raisins, figs), and a little alcohol is noticable. Big oily mouthfeel. An impressive bitterness actually shines through. Dark candied fruit is buried by the roasted malts and high AA hops. Nice and burned, almost smokey. Aftertaste is burned and the bitterness really starts to grows. Booziness also in the aftertaste. A huge, superb beer that live up to its hype. An absolute must.

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Photo of currysage1
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest beer to ever be poured from a can.

Little head, quickly dissipates to just whisps on the surface, has a good viscosity just like a wine.

Smell is of french roast coffee, oily and strong, with dark fruits and a slight alcohol.

Taste is of bakers chocolate, strong coffee, raisins and figs, some alcohol towards the end.

Mouthfeel was slick with not so much in the carbonation front. Very to the style, full bodied in every way.

Drinkability is high because while it is somewhat bitter, the alcohol is hardly noticeable, which is odd for a 10%.

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

12oz can into 8oz snifter.

Deep dark opaque black. As it poured out of the can it reminded me of dirty oil coming out of the bottom of the oil pan on an engine (this tastes better though, trust me). The pour is restricted because of the shape of the mouth of the can, which created a smooth steady pour that created a quarter inch chocolate brown head that slowly transforms into a thin rim. Spotty and stringy lacing is left along the glass.

Thick and heavy bitter malts set up the base which leads way to a spicy hop aroma (which is barely detected behind the malts). Along with the two anchor aromas is a light smokiness which pairs well with sweet molassees. Some dry alcohol comes in as the beer warms.

The bitterness of the malts rivals a strong black coffee (and there is some of that flavor in there as well) along with a citrusy hop flavor hiding in the background. Mild chocolate comes into the middle to balance the overall bitterness. Some mild dried fruit finds its way in there. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The feel is thick and sticks in the mouth after each sip. The alcohol is buried under the bold flavors, but sneaks out a little as the beer warms. The finish is the everlasting roasty malts, along with a little bit of hops.

This is a very robust RIS that probably tops them all in terms of bitterness and mouthfeel. The can seems to be a perfect fit for this one. The glass just seems to "designer", too classy, too delicate for this beer. It was a bit of a search for this one, but I feel it was worth it. It dumps the malts on you with still allowing for the hops to join in. After all that, there is still room for dry fruit and chocolate to add to the complexity. After reviewing 522 beers, some better than others, this one finally wins a perfect score from me. If you ever run into the brewers at the Oksar Blues grill, tell them Chris said, "Thanks."

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,441 ratings.