Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
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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 Jmamay22
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as can be. Thick rich motor oil looking beer with very little carbonation. The thin brown sugar colored head quickly disappears leaving only a slight collar. A very imposing looking brew.

Smells of bitter chocolate foremost. In the background lurks a slight roasted quality and alcohol. There is a slight astringent essence that seems to come and go. Not as deep and complex of a nose as some, but tempting nonetheless.

Taste is less complex and quite honestly disappointing given the hype behind the beer. Comes off overly roasted and acidic for my tastes. The sweetness of the beer is not cloying, but lacks any depth of flavor. I expected some chocolate, coffee, or dark fruit characteristics, but found them to be limited.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and lacks, in my opinion, the proper level of carbonation. This is coming from someone who prefers lower levels of carbonation for the style. Overall this beer is not bad and certainly above average, but not one of my top Russian Imperial Stouts. Overpriced for my tastes.

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Photo of breity
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

You know it's going to be an interesting experience when your first instinct is that you've been tricked into pouring motor oil into a cup. No fizz at all when pouring out of the can, though a slim chocolaty head develops once it's in the glass, which then dissipates quickly. The smell is very enticing.

The beer itself coats your mouth (and the glass), complementing the taste which is a cross between espresso and hops. The taste was constant even when the beer warmed up. I quite frankly had to sip this beer -- it was overwhelming to drink any more than that and I'd waste the mouthful by swallowing it in a hurry. In fact, I had to have a glass of water with me to help out at times.

I would never be able to drink more than one in a sitting, and my palette would be (as it is now) destroyed afterwards, but I truly respect what Oskar Blues accomplished and can appreciate it. This is a once-in-a-while brew, and it would be a dynamite choice for those occasions.

(Mad props to goryshkewych for allowing me to try this bad boy.)

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's fair to say this is the darkest beer I've ever poured out of a can.

The pop-top crack is not followed by the usual canned beer fizz. Instead slowly rising from the depths of the can a very fine layer of deep brown bubbles emerge. Of course once poured into a glass these bubbles transform into a beautiful fine layer of head that retains quite well floating atop a pitch black base.

The sweet aroma produced from this glass is a mix of malt and alcohol. The taste and mouthfeel are difficult to parse as Ten Fidy thoroughly coats your mouth and the malty sweetness is balanced by dry dark malts and a touch of bitterness. One sip leaves an almost syrupy coat over your tongue. If you open your mouth you will be greeted by a hint of alcohol as you inhale.

All in all this is a very tasty Stout and well worth trying should you cross paths with one. While there are hints to the potent nature of the alcohol in this brew, while drinking one it's hard to believe it is 10%..until you've managed to have a few.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a 1/2" chocolaty brown head that left a nice coat of lacing on the glass. Body reminicent of crude oil.

S: Nose full of rich, roasty malt and coffee. Some alcohol is present as well.

T: On the tongue, more rich, roasty malt as the nose suggested, plus plenty of chocolate malt. Also notable were coffee and oats - all balanced by a noticable hop bitterness. Excellent.

M: Medium+ body with very low carbonation. Super smooth. Coats the mouth, resulting in a lasting aftertaste with a slight warming.

D: Well hidden alcohol (well, for 10% abv) with loads of flavor. As balanced as an RIS can be, and very drinkable. You'll have to slow yourself to keep from having your $14 four-pack disappear too quickly.

Oh - one more thing: if you live in a state where this is unavailable, happen to fall ass-backwards into a 4-pack, then share it with friends, you may regret it later.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark, Texas Tea espresso/Jolt cola-color with thick, compact dark maple walnut/praline head and great lacing.

Heavy alcoholic tinge with tinny tones of earth, slate, grassy hops and double-roasted coffee and malt - a little unbalanced; not quite beautiful chemistry but blown away nonetheless

Wow. Burnt espresso, heavy ring of bitterness from coffee and hops. Mild sweetness - abundance of everything and way over the top.

Finishes very thick with nice, harsh coffee tingle.

This one's for quality, not quantity. Sip, savor and enjoy in moderation.

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Photo of jwc215
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Gingerman in Manhatten:

Pours pitch-black with a thick light brown, creamy head. Awesome retention, esp. for abv level.

The smell is of dark roasted maltiness - chocolate and coffee. A bit milder than expected, but nice.

The taste is almost explosive. Chocolate and deep roasted coffee with a hint of citric/piney hop support. Beautiful balance of sweet, bitter and roast. Warming alcohol is present, but fairly soft on the palate and non-interfering. It has a very long, roasty finish.

Just about hits full-bodied, it is rich and creamy without being too sticky or syrupy.

Good drinkability for such a high abv. Very rich and tasty - a work of brewing art!

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow is this stuff dark. Pours pitch black with a thick 1-finger tan head that quickly dissipates with a little lacing. Damn fine looking beer.

S: Strong roasty aroma of primarily chocolate with coffee to compliment. A hint of hops and alcohol starts to emerge as it warms up.

T: Quite a bit going on in this one. Chocolate and coffee dominate the initial taste, but a couple more sips bring out some caramel and molasses. Taste seems to evolve as the beer warms a bit. Quite nice actually.

M: Thick and syrupy. Completely coats the mouth and sticks around a while. A little bit of a dry roasted finish which is surprising given the thick, syrupy nature of the beer. The bitterness lingers a bit along with the chocolate. Top notch.

D: Very drinkable and well balanced for a big stout.

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Photo of joepais
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jw347 for this one.
Can poured into a sniffer glass produced a fingers worth of coco colored head On top of a thick black body .The head goes to a nice layer of lace

Aromas' of chocolate, grains (cereal), coffee and smoke fill your nose

Taste is somewhat typical stout you get the roasted malts, chocolate, coffee thing going on but the hop presence is a bit more robust than the ordinary

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and goes down smooth

A good RIS the hoppiest I've ever had. Drinkable as a RIS can get, you better be sipping this at 10%.Not the best I've had but not the worst either .I would recommend it. Truly a hopheads RIS

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Photo of CualityC
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A review by two roommates, one a beer salesman, the other a layman.

Beer salesman: The brew poured opaque, menacing, no light could pierce this darkness, an ominous first impresssion.
Layman: That sh*t was dark.

Beer Salesman: Pure roasted goodness, a fine monte-cristo rolled with world's best coffee.
Layman: Smelled of beer... expensive beer? I don't know.

Beer Salesman: Wow, can a beer this big also be this balanced? Apparently. Huge malt nose up front lends way to a drenched slightly bitter finish. This is like 2 parts Stone Russian Imperial Stout, one part Guinness.
Layman: It's like this beer ice cream I had once... but that was bad, and frozen. This was good.

Beer Salesman: Viscous, full bodied, coats the entire mouth and takes its sweet time getting out.
Layman: ::BUURRP!!::

Beer Salesman: 10% ABV? Guess I shouldn't have the third one... Honestly, I didn't notice. Sure I can't "pound" these, but name a Russian Imperial Stout that is appropriate for chugging.
Layman: Yeah, I can drink it! What am I queer?

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Photo of Ave
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ten Fidy
12 oz can

With no carbonation fizz on opening, a dark blood amber pour stream falls into a pool of blackest of black stout. Thin set mocha colored head of tiny bubbles settles in. An unpronounced, delicate yet very pleasing aroma of espresso, toffee, beef and smoky chocolate. Head dissipated to a frothy ring, lovely. Mouthfeel is luscious and full, soft and bitter in the back that lingers over more espresso and smoke. Alcohol is noticeable but surprisingly balanced with full uber dark malt flavor. It's a sipper of pleasure for sure, one to be lingered over. A wonderfully massive stout, that over powers you with hug.

Thank you Oskar Blues!


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Photo of Hoppington
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a rich, syrupy Stout! Even the head was brown! This stuff is deep - if you spill it, you might stain your shirt.

Delicious coffee and wine notes, complimented by a smooth but strong mouthfeel.

This is a sipping stout by all means. All-in-all, a superb imperial stout.

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Photo of IgotsHops
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Whole Foods in North Seattle. I'm really glad that Oscar Blues decided to send some of their beers over to Seattle.

Poured jet black with dark, minimal head.
Smelled of strong black malt and spicy hops. Strong espresso and toffee sweetness smell and taste. Great hops presence that was really interesting and fun to drink.
Nice medium mouthfeel. Not too coating, but let's you know you just took a sip.

Overall a very enjoyable beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely excited to finally try this one out! Pourd from a can into a shaker pint. Pours out like good maple syrup, slow and steady. Produces a wonderful looking creamy tan/brown head that looks like you could float a quarter on. Smells of burnt malts, smoke and some vanilla light at the end. Taste is sharp for a syruppy beer. Nice chocolate and molasses flavor with a bite. Not my favorite style, but this one can grow on me. Beer mellows a bit as it warms- I think it took my 45 minutes to down this one. Great beer to sit by the fire with!

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikeale for this treat
L:Dark milk chocolate thick head. The color itself is dark dark black oil. Can't see a hint of light when heald up to the light.
S:The reason I found this exceptional is I picked up a smokey vanilla coffee bean. That vanilla really popped for me, which I love. Light sweet milk chocolate as well.
T:Thick rich chocolate cake. That vanilla smell is ever so light in the taste, but it is there. The chocolate gives way on the back pallat to a bright hoppiness.
M:Like thick rich melted choclate. Fat bubbles make a thick consistency. Very pleasing.
D:Very good. IT is like eating a big fat peice of rich chocolate cake.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown/black... thin mocha head..

S: Mostly coffee and chocolate.. delicate yet fragrant.

T: Strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, and black licorice malt tastes... soft hops... smooth and balanced play between the flavors..

M: Fullbodied... smooth and oily..

D: The alcohol, while well hidden starts to get on you by halfway through the second glass...

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Photo of psinderson
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a 12 oz snifter glass.

Appearance: Like motor oil. Totally blind to light. Thin, toffee-colored head.

Smell: All roast and meaty. Not much malt detected in the nose.

Taste: Strong roasty flavor with minor tastes of dark fruits. The finish is dry and roasty. No detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Cmplex flavor lowers the drinkabilityof this brew.

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Photo of hrking
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is that if you're a fan of stouts like I am ..GET THIS BEER. I have had some brews from Oskar Blues before but this one is the crem dela crim..Chocolate roasted malts exceptional mouthfeel,over the top flavor it's all here. Pours a thick oil black without the soy sauce mouthfeel. Jumps to a finger to a finger and 1/2 chocolate beautiful head...Hmm all I can say is I want this to be a staple in my fridge for sure! Well I guess you can tell i like this offering..SOLID STOUT ALL THE WAY!

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Photo of babyhobbes
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get 3 of these in Beer Powerball...so thank you Cartdan, Shaebs9 and Sudsdog for giving me the chance to try this!!!

I haven't had beer from a can and was sort of skeptical. Pours a deep dark brown, with a long-lasting brown head. I had it in my recently acquired tulip. There was a quarter-inch of head and loads of lacing when I finished the glass. This smells awesome, burnt malt, caramal and slight chocolate...just a hint of alcohol. Taste matches the look and scent. Lots of caramel flavor, it's like a burnt toffee. There is a nice hop presence, but not so much that it starts seeming like some sort of weird US interpretation of a hop stout monster. Balanced, is key. This is creamy and smooth. Should probably sip this in moderation, but seriously, it's hard not to just slurp it down. I could easily drink a few of these.

It's so wonderful I want everyone to try it, and yet, so wonderful I'm not sure I can bring myself to share these other 2 cans. Even my husband liked it.

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Photo of cichief
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a nice brown layer of thick foam.

S- Strong smell of coffee and chocolate, very inviting.

T- Very powerful taste of thick coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Hops are muted, but balance the flavor nicely.

M- Very thick on the tongue, almost oily. Velvety smooth, the alcohol is muted, but cannot be missed.

D- At 10% alcohol I wouldn't drink many, but the sweet, thickness of this beer would fill me before I had too awful many.

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Photo of Wonka
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 FL.OZ
no dates

To cap off my stout's transfer to keg, I grabbed a recently purchased can from the 4-pack. The can was popped with minimal feedback.

Appearance - body is as black as black gets; tan head starts a bit short of an inch and didn't have much of a life; lace is below average; the oiliness can be witnessed as it is retained on the glass

Smell - dark malts with chocolate pulling through; molasses; vanilla; bit of alcohol laced throughout

Taste - roasted malts enter strong and hold until mid/late; pleasant balance for a big stout at the close; bitterness pushes out the sweetness for the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - carbonation tries to fight through the oily base and both sides are rather satisfying; bit of a hop/alc zing; close is oily; carbonation really flattened out late

Drinkability - I wish the carbonation was handled differently. It could have a bit more push. The flavor profile pulled through.

I love the big stouts. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy has a road to run to catch the best but its good nonetheless.

3/23 - I'm still disappointed by the carbonation, but this sample turned away my doubts about delivering a 4.5 for taste. With a stronger pour, the head was of course bigger and it held a bit longer but it was gone after a third of the beer left the glass. Lacing however improved markedly. It could have been victim of a less-than-perfectly-clean glass. Appearance could be bumped up to a 4.0. Taste, feel and drinkability remained the same.

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Photo of sleazo
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Wow I got sprayed in the face by this one like an Aurora Snow video. This just exploded out of the can. The pour was a glug glug of thick viscous liquid which resulted in a dark black hue. Nice sized head and very sticky lace.

S_Clean smelling, rich roasted malt aroma mixes with a slight coffee aroma.

T-Not as overwhelming as I expected. Nice very bitter roasted malts mingle with a slightly sweet taste. Good coffee flavours here alonwith a bit of an alcohol kick on the end.

M_Mostly syrupy with a middle of the road carbonation. This pushes the liquid around the mouth.

D_This is a very tasty stout. The alcohol makes its presence known but doesnt detract too much from the overall appeal. Thanks go out to rblwthacoz for giving me the chance to sample this one.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RustyDiamond for the chance to try this. What a strange brew to be coming out of a can.

Whoa, this pours jet black with no light being able to penetrate, large foamy tan head that leaves a great deal of lacing, a bit viscous too.

Smell is mostly roasted malt with a dark fruit presence as well, bit reserved in the aroma though.

Taste is of roasted malt, good coffee-like bitterness with some associated "burnt" notes, very very creamy which makes it go down so easily, I couldn't tell that this was 10% until after when my stomach started to warm up, I ended up enjoying the can a little too fast because of the smoothness.

Overall, felt it was a bit hyped up though, as the taste was not as assertive as it could have been and didn't really go beyond some of the other RIS I've had, but the can doesn't lie, "Half-Baked. Fully Roasted".

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Photo of FreeEagle
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When this came in the delivery drivers put the Beer Advocate rating and information on the shelf with it. Very helpful, otherwise I would of never bought this beer. Dark, looks like oil coming out of the can, so said an onlooker. Taste is amazing, similar to some Stone Brewery beers, but much darker. Comes in a four pack and that will do the trick!!

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Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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