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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,483
Hads: 9,337
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 692
Gots: 2,571 | FT: 127
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

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 crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second review from the can, and no, I'm not sitting on the toilet. Had to wipe off the lip of the can because it had all kinds of dust and crud that I didn't want in my beer.

Anyhow, it pours up looking like Texas crude, black as night with a nice chocolate milk brown head. I chose my Duvel tulip for this one. The head is two-fingered and lasting, leaving good lacing behind. Wonderful aromas of dark chocolate, black patent and chocolate malts, some vinous notes, a touch of espresso, and a hint of cashew or shelled pistachio. Really viscous at first sip, with a full-on roasty character, some astringency, floweriness and smokiness in the finish. Again, really thick, yet soft on the palate, slick on the tongue. A nice change of pace is that it's pretty hoppy, very bold for an IS. I was expecting a tinge of metallic taste from the can but I'm not really picking up on that, and there are just bonus points for said lack of metallic taste. I'm just amazed that some significant hops came through in this viscous mass of a stout. A very nice slow sipper.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Supplied by my man Hyland24. Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass.

A - Poured motor oil black. The pour produced a small browinish/red head with ample lacing throughout.

S - Aroma of malted chocolate, coffee beans and hints of alcohol.

T - Slightly sweet chocolate/lactose flavor upfront followed by a smokey/bitter finish.

MF&D - A thick and creamy full bodied RIS. The alcohol warmth makes this one a sipper. Check it out if you can get it. The only drawback is it's a bit pricey$$$.

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

Poured from 12oz can into tulip glass, pours like motor oil, thick and vicious with very little carbonation. Deep opaque black, head is minimal and fades quick.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, malty oaty goodness, some alchohol, lactose

Tastes of bakers chocolate, almost porter like qualities, light earthy/peatiness, bitter yet balanced hopping, lactose, alchohol is barely present, roasty/smokey malts, delicious!

Mouthfeel was creamy, quite easy to drink, very well balanced. This one can has become one of my favorite RIS' yet!

deserves all the internet buzz :D

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Photo of phisig137
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a "none more black" that doesn't let any light though, even around the thinnest edges. A very deep milk chocolate colored, two finger head has phenomenal retention, and leaves great lacing behind. Very viscous, scary, and beautiful.

S- Heavy amounts of roast and toast here, with little else present. Molasses, chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, burnt caramel, and a heavy mocha latte aroma make this very malt forward.

F- Again, heavily toasted/roasted malts take the front line in this. Chocolate especially dominates the flavor with a heavy coffee presence as well. After the first sip though, this turn downward a bit. The roasted malt character is a bit overpowering, leading to a burnt/metallic type flavor. Finish is astringent and acrid from the heavily roasted malts. A touch of hops are apparent on the finish, but are overshadowed.

M- Thick, heavy, sticky, and full

D- decent at best. This is definitely a sipper for many reasons.

Overall, this is a solid RIS, but could be a bit better. Spinal Tap references aside, this could use a little less roasted malt. It simply tasted burnt. That being said, it is an impressive beer, and well worth picking up for $3 a can. I'll hold onto a couple of these for a year or two, and they should do quite well. Until then, this is just a little unbalanced. Oskar Blues usually does a great job of "overdoing" beers, but this is just a little too far to the burnt end of the spectrum.

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

Beer number fifty is the Ten Fidy. Got this at Cheers in Carollton, GA. A 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Awesome. A nice black, thick pour that oozed into the glass. Had a nice tan head that left some lacing. As you tip the glass, the beer leaves a dark yellow residue on the glass. Very impressive.

S: Smells of smoke, heavily roasted malts, caramel, coffee, toffee, nuts and alcohol. Wanted to jump right in.

T: Just as good as it smelled. The roasted malt hits you, but tastes of cream, coffee, nuts, smokiness, and chocolate finish it off. Even with all of this, still has some hops to it. Lots of flavor.

M: Got a low carbonation and very heavy. Sticks to your mouth just as it did to the glass. Makes it extra enjoyable because the flavors linger for quite some time.

D: Very drinkable. Tastes great and is quite easy to drink considering ABV. Still can't believe this came out of a can. Don't know why, cans just have bad stigma. Oskar makes me a believer that a good beer is good beer no matter what it is poured out of.

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Photo of Dubbercody
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can picked up at By the Bottle here in the 'Couve. Black,like 5,000 mile old oil. Tan head that never makes more than a cm or 2 of showing. Lots of nice aromas coming from my glass. Malt, roast, chocolate, all the Imperial Stout smells checked off the list. Really sweet beer, nicely held down with the hops and roast flavors keeping it from getting too chocolaty. Smooth to drink, just a bit of heat in the aftertaste belying it's 9.4% ABV. Really Good Beer. Best Motor Oil I've had in a while. Beats the hell out of Mowing the lawn this afternoon...thanks rain.

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Photo of deepsouth
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer glugged out of the can into my tremens tulip. the color was black as the blackest night and a nice thin brown head formed at the top of the beer. a classic looking RIS.

this beer smells awesome. chocolate, toasted? toffee, a roasted nuttiness stands out as well. licorice as well.

the taste is intense and bold and it lets you know that it's 10% pretty quick. it is consistent with the smell. tastes like it got a good dose of hops, but i may be dead wrong on that. it's like a rich bold RIS with a hop kick. very interesting.

the mouthfeel is full and bold and is perfect for this beer.

at 10% i can sip on one of these slowly, but couldn't handle more than one every week or so. definitely worth seeking out.

make sure you let this one warm up good. i started too cold and a good bit ot taste was hidden. i'm adjusting my review. .5 as a result in that category.

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Photo of number1bum
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this treat.

Poured vigorously from the can into a nonic it is pitch black and opaque. The head is a dark tan color and slowly builds into a solid two plus inches of very creamy, very thick head. Retains an awesome thick lace and is very sticky on the sides of the glass.

Smell is super malty with dominant aromas of fresh ground coffee, espresso beans and roasted malt. Also some dark chocolate which gives a bit of sweetness.

Taste is an awesome, rich combo of coffee, espresso and roasted malt. They are the dominant flavors. It's amply bitter but has some sweetness, too, with some dark chocolate flavor. There's a little bit of warming alcohol but it's not bothersome.

The mouthfeel is viciously thick and chewy, full bodied for sure, and just super creamy and smooth.

This is an incredible beer. Between this and Old Chub I can't help but put Oskar Blues toward the top of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of jkane101
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to GFORD217 for including this as an extra in our trade!

Pours a thick black color with tan head typical of this style.Tastes of coffee and chocolate.This is a creamy smooth treat that goes down very easily.
Luckily this can be found now and again in the NYC area, so I'll be sipping this again...but not too often since it's priced a bit over the top.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05/09/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep black and thick used motor oil pour. Starts off with a good 3/4 inch brown head and shrinks to the slightest rim upon consumption. Leaves moderate lace patches.

Smell- Notes off chocolate, coffee, deep malt and a bit of alcohol. Kind of restrained though.

Taste- At first it seems like a random good RIS until the end of the taste. The flavor hits you about 3 seconds after you swallow. Massive chocolate and a mild coffee taste swill around each other...not to mention the considerable hop flavors as well. Like a chocolate grapefruit soda.

Mouthfeel- Brisk and tight carbonation with a tremendous hoppy-chocolate aftertaste. Thick and chewy as well.

Drinkability- Even with the great aftertaste, it doesn't quite reach the heights of Stone, Speedway or some of the other top notch RIS's I've had. Overall it's very good and definitely worthy of seeking out though. I wouldn't turn down one of these.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini heff glass at Spring 08 Long Island Brew festival.

A: Jet black with tan tiny head.

S: Earthy hoppy at first, then biscuits, cracker and toasted biscuit with a light note of dark roasted grains.

T: Ubet chocolate syrup taste with coffee and roasted barely undertones.

M: Finish has bittersweet taste of citris fruits.

D: Excellent brew but not as big and bold as I would have expected from a 10% ABV but perhaps that is due to the complexity of the ingredients.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil, with a pitch black color and a thick brown head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Espresso and licorice, somewhat charcoalish

Taste: Opens with a rich coffee and licorice flavor, with powdered Dutch chocolate and a build up of smoke and hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors become prominent and then fade into the smoke and the bold hops again

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: A really fine Imperial Stout, with plenty of complex flavors

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Photo of AltBock
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can that has a picture of...Wait a minute! Did I say can? I sure did! It's more than likely the only Imperial Stout that's available in a can. It's a black and silver colored can with the name of the beer in front of the Colorado Rockies. All over the can are some funny and stuipd quotes. Those quotes escape me right now. The only other stuff on this can is the US Government warning and the barcode. No date anywhere on the can. Not even a stamped date on the bottom.

Appearance: Who's the funny man who replaced the beer with a thick motor oil. It's not funny because I really wanted to try this beer. Wait a minute! This thick black liquid is the frickin' beer! It's so thick and black that no light can even come close to penatrating this beer's solid black body. The only down point to the appearance is the head of tan colored foam. It started off at the 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch mark, but from there, it quickly dissiapted into a few tan rings along the edge and one single solitary spot of tan lace. So sad it couldn't leave more lace, but it was still a great solid black appearance.

Smell: The aroma to this beer is a bit on the overpowering side. The aroma is chock full of the darkest roasted flavors you can ever find in a beer. Some of the dark aromas that I found in this beer are; roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, black cherries, plums, bitter dark chocolate, black raspberries, more roasted coffee beans, very subtle caramel, a pinch of dark roasted hops, and plenty of alcohol. Just a woderfully strong dark aroma that will more than likely overwhelm your sense of smell.

Taste: After all of these dark flavors, the taste was light and fluffy with toasted malts...Who am I kidding? The taste was like everything else in this beer, powerful and dark. It starts off with some bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Then all of a sudden, in comes this overwhelming taste of roasted coffee beans and bitter dark roasted hops. If you're not ready for it, you will almost gag on those dark flavors. The taste is that powerful! After the big hit of dark roasted flavors, it settles down with black cherries, plums, more dark chocolate, and a big bite of alcohol. Just be warned! Make sure your taste buds are up to the challenge and can handle a taste this big!

Mouthfeel: If I could go above saying that this beer is full bodied I would. It's an overwhelming powerful full bodied beer that just so happened to have a full flavored dark and bitter aftertaste of roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted hops, and tons of alcohol. Not so much alcohol that it took over everything else. It was just there to make its presense known to the consumer. This aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for about an hour. It takes alot of water to clean your palate.

Drinkability: Ten Fidy is definitely one of those sipping beers and one of those once in a while brews. It's far to overpowering to drink on a daily basis. Not a beginner beer! If you want some Ten Fidy, make sure your tastebuds are up to the challenge.

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Photo of kurtissellen
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this is the first craft beer I've ever tried out of a can, it almost doesn't seem right seeing anything but clear yellow macro swill. Cracked this open with a pull top and watched this viscous black liquid pour into my oversized wine glass. Looked dark as hell with a rusty brown looking small head with a subtle aroma of coffee beans. Sweet dark chocolate taste and small amount of carbonation at first, followed by a surprising hoppyness, and finishing with dark coffee and left a lingering smoky taste in the mouth. By far the best beer I've had out of a can... ever!!!

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Photo of justinmartz
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface this review by saying that I had this at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and they charged me NINE FUCKING DOLLARS for ONE CAN. Since then I've been able to buy a four-pack for $8.49.

Hubba hubba, this is one pretty looker! This thing pours an impenetrable blackness for which there is no escape but the tan head ensconced above it. The color and viscosity are near that of a warm balsamic reduction. The Whoppers and ice cream used in the brew come through in the aroma, along with some alcohol. After all, this is an imperial stout. With its low carbonation and medium body it drinks easier than others in the style. The roasted barley hits up front with a hop bitterness towards the back, while the finish is mildly dry and pleasantly bitter.

Were it not for the persistent alcohol I would have rated it higher. I know this is partly what typifies the style but I wish it could have been covered up more.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2 general comments:

1) just because it is actually a pretty decent beer in a can, does not make it the best beer ever just because it is in a can
2) if there ever was a beer to drink for dessert, this is clearly it

A: Pours like motor oil. Only thing saving its aesthetics was that it poured with a pretty nice head, which was incredibly dark, like tree bark.
S: PRetty amazing here. Instantly upon pouring aroma fills the entire room. Complex, overpowering, but in a good way.
T: It's good. Really dark chocolate (like 85% cocoa), roasted malts, bitter coffee.
M: I think it was the mouthfeel that ruined the taste a little for me. had it been a bit more full bodied it could have handled the extreme bitterness better. perhaps more malts would have been better.
D: Pretty damn drinkable, but for the love of god, don't drink it out of the can!

also, really tough to clean the glass afterwards - an intense beer!

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: black with a typical chocolate brown head and lacing

smell: very rich and rummy on the nose, plenty of vanilla, cocoa and coffee on the nose

taste: the coffee really comes out on the tongue, very toasty, a nice light sweetness and actually a bit of citrus from the hops on the finish.

mouthfeel: rather heavy on the pallet, very creamy, not too much carbonation.

drinkability: very nice, you want another sip but you probably wouldn't be able to drink a whole ton of these just because of how heavy they are. I really like it.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the one beer I was looking forward to trying on my trip to denver. It only took me one stop at falling rock tap house, where they had one left for $5. Dark as oil and almost as thick. Nice tan head, almost too easy to consume to watch out! Alcohol is not noticeable, some raisins and plums. I have enjoyed better imperial stouts, but never in a can. Worth it.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black, 1 1/2 finger brown head.

S- Strong roasted malt with strong earthy hop aromas.

T- Strong roasted malt flavor dances with a slight sweetness in the begining. The bitterness of the roasted malt which comes through in the middle lends way nicely to the strong but not too overpowering hop finish.

M- No complaints.

D- I'll have to try it again, eventually.

Altough a little over the top for me, this would be a must try if you're an Imperial Stout fan.

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Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks wolfsblood for the trade

A- poured a dead black with a clear body with a big brown frothy head on top that rose slowly but stayed for awhile. light to decent lacing was left around the glass as it slowly fell down

S- very strong chocolate character with a bit of roasted body to it as well. smooth very light alcohol presence. malty character

t_ as the last review noted there is some pretty noticable hop character wihch i didnt notice in the nose, but was pretty evident at that point right before you taste it on your tongue. i woudlnt say it detracts all that much cuz to me it was swallowed pretty quickly by the malts and became really a malt machine where the hops were more balance than character. very creamy and smooth and I wouldnt expect a 10% to be like this. very smooth roasted body to it.

M- extremely creamy and very light carbonation, thick as hell body.

D- pretty damn good,

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Photo of SQNfan
3.02/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can. This was black in color with very fine brown bubbles that dissipate quickly. The nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit clearly poking out along with dark chocolate. The grapefuit edge makes this very strange for me. There is more of the same in the mouth with the grapefruit, sour cherry and dark chocolate lingering to a bitter finish.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, it does pour like oil from a can. It's sitting pitch black and viscus in my glass with a short tan head.

The aroma is hoppy at first then I'm pulling out cracker and toasted biscuit with a light note of dark roasted grains. It tastes a lot like slightly watered down chocolate syrup in that its got a lot of cocoa with sweet sugary feel. The aftertaste has a hit of roasted brley along with citrus rind and grapefruit hops.

Overall, the flavor profile and aroma are different than the average RIS. And for a 10% beer, it's pretty drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden. However, for such a big beer, I'd expect bigger flavor.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz can poured into a pint glass.

A = Pours like old engine oil, thick and so dark brown it is pretty much indistinguishable from black. Forms small dark brown head which dissipates slowly, leaves medium lacing on glass.

S = Strong bitterness and hops flavors mixed Turkish coffee, evaporated milk, flowers. Interesting smells, but frankly a little too hoppy and flowery for my tastes in an imperial stout.

T = Strong coffee tastes mix with both bitterness and pine tastes from hops. As with the smell, the pine and floral tastes of the hops just don't meet my expectations. It's not bad, but it's not my cup of tea. I'd prefer an RIS with perhaps some of the bitterness of hops, but not the strong flavors. Tastes too much like I mixed a coffee stout with an IPA. There's not inherently wrong with doing that, but it's not what I'm looking for in an RIS.

M = Heavy, heavy body, luscious creamy feel, great mouthcoating. One of the best mouthfeels I've ever experienced in a beer.

D = This is a drinkable beer but with the ABV and the mixed tastes of RIS and IPA, I think this is one where I really have to be in the right mood.

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Photo of TheEremite
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift from metallitone1. Thanks again.

Poors black with a dark tan/light brown head. Coffee, malty and carbonic aroma. Smells a little soy saucy, like it's going to be super syrupy. Tastes very dry though. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavor, not too sweet. Very drinkable. The roasted malt is a little biting, but I could still drink it all night. I'm really glad I got to try this beer. If it were local, I'd stock it regularly.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russian Imperial Stout in a can?
Yes, please.
Pours a very pretty pour. opaque black with a deep brown head... hard not to like the look of it.
Scents are varied, strong and deep. Chocolate is the first thing to hit and after a bit I get some whiskey. I tasted a whiskey not long ago called Peat Monster and there are some strong similarities. Roasty, toasty scents, roasty, toasty flavors.
A bit of chimney.
Dark, bitter chocolate with some notes of smooth milk chocolate piping in here and there. I think I can taste the connection to this and Dale's Pale ale in the hop character.
Maybe coffee with citrus rind thrown into the mix? That's what the hops seem to do in here.
The first comparison that comes to my mind is Brooklyn's Black Chocolate stout. For the money I'd say I'd have to choose the Brooklyn version, but for a more definitive comparison I'd have to do a head to head taste test.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,483 ratings.