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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,483
Hads: 9,327
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 691
Gots: 2,567 | FT: 128
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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 OompaMentor
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- thick, dark with Carmel colored head
S- light hints of toffee, Carmel
T- toffee, Carmel and toasted malts
F- creamy, very smooth, easy on palate
Very nice for a high gravity beer.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

canned 8/25/15 drank on 12/2/15
12oz can poured into pint glass
L- pours a deep black, black hole like, with the most beautiful brown head, decent retention, turns into nice brown ring of lacing
S- really inviting ranges from sweet caramel malts to a ipa-like citrus smell
T- first taste is of coffee notes, caramel, toasted malts followed by a burst of citrussy hops with a finish of 10.5% ABV. has a real great aftertaste making me want more.
F- full bodied has a nice crisp carbonation and a velvety feel
O- while this beer definitely has a reputation I tried to rate as if i didnt know it. while all the aspects of the beer were great the taste of the alcohol really overwhelmed although was offset a drop by the aftertaste, but all in all was definitely worth trying

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: exceptional. Dark, with a thick dark caramel head that sticks around for a while. Beautiful.

Smell: Not picking up much aroma, but this is my weak area. Mostly malts.

Taste: Delicious! That's about all I can say.

Feel: Excellent mouth feel. Really bold, yet smooth and creamy.

Overall: Very good impression. Wasn't sure why it costed so much, but it has delivered. Very good stout! Recommended.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Initially there was a two finger brown head that receded into a thin ring around the glass. Body is pitch black.

S: Smokey dark malts and caramel. There seems to be some dark fruits as well, which is surprising.

T: Full of smoked coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. There is a bit of sweetness.

F: Full bodied and smooth. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of rjd722
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 10/2/15

Look: Poured into my snifter. Jet black with a huge, fluffy, chocolate foam head. The retention is excellent and there is a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: Dark roast and slight cocoa up front, definitely picked up some toffee too.

Taste: Matls, caramel, coffee, and bitter earthy hops all the way through the finish.

Feel: The balance of malts and hops is well done upon initial taste, a little harsh on the bitter hop finish though. Not too thick and hits with the right level of carbonation.

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Photo of JuMa44
3.07/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Probably the most overrated beer I've sought out and tried. I don't get the hype save your money and buy Zywiec porter tastes excatly the same but 1% less Abv. Ive been wanting to try this beer and was nothing but disappointed.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/05/15

Pours black with a large, creamy, brown foam head. Smells lightly of dark fruit, caramel, and dark chocolate. Taste is huge, with a bitter dark chocolate bite, a touch of stone and/or tropical fruit, light toast, caramel, and a lingering herbal, coffee roast, dark cocoa aftertaste. Feels medium bodied with light carbonation, creamy and chewy. Overall, a really great imperial stout. Unique but still spot on with stout flavor. The abv is undetectable. Really well made stout.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours into a glass khaki head with a black body
S - caramel cocoa maple coffee toffee
T - malty caramel coffee toffee up front w slight bitterness at the tail end. Strong stout. I drank it really slow and the flavor changed over the duration. The warmer it got the smoother it got and the cocoa and coffee flavored became more pronounced.
F - 10% the brew really coats mouth with slight carbonation that gives it just the right kick
O - really good imperial stout. This is a beer to sip on and enjoy the flavor changes as the temperature of the beer changes. I really enjoyed this beer and drank it over a 45 min time frame. Cheers

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 11-11-14 now aged 13 months

L: black with a huge dark brown foamy head!
S: tons of dark roast in this one, but nothing special given the style
T: roasted malt, dark chocolate. More bitter notes than sweet. No alcohol tastes. Maybe the aging took away some favors, but this one is straight forward.
F: very smooth, aging this helped the feel.
O: likely won't get again,I want something more in the flavor. (Ba, coffee, vanilla, spices)

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Photo of Bob_Horne
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nicely balanced. Dark with a creamy head and a very smooth mouthfeel. Strong coffee, chocolate and Carmel notes. Surprisingly smooth. If you like stouts, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with thick caramel colored head that sticks around for a bit. Smell oak malty and bitter a little coffee wonderful smell. The taste is amazing chocolate up front little coffee taste slight bitter aftertaste you get a little burn from the alcohol but it is masked well.smooth velvet feel very creamy taste. Overall this is an amazing Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this RIS for several years and was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it before. Poured into snifter. The color is a deep mahogany-black with a two-finger, mocha-colored head and lacing. It's a very attractive pour. The aroma is decadent: dark chocolate, coffee, malt, some vanilla, and a distinct alcohol smell. What a taste! tons of dark chocolate, burnt coffee, dark fruit, and a bit of bitter hops at the finish. The alcohol is also evident. As if all this weren't enough, this stout pours from the can like motor oil: super thick and creamy; you can practically chew it. There is a significant alcohol burn. Overall, this is truly a superior RIS. It really deserves its stellar reputation.

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Photo of cmalitsky
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am not a high IBU guy, but they are hidden extremely well in this beer. I consider it very smooth with a malty barley taste with coffee, black licorice and caramel undertones. This beer is one to try every winter. Great to sip or share around Christmas.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil but it tastes oh so good. One of the best RIS I have ever had the pleasure of. Take your time drinking it and make sure its not too cold. It's not cheap though. $14.99 for a four pack, but its worth it. The alcohol is well masked for being 10.5% and this has become a yearly staple for me.

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Photo of mac31
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big booze whacks you right across the palate up front. Rich, dark chocolate is the centerpiece of this brew. One word to describe this beer is decadent. Thick. Rich. Firm, spicy hoppiness (has a touch bite), which is gobbled up by the huge chocolate character. A touch of cereal grains, cooked caramel, and nearly burnt bread crust in the finish. Flashes of ash in finish. Such an easy drinking beer, especially at 10.5%. Tons of boozy vapors as you quaff, but goes down like a 7 percenter. Simple. Straight forward. Flat out good. Glad I have three more of these!

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Photo of mr-jj
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz can.

Color is ink black, completely opaque, with a thick mocha head. Long retention and lots of lacing. Smell is really yummy - dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and a citrus hops. Taste is delicious - lots of chocolate goodness, some dark fruit, roasted malt and a bitter finish that adds balances all of dark richness. Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy. Full-body and moderate carbonation. Overall, an outstanding beer.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Upon opening the can, the chocolate foam already showed itself.

Poured into a pint glass, dark dark black, with a large chocolate colored head.
Looks appetizing!

Vanilla is certainly up front on the first sniff. Smelling a bit of alcohol in the back.

Tastes creamy on the first sip, almost milky mouthfeel.
Definite roastiness up front, not much vanilla.. more alcohol than vanilla. In my opinion, the alcohol is not well hidden in this beer. The overly roasted malt is not enough. It is 10.5, so its understandable hard, but Ive had plenty of stouts on par if not stronger taste much smoother. The roasted aspect is one of the best Ive tasted however, perhaps its saving grace.

I noticed a good lacing as well.

Oddly enough this beer DOES get better as you drink it.
I dont think Ive ever encountered that before.


A good beer, with a high ABV.
If you like stouts its worth trying, if you do not like stouts you probably will not like this.

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Photo of aleigator
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color, with a small, dark brown head, soon reduced to a small ring of bubbly lacing.

Smells of fudge coated, roasted malts, also containing ground coffee leftovers. Matured, grassy hops create a bitter-chocolate impression, finding its sweet counterpart in molasses and a whiff of rock sugar. Exhibits a very vivid, diversified nose, not solely on the sweet side, but with a promising, intriguing earth supported bitterness.

Has a higher carbonation, perfectly preserved by the can, which adds a refreshing first sip, while the beer in general still drinks beautifully smooth. Even its dry, bitter coffee ending leaves enough space on the palate for soothing whipped cream, ensuring a soft, enjoyable mouthfeel.

Tastes of toffee accompanied earth, together with a warming scorched malt foundation. Milk chocolate produces a ton of whipped cream, which smoothes the slowly uprising bitterness till the very end, consisting of a blend between grassy, still pungent hops and heated coffee beans. Once the prominent bitterness is established, it becomes a cornerstone of the beers taste profile, revealing a multi-layered coffee, earth, roasty malts and hop richness. Caramel cuts through during the finish, balancing the long lasting bitter aspects of the beer, while ending surprisingly clean, putting the focus back on soothing whipped cream, wrapping up wooden ground coffee.

A breathtaking approach of creating a big, bold stout, with a fantastic, balanced depth to it. Almost overpowering the palate at certain stages, as for its extreme taste diversity, the smoothness guarantees a convincing balance throughout. The beer always tends to find an answer for the boundary pushing questions it poses in a fitting, just as extreme counterpart.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't fault this excellent stout - it's a winner all around. It's beautiful in the glass - all black and nice little bubbles on tight foam head. Quality made, obviously.

The aroma is a wonderful malty smell that keeps getting better as my brew goes from warm to warmer. Nice. The taste similarly warms up from a nice moderately bitter, malty, boozy drink to a richer, meltier yet experience. It is a strong stout taste yet is not so complicated as to confuse me.

This is a great one and is highly recommended. When we head out to CO in 12 days our first stop after the airport is a huge beer store, and I will seek this out. I wish we were stopping at the weed store first, but I'm not in charge of our big group.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep black with a brown foam head, directly from can. Aroma is of coffe and chocolate almost no hops. Taste is rich and coffee notes are dominant, some dark fruits and chocolate go with the coffee. Body is medium and carbonaton is low. Very good beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter, canned 11/04/15

A- pours a motor oil thick black color with a one-finger creamy dark brown head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- being only 3 weeks old, the hops are quite noticeable on the nose; aromas of grapefruit and pine battle with a roasty dark malt base, giving notes of dark chocolate, caramel, milk chocolate, burnt toast and a hint of herbal coffee

T- dark roasted malt fills the mouth with notes of burnt toast, charred wood, dark chocolate & sweet caramel, black licorice, dark fruits & campfire ash. The hops barely poke through the dark malts, giving flavors of citrus and pine. The finish brings more charred malt that lingers long after drinking

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and chewy mouthfeel and a creamy, silky smooth finish, light warming on the linger

O- a straight up, solid RIS that is a benchmark for the style

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter ("canned on 08/19/15 @ 07:39 Darth Fader").

Appearance: Deep, inky black-brown with a frothy head of tan foam; spare lacing.

Smell: Bitter chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, figs; roast, almost burnt grains.

Taste: Full, roasted grains; dark chocolate and coffee; toffee, dried fruit. Bold, balancing bitterness, and creeping alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full and creamy, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Intense, roasted malt.

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Photo of BiaSongThan
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10-01-14 can. Black with two fingers of coffee colored head. Not bad for a year old! Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, leather, tobacco taste follows the nose with some dark cocoa, smoke, and a strong charred bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick, with light carbonation that adds creaminess. Overall it's an excellent RIS among the best in style, but the roasty bitter finish is a tad too prominent to make it a favorite (founders IS still the top)

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Photo of gman1602
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours the deepest darkest black possible. Light refuses to enter, even darkness illuminates the area around the glass, yet cannot penetrate this blackity blackness. Think of the blackest thing you can imagine, and double that blackness, and take a black magic marker and fill in the gaps, and put that into a black rocket ship, and shoot that into the depths of black space, and close your eyes, and use that as a reference. With a tan head. Perfect tiny fine bubbles, very little lacing.
S: Dark roasted malt and some decent hop presence. Floating around in the background I get milk chocolate as well.
T: Roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, a hop brightness that makes me think of pineapple (but in a good way, really), and a bitter finish, but right for the style.
F: Pretty much damn near perfect. The carbonation has small bubbles which makes it kind of creamy.
O: One of the benchmarks for the style and it shows. The multi-syllable words on the can do it justice.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a working glass. The beer has a very dark brown hue and a nice head. The aroma is very complex. The taste is excellent, especially as the beer warms up a bit. This is an exceptional beer!

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