Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,375
Hads: 8,795
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 622
Gots: 2,202 | FT: 120
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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 dredmahawkus
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It was a good strong alcohol stout....but I didnt find it creamy or anything special....I mean it was good but not wow I Want more of this!
It was a bit on the motor oil side if that makes a great stout? I dont know....but I liked chocolate stout much better! It was actually creamy and wanted me wanting more!

I actually like the smell a tad better then the taste! lol (371 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/08/2013.

12 oz. can into a snifter. Pours pitch black with about a finger's width of brown foam. Strong aroma of burnt chocolate, vanilla beans, molasses, and sugar. Pretty dense on the palate. Lots of bittering chocolate and roasty malt initially. Settles in with an overly sweet, sticky middle that introduces notes of grapes/raisins and figs along with an eye-twitching sweetness. Smooth on the finish with more chocolate and malt on the aftertaste. It might be the age, but I don't get much alcohol at all on this beer.

RIS's are my favorite beers, bar none. This particular one is exceedingly delicious. Mine had a decent bit of age on it, which I think made the sugars a little more vibrant. But, for anyone who is a fan of dark, choclatey, bitter stouts, this one won't let you down. (806 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Great nose, chocolate-covered raisins with a whiff of butterscotch. This one is boozy but not at the expense of deep rich flavors that put one in stout heaven. Molasses and singed grains right out of the gate, followed up by bitter dark roast coffee, dark bittersweet and milk chocolates, Concord grapes, brown bread, a whiff of harsh wood char. A caramel sweetness lingers in the background. Beer appears thicker than is actually the case. Finish is rich and layered, with the grape-like fruitiness morphing into something more like maraschino cherries on top of semi-sweet chocolate. Slight grassy hops. This beer deserves its sterling reputation. There is some burnt graininess and potent alcohol flavor but not at the expense of the more delicate complexities. (779 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml can with a canned-on date of Nov 2014. Purchased recently from the Brewdog webshop. After hearing so much about this, I'm pleased to finally give it a whirl.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark chocolate-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a smallish head of creamy brown foam that lasts for a moment or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of rich roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain, molasses, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. The booze is well hidden. Lovely.

T: Tastes of intense roasted malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain, molasses, a touch of brown sugar, earthy yeast, subtle spice and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. A little hop oil action on the palate. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses and stewed hops.

O: Nice - an impressive RIS. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are redolent with notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, yeast and stewed hops. Rich and intense. Lovely body. Goes down a treat; not the most complex imperial stout that I've encountered but very drinkable. Well worth sampling if you come across it. (1,363 characters)

Photo of Mekracht
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great job on this imperial stout. I was a little surprised by how thick the beer looked when I poured it. But the flavor and mouth feel were amazing. Great job (162 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter, poured from a can dated 10 months prior to opening.

A: Clearly very viscous in the pour, very much like motor oil. Pitch black in color, no light at any of the edges. A single finger of medium brown head. Alcohol legs on the side of the glass.
S: Lots of chocolate and coffee come through initially. Cocoa, little bit of vanilla and some caramel in the background. You can pick up that its boozy off the nose.
T: Chocolate upfront, slight bit of smokiness in the flavor. Coffee, and caramel notes in the background. Slight warmth on the way down.
M: Big full mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Coats your mouth and hangs around between each sip.
O: Excellent imperial stout. If you like dark chocolatey, boozy imperial stouts, this is a must try. (764 characters)

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

I get tired of drinking stouts that are less than the best. Thank God for Ten FIDY.

I get tired of dark beers that are merely opaque. This sucks the light out of the room like all black holes.

The taste is so smooth and easy, you feel it is a part of you. You don't notice you're drinking it; only the bliss remains. (And the after effect of 10.5 ABV.)

May it be stocked everywhere, at all times. Amen. (407 characters)

Photo of nelsonhf
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ink dark; great, thick foam; subtle aroma, a bit of caramel; malty, smoky taste with a bit of alcohol, turning into slightly bitter; nice, smooth feel (150 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Oskar Blues. Big thick dark body. Huge roasty chocolate, leather aroma. Just as big of a taste. Big, almost tobacco like flavor. Lots of roasted chocolate. (189 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everything you would expect from the style...robust chocolate malt aroma, velvety mouthfeel and a great balance of flavor with the sweet cacao, roasted malt and the pinch of light hop. One of the best of this style, up there with old rasputin. (244 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque almost vinous in appearance. Wonderful fresh cofee aroma. Roasted malts not burnt. Slightly smoky. Creamy and smooth. There is a hops kick to the finish that balances the sweetness of the malts. It is a dry finish that leaves a lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.
An impressive stout for sure! (303 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black pour with thick brown foam; lots of lacing. Toffee and chocolate pudding notes. Toffee and chocolate balanced with hop presence. Medium/ creamy with a little alcohol bite on tip of tongue; hop resin finish. Nicely balanced, rich and delicious. (249 characters)

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 can poured into a snifter. It's no surprise that Brah-lorado (aka, "The Bros.") gave this a perfect score. Its far from a subjective perfect, but it is damn good. For anyone interested, the 2009 can I tasted from a few months back was among the tastiest non-BA imperial stouts I've ever tried. With just 18 months in the cellar, this one pours a deep, dark black with the viscosity of freshly changed motor oil cycled through a 30-year-old Buick for a few days. The nose reminds me of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. At this point I'm reminded of how much the head lingers and contributes to the heavy lacing, presumably due to the heavy body. Flavor-wise, there's a good amount of sweetness, with baking spices, honey and brown sugar at the forefront. There's also some chocolate, some coffee and some lingering floral hops. I couldn't drink this exclusively, nor could I drink it all day, but for an occassional treat, it really hits the spot. (950 characters)

Photo of YeahRightt
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours thick with a nice head, pitch black and oily.

Smell: Malty, chocolate, boozy, slightly sweet, with a bit of hops in the background

Taste: Chocolate rounds out the bit of hops and sweetness from the malts, making for a balanced flavor from start to finish without any overtly dominant flavors. Notes of coffee are present but are never too bitter, as are the hops. Notes of dark fruits like dates and raisins are present and round out the bitterness. Very good RIS and among the best i've ever had. The fact that its out of a can is insane. Would pick this up often if it were always available.

Feel: Slightly thick, nice addition to the notes of chocolate and coffee. Really perfect and velvety.

Overall: Would pick this up all the time if it were readily available. Pricey, but a must-try for any doubters in regards to how great cans are. This brew is a testament to how far craft has come in complexity of flavor in such a seriously intricate style. IN A CAN. Great job. (992 characters)

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not my first one, but this one is 18 months old and I gotta say, it might be even better than the fresh one's I had initially purchased. I'm a little surprised by this as it is in a can and you don't often here good things about canned beer aging. (248 characters)

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

Alcohol Paul brought this over, as we just started getting shipments of this to my area recently. Although it is exorbitantly expensive, I have always heard rave reviews about this beer. Hopefully this goes better than the last few times a beer got overhyped. Side poured from the can into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance - Pours a motor oil black with an impressive mocha colored one finger head that displays excellent retention and leaves amazing lacing. I love the packaging, and the beer itself presents very well.

Smell - Smells of strong malty sweetness, alcohol, licorice, roastiness, and chocolate, among other things. Very appealing.

Taste - Even better than the nose. All of the above mentioned flavors coalesce into one of the best RIS's I have ever tasted. Totally exceeded expectations.

Mouthfeel - Finishes big, rich, creamy, sweet, with just a touch of bitterness and alcohol warmth. Amazing.

Overall - This beer totally exceeded all expectations. Probably the best RIS I have had, and one of the top ten production beers I have drank ever. Although the price can be a turn off, it is worth the coin to grab a four or six pack of these. Its a religious experience. (1,183 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Black with a mocha head that vanished quickly, some minor carbonation streaming up the glass's side, head has tons of tiny bubbles, not much lacing, viscous, looks outstanding.

A: Roasted malts, chocolate, black licorice, alcohol, smells really strong.

T: Right up front, roasted malts, roasted coffee and chocolate bitterness, black licorice, dry finish, slight alcohol, slight bitterness that lingers, really tasty.

M: Very creamy viscous mouthfeel, nice touch of carbonation to balance the creamy texture, dry finish, very nice.

O: Very impressed with this beer, lots going on, it's big, definitely a sipper and one to keep in the fridge as a stout lover, if you love big stouts this one is definitely worth a try and most likely to become a regular Russian Imperial Stout, very good stout. (854 characters)

Photo of Dnayew
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is what a baseline RIS should taste like. Pours thicker than motor oil and just as black. It can't compete with the new breed of special craft imperials like Hunapuh and Abraxas, but in that top tier of baseline Russian Imperial Stouts with Speedway and Marshall Zhukov. (275 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’m a little bit confused here... Can it be any better than this? I doubt that!

Pitch black beer with a creamy, brownbeige, head.

Nose: Licorice, coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla ice cream, earthy hops, caramel and dark chocolate.
Taste: reamy, soft taste. Licorice, espresso, fudge, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffebeans and sweet brown sugar.
Full body and light carbonation.

An awesome beer! (416 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. That was a super tasty stout. Giving you a punch in the face of hearty flavor without trying too hard. Absolutely delicious. You could drink packs of these if your liver could keep up.. (194 characters)

Photo of Vogie
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/17/14. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a pitch black motor oil with a 1 finger of tobacco colored head that fades into some nice lacing. Aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted and smoked malts, dark fruits, perhaps plum? Taste is creamy double chocolate chip cookies, a slight roasted malt presence. As the beer warms I am picking up more of the dark fruits of rasain skin and plums, earthy hops are there as well. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy, a touch bitter but nothing overpowering.

Looked forward to this one. First beer from Oskar Blues and it didn't disappoint. A well crafted RIS and a titan among stouts. (631 characters)

Photo of buckslayer50
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, chocolaty, stouty goodness. Love everything about it, one of the best stouts I've had the pleasure to try and will drink many more in the future (156 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a one inch thick tan head.
Smells of caramel like sweetness with a touch of coffee and chocolate mixed in.
Tastes rich with malty creaminess and roasted flavors.
Mild carbonation with a thick mouth feel.
An extremely tasty stout…very well done! (261 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sure, I suppose that what classifies one as a Russian Imperial Stout, what some might call a "classic" RIS, is its ABV and other factors. Still, I find any RIS with a thin body just plain weird. So sue me. If you're like me, then you'll have no worries with the Ten Fidy. This is a roast milkshake that is perfect for a nice, slow drink. I enjoyed every bit of this. (366 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So thick and delicious, coffee aroma, roasted malt, almost oily. Just delicious. Stains the glass, awesome RIS. This one is worth keeping in stock all the time, for sure. Will probably get better with age too. (213 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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