Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,374
Hads: 8,785
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 620
Gots: 2,201 | FT: 121
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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 GFM
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours an oil-black color with dense tan head. Carbonation bubbles cling to the bottom of the glass. Much lacing. Roast coffee scent but also vanilla-like sweetness. The carbonation gives the beer some texture. Coffee taste with bitterness in the finish. Very good beer. (9.0) (308 characters)

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

Pours like motor oil out of the can with thick brown head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, ripe dark fruit (plums/prune). Tastes sweet up front with a tangy, smoky malt with a hint of coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit leathery and smoke. Hops balance the sweetness with a pleasant mid note bite. Full bodies, creamy, a bit syrupy but not unpleasant – sweet finish. Overall a great winter warmer, meant to be sipped and savored. I was really surprised by how good it was, and I will make this a go to for warming up on a cold day. (543 characters)

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

From a can dated 1/3/14 that I picked up today...aged by Whole Foods...thanks guys.

I've had this in the taproom before, and, while it was good, I don't recall it being this good. Perhaps my tastes have matured. Whatever the case, this was a real treat...a perfect beer to sip on. I don't detect the smokiness that others have described ("not that there's anything wrong with that")...just roastiness, as expected and appropriate, with some very earthy notes. I'm not a big fan of sweet beers, but this one manages to tread the line...I'm almost turned off by it, but yet it still manages to be so good. Lovely. (612 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Can from Brewdog Edinburgh (£9.00):
This beer was a pretty impressive offerings from Oskar Blues yet again. Drinkable, and more importantly enjoyable, throughout with plenty of flavour packed into the can whilst managing to keep a good balance too. For an imperial stout I didn't think the beer was overly complex but I did like it, I just don't think it's one I'm likely to return to all that often since there are several other American brewed imperial stouts out there that I prefer to this one. (505 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

When you pour this beer, it's a deep, thick Black with a Tobacco coloured head with absolutely great Head retention for this style. It even leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass! I don't think I've had an Imperial stout, apart from this one that had such great retention and actually left lacing on the glass! On the nose there's lots of Roasty Malt notes, Coffee, Chocolate and a light bit of Alcohol in the background. How does this beer taste? Where do I start?! Smokey flavours, Raisins, Roasty Coffee and Chocolate notes, Light toffee and a touch of sarsaparilla and molasses on the finish. The beer is quite thick and viscous, lightly carbonated and finishes Medium dry. (685 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.
Aroma- HMMM, coffee, caramel and malt. fantastic.
Appearance- Looks like I just poured my old engine oil into a glass (that's actually a compliment)
Taste- The best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had. I could also say the only RIS that I cared for. But this awesome tasting.
Palate- A heavy brew with moderate carbonation, has a creamy texture and a good alcohol feel after the swallow.
Overall- World class, I now know why people flip over this beer. (503 characters)

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

A: Black, thick dark head, no retention. S: Molasses, unsweetened chocolate, smoke, and grain.T: Smokey, coffee, raisins, roasty, molasses, burnt bitter finish, leafy hops, a touch of esters and cutting acid in the margin. Hints of rootbeer upon warming.M: FULL-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation, O: Amazing appearance, layered aromas and flavors, a great beer that’s not in my favorite style. (413 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours viscous and bkack as night with a two finger brown sugar color head. Aroma is chocolate and maybe faint coconut. Taste is rich! Chocolate, roast, and then more chocolate! Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy. Overall a delicious, delicious stout that matches the best I've had. A wonderful treat. (301 characters)

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

Appearance: Deep black in color, utterly opaque before a light, with a small tan head, which soon collapses to a dusting of foam. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Strong and sweet vinous alcohol dominates the aroma, along with charred malt, coffee, bitter cocoa, and wood.

Taste: Opens with a wave of roasted dark malt and cold coffee. Bitter cocoa soon follows. Sweet alcohol is omnipresent. Later in the taste, oak notes appear. The hops are quite restrained, with just a hint of herbal flavors. Finishes with lingering coffee, bitter cocoa, and sweet alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very full and soft, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkabilty/notes: Absolutely awesome, surely one of the finest Russian Imperial Stouts, or one of the finest beers, irrespective of style, that I have ever had.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (922 characters)

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

This is, by far and away, my favorite stout...and perhaps my favorite beer. I dig the motor oil comparison, and the cappuccino hued bubbles that cling to the sides of my glass. The drink tastes like a well prepared meal with lots roasted and toasted bits. It pours and drinks like a 3% milk. A four pack of Ten Fidy is a beautiful way to splurge on a Saturday night by a roaring fire pit. Skol. (398 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - The beer is very dark. And has a thick dark head.
S (4) - A nice little malty aroma going on. Some roasty smells, and some somewhat chocolatey smells.
T (4.25) - This beer tastes pretty good. It's not especially bitter, and not overwhelming roasted (read burnt). I get some alchol taste on the finish, which isn't too surprising.
F (4.25) - The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. A little thick at the same time. About right here.
O (4.25) - So I'm not quite digging the Oskar beers. But I do like this one. I for sure will drink this again, and will probably buy again in the future (597 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Motor oil black with an inch thick tan head. Tons of lacing.

S - Coffee, malt, prunes, grapes.

T - Chocolate front, coffee and a mild bitterness to finish. An oaky aftertaste.

M - Super smooth, some alcohol burn, but not many bubbles. Very thick and viscous, like motor oil.

O - Thickest beer I have ever poured out of a can. Thick and a huge head for a stout. Smell and taste were great. (401 characters)

Photo of thestoebz
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks wonderful. Pours a super dark brown molasses that is nearly black. Tan, super thick foam piled on top (2 fingers for this pour). Smells of smoked chocolates, moldy coffee, bitter alcohol sharp bite at the end. Nothing special as far as smell. Taste is a major let-down for me. Starts with bittersweet chocolate, dank raisins, slight burnt coffee, smoke. Leads into an almost soggy wood taste finish that drags out and is quite unpleasant. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Over-rated, IMO.... Won't buy again. (519 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours viscous and darker than dark. Clingy brown head. Smells of roasted, slightly smokey malt, coffee, chocolate - all with no hint of alcohol. Amazing. Taste is more of the same as the smells translate to a sweet, roasted, incredibly well-balanced flavor. Is this really near 100 IBUs? Remarkable. And dangerous. This goes down way to smooth and easy. (353 characters)

Photo of Reds76
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the second 5 that I have given. The first - being a hop head - was heady topper. Trying Ten Fidy today was tie with Heady for being the most profound moment of my beer drinking experience. Amazing beer! Jet Black, toasty smell. The taste and feel are what catapults this to the stratosphere - taste is creamy, chocolate, coffee. The feel is like well carbonated motor oil that coats the mouth goes down ridiculously smooth for 10.5%!?!?! There is no hint of alcohol at all. Truly a glorious beer. I will buy this every time I find it. (551 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome dark ooze. Nice dark tan head that sticks around. Smells of heavily roasted malts, a slight sweetness, and a little boozey. Tastes roasty, decadent dark chocolate, some coffee, maybe a little caramel sweetness, and a hint of booze that's covered up nicely. Feels so thick and creamy. This is the kind of shit that preserves dinosaurs for eons. Awesome! (365 characters)

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This oil can colored, potent stout resembles what a world class stout should be. Don't bother pouring it all into a glass. It sips fine out of the can--all the way to the end. (175 characters)

Photo of DoubleTapPubcade
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Must warm for full flavor. Dark oily beer with little lace or head. Bold roast aroma when warm. Coffee and dark malt flavor. Silky mouthfeel and boozy finish. (158 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a super dark brown colour with a redish tan thick frothy head.
Aromas of chocolate, toffee and coffee. Very unique.
Tastes don't fall far from the aroma with a sweetness to it.
Mouth feel is slightly syrupy with just the right amount of bitterness.
Excellent product from Oskar Blue. (294 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.
Pours very very dark, with minimal caramel head.
Aromas are mild but lots of deep roastiness.
Tastes really fantastic for a standard stout, big flavor.
Mouthfeel is excellent.
I have to say this is a really really nice standard stout. (276 characters)

Photo of derekgw123
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this at work recently. One of the best beers I've ever had hands down. Everything you want from a Russian Imperial Stout. Chocolate, coffee, roasty flavors. Perfectly rich and creamy with plenty of booze that will warm you up. (232 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oily black and clearly viscous with an ample two finger brown head. Smells slightly sweet with dark cherry, dark chocolate, brown sugar and roast malt. Tastes really nice, blended nicely between the cherry and sugar and some hop bitterness and malt tang. Mouth feel is viscous but has just enough carbonation to offset that thickness. Overall, this is a really wonderful imperial stout....best I've had in a while. (424 characters)

Photo of TBonez477
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into snifter

A: Deep dark brown to black. Thick finger of tan head. Good head retention.

S: Roasted notes, molasses and some chocolate.

T: Roasted malts immediately, bordering smoky. Rich sweetness developes, fills the palate and then dissipates back on the palate, returning to smoke. A little alcohol warmth down the throat but certainly not hot.

M: Very full mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation. Overall quite creamy and not too sharp.

O: A very solid RIS, certainly the best available in a can! Will be a go to for camping, tailgating and any other time a can is more practical. (598 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just a Awesome stout. Its the gift that never quits giving. Every time I have it I am reminded, yes, there is such thing as a superior stout over all the other good stouts. (172 characters)

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

12 oz can, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that settled atop the beer.

Aroma: I’m stuffed up at the moment (I know that being in that condition is not ideal for reviewing a beer) so I’m not getting much out of the aroma, but other reviewers have noted aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, subtle smoke, subtle licorice and boozy alcohol.

Taste: Brilliant!! Massive roasted malt up front, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, some subtle coffee notes and smoke, followed by tons of brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of dark chocolate, a touch of licorice, and a touch of floral hops. Absolutely delicious!!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there is quite a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow, just wow!! What a beer! What a stout!! MASSIVE, bold flavors, all wrapped up in an extremely smooth and creamy beer. Truly one of the best non-barrel-aged imperial stouts that I’ve had and equal to Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, Founders’ Imperial Stout, Great Lakes’ Blackout Stout and Left Hand’s Wake Up Dead. Truly Spectacular!! (1,387 characters)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.