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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 2,410
Hads: 8,949
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 648
Gots: 2,314 | FT: 122
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Very Dark (Almost black)
-No head


-Bursting Flavor
-Strong almost overbearing

Mouth Feel:
-Light leads to heavy

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I never thought I could love a beer this much from a CAN!
far and away the de-facto Imp stout you should try if you haven't yet.
pours BLACK, thin foamy mocha head that smells smokey, roast-y, and fig-y.
mostly chocolate roasted malts with hints of dark coffee (very mild) and bittersweet.
not much else I can say that already hasn't been said about this beer.
it's just top-notch, and I will buy again and again.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Two cans, one dated 10/24/14 "Werewolf Serum" and the other dated 9/16/13 "Fidy6 Makem Holla" Pours black with a huge brown head. Smells of pure roasted malt and cocoa. The taste follows closely with roasted malt, cocoa, and earthy hops. The 2013 can had a noticeably stronger cocoa flavor. Nice body but way too much carbonation. Fantastic overall. Definitely one of the better non-BA stouts and pretty easy to find. I wish Oskar Blues would can a nitro version of this like they do with Old Chub.

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Photo of mntrat
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Milk chocolate colored head 1/4" high. Midnight black body with plenty of effervescence. One of my favorite Stouts! A must try for all reel beer drinkers. It is incredibly balanced for such a high alcohol content. TEN FIDY to be exact(10.5)!

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black body with a beatiful tan head. Dark fruits and other stouty aromas dominate the nose with some alcohol mixed in with it. The flavor took me by surprise, I could detect almost no roasty coffee flavors! But with this said, the bold dark chocolate and dark fruity flavors work very well together and while there is quite a bit of alcohol in the taste it is not off putting at all. The body is SUPER thick and creamy. This is really an amazing stout, only complaint is the lack of coffee and roasty flavors! But be warned, this is definitely a sipping beer!

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Photo of mchegash
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz can at about 45-50 degrees into DFH signature glass (a snifter)

Appearance - 5/5
After a vigorous pour down the middle of the glass, a massive amount of beautiful chocolately brown head arise. It grows so big it almost overflows the glass. The color of the brew is inky black, with not even the slightly notes of anything but black. The head retention seems really good, a nice layer of foams stays around for most of the drinking.

Smell - 4/5
Dark roasty malts, chocolate, some pale-ale like hop aromas. Perhaps a bit of bourbon booziness.

Taste - 4.5/5
Very sweet. Roasty malts, cholocate and toffee flavors up front along with a perfect amount of smokiness which doesn't overwhelm the rest of the flavors. Some hop flavors near the end of the sip, along with some additional smokiness. There is a slight booziness throughout the sip, but it's very small and mostly covered up by the rest of the flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Ultra-creamy, such a luxurious mouthfeel. Puts all other creamy beers to shame. Only a light amount of medium-light carbonation. Medium-full body. Despite the 90+ IBUs, this wasn't very biter IMO.

Overall - 4.5/5
This was an incredible Russian Imperial Stout. One that I will definitely be buying plenty more of in the future. If you've never tried this, please get your hands on some of this ASAP.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of do_ob
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Mekracht
4.84/5  rDev +12%
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

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Photo of chrisjws
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Dave_Lennert
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of nelsonhf
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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Photo of kkleu357
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of YeahRightt
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.88/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Dnayew
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,410 ratings.