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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,439
Reviews: 2,245
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,420 | FT: 90
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance (4.75): A super thick pour results in pitch black motor oil consistency with a half finger to a finger of brown mocha colored head

Smell (4.5): Big, bold dark chocolate and roasted/molasses malt notes, dark fruits, with a undertone of lactose. Slight alcohol in the nose as well

Taste (4.5): Big chocolate notes upfront, caramel malts in the middle, and a roasted malt finish with a slight hop presence in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel (4.5): Full and viscous body that coats the mouth; The alcohol is present as well as slight to moderate bitterness

Overall (4.55): This is a big beer, but not as big as i remembered. I would prefer a little more roasted malt and less bitterness-- that's nitpicking though. At $17 a four pack, i could do better for the price such as Founders. I had very high expectations for this beer, and they were met for the most part, with minor flaws that kept it from being an absolute favorite. Still among the best russian imperial stouts on the market

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This is my favorite Imperial Stout. Its appearance is stunning - PITCH black and with a beautiful dark khaki head. It has a HUGE amount of all the flavors and aromas that you expect from an Imperial Stout - dark chocolate, coffee, earthy hops on the finish. Ten FIDY balances these flavors extremely well. What sets this beer apart for me is the mouthfeel and the alcohol burn. It has a thick, velvety mouthfeel that has no equal in my experience. The alcohol is hidden by the huge malt bill, but you can feel it burn ever so slightly. Ten FIDY has absolutely mastered this understated burn; it's tantalizing and entices you to keep sipping it. I often take 2 or more hours to get through 12 ounces; it's worth it to savor it as long as you can.

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Black as the darkest night. A veritable black hole. Great nose. A little too extreme for me. I can taste all 10.5% ABV.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Updated Review – 10/12/14
Serving 12oz can, dated 09/30/13, served in a chalice.

If there was one area where I thought Ten Fidy had room for improvement, it was drinkability – it was a touch boozy on the back end, a bit too much fusel alcohol for my liking. Let’s see what a year has done.

A: Viscous, inky black pour; nearly opaque, with just a hint of cola-like highlight near the edge of the glass; 2 fingers of dark khaki head forms on a vigorous pour, but recedes to a smaller collar of foamy bubbles and an oily sheen on the surface - not quite the same head retention as I observed from the fresh can, but nonetheless this stout looks quite the dark, imposing part; clings to the side of the glass, with sticky lace.

S: Initial aromas seem toned down slightly, but all the usual suspects are present – roasted malts, dark coffee, breakfast toast, with a bit of char; sweeter aromas of dark chocolate, a good helping of brown sugar, and some dark fruit rise forth in balance; as the stout warms, a vinous note peaks through, walking a fine line between red wine and a rum-raisin like note; really, outside of this vinous note, the alcohol remains rather in check on the nose, even after it warms to near room-temp – nothing of the stinging, fusel note I remember from a fresh can.

T: Where do I start with the complexities? Dark, sticky sweetness kicks things off - bittersweet dark chocolate dominates on the front of the palate; there are also a flashes of brown sugar and some dark fruit too – a boozy, rum-raisin like note; the roasted notes then step up to take an edge off of the sweetness, with dark coffee and burnt toast taking charge – like a good morning’s breakfast; however, the sweet flavors cannot be held in check for long, and a second surge showcases a fudge-like quality mixing with a faint hint of creamy vanilla; finish begins to dry out, and starts with a strong nutty flavor before easing into a residual day-old coffee flavor that lingers long after each sip; my only knock against this stout when it was fresh was that it was quite boozy on the palate late on – but that’s not the case with a year of age on the can; the only presence of alcohol comes through the vinous/rum-raisin note, but doesn’t carry any fusel alcohol sting (or heat) with it.

M: No change here – full bodied; low carbonation makes for a thick, frothy, slightly chewy and a commanding weight on the palate.

O: Age has been kind to this imperial stout. Perhaps a touch milder on the nose, but the upshot is that the complexities on the palate abound, and the drinkability is much improved – the 10.5% ABV is not nearly as present as it was in a fresh can. Sublime. Still, this is the best imperial stout in a can, and age has made it even better.

Original Review – 01/19/14
Serving: 12oz can, dated 09/30/13, served in a standard pint glass

A: Thick, oily pour; pitch black, opaque, like you expect from a big, bold imperial stout; head retention is impressive for a high gravity stout – a good 2 fingers of chocolate milk colored foam perches atop the glass, and stays intact for a couple of minutes; head finally settling out to a collar; this stout coats the glass – it is thick, and leaves a sticky sheen of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, warm coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits are the predominant aromas on the nose; as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more noticeable – a fusel/medicinal like note that slightly stings the nostrils.

T: Starts off sweet – bittersweet baker’s chocolate, brown sugar, and raisins; then the roasted notes from the nose perk up to add some balance in the form of heavily roasted malts and black coffee; finish starts with powdered cocoa sweetness that gives way to a slightly nutty, toasted flavor; a warming, boozy flavor comes on strong late on, with a bit of sting and growing heat.

M: Full bodied, for sure! Thick, chewy; coats the palate and settles on the tongue with a firm, weighted presence; low carbonation obviously contributes to the heavier mouthfeel.

O: What can I say about this imperial stout? Easily the best canned imperial stout in the world. Possibly one of the best canned beers of any style, for that matter. Massively complex, expertly showcasing huge roasted notes alongside sweeter touches of chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. If there is room for improvement, it's with regard to drinkability – a huge, boozy wallop comes on late and arrests the palate with a blast of fusel alcohols, making this a sipper for sure. But what a sipper this is. A bit of aging may mellow out that alcohol sting, but even drinking fresh, I highly recommend Ten Fidy. Don’t let the higher price point ($14.99-$16.49/4pk, locally) deter your purchase – this imperial stout is very much worth the cost if you can find it.

A: 4.75 / S: 4.5 / T: 4.5 / M: 4.75 / O: 4.25 Rating: ~ 4.5

Buschyfor3, Oct 13, 2014
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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