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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,384 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,384
Hads: 8,844
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 629
Gots: 2,239 | FT: 123
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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 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)

Photo of Genie
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I could smell the dark fruit but it took some effort to sniff it out even when using a snifter. It also makes a pretty lacing on the glass. It's very smooth as described, but I could only taste hints of chocolate and coffee. Despite it's high IBU, it was not as bitter as I thought it would be. The more forward taste was the roasty malt flavor and it was not a scorchy roast, but a pleasant roasty flavor. It is quite strong, so I did have to take a break from it, but then it got warm and didn't taste as good when it was colder.

Canning date: 12/15/2014
I drank this on 03/09/2015. (585 characters)

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)

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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