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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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8,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,367
Reviews: 2,366
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,971 | FT: 115
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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1/5  rDev -77.2%

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4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355mL can into snifter
A - Pours a pitch black with no head to speak of
S - Smells of malt, coffee, and chocolate with a little smokiness
T - Spice from the alcohol is present, but is not unpleasantly forward. Malty chocolate is the primary flavour backed up by some roasted coffee and a minor fruitiness.
M - Thick and rich mouthfeel. Very full bodied with a long finish and light carbonation.
O - This is my favourite beer, the mouthfeel in particular is just incredible.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ten FIDY pours jet-black with a rich brown loam head, and opens with a powerful cream-and-ash note that is instantly enticing. The nose is heavy on coffee, anise, heavy whipping cream, and the kind of rich brown bread that can feed a family of four for a whole week on a single loaf. Thick layers of fig, plum, and nectarine fruit esters add complexity, joined by molasses and brown sugar. Hops add grapefruit rind and pine notes, and it says much of the malts that the hops’ 98 IBUs only end up as background support. The overall effect is one of delicious intoxication, smelling like the best cup of coffee imaginable, accompanied by a world-class cigar and a bowlful of fresh-picked fruits and berries topped by fresh whipped cream.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a blast of tobacco, ash, black coffee, espresso, and anise. After this initial half-second black hole of an onslaught, the tastebuds recover enough to note the presence of a lovely layer of sugars, with fig, prune, plum, and raisin fruit esters joined by molasses, brown sugar, and dark caramels. There’s also a strong whiskey and cognac quality to the beer, despite the fact that this particular can hasn’t been barrel aged, adding some carbon, as well as a nice alcoholic bite. Hops add a nice supporting grapefruit rind and pine layer, and this lasts well into the aftertaste, joined there by a somehow-even-stronger tobacco, coffee, and black malt presence, with just enough sugars remaining to make it deliciously palatable, and the entire aftertaste lingering for a very, very long time. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is truly excellent fare; beer so good that it’s hard to believe it comes out of a can (much, to Oskar Blues’ credit, like all of their offerings). It’s difficult to imagine much more flavor being cranked out of a mash tun, much less being squeezed into a tiny can. Any serious fan of Imperial Stouts has to put this one on their must-try list.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours like 10/50 motor oil... Gee, where did that come from -_- Quarter finger of khaki colored head with slight carbonation. Solid looking RIS

S - Roasted malts. Roasted chocolate malt dominant. Dark fruits and some alcohol. Pretty standard for an RIS, though as powerful as i was expecting

T - With the chocolaty malt and dark fruit taste as good as this beer delivers, it deserves a 4.5 in Taste. My only complaint is the salty background. Maybe a canning thing? Not too sure, but it is solid.

M - Absolute best in class. Smooth. Full bodied. Coats the mouth and makes this brew an absolute privilege to caress the tongue. Can't say enough about the mouthfeel of this stout.

O - Such a great RIS. I wouldn't believe it was canned if i didn't know beforehand. Easily the best stout i have had so far, but the list is rather limited. Well worth the $15 for a 4 pack

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in the glass, with a nearly brown head, which lasts quite a long time. Pleasant spritz on the tongue.

Huge mouthful of flavor. Dark roast malt, licorice, and hops. Rather tart with a big smack of alcohol. Massively rich without being syrupy. Maybe a whiff of smoke and some raisins, but a clean powerful taste.

Such a a black flavor, a blast of malt shot with crazy darkness of charred sugar. Really none of the sour burnt taste. A mouthfilling, hot, vast expanse of flavor. Great sipping beer and to me, more friendly and pleasurable than some of the other icons of the RIS world.

On tap at Ciros on Garnet Ave in San Diego.

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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger brown head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Malty nose, flavor is similar, malts and burnt chocolate. High ABV is hidden, decent IS, close to a RIS. $4.95 for a 12oz black can (yes a can and it is very drinkable) from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Canned 9/21/2011.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip chalice, colori is solid black with the darkest head I've ever seen on a brew, nearly brown, little bit of lacing.

Smell is slightly off to me, somewhat sour-sweet thats quickly overcome by roasted and chocolate flavors and then finished with light alcohol esters.

Taste is very solid, big maltiness with roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors blending well; bitterness is very nice in keeping everything balanced - light grassiness.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than most RISs, but its also a pretty big beer, solid presence on the tongue and throughout, pretty good balance.

Overall, very good beer and definitely an RIS that stands out.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,367 ratings.