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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,753 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,753
Reviews: 2,205
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 420
Gots: 1,176 | FT: 83
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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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Photo of twiggamortis420


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an intimidatingly viscous black color with a dark brown foam. Impenetrable to light. Decent retention and very good lacing.

Plenty to sniff on here. Cocoa-like chocolate, tons of roasty malts, figs, raisins, a bit of nose-tingling hops and a bready yeast aroma.

This might be the smoothest Impy stout available...awesome beer. Creamy as hell and milk chocolaty. Alcohol is detectable, but well hidden and deceptively drinkable. A bit of roastiness and coffee flavors, but not as much as most of this style. One fine stout.

Serving type: can

06-19-2009 16:13:22 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of tgdigital


4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. Pours engine oil black into a glass with a dark brown head. Loads of roasted malt presence in the smell with some hoppiness to balance. The taste is filled with hints of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, coffee, and toasted grain. The residual sweetness is balanced by the bitterness of roasted grain and hop character. Thick and full bodied in the mouth. This is a fantastic stout.

Serving type: can

06-17-2009 20:06:06 | More by tgdigital
Photo of mhatters


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a 10oz tulip glass at TDR, Exton

Pours an oily black with a thin light brown head

Roasted notes in the nose, coffee, malt, and chocolate - very appetizing

The chocolate comes through in the flavor. Creamy and slightly bitter rolling nicely into the coffee. A dark sweetness subdues the bitterness at the end. Very impressive

Thick, creamy, and lovely.

Easy to drink, the alcohol is well hidden and all the component flavors are balanced and in synch.

Love it

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 12:52:22 | More by mhatters
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sludgy, viscous black with a 1/4 inch film of ruby-brown head. Like frothy motor oil--a strange combination of impressive and disgusting.

Roasted malts overwhelm the nose. It's very dark with some subtle hints of fruit and coffee.

Thick and chewy in the mouth with roasted malts standing above all else. Hints of dark fruits sneak through. Juicy on the finish with a lingering hoppiness.

This beer's too big for it's own good, and I find it rather boring. Not something I'll be running back to.

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 07:51:14 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of gregmurer


2.8/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Appearance - incredible appearance, sure it's an imperial stout, but, the head is totally dark like the beer itself...

Smell - It smell like something burnt... no issue, it's full of chocolate malt, heavy smell, but a bit frightning...

Taste - bitterness is not really present, it's totally hidden by the roasted barley or malts, for sure it taste something... too much i may say.

Mouthfeel - it really feel thick, too thick, it's incredibly long and tastefull.

Drinkability - certainly not drinkable, take a 33cc can for 2 or 3 friends, it's too much heavy in mouth, not refreshing at all (even from the fridge).

Serving type: can

06-12-2009 13:10:04 | More by gregmurer
Photo of SShelly


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

Pours a dark black with low dark head that dissapears quick.

Light roast aroma with some chocolate, some sweet malt aromas, no esters, well maybe a little something fruity but barely there.

Initial sweet malt flavor gives way to a little dark roast, medium creamy, little to no hop flavor, a little bit of bitterness that lingers on the tongue, no big flavors in this...Sweetness lingers on the pallet for a few minutes after a sip. Light alcohol warming through the chest, very minimal.

overall a decent beer, probably a tad overhyped, doesnt rank in my top 5 of RIS's but drinkable none the less.

Serving type: can

06-11-2009 23:58:38 | More by SShelly
Photo of stephens101


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours impenetrable blackness like a Rimbaud poem. A very dark tan head covers the abyss and fades quickly with little lacing left behind. Various aromas of deep dark chocolate, charred wood, licorice, roasted nuts, pine and even honey waft to the nose. Sweet chocolate and caramel reach the tongue first, followed by some spice, a nice hit of hops, more dark chocolates, some alcohol heat, roasted malts and vanilla extract. The aforementioned alcohol heat lingers for a while, but is not bothersome. The creamy smoothness is second to none going down; almost dessert-like, and while the body of this brew leans toward heavy, it doesn't weigh on you like some stouts can. A rich complex brew that goes great by itself, but would pair well with a great meal, and that is coming from one who usually gives a rat's ass about beer pairing with food.

Serving type: can

06-11-2009 21:12:02 | More by stephens101
Photo of rayjay


3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crazy viscosity which is evident from the pour, pretty cool seeing that come out of a can into my Delirium Noel goblet. Dark head that looks like a coffee stained shirt.

Good aroma, a bit of cooked veggies and dumpster funk, but over-ridden by deep roasted malt, roasted barley, and molasses. These green overcooked veggies lend a freezer burnt note to the aroma...acceptable but questionable. I'm torn because i detect many defects but it still smells pretty good.

Flavor is creamy and roasted, almost like burnt curry. Lots of esters combined with the roasted grain lend a sort of burnt fruit flavor. Background hops for he style, but they add a nice bitter backdrop along with the black malts and barley.

Excellent mouthfeel, lots of creamyness and a nice velvety texture. Very enjoyable.

Delicious and drinkable, although it will slow you down. Cheers!

Serving type: can

06-06-2009 07:56:05 | More by rayjay
Photo of JMD


4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich opaque black. This beer is as dark as night. 1 inch tan head laces the glass. A real beauty.

S: A huge toasted malt nose. Hints of chocolate, and coffee

T: Very malty flavor. Full of chocolate, carmel, sweet cream, and a hint of tobacco. Subtle hop finish. Incredibly balanced beer.

M: Wow, the texture of this beer is amazing. It's so smooth and creamy.

D: Although this beer is exceptional, I can't drink more than one of these. Rich and flavorful with a high ABV, makes this one a sipper. But that said, it's still fantastic.

Serving type: can

06-06-2009 01:11:20 | More by JMD
Photo of BeTheBall


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark opaque black to brown, deep as night. Frothy and lively head and lacing.
Smell was huge chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste was also chocolate and roasted flavors with a hint of alcohol hotness, in a good way.
Mouthfeel was rich and creamy all the way down.
Drinkability is limited for me, very rich and very strong with the ABV. More than one I wouldn't probably do, but that one is awesome.

Serving type: can

06-01-2009 17:01:05 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of damienblack


4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to the typical RIS appearance, dark brown/black, thick and syrupy. Small tan head, decent lacing, typical appearance. Smell is typical too, slightly sweet dark malt. But the taste sensation is where it really kicks in. Overall, it encompasses a very nice balance. Some roastiness yet not too roasty, but not to sweet either. The thing that really puts it over the top is how creamy it is. Just silk-like in its delicacy. No bitterness at all. Just a bit of hop balance at the end, but nowhere near as hoppy as I've heard. Mouthfeel excels because of this, the perfect level of coating. Super drinkable for the ABV and subject matter. Forget Rasputin, this has become my favorite of the sessionable imperial stouts!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 06:13:22 | More by damienblack
Photo of SuperSpy


4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pint glass and it looks as black as tar. Even when held up to the light I can't make out anything but BLACK. The head is thick, creamy and is darker than chocolate milk. As the head finally starts to die down it leaves a ton of lace.

I'm smelling some sweet chocolate, a hint of molasses, but I really had to hunt for those. Considering the look of this beer I am disappointed by the lack of punch in the aroma. Considering just the style I would expect to be smelling more. Even as the beer warms there is still little to nothing in the smell. Perhaps I just got a bad can because I'm not getting any of the aromas I'm seeing in the other reviews.

This beer is definitely full-bodied and full flavored. I am tasting the dark chocolate and molasses that were only hinted at in the aroma, but I'm also getting coffee, dark fruits and a slight alcohol warmth as it goes down. I'm actually surprised at the lack of alcohol flavor and burn considering the ABV on this thing. I could drink plenty more of these. This beer goes down really, really well and I don't know that the wonderfully creamy smoothness could be improved on, or that anyone should even try.

Serving type: can

06-01-2009 01:06:12 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of sgoodship


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Steve's Liquors in Madison. Great place to buy beer and make your own 6.

A: Poured from a can, this is some dark, viscous stuff right here. The color is oil black. No light gets through it. It popped up a lovely 2 finger head. The head was craggy and dark golden brown - one of the darkest heads I have seen in quite some time. It's a shamelessly handsome looking brew.

S: Massive roasted grains and coffee. There's a sweet chocolate and a hint of booze. There's a bitterness there but it's hard to pick out hop profile in the onslaught of the malt.

T: I'm going to keep this simple for yah. Lovely! There ya go. It's everything that the smell promises except to mention how well masked the alcohol is and how amazingly well balanced it is.

M: Thick and smooth. Really great mouth. Full bodied beer with low carbonation.

D: The one critical thing I could say about this beer is that the taste isn't amazingly distinctive or complex. If you want a knock it out of the park RIS that is super well balanced, look no further but it is not going to challenge or surprise you. Don't get me wrong, this beer is easily going to one of the top spots on my RIS list. Thanks Oscar Blues and nice to have a beer in a can for a change.

Serving type: can

05-31-2009 02:19:37 | More by sgoodship
Photo of CJthirty7


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonder if they got their name based on the retail price of this stuff? Ten fidy a four pack of cans?! Can't really knock the cans, Oskar Blues. I understand your thriftiness. ...actually, I bought this beer, so I really don't. But I do understand trying to make a buck (or buck-fidy). Good job on this can of oil. I enjoyed mine with a sugar cookie. I've even heard it goes good with icecream (yes, like a float).

This one gets a nod from the dessert gods. Wow. Ryhmes (check). Hip-hop slang (check). We just need some gold teeth.

Serving type: can

05-29-2009 22:46:59 | More by CJthirty7
Photo of quinlin


4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black, opaque, with a thin tan/mocha head that lingers on the glass

S/T - sweet! caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate, deep roasted malts. it tastes just like it smells, maybe a hint of hops

M - light carbonation, full body, the flavor lingers and coats the mouth

D - this has got to be the sweetest RIS ive had yet, ill drink this for a dessert.

Serving type: can

05-29-2009 04:35:01 | More by quinlin
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily, viscous black with probably the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer- morethe color of espresso than crema. The head seems to fade a bit quicker than on the draft version. On the nose are notes of fine, vinous chocolate, a deep roastiness, and long bitterness with hints of coffee waftinf in and out. Very nice. The flavor is a knock-out. Big flavors of bitter chocolate, espresso, a massive roastiness, long complex vinous notes and a gritty cocoa powder finish. Just magnificent. Huge mouthfeel, a bit grittier than on tap- it lacks a little of the creaminess of the beer served that way, but huge, with a bitter and vinous finish that goes on for a long time. Just as delightful as the first time I had this. Wonderful stuff, and my absolute favorite beverage for a winter camping trip.

Serving type: can

05-27-2009 18:07:13 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of kimcgolf


3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Out of the can at Leon's. Poured a thick, syrupy jet-black with a skim of a brown head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma is a strong malty-choclate-toffee-coffee that hits the nose immdiately. The 9.4% ABV works its way into the nose at mid-glass. Mouthfeel is thick (too much for my liking) and syrupy. Taste, while reflecting the scents found in the nose, is somewhat overwhelmed by the syrupy sweetness. Finish is long, but somewhat like glue stuck inside your mouth.

Summary, while I can taste the quality, I just can't get as fired up as most for this carbonated chocolate syrup.

Serving type: can

05-27-2009 02:11:56 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of merryjoulton


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, hints of brown around the edges and initially a strong brown head that fades fast to nothing... very attractive. Smells smoky, roasted, chocolate, pungent of thick darkness. Tastes chocolaty, roasty, sweet, coffeey, full, boisterous, bold, bitter. Mouthfeel is thick as motor oil. Drinkability is great for such a huge stout!

Serving type: can

05-26-2009 04:05:17 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of DoctorDog


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz can into a snifter. Big thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one in a trade!

A- Pours a thick, rich, black, and completely opaque. _1/2 fingers of brown head, which settles quickly into a thin ring of foam, and an incomplete, oily island.

S- Molasses, roasted malts, coffee, anise infused sweetness, hints of dark fruits and alcohol. Quite excellent.

T- "Robust" is the first thing that comes to mind. Lots of what the nose made me expect; molasses sweetness, and roasty malts and coffee. Hints of alcohol bitterness builds as consumed.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Thick and full....smooth....the way I want a RIS to feel.

D- A fab slow sipper, and quite smooth and easy drinking considering it's 10 % ABV ....

Future outlook: Quite worthy of it's high ratings. I (sadly) can't get this stuff around here, but it might be worth it to find a way to snag some more of this canned gem.

Serving type: can

05-25-2009 01:57:39 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of beveritt


4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to DoctorDog for hooking me up with this not so little gem. Can is black and silver with the image of the sun rising over a mountain. Bottled on 10-30-08 printed on the bottom along with the cryptic phrase "Who does #2 work for?"

Appearance: Looks like pouring motor oil in to a glass. Pours with just under 1 finger of dark brown head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a ring around the glass and a small island of foam above the nucleation site. The beet itself is black, completely and absolutely black. No sediment remains in the can.

Smell: Rich, sweet malt aroma with hints of molasses, figs, and tobacco. Alcohol is present in the finish.

Taste: Building flavor upfront, comes at you gradually rather than suddenly assaulting the taste buds. Strong flavors of licorice, molasses, and dark candi sugar. Alcohol is hidden very well, considering the 10.0 % ABV, but is barley discernible in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation level, as expected for this style. Body is incredibly thick and clinging.

Drinkability: A wonderful sipper, too bad it doesn't make it to Ohio. I would love to age a can of this and see how beer in cans ages.

Serving type: can

05-23-2009 00:31:03 | More by beveritt
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily black with a creamy thick brown head. Nicely laced.

Scent is chocolate, cold strong coffee, roast and burnt notes.

Tast is thick and chocolately. Sweet creamy milk chocolate. Dark bitter chocolate. Strong espresso and coffee notes. Strong earthy and roasted qualities. Molasses. Caramel peeks through. Subtle glimmers of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouth is deliciously full thick and viscous. Very creamy.

Drink is excellent; abv well hidden.

A delicious and eminently drinkable RIS.

Serving type: can

05-22-2009 02:54:15 | More by sethmeister
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass from 12oz. can at cellar temp. pours extreme black with an extremely dark mocha colored head. about a finger and a half of creamy silky looking head that had some pretty decent retention. some pretty good lacing as well. looks amazing.

big roasted malt/ dark chocolate aroma. such a clean smelling imp. stout, some solvent alcohol in the aroma, but nothing to harsh. some dark fruits are present as well as some burnt roasted coffee beans, a little vanilla and a some anise. very complex.

again in the taste, coming in big with the roasted malts and dark chocolate followed by some deep warming alcohol which gives way to a creamy oat like flavor combined with vanilla and finishes off with a bitter chocolate tingling sensation. amazing. i wanna give it a 5, but i dont think i have it in me.

heavy body, minimal carb, nice creamy mouthfeel makes this big beer go down fairly easy, if you dont mind some warming from the alcohol. one of my favorite imp. stouts to date, everyone should try and find this.

oh and congrats to me for having the 666 review of this beer in the can.

Serving type: can

05-18-2009 22:15:18 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of kels


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the amazing cmitchell for passing a can of this off to bamadog. We shared it the other night for our collective 100th review.

Appearance: Pours rich chocolate brown, almost black, with the slightest ruby highlights, mostly showing in the ring of tannish head that barely retains. Some spotty lacing dots the glass just above the liquid that's dark and viscous. A mild oil slick sits atop the beer, and little bubbles burst up through the surface now and again.

Smell: Smell is full and robust - tons of nicely dry dark roast malts and chewy graininess. Slight bitterness from either a bittersweet chocolate or dark coffee comes through, along with some alcohol heat.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The feel is well carbonated and somewhat gritty, not as viscous as it looks - moderate mouthfeel. The taste is full of bitter roasty, charred malts that are coffee-like in taste. There is the slightest hint of vanilla-like sweetness to accompany bright, appley hops in the aftertaste. Moderately warming alcohol finishes it.

Drinkability: Moderate at best. I'm sipping and already feeling it. It isn't as overwhelming or big as others in the style so that's nice.

Serving type: can

05-16-2009 23:28:05 | More by kels
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both JDV and scream4me for this brew, they both sent it as a much appreciated extra and I am trying it for the first time.

Poured from a can into a stemless wine glass. This beer is pitch black with a two finger mocha head. Lots of stamina on the lacing as it slowly courses down the sides of the glass.

The smell is roasty malts, coffee, bitter chocolate and some sweet vanilla, very nice.

This beer tastes just like it smells, awesome roasty malts and bitter chocolate with a nice hoppy balance. I love imperial stouts that start with roasty malt that blends into a nice hoppiness.

This beer is thick and syrupy, but hides the alcohol well and tastes very smooth.

Definitely a sipper, but I could have more than one in a sitting. This is a very good imperial stout, makes me want to try more Oskar Blues brews.

Serving type: can

05-16-2009 21:50:42 | More by rpstevens
Photo of bamadog


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Number 100... Finally! Been in the works for a while now so I'm proud to finally have it done, and I don't know if I could have had a better beer to hit the mark with. Split the can with Kels for her 100th as well. Poured from the can into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured thick, black and viscous like motor oil; no head at all except for when it's swirled especially hard and then there is a very deep tan thin layer that floats like oil on top of a mud puddle; very spotty lacing clings to the sides on the swirl as well and there is an interesting ring/band if it sits for a bit and I tip it for a sip.

Smell: Deep roasted malts; sweet chocolatey presence; a slightly smokey/woody presence; faint whiff of alcohol; very faint bitter hoppy prersence somewhere in there as well...

Taste: Wow. Long roasted malty goodness comes out; a little coffee-esque and also some sweet chocolate; slight presence of alcohol and like in the scent, a mild hop presence as well. A very amazing and wonderful tasting stout. The aftertaste is very much like roast coffee.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly thick and creamy; coats the mouth heavily; gums are a little tingly from the alcohol; pretty thick so not a ton of carbonation bubbling throughout so I'm assuming the tingling is from the alcohol; feels a little gritty as well.

Drinkability: Pretty high for a big heavy stout - I would have enjoyed an entire one to myself, but it's always better to share.

Serving type: can

05-14-2009 22:56:18 | More by bamadog
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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