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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,135
Reviews: 2,222
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 461
Gots: 1,295 | FT: 84
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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 ebby82
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark night, as bleak as Poe's cavernous poems. Odors of coffee and alcohol. The taste is quite alcoholic, with coffee and roasted malt flavors.

The viscosity of this drink reminds one of used motor oil, if indeed motor oil were delicious and intoxicating.

Certainly not eminently drinkable because of the aforementioned viscosity, as well as the propensity for a high alcohol content. However, I marvel at the ability of such a delightful drink to come from an aluminum can.

ebby82, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of BeerShirts
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Watery Motor oil, no light shines through this beer, head is a thin line around the edge of the glass

S- Chocolate, coco, Caramel, and booze. a little bit of a sweet smell too.

T- sweet chocolate and coffee, roasted malt no alcohol in the flavor at all which is shocking from the smell

M- Thick and Creamy, no carbonation

D- Amazing beer. if you can get your hands on it GET IT!!

BeerShirts, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my good friend jdostal for this generous offering!

A - HOLY BLACKNESS! Darker than the soul of Hitler. This stuff poured jet black, the look of well used motor oil, topped by a thick, frothy three finger dark tan...nay, brown head. The head sticks around forever, leaving a thick veil of chunky lacing down the inside of my pint glass. Wow...this is some good looking stuff!

S - Sticking with the dark theme, the aroma consisted mainly of dark roasted malts, accentuated by some bitter dark chocolate.

T & M - This is a meal in a can. Thick dark roasted and toasted malts lead the way, followed by a rich bitter dark chocolate flavor. The smoky, roasty, toasty, chocolate combination is extraordinary. The alcohol is very well masked. Thick and creamy mouthfeel...very smooth.

D - I've never been let down by Oskar Blues, but this is one helluva extraordinary offering from them! Any true beer aficionado would be sure to appreciate this brew!

drizzam, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can dated 10-27-09.

A: Maybe I was a little weak in the pour, but not a great amount of head on this one. I have been aging this can for a little while though, so maybe that has something to do with it. Otherwise, dark as night, no seeing through this one, and it pours as thick has heavy crude. What little head is there is a nice tan color. Leaves pretty good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. A little boozy. Molasses, dark caramel, burnt sugar, raisins. Roastiness is rather restrained. Piney hops come through a bit.

T: Smooth. On the sweet side for the style. Dark chocolate and coffee dominate. Pine and citrus hops as well.

M: Viscous. Really smooth, carbonation is so in tune you hardly notice it. Without a doubt the best part of this beer, but that shouldn't take away form the rest of it.

D: Pretty darn good, one of the better RIS's I've had.

aggiearcher13, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, chilled slightly from cellar temperature and served in my Chimay goblet.

The beer pours an absolute, soul sucking black. I swear the lights even dimmed when as I filled my glass. A dark caramel head forms, only about a finger in height, and sticks around for a minute before fading. Retention is average, but there's no real lacing to be found. The nose is simple but awesome, super rich dark chocolate and a very smooth, but noticeable warm alcohol sensation. The nose did not prepare me for the blast of pine and hop bitterness on my first sip, and to be honest I prefer my stouts with a little less prominent hop influence and to be all about the malt. Not to worry though, there's still the megaton of dark chocolate promised by the aroma, and the alcohol is a bit less pronounced (though still present, and not necessarily a bad thing). The mouthfeel is absolutely luxuriant, spot on low end of the spectrum carbonation and probably the thickest, chewiest stout I've yet encountered (and this is not a bad thing). The hop flavor isn't too much, but it's more than I prefer, but other than that everything about this beer is very well done and as a result it's disappearing almost alarmingly quickly from my glass.

axeman9182, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can, canned on 11-02-09. Served near warm (probably 55-60ish)

It pours form the can a thick black and looks a tad thinner than motor oil. The head his large, thick, and tan when poured vigorously. It doesn't leave much lacing as it recedes however.

The smell is not what I expected here. This smells more like one of those Eastern European malt liquor deals. It has that unbridled alcoholic scent to it with some honey and maybe molasses. There is a hint of caramel and sugar as well. It doesn't smell as dark and roasty as most of this style.

The taste is more traditional however. It is up there is sweetness though, it definitely has a cloying sweetness and a tingle that lingers on your tongue from the burning and unhidden alcohol. It has a nice roastiness to somewhat counter the sweetness but not enough. It is mainly caramel and sugar in flavor with a hint of roasted malt.

While the mouthfeel is incredibly thick and syrupy it is also cloying and burning.

Overall it is a middle of the road RIS, perhaps a bit too blunt and too sweet for my tastes in a RIS.

crossovert, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- damn downright darkest foam i've ever seen. no pssht when i popped the can and at first i though something went wrong and there would be no head but it kinda formed on it's own with awesome cascading effect. body is absolutely pitch black with no highlight at all. the head on this one is dense like a half cooked light chocolate cake. it seems to lighten in color a bit as it slowly recedes, takin on the tone of chocolate mousse or hot cocoa. remarkable retention as well for a beer so high in alcohol, but i'm guessing there's enough hops and grain in there to keep it solid and dropping some seriously nasty lace.

S- sweetly smoked and incredible. chocolate milk, cocoa and coffee hit the nose right away followed by smoldering pecan wood and the dried mellow aroma of figs and dates. smells so roasty and savory that notes of smoked pork shoulder rubbed with brown sugar and black pepper come to mind in the midst of pungent charred grapefruit and oscuro and maduro ciga wrappers. a floral pineapple lily apple whiff of alcohol is present, but neatly tucked beneath the blanket of roasted malt aromas.

T- dark chocolatey sweet from start to finish and long into the finish for that matter with the damn near exact flavor of lingering 80% cocoa melting softly over the palate. it's sweet like extra dark fudge brownie sweet, but by no means is it cloying or sugary. the full deep roasted flavor is so intense, backed by resinous hop bitterness against the burnt wood bitterness, the sugary isn't even an option. alcohol aromas appearing as the brew warms reflect on the taste as well, intensifying the dark fruity tart side of the flavor profile. think lemon, orange, and grapefruit rinds along with figs, dates, and black currant all left to pickle in a jar of molasses, burnt mixed nuts, charcoal, a pinch of salt, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. that's the best way i can describe it. lit oscuro cigar, damp wood, rich black soil, sandalwood incense, super strong espresso, and burnt pork. keep in mind that while all this is going on, dark chocolate flavors are unabated and continuously present, contrasting and complementing every subtle nuance of this insanely complex craft beer from a can. another puff of smoke on the swallow, and an extremely long finish of all the tastes above fading to penetrating hop flavor.. to roasted.. to dark chocolate.

MF- slow lazy lethargic carbonation, as if the bubbles just can't push through the turgid sludge to make full contact with my tongue. they feel like stomping bubbles marching over a blanket of gel, their impact significantly reduced. thanks in part to the addition of oats, the body is creamy beyond words-- like melted chocolate and whole cream and so decedent and rich and warming that this could seriously be an ice cream topping. drying on the cheeks thanks to massive alcohol (their website states 10.5% which is appropriate) and sticky on the lips thanks to the abundance of malt sugars and microscopic particles. there's alot of thanks goin on.

D- i couldn't have another one of these right now. one is enough. i need something that will wash the much of my palate. nevertheless, the complexity of flavors and the feel of this brew keep me comin back for more. the smoky dryness and sticky graininess incline me to take sip after pleasurable sip to relieve the roasted condition of my lips and cheeks but the only that could do that would be a toothbrush and lots of toothpaste. so in that sense, one can is entirely drinkable and in many ways too small, but this brew is too rich and powerful to be anything but a treat for me.

hustlesworth, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of rarbring
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black engine oil, nearly no head, good curtains.

The smell is very malty, burned caramel and bread, a lot of dried sweet fruit aromas - almost yeasty, some coffee and cocoa beans.

The taste is sweet, very sweet, dried fruits, bot also strong vinous alcohol notes.

Medium carbonation, a bit like carbonated dark syrup (I imaging).

Very sweet and much dried fruits makes this a good companion to truffles, ice cream, strong cheeses, ...

Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

rarbring, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of beeragent
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz can.

A - Pours a dark black, just like motor oil. 1/4 inch dark mocha head forms and recedes. Light lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is a strong mix of roasted malts, bitter cocoa, and alcohol. There is no hiding the alcohol content in the nose.

T - Smooth chocolate coats the palate with the roasted malt characteristics coming through in the finish. Judging by the aroma, I expected this to have a strong alcohol flavor, but suprisingly its well hidden. A hint of floral hops in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied with a thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation and very smooth.

D - This is the way I like my RIS's to look and taste. Strong complex flavor and dark as night appearance!! Great thick bodied and mouthfeel that coats the whole palate and leaves the flavor hanging long after the swallow. For an RIS in a can, I dont think this can be beat (until they start putting Old Rasputin in cans!).

beeragent, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Worth every penny for a top notch Impy stout, surpassed my procrastonations and hype skepticism.

Appearance is a dark motor oil pour, opaque black brew, has a short chocolate milk colored foam head. Minimal but evident lace.

Smells of dark boozyness, almost rum like and smooth - in a good way. Dark chocolate, sweet dark malts, roasted coffee notes, nice hop balance & support.

Tastes amazing smooth an balanced at 11% abv. Tastes as it smells.
Semi slick mouthfeel, followed by crisp boozyness, full body and medium light carbo.

unclejimbay, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to find this one sitting randomly in Monument Wine and Spirits in Concord.

Cracked it open and poured what looked like pitch or tar into a glass that at first gave no indication of carbonation at all. Slowly some sneaky bubbles gave rise to the darkest head I've seen. It kept rising into a frothy foam that was very promising. Faded to nothing with no lacing. Left a very intimidating inky brown/black opaqueness.

The smell is pretty quiet compared to the rest of the beer. Roasted malts dominate.

Great flavor of balanced sweetness, malts, and a bittering finish that is perfect as an offset to the initial maltiness.

Big density and light-medium carbonation actually leads to a great mouthfeel and perhaps the most drinkable stout I've had. Stupendous beer.

Chizoad, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

An Imperial Stout in a can--you've gotta love that.

Pours a motor oil consistency, ink black, dark as Satan's heartless soulless pit, liquid that's crowned with a thick, rich-looking coffee-colored head--hold the cream and sugar. Aroma is surprisingly soft with some fresh grain, hint of smoke and estery, dark ripe fruits taunting in the back. Creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, viscous, with a rich malty base. Tangy molasses, molten chocolate cake, major roastiness going on with more smoke, char, double espresso and burnt raisins. Overripe black cherries. Bitter, but not puckering, more of an overall acridness that engulfs the palate. Hop presence is leafy, herbal, earthy, with a hint of lemon--barely detectable in the black chaos. Alcohol is well hidden, but sneaks into your brain eventually with a warming fuzz. Finish is exactly like you just had a double chocolate chip cookie in your mouth.

This one puts the "A" in "Holy crap!"

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with almost no head. Tan lacing coats the glass and my taste buds begin to water. The aroma is roasty and malty. Slight hints of coffee and almost a hint of smokiness like it has some rauch malt. The taste is a deep roast balanced with a residual sweetness and a warming alcohol sensation. It almost has a bourbon taste to it or like it was aged on oak. It feels thick and smooth, it paints your mouth practically. This is a phenomenal brew but I don't think i could slug more than one back. Too much of an alcohol taste for me.

jagoffyinzer, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/23/09

Canned on 12/22/08

Thanks to Freethyhops for throwing in this as an extra on my first trade

Pours a dark crimson brown; settles black. 1/4th inch head of hot chocolate colored foam dissipates quickly, though swirling revives a thin layer for a short time. Such is retention. Lacing is decent in real time but doesn't last, save for a few spots here & there.

Big chocolate aroma with mild sweetness. Roasted malts; hint of toffee & molasses. Earthy notes around the edges with nutty undertones. The nose seems more potent than complex. Not that that's a bad thing. On the contrary it's quite good.

While the nose is impressive, this beer tastes outstanding (especially considering the sweetness). Chocolate runs the game with some roasted malts & dark sugars blending in with much reserve. This is essentially like drinking a candy bar that a mix of milk & dark chocolate at a 60/40 ratio. Bold flavor does not shy on sweetness. Almost too sweet. Faint earthiness calls to mind hops past; never quite musters bitterness though.

Full body; quite heavy actually. Carbonation is very low, creamy & smooth. Though a bit slick upfront, there's a lot of grittiness - awesome. Mild alcohol heat. Interestingly enough, a little bitterness makes it to the finish.

This is good stuff indeed. Not overly complex, there is flavor to spare. More bitterness would be ideal, in my opinion. Other than that, no complaints. If you're going to do a very sweet Imperial Stout, this is how it's done. Recommended.

Ryan011235, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Gouxman
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial Stout came out of the can looking like straight motor oil. As I poured it into my snifter the opaque brew resided with a dark brown head.

The aroma is full of roasted malt, chocolate, and molasses.

This brew is rich and flavorful with hints of roasted malt, licorice, molasses, cocoa, and smoke.

The mouthfeel is super smooth as it coats the touch. The finish lingers for a while, but in a good way. There is a slightly sweet and bitter bite on the end of the palate.

For a 9.5% Imperial Stout the drinkability is quite high. I could drink one of these every night for dessert.

It's good to see beer like this come out of can.

Gouxman, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a quickly disappearing chestnut head. Tiny little tan ring remains. Nose of big toasty malts, coffee and chocolate also some licorice. Again big roasted malt flavor, coffee and chocolate notes, some hop presence. Warmth of alcohol is clear too. Liquid smoothness over the tongue, this beer is thick and rich. For such a strong stout it is very pleasant to drink, thanks in part to the great mouthfeel and in my opinion appropriate carb level.

pmlondrigan, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the can to the glass, this beer is pitch black. Great mocha colored head, about two inches. Dark roasted cocoa, molasses, toffee, expresso, Thick and creamy, with a dry finish. Don't be thrown off by the fact it is in a can, this RIS is absolutely fantastic!

kylejohnson03, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint class, pitch black with a tan head. moderate lacing. overall pretty good.

nose is kinda medicore, i'm mostly getting alot of roasted barley.

taste is better than the nose, strong chocolate flavor, burnt sugar, molasses, hint of coffee,not as much roast barley as the nose would indicate but it's still prominent. a bit more dark chocolate.bit of bitterness throughout rounded out by a touch of sweetness in the finish.

mouthfeel is pretty thick, low carbonation.

overall this beer is pretty good. reminds me alot of black chocolate stout from brooklyn brewery. not sure if i'd seek this out again.

wyattshotmaker, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of prcrawford
2.68/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours dark black with off white head. Long lasting head moosey head which slowly dissipates.

S: Roasted and borderline burnt malts dominate. No hop aroma and no diacytel.

T: Roasted almost burnt dark malts dominate. With out hints of other flavors. The finish was alcoholic.

M: Slightly astringent roasted malts finishing with a high degree of alcohol warmth that lingered into the finish.

D: I drank this beer on a 10th mountain division hut trip in the rocky mountains. After carrying this beer 13 miles into the woods I was disappointed by burnt and alcoholic flavors. For me this style should be be about roasted malts with dark fruit or chocolate flavors and slight alcohol warmth. This beer did no have those characteristics.

prcrawford, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of glazeman
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter

A: Opaque black. Small ½ finger mocha colored head that quickly fades into a small crown. A little bit of lacing.

S: Not all that complex, but pleasant smelling. There are some whiffs of molasses and coffee.

T: On the sweeter side as far as imperial stouts go. This one tastes almost like a chocolate smoothie mixed with burnt toast, which sounds gross but tastes really good. There's a little espresso in there as well, and a touch of bitterness in the finish. It's much more complex than the smell would make you think.

M: Not quite as thick or chewy as I would have liked though a nice aftertaste, and perhaps a bit under-carbonated for me.

D: Very high. The pleasant taste and lighter mouthfeel make this a very, very drinkable imperial stout. There is absolutely no alcohol "hotness".

glazeman, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass:

Pours a motor oil like viscosity jet black with a small/medium mocha colored head. Deep black body with zero light able to pass through. Smell is unreal. near perfect for me. really has that deep dark chocolate, almost brownie like aroma going on with some nice fudgy sweetness comming through and an oreo like chocolate note. Taste is very nice as well. Big bold mocha flavors. really glad this isnt heavy on the coffee flavors. Has a deep rich mocha chocolate component with a touch of acidity to balance the sweetness out. Real nice texture on this one. actually more carbonated that i thought from the appearance. Rolls well of the tongue and would pair well with some spicy food for sure. Drinkability is very high. really this is enjoyable and delicious enough to replace red wine for every dish i canthink of. would love to have this with some waffels.

Augustiner719, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of DaveWhite
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark black. Not much head, but the head is tan and thin. The first taste is smooth with a hint of chocolate followed by coffee. The end of the sip is sour. There is a good hint of sweetness in both the smell and taste. A very good and heavy beer. Must be sipped an not chugged, though no good beer drinker would do such a thing. Highly recommended.

DaveWhite, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Like oil coming out of a can into the glass. Solid black with the tiniest bit of head.

S - Like hot toasted chocolate, sweet vanilla, and molasses

T - Dark bittersweet chocolate, hints of coffee and molasses and some vanilla as well. Nice sweetness with a faint hint of alcohol.

M - Full bodied, like syrup, with little carbonation. Stays around and dances on the taste buds.

D - Awesome! Kicking myself for spending $5 for a single can instead of $15 for the four pack. You must try this beer and to think it comes from a can is even more impressive!

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of BS68280
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have waited far too long to actually buy a 4 pack of this stuff to enjoy. I'm glad I finally bought some. Poured into my DFH signature glass.

A: Umm.... you guessed it... black. About a quarter inch of brown head. Looks great. The head ends up as just a brown ring around the edges of the glass.

S: A good mix of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Only hints of the 9.5%

T: A sweet vanilla and molasses start, followed by a nice touch of dark fruits covered in dark chocolate. Leaves you with a taste of a smokey burnt coffee bitterness. The alocohol is in there too and becomes more apparent the longer you hold it in your mouth. Not too hot for 9.5 but hot enough.

M: Nice carbonation, full bodied, a sticky creamy film coats the mouth afterwards.

D: A little hotter than similar beers I have had.

BS68280, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 -- what a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours out like motor oil. Jet black with a thin layer of chocolate brown head. No lacing to speak of, naturally, but coats the glass nicely.

Smell -- Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, faint charcoal.

Taste -- Follows the nose to the tee: chocolate, molasses, vanilla, some faint prune sweetness. Finish is bitter with char and hops.

Mouthfeel -- Full bodied with mild creamy carbonation. Like velvet!

Drinkability -- The fact that this beer came from a can still boggles my mind. Rich and sweet with enough acrid char character to prevent it from being cloying. More importantly, not a trace of metallic off flavors from the can. I loved it!

yeahnatenelson, Jul 16, 2010
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 7,135 ratings.