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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,979
Reviews: 2,208
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 450
Gots: 1,234 | 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 brownbeer


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Looks like wonderful used motor oil that I want to drink.

Licorice, subtle smoke, chocolate notes on the nose to name a few.

Dark fruit(prune), ruby port, cold coffee, with a dry, bitter chocolate finish and alcohol coming in late and warming the chest.

Mouthfeel is viscous and coats your mouth for a short time after the swallow.

Very well balanced and drinkable for the style. Elegant. It's so strange that this beer comes from a can.

12-31-2009 00:15:14 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Crittervision

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -34.9%

dark dark dark brown body, small head, small bubbles.

the smell is of half-composted melon rind, perhaps a banana peel that has slowly browned on the countertop for a few days, booze, some maltiness below. not impressed. really hoping for something better in the taste.

taste follows the smell, but has more roasted malt characteristics. could belgian yeast be causing the rotty fruitiness? not sure. no indication from the can. its the only positive excuse i can think of. "average" for an ris in my experience is exceptional for beer in general. this is definitely below that average.

mouthfeel is smooth and moderately thick, great.

the rotten fruit is really bugging me. i dont remember it from previous tastings, so ill take that into account. but its odd that it comes when im first taking notes on it. this was the second disappointment in a row after founders breakfast stout came through with charry, ashy, and bitter characteristics that i didnt recall from past experiences. if i find on future tastings that these characteristics were specific to the can i shared last night, ill alter my scores. but this one was a strange disappointment.

12-30-2009 20:43:31 | More by Crittervision
Photo of Kaiser81


4.38/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to Rye726. He wasn't supposed to add an extra, but he did anyway.

Poured from a can into my Stone RIS tulip glass.

A - Pours pitch black with motor oil qualities and a mocha colored head, about a finger width thick to start off. The head dissipates after about a minute to leave a nice ring on top. There is some lacing left on the glass.

S - I get a lot of roasty malts, and some dark chocolate. It's balanced nicely with some dark fruits. Not the most complex stout ever, but still good.

T - Dark chocolate is the predominant taste with molasses and just a touch of toffee, with a little bit of dark fruit notes at the end. Roasted malts are present throughout the entire taste. It's a bit boozy at the end as well.

M - Heavy with light carbonation. it's creamy, and chewy, and good. This is pretty much how a stout should be.

D - It's a pretty well hidden 10.5%. I could definitely see drinking another...if I had one. But that's a different issue. For a widely available stout, this is pretty good to always be on the shelves.

12-30-2009 05:06:19 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.38/5  rDev 0%

Canning date 01-29-09

Pours motor oil black with a fizzy purple brown head that slowly fades without lace. Aroma carries - plum, ethanol, blackstrap molasses and pumpernickel. Blackberry, baking chocolate and gingerbread cookie malts, and burst of sweet dark fruitiness in the middle, orange, sap and branch hops to close. The fullest of tbodies, viscous, chewy, creamy and velvety smooth; never cloys.

I understand fresh this is quite a bit hoppier and hotter, but this one has had almost a year to mellow - just saying.

How can such a heavy brew have so many light flavors? Both complex and compulsively drinkable. Just made an instant fan.

12-29-2009 18:40:20 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Blacker than the innards of a West Virginia coal mine, capped in burnt khaki foam. As the bubble-crown recedes into a pitted spongiform mass, sticky brown freckles and drippy rings of lacing hash-mark the insides of my Duvel tulip glass.

The aroma is laden with smoky black char, accented with toffee, vanilla, and a blast of baker's chocolate.

The taste is darkly rich and roasty, with sweet vanilla caramels and a sprinkle of crushed toffee accenting a charred barley backbone. Notes of molasses and mildly-bittering smoky black barley are accompanied by a twist of citrus peel oil and a sprinkle of dusty cocoa that help provide depth and drying balance. Espresso-roast and still-darker coffee notes pervade the brew throughout the encounter, and any alcohol flavors are sedately vanilla-like in character and otherwise very well-suppressed.

The drink is luxuriously full-bodied with just enough carbonation to keep any sugary stickiness to a minimum. Highly drinkable even considering the burly ABV. Russian Imperial Stout in a can? Hell Yeah!

12-28-2009 18:52:31 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of ATGHomebrewer


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours very thick. Mostly solid black (a little mahogeny around the edges when held to the light). Poured fairly rigourously, and yielded more than an inch of creamy brown head.

S - Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted grain. Some piney hops in there as well. Slightly astringent hop smell but not unpleasant.

T - Chololate and milky taste. Very sweet. Aftertaste finishes very sweet as well with just a bit of bitterness and burnt grains.

M - Thick and chewy.

D - Very god beer. Very complex and robust. Alcohol is not up front but present. But you'd never know it's 9.5%. Be careful...it'll sneak up on you.

12-27-2009 22:04:40 | More by ATGHomebrewer
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Can poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass.

A - Pours like an oil slick, midnight black and extremely viscous. From a fairly gentle pour gives a 1 finger chestnut head, recedes to almost nothing and little lacing.

S - Notes of coffee and bitter burnt grains. Some piney hops in there as well. A swirl or two brings out some light esters, banana/cloves. Slightly boozy but not unpleasant.

T - As with the nose, notes of bitter burnt grain, coffee, sweet chocolate. Caramel and vanilla balances out the roasty grains making this very smooth. Finishes with piney hops. A few swirls halfway through the glass brought out some banana and cloves. This is a fresh can so it's slight boozy but the heat

M - Heavy bodied and slightly chewy. Extremely smooth even with the big flavors going on here. Some burnt grains and bitter hops linger on the palate and tongue.

D - This is without a doubt the tastiest RIS I've had so far. Booze is hidden fairly well. Very complex and robust.

12-26-2009 23:20:20 | More by strictly4DK
Photo of Jimbo87


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

Tastes like dark fruit and liquified roasted barley. I knew upon the first sip that this is my favorite RIS so far. Up until now, I've mostly had coffee/oatmeal imperial stouts, which I generally thought I preferred to regular RISs, but I haven't had that many RISs, mostly old rasputin. I prefer this to old rasputin. I prefer this to every RIS i recall having. Wow. I never thought I was an RIS person. This actually tastes really good to me. Maybe I just don't like old rasputin. i should try to find other RISs. I'm craving another ten fidy.

12-24-2009 02:38:19 | More by Jimbo87
Photo of mjl21


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

12 ounce can poured into a snifter. Canned with care on 9/25/09. Comes in at 9.5%.

A-Pours black and comes out like Hershey's chocolate sauce out of the can. It has a one finger sandy head that dissolves fast to a frothy ring that covers half of the glass. It leaves lots of spotted lace.

S-Not surprisingly, it is full of dark malt aromas. Lots of roast, chocolate, and caramael sweetness. There is also a little vanilla.

T-Sweet chocolate and vanilla start it off. The roast flavor comes out as it goes down and on the finish. No alcohol is detected at any time. Coffee flavors appear more as it warms.

M-It is thick, but by no means cloying. It has a creamy and smooth carbonation level.

D-As mentioned above, the booze is well hidden and makes this one dangerously drinkable 9.5% beer.

I always enjoy this beer. I like it because it is so well balanced and not one flavor dominates.

12-24-2009 00:10:44 | More by mjl21
Photo of Chico1985


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Finishing off the last of my 4-pack. Pours as black as motor oil with a good looking brown head, the head doesn't last for the whole beer but that's ok. Awesome to see something this great looking come out of a can, extra points for that. Big scents of roastiness and a little bit of bourbon. Taste is great and thick, lots of roastiness, a bit of dark chocolate and coffee, alcohol bite, maybe a bit vanilla? Very thick and full-bodied. A great RIS, one of my favorites, perfect for winter. I do wish it was a little cheaper but I will probably still buy a 4-pack next year.

12/12/10 - Drinking a 2009 can that's exactly 1 year old. Really dark brown head on this one, one of the darkest I've seen. Alcohol on the nose and moreso in the taste is harsher than I remember it being, still it is reasonably blended with an excellent roasted malt/cocoa profile. Definitely some anise and hints of fruit and hops present. Mouthfeel is very nice and creamy with medium carbonation. Extremely warming on the stomach. A big, boozy, robust imperial stout for a cold winter night.

12-23-2009 22:22:02 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

My first thought is that it is from a can. After that first thought passed and I took my first sip all i could this is this a pretty d@mn good beer. Inky black look, smells of chocolate and sweetness. Nice smooth taste, just a beautiful feel across the tongue. Nice beer I'd have again, just not so sure how many I could handle all at once.

12-23-2009 04:46:36 | More by Kelp
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a thick, oily black with a dark brown, dense foam cap. It quickly dissipates to a ring, and leaves excellent lace trails. The aroma is of dark chocolate, espresso, christmas pudding and piney hops. The taste is roasty and intense. Very dry coffee bean and cocoa flavors mix with a strong hop bitterness. There's also lots of dark malt bitterness as well. Caramel and fruity, banana esters from the yeast also show their presence. The alcohol provides complimentary warmth and always belies its 10% strength. The mouthfeel is super full-bodied, mouthcoating. The finish is hoppy, roasty and bitter for a long while.

This is an excellent RIS. Full of great, hearty flavors, and never too sweet. A winner all around.

12-22-2009 03:59:28 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Mavajo


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours black as oil with a moderate brown head. Mild lacing.

Aroma is sweet - brown sugar, chocolate, slight coffee/mocha. Taste brings the same notes - there's a sweet sugary chocolate thing going on here, but it's not cloying or obtrusive. It's properly moderate and just makes for a real treat - almost like a mild chocolate milk. Mouthfeel is heavily bodied and smooth and creamy with perfect carbonation - it's like velvet across your tongue. Drinkability is typical for the style - tasty, but heavy.

Although this is a very good beer, it's stupidly overpriced. $5 for a single can? C'mon Oskar Blues.

12-20-2009 22:21:41 | More by Mavajo
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

A-as I poured, a non-BA friend commented, "looks like used motor oil." And it seems many fellow BAs feel the same. Thats pretty accurate. Pitch black with a billowy mocha head. This looks really, really good.

S-Nose isn't as strong as I thought it would be, but smells great with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. I wish the nose was a bit stronger, but maybe its my sinuses.

T-Tastes really big, consistent with the nose. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and I'm picking up raisins as well. Tastes really great.

M-Love the mouthfeel. Thick, rich, creamy, luxurious and full bodied. Everything an RIS should be. This is impressive!

D-For a big beer, this is very, very drinkable. I could easily put away a 4 pack over the course of an evening.

A great RIS. If you're a fan of the style, do yourself a favor and give this one a try. Even if you're not a big RIS fan, give it a shot.

12-20-2009 20:01:54 | More by Lerxst
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Unibroue tulip, can date 11/25/09. Huge mocha colored head (beautiful) rests atop a "black as the night itself" body for quite a while leaving sticky, soapy mocha lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee and a touch of chocolate malt. Taste is warming, chocolaty, roasty, coffee-like, and very smooth considering the ABV and freshness of this can. Aging plenty of these for down the road, I'm excited that a fresh one is this tasty. Perfect pairing with the cold weather thats finally moving into Florida.

12-20-2009 09:43:14 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of DarrellK


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Pored into a medium goblet the head wad very full and about the darkest brown I've see. The head does disapate very quickly.

The pour is pretty much an oil change from a crankcase with 20,000 city miles of used oil. The darkness and viscosity is about the same but that is a good thing.

The chocolaty, coffee nose is a nice compliment to the look.

As one would expect from such a thick stout the mouth frrl is very full and the chocolate lingers through the finish.

I do like high gravity brews and this is certainly one, but the alcohol was a bit sharp in the finish which stopped me from giving it even higher marks.

No for the uninitiated but for those who understand a beautiful stout,

12-18-2009 22:39:39 | More by DarrellK
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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured an exceptionally dark black. When held up to the light, nothing comes through. A slight shade of dark red can be seen at the base of the glass where the stem connects when held to light. Head was a deep brown with creamy texture. Small bubbles all relatively the same size.

Smell - Notes of coffee, chocolate and carmel. Sweetness jumps out of the smell.

Taste - Mild bitterness with strong coffee flavors. Slight chocolate back end. Very well balanced IRS.

Mouthfeel - Being an IRS, the beer is thick and syrupy with very low carbonation. Warm in the mouth, perfect for a cold day (which it is today).

Drinkability - Suprisingly good beer. I am not the biggest Stout fan but I am quickly becoming a fan because of beers like this.

I will be recommending this to my friends who like IRS. Try this one and I think you will like it.

12-18-2009 20:41:47 | More by wenkalman
Photo of Gtreid


4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

12 oz. can, poured into my Cigar City tulip.

A: Black, and I mean black. When I poured it from the can, it seriously looked like I was changing the oil in my car. The pour produced about a finger of brown head that receded quickly to a thin rim.

A: Big roasted malt with a healthy dose of baker's chocolate. Earthy, grassy, and slightly sugary from the also healthy dose of molasses.

T: Again, big chocolate and roastiness. Pretty complex. It finishes very dry, I would have liked a smoother finish, but if this is the only drw back to this brew, I will be quite happy.

M: Velvety smooth. Thick and chewy. Super heavy body.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is just ok for this one. The super heavy feel combined with the high ABV will limit it. Overall, this is a really good beer. Complex, chocolatey, and smooth, highly recomended. Skal.

12-18-2009 02:31:01 | More by Gtreid
Photo of CampusCrew


4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Finally get to try the legndary Ten Fidy. Bought at Total Wine Jax.

appearance: creamy froth, head held nicely, dark tan, deep dark brown, nearly ebony color body

smell: deep dark chocolate and coffee

taste: like it smells, right on. a lot of coffee and chocolate tones, acually heavy black coffee.

mouthfeel: full bodied right on for imperial stout, not overly thick though

drinkability: met expectations. it's world class

12-17-2009 22:42:06 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Flightoficarus


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Serving type - Can poured into Chimay goblet.

Appearance - Pours the blackest of blacks imaginable! almost looks like used motor oil pouring out. A chocolate brown head forms, leaving a thick, creamy lacing in the glass.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, some alcohol.

Taste - Very chocolately and malty! Almost like drinking liquid brownies. Coffee notes also make a slight presence in the flavor. Moderately bitter, just enough hopping to keep the beer well balanced. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - Creamy, decadent, and indulgent. Savorable!

Drinkability - Too drinkable for it's ABV, but a very full-bodied beer that is far from sessionable.

Overall - A delicious RIS, highly worth a try!

12-17-2009 09:30:05 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of generalnotsew


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Most gorgeous RIS I have ever seen. A lot of people say it has no carbonation but my first poor almost overflowed with head. Black as black can get.

S: Very sweet on the nose can almost swear it has a bourbon hint to it and not picking up much hops.

T: Nice small hop bitterness on the front and back ends with bittersweet dark chocolate and notes of espresso.

M: Very creamy like texture, chewy if you please. Hell it is almost a solid.

D: What else can you say? About as much as any other RIS.

This is probably my second favorite RIS behind Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. But damn $18 for a 4 pack...before tax!?!?!?! Count me out. I will maybe, maybe buy one more 4 pack before the season is up but that will be it. Still can't deny it is a fine and nearly perfect brew. Have to give it up to the name and can too. Love the "this dog'll hunt" on the back.

12-17-2009 05:48:24 | More by generalnotsew
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

In a can!!! I'd heard so much about this beer but almost balked at the 14 dollar price for a 4 pack. So glad I didn't, as numbah three graces my lips.

As for appearance, it's everything you might expect from an amazing RIS: the head is a 3/4 inch tan billowing cloud of deliciousness. It laces beautifully. I'm not gonna lie here, I'm somewhat partial to the style. I get the feeling that a lot of us BA's are. We appreciate good beer, yes, but a whole lot of RIS's tend to fall into that category without doing much to distinguish themselves from the rest. Perhaps the can here is a gimmick...used to get the beer some attention. Fact of the matter is, that attention is totally deserved.

I think one way that RIS's can be properly distinguished is through the mouthfeel. It's a quick impression and a lot of the russians seem to falter here- too creamy, too light, etc etc etc. Ten FIDY has a relatively subdued mouthfeel but it's creamy, still. The balance is great, and makes for a very smooth drink.

Taste and smell are a bit heavy on the molasses and contain notes of dark chocolate with a hint of spice as well as some roasted coffee.

All in all, I'd say go for it. This is a great brew and one that I will no doubt be returning to. Cheers.

12-16-2009 11:02:08 | More by originalsin


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Served in a snifter.

A: Average medium-brown colored head, creamy & long lasting. Each new sip left it's mark. Very good lacing. The body was murky and very dark, basically black. The Ten FIDY is one beautiful brew.

S: Very heavy malts as you would expect but not in an offensive way. Chocolate (cocoa powder, really), coffee & oats, all in their roasted glory. The malts are predominant but a balancing effort is put forth by a nice, healthy dose of hops. Grassy, piney & resiny. All fantastic. Definite yeast character, doughy, and I swear I got some cheesy yeast notes too.

T: In addition to the aromas, some raisin and maple syrup come through on the palate. Longggg lasting finish, slightly sweet and moderately bitter. Heavenly.

M: Full & creamy. At 10% ABV, you can't blame a little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Fizzy carbonation and slightly chalky at the end.

D: Basically perfect. Lost a point here simply because it's a heavy hitter and if you haven't stopped after 3 or 4, you probably should.

12-16-2009 00:44:22 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

World class Imperial in a can??? Yep, no doubt about it..

A--Pretty normal for the style, very little head, very dark with a red hue. Some lacing.

S--Solid. Oats, Chocolate, Coffee, hints of vanilla also.

T--Wow, this is one tasty beer. Really did not expect it to taste THIS good. Flavor was not over the top but had tons of character. Chocolate and coffee dominate but not so much that it might take over the brew. This is one of the better tasting beers I have ever drank.

M--mellow and silky smooth.

D--I hate to say this, but as high as the ABV's are, I would gladly work on a few of these on a cold winter night. One of the best beers I have had in a while and a terrific version of a RIS. Highly recommended.

12-15-2009 19:55:38 | More by garbercury
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4.38/5  rDev 0%

Obtained this through a trade with Paul (Lunch)...thanks Paul!

Appearance: Very thick & completely black, looks like used motor oil. Minimal head, but what is there is dark brown & quickly dissipates. The small amount left around the mouth of the can dried by the time I finished my glass & looked like tar.

Smell: Heavy, rich aroma of dark chocolate, molasses & mild coffee. I detect some fig as well.

Taste: Again the dark chocolate & molasses kick in, with a lingering bitterness & mild alcohol flavor, which notches up as it warms. I speculate that this brew is best served warm, but it was so good I couldn't let it sit long enough to get completely warm.

Mouthfeel: Heavy & thick, coats your tongue with a mild, warming alcohol presence, especially as it warms. Almost like a liqueur.

Drinkability: The alcohol is hidden pretty well, resulting in a very drinkable brew. Could easily have a couple of these over a few hours.

I'm pretty impressed with this brew. I'd put it in my top 3 RIS, behind only Old Rasputin & Darkness. (Yes, in that order)

12-15-2009 16:28:13 | More by Bulkman
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