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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,780
Reviews: 2,277
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 492
Gots: 1,559 | FT: 95
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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of kawilliams81
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours out like engine oil with dark brown 1 finger head that resides quickly. Some lacing that reside down to the surface of the beer.

S- Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, bit of alcohol on the nose as the beer warms.

T- Coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses/maple syrup. Pine hop bitterness along with more bitter chocolate at finish.

M- Full body. Velvet-like feel, smooth and creamy all at the same time. Alcohol is hidden very well.

O- Amazing beer! The more of OB I have the more I wish it was available in IL. Will be making my parents pick up more when there out in AZ this winter! Thanks mom and dad.

kawilliams81, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As black as oil out of a can, not even light coming through along the edges. One and a half finger creamy beige head on top that sticks around for a bit, then reduces down to a thin swirly sheet. Light patchy lacing. Dark chocolate and dark roasted malts come through on the nose, mocha-like. An element of cream in there as well. Definitely smells very malty.

Big, bold flavors of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and booze come out swinging. The booze adds a sweetness that is reminiscent of dark dried fruits, but never even comes close to being cloying as the dark chocolate and malt flavors take hold and don't let go. Very complex in taste, as not one of those four flavors takes complete hold of the beer, but all contribute huge elements into its enjoyment. Bitterness is achieved in the form of coffee and unsweetened chocolate, combined with sweetness from the dark chocolate, malts, and cream tastes. This makes for a well-balanced, albeit extreme, beer. Adding to the complexity is the medium body, despite the sludge look from the can. A bitterness of coffee and a nice tingle of hops linger in the back after the taste.

This is one good beer, and a beer that'll put hair on your chest for sure. I really like the extreme canned beers that Oskar Blues puts out. They seem to avoid any off metallic flavors, and the beer always tastes fresh, as well as always being unique. Thanks again guys.

chodinheaven, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Hands22
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach). 

A- Poured dark brown (almost black) with a thick, brown head that lasted for most of the glass. 

S- Chocolate malt with a little bit of roast and booze. Strong malt sweetness reminiscent of dark fruits (plum especially). 

T- Chocolate malt and the dark fruit again. The beer is well balanced enough that the malt isn't overwhelming but it is still the focus. 

M- Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation.  

O- A great imperial stout. Very well designed but a bit pricier than I'd like.

Hands22, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- motor oil black with a one-finger, cappuccino-colored head. No light penetration

S- coffee, raisins, chocolate

T- Malty coffee with a dark chocolate and espresso finish

M- thick, smooth and creamy with a light alcohol burn at the finish.

O- I have heard/read a lot about the cost of this beer and whether or not it was worth it. I must say, I didn't think it was overpriced when I bought it. Now, if anything, I think it is well-worth the money.

Ungertaker, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DearthVader for sending me this a while back. Poured into my Founders snifter. Canned on 11/12/10.

A- Pours a viscous motor oil color with a 4 finger brown head that slowly dissipates into a nice size cap. Gobs of lacing is left behind. A pretty damn fine looking beer.

S- A hefty amount of roasted malt, caramel, light dark fruit notes, sweet booze and some dark chocolate .

T- Roasted malt again stands out with notes of caramel, brown sugar, fig, cherry, dark chocolate. and sweet booze.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body with a roasted and a bitter finish. Alcohol seems to have mellowed out from age, but still warms the throat.

O- I liked it, but wasn't overly impressed by it. The large presence of roasted malt made it a bit hard to drink and there seemed to be an odd bitterness at the end. A nice sipper though.

Thanks Brian!

iadler, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very aggressive pour yields 1/3 of an inch of tanned head that settles down slowly. Deep and dark chocolatey brown color...frothy sheets of lace...looks luxurious. No audible fizz when I popped the can but looks like it has decent carbonation in the glass.

Surprisingly mild aroma, faintly roasty and sweet, kind of chocolatey and malty as well. Very little noticeable booze in the nose.

Thank god for the flavor though. It's big and heavy duty. Lots of bitter chocolate. Modest hop bitterness (98 IBU?) is overwhelmed by tons of roasted malty goodness. Minor fruit notes of prunes, raisins, dates and the like. Molasses and fresh black coffee. caramel. Extremely rich but not overly sweet, really quite delicious. The finish is long and complex. Modestly boozy for such a high powered beer. More flavors become noticeable as this warms, including anise/black licorice, char, and dare I say it, leather?

Mouthfeel is incredibly sticky and viscous, with low carbonation. Cloys a bit as it coats the mouth heavily. Certainly makes an impression in this respect.

I really dig this one. It's powerful in flavor with a mouthfeel I won't soon forget. Super sticky lips, holy crap!

tobelerone, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful black with absolutely NO head. Yeah, what's up with that?

S: Smells like roast and acetone...yup, that's nail polish. There is a slight hint of hops with a even stronger hint of metal. Ok, I'm not very impressed with this beer so far.

T: Aaaahhh! It finally picks up here. Rich dark chocolate and milky caramel overcome the palate. Hops are present but very subdued. Its nice and smooth from here on out.

D: As long as you hold your nose, this has great drinkability. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy...nice.

Overall: This beer did not start out good, but it really picked up and became a damned tasty beer. I get the hype behind this brew. However, I can't help but feel like the canned RIS aspect adds to its appeal. At the outrageous price ($4/can) I don't know if I'll be buying this one again, despite how good it is.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a dark brown oily top. No head.

S: Dark roasted barley and breads. Sweet sugars.

T:Raisin, nuts, marshmallow. Hints of tart cherry. Taste like dessert.
Bitter Smoked coffee finish followed by a tangy herbal hoppiness. Slightly alcoholic.

M:Sticky, chewy, oily and warming. A very delicious dessert like body. It has the character of biting into a dark plum, fruity and then a rush of sugars. Residue of espresso oil.

O:Very good. One of these will knock you out for the night. It is a heavy dessert style stout. Would be nice paired with chocolate cake.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into VIJF Duvel 20 oz giant tulip. Pours a midnight black with a inch of beautiful dark tan head, with some nice lacing. Smell chocolate, coffee, toffee, and pine. Taste is all that, huge hop piney presence, canned on September 23 wow this is bold in a great way. A beer that makes you crave next sip. So happy that the shop a mile away got 4 cases and $14.49 a four is solid. Body is on the medium to heavy side, with a nice amount of carbonation for the style and abv. This is a great beer, not sure if my buds are changing, but blown away this time around.

SawDog505, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black inky darkness. Super dark brown almost chocolate colored head. Head doesn't last long leaves some sticky residue on the glass as you drink.

Smell: Coffee and some cherry. Dark and bitter smell but slightly sweet.

Taste: Brilliant. Perfect. Sweet alcoholic fruit and bitter coffee and chocolate balance perfectly together. Lots of depth, each flavor develops on your palate with every sip. It's just plain excellent. Strong but tasty alcohol flavor develops as it warms, almost vodka like but it fits with the thick flavor well.

Mouthfeel: Cream. Perfect for the brew. Heavy. Delicious.

Oveall: I'll never forget this beer. Dear god. It's amazing.

CrystalShipMS3, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #76
Served On: 10/10/2011
Glassware: Snifter
Labeled ABV: 10.5%
Date/ Code: Sept 2011

I was fortunate enough to find a 4-pack the other day at Ye Old Spirits Shop in Frederick, MD while on my lunch break. I've been searching for this one for a while now.

Look: Pitch black with a rich 1-finger mocha colored head. I’m already impressed with this much head on a 10.5% ABV Russian Imperial.

Smell: The nose had a very heavy stout character with deep roasted malts and a pungent bitter sweet chocolate.

Taste: Where to begin with one! First was a deep roasted malt character that was almost smoky. The middle was a semisweet chocolate followed by dark caramelized fruits. The finish was full of bitterness and spices – probably from the higher IBU’s of this stout. The alcohol warmth appeared towards the end of the finish. Mouth feel was fairly heavy, but not a full as I was expecting.

I loved this beer. Even though I’m probably conforming with the status quo, I can certainly see firsthand why this beer gets exceptional ratings.

CraftBeerTastic, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.15/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a super deep oil slick black. There was a slight half finger head that fades quickly to leave no side lacing and a barely there halo.

S - Shockingly average here. While the ABV is incredibly hidden, I cant look past how this is almost devoid of aroma. Not getting any chocolate or coffee or malts or anythign really. Almost a slight metallic aroma.

T - Similar to the nose in that its well, fairly average. Yes, the alcohol is hidden masterfully, but I really dont have much in the way of flavor. There is some light chocolate and roasted qualities but considering how big this beer is I expected it to be much more flavorful.

M - Excellent mouthfeel though on this beer. Drinks like its a 5-6%. Easily the best part of the beer, nice and smooth, ridiculouslly drinkable.

O - Overall, I feel like this beer SHOULD have been incredible. Instead, its almost a mess for me. I dont know if it was just a bad batch, or not handled propperly, but this was incredibly dissappointing. No where near worth the $5+ I paid for the can.

rudzud, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of aorloski
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Incredibly pitch black, looks funny coming from a can!

S- Bitter dark chocolate, slight hints of oak

T- the first thing i taste are deep espresso and chocolate notes, very true to the style. I am amazed this came from a can

M- Great feel in the mouth, coats it all over. Incredibly chewy and luxurious

O- For the price i feel there are better out there, but definitely seek this out if you can. Especially to bring to a party to keep your friends guessing why a beer fan brought canned beer.

aorloski, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black color with the effervescence rising to the top to form a half inch dark mocha head.

Smell is surprisingly muted. Chocolate.

Creamy chocolate. Hides the booze VERY well, awesome. Hoppiness is on the above average side and blends well with the beer overall.

Silky smooth thickness. Perfect minimal carbonation.

First of all I can't believe it took me this long to try this.one of the best RIS I've had in a long time. A pleasure to split with fdkayti. Thanks for the try crushedvol!

Duff27, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark engine oil color with minimal caramel colored lacing that's very thin, and no carbonation. The beer is very viscous and sticks to the sides of the glass like cough syrup before oozing back down into the beer.

S - Aroma is chicory, oak, toasted toffee, extreme mild expresso, and big time roasted malt.

T - Massive woody oak character, bittersweet dark chocolate, mild charcoal, licorice, and anise. There's a moderate boozy presence with lingering chocolate and charcoal.

M - Heavy medium body, sticky, and viscous.

O - A big beer with big flavor and definitely worth every penny

jzeilinger, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of JonathanG
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Batch.
Can poured into a Duvel glass.

A: I'd have to agree that this looks like used motor oil coming out of the can, both in color and viscosity. The minimal head that quickly fades even looks like the tannish-brown color of motor oil when you change your vehicle's oil. Light lacing, but nothing substantial, nor does it stick around.

S: All sorts of dark roasted malt notes, French Roast coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some fruity esters of red plum and a little berry-laced prune. Interesting and a little hard to nail down the fruit here. Faintly smoky. Definitely better once it warms up. Also a hint of burnt brown sugar (not caramel).

T: More or less mimics the nose. Not dry, but certainly not sweet for a RIS.

M: Medium-viscosity. Again, certainly not light, but not the uber-richness sometimes associated with RIS.

I think I may save at least one can and see how it is down the road.

This is definitely better as it warms up a bit, maybe in the 55-60-degree range.

JonathanG, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of zachary80
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a New Belgium globe. Canned on 9/19/11

Black when pouring, impenetrably so in the glass. Small brown head fades, leaving just a few bubbles on top. Where is the lacing?

Malt, lots of roastiness that lends an almost smokey quality to the beer. Also get a slight fruity hint along with some alcohol vapors.

Flavor is somewhat minimal up-front with a robust flavor and strong finish, characteristic of a RIS. More on the dry side, but not totally. Pretty hard to me to describe for some reason. Definitely some chocolate to it, lots of influence from the dark malts. Delicious but not groundbreaking

Mouthfeel is thick, but not as much as expected from the pour and appearance. Does coat the mouth pleasantly. Don't feel the alcohol.

Overall it reminds me of a good example of a big RIS - like a more flavorful Old Rasputin is the best way I can describe it. I recommend drinking this within a couple degrees of room temperature - the flavors expanded in a big way

zachary80, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of agomega
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Appearance: Super dark motor oil color with a creamy two finger thick dark brown head.

Smell: An extremely complex aroma including hints of roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, some boozy alcohol aromas, and a hint of fruitiness (mostly cherries).

Taste: Intensely sweet flavor with tons of chocolate maltiness and a hint of roasted malts and coffee flavors. The finish is pretty boozy and a little fruity with hints of brandy-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness which is somewhat surprising given the residual sweetness in the beer.

Overall: A lovely stout with a pretty unique character. A little on the sweet side, but excellent as a dessert beer.

agomega, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A can of this stuff was send some time ago by johnbjeager. A stout is a can... wow.

I opened this and poured the contents of the can in a snifter. While pouring I wondered if I had not on accident opened a can of motoroil. It's thick, black no head to speak of and no visible carbonation. I bet this could keep my car greased up.

Something so thick got one thinking about how this could smell. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate that ranges from bitter to sweet.

Decided to drink it since I just had an oil change for the car. Again the same roasted malts are present. There is a hint of smoke and some sweetness.

It comes with a fairly thick body. Not quite chewable but not far from it. The 10.5% alcohol is hidden well and I love how the flavors linger after the swallow.

Man, this a great tasty stout. Flavors are bold, the mouthfeel is thick and the look is good. I loved it and would certainly go ut of my way to aquire more of it.

John thanks for sending me these awesome beers I bet they all beat that sour crap I send you.

doopiedoopiedoo, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Unibroue tulip glass. This can is from the 2010 batch.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a finger of thick beautiful tan head. The head goes away more than I would like, but it's still a good looking beer.

Smell: Quite sweet and very roasty with some dark chocolate and hot alcohol.

Taste: It is sweet, but there is a roasty bitterness that counters the sweetness well. Hot alcohol becomes smoother as the beer warms. Bitter and roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I prefer the BA version, but this one is still very good. I would have liked the finish to be a bit smoother.

oline73, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade. Poured into a nonic pint glass from the can.

A: A really dark, thick black almost old oil color black. A small one finger light brown head that lasts a good while.

S: Dark roasty burnt smells of expresso, coffee and burnt chocolate. No hops or minimal hops detected on the nose.

T: Wow, flavors of roasted coffee beans with expresso and burnt coffee, roasted malt and tar. I really get a lot of burnt flavors. I hardly get any hints of hops and the finish was a bitter metallic type flavor that was unpleasant. It did open a bit when it warmed and the bitterness subsided, but still.

M: Heavy, the alcohol coats the mouth and leaves an aftertaste that I said to me was unpleasant.

D: Low for me. I just didn't care for this beer. In fact, I was glad to see the bottom of the glass.

Overall I don't get what the hype is on this beer. In my eyes there are much better impy stouts and this to me tasted like a canned beer. As I said it carried a real metallic type flavor on the finish that totally turned me off. With the hype, I might have to try another to see if I got a bad batch. Sorry guys.

***Update 9/29/11***

Updating my review. I enjoyed an aged can last night of Ten Fidy. It was probably 2 years old or so and I really enjoyed it.

A: Upped score. Jet black and engine oil thick. Not much head, but a slightly reddish brown head did show.

S: Upped score. Loads of chocolate and roasted malt. I could smell the sweetness too.

T: Upped score. Ok, sweetness come out first with heavy chocolate, some coffee, caramel sweetness and roasted malt. Much more smooth and integrated. Finish is smooth and sweet but enjoyable.

M: Full, coating, sweet, not a ton of alcohol. Nice.

O: Upped score. I enjoyed this much more this time, plus the aging must have helped it out. A good impy stout, still not a favorite of mine, especially at the price point.

Kadonny, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

been waiting to taste this beer for awhile now finally got my hands on a four pack yesterday. It poured the color of motor oil with basically no head to speak of. The smell wasnt as bold as i was expecting, going by the reviews i was expecting a more pronounced nose. The taste was good with dark choclate roasted malt carmel and coffee coming through. My can had little to no carbonation but a very smooth mouthfeel. i was surpised also to see that this was a 10.5%er because i dont taste the booziness at all. Overall I would have to say that although this beer was good i was hoping for more. It had the feeling of a highly hyped pay per view event that ended in the first ten seconds. Leaving you with the sense of " i paid how much for that!" Im not saying that i dont like this beer i do, maybe it was my can, maybe it was my mind hyping this beyond what it could produce. Or maybe it was the $16 dollar price tag for a 4 pack that is leaving me a bit empty. In the pockets that is.

HopsHopenstein, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.1/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an oil black into my British pint glass the head is dark and foams to the top. As it cools the head resides to the glasses edge

The aroma is smoky with a sweet malts a hair better then average.

I like the concept of this beer a smoky imp stout but it isn't for me. The taste isn't complete I want more but it could be my mood the flavor is there and my wife loved it. The taste is smoke and not artificial. A smooth malt and sweet choc and almost cherry comes in. It finishes a numbing from the alcohol.

For a Imp stout and given the price its a good one but when compared to many other it would fall short....for me

bishopdc0, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of doopydoogle
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black, like dirty motor oil, with an almost rusty red brown head that thinks about appearing, but disappears before you can even get a good stare.

S - Leather, soy sauce, alcohol, roasted and toasted malts, dark roasted coffee, cherries, plums, raisins, tar, gasoline, charcoal, cassis.

T - Roasty, dark caramel, coffee, milk and bittersweet chocolates level out to even more coffee with a hint of honey and almonds. The finish is sweet with lingering toffee and plum flavors mellowed out by a candi sugar essence. Cassis and cherry give way to an almost smoky, woody essence which leads the palate to a slight bitterness that rests firmly but lightly over the roasted malts. Alcohol is present and gives a slick sweetness but is not overwhelming.

M - Slightly sticky with a decent carbonation for the style. Leaves the mouth coated and wanting another infusion of sticky goodness.

O - A great beer. Not too overwhelming, yet still rich and complex, with a dynamic palate that keeps you guessing.

doopydoogle, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aged in cellar since 2007

A: Thick opaque black.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans.

T: Dark chocolate, sweet vanilla and faint cherry. light roasted coffee and malt. Zero bitterness an no noticeable alcohol.

M: Really creamy, smooth and chewy, but not syrup like.

O: Not sure what this is like fresh, but but this 4 year old version was amazing. Best thing I've had from a can.

monitorpop, Sep 17, 2011
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
98 out of 100 based on 7,780 ratings.