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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,476
Reviews: 2,249
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,438 | FT: 89
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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 DrewZ926
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pours a black hole with mahogany highlights, minimal head that fades fast. comes out of the can like motor oil, so viscous.

s- had to let this one warm a bit to get more out of the nose, picking up tons of roasted and charred malt, dark chocolate and vanilla bean, a little bit of fresh espresso and smoke too. would also pick up some intermittent notes of savory soy sauce.

t- was underwhelmed at first, but grew to like it over the course of the glass. starts out with a ton if syrupy chocolate and roasty malt. was a bit one dimensional i must say, but the finish is extremely thick with a nice tinge of hop bitterness. i was hoping to see a little bit more pronunciation in the dark fruits/ester area, but felt overloaded by the sweet, syrupy, roasty nature of this one.

m- thick and creamy, not much carbonation. basically a milkshake of epic beer proportions in a can.

d- sipper for sure, slight boozy taste detected but hey its 10.50 after all.

DrewZ926, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of leedorham
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - super dark to black with a thick brown root beer head.

S - Roasted malts hit the nose first. Chocolate, coffee, some hop background.

T - Again with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Lots of character. Appropriately complex for a stout this big.

M - Very viscous with light carbonation. A bit syrupy.

D - A very drinkable RIS. Nice work.

leedorham, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of diomz88
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good smell like usual imperial stouts. Coffee, chocolates caramel, but not that strong. Black, as in pitch black, with half to an inch in head, brown to tan in color, and fades right away. Taste is great! The hop will kick in right away but goes away smoothly. It's creamy, a little sweetness to it, but overall it is a little light. Very, very drinkable, like drinking a milkshake.

diomz88, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of nihiloexnihil
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A. Silky black darkness, which gives rise to a murky milky caramel-colored head. The head lasts for a few minutes with tons of lacing before disappearing into a rim around the edge of the surface.

S. The scent hits you as soon as the can is opened. Roasted malt, chocolate, dark roasted coffee.

T. The taste is smoky, dark, roasted malt with caramelized sugar. Even some lighter notes like wheat and barley, but absolutely no floral or fruity undertones. The alcohol gives it a warm rush in the middle of the body. Unfortunately, I can't ignore the slight metallic aftertaste that I can only assume comes from the can.

M. Silky, smooth, gorgeous mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation.

D. Heavy duty imperial stout, a serious beer. Hard to drink more than one or two, but since it's an imperial stout, that's just perfect. I'd put it right at the A-/A borderline.

nihiloexnihil, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can (no freshness date) poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, as black and opaque as a black hole. 1/2 inch dark brown frothy head that slowly dissipates into a thin froth.

S: Dark roasted malts, espresso notes, dark chocolate, char, maybe a little dark fruit.

T: The first thing that comes to mind is balance. Charred malt, espresso, dark chocolate, molasses. it's all there. It's incredibly creamy, almost has some milk chocolate like qualities. Not a single flavor dominates and it's all there from start to finish. The molasses is there and sweet enough to balance out the bitterness of the roasted malt, but not overpowering in the least bit. There's a little bit a licorice in the background. Alcohol soaked dark fruits pop up in the background in the finish. The hops are just visible in the background and contributes an earthy, almost smokey, taste (like fresh ground Kona AA coffee). This has just a little bit of an alcohol bite to it, and the finish warms with the beer. This might honestly be the smoothest Imperial Stout I've had yet.

M: Medium to light carbonation, the fullest and most viscous body imaginable. It's boarderline syrupy! The body coats everything. Oily and smooth, finish is fairly dry. A little more carbonation would help and a bit more creamy rather than oily would be nice.

D: Drinks better than the 10.5% ABV. I found myself gulping this and slowed down only to savor it. One of the most easily consumed IRS i've had.

Overall I had somewhat high expectations for this beer and it exceeded them by a long shot.

Satchboogie, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Bruery snifter and served at 53 degrees. Thank OakedCanuck for the unexpected 4-pack!

A: Pours like clean motor oil with a nice glug from the can. I know, it's cliche, but it's a great descriptor. A small mocha head rises out of the pure blackness and then recedes almost as quickly, leaving traces of itself behind in moderate lacing and a thin ring.

S: A nutty chocolate smell dominates, with roasted malt, booze, coffee, and licorice (in descending order) in the background. Booze moves to the fore, though, as it warms, and the aroma becomes less balanced, but not unpleasant.

T: Sweet, chocolately milk taste really makes itself present at the beginning, followed by a moderate roastiness, and a slight booze burn on the back end, but not too much. Booze and a transition to bitter dark chocolate linger for longer than you'd expect.

M: Pretty full-bodied ... syrupy, slightly chewy. Completely coats the tongue, back of the teeth, roof, and throat. Perfect amount of carbonation that counterbalances the thickness to make it extremely smooth and much more drinkable than it might be with out the velvety bubbles.

D: This is not very drinkable, but I wouldn't want it any other way. The viscosity and alcohol content make this a sipper. The complexities change quite a bit as the temperature rises, so take your time with it and enjoy the complementary layers. Don't wait too long, though, unless you like a boozier stout.

This is really one one my favorites! Highly recommended and alway welcome at my place.

Mississipping, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had an 08, 09, and 10 all back to back. I'm rating the 08, since thats most interesting.

A: Really Dark color that seriously looks like spent motor oil, like toxic sludge that covers all parts of the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Burnt currants, fudge, prune, teriyaki, dark malt, and some alcohol detectable. Pretty nice over all.

T: Prune and cellar touches mix with an onslaught of burnt roasty flavors, malt, alcohol sweetness, soy sauce, candy like sweet touches, fudge. Great stuff.

M: Totally coating. No carbonation at all almost, but I enjoy it this way.

D: Great stuff, good drinkability but i can't see drinking too much sludge lest I become one of Captain Planets enemies.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of BigBlacke
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ten Fidy pours a jet black with a small caramel head that fizzles down to a nice ring. It smells of roasted nuts, coffee and slight booze. Tastes of roasty coffee and chocolate with a small alcohol note. Mouthfeel is very chewy yet smooth with low carbonation. Drinkability is quite high due to its smoothness and flavor. Excellent beer.

BigBlacke, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of dizknee24
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - like most stouts, oil black and a brownish head les than a quarter finger

S - Coffee. So much coffee but a very subtle chocolate nuttiness.

T - much like smell u get a huge taste of coffee right up front. it ends in a bit of maybe a chocolate covered nut.

M - amazingly silky.

D - I would buy this more often, the price is a bit high, but it is worth it

dizknee24, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black pour, looks thick as it is being poured and ends up with a minimal tan head consisting of tiny bubble slowly dissipating.

S: Roasted malts a clearly present along with what I picked up as smelling similar to powdered sugar. Interesting, I know, but that's what it smelled like. Coffee and sweet chocolates follow with a hint of the alcohol on the back end.

T: Creamy, bitter chocolate is present almost immediately with some coffee present, but the taste is fairly dominated by the roasted malts, almost giving it a very very slight nuttiness. A bit of the alcohol is present on the finish here too.

M: Very viscous and creamy, with a little bit of carbonation which fits just right with this beer. The alcohol, again, on the finish.

D: Very drinkable, I'm quite please to have picked this one up and I may very well be going back for more.

Daktyls, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of sacrelicio
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW....so pumped to try this. The can pops with little fanfare, but the pour, my god, the pour, is thicker then anything I have ever seen, a black serpent pooling lusciously into the bottom or my Surly Darkness goblet. Pitch black glass of stout. No light shines. A finger thick milk chocolate head crowns this midnight oil. The smell is big for a stout, chocolate covered cherries and peanut butter, with some coffee. The taste is very nutty, with bittering hops, then peanuts, dark chocolate, some sour cherries and a dark roast coffee finish. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and the drinkability is fine for a stout of this heft.

sacrelicio, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, modest mocha head with some but not great retention. Does not appear to be all that active, but hard to tell due to the density of the blackness. No lacing to speak of. Looks like an imperial stout.

Roasty black malts is all I get at first....Some malty sweetness and light alcoholic notes are identifiable later, and it all works well together. Not especially complex, but it's pleasant.

Sweet malty backbone is clearly present right out of the gate, merging effectively with the flavors of the roasted grains and the medium bitterness coming from the dark grains and/or the hops. Booze is barely noticeable. Pretty danged well balanced, and very smooth.

Medium carbonation, medium/strong warming, very rich, thick viscosity, and some roasty bitterness in the finish.

Pretty easy drinking Imperial Stout. Smooth, balanced rich, tasty, and not too boozy. The roasty character, including the bitterness, is a key player, but not overdone. Really tasty. Wish I had more, or could get it where I live.

sprucetip, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ML poured into a Great Divide Tulip. Tons of irony!!

A-- Poured total motor oil. Thick and mean looking in the pour. Half a finger of dark chocolate colored head that would quickly fade to some film. On swirling got one finger and quickly faded but left some spotty lacing. Solid looking RIS.

S-- Big roasted malts, burnt coffee, big, thick chocolate with some cherry sweetness. Bold smell with some alcohol to this

T-- Burnt brown sugar, dark bitter chocolate, bitter coffee.

M-- Thick and rich. Pretty simple really. Finishes smooth with a bit of dark chocolate, coffee bitterness, and a small bit of cherry sourness. Long lasting flavor. Big rich feel and low carbonation.

D-- Quite good and quite drinkable. ABV is very obvious but it is ment to be a sipper and a night cap. Great way to end a night. A big beer that brings you back for more and more.

mulder1010, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of SteveS1
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a can on Christmas Eve and was so impressed that I grabbed another for a proper review.

Look: Pours motor-oil black, no light to be seen through the glass. Thick dark brown head with fair retention. Decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, cherry, dark roasted malts. Nutty character with a tinge of alcohol lurking deep within.

Taste: Sweet fruits and nuts on the tongue, sweet malts and chocolate on the palate, and bitter dark chocolate going down. Strong roasted malt/coffee and toasted nut aftertaste.

Feel: Very thick and syrupy, but nicely carbonated. As with the coloring, still waters run deep.

Drink: This is a huge beer, but the sweetness and complex flavors will have you finishing it in no time, sip by sip.

An excellent example of an RIS, a great offering from Oskar Blues.

SteveS1, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of rissues24
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can of the 2009 Ten FIDY poured into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter

A: Color is jet black and pours with a nice 2 finger carmel brown head that quickly fades to just a dusting of carmel on top of the jet black beer, small amount of lacing.

S: Smells of roasted nuts, chocolate and coffee dominate, a hint of the 9.5% acohol is present.

T: Huge malt taste on the back of the palate, very thick and oily, can taste a bit of the alcohol content but it is well hidden.

M: Thick and chewy with medium carb feel. Great beer

D: Excellent and very drinkable beer, great for a winter night, watch out for the alcohol, highly recommemded! Don't let the can put you off, a must try for any imperial stout lover.

I bought several of both the 2009 and 2010 brews and have put away and will pull out from time to time to sample as they age.

rissues24, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Been drinking Ten Fidy for a while now, but never have done an official review. Here goes. 12oz can...

A: Super dark black with an intense dark chocolate colored head that is about 1/2 thick and fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Some nice raisin and creamy chocolate upfront quickly follow by vanilla and cocoa nibs. Some bitter hop on the backend. Good.

T: Super creamy chocolate upfront quickly subdued by a bitter chocolate bite. Some roasty notes in the middle blended with raisin and vanilla. Some floral characters on the backend. Good.

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation feel. A super clean finish. Awesome here!

D: This one goes down awesome. Can hardly tell that this is 10.5%. Good.

All in all, this is a great brew. This is sure to satisfy any stout lover. This has some cream malts like a mild stout but it also has the bitter roastiness like an intense stout. Very well balanced brew. Definitely worth trying.

steve8robin, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

zozo1967, all I need to say.

Pours black with an interesting reddish head. Not much lacing but the swirling of the head after agitation is enjoyable.

Lovely smells of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, molasses, roasted nuts, and a good deal of heat sting.

Lots of dark chocolate and roasty notes. The sweetness is well balanced by a coffee like bitterness. Did I mention dark chocolate? Oh man, so delicious, dark, and deep. Yum.

Silky like texture with a nice mix of low carbonation. Full and delicious in the mouth.

This is not the most drinkable brew, but the complexity and rich flavor makes it. The best double stout I've had from a can!

TCgoalie, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of mexikrainian
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with tan, thick head and sticky lacing.

Aroma: nutty, malty, coffee notes, cocoa and licorice.

Flavor: chocolate, nutty, roasted malts and toffee.

Mouthfeel: thick heavy body and medium carbonation.

Overall impression: excellent imperial stout! be ready for the alcohol.

mexikrainian, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of ScorpyX
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, nearly black with a small, light brown head, kind of like dirty snow.

S: Sweet smell, chocolate notes are most obvious. There's some roasted scents in there as well.

T: Thick and sweet, with the aforementioned chocolate and some caramel flavor. Coffee flavor as well, many expected and wonderful flavors from a stout.

M: Pretty thick and syrupy, typical heavy feel. Not overwhelming, though.

D: Like I said, it's thick and sweet, but in spite of that a few would be perfect for a cold winter's night. The high alcohol content would limit too many, though.

This is the second Oskar Blues brew I've tried and thus far they're great. I hope I'll have the chance to sample more in the future.

ScorpyX, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned with care, 11/09.

Ten Fidy pours super thick, with a black body and a tight brown head. Very dark.

Aroma has lots of chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and anise.

Taste is sweet and roasty, but dry on the backend. Starts fruity and molasses-like, finishes roasty and slightly boozy, though the 9.5 percent abv is pretty darn well hidden. Notes of cane sugar, dates, and both milk and dark chocolates. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with smooth carb. Tasty beer here.

Overall, this is a very good stout. I'd like to see what a year in the cellar would do to this can. That's right: I'm aging a can of beer...

... end of December 2010 -- Aged imperial stout in a can: check! Definitely a smoother beer, but still nice and roasty. Aroma has improved. Far more drinkable and less sweet. Bumping this one up a few points. Cheers!

dasenebler, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of claspada
2.6/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aromas are extreme. Coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and dark fruit for sure. I got no indication that this was going to be a booze bomb in any way. As a matter of fact, I was amazed by how disciplined the brew was in terms of tempered balance between the ingredients.

The taste is syrupy, thick bodied, more so than I would prefer, with tobacco flavors, masking the alcohol well, some malt, with a good finish. There is also a very nice smoked meat/sausage quality on the finish which is great. I would like this more if it wasn't so syrup/thick in consistency. A miss for me to be honest...

claspada, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of cetherid
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass


Beer is very black (deepest/darkest brown you can get really) with about 3 fingers of brown fluffy head.


Lots of sweet cocoa smelling. Dark malts and some slight coffee but cocoa dominant.


same as nose. Very sweet with roasted notes and lots of cocoa. Subtle coffee/espresso and not that bitter. A slight boozy taste at the end, which is kind of expected at 10.5%.


full bodied. very creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation in this beer. A little syrupy feel but that's ok.


Can't rate this too high because of availability and ABV. Although it's dangerously drinkable if you had easy access to it as the alcohol doesn't feel too prominent. A perfect stout for someone who likes something more sweet/choc dominant.

cetherid, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky dark brown with a medium brown head.

S: Nose is deep roasted malts with cocoa, coffee.

T: Taste followed the nose pretty close with the deep roasted malts, coffee, cocoa. Loads of cocoa.

M: Mouthfeel is very good. A very full RIS with a well hidden ABV that makes this beer very drinkable.

barleywinefiend, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of russwaddell
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Pours on the black side of brown. No real head without an aggressive pour. Not much else I've ever seen this dark.

s: Sweet, boozy. Very very well balanced. Bit of smoky wood

t: Really complex, maybe too much alcohol both up front and in the finish. Chocolate and coffee bitterness. Some sweetness in the background, but that shows itself more in the mouthfeel

m: For the style it is surprisingly thin, but there is still a lot of sweetness and syrupy thickness

d: I usually think imperial stouts go down pretty easy, but this one is especially smooth and easy drinking. If you look at it like a cordial or a desert beer, it is quite amazing how much each sip just has me going back for more. High abv and price are the limiting factors for drinkability--not the beer itself

russwaddell, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11-11-2010. Poured into pint glass:

A - Pours jet black with a 1.5 inch thick creamy brown/tan head. It eventually subsides. Lacing retention is very good.

S - Hard roast, chocolate and bits of chalk. Bits of vanilla and sugar.

T - Roasty chocolate chalk and wood, earthy tones. A little bit of vanilla and cardboard. Pretty up front and a bit harsh on the taste but not too bad for the ABV.

M - Creamy,smooth velvet. Satin mouthfeel. On the thicker side and a pretty good sipper, but I like it.

D - Pretty good. Only the taste lets you know it is 10.5% but the smell and mouthfeel are quite welcoming. Its a really good stout for being straight out of a can, but stouts are kind of all starting to taste the same to me lately. The most noticable feature that stands out is the slight chalkness, which is kind of odd any drying, but overall a pretty good brew.

joshuaseresse, Dec 27, 2010
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