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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,784
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 426
Gots: 1,182 | 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 raoulduke37


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

OH man, what a beer! This is an exceptional stout. Had it on tap at Father's Office, once the Deschutes Abyss tap ran out, but not to worry, this one can, and did, hold a candle to that fine libation.

A - Thick black, not unlike motor oil, with brown hues, and a standard tan head that holds very well.

S - Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, dates

T - Incredibly creamy, especially the first few sips, combined with the dense head. Beautiful coffee flavor, with hints of mocha, and definitely cinnamon.

M - I could not emphasize how smooth this is in this medium (on tap). Tastes like heaven with the consistency of Dimetapp.

D - Share one of these with your friends when they graduate from something.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 22:46:05 | More by raoulduke37
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer on rotating tap at the Big Hunt in DC. Just started. Get on that!

The color and head is similar to other russian imperial stouts that I have had, however, this seemed a bit over-carbonated at first.

The smell and taste are both surprisingly sweet, smooth, well-balanced and not-so-subtle with flavors of heavy roast, malt, cherry, and chocolate. The Ten FIDY has a great balance between the sweetness and the high ABV and is unapologetically complex.

The Ten FIDY finishes rather smoky and carbonated. The smokiness is reminiscent of the Stone Smoked Porter, however, with less single-flavor dominance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 19:43:55 | More by TLove
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a dark black, almost completely opaque color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, consisting of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

Taste follows the aroma...lots of chocolate and coffee with some caramel and toffee notes in the background. An amazingly sweet beer but not overwhelming in any regard.

Creamy and exceptionally smooth, a thick beer that coats the palate nicely. My apologies for ever saying that good beer can't possibly come from a can...clearly there are exceptions. I never would have imagined this would have been so good but I am pleasantly surprised. An amazing RIS and one that you would be an absolute idiot not to try if you had the opportunity.

Serving type: can

01-25-2009 04:46:25 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of Gmann

New York

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

Pours a jet black color with a creamy brown head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of a nice roasted malt and chocolate, some rust, hops and booze. A velvety smooth chocolate flavor, perhaps chocolate liquor, mixed with roasted malt, a viscous old ale sweetness, and rust. Very bold flavors. The feel is very smooth and chewy, big malty sweetness and a noticable alcohol kick. A very tasty stout, a bit boozy but good for a cold night.

Serving type: can

01-25-2009 03:23:56 | More by Gmann
Photo of bort11


4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to johnnnniee fro this one. Was sent as part of Black Booty '09.

12 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. Thick dark chocolate colored head. Thin foamy lace sits on the surface, though not a lot of lacing on the glass. The foam paints the glass with each sip, though collapses back to the cap when the glass is set right. Color is black motor oil.

Smell is dark roasted coffee and bitter baker's chocolate. Taste has a little bit of vanilla blended with the dark coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is a little gritty, and the alcohol is very dominant. A little overwhelming, but that is what I was wanting.

Serving type: can

01-25-2009 03:08:07 | More by bort11
Photo of Reagan1984


4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed a couple before this official review... Shout out to Grandwazoo who learned to pour a beer with NO fear from this one...

This belongs in a can since it's a little less than a quart of oil!! Thick.... Syrup looking!! And pours almost like maple syrup... Except a tan head forms and clings to the glass for dear life.... Can you say "Lacing" champion?? Serious... Thick foam all inside the glass...

Roasted malts... Actually quite delicate if that makes any sense... A bit of floral hops in the background. Really nice!!!

Smooth as a baby's bottom... Not that I've ever tasted a baby's bottom!!! Intersection between coffee and chocolate almost equals.... Black licorice... but not too strong....
Nice... touch of cinnamon.... My God, this is a great beer...

As thick as this is in body it's unreal in mouth feel and drinkability...

Just unreal...

I could drink this all night.... Well, I agree it would NOT be a long night!!!

Great beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 02:39:46 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of ThirdLap


4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liberated this from Macktbone's (the guy four reviews below this one) fridge after he was suitably liquored up. Told him it was necessary that I review it immediately.

This is probably my tenth or twelfth Ten FIDY in the last year. Pouring it into my ever-faithful Stone IRS goblet it shows off a massively thick inch-and-a-half dark brown head that recedes after a few minutes, leaving heavy lacing and a thin foam coating that remains for some time.

Nothing really screams out on the nose, save for perhaps some dark malt. I get some coffee and sweet dark chocolate, but in all honesty I don't think anything is as pronounced as many of the other reviews would have you believe. Everything seems rather subtle and subdued.

There was nothing subdued about the taste, however. Thick, rich dark chocolate, roasty coffee notes, with a bit of dark fruits. Hops are present but not intrusive. Mrs. ThirdLap stated that she enjoys this more than Rasputin mainly due to their absence.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, viscous, and oily. Low to medium carbonation, and it leaves the mouth exactly the way you would expect from a chewy, viscous, and oily beer. I'm still tasting everything minutes later. Takes on a more creamy feel as it warms.

The abv is very well-hidden. I could drink these all night.

While I prefer the more hop-forward character of Old Rasputin, Ten FIDY holds its own very well. This is a very good example of the style, and the best beer I've tasted from Oskar Blues.

Serving type: can

01-24-2009 13:00:03 | More by ThirdLap
Photo of dqderrick


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, my wife and I both loved this beer. She liked the caramel smells and flavor.

Black with nice 1/4" head.

Smells sweet. Caramel. Smells amazing but light. Caramel is definitely there.

Carmel, candy and more. I taste more candy than toasty oats. But it definitely tastes like an Imperial Stout. However, Ted Fiddy has a sweeter candy flavor that offers a distinctive caramel characteristic.

I would drink 2, 3 or 4 of these easily. The caramel character in the flavor is amazing. I liked it as did my wife. My wife is a beer review enabler if I position it just right and this review saw some benefit of a dual input system. Cheers to Ten Fiddy fans and my wife! This is my first 4.5 across the board review. All so good but just couldn't give it a perfect 5 on any level.

Serving type: can

01-24-2009 07:54:09 | More by dqderrick
Photo of meatyard


4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Is very, very dark-no light gets through. The head is short & a dark tan.

S-Is a number of things, There's dark roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

T-Is much the same as the smell only more. A hint of alcohol in the finish.

M-Is smooth, creamy and medium/thick.

D-Is excellent. Two of these would be easy and nice. I could probably happily do 3 but I'd more than feel it.

As so many have said, this is a great drinking RIS. If you like big tasting stouts you'll enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 01:21:26 | More by meatyard
Photo of cpn920

New York

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

Wow this one pours like liquid night. Black with a dark creamy head. Smells like coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes is similar to the smell. Dry roasted flavor with some bitterness that is well balanced. This one is a sipper and a very good one. High abv makes it only a couple at a sitting.

Serving type: can

01-23-2009 14:26:06 | More by cpn920
Photo of macktbone


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

Served from the can (this time), just had one on tap at The Saucer in Fort Worth as well. Poured into the proper glassware (stone IRS glass).

Pours dark blackish oil giving the name some meaning.

The nose gives off hops dipped in chocolate; (good visual) and will be my next years christmas cookies.

I empty the glass with a vision of lace only compared to the unmentioned possibilities on the "first night of the rest of our lives".

The milk chocolate colored head centers itself in the glass like an ameoba weaiting to glom pseudopods onto the tongue of the unsuspecting victim of happiness and imperial joy.
Mouthfeel is closer to a rich hot chocolate.
Though the alcohol is present it fills the open space in your mouth rather than laying on the tongue. Noticable hops are well balanced with the baker's chocolate, malt, and molases.

This can is way more than a pack it in, pack it out novelty, it holds it's own.

The taste sits on the back of your tongue and waits for your to catch up...but when you do, you're glad you took the trip. Moments after you finish your swallow, you will notice the sweet reminents familiar to a nice square of chocolate.

Serving type: can

01-23-2009 03:43:33 | More by macktbone
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

Brew pored thick, very thick coming out of the can into the glass. Color is pitch black, head is quite small with a dark tan head that has some retention. The smallish tan head leaves a nice amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is rich, black/burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice all come to mind with a warming and welcoming alcohol scent. The first sip shows off an astringency that is a little bit of a surprise as the aroma did not prepare me for it, it is good though! The feel is thick, slightly syrupy but does have a slick property till the end then the astringency really comes to the forefront as a charcoal feel. Flavors of burnt malt, coffee up in front of the chocolate flavors, some fruit. As it warms here alcohol seems to come out, but it mixes nicely with everything. While drinking this brew I am unaware of the alcohol% but feel it must be up there a bit, but with that being said it drinks quite well for a big beer. Very good showing for the style and overall an excellent brew.

Serving type: can

01-23-2009 02:17:28 | More by Stimack
Photo of br3wmeister


3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- On pour a thick black liquid resembling dirty oil is released into my pint glass. An inch of dark brown foamy head appears at the top of this beer. The color of this beer in the glass is black, no light gets through this beer at all. Good head retention with moderate lacing.

S- This beer has many complex aromas. Coffee, Dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, ginger bread. Some alcohol is present as well even through the dark sweetness.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted barley and molasses. This beer is very roasty, at times its almost like eating burnt toast. There is some good sweetness up front then a wave of roasted barley then again sweet then the roasted barley comes back and sticks to your tongue. Some hops come through at the end and there is also some alcohol warmth.

M- It is not as thick as I thought it would be based on the pour. This is still a full bodied beer, quite thick, little oily. Good carbonation and hops give it some bite at the end.

Overall- This is a pretty good imperial stout. Maybe a little rough around the edges but it is still pretty good. Though it comes in a cute 12 oz can this one will take some time to drink.

Serving type: can

01-22-2009 04:12:28 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of RodBurg


4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can like thick used motor oil. An opaque black color with no light shining through. A thick, sticky brown head forms and leaves excellent lacing.

Smells of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and toast.

Tons of dark chocolate and black coffee combine with lighter notes licorice, bread crust and vanilla. Finishes slightly sweet.

Great RIS. Very drinkable for the style and ABV.

Serving type: can

01-22-2009 01:41:47 | More by RodBurg
Photo of imagineiii


4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty DFH snifter. Black as hell at night coming out of the can. Head is almost as dark as some barleywines. Holy cow this is a DARK beer. Head has decent retention.

Smells of sweet alcohol, alot of alcohol. slight hop bitterness way at the back. chocolate malts are obvious but sweet alcohol makes it smell more like milk choc.

Smooth, creamy and thick. Wonderfully FULL bodied. Carbonation and hops really come alive in the mouth tho. some chocolate but not as much as the scent lets you believe. warming alcohol is pleasing. exceptional.

mouthfeel is wonderful if its what your expecting. this is a very full bodied and complex beer.

Not so drinkable at 10%, but amazingly smooth.

Serving type: can

01-22-2009 00:05:56 | More by imagineiii
Photo of mbunje


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

12oz can poured into my trusty Sam Adams high tech glass. Can, that is right. I have heard about this many times but never realized it was in a can. As soon as I realized that I read "Ten Fidy" when I passed right buy, I stopped, did a double take and immediately dropped $12 for a 4 pack. Expensive? Not really considering I'll drop $7.50 for half the oz. on a high end IIPA. Enough talking....(My can says 9.5% BTW)

A - Black. Sooo Black. Head is brown. Not tan or beige. Brown. About a 1/3" max and then recedes to a thin layer on top. Very little lacing. This thing pours thick like oil from the can. Looks serious.

S - It is serious. Coffee/chocolate/cedar....a bit of damp forest in there and hops. Slight scent of alcohol.

T - I literally took a bite of this and chewed on it a bit before swallowing. Sweet in the front, but not too much. Now I taste the roasted, earthy wood. Closing bitterness and a bit of hop derived fruit. Wow, complex.

MF - Did I mention thick? It is thick and smooth but with a nice touch of carbonation to it. Nice dry finish. A bit of alcohol burn, but less than expected at 9.5%

D - Well, at 9.5% not too many of these. But the fact it comes in a can and is so damn good at $0.40 per oz, I say it is pretty drinkable for the style.

Honestly, first time I have ever had this one. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have come across....get it if you can.

Serving type: can

01-21-2009 04:57:05 | More by mbunje
Photo of Nipitato


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a can at Marty's in Newton, MA.

A: This beer pours like motor oil. Thick and dense do not accurately describe its opaqueness. Thin dark tan head.

S: Mild roast. All sorts of chocolate. Caramel malt. Not very hoppy. Dark fruits - raisins and plums. Alcohol aromas start popping as beer warms.

T: An intensely bold flavor. Slightly roasted. Some huskiness/grain on the end. Nice full bitterness throughout. Sweet with lots of dark fruits.

MF: This beer is massively thick and smooth. Alcohol warming. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: Ten Fidy is another beer that helps cement Oskar Blues as one of the standout breweries in the United States.

Serving type: can

01-20-2009 18:08:41 | More by Nipitato
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black oil. Nice lace & head. Why is it in a can?

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

Taste: I did not notice any hoppy bitterness. Mostly coffee, with some chocolate (more like milk chocolate) and malt. A tad acidic.

Mouthfeel: Somehow full but thin. Something was a tad off, a tad thin for what I expected.

Drinkability: Its decent, but nothing special.

Serving type: can

01-19-2009 21:57:25 | More by craytonic
Photo of smanders


3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a dented can - 9.5%ABV

Appearance - black gold, Texas tea. Crema from a latte for a head.

Smell - I must have a cold. I didn't get too many distinctive aromas from this. I was expecting a more potent sniff.

Taste - I only wish I put a scoop of Breyer's in it. This is a malty explosion of sweetness. You'll enjoy everything from Whoppers candy, coffee, and even a little bitterness from the slightest inclusion of hops. Did I mention the warming effect from the high alcohol content. BTW BA, the can now says 9.5% instead of 10%.

Mouthfeel - almost chewy. Could be served as an appetizer because it's so rich and filling.

Drinkability - In lieu of dinner, I could easily enjoy a few of these. Fine example of an Imperial Stout...and out of a can, no less.

Serving type: can

01-19-2009 17:17:21 | More by smanders
Photo of rhinos00


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a snifter.

A- Straight up looked like I was pouring motor oil out of a can. Jet black with a fingers width of tan head.

S- Combination of subtle vanilla, chocolate, sugared malts, and roasted coffee beans.

T- I was a little worried at first because the first few sips left an aluminum after taste in the mouth. However, this eventually disappeared, revealing a great tasting brew. Chocolates, molasses, and sugared malts were definitely prevalent. There was a grainy, roasted coffee finish to each sip.

M- Exactly what I look for in this style of beer. Creamy, smooth texture that is viscous by nature. Thick and chewy with all the perfect elements.

D- Highly drinkable. Not much more to add.

Overall, very impressed with the RIS out of a can. The real stand out for me was the mouthfeel. I can't remember having many RIS that had something as close as what this beer had to offer. Just a solid RIS.

Serving type: can

01-19-2009 06:13:08 | More by rhinos00
Photo of bigkahunas4


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a goblet. Can cracked with nearly a sound, and poured a dark chocolate black body - with no signs of any head. A molasses colored film emerged and then ran to the sides of the glass. Some better lacing than expected. Nose is fairly strong with primary notes of vanilla and a medium roast of coffee.

Brew is very creamy - certainly the first thing I noticed when it hit my lips. This isn't overly sweet, but you can taste some chocolate milk upfront - more milk than chocolate. Finish is bitter dark chocolate. While being more on the bitter side - it was very well constructed. Some like stickiness on the way down with this guy, really leaving your lips smacking for more.

Not my favorite RIS - but nonetheless very tasty. Well constructed, and I like the fact it's on the bitter side of the equation.

Serving type: can

01-17-2009 23:58:31 | More by bigkahunas4
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with some dark brown/ruby highlights into a tulip. A one finger brown head formed. Not much in the way of head retention and some lacing.

Smell of burnt malt, dark fruit (cherry, fig, and dates) with a slight hop profile. A sherry like quality in the nose.

Big maltly sweetness upfront follow by big maltly sweetness. Chocolate, burnt coffee, dark fruit, and hops. Hops only bitter the beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy. Lower carbonation only lends to it. Viscous body and well masked alcohol makes this one of the more drinkable RIS.

Serving type: can

01-16-2009 07:42:46 | More by brantadid
Photo of bfields4


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours motor oil black with a very small but nice deep chocolate brown head.

Mouthwatering smells of vanilla and sweet roasted malts.

The dark chocolate taste is amazing. Bittersweet, vanilla, and a bite of alcohol with a touch of hops that finishes nicely.

Smooth and creamy this is definitely my kind of stout.

One to keep coming back to. My motor oil of choice this 10% social lubricant will keep me runnin for 5000 miles for sure.

Serving type: can

01-16-2009 04:01:20 | More by bfields4
Photo of Ezekiel81923


3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found single cans at Capone's in Norristown.

Appearance: Normal pour into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass yielded a small, 1/2 finger tan head with little retention. Decent lacing. The blackest of black that let through no light.

Smell: Not much aroma to it, unless you really get your nose up in it. Some chocolate notes, a touch of vanilla as well.

Taste: Some dark fruit notes, as well as chocolate notes, dark roasted malt notes, vanilla, maybe a little coffee bean flavor. Some sweetness to it that builds as it warms but is pretty well balanced with the roasted coffee backbone.

Mouthfeel: Very very smooth. Creamy. Thick. The best part of this particular beer.

Drinkability: As with most, if not all stouts, its a sipper. Pretty filling, but I could definitely have more than one in a sitting.

My first taste of what Oskar Blues has to offer, and I'm impressed. One of the better RIS's i've had.

Serving type: can

01-15-2009 21:54:02 | More by Ezekiel81923
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. I thought I'd found all I could ever find in a stout or a porter until I tried this one. When I see it coming out of the tap it reminds me of The Beverly Hillbillies - "Black gold, Texas tea. Well the next thing you know old Jed's a millionaire". This stuff is black, black, black!!! Very dark brown head that subsides quickly but leaves plenty of lacing. It shouts ROASTED MALT at you from ten feet away. It's like drinking an old ash tray, but in a good way. Somewhat sweet. Almost no carbonation. It really is like motor oil. Liquid engineering. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a session, but that's the way it should be. You don't drink port all night, you finish off the evening with it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 19:09:39 | More by omnigrits
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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