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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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6,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,962
Reviews: 2,208
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 445
Gots: 1,232 | 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 stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz can in recent trade with ottovon thanks!!

a-jet black..nie 1 1/2 finger head that lingered for a while nice lacing...

s-old ale malt back bone, coffee and molasses, slight sweetness....

t-similar to an old ale with a nice hop presence to cut the malt and sweetness, alcohol in the end followed by that old familiar ris finish....

m-thick and chewy..heavy and oily just like i want my ris

d-i could see myself having two cans of this in night if i could get it that often...

overall this is a great brew and a top notch ris..one to look for more of and seek out...craft beer in a can i have found a home...thank you oskar blues

edit 10/29/09

had the opportunity on trying this fresh..canned on 9/25/09 and honestly the floral hops really diminish the quality of the brew..the year old can i had was top notch..i think ill age my remaining 10 cans for some time..

04-26-2009 04:48:17 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of Pudge43


4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Let me start by saying thanks to my man Aaron (PerzentRizen) for my first Ten Fidy. This is the BEST CAN of beer that I have ever had! This is definitely not your typical can beer. Pop the top and out pours black liquid that looks like "motor oil" according to my wonderful wife. No head rises whatsoever on this baby.
Strong malts smell but a hint of hops in there as well. Molasses, carmel and alcohol (9.5%) smack you right in the face. The burnt carmel flavor takes over from there and coats your mouth. The aftertaste lingers for quite some time. I love my stouts and this is definitely right up there with the best of them. This is extremely smooth but more than one or two in a sitting would be tough to handle.

04-21-2009 23:01:20 | More by Pudge43
Photo of morimech


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours dark black with a thick looking body. Just a very small head that quickly goes away. Very little lacing is left on the glass. Not that great looking RIS. The aroma however is very pleasing. Dark, roasted malt, dark fruit, and coffee. Has a bittersweet quality. Nice roasted malt flavor. Again it has a bittersweet quality. Hops make their presence known. Alcohol warming in the finish and it helps to cleanse the palate without dominating the flavor. Thick and rich body. Just enough carbonation to liven up the body. One of the better tasting RIS I have had.

04-19-2009 17:35:52 | More by morimech
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured 12 ounce can into a small tumbler. Like a can of oil out of the can, a small caramel colored head and some very stellar lacing. Smells of sweet roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee notes, and earthy tones. Taste is a bitter/sweet blend of robust coffee, some of that there chocolate, nice sweet malts and some nice hop to pop at the end. The beer is thick, its real chewy and has a bite like no other. ABV very noticeable, but the fullness of the beer has know problem telling you about it. Unfortunately its a sipper, but if you like slugging barium this is the beer for you. It's phenomenal overall, just takes a lot of devoted time to consume, (chuckles). Been dying to try this one, glad that I did but would probably pick another RIS if confronted again.

"It should have been you, Gordon"....

is next

04-18-2009 05:54:34 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of hardy008


4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance - Dark black, no light passes through. Pours a dark tan foamy one finger head with nice retention.

Smell - Strong aroma of malt and chocolate, with some molasses. Very impressive.

Taste - Malt, chocolate, molasses, with a little coffee bitterness. Strong alcohol presence. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy, full bodied and the right amount of carbonation.

Drink - Very drinkable, this is an outstanding RIS.

04-18-2009 01:12:51 | More by hardy008
Photo of drcarver


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Starting with what may seem like a downer, it comes in a can, but this ain't your typical can beer. A dull pop from the can signifies that its open (it understands itself enough to not release any pretentious fizz). Out of it pours a liquid with the same color and consistency of motor oil that sat in your engine two years too long. Nearly no head rises to the surface, but a few dark brown bubbles cling to the surface.

The smell of the malts is strong, but there is a hint of hops. Caramel/Molasses, soy sauce, and alcohol (9.5%) are predominent, but a slight pine aroma is hidden in there. The flavors of burnt caramel and soy sauce cover the entire mouth and soak into the tongue. The sweet, pungent aftertaste lingers.

The drink is smooth and soft, but leaves a bit on your tongue. I am a dark beer fan and this is DEFINITELY a fun beer. It goes down smooth but in no way would I be able to have more than two.

04-17-2009 23:31:25 | More by drcarver
Photo of snpub540


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured a deep opaque black with a tiny chocolate brown head that left almost no lacing.

Smells were amazing. Could pick up up raisins, prunes, chocolate and coffee. Very sweet and inviting.

First swig had very vinous qualities, followed by a very pleasant roasted flavor. Coffee and dried fruit flavor is definately there as well as a sweet alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel was almost velvety in texture and it went down smooth and not all harsh. The 10% alcohol is definately there and does not keep itself hidden. A very good beer.

04-16-2009 16:09:20 | More by snpub540
Photo of teamizm


4.38/5  rDev 0%

A - Dark as the darkest nights
S - Bitter chocolate with some dark, sweet fruits
T - Nice hit of initial chocolate sweetness with a back end of mild bitterness. Very very pleasing to the palette
M - It's a little less viscous than I would have expected or liked, but still, no real complaints here
D - Man, i can't believe this baby is 10%. Even as it warms the alcohol still seems pretty well masked.
O - Thank you to whomever for finally bringing Ten FIDY to California. This is a great go-to RIS. Probably best canned beer I've ever had. Can you imagine tail gating at a baseball game with a cooler of these bad boys?!

04-10-2009 23:34:09 | More by teamizm
Photo of cdViking


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

Consumed in a can, at home.

Pour is the darkest of darks, color looks absolutely amazing, with minimal head that disappears after a short period of time. Smells like sweet roasted coffee with chocolate undertones. Taste is amazing: wonderful chocolate and coffee taste, with sweet dark fruit back there as well. Perhaps the richest beer I've ever tried. The mouthfeel is the best part of this drink. It is a silky smooth, and a tremendous treat going down. While I had no problem sipping what I opened and completing it, I could not see myself having more than one of these in an evening: each can is pretty much a dessert, and much like a sundae, consuming multiple would be overkill.

04-10-2009 17:37:11 | More by cdViking
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Thick black liquid with a dark brown head, one of the darkest I've seen. Head retains as a tiny ring and there's a decent amount of lacing, though I'd love to see a little more activity on my snifter.
S: Huge malt aromas complete with bitter chocolate and dark fruits. I get a small brine sense, but it's not so overpowering that I couldn't enjoy the aromas.
T/M: Viscous and chewy mouthfeel with a backbone of bitter dark chocolate and dark berries. Hop balance at the back of the sip. There's a slight metallic note that hovers over the flavors but is not overpowering and eventually fades. As the brew warms, it takes on a mild toasted flavor, which is nice. The flavors overall are pretty subtle, without any one characteristic dominating over the others.
D: This is definitely a sipper. I had a warmed chocolate chip cookie and mocha java ice cream to pair. I look forward to trying more from Oskar Blues.

04-08-2009 17:26:19 | More by washburnkid
Photo of kbutler1


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Served from a can, batch was canned on 12/31/08.
Serving temperature was 46 degrees.
Poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: You'd think you are pouring motor oil from the can on this one! Inky black with dark red hued tan head.
Smell: More mild smelling that I would have imagined. Pick up some sweetness to it.
Taste: Sweet turning to bitter on the tongue. Dark roast coffee after taste mixed with cocoa.
Mouthfeel: Heavy mouthfeel
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Alcohol is well masked on this one.

04-05-2009 20:01:39 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Kromes


4.03/5  rDev -8%

Pours black hole black. Very thin dark brown head. Smells like alcohol and sweet fruity burnt coffee. The initial taste is of sweet alcohol mixed with a candylike fruity hop flavor. Very sweet and candylike, almost too sweet. Then comes an extremely strong burnt coffee flavor that lingers along with alcohol and bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very strong beer. Definitely a sipper. It burned all the way down and I think it is burning a hole in my stomach right now. A heavier mouthfeel to this one. As the beer warmed up, the fruity hop flavor became more apparent and the burnt coffee flavor died down a little.

04-04-2009 03:21:36 | More by Kromes
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours dark black with a nice tan head.
Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. A nice sweet smell
Taste: Immediate sweet taste of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. On the sweeter side and not much hop influence.
A very nice Stout which I would recommend

04-04-2009 00:49:09 | More by rwrk42
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

I poured from a 12 ounce can into a standard pint glass. It pours pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. A bit of tan lacing is left. The aroma is coffee and chocolate. The flavor is pleasantly bitter and has notes of coffee and chocalate, with the faintest hint of sweetness. The beer is full bodied, adequete carbonation and has a pleasing creamy mouth feel. The brew is meant to be sipped. A solid RIS, but a bit overhyped.

04-03-2009 17:31:28 | More by bonkers
Photo of squaremile


3.9/5  rDev -11%

Observables: very dark black oily pour, maybe the thickest beer I've ever seen, GIBCS is close. The defining characteristic of the beer to me is the sweetness, which limits it's drinkability. It leaves a coating on the glass and your mouth, and has a looong after-taste. There is no balance at all and its the most syrupy/sugary beer I've ever had.

04-02-2009 23:07:30 | More by squaremile
Photo of tr4nc3d


3.73/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a dark black color with tan head.

Smell is of roasted malts, molasses, coffee beans

Taste is just like the smell with a little more burnt coffee taste then I expected.

Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with slight alcohol taste.

Best beer I ever had so far that came from a can. I dont think I could have more then one of these though.

04-02-2009 21:54:54 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of theghost3


4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours deep brown, almost black with a creamy light brown head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is strong of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses & alcohol. Taste is toasted, bitter dark chocolate malts with alcohol notes. A little smokey. Mouthfeel is thick & smooth; creamy.

This is a drinkable RIS. However, it's a little more bitter than I like.

04-01-2009 03:18:44 | More by theghost3
Photo of tronester


3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a pitch black with a creamy, tan head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass all the way through. Smells of honey and toasted bread. Taste is richly malty, with a smooth roasted bitterness in the middle. The finish is lightly bitter, with a hint of earthy hops. The finish is also slightly metallic likely from the high alcohol levels. Mouthfeel is smooth, very rich, with nice carbonation levels. Drinkability is pretty good, being 10 percent abv makes it tough to drink more than one can at a time. Not my favorite RIS, but a very good beer, and definitely worth a shot for lovers of the style.

04-01-2009 00:28:48 | More by tronester
Photo of ZAP


4.38/5  rDev 0%

A-Black with ruby highlights...looks the part.

S-Awesome aroma of top quality chocolate starts things off...then a little Bailey's Irish Cream notes....caramel...the more I smell this the more of the Irish Creme Coffee notes but light on the java...also some plums, and raisins....really a great smelling beer.

T-Dark unsweetened chocolate....charred raisins...licorice...good amount of pure hop bitterness....a lit bit like Rogue IS in the hopping....some alcohol is flexing its muscles and is quite evident....exudes what you'd expect from an Impy..

M-Rich, and full bodied..velvety..

D-Damn nice Impy that ranks on the top tier...I like a couple others better than this but that is no knock on this beer because there are really some kick ass impy's being made these days...A must try if you like this style..

03-31-2009 04:54:21 | More by ZAP
Photo of dukedevil0


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Big thanks to Dajtai007 for this single can as an extra in our recent trade!

A: Pours a DARK black used motor oil color out of the can with a bunch of frothy chocolate milk colored head, lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Usual RIS scents here, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee...and i pick up some bread in there too

T: Wow, I was really surprised here. The tastes are like the scents, but it's almost got more milk chocolate in there and if this were a blind tasting, I would have told you it may be bourbon barrel aged. This is a great tasting RIS.

M: The mouthfeel is great in this brew, full and creamy with a great amount of carbonation

D: Totally drinkable, the fact that this RIS isn't as "burnt" or "bitter" as some others I think it really helps the drinkability factor.

I need to find and keep a little stockpile of this to have around!

03-30-2009 01:56:49 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of Richardberg

New York

3.35/5  rDev -23.5%

A: poured from a can into a stemless wine glass. Very thick black liquid. No head, although you can tell there's a decent amount of carbonation.

S: black coffee, molasses

T: bitter chocolate, black coffee, molasses (but not at all sweet). The flavors are not simple per se, but they are all definitely on the bitter side of the spectrum. Alky bite is very present.

M: nice oily feel with ample carbonation to keep things interesting

D: 10% ABV is not at all hidden. Definitely a sipping beer -- which is fine, but I'm not sure I'd want to sip an entire can of this rather one sided brew, much less another.

03-30-2009 01:09:35 | More by Richardberg
Photo of tigg924


4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance: huge head, dark black, chocolate colored

Smell:molasses, dark coffee, and chocolate

Taste: molasses, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and cream

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, a sweet start that lasts through the middle part with an alcoholic tasting finish, very heavy

Drinkability: This is not as sweet as other RISs. It is a complex sipping beer. One of my favorites in the style, but not quite there...A very very good beer.

03-29-2009 15:02:56 | More by tigg924
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -21.2%

By far the darkest beer I ever poured from a can. Pours with a viscous yet thin tan head which is expected of an RIS. However the head disperses rather quick. Smells of wonder full chocolate malts with a hint of alcohol. As the head reduces so does the scent.

Wow...what a mouth feel. Supper smooth and thick like a shake. Strong alcohol flavor. Nice chocolate malt. Aside from that it doesn't stand out. Odd after taste.

This one is a sipper to be sure. I'm not wanting more.

I was sure this was going to be a slam dunk after pouring and smelling. The taste, although not bad, was simply average. Nicest mouth feel I can remember. I have two more cans of this so I'll try again another day.

03-29-2009 14:55:52 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours the blackest black I think I've ever seen. Rich, brown chocolate head. Great lacing. Perfect.

Big nose here. Loads of roasted malts and chocolate. Big coffee scent with underlying hop bitterness.

The taste is damn near perfect. Bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted coffee beans. Dark fruits and molasses. Love the hops in this one.

The mouthfeel is incredible. Silky smooth. Rich, rich, rich. Viscous body, appropriately low carbonation. Never-ending finish, coats the entire mouth, leaves you absolutely BEGGING for more. Nice alcoholic warming sensation kindly reminds you to slow down. This one is definitely a sipper, but it's so perfect you can't help but keep going back for another sip.

This is an amazing Russian Imperial Stout. Not really a whole lot else to say. I'm almost ashamed of myself for not buying some sooner.

03-29-2009 04:33:26 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of BarrelO


3.85/5  rDev -12.1%

12oz can poured into a goblet. Review from notes from a few days ago.

A: Black. A vigours pour creates a sizable head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Coffee, licorice, soy sauce, alcohol, some chocolate.

T: Major coffee roastiness with hints of bittersweet chocolate. No trace of alcohol, but there is a bit of an off metallic flavor. Finishes with strong hop bitterness.

M: Thick and creamy, the way God intended imperial stouts to be.

D: The best beer to come from a can? I'd say so...for what that's worth.

03-28-2009 02:05:32 | More by BarrelO
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