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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,092 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,092
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 463
Gots: 1,285 | FT: 85
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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 doppelmeup
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

I was fortunate enought to have a glass of this on tap at the brewery in Lyon, CO.

Pitch black, with a cinnamon mocha colored head. Not a lot of foam, however the serving glass was filled to the top so there wasn't alot of room. Even so, some rich foam remained all the way down the glass.

Not a strong aroma for many of the reasons just mentioned. I also have a cold so my sense of smell is not working well. Still, some roast and malt aromas were present, with a slight sweetness.

The taste. Exceptional! Roasted malts, slight coffee and bitter chocolate flavors; however not bitter nor over the top in flavors either. Is there even any alcohol in this 10.5 beer? You'd never guess it if you didn't know.

Mouthfeel was also spectacular. For a big, heavy stout, this is very light and smooth on the palate. It is actually very soft. Warming as it goes down, it is a great sipping beer.

Overall, the drinkability is very good for a stout this strong. I could easily have a couple glasses at one sitting, but it is rich and filling and will catch up to you. Bravo, Oskar Blues!

doppelmeup, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Dark pitch black no light is getting through. Nice frothy head.

S - Nice smell burnt chocolate, some coffee.

T - Real smooth black liquorish, roasted coffee again chocolate.

M - smooth feel slight bitterness to the feel.

D - This is real nice would definately drink some more as this has excellent drinkability.

Casey10, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 50 degrees.

Pours a viscous black with a creamy tan froth. The head isn't too thick, but provides nice lacing. The nose offers aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, black licorice, spicey/slightly piney hops, slight irish cream liquor, dark berries (prunes?), & chocolate cake. Very thick on the palate with great carbonation and sweet, but not too sweet flavors of everything I got on the nose. There is an alcohol presence on the back end and a subtle bitterness in the beginning that lingers to the finish. Overall, a great brew that'd be good for an after dinner/dessert beer...one is definitely enough.

BevMoAndrew, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of microbrew52
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%

I had this at a place called fatheads in Pittsburgh, if you ever have the chance you got to visit. This beer has a very very dark appearance with a thick dark brown head to it. This also has a pretty high ABV and you can feel it on the taste buds. Chocolate and coffee flavors try to balance it out but comes up short. Overall a good beverage but could not have many glasses of this stuff.

microbrew52, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of davod23
3.4/5  rDev -22.4%

Fresh Ten Fidy. Had it before, but haven't reviewed it quite yet. Poured from a can into my Bruery tulip.

Appearance: Big surprise here. Pour is thick and black. Maybe it's because it's a canned beer, but the damn thing looks very much like motor oil. Tan head forms but is gone in no time flat, with little cirrus clouds of foam that remain at the top of the brew.

Smell is nice enough. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, anise. Not as big and bold an aroma as I would like from a top-rated imperial stout, but it's nice.

Taste... hmm... yeah, this is pretty much how I remember it. Dark chocolate, anise, pretty sweet... oh yeah, and a metric ass-ton of black licorice. Honestly, the licorice is overpowering in this brew. I wouldn't mind a hint of it, but it really shouldn't be the dominant flavor, IMO. Points for being fairly unique amongst impy stouts, I guess. Long, lasting finish. Notable lack of boozy heat.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Just a hint of carbonation. Very thick, full mouthfeel - like the consistency of a slightly-melted milkshake. Nice.

Drinkability isn't bad for an imperial stout of this magnitude. However, it's not great. The licorice is tough to work through, and it becomes a bit fatiguing. I can't imagine wanting to drink more than one of these in a sitting.

Honestly, I'm not sure why this gets such high marks. It's an okay imperial stout, but there are so, so many that are far better (BT, DL, GI BCS, Abyss, KBS, Expedition, Old Rasputin, Serpent's Stout, etc). I don't know when I will get around to drinking the other three cans I have of this brew.

davod23, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of MrStark
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from a can into a snifter glass.

Appearance is very dark black that poured out like a can of motor oil leaving a brown one finger head leaving a little sticky lacing around the edges.

Smell is is a wonderful aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Quite toasty and welcoming.

Taste is fantastic! A strong rich blend of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits all starting out sweet and ending with a nice bitter finish. All around rich and well blended!

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and as smooth as velvet.

Drinkability is fantastic! It goes down very smooth and is quite tasty. I'd want to say its a great session beer but the abv seams quite well hidden and could probably sneak up on you easy if you have a few. Overall its definitely one of the best examples of this style I've had and will always be welcome in my fridge!

MrStark, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Poured from the tap almost completely BLACK in color... with no visible carbonation and a thin tan colored head which quickly receded to beautiful edge lacing.

S- Smells of vinous dark fruit, roasty malts, brown sugar and even a *slight* touch of white chocolate aroma.

T- Coffeelike roasty malts are predominant up-front on the palate... along with the more subtle and anticipated flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar and white chocolate. Finishes a little hot with alcohol (in a non-offensive way), chocolate and with a touch of hop astringency.

M- BIG chewy mouthfeel, chock-full of unattenuated sugar... wonderfully rounded-out with some velvet-soft carbonation.

D- Wow. Very very drinkable, despite the ABV... just scrumptious, and it goes down dangerously easy.

jgasparine, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%

picked up a 4-pak in hudson..poured a thick black velvet creamy blanket with black cherry sticky lacing and ring.. canned on 102709 ..the smell was chocolate with dark fruit and molasses/ amaretto smells along with fig and coffee..the taste is malt/roasted coffee and sweet and creamy chocolate that fills the mouth and senses with flavors of currant fruit and toffee a little caramel some hops all blended for a superior and smooth RIS..this is one of the best in the US..as it warms as im writing this it just gets more complex in the layers of flavors and just gets very smooth and creamy..highly recommended

gatornation, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

on-tap, Alchemy

never actually had this one - good to see on tap

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a goblet, dark as night - chocolatey brown cream head

smell: intense waves of chocolate, booze, smoked meats, coffee and dark malt

taste: this is a massive beer - very smokey, rich dark chocolate, moderate bitterness levels, boozy dark fruit, coffee...sweet, bitter, and pretty great

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, full bodied

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of kindestcut
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

You know when people define Imperial Stouts as "thick"or "viscous"? Usually, that's code for "this is a dark beer." However, this is one of the few beers that I can say without pause that it looks thick when it pours. At the onset you can tell that this is going to be a unique experience...and it is.

The can is a wonderful thing. You don't have to worry about it breaking. Your drunk friends can't break it and use it as a weapon. And you can always crush it on your forehead if you are drunk enough.

The pour is dark, to say the least. The head is light brown and lingers for a couple of minutes...the amount of time I let the beer warm before I could wait no longer to taste it.

The aroma is just wonderful- malty, smoky and chocolaty. The smell invites you to drink the beer. I think my mouth actually watered as I typed this.

At first taste I felt like I was drinking a malt at an old-fashioned soda fountain. This is a very thick beer, creamy and delicious. The malty aroma translates here to a wonderful sweetness. The chocolate is apparent as is a roasted malt flavor. There is a slight hoppiness on the finish that definitely aids this huge beer in its balance and drinkability.

Unfortunately (and this isn't necessarily a bad thing) the alcohol is so well hidden you could drink the Ten Fidy as you would a "normal" beer. That makes it dangerous.

I like danger.

kindestcut, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.25/5  rDev -3%

A: A thick viscous dark black with no light coming through. Provides a small tan foam head with lots of lasting lacing.

S: As it warms, more burnt malt flavoring, toast, chocolate, coffee with some hints of caramel.

T: A very well put together beer. A nice balance between the burnt toast, chocolate, caramel, coffee, with some hints of alcohol.

M: A big robust full bodied beer. A thick creamy sweetness, with a tad of bitterness is left on the palate.

D: Definitely a dessert sipping beer. A high alcohol content keeps this to maybe one or two in a sitting. A most delicious beer!

IronCitySteve, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Seeing as I've been into Stouts of late, I wanted to track down and taste this canned RIS.

Pours black obsidian with lavish 1 finger with one of the darkest heads that I've seen. Dark brown with good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma is a chocolate makers Heaven! Huge strong notes of bitter chocolate, light milk chocolate, roasted espresso beans, a nice dash of hops, and a light underlying aroma of charred malts. I'm already salivating from a few whif's of this beauty.

Ten FIDY doesn't disappoint. Begins with a myriad of chocolate flavors that caress the tongue accompanied by sticky molasses, and coffee. One thing to note is the light citrus hope presence near the finish. Nice and crisp and not overpowering like some RIS's that I've encountered in the past. Finish is smooth, no alcoholic heat from this brew whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is the epitome of creamy. Full and luscious as it delivers it tasty goodness. Carbonation is spot on.

The sky is the limit with drinkability. The 9.5% ABV is extremely well hidden, but this beer really shines as the weather drops. And not to mention its the best canned beer I've ever had! Superb job Oskar Blues!.

Foxtrot, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of kfsv034
4.25/5  rDev -3%

The fact that this beer is in a can only adds to its alure. with that said;

a - in a word beautiful, the thick black color was nice complemented brilliantly by a two finger creamy brown head.

s - some chocolate, toasted malt and coffee.

t - thick chocolate malty taste up front with some coffee and toasted malts

m - nice, smooth and thick

d - ive only had one after a four pack i would be feeling quite nice

kfsv034, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Had this out of a can twice now, and the second time through only confirmed the first: this is the best canned beer I have had to date. By a looong shot. And it's funny that this beer get such recognition for being in a can, and for a long time, I wondered if it was due to its canning that people made such a fuss. If this were in a bomber, would the love still remain?

Yes, yes, yes. It's very solid.

Picked up a 4-pack for 14 bucks. Considering that's ~ two 750s, that's about 7 bucks worth, and allows for four differently timed tastings. Awesome.

Appearance: No getting around this one: it's about as good as they come. A solid pour yields thick, creamy brown head on top of an obsidian-black brew. Laces thickly down the glass and looks about as good as a stout ever could. Fantastic!

Smell: Chocolate, roasted coffee, more chocolate, roasty malts, and a hop presence on the back-end. And then more chocolate! It wasn't as fiercely assertive as I'd hoped, but still very inviting.

Taste: Whew, someone call Hershey's, since Oskar Blues has illicitly used their chocolate! Man, this beer taste thick and chocolaty, with some deep molasses sweetness as well. There is almost a citric bitterness there as well, which is certainly from the hops. Not quite as hoppy as Storm King, which surprised me a bit. Neither tasting struck me as such, but still hopped nicely. Very, very tasty. Girlfriend beer even, and I mean that in the way that it's a fun one to get people who avoid dark beer to try, as it will surely change some minds.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, and bitter. Stout all the way. Almost syrupy goodness. Just so smooth and creamy, thick like chocolate syrup and carbonated appropriately with a nice bitterness as well. Just all together very, very solid.

Drinkability: As for as 10% ABV, it's certainly felt a bit by the end of 12oz, but it's also a very friendly drink. Rarely does the alcohol ever peak through, and if it does, it's never off-putting. Worth seeking out and spending a few bucks for a 4-pack, as it really makes an excellent beer for cold nights, desserts, camping trips, or really any occasion.

nomomentwasted, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%

Very nice aroma with vanilla bourbon, cinnamon, milky chocolate and roasted malt. Nose is complex and light. Taste is all milk chocolate, breakfast blend coffee, brown sugar, maple and roasted vanilla beans. The mouthfeel complements the character well. This beer was very whip creamy as if it came from a cask. Creamiest, low bubble stout I've come across but it was close to perfect.

natelocc787, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%

12 oz can poured into a snifter, dated Sept 09.

Pours a thick black liquid with a two finger head, deep brown with reddish tones. As expected it dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some streaks of lacing. Aroma is rough and abrasive, primarily burnt, roasted notes with a potent alcohol presence. Background ha some sweeter chocolate and coffee aromas as it warms up. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth, with soft carbonation. Very nice, but not quite as thick or syrupy as expected. Finish has more of the roast barley and burnt malt flavors, little hop or sweetness. Flavor starts a little harsh, strong hop presence and burnt flavors. Middle and finish mellows out with mild milk chocolate and sweeter malt before the finish described above. I'm conflicted about this, I had high expectations for it and it's not bad, but I can't really decide what's holding this back from really exciting me. I'll chalk this up as worth a try for the novelty of being canned, reputation, etc but at this price I'd much rather have Rasputin, Storm King, etc.

yourefragile, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

12oz can, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: black, 2 finger brown head that dissipates quickly to nothing, no lacing.

S: heavy on the alcohol. a little roast character, cherries, molasses, and prunes too.

T: the beer comes out in the flavor. you get the dark fruity flavors in addition to some dark chocolates, roasted grains, slight coffee, and some hop bitterness. there is an alcohol warming at the end.

MF: full bodied, moderate carbonation, very viscous and syrupy.

Drinkability: very complex flavor. i thought the nose had too much alcohol. its a good sipping winter warmer.

porterwoobie, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

A - Pitch black motor oil (just as I've heard about!) unwillingly slops out of the can to form a miniscule dark brown head that recedes quickly with no lacing whatsoever.

S - The alcohol comes through a bit too harshly. In the back are dark malts and straight smoke.

T - Very complex. Coffee, dark cherries, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, smoke. The real question is: whats not in here?

M - Suprisingly light, not too viscuous but properly so.

D - fairly high for the style.

NYCWheatFanSC, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of nms1987
3.28/5  rDev -25.1%

From can dated 12/31/08 into snifter

Pours black with a dark, dark brown head. Not a big head but some.

Rough, sharp nose. Piney earthy ness and a healthy wiff of harsh alcohol.

Better on the palate. Initially quite smooth with some chocolate and espresso coming through. This beer is much smoother than when fresh. Finish is sharp with hops and alcohol coming into play in an unpleasant combination. Has some real bright points but pretty average overall

I'm bumping this a little, it is better as it warms (predictably) but the nose and finish are aggressive and off-putting.
This isn't bad, but not all that good either. B-/B and not worth 15 a 4 pack, though I wouldn't mind getting to try it again

nms1987, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Schmaltzy
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

2009 vintage poured from can into wine pinot glass.

A-Jet black as everyone else would have guessed, but also one of the thickest stouts I have had. It didn't want to come out of the can and stuck to the inside walls of the can. Really dissapointed that there wasn't as much head as I was expecting, but it did have some light lacing.

S-Best thing about this beer is the sweet mocha and chocolate smells. Definately a nice stout smell of roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, anise/licorice.

T-Pretty good on the taste, you can definately taste the citrus from the hops in this which I think will calm down after a year or two of cellaring. Taste resembles the smells but I just don't think they are as intense, again I will age and try again later.

M-Good carbonation, definately a big/heavy/viscous beer that is very creamy on the mouthfeel and the alcohol is definately evident but is not overwhelming.

D-Good but there are many other stouts out there that I would rather drink but still it was good and easier to finish than a stout bomber.

Schmaltzy, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance - As soon as I cracked open the can (which my fiancée finds amusing) I poured it into my SA perfect pint. As everyone else has said, but which is true, it pours with an absolute dark, motor oil looking viscosity. Absolutely sinister looking and leaves about two fingers of mocha colored head which recedes slowly and leaves great looking lacing.

Smell - Licorice, roasted malt, dark/bittersweet chocolate, and hints of coffee. Smells amazing.

Taste - Great roasted malt flavor with an immediate bittersweet chocolate/coffee flavor. A bit of hops shows through and as the drink warms you can definitely feel the warmth of the alcohol show through. Very

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness (but not syrupy) and an extremely smooth/creamy mouthfeel. Low levels of carbonation which suits this drink seeing as it is a full bodied RIS. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Honestly pretty damn drinkable but when I think about it I would have to say one and I'm done. Granted I had planned on this being the end beer of the night, but even if it wasn't I don't think I could do two of these in a sitting. This is a great beer and is a great way to end the night so it is fitting that it is a "one and I'm done" type of beer for me. Can't wait to bust one of these out on a cooler fall evening.

SpdKilz, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -8.7%

0.355ml can of 9.5%ABV. Original review lost on site!

This beer was poured into a Westmalle Chalice for my review, it suited the beer and showed it off well.

Still have the can if not the review, liked it, dark, strong and moreish. Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt brown toast, etc, etc.

I promise to re-review if I ever get the chance to do so!

BlackHaddock, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of NoHipTee
3.2/5  rDev -26.9%

Not my favorite RIS. The promise of the smooth dark pour was not delivered in either smell or taste. Two qualities that I cannot separate when tasting a beer for the first time. The whole experience is so tied together that I am almost shocked by what a let down the smell is. Watching it pour into my glass made me long for a deep nose full of rich aroma but I was left with a strong alcohol and burnt molasses. Like biting into bakers chocolate when expecting a hersheys bar.

A: dark smooth appearance with a small amount of head that dissapates quickly in the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S: Almost rubbing alcohol with a burned candied cherry hiding in the back.

T: Hard to distinguish from the smell. Definite cherry flavors (I know this sounds wierd but this tastes like one of those pie cherries that had already fallen off the tree and started to ferment.) Mom told me not to eat those.

M: The rich undertones do coat your entire mouth. Very little carbonation to get in the way. Feels like an after dinner dessert liquor.

D: One is enough to last a long while. A sipper for sure.

Glad to be able to try it and review it. Not a beer I would share with less seasoned palates.

NoHipTee, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. ABV says 9.5% rather than 10...

Liquid is a menacing bistre, approaching black topped by a fallow to dark-tan finger of foam. Excellent cascading lacing, and a whisper of varnishing legs.

Complex aromatics include dark roast coffee, toffee, brown bread crust, slight burnt toast, hot chocolate, and caramel.

Molasses, rich malt and grain roasted to varying levels, cocoa, espresso, and earth notes on the palate. Prunes and/or dates, followed by a wonderful bitterness to balance the sugars - equal parts hops and roasty astringency. Very long rich bittersweet finish.

Heavy bodied, moderately carbonated, wonderfully warming - thick, luscious mouthfeel with just enough astringency to keep you from chugging.

Drinkability is very high, though the heat will catch up with you if you drink too quickly...

An excellent well balanced RIS, compares well to all but the top-level of bottled examples of the style.

augustgarage, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a dense, solid black with just over an inch of thick, deep tan head that had great retention and lacing.

The aromas were a little more subdued than I expected for the style, but still full of deep, rich roasted notes. The flavor was right where I think the style should be, plenty of the deep malts with just a slight tang of hop on the finish.

The body was also just about right for the style, full, deep and rich without being overly heavy. The drinkability is very good although, personally, I have a hard time drinking more than 2 big stouts in a row, my palate tires of them quickly.

Overall, a very good beer that's worth seeking out.

beertunes, Oct 21, 2009
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