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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,154
Reviews: 2,223
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 463
Gots: 1,302 | FT: 84
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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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of RickSawyer
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to Texas Ten Fidy!!!

Pours a deep black with a dark chocolate head. One of the darkest heads I have seen! Head comes alive from deep within the beer mountaining up to build a three finger head. As the head falls, a thick sheet of head remains on the glass, legs for days. Smell is sweet, very fruity. Dark fruit dominates, raspberry, fig, plum covered in burnt brown sugar, mollasses and some roasty smoke. So sweet. Taste is so smooth! Begins with the tiniest bit of burnt toast before giving way to dark fruits... raspberry covered in syrup, chocolate covered raisins, old red grapes. Beautifully drinkable. A bit thin compared to some of the top RIS's but almost sessionable (nevermind your head swimming!). Texas loves the Ten Fidy!

RickSawyer, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been sick all week so this is my first beer in seven days....

Holy cow! Just like everyone says, it looks like straight oil! pours up thick black in color with a dark chocolatey head. Great lacing on my Duvel glass. The nose is thick roasty malts, dark chocolate, slight alcohol warmth. Wow! Such a full bodied malt taste rolling through my mouth, subtle smoothe hops give just enough of a bitter bite, dark chocolate, notes of coffee in the finish. Not just full bodied but 'thick' bodied, low smoothe carbo. Just enough carbo to keep this beer alive.

Probably the biggest beer I've ever had out of a can. Crazy....

stumac, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of JeffV
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like motor oil as I pour it into my glass. The head is reluctant and I find myself trying to pour in such a way as to accentuate it. However, the head that does emerge is unrelenting and caps the beer from start to finish.

In the nose this beer has a nice chocolatey-coffee smell augmented by a touch of hops and a great malt spine.

The beer's taste is robust and indulgent. Chocolate. Coffee. A little pumpernickel maybe. Some piney hops in the back of the throat.

The one problem I have with it is that at 10.5% this beer has a little too much alcohol bite. I want the alcohol to serve as a crisp way to end a mouthful not as a sterile swab of vodka. This beer is the latter. Its a nitpick because when you buy a beer that is named for its alcohol content (ten fidy) you get what you paid for...

The beer has a delightfully heavy feel in the mouth and you can tell you're drinking an imperial. This isn't a sissy's beer and it does not feel like one.

With that said, it would be tough to choke down many of these in one sitting. On the other hand with the high alcohol content one beer is probably enough.

JeffV, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No need to worry about an exploding can as you open. This stuff is just too damn thick. Pitch black oil glugs out of the can. A hard pour created a big muddy head. A regular black hole in the glass. Cool.

Smells like sweet roasted malt, and lots of it. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Light hop oils on the nose.

Chocolate fudge, sweet malt, espresso and hop spice on the palate. Don't think this could taste any better.

A full-bodied RIS that is ridiculously smooth and creamy. Just enough pep from the carbonation to keep all that malt weight from falling flat. Best mouthfeel i've found in an RIS.

After being very underwhelmed by Oskar Blues' Gordon's DIPA, I was a rigid skeptic of Ten FIDY's hype...until I popped the top. Ten FIDY is not only the best beer in a can, but it might be the best RIS i've had yet.

itcomesnpints, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly the best Russian Imperial Stout ever poured from a can. For some reason I feel dirty just admitting that. The beer slowly crawls out of the can and carefully eases itself into the glass with a more-viscous-than-most appearance. Low on carbonation, but releases an firm yet terse foamstand that laced and retained quite well. The beer is as dark and opaque as they come. The motor oil comparison that others have used is a good descriptor. Bold aromas of roasted barley malt, espresso, cocoa beans, and sweet alcohols garner attention from the nose. The flavor profile is much the same, but with the major emphasis on the roasted malts and espresso notes that just dominate the beer. Light hoppiness goes largely unnoticed, as do the esters, phenols, and any other delicate yeast qualities. Not overly complex, they have given this stout very few jobs to accomplish, but to do so larger and bolder than anyone else. They've largely succeeded. The beer is heavy, thick, and nearly syrupy. The light carbonation gives just enough lift to make the beer palatable. Finishes as you could imagine with a long lingering of espresso, cocoa, and warming alcohols.

BEERchitect, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up on tap in a pint glass, this brew pours an oily black in the dim light of the cantina. The depth of the color is a bit difficult to ascertain, but the rich mocha color of the head is a good hint. Said head is thin and fleeting however, yielding some early lacing yet surrendering such things as time moves along.

Smells of deep chocolate, carob, and roasted malts. Not much for hops yet pretty inviting, and with a notable alcohol volatility.

Tastes nice with chocolate, coffee and a bit of toasted caramel. A light bitter finish lingers given a well placed carbonation level. Offers a nice feel and drink. Alcohol is well hidden on the tongue yet notable on the nose. Not a lot of variety on the taste, but what is there is pretty good.

An Oskar Blues brew I would recommend, vs. condemn, what a concept! Not an outstanding RIS, yet decent, and worth a try. Might be better in the can if it holds the carbonation better, will pick up if I can find a single...

HalfFull, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deepsouth for this one.

Pours from a 12oz can into a snifter. The beer is as black and thick as motor oil. I swear, if I didnt knwo this was beer, I would think it is Valvoline or something. A creamy, light chocolate colored head forms and generous lacing is present as well.

Aroma was licorice and molasses and figs and raisins. I didnt get a lot of hop aroma here. A great deal of chocolate and oaky vanilla bring the nose around fully.

Chocolate up front with vanilla in the finish. Tons of raisins and figs in the flavor profile. Not as much molasses but lots of vanilla and oak.

Smooth as hell and full bodied. Perfect carbonation and smoothness make this an easy sipper and an easy drinker. Another winner from Oskar Blues.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black with two fingers of coffee head and good lacing

S - Coffee with some faint malt in the end

T - Clean coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts

M - Thick body with light carbonation almost like drinking syrup

D - Excellent cold weather beer. Could probably use some age and it would be interesting to see if it ages well

midaszero, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of caminiti
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer at an exceptionally high price, but worth it. Pours dark, thick, and slow into my favorite stolen pint glass, almost no head, but leaves a deep lacing that is still present at the end of the glass. A beer to be drank occasionally, tastes of a dark roasted malt with a hint of alcohol that can not be hid, due the high content, smells as it tastss, with a bit of an aftertaste that does not really fade away, smooth in the mouth, a very nice beer all around, and if you can pick it up for under $13 a four pack, you are doing well

caminiti, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a black color that was darker than motor oil. A black reminiscent of FFF Dark Lord. It had ruby red hints at the top of the glass and its small, tan, creamy head.

S - It smelled of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel and molassess.

T - It tasted of sweet, sweet malt. Roasted maltiness and some bitter hops balanced out the sweetness. Also, some boozy alcohol taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding brew. Really one of the finest beers around.

zeff80, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to patronwizard for tossing me this bad boy.

i crack the can and am shocked. i just see a black void inside. i pour it into a pint glass and i my shock continues. this is the darkest fucking beer ive ever seen. darker than old motor oil mixed with mud. a thick one finger chocolate brown head stays for a minute then falls to a slight ring around the edge of my glass.

smell is awesome. i get a big hit of chocolate, really thats all i get. chocolate chocolate and more chocolate...this is a 10% ill believe it when im buzzed.

taste is awesome. i would say this gets filed as a smile beer. i am greeted by a warm array of chocolate malts, still not detecting any of the booze.

creamy and smooth. this beer goes down easy. not much carbonation to speak of. i am left with a great aftertaste.

this is the definition of easy drinker. i have finally found the alcohol in this beer as my belly is nice and warm. i love you ten fidy. come back to me again soon.

Mauerhan, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can sample- very viscous pour, really lives up to the name. Dark stuff. Reasonable tan head. Nose- licorice, oats and dark chocolate. Taste- incredibly thick bodied. You could cut it with a knife. Very well melded flavours lap over the tongue, big chocoalte and licorce flavour, extra kick from the oats. Surprised to see this is 98 ibu, hops seem to swallowed by the black hole of beautiful malts. Finishes nicely.

oakbluff, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - uncaps without a noise. Pours an inky, oily thick black, a finger of chocolate mocha head piecing together. Thick and creamy, thin sticky waves of lace make an even ring around the glass.

Aroma - heavy roasted malts, lots of coffee aroma. I dig.

Taste - huge roasted malts. Mmmm, sweetness, bitter espresso-like coffee. The swallow shows some bitterness, via either the roasted malts or balancing hops. It really doesn't matter, the show is in the roast and coffee flavor of the malts. And a fine show it is. Some abv warmth before long, the finish provides sustained roastiness post-swallow, just a delicious beer to enjoy.

Mouthfeel - heavy, thick, moderately carbonated. 'You can use a fork, but you'll want to use a spoon to catch every drop'...remember that one?? ;-) It's like that...

Drinkability - super stuff, that it's in a can just adds to the convenience and aura that is Oskar. Kudos to Yesac for pushing me to put this can in the fridge and check 'er out. Enjoyed this during Game 3 of the World Series, Tampa vs Philly. Toasts to both teams are in order for a fine game and one of the most competitive series through three that I can remember. Booyah!!

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I give it a ten out of fidy...haha...just kidding...stupid joke anyways.

A: Dark and black with a one to two finger brown head. Lacing is amazing as well.

S: Rich chocolate and roasted coffee...similar to Alesmith's Speedway stout. I also get hints of dark fruits perhaps...raisins to be more specific.

T: Coffee, caramel, chocolate...and a nice alcoholic finish on it. All the flavors are rich as well...a blend perfectly together.

M: Hands down..the best mouthfeel I've had with any beer. Thick and coats the palate, along with a gentle carbonation. Perfect!

D: You can taste the alcohol, but its not overwhelming...very east to drink.

Overall: One of the best RIS's around; I want to have a 6-pack in my fridge all the time now!!! This is truly an amazing beer, and one that I will seek out and obtain. A must try.

OlieIPA, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Opened the can with a crack and no hiss. Hm.. doesn't sound very carbonated. Poured BLACK with a 1/2 finger brown head into da snifta. Looks appetizing, but nothing terribly standout. No lacing.

S - Killer smelling brew. Super roasty, super chocolatey, super brownie...eee. It's just a fudgey brew. Slight hop profile underlying. Quite reminescent of Expedition.

T - Coffee up front, without really being coffee. Chocolate... milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, baker's chocolate... just choco wonderfulness. Bitter hoppy backend, that leaves a nice oily coating.

M - Thick, oily, syrupy, viscous, low carbonation. If this were a TOUCH more carbonated I'd be more apt to bump it to a five.

D - It's a sipper, but a damned good one. This deserves all the praise it gets.

Notes: Glad I'm sitting on a couple more of these. I don't think it'd replace Expedition if it were available here, but I'd sure as hell buy more of them. Totally worth finding/buying.

SaucyA, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this beer says it all. It is like thick, black, inpenetrable sludge with a creamy dark brown head that retains and laces. It looks a bit like a chocolate milk shake. This beer is full bodied and loaded with character. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts, this is the real deal. Not a style that I'm crazy about because it is just too roasted, charred, and heavily laden with alcohol. The aroma on the beer is roasted malts, alcohol, and thick florals.

The beer is prodigious, complex, and loaded with character. It is chocolately, has thick roasted coffee malts, charred cherry flavors, and a strong ABV backbone that tastes like a roasted liqueur. There are some hoppy notes towards the finish, a throaty ABV burn, and a really oily mouthfeel coupled with the ABV presence. The aftertaste is quite pronounced. For me, this is a sipping beer and that's it. I can't handle the strength of this beer, but for what it is, it is a great representation of the style. L'Chaim.

albern, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a dfh goblet, this was a thick, opaque black; no seeing through this even when held towards the light. minimal, quickly diminishing brown head. coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma with suggestions of dark dried fruit. alcohol is well-hidden, which is a plus for me. thick, sweet, dark malts are well balanced by a bitter roastiness. a bit of warming alcohol down the throat. so well balanced i couldn't put the glass down for more than a minute. mouthfeel was viscous but not overly so; lightly carbonated. hands down one of the best of this style that i've had. good fucking shit and well worth the money.

MrMcGibblets, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of hreb
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12 oz aluminum can poured into pint glass. Beer explodes with motor-oil / cola-black liquid with a beautiful hazelnut-caramel brown head on top which sparkles a moment before falling back into what seems to be a glass of black coffee. I don't get much aroma however -- perhaps it is too cold? Or just too dense? (nope, after warming up, I just don't get much aroma off this)

First sip is immediately rich, creamy, and toasty. Burnt. But it rapidly explodes on the back of the palate with an intense bitterness. The flavor then switches to nutty, but still with a slightly astringent bitterness. Feels pleasantly thick on the tongue.

Overall the Russian Imperial Stout in a can is big, complex, and heady. It's worth it -- I'm impressed.

hreb, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours completely black with a dark brown head complete with big bubbles. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on an oily film and a thin ring around the glass. There's not very much lacing.

Smells very good. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee with mild roasted malt aromas.

Tastes even better than it smells. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt up front, followed by molasses and ending with a coffee bitterness. No hint of the alcohol except for the warming.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Very thick with subtle carbonation that goes down incredibly smooth. It's like drinking a milkshake.

Drinkability is great. Everything about this beer makes me want to drink more.

Overall this is even better on-tap than it is from the can. Now if I can only find it on cask.

glid02, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of umtox
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great example of this style.

Had on tap and appropriately served in a small snifter. Pours pitch black with a dark toffee thin head of small bubbles. A lot of chocolate and coffee here, but everything in balance. Also a hint of vanilla that tastes very natural-not the artificial taste that is often present in many stouts. Drinkability is on par for the style--it is rather heavy in body, but the 10%ABV is not as apparent as expected. Great with a chocolate based dessert or as a dessert by itself.

umtox, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. 10/08/08.

Pours pitch black with a thin finger of chocolaty brown head. The head dropped to a thin layer, no lacing on the glass. Aroma is plenty of roasted malt with a mix of sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, with light hints of roasted coffee and vanilla.

Taste starts with some very sweet chocolate malt and milk chocolate flavors. That slowly turns into more of a bitter dark chocolate taste and a nice hop profile. Plenty of roasted malt all around. Slight vanilla and a decent amount of roasted coffee. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste.

Feel is somewhat thick, smooth, and creamy with ample carbonation. The body is rather full. The finish is dry and has an aftertaste that lasts forever. Drinkability is alright. The sweetness is a bit much for me, but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Very good for an imperial stout. Not my favorite, but close. One of the best beers I've had out of a can. Try it if you can find it.

bkilpatr, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a raucous brown head that wont quit. I am not a big stout guy, but I am getting excited.

S: A nice blend of caramel and chocolate and crusty / bready grain goodness. Just a hint of alcohol presence in the scent.

T: Deep and malty with nice bready overtones. Like eating a nice piece of pumpernickel. As it warms the breadyness becomes much more pronounced. For a strong beer, the alcohol flavor is quite masked.

MF: I expected more body, but I like what they are doing here. Stouts are often too think for my liking.

D: On a cold night by a campfire, hell yes. My favorite Oscar beer by far.

MerkinMan, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Yesac
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick, solid black with a medium/small dark brown head that fades to a thin layer that stays throughout and the rest sticks to the glass.

S - Chocolate malts up front, grassy hints and a earthy overtone

T - Thick frothy and rich chocolate malts hit you first, a coffee overtone, sharp but subtle bitterness (like cocoa) that stays throughout with a hop like bitter finish. The 10% ABV is hidden fairly well.

M - Thick!

D - Not the easiest to have back to back to drink due to it's thickness and effects of 10% ABV. But this is a great stout to sip on next to the fire.

Pairs well with chocolate.

Yesac, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of opwog
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Pato Banton - Gwarn!

Thanks to Beechwood BBQ for the chance to try this on tap!

A- I don't think that beer can get any darker than this. Even the head is completely dark brown.
S- coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, alchohol, dark fruit
T- taste is almost exactly as the smell, only the burnt quality of the malt turns to molasses
M- Meal in a glass style. This is a hearty pour gauranteed to warm you for the winter months
D- Not for faint of heart, but this nails the Russian Imperial style, which I could drink until my eyes melt.

opwog, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seemingly regurgitated out in chunks, the rich full character of Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy can be observed first by the eyes. A rusted ebony of frosting would unfold first along its outskirts and fiercely storm the center of the glass. A graphite stitched charcoal black; it is capable of completely eclipsing light.

It is as rich and awakening to the senses as a heavily roast morning espresso; in fact it smells a lot like one too. Its aroma is paradoxically rousing and relaxing. Bitter espresso is glazed over by vanilla beans and the presence of a tannic Port wine. I love this smell.

Milk chocolate and bitter cocoa are finally introduced with the first sip. The supporting cast includes coffee beans, fudge, dark caramel, biscuit, and vanilla bean accompany, all in good proportion. The flavours don't compete, they blend into one another. The taste deviates slightly from the aroma, although the two share much of the same attributes.

I am slow and appreciative with every sip. I feel a tad indulgent - you should feel indulgent drinking an Imperial Stout! Unexpectedly there is a near absence of bitterness which allows tannic flavours of espresso and vanilla bean to grace the tongue without harshness. The utter absence of alcohol is nothing short of a delusion, but I can't sense any indication of it.

I don't think Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy is my favourite RIS, but it makes a very convincing case. It is stupendously tasty and absurdly drinkable. As good as it is on its own, I really recommend pairing this with dessert, chocolate brownies make a marvelous match. Regardless, be sure to try it one way or another, you'll be quite glad you did!

biegaman, Oct 05, 2008
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 7,154 ratings.