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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,182
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance – Opaque Black colour with an average size brown coloured head. I can't make out the carbonation level to the the darkness of the beer and there is some excellent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels very syrupy on the tongue. I can taste malts, chocolate and coffee. There is also a smokiness and a some vanilla and some light hops. I can taste the alcohol but it doesn't come across as harsh. The beer finishes with chocolaty bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – I've yet to see a beer that looked so syrupy while being poured. The appearance really does look like motor oil. The taste is well balanced and it would make a great winter warmer beer or after dinner drink. I'd buy it again.

Photo of MassDriver
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into my Old Rasputin pint glass.

Appearance: Pour yielded about three fingers of a mocha colored head, very vigorous pour. Black as the devils heart, can kind of see a ruby tint in very bright sunlight but only at the edges. Poured like viscous oil.

Smell: Big coffee aromas with dark chocolate in the background, roasted scent in there too.

Taste: Just about follows the smell of the beer. Lots of coffee and chocolate but backed up with a nice bitterness in the finish to even the brew out.

Mouthfeel: Nice think mouthfeel here, also very smooth.

Overall: Fantastic brew! Everything melded nicely and the alcohol provides a nice little warming touch at the end. I could drink this everyday and never get tired of the complexities. Superb example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

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

A - pitch black and THICK. About 2 fingers of a dark mocha head that is simply gorgeous. Great retention and lacing.

S - Dark dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee.

T - Deep roasted malt characteristics with a TON of chocolate flavor. A bit of coffee bitterness as well. Delicious. you really do not taste the alcohol presence in the beer

M - the beer is for sure full bodied and no real abrasive mouth feelings

O - really awesome like really really awesome lol

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-All in all, this beer looks nearly perfect. The beer pours akin to oil. No highlights. The head is the most exciting part. The color of the head was a brilliant toasty brown with a nearly orange undertone. Thick, patchy lace leaves islands along the glass.

S-Great roasty, coffee RIS scent. Bitter dark chocolate in the nose as well. Faint hops in the aroma (the beer has been hanging around since the winter). Alcohol twang rounds out the aroma. An attractive scent, just how a big-time RIS should smell.

T-The roasted coffee bean flavor lasts for a ridiculous amount of time on the palate. The dark chocolate is bittersweet. The hops are still there, and I notice them more and more. The alcohol bite is evident too. Looks, smells, tastes big.

M-Perhaps my favorite part of the beer. Viscous, sludgy, creamy, and slick. Pretty swell carbonation as well. More bubbly than expected.

O/D-This one is great. I would not put this in the upper echelon of my top big stouts. Perhaps the alcohol is a bit too aggressive on the tongue. Nonetheless, this is beer is big and bold. Tastes great to boot. Finally knocked this one off the list.

Photo of keithmurray
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a jet black color with ever so slight tan head

smell - dark chocolate and coffee is what i pick up, not as fragrant as other RIS's I have tried

taste - this is a lot better than the smell - dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, expresso, hint of vanilla

mouthfeel - low carbonation, big bodied, smooth, good balance to this, slightly sweet at the start, then there is the right amount of bitterness to follow that, I can't even detect any booze and this is coming in at over 10%abv

overall - kinda pricey (bought a single of this for $4.50, the 4pk was $16), but if you like RIS's, then this is a must try. Really good example of the style and comes in a can to boot! I'm usually skeptical of beers that get a lot of hype but this one lives up to expectation.

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

I'm completely sure this is the first imperial stout I've had out of a can. I poured into a snifter glass. It has a nice dark black color with a minimal dark brown head which quickly goes away. The smell is nice of dark chocolate and dark roasted malts, a few swirls and I can also smell the alcohol. The mouthfeel is very thick with little carbonation what I'd expect with a RIS, pretty much perfect (this may just have the best mouth feel of any beer I've ever had). The taste was pretty good, not quite as strong as I expected, its malty with a little alcohol burn on the way down with some chocolate aftertaste, for the way it looks this is pretty smooth. Overall this was good but not my favorite stout (I like a little more lingering bitterness), I found it for $12 for a four pack so its a decent deal.


After letting this warm up a bit to almost room temperature, the taste is a little stronger and even better. I've had better RIS but this one is definitively worth trying, its thick and has no discernible can (metallic) taste.


I've had another can of this, and its even better, this is a beautiful imperial stout and I'll be sure to have cans of this sitting around the house.

Photo of b3shine
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can to pint. IT'S ALL GOOD! Appearance was good, but nothing special. No head to speak of. Can is still a turnoff too (I can't lie.). Smells and tastes of chocolate and espresso, with notes of caramel. Mouthfeel is as fluid as oil going town a funnel... A must-try!

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. can dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Simple but cool can.

Appearance - Poured a thick syrupy dark brown or black. A very thin brown foam head that dissipated to nothing very quickly. I repoured this from one glass to another very aggressivley and was able to get a nice 1 1/2 finger brown foam head that left a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells very smokey with hints of roasted coffe, toffee, and caramel. Also slight hints of dark fruits(figs, raisins, etc...).

Taste - Tastes of smokey roast coffee and molasses with hints of the same dark fruits that are in the aroma. The alcohol content while hight and very prevelent blends nicely with the flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very thick, full bodied, and creamy. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable in small quantities. As a nice flavor and smell.

This beer was very good but it is very potent. I could only see myself drinking one or two at the most because of how heavy it is and because of the alcohol content. I would highly recommend trying this one!

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

Poured into tulip glass

A - pitch black and THICK. About 2 fingers of a dark mocha head that is simply gorgeous. Great retention and lacing.

S - Dark dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Really amazing.

T - Deep roasted malt characteristics with a TON of chocolate flavor. A bit of coffee bitterness as well. Delicious. Only outside hints of alcohol, nothing that would suggest the 10.5% ABV of the beer.

M - Full body with a nice clean finish. A bit sticky. Coats the mouth well and leaves you satisifed.

O - Really quite brilliant. The best canned imperial stout in the world! It holds its own against the greats of the category. While it'll never be Hunahpu or any of the other titans, it is definitely on the short list for best widely-available stout. If the price came down a bit, it'd be a big competitor for Old Raspy. At around 6.00 a can in NY, it's stupid expensive.

Photo of jamescain
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2009 vintage into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours thick like motor oil and black as night with minimal head. The head is tan and only about a centimeter thick that fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Rich chocolate and coffee notes dominate with hints of vanilla and toffee.

Taste: Chocolate and subtle coffee notes with burnt grains rounding the edges. It has a sweet finish that reminds you of more chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It has a really thick mouthfeel, thick and creamy with a slight alcohol burn and a sweet finish.

Overall: This is a very good imperial stout and a good beer to give to people who swear by bottles and their seniority to cans. It’s everything I look for and like in a big stout.

Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had seen an article about this beer in a magazine a few weeks before I saw some at my local shop. The magazine was really talking it up so I had to give it a try. This beer pours out as black as a moonless night in an abandand coal mine. The thick black liquid chugs it's way out of the can as a dark brown head forms on top. The smell of the beer is very roasted and has just a touch of dark berry and hop aroma mix with a ton of molasses. The taste of the beer is very rich, it's deeply roasted with a subtle sweetness up front that fades into a burnt bitterness in the end. The taste in the middle is kind of earthy. The mouthfeel is very thick indeed. Overall it's a really damn good Russian Imperial Stout. really worth looking into.

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

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Deep dark black. There are no highlights to this, just black from one edge of the glass to the other. Head is huge and about three fingers. Dark brown in color and velvety in texture. The lace sticks in a spotted pattern and is the darkest I have ever seen. What all Russian Imperials should be graded on.

Smell is fantastic!! Dark roasted malts. Black roasted coffee beans, some sweet chocolate is there and maybe even some vanilla bean is present. I don't detect any alcohol or booze.

Taste mostly sweet like blackstrap molasses. Very sweet!! There are some roasted coffee tastes that come to play but all very sweet. Like an iced coffee delight from your local coffee shop. Late in the taste comes the 10.5% ABV. Not at all un-welcomed though. The alcohol is nice and definitely expected for this one.

Mouth is as expected for such a heavy hitter. The body is rich and smooth, silky even. To the end this one is not a bit hollow and never disappoints!! The alcohol warmth down in the throat is very nice and welcomed.

Overall.. This Russian Imperial is one of the few that all should be graded on. It's availability and reasonable cost should also play into it's overall score (IMO). I haven't even mentioned that it's out of a can!! WOW!! My advice to all you campers and hikers is, remember this one on your next outing and remember, "pack it in, pack it out".

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is smokey chocolate malt and alcohol heat.

Taste is more of the sweet chocolate notes from the nose up front. A good bit of dark fruit, anise, and molasses. Then charred dark grain bitterness takes over. Finishes with alcohol heat, mild bitterness, and residual chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is Full bodied, smooth and slick.

Overall a drinkable RIS that is a bit on the sweet side. Alcohol and chocolate really come on strong.

Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured super black with a light yet sticky tan head.

The nose is suprisingly light for a big stout with hints of chocolate and dark malt.

The taste is pretty solid, big burnt black and smokey malt flavor with a light bit of chocolaty sweetness quickly turning to a strong bitter and herbal finish with a touch of anise.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a ton of oily hop resin coating my tongue.

A pretty solid Russian Imperial with its only real weak spot in the nose.

Photo of Alpar
3.4/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark (like the name implies). The pour gave a 1.5 fingers worth of brown head and not much retention after a minute.

S: A little bit of alcohol, chocolate/malt maybe some leather in there too but nothing else that I am detecting.

T: Hmm this is not what I was expecting at all. Its malty and strong and that's about it. Even as it warmed I didn't pick up much more...

M: Very thick and an ok carbonation level.

O: This is a good beer but I am not seeing what is so spectacular here. I definitely wouldn't pay the $15 dollar price tag for a 4-pk, but not a bad stout overall.

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

Poured from a can into a snifter glass

A- Wow...it looks like motor oil pouring from the can into the glass. This is how I like my Imperial Stouts. Head is very minimal almost none and is a mocha color which disperses quickly.

S- The aroma is sweet, roasty, chocolate, with some mild vanilla hints. Also picking up on some coffee notes.

T- Huge coffee and chocolate flavors. The alcohol hits at the very end of the sip. Lots of roasted flavors from the malts as well

M- Full bodied and thick...very smooth on the palate. There is some carbonation but not overwhelming.

O- Excellent beer. A great purchase for a RIS lover! Fits to the category well and does not disappoint.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Look: black, oily body with a thick, dark foamy head. The head doesn't retain for longer than a few seconds and doesn't leave lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: fudgy chocolate, coffee beans, caramel and a bit of hoppiness there as well. Good.

Taste: follows the nose with a big chocolate fudge taste, some coffee, roasted malt, sweet without being cloying. Once it reaches room temperature, the alcohol becomes apparent. Good.

Feel: full bodied, nice carbonation, silky, and the alcohol isn't noticeable until its room temperature and then there's a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Very good.

Overall: quite a good Russian Imperial Stout. The fact that its in a can is definitely interesting. That said, its a little overhyped on this site. It doesn't measure up to other easily accessible and more affordable IRS's like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or Old Rasputin. Still, if you're a stout lover like me, I would give it a go. Cheers!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz can.

A - Pours out an oily dark pitch black color. No light goes through and not even through the edges. A thin head forms with the pours. After a swirl there is a nice thin 0.25 inch dark tan nearly brown head that is dense but recedes quickly.

S - Sweet chocolate hints as well as some slight burnt and melted caramel. Nice brown sugar and some mild cinnamon to the nose as well. There is some slight coconut hints in the nose as well as some nice powdery chocolate. Some dates are present also.

T & M - Starts off with some mild sweetness followed by some stronger bitter chocolate. After an intense bitter note there is some more of the chocolate powdery sweetness as well as some slight licorice and some dark fruit sweetness. Brunt caramel and roasted malt notes follow. There is a nice bitter finish with some slight hop notes in the back mixed in with the burnt notes to finish of with a dry yet slightly sticky note.

O - Pretty good RIS. Not my favorite and I don't really see the hype even though it is quite delicious.

Photo of Penguin3200
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint mug. Deep dark oilcan of a stout. Nose of burnt caramel dark fruit and cedar.

Taste is dark and burnt. Burnt BBQ and roasted chocolate on the pallate. Taste seems overdone with burnt BBQ flavor. Mouthfeel is great but just gets rough on the tongue.

Like this but not in the same league as the other big ris.

Photo of stxSS07
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a Delerium snifter. Thanks to pokesbeerdude!

A- Pours jet black and viscous..this brew definitely lives up to its name. Minimal head off the pour with lively carbonation breaking the surface. Doesn't leave much lacing, but big legs.

S- Dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, sweet dark fruits-cherries, plums, raisins, bit of an alcoholic sting as well.

T- Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, dark cherries, plums. Finish lets you know that this is a big beer.

M- Thick as stouts come. Incredibly creamy and viscous.

O- So glad I finally got some of this and that it lived up to my expectations. This is right next to Plead the 5th in my book. A fantastic brew.

Photo of MikeM40
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a DFH Signature glass. This beer pours a thick,like old motor oil,jet black with the slightest dark tan head. There is virtually no carbonation. The aroma is heavy with lots of sweet fruits like black cherries and plums. There are also hints of chocolate and roasted malt. The brew has a deep roasted character,there a flavors of coffee grinds and expresso with a slight bitterness that gives way a little malty sweetness and dark chocolate on the finish .This beer is well balanced,no flavor really overpowers the rest. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a creamy texture and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. This is one fantastic drinking Imperial Stout. But this brew is no light weight. 

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

Canned 11 November 2010.

Pours thick and black, like motor oil from a can, with a half-finger of dense dark brown head that has good retention but not much lacing. This is one of the darkest, thickest-looking beers I've ever seen.

Smell is dominated by delicious dark sweet chocolate malts. A bit of sweet caramel in there as well, and some booze. No doubt that this is a strong beer. The smell is quite full and really, really inviting. I really can't come up with a downside. The only reason it's not a 5 for me is it doesn't quite have enough going on to warrant that.

Dang, that's tasty. Bittersweet chocolate, plums, a bit of rum. Heavy dark malts, sugary and alcoholic, with loads of good flavors built on top of that base. I'd say this is about as good as you can get with an imperial stout without any tricks (added flavorings or barrel aging).

Thick and chewy, but more like a milkshake than the syrup that so many big stouts are. Carbonation is fairly low, but the beer has so much body that I don't mind. It has that fluffy feeling that oats usually bring. It lingers in the mouth well, but despite the heaviness, it's not sticky or filmy.

I'm really impressed by this beer. I'd say it's the best year-round imperial stout I've had. No gimmicks, just a really good, solid, tasty beer. And the mouthfeel is amazing. Sure to become a staple.

Photo of ExtraStout
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap and in the can at the Distillery in Sav. GA. Both were equally great.

Ten Fidy pours jet black with a coca colored head. Aroma is full of Roast, Coca, and Dark Fruit, Flavor washes your senses with roast, coffee, rasins and prunes. The alcohol is present as it is in all my favorite imperial stouts, but it is not obtrusive, subtle actually when you consider that it is 10% ABV. Superbly drinkable this beer could get you into trouble if you are not paying attention.

Comparing this beer to others in the style I have to put it at the top, de-throning others such as Avery's Czar, Bell's Expedition, and Old Rasputin. Even the perennial #2 beer can take some lessons away from Ten Fidy.

I don't want to rate this beer perfect, but I can't mark it down in any of the categories in good conscience. At $8 for 12 ounces that is a bit steep, but I'll gladly pay for a couple of snifters full to revisit this gem every winter.

Photo of ddahlen
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz can into a Duvel snifter with no head at all. On the nose I get a ton of chocolate and some dried fruit, maybe a little prune. Upon first sip I'm hit with loads of smooth bitter chocolate and a nice malt sweetness. I'm left with a really nice lingering aftertaste. The alcohol doesnt seem to come through at all on this brew, and at 10.5 percent, that's saying something. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, but the carbonation is lacking a bit. I don't expect a huge head for this style of brew, but this was a bit unexpected. In the end, the lack of carbonation on the brew really doesn't turn me off all that much, it's still a fantastic Imperial Stout. And, with the expansion of canned craft beer, I'm definitely excited to see more great brews like this one from Oskar Blues.

Photo of AnPiobaire
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured my Ten Fidy from a 12 oz can into an over sized snifter at a warmer then normal 59 degrees. It poured a nice thick syrupy black with a nice cocoa colored head that lingered for a bit. The cling to the side of the glass as I move it about is quite substantial.

The nose is of cocoa, dark plump raisins, and espresso. After nosing it again having poured the remainder of the can in I picked up a very subtle floral note.

The taste is malty and sweet with chocolate the overall winner in flavor. It finishes with a nice espresso type bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very rich and chewy yet very smooth. The carbonation is exactly what I look for in an Imperial Stout. The alcohol is not overpowering by any means and makes this one dangerous brew.

I was hesitant to purchase a 4 pack of cans for fear of that tinny taste but this brew certainly withstands it and delivers very nicely. I would certainly recommend this to anyone Russian Imperial Stout fan or otherwise. Enjoy!!!

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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