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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,798 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,798
Reviews: 2,277
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 490
Gots: 1,567 | FT: 95
Brewed by:
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 FishGetter
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like spent oil, looks like it too. Thin head with toffy brown color that fades to small ring.
Deep dark toasted grains with vanilla extract, espresso coffee and bitter chocolate nose. Some alchol fuses up from drink.
Dark toasted grain swirl around. More mild espresso coffee flavors with mild hints of vanilla. Hop bitterness blends with chocoalte flavors. Strong alchol shows up with coffee flavors lingering to finish.
Increadible mouthfeel. Smooth, silkie heavy body. One of the best mouthfeels reviewer has ever had in a RIS.
Well rounded offering. Hits all the marks of a well made RIS. A bit hot and boozie, but not a bad thing. Brew is well deserves honors of top 100.

FishGetter, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can

A - Pours black like motor oil; an aggressive pour yields a thin dark brown head

S - Smells of cocoa, espresso, and sweet, dark fruity esters

T&M - A little boozy upfront, earthy with nice chocolate and roasted malt rounding everything out. Some nice balancing bitterness. Feel is full bodied and smooth

D - Easy to drink, definitely a sipper due to ABV, and the alcohol in the taste is present but relatively mellow for it's level

ZeroSignal, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with dark brown head, looks promising and mighty.

S: A whole lot of darkness going on, from malts to chocolate to fruit, coffee as well.

T: Sweet chocolate and hops, different for a RIS, in a good way. Dark fruit definitely in there with a cappuccino kind of taste. Not the best RIS, but solid.

M: Full body on this bad boy, what an Impy Stout should have. Not at all boozy with 9.5% ABV. Creamy and smooth going down.

D: Not sure where to rate this. I had one, but don't see myself drinking a lot of them. Perhaps this backs the outrageous price of 16 dollars for a 4 pack. If you can, just buy a single before you shell out more.

mostpoetsdo, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eli's

After a nice day at the marina

A - Poured Jet Black with a caramel head

S - Chocolate coffee and some hop notes

T -Expresso, Coffee, and some nice hops!

M - A nice bite do to the hops

D - Very tasty - but 8 dollars for a pint!!! Damn! Good thing my buddy picked up this round.

DNICE555, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Poured a pitch black. Carmel color head. Nice retention.

Aroma is of fudge and coffee for the most part with some hop notes poking through.

Taste is pretty hoppy for a stout. Chocolate and espresso dominate and are followed by some fig and dark fruits of the like.

Overall a good RIStout. A little pricey IMO. I'd pick it up again, but not something I'd get often.

pwoody11, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

had cans from 12/08 and 11/09 tonight. I think the 08 had been through some rather high temperatures and had some excessive sweetness and lost almost all bitterness and most roasted character. a blend of the two was phenomenal, though. review is for the 09, the better of the two.

a- pours like motor oil. produced a substantial amount of dark brown head with a hint of red. light lacing but excellent retention for a big stout.

s- big chocolate, roasted and sweet dark fruit characters are most noticable. maybe a hint of alcohol. and something I can't place, possibly licorice or molasses

t- the chocolate is front and center. a surge of sweetness that brings figs to mind. the roasted character is fairly light for an imperial stout, definitely not a coffee stout. there is a good amount of bitterness. a big thick sweet chewy RIS.

m- thick to the point of seeming chewy. subtle carbonation despite the large amount of head of the pour. this beer is really unbelievably thick. really exceptional.

d- fairly low. I had no problem drinking a twelve once glass and definitely drink a healthy pint of it but a bomber might take a while to sip on. it's really quite a beast of a beer.

Freethyhops, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Brez07
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing from last months notes. 2009 vintage. Poured into my Ten FIDY glass

A: Black, like motor oil, pour. Gives a 1/2 finger mocha head

S: A wonderful bourbon/vanilla blend. Minimal alcohol presence. A touch of molasses as well

T: This is where the beer shines - chocolate, vanilla, smoke and roasted malts all combine to make this what all RIS should be modeled after. There is a touch of alcohol in the finish

M: Super creamy. Leaves a roasted malt aftertaste. Definitely a full bodied stout

D: While this beer is a bit filling, it is incredibly easy to drink given the ABV. The price jumped a bit in the past year, but is still an amazing RIS that will continue to be a go to for me when available

Brez07, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a small tan head. Very roasty aroma with some hints of milk chocolate, black coffee and dark fruit. The flavor has a great dark roast, bitter coffee and dark chocolate character with delicious background notes of fig and plum. The body is creamy, oily and full with moderate carbonation and a faint alcohol warming. It finishes remarkably light for such a big and makes it scarily easy to drink.

punkrkr27, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is like a fudge brownie. The taste starts out the same way. Semi-sweet Dark chocolate is dominant up front. Loads of roasted malt takes over from the chocolate. There is an espresso-like bitterness that dominates the finish. This is a very good RIS.

hckyfn9999, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think I wanted to drink this strictly to have more "in can" reviews. Typical story walked into my beer shop expecting to pay four dollars a can for this "crude oil" and found an old four pack for 7.50!

A - Most say oil but if you pour from a good six inches into the glass you can see light at the end of the tunnel. Nice lacing on top of tulip glass.
S - Mostly roasted malts with slight chocolate and molasses.
T - Mine was very slight with roasty flavor due to age but toffee and molasses was very nice. The roast factor gave way to a slight bitterness which was enjoyable.
M - For something thick it sure was silky smooth to drink.
D - Needless to say along with my sinister stout from the Rivertowne Pourhouse, three cans went down that night and the last the next night. If I found a single that was actually affordable (2-3 dollars) I would love to try it again fresh.

DrDemento456, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of jamesmbirchnyc
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you mistake this beer for oil, you're excused. The smell is no different than you're typical run of the mill stout. The alcohol content is the first thing that I noticed, as the taste is quite sweet.

The beer is pitch black and there is no head. When pouring I highly recommend a long extended pour ~ 1 ft from the cup into to create a bit of brown fuzz on the rim top.

The taste is spectacular. Would probably be a great beer on very cold evening.

jamesmbirchnyc, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black. Glugs out of the can with a noticeable viscousness. While I am always hesitant to compare beer to motor oil, this one hits the mark. Forms a weak 1/4" of dark tan head that has little retention and quickly reduces to a ring around the side of the glass.

S: Molasses, licorice, sweet roasted malts, and alcohol.

T: Moderately sweet molasses flavor that finishes quickly with a heavy roasted malt bitterness.

M: Moderately thick with low carbonation. Bitter on the tongue.

D: A good beer, but not overly impressive. For me, the reason I drink stouts (and Imperial Stouts and RIS's) if for their complexity and this beer is lacking complexity. There is nothing wrong with it, no off flavors or anything of that nature, but between the flat, black liquid look to the relatively simple and quick finishing flavor, I was left wanting more.

Florida9, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a black color with a brown head. This is what an imperial stout is supposed to look like. The aroma is heavily roasted malt chocolate. The flavor is very nice, with heavily roasted/burnt malt, bitter chocolate and some nice hop character. The alcohol is more present as the beer approaches room temperature. You also get some dark fruit and molasses notes. The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy and the carbonation is pretty low. An awesome beer.

Mora2000, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of SamN
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- One of the darkest stouts I've ever seen. Comes out the can blacker than oil and almost as thick and sticky. Not overly carbonated, still manged to get a decent size head which was super dark brown, gritty and fairly loose. Quickly fades to small floating patches. Pitch black, this sucker is imposing. I think I could feels it's presence from across a crowded room by sheer magnetic looks.

S- Rich burnt/toasted smells; astringent alcohol pads, earthy malts scents, balanced well by a hearty hops smells. Sweet, well roasted grains and big alcohol nose.

T- This is a pretty subdued imperial stout. I was expecting a sharp prickly taste, but actually I'm greeted more with thick chocolate malt goodness. Serious alcohol burn, though, this is one spicy meatball. Great balance, great simple nature, this is a straightforward RIS without trying to get too fancy. Burnt and earthy are most in play.

M- Spicy alcohol on the tongue, but pulls wonderfully smooth from the glass with a hearty thickness. A big, mouth-filling beer from a little can. Great feel.

D- A simple formula, great straightforward taste and excellent construction make this a joy to drink. This may be my new regular in the winter months. I loved drinking this.

SamN, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of jettjon
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a can marked "canned on 11-25-09" into a glass, this one is pitch brown with a 1-finger dark brown cap which fades fairly quickly leaving a thin sheet atop the murky liquid and some lacing. Nose advertises a very sweet malt backbone with notes of molasses and cocoa powder. In the mouth, a fairly complex mix of sweet and dry flavors is on tap. Nicely complex, though a bit overly sweet, the malt is up front and bold, barely reined in by bittering hops which fight for control but are quickly overwhelmed by the nearly cloying malt sweetness. Notes of cocoa and molasses as the beer warms and opens up. This one is definitely best enjoyed warmer. Mouth is superb, very nicely chewy and extremely smooth and velvety. Drinkability is good; even though it verges on overly sweet I could drink 2-3 of these at a sitting. 9.5% ABV should be noted.

Overall: A very good imperial stout, verging on overly sweet but solid overall.

jettjon, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
2.58/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

the OB website says this is called Ten Fidy because of the ABV level. but both the can and this website say the ABV is 9.5%, so maybe they need to change the name to Nine Fidy. this one was "Canned with Care" in Nov 2009.

took this out of the fridge for about 30 minutes to let it warm up. not a single hiss when i open the can and it pours pretty flat with probably the most nonexistent head i've ever seen on a stout. completely completely black.

aroma and taste is stone fruits, dark chocolate, a little smoke. the alcohol is there too, and it's a little too hot for me. there is that textbook RIS stickyness. i could use some more carbonation to liven up the tongue and make things less syrupy. i'm glad i tried this one but i won't be going back again often.

coachdonovan, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of blivingston1985
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You are a beautiful RIS. Don't know that I've ever heard a Russian Imperial Stout abbreviated that way, but I like it and will continue to use it until it catches on, if it has not already.

Ever held off on an oil change for faaar to long? That's the color. Not much head, as to be expected from a RIS. The head is a coffee-with-a-little-cream color.
Lacing is all, but gone in a matter of second. Though, a ring does stick around for the length of consumption. I like that there is a complete lack of coffee to this beer. Not against coffee beers, but it is nice to have something that breaks away from what seems to me to be an overly common practice these days in your darker beers.

Molasses is right up front. Thick and strong. Slight alcohol. Chocolate and... tobacco?
Read a few reviews where this beer was called "too sweet".
I don't know if I would go as far as calling this sweet. A lack of bitterness doesn't equate to a "sweet" stout.
Up front you get a nice chocolate and malt flavor. Very, Very smooth. The malt are strong in their roast characteristics, but no right away. The roasted aspect kind of creeps in at the last second before the aftertaste takes over. Minimal bitterness. Very pleasant.


This is a well rounded imperial stout. Does a lot of things that too many breweries don't do. Like, for one, keep it simple. Complexity is great, but in moderation.(If thats not too oxymoronic) This is a smooth, rich RIS that one could drink all the time.

blivingston1985, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of karlbronson
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out of the can similar to motor oil. Thick and jet black. Nice tan 1.5 finger head. Great lacing start to finish.

S: Roasted malt, sweet chocolate malt, hint of vanilla, mild oak undertones

T: Big beer taste. You can taste all the layers found in the aroma, followed by a little alcohol bite. The hops don't jump out in the taste, but you know they are in there since this beer is so well balanced. Maybe a little hop bitterness in the finish.

MF: Thick, viscous, and layered. Long finish with slight alcohol burn.

D: Gonna keep this one on the list and in the fridge. I like having a big beer like this in a 12oz serving.

karlbronson, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow! this came from a can?! Black as night with a small tan head. Malt sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Apparent Roasted, Caramel, Chocolate and some plumb notes. The alcohol burns my nostrils. No Hop Aroma

T: Nice balance of the roasted malts and chocolate malts to where neither over powers the other. Nice Bittering Hop Balance. No flavor hops detected. Slight Alcohol taste.

MF: Real Creamy, Possibly some Oats or Flaked Barley, Warm, with the slightest alcohol burn surging up the nasal passages. I kept this can at 45F for 2 months and it feels warm in the mouth.

D: I'm only 1/4 way down the glass as I write this and I'm feeling the effect. A nice big beer. I will drink this again.

rmolledo, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Heard alot about this beer and saw it at my local beer store the other night, so I grab a 4 pac @ $14.99...Hey, it's only money.

A couple of nights later I have one, poured into a 16oz. glass, can I say pitch black, I've never seen a beer this dark with minimal coffee colored head. The taste seemed to be coffee/chocolate, to me, a nice balance.

This beer is so smooth going down,sip by sip, you can drink alot of this. Then after awhile the 9.5% kicks in...Good Night. This is a very good beer, one of the better stouts I've tasted. If you see it in your local store, pick some up and give it a try...

InspectorBob, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of spoons
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a Bruery tulip.

Nice tan head if poured a little vigorusly.

Smells is not the greatest. Someone said soy sauce and I completely agreee.

A little bitter after biting through the foam. Once this warms its incredibly drinkable. Creamy mouthfeel. Not a whole lot of roasted barley. Nice oat flavor.

You can't taste the alcohol, but you can feel it by the time you get to the end of the can.

Overall, its a very tasty/smooth imperial. Definitely drink again, a little on the pricey side though.

spoons, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A- Pours black with a paper thin brown head that instantly vanishes. No lacing at all.

S- Faint traces of chocolate and coffee. I'm not getting a huge aroma out of this, to be honest.

T- Getting some dark fruit, maybe plums or figs. A little bit of a bitter chocolate and coffee kick near the end. The fruit actually kind of blends with the coffee to create a unique and pretty damn good taste.

M- Thick. Almost syrupy. Just like a good stout should be. Its bordering on too thick though...but it doesn't hit that mark, at least.

D- My feelings are mixed. I've had worse Imperial Stouts, and I've had better. This falls somewhere in between. Oskar Blues is nearly impossible to get in southcentral PA, but on a journey somewhere else, I'd be willing to pick a couple of these up for the unfamiliarity factor.

bigfnjoe, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep black with a quarter inch dark tan head
S-dark fruits and chocolate with a bit of coffee andburnt flavor which provide a complementing bitterness
T-a wonderful mix of chocolate, dark fruit and coffee with not quite as much of a roasted or alocohl character as in the nose but still an amazing brew the smoothness is out of this world
M-heavy body with a barely noticable carbonation this beer is very heavy and rich, a perfect dessert beer
D-an amazing beer that not only tastes out of this world but is also very delicious and hides its 9.5 behind a combination of huge tastes

joshstevens87, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can from West Richland WA Beer and Wine consumed 3.28.10.

Dark brown nearly opaque body, dark tan head slow dissipation with some nice spider leg trails down side of glass, a really nice looking beer. Nose is big chocolate hit, some roast, and a healthy dollop of floral hops for good measure. Taste is yummy, chocolate with a bit of smoke, quite a bit of hoppiness on back end. Mouthfeel is full and sticky. I believe I could consume several of these. In my limited experience this is by far the best canned beer I've had, and a really interesting RIS. Highly recommended.

jdense, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from Malt & Vine. Tasted blind with 14 other stouts that day. This was in top 3.

Pours a dark black with great mocha head. Hints of butterscotch, chocolate and dark brown sugar aroma. Incredibly sweet with molasses flavor. Medium body, incredibly smooth mouthfeel. I've put down a growler of this in a night, so it's incredibly drinkable.

ChrisPro, Mar 29, 2010
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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