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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,993 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,993
Reviews: 2,295
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 498
Gots: 1,676 | FT: 101
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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 Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-12-21 in Columbia, PA. A nice treat to have while warming by the fire.

A - Jet black with no head a just a few bubbles. A small bit of lacing. This is the thickest pouring beer I've ever seen.

S - Apparent but not super strong. Figs, raisins, smoke, roasted grain.

T - A flavor bomb. Smokey, dark roasted grain, dark chocolate, expresso, dried fruit that's been roasted on a charcoal grill, some molasses and vanilla sweetness, moderate astingency and some bitterness and earthiness from the hops to round it off. Aftertaste is very good, like an acrid latte. Impressive.

M - Very thick but not cloying at all. The alcohol helps dry off the ending sweetness.

D - I think one is enough at a time for me. Liked it quite well but didn't want a second one.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - pours a deep, dark, opaque, motor oil color. It almost swallows light like a black hole. Has a thin film of the darkest foam I've ever seen on a beer but this dissipates rather quickly.

S - a very vinous nose. Lots of dark chocolate, dark fruit, burnt sugar, and a little smoke round out the aroma.

T - intensely bitter. Lots of burnt roasty flavors. Some herbal hops add to the bitterness. Some chocolate sweetness for balance. As it warms more dark fruit and alcohol flavors become apparent.

M - thick. Viscous. Those world only begin to describe the mouthfeel of this stout. Could use some more carb to smooth it out a bit.

D - a very aggressive brew. It took over 2 hours for me to finish the can. Not something to have often but on a cold night it would be a great treat.

Photo of Chaney
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Even as I poured the beer, the liquid that oozed out of the can was a murky, dark, chalk dust-filled, and pitch black. Once it hit the glass, the black lagoon was whole and did not take any prisoners! about a 1/4 finger dark reddish-brown head evaporated within seconds.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and dark fruit for sure, but I also got a hint of cherry. I got no indication that this was going to be a booze bomb in any way. As a matter of fact, I was amazed by how discipled the brew was in terms of tempered balance between the ingredients.

T: Not so much coffee on the taste, but plenty of chocolate to go around. A bit sweeter than many of the RISs on the market, but that helped cut through the "unsweetened dark chocolate bitterness" that plague so many RISs on the market (I'm thinking GI "Nightstalker" in particular). The finish was somewhat fruity and smooth, and not at all dry, despite the high ABV.

M: The lacing was non-existent.... and I truly mean that! Literally, whenever I swirled the glass, the sludge just fell back into the glass, leaving a trail of moistness rather that one of dark stickiness. The carbonation was perfect for the style and cut the potential booze and syrupiness down to size!

D: I've only had "The Abyss" once, and I remember drawing a parallel between that brew and this one in terms of balance, full taste, and smoothness. I can't believe that "Ten Fidy" is 10.5%. I refuse to believe it! This is my favorite RIS available in my local area.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for giving me this huge want.

This beer was poured vigorously like the motor oil that it is into the glass to produce the finger of foam that is a deep brown color to top of the black as night body. The smell is of bourbon, chocolate, cherry, and a hint of orange zest. It's rather nice and doesn't come off too hot. The taste has a sort of rum raisin quality found usually in port with a coffee like roast in the back along with a touch of smoke that makes in real nice in the finish. The mouth is super viscous and still finds a way to be carbonated. This beer is truly a sipper of the highest order, but damn if it's not a really good beer.

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

On tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte.

A - Black period. Nice big creamy head with a tinge of coffee coloring. Sticky lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee and figs maybe? Very nice. Little sweetness in the scent.

T - Just a touch of bitterness but not overpowering. Nice coffee flavor. Dark chocolate flavors as well and has that nice alcolhol feel at the end. Not overpowering at all but you feel it.

M - Amazingly clean feeling with enough thickness that feel like your whole mouth is coated in goodness.

D - Yes but with that ABV you will start to feel a couple in a hurry. Not that its a bad thing!

Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a 1 finger super creamy light brown head that lasted a little while and looked like a chocolate shake on top; it left very good lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, molasses, toasted grains, cocoa, burnt smoky wood and alcohol like bourbon or aged wine. Smoky, sweet aroma that reeks of malt and coffee and gave off nice desert whiffs.

Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, cocoa, burnt coffee or coffee beans, espresso, caramel, molasses, syrup, toasted grains, chocolate, burnt wood, smoked malts and alcohol like bourbon or dark rum; light vanilla notes come through in the finish, which is semi-dry, toasted and full of the coffee bean and chocolate flavors. Not sure if there are any hops in here, but if there are they don't come through, nor does the alcohol for the most part.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a roasty smoky malt taste, a thick medium to heavy body and a bitter smoky dry finish.

Highly drinkable and packed with flavor, this beer is fantastic. A definite recommendation that lived up to the hype and was extremely complex and tasty. This is a very expensive 4 pack of cans, so this is a beer to sip and savor.

Photo of oregone
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice head of rich brown that has some longevity. Darkdarkdark. A fairly ideal representation of what a RIS would be for me, just lacked that exciting something.
S: Roasted malts, malted milk, domestic coffee, some vanilla, etc. Classic aromas that lack some vibrancy and definition.
T: Similar to nose, but add some smoke, tobacco, dark chocolate, etc.
M: Fairly rich, but not really sticking around or distinguishing itself.
D: Too high for what it is. Cracked this open after work and realized about three minutes in that it was 2/3s gone. Sloooow it down.

Good stuff that is a staple stout 'round here, and very aptly priced for what you get.

Photo of July2Nov
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as oil! This is some of the darkest beer I've ever seen...kind of astonished. Thin, brown lace of a head.

Smell: Has a nice buttery chocolate scent to it. Think Swiss Miss in an alcoholic form. Very tempting!!!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light in body at first sip. Slight warming of alcohol. Syrupy hints comes through in the flavor and then deep notes of chocolate come up, with a little bit of coffee for good measure. Also, an ever so slight acidic flavor comes through at the tail-end. The level of this beer stays pretty constant with a full on syrup feel. Aftertaste of a chalky coco hue lingers a bit after each sip.

Drinkability: For a 10.50 ABV, this is very deceptive! Glad I finally was able to find this great brew. If you like your beers dark, then you should venture down this road and as the can says, "This dog'll hunt"....and it does!

* Looked at the bottom of the can and noticed it had, "Hahaa, Darkness" written on it! Oh, those Merry Pranksters!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - cracked the can and poured it into an oversized snifter. man, this beer is the definition of oil black. just so deep and crispy black. Had a nice dark brown head that hung around a bit and left milkshake like stains on the glass with a swirl.

s - perfect balance of roasted malts and cocoa.

t - dark chocolate roasted malts, but mostly dark chocolate. this really tastes like a chocolate cake.

m/d - i didn't really know what to expect since beers that are hyped can be hit or miss. this beer in my opinion lives up to the hype. it is a really thick and balanced RIS. it is rich and indulgent and filling...like a hunk of double chocolate cake or a cup of gourmet coffee. aftervibe is a touch bittery and my mouth feels coated and a bit tingly. i don't think i could drink too many of these in an evening, but damn fine beer.

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

Nitro tap poured @ SmoQue BBQ in Long Beach

A- perfection! Solid dark dark chocolate with a gorgeous dark tan 3 finger head. Think a foamy espresso...

S- roasted cocoa and earthy hop bitterness

T- smooth roasty smoked malt with a slight hop bitterness

M- again, perfection. This beer just feels like heaven. Coats your mouth with sweet cocoa, and finish clean from the hops

D- for an RIS, this is insanely drinkable. I dare to say "too drinkable"... For 10.5 ABV, it has no boozy kick when on nitro (not that it has much from a normal tap). You could down a few pints and find yourself in a lot of trouble!

For those of you in SoCal, rush on down to SmoQue, get one of these on nitro, maybe follow it with an Arrogant Bastard or Union Jack, then grub on some amazing BBQ!

Photo of mwNMT
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a snifter

this is definitely one of the darkest beers i have seen and its head resembles chocolate ice cream in appearance and density.

the smell is complex like dark malts licorice coco and dark fruits all roasted together.

it tasted even better than it smelled with a hoppy earthyness and coffee thrown into the mix and its sweetness seems to mask just enough of the alcohol

mouthfeel is pretty heavy as it should be in this big imperial stout

the drinkability in this is about as good as it can be with this kind of a beer. definite sipper but that's a good thing so you can enjoy it

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a viscous and oily black. A dark reddish brown one inch head crowns this beast of a beer. Retention is decent, but eventually the head settles. Some light patchy lacing is left sticking to the glass.

S: Dark cake-like chocolate, sweet cherry and plum darkfruit aromas, piney and earthy hops, black licorice, and a bit of spicy alcohol. Light woody smells. A complex nose, but not as in-your-face as I would like it to be. Lacks clout.

T: Chocolate cake and cocoa powder open. From there, the flavors shift to roasted coffee. Plums and cherries come out briefly, along with some raisin. Mildly spicy alcohol. Hints of earthy and herbal hops throughout create the impression of black licorice when taken in conjunction with the roasted malt flavors. Finishes dry with a deep roastiness, more chocolate cake, and distinctly woody notes.

M: Thick and ridiculously smooth and creamy. Syrupy and mouth-coating as well. Alcohol is pleasantly warming.

D: A sipper, but drinkabililty is good for the style.

Notes: Great beer, one of the better RISs I've had. This can was just over a year old. I would like to compare a fresh one.

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

Thick, dark and black with a dark brown head. Smells like roasty malt and chocolate. The taste is very dark and roasty with chocolate that hides the 10.5 abv well. Thick full-bodied mouthfeel.

Good Russian Imperial Stout from a can. Actually best beer I've had in a can.

Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

the beer pours a very dark black color with one of the darkest heads I've seen on an RIS. the head is extra bubbly and the lacing is excellent. big roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. taste is quite smooth and again more of the big roasted chocolate in the taste. only a slight burn from the alcohol. slight bitterness. the mouthfeel is very thick and creaming. the drinkability is fantastic given the ABV. I've heard great things about this RIS and was not disappointed.

Photo of anotherpg
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unlike other reviews, I poured mine into a tall glass and got a 2 inch head that was colored brown. The beer is so dark you can't see through it. It tastes thick and chocolatety with a slight bitterness from the hops. A big, full body beer at 10.5 abv which masks the imperial booziness under thick layers of complex dark malts. A worthy addition to the imperial stout line. Seek this out.

Photo of prg1976
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wait, is this one flat? Oh, no, it's ok. Pours a jet black with very late arriving brown head. Head doesn't stick around long.

Smells carmelly, with a good bit of alcohol in the nose too.

Tastes chocolately, a little licorice, some caramel. Alcohol is not as apparent.

Mouthfeel is good, there's still some slight carbonation in there.

Very drinkable, but the abv will get you.

Overall, very good Impy stout.

Photo of nkersten
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into New Belgium globe. Vigorous pour yields pitch black with a small creamy mocha milk chocolate head that settles to a collar and a partial cap with good retention. Smell is hoppy and roasted bitterness, black patent malt, olives, a hint of fusel alcohol. Taste is heavily roasted, almost like a burnt marshmallow. Carbon, smokey malts, some hop bitterness present, graham crackers. If this was a bit sweeter it would be like a s'more in a can. Finish is earthy and a bit hot. Mouthfeel is heavy and coating but not sticky, with a light carbonation, near perfect for the style. Drinkability is good, but the smokiness and burnt flavors may wear me down after a bit.

Photo of wstein70
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A short review since I had this a few weeks back.

A: black and thick, almost like motor oil that is past it's scheduled change. little to no foam when poured into a glass

S: like a cross between cocoa and roasted coffee

T: like a dark heavy coffee.

M: pleasant, not to heavy

D: A good beer, I am not a Russian imperial stout drinker, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone that like imperial stouts.

Photo of nhindian
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Canned with care on 12-18-09.

ABV on my can is noted as 9.5%.

A - Thick, viscous goop pours out where I thought beer would be. Not as syrupy as some other RIS's I've had recently, but pretty much blacker than all of the combined. This beer has almost no highlights to it, simply black void all over. Even after a hard pour of most of the can, I struggled to ink out even a finger of cocoa colored head. Pretty meager retention as well. Not much lacing, if any.

S - I came into this beer expecting another coffee-bomb stout, but am pleasantly surprised. The nose is sweet and malty, thick to be sure, but also full of rich, bittersweet chocolate. The coffee is suppressed to say the least, but the chocolate covers up nicely. However, not much depth besides that.

T - The taste doesn't bring much out in the way of the coffee, either. The malts really bring a roasted, sweet flavor without relying on the burnt espresso taste, and they transition nicely into a chocolate flavor so bitter, I don't think I've met a beer that even comes close. It's like biting into a bar of baker's bittersweet chocolate. A subtle, subdued hop appearance near the end.

M - Mouthfeel is definitely thick and heavy bodied, but with a good amount of carbonation to help it move. A moderately lasting bitterness, but overall it doesn't abuse the palate that some other, coffee-dominated stouts do.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Surprisingly, the thing that I could see holding this beer back is the sweetness and bitterness combination of the malts. The sweetness lasts throughout the entire taste, which is good to ease the coffee flavors, but bad in that it imposes in the finish. Alcohol is masked wonderfully; there's almost no presence of the 9.5% ABV.

Overall a nice change of pace from other RISs, but I feel it's a bit too sweet for my liking, and I am a stout lover drawn to the coffee flavors. A good beer, and I'll certainly get it again, but I won't make a special trip for it.

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

Ten Fidy, is a beast wrapped in aluminum. Here's my review:
Comes out of the can like motor oil. Thick and black but produces a bit of dark brown foam to top it off. Don't pour it in your car.
Strong aromas of dark fruit, fig, molasses, chocolate, coffee, wood and smoke.
The thick and sweet molasses comes through first with an oily arrival of oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs and smoke, with a bittersweet coffee finish.
Awesome Imperial Stout, and you can take it hiking, to the beach, the pool, although I wouldn't advise shotguning it... would I?

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

The beer poured a thick sludgey black. A bit over one finger of a tan head, which didn't stick around for too long. As the head receded, a clingy film of light lacing was left down the side of the glass. The smell wasn't terribly intense; there was a general roastiness, with some chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste was really pleasant. Roasted malt, sweet molasses, dark chocolate, a slight bit of mild bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel was very creamy, velvety. This was one of the sweeter RIS's I've had, and if I could ignore the per-can price I could see myself drinking a few of these.

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I have held off on reviewing this one for way too long. Since I have no other beer to review in my fridge, this one will finally be judged. Canned 11-16-09, just over a year old.

A- Many beers are described as pouring like oil and this one is no exception, probably fits the description the best. A small dark tan cloud appears briefly but disappears very quickly. A tiny ring leaves some sticky suds but nothing in the way of lace.

S- Milk chocolate up front with dark fruit, heavy roast malt and licorice in the mix with it. The cocoa in the nose is very nice.

T- A nice balance of roast cocoa and malt with dark fruit, licorice and caramel in the mix. Pretty straightforward to me but still nice. Slight vanilla comes to mind.

MF- Very rich and thick with a silky smooth creaminess to it. The carbonation is pretty much spot on to support the in your face flavors.

DB- I would be interested in taking some notes on a fresher can. I can taste a bit of the age on this one but it is still a solid, no gimmick RIS. Superb example of mouthfeel in a big stout.

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

Canned December 2009, purchased and poured into a pint glass November 2010.

Appearance - At first pour, this beer is dark and thick.  There is an extremely subtle almost-rusty brown hue, behind a veil of motor oil darkness.  The lighter color can be seen around the meniscus of the glass, and at the edges when tilted.  The head is a lingering high density.

Smell - Initial smell of roast, maybe some dark fruit undertone.  While not the most prominent smells, just the first noticed.  There is more, but the other notes are harder to distinguish.  As it breathes in the glass, the more complex aromas surrender to a stronger boozier scent.

Taste - A slight bitter cocoa flavor hits the palette initially, which evolves mid-taste to include a slight toasty coffee hint.  Maybe some caramel?

Mouthfeel - Absolutely amazing, and my favorite part of this beer.  As a long time BeerAdvocate lurker, this beer has pushed me over the edge and inspired me to join BA to review.  The mouthfeel is the best feature of this beer; it stands out above others in the same category.  It feels a tiny bit less viscous than syrupy, and is weighty enough to coat the mouth.  If this was a season, it would be early Winter.

Drinkability - Considering the high ABV,  this beer is surprisingly pleasant.  While this beer's characteristics are strong, as an entire package it does not overwhelm the senses.

Highly recommended.

Photo of estelja
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Appearance like motor oil. Blackest of all blacks. Definitely unique. Thickness apparent at pour. Leaves a small copper colored head that dries to lace on the glass.

S - A bit more floral and anise than I would have expected compared to other RIS's. Smell is not it's strong point.

T - Unbelievably complex taste. Notes of anise, leather, smoke, chocolate all wrapped up in a smooth cotton candy wrapper.

M - The most impressive aspect of this beer. Coats the mouth like fine cognac. Smoothness beyond comprehension.

D - So complex that more than one per night might be stretching it a bit. Needs to be savored one at a time.

I'm proud to be from the state that this epicness eminates. Beyond all expectations from other Russian Imperial Stouts. Sad to hear that they may be changing the formula next season.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really bugs me that this is $4.50 a can in my local beer stores selling singles. Bugs me even more now having finally had it and very much being as close to blown away as compared to my expectations, which wrote this off assuming multi-faceted hype.

At my local, this was listed at 9.4%. Wonderfully woven in. Coal black with a virtually everlasting dollop of chocolate-mousse-y shaded foam - it does eventually settle out, but leaves a hot-cocoa-y swirl in the middle, a frothy collar, and luscious thick lacing. Intense, dense, deep down hazelnut-coffee-roasty aroma - wouldn't quite add chocolate to that yet. Those roasty coffee notes really do dominate here, though not actually smelling like real java was added - amazing. Add to the joe, a little bit of cocoa in the taste and a whole lot of subtly sweet cream - this drinks/feels almost like a milkshake - how the hell did they do that?! The presence of alcohol in the taste and overall experience is just about ideal for the style. I will, without a doubt, go back to this, and I'm excited to dig deeper into the wonders and complexities of this magnificent drink. Thank you, Oskar Blues!

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
98 out of 100 based on 7,993 ratings.