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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,441
Reviews: 2,246
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,421 | FT: 90
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 StarlightSeraph
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into my New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: Thick. Very thick. Dark, dark brown, almost black, with one finger of some of the darkest-brown head I've seen. Very bubbly. The head subsided fairly quickly, but left a thin brown layer for most of the glass. Heavy layer of lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, sweet malts, some dark fruits - not as heavy on the roasted notes as other Impy Stouts I've had. Wisps of alcohol seep through. Lots of chocolate comes through as the beer warms. Almost a little bit of a smoky scent. Smells a lot like a chocolate brownie.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee notes, more roasted malts than are present in the smell. An astringent note that is mildly unpleasant, and something I just can't place. The finish is both bitter and smooth, if that makes sense - a smooth, creamy taste from the chocolate and sweet malts backed with the bitterness from the roasted malts. Left a nice warming sensation in my stomach. Becomes a little cloying as it warms, however, as the sweetness begins to overpower the beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but surprisingly, not as thick as I would have guessed from the appearance. Very creamy, and nicely carbonated. Perhaps a tinge too highly carbonated, but that's nitpicking.

Drinkability: A very good Imperial Stout. Glad I sought this one out. I like it, but there's something about it I can't place that bothers me. I'd probably have it again. This one did go down dangerously quickly.

StarlightSeraph, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of soulgrowl
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely oily, viscous, and thick black with a hazelnutty milk chocolate-colored head. Good structure, but the retention is not exemplary.

Smell: Big caramel brownie aroma, with plenty of rich chocolate, toffee, hazelnuts, and walnuts and a big bass note of molasses. Plenty of port and Scotch-like booze, licorice, raisins, and black cherries round out the flavor. This smells great!

Taste: Pleasantly rich and robust. Loads of chocolate, espresso, creme brulee-like burnt sugar, prunes, and raisins. Really decadent and dark on the palate, very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel: Very good, smooth and oily but not too cloying. Not dry, but not syrupy. A good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially for the ABV, but this isn't the most interesting or delicious RIS out there. Quite possibly the best beer I've had out of a can, though.

soulgrowl, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jstilwell
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ahh yes the Ten Fidy! I love this company,all of their styles across the board. The Ten Fidy was one of the first RIS I ever tried, and boy was I horrified at the time. My tastebuds were not at all prepared and my palate had not quite matured. I went running for the hills. Time to review again.

This is the blackest of the black. I get a very dark head, a true medium brown with some off white. ITs a thick head but quickly shrinks to a half finger size. Lacing is lasting and everywhere on my glass. I'm a swirler! Aroma is tremendous, earth, malt, dark chocolate, strong alcohol, tree bark, and blackened char from the grille. This is a very complex brew. I can see how this one can be someone's favorite stout, it has a unique taste to it. There is some syrupy feel but it is not sweet overall, or is it?. Sweet and bitter battle it out and I feel differently with each sip. There is a definite smokiness to this one. There is a nice chewy roasted characteristic to this one. The aftertaste is a bit harsh and the alcohol is quite prominent. I will revisit this one from time to time one at a time. Drinkability is very low for me. I'm impressed with this, and I want to like it more than I do. Overall, many other stouts are ahead on my list, but I see the allure for sure.

jstilwell, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured like freakin well-used motor oil. I mean BLACK! There's no light getting through this one anywhere. Smallish head, but its one of the darkest I've seen; even darker than Mackeson XXX. Lacing is wet, sloppy and spotty all over the glass.
Smells amazing. Like espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Same holds true for the flavor. High ABV is barely perceptible to the tongue. Bittering hops show in the long finish after the sweetness has faded and the alcohol warming kicks in. Goes powdery dry at the very end with a definite black coffee characteristic.
Mouthfeel is heavy and full, thick and creamy. Very little carbonation, but very little is needed. The body of this beer holds up on its own.
Delicious! On par with Old Rasputin and Brooklyn BCS. I couldn't say which of the three I like best.

Hoagie1973, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of sulldaddy
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fun style beer in a can! I love it.

The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
A pitch black pour with minimal tan head that fades an edge layer quickly. Aroma is grainy and chocolate some booze and molasses and roasted malt as well. Very complex nose that I like.
First sip reveals the expected thick body with fin spacious carbonation, the carbonation is almost cask like and flows effortlessly across my palate.
Flavor is roasted malt and molasses and some brown sugar mixed with chocolate. Big hearty flavor and texture. The booze is fairly subdued due to the rich flavors that meld perfectly in this beer. No real hop presence either. This is one beer I will buy again for sure.

sulldaddy, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What do you think an imperial stout is going to look like? It's black and thick, it has thin filmy brown head, and medium lacing. All of which is nice. The can itself is the ugliest aspect.

The smell is not very strong, but what I do smell is smoke.

The taste is surprisingly sweet -- caramel and molasses, coffee and chocolate, some smoke flavor, and all surprisingly well balanced. A little cherry note as the taste fades away.

Feels thick, but not quite viscous -- it feels more carbonated than it looks.

Pretty drinkable for an imperial stout. Sometimes they're so thick and heavy they're hard to get through, but this is pretty nice.

snaotheus, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of DrewOSU
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a Cincinnati BA Event on 3/5/2009, hosted by Yetiman420.

A: Black, viscous and gritty pour. Spotty white lacing at the side of the glass

S: Alcohol nose with a coffee and chocolate backer.

M/T: Medium, syrupy body. Huge alcohol taste stings the tongue, followed by roasted malts. Finishes slightly bitter, but overall clean.

D: This beer has a lot going on. The bitter aftertaste makes it a little bit of a pallet killer in my opinion, however very complex and enjoyable.

DrewOSU, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of EPseja
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz can (of course) into my DFH snifter at just below cellar temperature.

A - Motor-oil black with subtle carbonation action that pushes up a modest cappuccino foam head that subsides to a film after about a minute or so. Not much for lacing, but then again this style always has trouble in this area.

S - Amazingly, behind the thick roasted coffee and dark chocolate malt assault, the crisp green west coast hops are completely discernible. Also noted are hints of vanilla, soy, brown sugar and molasses.

T - Bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate with that odd but unmistakable nuance of English Stilton cheese that I so often get in really good Russian Imperial Stouts. Nicely bittered in the back of the tongue and after the swallow. Decently drying in a way that leaves you wanting that next sip...

M - Silky and smooth with just a quick wash of tingle. Turns thick and viscous in the mouth before the sublime, throat-coating swallow. Fantastic.

D - For a ten percenter, this beer is all about the smooth. I don't know what else to say other than -- this beer simply rocks, and I wish I had it in the running when I did my last RIS blind tasting.

EPseja, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark black with a light cappuccino foam. Left some happy trails around my glass as it went down

Smell: Sweet smelling roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, molasses and some fruit scent possibly from secondary, sweeter than I expected. some burnt grains

Taste: Black Malt, sweet imperial porter infused with some hops, caramel, plum, alchohol was more than expected, fruit esters may be the culprit - it is rated at 9% afterall

Mouthfeel: very slippery , light yet rich

Drinkability - while only purchased in a 4 pack, itd be a very rich night to put back four of these. sweet strong alchohol flavor makes it difficult to put up large numbers

Finally a beer that puts a can to good use!

alpinebryant, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black with a steardy, fluffy dark fudgy brown top of foam. A thin grazing of lace sheets itself across the glass with amazing might.

Nose of semi boozy/rum soaked dark fudge and darker chocolate, roast, espresso, dark cherry, and notes to piney hops.

Flavors are quite nice with a rich, decadant flow of deep lush chocolate laced with roasty coffee bits and some tame tangy black cherry sweetness and thick fig are layered within the chocolate. Loftily and mediumly justified in its bitterness of chocolate and hops the whole way thru. A lofty cake-like fluff in the finish builds incredibly well, like eating a huge, well-made chocolate chocolate chip muffin, as it then seeps in a bit of dark cherry/dark rummy/port wine-like warmth over a bit of molasses and some slight piney hoppyness under its lengthy chocolate base. Delish! And worth every sip and/or gulp.

Big creamy body of silky laden thick chocolatey fudge. A bolder bite in the mid range of carbonation, yet staying calming and smooth, soft, and supple. Lightly drying off ever so faintly into the finish of a complexing and fun portion of fluffy dark chocolate, dark cherry warming piney hops.

Impressive as hell! And quite drinkable just the same!
Now this is a beer from a can worth buying. And a very big beer at that!

tavernjef, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Hokies
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this today for 5.99 for a four pack so I figure I would pick it up since I have already had the bourbon aged. Pours like jet black motor oil with a nice brown head and decent lacing. Slight bitter chocolate aroma with roasted malts, coffee and some espresso. One thing I noticed right off the bat is that the roasted malts do not take over the whole beer which is nice. The bitter dark chocolate taste is their as well as the coffee but I do detect some hop bitterness underneath the coffee. I not the biggest fan of RIS but this is a rather nice and dangerously easy to drink.

Hokies, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks aeminter for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 52 degrees.

Appearance: Jet black with a tan ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There are some of the head clinging to the glass.

Nose: A roasted malted barley, with some molasses, caramel, toffee, coffee, and chocolate. In the background of the beer there is some citrus and floral. You also can smell the black malt which gives the beer a slight burnt character.

Taste: A deep rich roasted malts, there is some molasses, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. There is some noticeable hops in the beer which lend to the floral ester, slight burnt character, and some resin.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is coating and creamy. The body of the beer is full. The finish on the beer is medium full with slight bitterness. This beer is well round and very well made. It is one of the better RIS that I have tried. I am really surprised that this came out of a can. I like the full body of the beer with complex flavors. I would have like to seen the hops play more of a role in this brew, nonetheless, it was good and easy to drink.

colts9016, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a obsidian black color with a small brown head that dissipates a slowly. Small amount of lacing.
Molasses, chocolate and alcohol.
Rich roasted malt and molasses. Alcohol is the next thing I notice. Lots of other subtle flavors come though as you drink it. Earthy hops, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits (prunes).
Full body beer with a syrupy texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
Smooth and sweet with some bitterness for balance. The syrupy sweetness (and alcohol) makes it hard to drink too much.

seanbhudson, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Mdog
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night, big brown foamy head.

Smell: Sweetness, sugar, molasses.

Taste: Big roasted flavor, dark chocolate, dark fruit as it warmed up, mild bitterness.

Drinkability: Love the 12oz cans.

Ten FIDY finally showed up in Hudson so I had to give it a try. It did not disappoint, a big stout nicely balanced between roast, sweetness, and bitterness. Good stuff.

Mdog, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of wchesak
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously thought i was pouring out a can of oil

A - black...and i cant stress that enough...the head is a nice dark tan even though there was very little of it

S - dark chocolate, with some bourbon notes like if you were smelling a just finished bottle of makers mark

T - much like the smell with the alcohol hitting in the back of the throat while the chocolate lingers in the rest of the mouth

M - velvety, very low carbonation which fits well, the alcohol is not stingy or hot but still noticeable

D - i will be having more of this beer, already a fan of their pale ale in a can

proves that can beer is not strictly a macrobrew container

wchesak, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out viscois inpentratable black, tan espresso head makes it light appearence, dissipates quickly, leaving thin wisps on the surface. Light carbonation, this has to be one of the most beautiful things Ive ever seen poured out of a can(haven't had Surly though,).
Aromatics are highly enjoyable. Chocolate, pomegranite, milky dairy creaminess upfront. I once tried a chocolate Pom pomegranite juice drink, and this is it. Espresso, vanilla, anise, soy follow. This is not overpowering in any direction, clean, well hopped.
At first sip, a suprising hoppiness comes through. A extremly well balanced mixture of spicy hops, followed by cocoa, little dark fruits, Armanac prunes, more espresso and chocolate on the finish. Spiced mexican chocolat comes to mind. The deepness of the maltiness paired with hoppy spiciness give this brew a chocolaty musty spiciness that recalls a young Barolo wine. This would pair greatly with roasted red meat or game. This is easily one of the most hopped stouts Ive tried, and Im digging it.
Mouthfeel is full, thick, and rich but then kept in balance by the hoppiness. Over all a very "clean" extremely flavorful stout I will make a regular.

czfreeman, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of instrumentality
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ten FIDY has the honor of being the first canned beer I've taken the time to review. I'm still getting my feet wet with Oskar Blues, but so far they have done a nice job of helping to shatter the stigma of canned beer. The very notion of an RIS coming in a can is foreign to me, but this isn't my first time trying it so I already know to expect good things.

I've been out of practice as far as respecting beer to the level of formally reviewing it, but it's something I'd like to get back into the habit of doing, so I'll try to do it right.

I poured this brew relatively quickly into my Stone IRS tulip glass, which is my favorite glass and also seemed appropriate given the style. It's black with very little head; essentially just a caramely-brown halo and some lace. Looking directly down into the glass, my mouth actually waters a bit as I make the mental association with a refreshing chocolate malt.

The odor picks up where the visual left off - fresh roasted coffee beans...chocolate malt...a little burnt smell like smoldering charcoal in a barbecue...a slight fermented fruitiness like a dry red wine. It's partly enticing, partly intimidating. I never expect an RIS to be refreshing, but I'm not sure whether this will be more on the rich malty side or the dry alcohol burn-heavy side...and this is after already having tried it, so obviously I didn't pay close enough attention.

Here goes...

Very malty up front (not so much chocolate malt but yum)...followed by some dry sweetness of red wine (eh)...with a burnt charcoal finish that becomes more prevalent as I exhale softly (soothing).

The body seems a little thin, and as I drink more, it becomes a little abrasive and acidic, but that charcoal element always comes in at the end and rounds it off nicely. I'm trying to review to style, though, and I generally find RIS's to be aggressive, so give the circumstances, this one is pretty good.

As with many beers that are a bit intense at first, this one gets better as I get deeper into it. Is my palate adjusting? Is the alcohol making me more forgiving as it kicks in? Probably some of each. Either way, over time, I've upgraded the mouthfeel from a 3.5 to a 4 and the drinkability from a 4 to a 4.5, so if you actually care about my opinion and are experiencing similar sensations, be patient. This is a very well executed, approachable example of the Russian Imperial Stout.

instrumentality, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of TheChauffeur1
3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First I must say this in not my style and far from it. I am trying many new beers and this review is IMO. This is a big beer that looks good. Had it on tap at Capone's.

This beer smacked me in the mouth and overwhelmed my taste buds. Others tasting with me loved this beer. I am trying. Even for its class this beer is a mouthful for sure.

If you are into RIS, this is a beer you should try.

TheChauffeur1, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black body. Thin creamy brown head. Lace is sporadic. Bubbly islands of brown cream form on the surface as I drink. The aroma is pretty thick, oily and greasy, and roasty. Also notice some hints of black licorice and dark currants. Oh, as I first taste this, I realize this thing's got some viscosity. This is some viscous shit. In a good way. I like it. Imp. stouts should have a very full and viscous body and mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriately low. and the alcohol doesn't really surface much. I think it's hidden behind some of the bold flavors of this beer. I really like the flavors of anise and licorice and currants in this beer. It's got some of the requisite char and roasted malt bitterness. But the beauty is really in the dark fruitiness. Best imperial stout I've ever had from a can.

Bighuge, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Motor oil black with a rocky caramel head that disappears fast. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Heavy chocolate and molasses aromas are backed by a bit of pine.

T: Dark chocolate and molasses right out of the gate. A strong burnt bitterness follows with hints of pine and grapefruit. Alcohol adds an extra bite and provides a nice warmth. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a slight metallic flavor.

M: Heavy body is syrupy, oily and thick. Carbonation is on the high side.

D: Definitely a meal in a can. I'm glad I finally tried this.

Rayek, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can tried 21 Feb 2009. Slightly smudged writing on bottom but appears to have a canning date of 08/25/08. Courtesy of gford217, thanks for this!

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Very viscous in the pour. Medium sized deep dark brown thick head. Completely opaque, pitch black. Aroma of deeply roasted chocolate and smoke, charred coffee beans. Begins and ends like very roasty espresso. Through the middle is a lot of cocoa and bitter chocolate flavor. Only slight sweetness, this is more on the dry side. Body is heavy and creamy. Ethanol seems milder than 10%, but quite warming.

By far the best of the Oskar Blues I've tried so far.

htomsirveaux, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night with a deep dark brown head.

Smells of toasted malt and coffee with some dark chocolate notes and bit of alcohol.

Taste is quite hoppy. Decent bitterness which doesn't show up in many RIS's. Very roasty, some grassiness and quite a bit of dark chocolate with some coffee. Alcohol is a bit noticeable.

Full bodied, but feels a bit thinner than other top ranked for the style. Not as slick as others for the style. Some prickly carbonation is present as well. Warm alcohol is felt on the way down.

Hoppy and roasty makes this stand out from some other RIS's. A very nice RIS. I can think of a couple others that are better at a better price point as well. Very good beer and it comes in a can.

jera1350, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another brew I've been looking forward to trying...

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Inkky black with a thin tan colored head, with heavy chocolate aromas.

Very dry chocolate flavor upfront, with the roasted malt coming at the end.

Mouthfeel, as expected is thick and creamy. Impy stouts don't tend to be crinkable, but this one is good. I'm taking my time because I'm enjoying, not because it's a chore.

ProudBeerSnob, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from aljsdad.

Poured black color with a moderate to large creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate and coffee malt with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture. Heavy balanced toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark chocolate bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer. Thanks Brad!

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. black-and-silver can into a snifter glass. Alcohol content as stated on the can is 9.5% by volume.

Never before has an imperial stout looked so much like oil as it is poured into the glass, and the can truly adds to the effect. Super thick, viscous, and opaque, giving off a tiny and brief ring of milk chocolate brown bubbles.

A wonderful dessert-like nose of milk and dark chocolate, espresso, figs, and cherries beckons one to dive into the darkness.

A thick, fat body wraps itself around the tongue, imparting flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, dark fruits, bitter hops and a touch of alcohol. As it sweeps the palate and goes down, an incredible dryness saps the tongue and a rich, heavy sweetness lingers on the back of the tongue for a long while afterward.

An incredible imperial stout, worthy of being ranked up there with the best. I'm not sure if the can imparts any particular characteristics that serve to make this such an amazing brew; it would be nice to be able to sample a bottled or draft version so as to make a comparison. The can isn't hurting anything, though, and if anything it adds to the allure of this blacker-than-night beer.

superdedooperboy, Feb 20, 2009
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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