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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,116 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,116
Reviews: 2,217
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 463
Gots: 1,289 | FT: 84
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 mhewes
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

A : Pours a thick black motor oil with a nice brown head that stuck around.

S : Roasted malts with some chocolate and alcohol notes. Pretty much what I would expect from an Imperial Stout

T : Wow. It's got roasted malts with some coffee flavors. It's got some chocolate flavors also. It finishes with a nice hop bitterness that just rounds out the flavor.

M : Creamy and smooth. It's a meal in a glass

D : It's a sipper but one I plan on getting more of to drink.

mhewes, May 19, 2008
Photo of claytri
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

The beer poured coal black with a good bit of light brown head that stayed throughout. The smell was of roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. The taste was of toasted malt a little sweetness on the back end and bit of coffee mixed in. The feel was heavy and dry. This was a very nice drinkable RIS, very enjoyable, but I would have preferred a bit more sweetness.

claytri, May 19, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Ten Fidy pours a deep black color with a small, creamy tan head on top. A fair amount of lace clings to the glass as the foam dissolves.

The aroma is rich roasted malt and chocolate. Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth, but a little bit thin. A mild tingle on the top of the tongue lets you know some carbonation is present. The flavor is malty sweet with lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee. Towards the end some nutty notes and a hint of bitterness poke through. It finishes with a taste of alcohol and leaves behind flavors of chocolate and roasted malt when gone.

This is a very easy to drink, full flavored stout. It hides its 10% abv very well.

WanderingFool, May 17, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours black and completely opaque making no head even with a more aggressive pour. As you move the beer around the glass, the sides develope a brown tinge reminiscient of Sam Adams Triple Bock.

The aroma is familiar, pretty typical Imperial Stout. Roasted malts showing some chocolate, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Also a subtle hoppiness in the background.

Taste is very good. Strong roasted malt boasting chocolate, and a little coffee. A gentle bitter hop bite lingers on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden

Mouthfeel is thick yet creamy and is seemingly still as the carbonation is very delicate. It's quite perfect in my opinion.

Drinkability is moderate. Great flavors are easy to consume, however they are too strong to down in large quantities. A well crafted stout, and I love the canning idea.

Goliath, May 17, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

12oz black label can with the motto "Half-Baked, Fully Roasted". Not dates, poured into a snifter.

A: An extremely dark (read black) thick beer with a dark tan head that really sticks to the glass.

S: Chocolate milk, seriously. Not an overpowering nose, but malty sweetness in the form of milk chocolate. Mild crisp hops balance it out.

T/M: Thick and rich. Palate is dominated by the roasted coffee beans with a chocolate backdrop and the finishes with a nice little hoppy bitterness and smokey fullness. Hints of dark berries contribute to the chocolate sweetness. Alcohol is detectable throughout but not in an obscene way. This is a heavy beer with more carbonation than I expected considering the style. Nice warming effect with the alcohol.

D: A definite "occasional" beer, and by "occasional" I mean on the occasions when I can find it. A slow sipper but a good one.

FleeVT, May 17, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

A - This beer poured like motor oil out of the can. In the glass it is opaque with a thick brown head....very inviting.

S - Roasted and malty. There is also a bit of a currant note?

T - Wow! Malty and roasted. Perhaps a touch of licorice. This is what an RIS should be - malty and dark and compelling.

M - Full and creamy.

D - I'm impressed. Quite smooth and drinkable.

barefootbrewer, May 16, 2008
Photo of zdk9
4.03/5  rDev -8%

A- Pours a deep dark rich motor oil liquid into my pint. This stuff is black and not the full light of day penetrates an inch into it. A small finger of dark cocoa colored head covers the oil. At first there are very strong sheet-rings of lacing, but after drinking a third of the beer these dissapear. (So close to a 5, and for a catagory I rarely give much thought to.)

S- Coffee, chocolate, woody bourbon. There is a good complexity to the smell, but it isn't strong enough to leave up to the strength of the taste.

T- Chocolate flavors, coffee flavors, a touch of maple syrup. There's a bit of hops citrus, though hardly detectable. Mostly roasted malts dominate this one, but I'm not dissapointed by it- these are great flavors. There's also a decent clip of alcohol flavor.

M- Increadibly milk and smooth. The alcohol burns just a bit in the back of my throat, but overall the mouthfeel on this is amazing.

D- Wow! My first canned craft beer, and I have to say it was a good choice. This must have some great ingredients to have the smoothness, and blackness that it does. My only qualm was with the strengh of the smell, but even that was delicious. Highly reccomended.

zdk9, May 16, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from the 12oz can into a snifter and half pint slightly chilled.
A - An opaque black that allows only a sliver of light through. The head is like chocolate milk w/ a rocky surface and a thickness of about 1 1/2 fingers. The bead is ultra fine and the head seems to condense on itself

S - Rich, earthy and an almost minty hop aroma is nestled in to a tobacco and chocolate note that is accented by plenty of caramel, vanilla bean and bready yeast aromas.
Herbal and nutty w/ a clean malt fragrance and slightly smokey tinge mingled w/ the pine hint in the hops

M - Thick and rich like A1 steak sauce - mostly malt, but plenty of hop spice and fruitiness in the feel . There is an aspect of booziness in the warming end of this viscous stick-to-the-cheeks stout. The mild carbonation allows the smoky, highly roasted element to become more pronounced

T - Rich and sweet w/ caramel and cocoa at the first taste. The smoky black malt taste is bittersweet chocolate w/ a french roast and intense blackberry sweetness w/ seeded bitter flavor. The malt is roasted, but mostly sweet. The hops get pinier as it warms and the intensity is gradually fuller, but even more satisfying. Plum, currant, and hints of blueberry w/ a hint of cinnamon and high cocoa content chocolate bar w/ a light pepper note. The hops are balancing but not overly bitter, more herbal and they add to the sweet malt layers. The flavor has bean - vanilla and coffee are both there w/ a subtle citrus/floral element. The bitterness of the malt w/ creamy caramel is oh-so pleasant 1/2 way in w/ even more spice and fruit contrast. The toastiness is the anchor w/ spice cake and cocoa adding to the round fullness.

D - A great Imperial Stout so full and complex w/ a boozy spicey edge and a drinkable beer in relation to the style and excellent Imperial Stout in a can that you are encouraged to try

Slatetank, May 16, 2008
Photo of crookedhalo
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

This is my second review from the can, and no, I'm not sitting on the toilet. Had to wipe off the lip of the can because it had all kinds of dust and crud that I didn't want in my beer.

Anyhow, it pours up looking like Texas crude, black as night with a nice chocolate milk brown head. I chose my Duvel tulip for this one. The head is two-fingered and lasting, leaving good lacing behind. Wonderful aromas of dark chocolate, black patent and chocolate malts, some vinous notes, a touch of espresso, and a hint of cashew or shelled pistachio. Really viscous at first sip, with a full-on roasty character, some astringency, floweriness and smokiness in the finish. Again, really thick, yet soft on the palate, slick on the tongue. A nice change of pace is that it's pretty hoppy, very bold for an IS. I was expecting a tinge of metallic taste from the can but I'm not really picking up on that, and there are just bonus points for said lack of metallic taste. I'm just amazed that some significant hops came through in this viscous mass of a stout. A very nice slow sipper.

crookedhalo, May 15, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

Supplied by my man Hyland24. Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass.

A - Poured motor oil black. The pour produced a small browinish/red head with ample lacing throughout.

S - Aroma of malted chocolate, coffee beans and hints of alcohol.

T - Slightly sweet chocolate/lactose flavor upfront followed by a smokey/bitter finish.

MF&D - A thick and creamy full bodied RIS. The alcohol warmth makes this one a sipper. Check it out if you can get it. The only drawback is it's a bit pricey$$$.

nasty15108, May 14, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from 12oz can into tulip glass, pours like motor oil, thick and vicious with very little carbonation. Deep opaque black, head is minimal and fades quick.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, malty oaty goodness, some alchohol, lactose

Tastes of bakers chocolate, almost porter like qualities, light earthy/peatiness, bitter yet balanced hopping, lactose, alchohol is barely present, roasty/smokey malts, delicious!

Mouthfeel was creamy, quite easy to drink, very well balanced. This one can has become one of my favorite RIS' yet!

deserves all the internet buzz :D

drxandy, May 14, 2008
Photo of phisig137
3.68/5  rDev -16%

A- Pours a "none more black" that doesn't let any light though, even around the thinnest edges. A very deep milk chocolate colored, two finger head has phenomenal retention, and leaves great lacing behind. Very viscous, scary, and beautiful.

S- Heavy amounts of roast and toast here, with little else present. Molasses, chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, burnt caramel, and a heavy mocha latte aroma make this very malt forward.

F- Again, heavily toasted/roasted malts take the front line in this. Chocolate especially dominates the flavor with a heavy coffee presence as well. After the first sip though, this turn downward a bit. The roasted malt character is a bit overpowering, leading to a burnt/metallic type flavor. Finish is astringent and acrid from the heavily roasted malts. A touch of hops are apparent on the finish, but are overshadowed.

M- Thick, heavy, sticky, and full

D- decent at best. This is definitely a sipper for many reasons.

Overall, this is a solid RIS, but could be a bit better. Spinal Tap references aside, this could use a little less roasted malt. It simply tasted burnt. That being said, it is an impressive beer, and well worth picking up for $3 a can. I'll hold onto a couple of these for a year or two, and they should do quite well. Until then, this is just a little unbalanced. Oskar Blues usually does a great job of "overdoing" beers, but this is just a little too far to the burnt end of the spectrum.

phisig137, May 14, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Beer number fifty is the Ten Fidy. Got this at Cheers in Carollton, GA. A 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Awesome. A nice black, thick pour that oozed into the glass. Had a nice tan head that left some lacing. As you tip the glass, the beer leaves a dark yellow residue on the glass. Very impressive.

S: Smells of smoke, heavily roasted malts, caramel, coffee, toffee, nuts and alcohol. Wanted to jump right in.

T: Just as good as it smelled. The roasted malt hits you, but tastes of cream, coffee, nuts, smokiness, and chocolate finish it off. Even with all of this, still has some hops to it. Lots of flavor.

M: Got a low carbonation and very heavy. Sticks to your mouth just as it did to the glass. Makes it extra enjoyable because the flavors linger for quite some time.

D: Very drinkable. Tastes great and is quite easy to drink considering ABV. Still can't believe this came out of a can. Don't know why, cans just have bad stigma. Oskar makes me a believer that a good beer is good beer no matter what it is poured out of.

everetends, May 11, 2008
Photo of Dubbercody
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

Can picked up at By the Bottle here in the 'Couve. Black,like 5,000 mile old oil. Tan head that never makes more than a cm or 2 of showing. Lots of nice aromas coming from my glass. Malt, roast, chocolate, all the Imperial Stout smells checked off the list. Really sweet beer, nicely held down with the hops and roast flavors keeping it from getting too chocolaty. Smooth to drink, just a bit of heat in the aftertaste belying it's 9.4% ABV. Really Good Beer. Best Motor Oil I've had in a while. Beats the hell out of Mowing the lawn this afternoon...thanks rain.

Dubbercody, May 11, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
4.38/5  rDev 0%

this beer glugged out of the can into my tremens tulip. the color was black as the blackest night and a nice thin brown head formed at the top of the beer. a classic looking RIS.

this beer smells awesome. chocolate, toasted? toffee, a roasted nuttiness stands out as well. licorice as well.

the taste is intense and bold and it lets you know that it's 10% pretty quick. it is consistent with the smell. tastes like it got a good dose of hops, but i may be dead wrong on that. it's like a rich bold RIS with a hop kick. very interesting.

the mouthfeel is full and bold and is perfect for this beer.

at 10% i can sip on one of these slowly, but couldn't handle more than one every week or so. definitely worth seeking out.

make sure you let this one warm up good. i started too cold and a good bit ot taste was hidden. i'm adjusting my review. .5 as a result in that category.

deepsouth, May 11, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks to BeerTruth for this treat.

Poured vigorously from the can into a nonic it is pitch black and opaque. The head is a dark tan color and slowly builds into a solid two plus inches of very creamy, very thick head. Retains an awesome thick lace and is very sticky on the sides of the glass.

Smell is super malty with dominant aromas of fresh ground coffee, espresso beans and roasted malt. Also some dark chocolate which gives a bit of sweetness.

Taste is an awesome, rich combo of coffee, espresso and roasted malt. They are the dominant flavors. It's amply bitter but has some sweetness, too, with some dark chocolate flavor. There's a little bit of warming alcohol but it's not bothersome.

The mouthfeel is viciously thick and chewy, full bodied for sure, and just super creamy and smooth.

This is an incredible beer. Between this and Old Chub I can't help but put Oskar Blues toward the top of my favorite breweries.

number1bum, May 10, 2008
Photo of jkane101
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

thanks to GFORD217 for including this as an extra in our trade!

Pours a thick black color with tan head typical of this style.Tastes of coffee and chocolate.This is a creamy smooth treat that goes down very easily.
Luckily this can be found now and again in the NYC area, so I'll be sipping this again...but not too often since it's priced a bit over the top.

jkane101, May 10, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

05/09/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep black and thick used motor oil pour. Starts off with a good 3/4 inch brown head and shrinks to the slightest rim upon consumption. Leaves moderate lace patches.

Smell- Notes off chocolate, coffee, deep malt and a bit of alcohol. Kind of restrained though.

Taste- At first it seems like a random good RIS until the end of the taste. The flavor hits you about 3 seconds after you swallow. Massive chocolate and a mild coffee taste swill around each other...not to mention the considerable hop flavors as well. Like a chocolate grapefruit soda.

Mouthfeel- Brisk and tight carbonation with a tremendous hoppy-chocolate aftertaste. Thick and chewy as well.

Drinkability- Even with the great aftertaste, it doesn't quite reach the heights of Stone, Speedway or some of the other top notch RIS's I've had. Overall it's very good and definitely worthy of seeking out though. I wouldn't turn down one of these.

GClarkage, May 10, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured into mini heff glass at Spring 08 Long Island Brew festival.

A: Jet black with tan tiny head.

S: Earthy hoppy at first, then biscuits, cracker and toasted biscuit with a light note of dark roasted grains.

T: Ubet chocolate syrup taste with coffee and roasted barely undertones.

M: Finish has bittersweet taste of citris fruits.

D: Excellent brew but not as big and bold as I would have expected from a 10% ABV but perhaps that is due to the complexity of the ingredients.

Brianmerrilyn, May 09, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Pours like motor oil, with a pitch black color and a thick brown head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Espresso and licorice, somewhat charcoalish

Taste: Opens with a rich coffee and licorice flavor, with powdered Dutch chocolate and a build up of smoke and hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors become prominent and then fade into the smoke and the bold hops again

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: A really fine Imperial Stout, with plenty of complex flavors

brentk56, May 09, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.38/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. can that has a picture of...Wait a minute! Did I say can? I sure did! It's more than likely the only Imperial Stout that's available in a can. It's a black and silver colored can with the name of the beer in front of the Colorado Rockies. All over the can are some funny and stuipd quotes. Those quotes escape me right now. The only other stuff on this can is the US Government warning and the barcode. No date anywhere on the can. Not even a stamped date on the bottom.

Appearance: Who's the funny man who replaced the beer with a thick motor oil. It's not funny because I really wanted to try this beer. Wait a minute! This thick black liquid is the frickin' beer! It's so thick and black that no light can even come close to penatrating this beer's solid black body. The only down point to the appearance is the head of tan colored foam. It started off at the 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch mark, but from there, it quickly dissiapted into a few tan rings along the edge and one single solitary spot of tan lace. So sad it couldn't leave more lace, but it was still a great solid black appearance.

Smell: The aroma to this beer is a bit on the overpowering side. The aroma is chock full of the darkest roasted flavors you can ever find in a beer. Some of the dark aromas that I found in this beer are; roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, black cherries, plums, bitter dark chocolate, black raspberries, more roasted coffee beans, very subtle caramel, a pinch of dark roasted hops, and plenty of alcohol. Just a woderfully strong dark aroma that will more than likely overwhelm your sense of smell.

Taste: After all of these dark flavors, the taste was light and fluffy with toasted malts...Who am I kidding? The taste was like everything else in this beer, powerful and dark. It starts off with some bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Then all of a sudden, in comes this overwhelming taste of roasted coffee beans and bitter dark roasted hops. If you're not ready for it, you will almost gag on those dark flavors. The taste is that powerful! After the big hit of dark roasted flavors, it settles down with black cherries, plums, more dark chocolate, and a big bite of alcohol. Just be warned! Make sure your taste buds are up to the challenge and can handle a taste this big!

Mouthfeel: If I could go above saying that this beer is full bodied I would. It's an overwhelming powerful full bodied beer that just so happened to have a full flavored dark and bitter aftertaste of roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted hops, and tons of alcohol. Not so much alcohol that it took over everything else. It was just there to make its presense known to the consumer. This aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for about an hour. It takes alot of water to clean your palate.

Drinkability: Ten Fidy is definitely one of those sipping beers and one of those once in a while brews. It's far to overpowering to drink on a daily basis. Not a beginner beer! If you want some Ten Fidy, make sure your tastebuds are up to the challenge.

AltBock, May 08, 2008
Photo of kurtissellen
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%

Wow this is the first craft beer I've ever tried out of a can, it almost doesn't seem right seeing anything but clear yellow macro swill. Cracked this open with a pull top and watched this viscous black liquid pour into my oversized wine glass. Looked dark as hell with a rusty brown looking small head with a subtle aroma of coffee beans. Sweet dark chocolate taste and small amount of carbonation at first, followed by a surprising hoppyness, and finishing with dark coffee and left a lingering smoky taste in the mouth. By far the best beer I've had out of a can... ever!!!

kurtissellen, May 08, 2008
Photo of justinmartz
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%

Let me preface this review by saying that I had this at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and they charged me NINE FUCKING DOLLARS for ONE CAN. Since then I've been able to buy a four-pack for $8.49.

Hubba hubba, this is one pretty looker! This thing pours an impenetrable blackness for which there is no escape but the tan head ensconced above it. The color and viscosity are near that of a warm balsamic reduction. The Whoppers and ice cream used in the brew come through in the aroma, along with some alcohol. After all, this is an imperial stout. With its low carbonation and medium body it drinks easier than others in the style. The roasted barley hits up front with a hop bitterness towards the back, while the finish is mildly dry and pleasantly bitter.

Were it not for the persistent alcohol I would have rated it higher. I know this is partly what typifies the style but I wish it could have been covered up more.

justinmartz, May 07, 2008
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.25/5  rDev -3%

2 general comments:

1) just because it is actually a pretty decent beer in a can, does not make it the best beer ever just because it is in a can
2) if there ever was a beer to drink for dessert, this is clearly it

A: Pours like motor oil. Only thing saving its aesthetics was that it poured with a pretty nice head, which was incredibly dark, like tree bark.
S: PRetty amazing here. Instantly upon pouring aroma fills the entire room. Complex, overpowering, but in a good way.
T: It's good. Really dark chocolate (like 85% cocoa), roasted malts, bitter coffee.
M: I think it was the mouthfeel that ruined the taste a little for me. had it been a bit more full bodied it could have handled the extreme bitterness better. perhaps more malts would have been better.
D: Pretty damn drinkable, but for the love of god, don't drink it out of the can!

also, really tough to clean the glass afterwards - an intense beer!

Lnedrive14, May 07, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

appearance: black with a typical chocolate brown head and lacing

smell: very rich and rummy on the nose, plenty of vanilla, cocoa and coffee on the nose

taste: the coffee really comes out on the tongue, very toasty, a nice light sweetness and actually a bit of citrus from the hops on the finish.

mouthfeel: rather heavy on the pallet, very creamy, not too much carbonation.

drinkability: very nice, you want another sip but you probably wouldn't be able to drink a whole ton of these just because of how heavy they are. I really like it.

Donnie2112, May 06, 2008
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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