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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,350
Reviews: 2,364
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,965 | FT: 111
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of gskitt
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to find this one. Only heard about it. Pours a inky thick black. Head has ruby red highlights, very attractive. Scent is of burned but not to much chocolate chip cookies. Maybe some ripened dark brandy soaked fruit. Taste is wow! Molasses, but so sweet, has some char and some expresso flavors, roasted malts are ever present. Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy. Overall, great RIS!

Photo of bronco94
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured "vigorously" from can into pint glass

A - Can't look much better for a big RIS...pitch black with a thick, lasting head colored of caramel. (head is less full and recedes quickly if poured slowly)

S - chocolate, roasted coffee, faint alcohol

T - bittersweet chocolate mixed with burnt coffee, sweet, slight lingering hop bitterness. alcohol presence from the smell is hardly noticeable, if at all in the taste

M - smooth and syrupy, light carbonation, kind of thin compared to how it pours/looks...seems like it'd be thicker

O - really delicious, readily available RIS that is good fresh off the canning line or aged a few years.

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

Poured from 12oz can into snifter.
Courtesy of Barfwin on bottling day.

Aroma: Soft, black olive note. (I know, sounds unusual...) Vanilla + toasted malt + molasses.

Appearance: Pitch black opaque body with dark tan foam. 1/2 finger head settles to a thin film.

Flavor: Dark/sweet roasted malt, smooth chocolate sweetness, well-balanced bitterness, followed by a soft finish. Some minerally bitterness appears at the end. The alcohol is slightly evident, but generally well-concealed.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-full body. Slightly warming in the mouth, and on the tongue.

Overall: Gotta love an imperial stout from a can! Especially when it's aged in that can for 1+ year. Nothing bad to say about this beer. Actually--on a good note, it was fantastice! Would be intersted in trying a fresh one of these next to one that has 1+ year of age on it. Highly recommended!

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/27/2009 "Come to the Dark Side"
Also labeled 9.5% ABV

A: Motor Oil. Thin pour, dirty brown edges. Almost seems to glow. Little head, quickly retreats for the glass.

S: Booze, thick sweetness, chocolate, dates, an element akin to a boozier smelling BSDA, beer bread

T: Clean, mild chocolate. Less booze here vs. the nose. The taste ride is very short and "sweet". No hops, finishes with a mild residue of something like maple syrup and cereal that puckers the tongue slightly. Rich sweetness throughout. Very interesting and very good.

M: Thin and smooth. Very even. Very low carbonation, which contributes to the silkiness. Tiny bit cloying.

O: Very interesting vintage stout. Admittedly this is my 1st TenFidy. However, I'm now motivated to anny up the $17.99/4pack.

Photo of kittywamp
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a color like used motor oil that needed to be changes yrs ago a brownie like colored head

S: smelles like freshly made coffee, chocolate and caramel with a hint of burtn toast

T:chocolate, toffee, coffee or mocha with a hint of bakers chocolate

M:thick syrup with a creamy after math

O: makes a great beer for a fun night. wonder if it makes a great beer bread.

Photo of BeerFan95
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as oil. When held up to light not even a whisper of red. Just black. A Quickly faded brown head on this one.

S: A nice roasted malt profile initially mix with semi-sweet chocolate notes. A nice leather presence in the back.

T: Heavy roasted notes. Both sweet and bitter at the same time. Chocolate and some mild licorice. Alcohol was present as a warming presence in the finish.

M: Good creamy mouth feel. Seemed a little thin as far as imperial stouts go but did not affect the flavor or the quality of the beer.

O: A great beer. A good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol was sneaky in the sense that the beer was so smooth and easy to drink.

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

A: Stark black with no head other than a little wispy lace resting on the surface. No light is getting through this sucker.

S: Coffee. Yep, coffee.

T: A very smoky coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. This is a very, very tasty beer.

M: More carbonate than you might expect, but still on the oily and smooth side. This is a pleasant and not too heavy beer considering its density and ABV.

O: Oskar Blues is in the business of brewing classic beers. This is certainly one of them. One of the best, widely available stouts you can find anytime.

EDIT for an aged beer:

Just cracked a two year old (almost to the day) can that had been sitting at a consistent 60 degrees in a pitch black storage area. All of the coffee flavor and aroma was still there, but it had mellowed. The aroma improved a lot, with some wonderful chocolate smells coming through along with a bit of vanilla and caramel.

The taste had some more of the same character changes as the smell, but it was ultimately a bit thinner (but probably smoother as well). Oddly enough, the 98 IBUs seemed to come through a little stronger two years later than with a fresh one.

Ultimately, I'd say this is worth aging, as I can imagine now that it has mellowed a bit it may become a more accessible beer. Also, the aroma really is quite improved. That said, for my tastes, two years may have been two long. I would like to try aging one for just a year.

Photo of timmick
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: One word... Black. Looks like motor oil. Thin layer of brown head that disappears quickly.

S: Big semi sweet chocolate and coffee whack you up-side the head. A little boozy with some dark fruit notes.

T: Bitter chocolate and burnt coffee with a warm alcohol bite. As this warms, it seems to all smooth out and become a complex mix of chocolate, coffee, and some tart sweetness.

M: Thick and smooth with a slight booze burn. The carbonation fizz tickles the tongue and helps clear the palate.

O: Out of the cooler, I was not all that impressed with this, but, as it warmed, the character of this beer came out. I will let the next can warm a bit before drinking... overall a very nice RIS.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can into a Guinness pint glass

Thanks to JJFoodie for sending this to me in a trade for a case of Festina Peche. This right here is one amazing stout. I'm glad I have 3 more cans left behind it.

This pours a nice oily black color with but a sliver of a head. The aromatics on this stout are marvelous. This is a chocolate bomb beneath the nose. This tastes incredible. Chocolate, malt, and vanilla come together with so many other lovely flavors. This is dessert in a glass. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy. It coats your tongue and the walls of your mouth in all kinds of goodness. The can looks so bad ass and ominous, yet what's inside is so subtle and nuanced, it's really a lamb in a lion's suit. I used to have a stigma against canned beer. Lately, I'm having some of my best beer other in a can, and wishing more brewers would embrace the storage format. I'm going to need more of this. ISO: Tons of Ten

Photo of ESATIKKFAN
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter from a can. Pours a deep black with minimal head. A slight mocha head remained around the edges. Smell is sweet and chocolatey. There is a nice roasted flavor to the beer. The chocolate notes come through along with some vanilla sweetness. There is a slight and pleasant malty bitterness. This a thick beer with very little carbonation that lingers on the tongue. Overall this is an excellent Imperial Stout. It has a nice warming feel going down and packs a nice punch without having too much of an alcohol taste. Highly recommended.

Photo of camil1mj
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received from a friend in Cali. Can from 2009. Served chilled and poured into my Bruery snifter.

A: As black and viscous as 10w50 motor oil run through an engine for way more than the recommended 3,000 miles.

S: Big whiff of semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Lots of chocolate malt with some traces of vanilla.

M: Super thick and chewy! One of the best. Small amount of carbonation.

O: Great RIS. One of the elite.

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

Canned 11-29-10. This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a half inch of dark brown foam that recedes quickly into a thin ring of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and cocoa powder. The taste is similar to the aroma with a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick, chewy texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good RIS, but I can't quite call it great. It is flavorful, but lack true complexity in both flavor and aroma.

Photo of ehammond1
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2010)

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA

(Aged 1 year)

Dark black and thick as hell. Shimmering and oily. Brown, persistent head. Sticky, thick, and decadent. Amazing!

Huge combination of rich chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma. Very little hint of alcohol.

A huge amount of divine, rich chocolate, some roasted coffee character, and a bit of sweet vanilla. Some mild bitterness but little to no hop flavor present.

Big, thick, luscious, velvety mouthfeel. The gold standard.

An exceptionally simple yet divinely delicious RIS. I want more!

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

Look: Black with a 1/4 mocha colored head and ok retention and lacing

Smell: Mild coffee and bitter chocolate notes with hints of vanilla

Taste: Traces of chocolate and roasted/burnt malts. Traces of coffee oatmeal and vanilla but very muted.

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Overall: Good beer but not great it is a Russian Imperial I could drink everyday and I highly recommend it

Photo of match1112
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours the thickest pitch black with a one and a half finger mocha colored head that will not go away. everything about this pour reminds me of changing the oil in my truck, especially the thick slapping and glug glug noise it makes as it hits the glass. smell is better than used oil, theres chocolates, roasted notes, and alcohol. taste is outstanding, again with the chocolate, roasted mocha and the warming alochol with a long slightly bitter bite on the end. mouthfeel is thick and rich and creamy. i think my insides are good and lubed up now. overall this is an outstanding r.i.s., everyone should have unlimited access to this beer.

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Oskar Blues tap room

A- oily black with a chocolaty black head

S- intense smell, Smells of chocolate and espresso and a hint of grain

T- chocolate notes. Slight oatmeal taste. Slight espresso taste as well. Enjoyable flavor

M- extra smooth, strong bite at the end

O- great look and feel. Intense taste.. Want to try again soon

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick oil like black that just absorbs light.

The nose has notes of coca, coffee and a certain roastiness to it.

The taste is excellent with coca being quite prominent. There are also notes of coffee and booze.

The mouthfeel is thick but not overly so. About standard for the style.

Overall I thought that this was a very good but not quite world class imperial stout. However I would drink it again.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Appearance: Pours an oil-like black with some brown around the edges when held to the light, tan head that fades quickly to some lacing

Smell: Complex, which is only above-average for the style - super burnt, nice roasted malt profile - almost smoky - coffee, chocolate, some citrusy hops

Taste: Great, but not breathtaking - burnt malts, roasted malts, bitterness from both the burnt character and some hops - coffee, vanilla, smoke, chocolate - surprisingly balanced, without any elements being ridiculous

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, somewhat dry - good, but I actually think it could be heavier

Overall: Worth more than $10.50 a 4/pack... which is probably why it's like $15+

I don't feel that Ten FIDY fits in the top tier RIS category, but that might just be because Kate the Great ruined my palate at an early age. This has a lot going on, and it all works very well. Plus, it's in a can!

Update (2/17/14): Drinking a 2009 can. This ages unbelievably well. Holy crap.

Photo of warbird07
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage poured into my 6oz snifter...

This Beast pours crude black, thick, thin, slow rising brown carbonation that only really forms as a thin ring around the glass, with some marbling on the surface..you know you are in for a treat when you pour it into your glass...huge sweet molassas nose, a bit of smoke,anise, dark chocolate...right up my alley...the first sip is intense charred malt, some bitter chocolate,molassas, smoke, no alchohol burn either forward or back...lingering bitter chocolate still...the mouth feel is formadable, heavy and chewy, a bit of a chore..but very satisfying...I must admit I love this beer..event though it's a sipper...

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

Got this bad boy as an awesome extra in a trade, thanks Brad!! 12oz. can poured into a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a viscous jet black with a quick rising very deep brown head that disappears just as quickly. No lace on the cup of oil.

S: This smells like a little sweetened version of a typical RIS. Some coffee notes come through with a booze back and slight bitter roast.

T: I'm getting a burnt coffee that a slight roast chocolate the longer the sip lingers on my tongue. As the beers warms the burnt chocolate flavors become much more pronounced. I'm not picking up any heat or booze, very well hidden.

M: This brew is quite the lingerer. It has all the perfect qualities of one: low carbonation, viscous and oily in nature, and the burnt malt taste create the perfect combination of a palate zapper.

O: Who knew my favorite RIS to date comes in a can? I enjoyed the subtle nuances of this brew and I wish I had access to this beer 24/7.

Photo of 1Adam12
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks due again to beerbeerbeerbeer. Pours just like oil. Jet black, almost no head, some brown lacing. Smells very heavy of malt and roasts. Smells of coffee, toffee, and burnt sugar. Also smells a bit boozy. No booziness in the taste. HUGE malt, followed by coffee and a dryness on the finish. Almost no carbonation, very thick and full mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. A sipper despite the smoothness. This is almost over the top for me. I like it, but even a 12 ounce can is almost too much. It's just SO heavy. I find more drinkability in WWS than this. If ever I was curious as to what the inside of a black hole tasted like, this would be it. Very glad I got to try this. I'd like to get more and let it sit for a few years.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a jet black w/ no highlights and a tiny sliver of a chocolate head. Ok carbonation and lacing. This beer is a true black hole.

S- Chocolate, coffee, malt, hops. Nice balance, and nothing is overwhelming. I'd like the nose to be a little stronger for a higher score, but it's pleasant.

T- Ok.. This is more like it. Excellent taste, and the smells explode in the taste. This is a fantastic RIS. Nice roasted malt aftertaste on the back end as well. In fact, there's a ton of malt in this brew.

M- Silky smooth combined w/ a nice hop bite. In the end though, the malt wins. Nice consistency and body as well. Excellent RIS feel.

O- This is a fantastic beer. Not the best RIS I've had, but it is really good. Highly recommended if you haven't checked it out.

Photo of DelMontiac
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While I was in Colorado on (a much needed) vacation, I was bummed to find out that Oskar Blues doesn't serve Ten Fidy at their establishments until fall. Good news was...the liquor stores had plenty.

Poured from a black and silver 12oz can in to a plain jane pint glass, Ten Fidy is as black as you're gonna find out there. An inch of caramel-colored foam caps it off. Lace is there if you drink fast enough, otherwise it's gonna retract into spider veins.

Aromas are sweet sugary dark malts, simmered dark fuits (plums, raisons, figs), esspresso, dark chocolate mousse, burnt toast, merlot, and a bit of smokeiness. How's that for temptation?

Flavors are exceptional - burnt moleasses, robust coffee, milk chocolates, vanilla bean, sweet pipe tobacco, black licorice, and grassy hops. Alcohol will peek out when at room temp which I feel is best. Think of a place somewhere between Old Rasputin and KBS. Yeah, it kills.

I don't think I've had a beer that compares in this feel - super full body, sticky, whole cream smooth, and dry. Pretty unique.

This is sold in four pack cans which is damn genius. Selling it in six pack cans would be stellar. This is something to add to your wants list if you ain't had it yet. Like their T-shirt says, "fuh-CAN-eh!"

Photo of jtingue
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Dated 2011 Batch 1.

Appearance. Pours a very viscous deep reddish brown. A finger of mocha brown head dissipates to a ring of bubbles around the ring of the glass within a few minutes. One thing I love about the appearance of this beer is the deep red tint on the edges when held up to the light.

Smell. Roastiness hits the nose right away and is almost overcoming. Sweet molasses and vanilla follow. Alcohol is definitely present.

Taste. Very thick malt sweetness right up front. Hop or dark chocolate bitterness starts the forthcoming sequence of nuanced complex flavors. This bitterness slowly transitions into a sweet molasses and dark fruit flavor. A more roasty, coffee like bitterness returns and lingers for a while. The finish is slightly dry, but still bittersweet. The roasted malty sweetness lingers until you take the next sip. Surprisingly the alcohol strength is almost nonexistent for such a strong beer.

Mouthfeel. This is probably the thickest, most viscous beer I have ever had. It completely coats every part of your mouth with its wonderful flavor. carbonation is fairly light, but adequate for this type of beer.

Probably my favorite imperial stout. So much complexity here to entertain the palate for the entire can of beer. If this beer weren't so available it would be considered on par with Dark Lord and other "famous" imperial stouts (in my opinion)

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

Thanks to Sean and Jonah I have multiples of this, now I can keep one in the cellar and review one here.

Poured into a Widmer oversized nonic.

A: Jet black, opaque beer from a can is just sexy. Head is dark brown, 1 fingers worth that retreats and laces the glass beautifully.

S: Like the appearance, very nice. Deep dark roasted malt character, bitter dark chocolate and more than just hints of espresso beans. Maybe the faintest of hop suggestions as well...booze? Very faint.

T: Rich, roasted malt profile. Good emphasis of chocolate and roasted malts, with a touch of smoke and some alcohol heat.

MF: Creamy, rich, soft, full bodied beer with light carbonation; a soft dryness finishes the mouthfeel.

O: A really good offering, rich and roasty, with a touch less hops than I'm used to from a Russian Imperial Stout; however, its a good balance for me.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,350 ratings.