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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,978 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,978
Reviews: 2,291
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 496
Gots: 1,663 | FT: 100
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of CooperEllis
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into pint (thanks to checkii for this)

The pour was not smooth as I had to puncture the top w/ a can opener after the poptop bent/broke. still, nice color and a solid milk chocolate head. Very roasted aroma. The lace didn't last as long as the brew.

Taste is solid. There is a nice boozyness to it that I often find lacking in the more coffee/chocolate flavored stouts. This is a stout with notes of roast; the traces of chocolate round out the flavor instead of dominating.

The mouthfell is excellent. I was surprised initally just because it came out of a can. Once you get past that little block and drink it for what it is - the mouthfeel couldn't be better.

I'd certainly reach for this when I went looking for a stout. It has a nice blend of subtle flavors.

(16th)

Photo of bruachan
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the darkest froth i've ever seen, i believe. looks a little milkshaky, even

smells superroasty. molasses. strong herbal hops, licorice

not as thick as it could have been. strong and flavorful, for sure, but this thing could have been a helluva lot more syrupy (and i am thankful!). bitterness is authoritative, keeping the putatively levee-bursting flavors in check. the bitterest of chocolates, chicory, molasses, cocoa (is that different from chocolate?)

best RIS i've ever had from a can!

Photo of thagr81us
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. Served from tap into an imperial pint. Pours black with a one finger dark tan head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, dark chocolate, and caramel. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. It was heavy on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was an excellent stout. Lots of surprising flavors in this one which kept me going back for more. The aroma was also quite excellent on this one as well. This is a definite must try whether out of the can or on tap.

Photo of TheStove
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from a can poured into an angular tumbler.

Pours inky jet black with the slightest shallow pool of foam at the top before quickly disappearing. It's almost kind of amazing how dark this beer pours.

Wasn't getting much scent from it unfortunately. Not sure if the can is really holding down that scent or what but it was tough to get a sense of the beer until taking a sip.

Regardless happy to report that the beer drinks like a thick dessert of rich chocolate and licorice with some light coffee notes. The malts are sweeter and flavorful and balance well with some light hop hints towards the end. Subsequent sips reveal the same characteristics; deep, flavorful and complex. I don't know another way to express that there isn't a "light" moment in this beer, it drinks like a liquid slice of deep rich malty chocolate cake.

In my mind it is not just a top shelf stout but an epitome of the style. Oskar do the Midwest a favor and distribute to Chicago!

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in shaker pint. Canned 12/18/09.

A: Pours a slick, oily, tar-like color. Has one of the darkest heads I've run across. Only a small head adorns this netherworldly brew, and it doesn't stick around long. It is slightly clingy and leaves some lace here and there. Very menacing appearance :)

S: Roasty with some solid char. Sweet dark fruits. Somewhat nutty. Also a faint astringency.

T: Rich and very chocolatey. Coffee is also present. Roasted flavors are very intense. Small dose of hops come through on the back end. Finishes with milk chocolate and a certain nuttiness. Just slightly boozy. Lots going on in this one.

M: Big and viscous. Slick and coating.

D: As good as can be expected. You won't get bored, that's for sure.

Oskar Blues has it figured out. Their entire lineup is class and the cans are just an added bonus. Ten FIDY is worth seeking out. If it were a one day brewery only release, this would be get a lot more credit.

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

12 oz can served in an oversized wineglass. gotta love a canned RIS.

pours an absolute jet black tone with less than a finger of a mocha/cinnamon colored head; solid retention and a lot of good-looking lacing.

nose is primarily of roasted malts and dark chocolate that are substantiated in the flavor. notes of espresso, vanilla, and maybe a touch of dark fruits. very tasty beer.

while some have maligned its mouthfeel, IMO this is one of its better characteristics. full bodied and velvety with a bit of chew to it. dangerous drinkable for a RIS.

in the end, an excellent RIS. would have scored it even higher but for the competition within the style. the can takes nothing away. if this were bourbon bbl aged i could have a new favorite stout.

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

Poured into St Bernardus goblet.

Imperial Stout from a can; this could get messy. (ever go to a music festival that stated no glass?)

Absolute pitch black. I almost wanted a oil like thickness... alas, not to be. A small brown head formed and left a nice lacing around the glass.

Deliciously creamy. The expected coffee and chocolate flavors stand out yet there is an ultra smooth feel.

I can't speak for others but a 4-pack could go down quick in my hands and at 9.5%...

Excellent brew.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a small, dark chocolate brown head, In the aroma, chocolate and dry coffee. In the taste, starts with dry coffee, and a sweet chocolate end. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, roasty, small chocolate aftertaste. Big beer, big flavor and quite good.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours absolute black with a bit of dark khaki head that recedes quickly to the collar. We have mainly chocolate on the nose with some hints of espresso and alcohol esters on the back end. More chocolate to the taste with some figs, caramel, and roastiness included. The mouthfeel is rather disappointing. It was slightly watery and flat to me (and I usually complain about too much carbonation).

Photo of fastsrt
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured form a 12 ounce can in a snifter

A: black, thin brown head, pours form the can like used motor oil. it looks cool to see a beer like this to come from a can, "Real caned beer"

S: roasted malts, smoke, chocolate,

T: chocolate, nice roasty flavors, smokey this is one great RIS,

M: low carbonation, full body, coating

D: smooth, the booze is hidden, and the beer is drinkable.

Photo of aepb1
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black, brown head, thick, oily, leaves lots of lacing

S- Sugary malts, coffee, alcohol

T- Malty sweetness up front, some roasty earthiness going into a great finish/aftertaste. A lot going on as should be in an RIS

M- Full-bodied, creamy, good level of carbonation

D- RIS in a can?!?! Great beer, if the price in FL was more reasonable, it'd get a higher mark

Photo of ptykozoon
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pretty beer. Abyss like dark. Mountainous dark brown head with nice retention and lacing.

Smells of rich chocolate and spice.

Tastes like the nose, spicy chocolate. Not too much else going on.

Very very very thick, chewy mouthfeel, can feel deposits of sugar being etched on my teeth. I'd like just a bit more of a controlled alcohol heat. Not bad.

Interesting beer, I detest cans but this is one I may seek out in the future.

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

A - Yep, its black. Very little head, a little disappointing.

S - Burnt malts which ends kind of sweet. Coffee in the back of the smell.

T - Not so much chocolate sweet as coffee sweet. Full malt flavor, with a bit of alcohol in the back.

M - Pretty think and coating. Would be done well with a bit more carbonation.

D - More carb and I would like more. Its an excellent taste when an "ehh" mouthfeel.

Photo of velosuds
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from specialty beer store for $2.69.

A-Pours a virtually black hue, nearly the color of the can, with a two finger, dark creamy tan head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Deep, dark chocolate and toasted malts and dried fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes. Coffee and vanilla also noted. Very nice and appropriate for style.

T-Good, but not equal to the anticipation I expected from the aroma. Malty sweetness, but not nearly as complex as the aroma. Rich, creamy with some smokiness, but alcohol present in the taste was a bit too dominant.

M-Medium to full body, with a nice level of carbonation.

D-Quite good for a RIS, especially from a can. Nice that it comes in a 12 oz. serving. Wouldn't want a bomber all by myself. A definite sipping beer this one.

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

Cliché, but this pours just like old motor oil. There's no real hint of carbonation in the pour. Head is dark brown/burnt orange, but really dissipates quickly. Really smells of dark, dried fruits like prunes. Intermingled with this is a burnt sweet malt aroma reminiscent of crème brulee. Silky smooth feel. The burnt malts are the dominant taste for me. Prunes and raisins also show themselves. I also get an overall sweetness that has hints of both chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. I'm not a huge RIS fan, but this is pretty good stuff. I've yet to be disappointed with an Oskar Blues beer. Too bad I can only get the stuff when my father-in-law comes back from Florida.

Photo of jsanford
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Canned with care 10-10-09 @ 10:34. How Bout U Sideburns?

A - Motor oil black with a very thin head that disappeared way too fast. No lacing, nothing.

S - I had a Bells Expedition last night and I cannot believe the similarities between these two beers. Almost an identical nose of dark sweet malts, coffee, licorice and rum-raisins.

T - Very rich and sweet. Dark roasted malt, cocoa powder and coffee with a touch of dark stone fruits and smoke. Not much in the way of an alcohol burn.

M - Surprisingly medium-to-thin bodied with barely any carbonation. I seem to remember this being more "milkshake-like", so I'm a bit disappointed with the thinness on this.

D - Quite drinkable for the ABV but I really wish this was thicker and had better carbonation. Definitely a great stout, but I'm surprised by how Expedition-like this is. Granted, I did love Expedition, and imitation is the most sincere form of flattery...

Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a big trade with Jojomdma, as an extra no less. Thank heaps!

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out like black motor oil. No joke. Small brown noisy head quickly disappears, leaving only a ring behind. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. Thick looking body. Unfortunately no head, ring, or wisp remains, and leaves no lacing either. Looks a little flat by the end. Great, thick body, but a lackluster head.

SMELL: Roasted malts and lots of pure chocolate and molasses. Slight espresso notes and touches of black licorice as well. Lots of pure chocolate and molasses here.

TASTE: Roasted malts, smokiness, but lots of pure chocolate and molasses all over the place. Notes of espresso and black licorice, like in the nose, but it's more about the roasted, chocolate and molasses throughout. Mild but lingering aftertaste on this one.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium prickly carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth, a slight burn after the swallow, and finishes somewhat mouth-coating.

OVERALL: An enjoyable and tasty stout. I see why it's so highly praised, especially compared to the other chocolaty molasses flavored stouts. Lots of flavor and a good body on this one. The head could use a little beefing up, but a solid brew all around. Thanks again for hooking me up Jojo!

Photo of Luk13
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can, thanks to HogtownHarry. Thick, dark, black pour with a bit of brown head. Aroma is a malt bomb, heavy with chocolate. Some hops and licorice too, reminescent of Bells Expeditions stout. Taste is quite bitter, some roastiness and hop bitterness with a fruity finale. Palate is rich and thick, quite boozy (lots of alcohol warmth). Slightly overdone even for an imperial stout.

Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark night, as bleak as Poe's cavernous poems. Odors of coffee and alcohol. The taste is quite alcoholic, with coffee and roasted malt flavors.

The viscosity of this drink reminds one of used motor oil, if indeed motor oil were delicious and intoxicating.

Certainly not eminently drinkable because of the aforementioned viscosity, as well as the propensity for a high alcohol content. However, I marvel at the ability of such a delightful drink to come from an aluminum can.

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

A- Watery Motor oil, no light shines through this beer, head is a thin line around the edge of the glass

S- Chocolate, coco, Caramel, and booze. a little bit of a sweet smell too.

T- sweet chocolate and coffee, roasted malt no alcohol in the flavor at all which is shocking from the smell

M- Thick and Creamy, no carbonation

D- Amazing beer. if you can get your hands on it GET IT!!

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

Thanks to my good friend jdostal for this generous offering!

A - HOLY BLACKNESS! Darker than the soul of Hitler. This stuff poured jet black, the look of well used motor oil, topped by a thick, frothy three finger dark tan...nay, brown head. The head sticks around forever, leaving a thick veil of chunky lacing down the inside of my pint glass. Wow...this is some good looking stuff!

S - Sticking with the dark theme, the aroma consisted mainly of dark roasted malts, accentuated by some bitter dark chocolate.

T & M - This is a meal in a can. Thick dark roasted and toasted malts lead the way, followed by a rich bitter dark chocolate flavor. The smoky, roasty, toasty, chocolate combination is extraordinary. The alcohol is very well masked. Thick and creamy mouthfeel...very smooth.

D - I've never been let down by Oskar Blues, but this is one helluva extraordinary offering from them! Any true beer aficionado would be sure to appreciate this brew!

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can dated 10-27-09.

A: Maybe I was a little weak in the pour, but not a great amount of head on this one. I have been aging this can for a little while though, so maybe that has something to do with it. Otherwise, dark as night, no seeing through this one, and it pours as thick has heavy crude. What little head is there is a nice tan color. Leaves pretty good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. A little boozy. Molasses, dark caramel, burnt sugar, raisins. Roastiness is rather restrained. Piney hops come through a bit.

T: Smooth. On the sweet side for the style. Dark chocolate and coffee dominate. Pine and citrus hops as well.

M: Viscous. Really smooth, carbonation is so in tune you hardly notice it. Without a doubt the best part of this beer, but that shouldn't take away form the rest of it.

D: Pretty darn good, one of the better RIS's I've had.

Photo of axeman9182
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, chilled slightly from cellar temperature and served in my Chimay goblet.

The beer pours an absolute, soul sucking black. I swear the lights even dimmed when as I filled my glass. A dark caramel head forms, only about a finger in height, and sticks around for a minute before fading. Retention is average, but there's no real lacing to be found. The nose is simple but awesome, super rich dark chocolate and a very smooth, but noticeable warm alcohol sensation. The nose did not prepare me for the blast of pine and hop bitterness on my first sip, and to be honest I prefer my stouts with a little less prominent hop influence and to be all about the malt. Not to worry though, there's still the megaton of dark chocolate promised by the aroma, and the alcohol is a bit less pronounced (though still present, and not necessarily a bad thing). The mouthfeel is absolutely luxuriant, spot on low end of the spectrum carbonation and probably the thickest, chewiest stout I've yet encountered (and this is not a bad thing). The hop flavor isn't too much, but it's more than I prefer, but other than that everything about this beer is very well done and as a result it's disappearing almost alarmingly quickly from my glass.

Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can, canned on 11-02-09. Served near warm (probably 55-60ish)

It pours form the can a thick black and looks a tad thinner than motor oil. The head his large, thick, and tan when poured vigorously. It doesn't leave much lacing as it recedes however.

The smell is not what I expected here. This smells more like one of those Eastern European malt liquor deals. It has that unbridled alcoholic scent to it with some honey and maybe molasses. There is a hint of caramel and sugar as well. It doesn't smell as dark and roasty as most of this style.

The taste is more traditional however. It is up there is sweetness though, it definitely has a cloying sweetness and a tingle that lingers on your tongue from the burning and unhidden alcohol. It has a nice roastiness to somewhat counter the sweetness but not enough. It is mainly caramel and sugar in flavor with a hint of roasted malt.

While the mouthfeel is incredibly thick and syrupy it is also cloying and burning.

Overall it is a middle of the road RIS, perhaps a bit too blunt and too sweet for my tastes in a RIS.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- damn downright darkest foam i've ever seen. no pssht when i popped the can and at first i though something went wrong and there would be no head but it kinda formed on it's own with awesome cascading effect. body is absolutely pitch black with no highlight at all. the head on this one is dense like a half cooked light chocolate cake. it seems to lighten in color a bit as it slowly recedes, takin on the tone of chocolate mousse or hot cocoa. remarkable retention as well for a beer so high in alcohol, but i'm guessing there's enough hops and grain in there to keep it solid and dropping some seriously nasty lace.

S- sweetly smoked and incredible. chocolate milk, cocoa and coffee hit the nose right away followed by smoldering pecan wood and the dried mellow aroma of figs and dates. smells so roasty and savory that notes of smoked pork shoulder rubbed with brown sugar and black pepper come to mind in the midst of pungent charred grapefruit and oscuro and maduro ciga wrappers. a floral pineapple lily apple whiff of alcohol is present, but neatly tucked beneath the blanket of roasted malt aromas.

T- dark chocolatey sweet from start to finish and long into the finish for that matter with the damn near exact flavor of lingering 80% cocoa melting softly over the palate. it's sweet like extra dark fudge brownie sweet, but by no means is it cloying or sugary. the full deep roasted flavor is so intense, backed by resinous hop bitterness against the burnt wood bitterness, the sugary isn't even an option. alcohol aromas appearing as the brew warms reflect on the taste as well, intensifying the dark fruity tart side of the flavor profile. think lemon, orange, and grapefruit rinds along with figs, dates, and black currant all left to pickle in a jar of molasses, burnt mixed nuts, charcoal, a pinch of salt, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. that's the best way i can describe it. lit oscuro cigar, damp wood, rich black soil, sandalwood incense, super strong espresso, and burnt pork. keep in mind that while all this is going on, dark chocolate flavors are unabated and continuously present, contrasting and complementing every subtle nuance of this insanely complex craft beer from a can. another puff of smoke on the swallow, and an extremely long finish of all the tastes above fading to penetrating hop flavor.. to roasted.. to dark chocolate.

MF- slow lazy lethargic carbonation, as if the bubbles just can't push through the turgid sludge to make full contact with my tongue. they feel like stomping bubbles marching over a blanket of gel, their impact significantly reduced. thanks in part to the addition of oats, the body is creamy beyond words-- like melted chocolate and whole cream and so decedent and rich and warming that this could seriously be an ice cream topping. drying on the cheeks thanks to massive alcohol (their website states 10.5% which is appropriate) and sticky on the lips thanks to the abundance of malt sugars and microscopic particles. there's alot of thanks goin on.

D- i couldn't have another one of these right now. one is enough. i need something that will wash the much of my palate. nevertheless, the complexity of flavors and the feel of this brew keep me comin back for more. the smoky dryness and sticky graininess incline me to take sip after pleasurable sip to relieve the roasted condition of my lips and cheeks but the only that could do that would be a toothbrush and lots of toothpaste. so in that sense, one can is entirely drinkable and in many ways too small, but this brew is too rich and powerful to be anything but a treat for me.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
98 out of 100 based on 7,978 ratings.