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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,380
Reviews: 2,370
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
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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 spicelab
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mulder1010 for this long time want.

Tarry black pour. Finger of chocolate brown head doesn't hang around but leaves the barest ring.

Nose shows a mix of roasty and lactic notes. Loads of sour cherries, balsamic and grape skins, Roastiness is largely charcoal, bark and tar. Brooding and refined.

Very similar to the nose with additional chocolate and liquorice sweetness. The combination of lactic sourness, fortified character, and restrained roastiness is sublime.

Viscous and full, but not at all heavy. Lowish carbonation is dialled in sweetly.

Very, very classy. Ballsy, distinguished and balanced. Enough said.

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

Wow! This beer is fantastic. First time I've had this. Very pricey, but worth it. In Jersey, with my liquor store employee discount I got a 4 pack of cans for a little less than $13, would've costed $14.99+tax otherwise...yea but totally worth it on occasion.

From can into a snifter glass. About 45-50 degrees F.

A- I really had to pour it down the center to get any kind of head formation from it, but all in there after a quick pour I got maybe a finger and a half of really, really, really tan head. Of course, pitch black as expected....sweet. moving on

S- I used to live in a town with a chocolate making factory in it, and there was always a smell of sweet cocoa in the air within a mile around it...this reminds me exactly of that. smells like dark chocolate, a little floral hops, a little brandy-esque (almost like port wine) really not getting too much coffee, but for me that smell is in more dry stouts.

T- This is like I took a dark chocolate bar and melted it, or hot cocoa with triple the amount of powder in it (but cold). I can almost chew this beer (well not really, but its thick) simply delicious. Im getting literally little to no alcohol, even in the aftertaste, very well done being a 10+abv brew.

M- As I stated...thick and a pleasant aftertaste.

O- If this beer were non-alcoholic I would still drink it. I just might by a case of this next paycheck. I would not only suggest this to my friends, but I would give it to them for free just so they can have one of the best beers they've ever had.

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

A: pours such a deep black it doesn't have highlights. Very little head when it was poured cold, but some lacing showed and a thin layer of reflective bubbles came to the top and stayed.

S: smells of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and roasted malt of course. Not super in your face at this point, but it's cold. I kind of like that.

T: mostly roasted malt, smoke, slight bitterness, and some sweetness like chocolate. Not incredibly intense, but well crafted. Aftertaste is has cherry notes and some coating chocolate.

M: thick and lacking carbonation for the most part - just the way an imperial stout should be.

O: beautiful rendition of the RIS. After having Founders Imperial Stout and Cigar City Marshal Zhukov in the last month, this one stacks up with the best of them, but I'm not ready to say it's the best. Worth buying at $3 a can or whatever. Also, it's in a can - I can take this hiking without the glass weight and space. Awesome!

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

(A) Pours a thick black with no light to be seen through this one. Rich brown head that lingers for a few minutes.

(S) Toffee with coffee and cocoa. Roasted malts and some biscuit. Wafts of some vanilla and dark cherry and dark fruits.

(T) Dark cherry and chocolate greet you in the taste. Chocolate and black malts give a great base to this beer. There's a decent amount of sweetness and an underlying hint of vanilla and some small oats. The chocolate cherry flavor gets bigger as it opens up in the glass. Coffee steps in about 2/3 of the way into the taste.

(M) Full body. Chewy and slightly grainy. Smooth to dry finish.

(O) It's a fantastically made imperial stout that tastes awesome...and it's in a can. I don't know why that strikes me so much, but it does. This is a great, bold brew and definitely goes well with the changing of the weather. This is one that I think would be really well with ice cream.

Photo of output01x
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can (Canned On 10/25/10) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a slow-forming 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that dissipates to a minute dusting and thin foam ring in just under a couple minutes. The body is a bold ebony with no traces of color when held to light. Thin lacing can be seen clinging to a good bit of the glass throughout consumption.

Dark malts give a strong, bold nose. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, toffee, and licorice. There is also both a smoky and slight alcohol quality to the nose.

Milk chocolate starts the taste with notes of sweet, dark fruit and brown sugar. Once swallowed, dark, bittersweet chocolate and black coffee flavors emerge. An overlying alcohol flavor is also noticeable throughout the entire taste but comes to rest in the back of the throat at the end.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is definitely a sipper. The body is full and robust, allowing your taste buds to experience every nuance this beer has to offer. The carbonation is only slightly noticeable, does not interfere with the flavors, and helps to keep this beer from becoming a syrupy mess. It coats your mouth well and is rather sticky but the mouthfeel is still smooth overall.

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.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,380 ratings.