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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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8,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,386
Reviews: 2,372
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
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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 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.

Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review for me guys, so here we go...
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, this dog'll hunt and thier right I'm guna go hunt down another pack of 'em tomorrow bo.
Appearance: Man this is it, can creates rigorous but nice promotion of the head, which is tall, dark, and handsome. The brew is jet black and looks like your pouring oil. I let the storm calm and the optimum conditions creep in before I did for the kill.
Smell: Dark roasted, malty smells to a slight but pleasant alcohol presence. Great smelling.
Taste: Tastes like it smells. Dark, delicious, roasty, maybe slight coffee flavors and (in my opinion) the perfect amount of alcohol... I see why the Czars wanted more of these.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, as it should be, and has a silky mouthfeel.
Overall: Super-"Solid Brew". Excellent lacing looks like something that came out of Spiderman.

Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with 1/2" of chocolatey head. Smells like chocolate, roasted malt and licorice. Taste is licorice and chocolaty with roasted malts doing their best, but the alcohol is strong, potent, and hardly masked - very boozy. As the beer warms it becomes syrup-like, but the alcohol begins to add warmth to the finish rather than booze. No carbonation and a little thin for a Russian Imperial.

Overall, it's not too bad. I've had better Russian Imperial Stouts, and I was hoping for more from Oskar Blues. I would probably have enjoyed this more in the winter instead of summer. I'll revisit.

Photo of abraxel
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of VanillaMike, poured into a snifter.

A - Dark dark black, with ridiculously thick, dense head that threatens to overflow the sides of the glass, and leaves a bit of wet lacing down the sides. Really awesome.

S - Slightly sweet, bready malt, some dark chocolate and roasty coffee. Really fantastic.

T - Tasty chocolatey coffee. Hints of dates and raisins. Very decadent and rich. A touch of alcohol at the finish, and some smooth roastiness lingers afterward.

M - Really thick, smooth, rich, awesome.

Overall, a fantastic imperial stout, one of the best I've had. I really wish Oskar Blues distributed to Michigan...

Photo of cmq103
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a four-pack of this @ the Joe Canal's in Hamilton NJ, for $16.50. (I later learned it was money well spent)

Poured from a 12-oz can into a New Castle Brown Ale schooner glass. I'm very excited about this beer after reading all of the hype on Beer Advocate and other informative beer tasting sites.

Appearance: Pours with intense pure absence of color darkness. I was barely able to get any head, which was portrayed by a dark caramel ring that quickly dissipated. Lacing is non existent but you can clearly see the beer thickness trying to hold onto the side of the glass with each sip.

Smell: Initial sightly boozy sweetness followed by dark chocolate and expresso coffee. I also sense some burnt molasses and roasted oats at the end of my inhale. Swirling the glass around after the beer warms a few minutes really brings out the full aroma nuances.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, roasted oats all in one shot. Wow, this is outstanding. I was expecting it to be too sweet, but its perfect in every way. Slight hop bitterness with the roasted oats and vanilla really shining through in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden and gently warms the throat on the way down. The booziness is more prevalent as this beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was lively enough to spread the intense flavors all over my tongue. Creamy thick, well-balanced goodness...

Overall: Without a doubt this beer lives up to the hype. Who knew something so delectable could come from a can. I tip my hat to Oskar Blues because they sure have a winner RIS here. This is a "must try" for RIS fans. With all that said, one can of beer is plenty for this slow sipping 10.5%'er.

Photo of vandemonian
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY is an intensely strong stout: malty and bitter.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm tan head that lasts. 4.5

S: Grainy malt aroma mixed with maybe some slight smokiness. 3.5

T: Roasty malt with a sweet candy tang, blanced with bitter hops that resembles coffee somewhat. The aftertaste is smooth with a slightly bitter charcoal kick. 4

M: Silky and thick without being especially carbonated. 4.5

O: Nice, but after half a glass I'd had enough. 4

Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12-2-10. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours engine oil black with a thick mocha foam rising to the top of the glass. This initial pillowy gush quickly fades leaving behind lacing and a fine stenciled line of head.

S- Strong punch of alcohol, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla as it nears room temp. Colder, tropical fruits are noticable but very faint. Some soy sauce detectable as well.

T- Alcohol. Coffee. Chocolate (bitter cooking chocolate).

M- Heavy, thick...a meal in a glass.

O- Great example of an IRS. Heavy, alcoholic, black as night, delicous! A must try for any stout lover.

Photo of vkv822
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can in tulip snifter.
canned on 10-09-10

Pours black with a foamy chocolate colored head.

The aroma is of rich chocolate and some light roasted malts. Very enjoyable.

The taste is of more rich chocolate upfront, with faint hints of dark fruit. There is a light booziness to the finish.

The mouthfeel full bodied with enough active carbonation to keep it form being too heavy.

A very nice stout that is decently priced.

Photo of samie85
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Just pouring this one, you can see the viscosity of this one. Pours a motor oil black with a an 1/8 finger dark brown head.

S-Huge dark chocolate notes with some licorice and some sweet alcohol notes

T-Dark chocolate and cocoa upfront with some vanilla and finishes with a good dose of roasty, and bitter notes.

M-Medium side of low carbonation with a body approaching thick but not quite there with a full and warming feel.

D-The ABV is only detectable in the mouthfeel as some warming but this a really easy drinking RIS... I'm sure it would catch up to you pretty quick if you had more than two of these.

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

A- Pours a lifeless, primordial ooze black, it's so dark that I actually said "Holy shit" out loud while pouring it. Produces a thin half finger of mocha brown head that recedes to just about nothing, doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

S- Dark fruits and roasted malts, a touch of sweetness from the fruits and molasses and alcohol.

T- Huge roasted, slightly smokey malts that are chewy and thick, coffee and chocolate, more dark fruits, and molasses, the hops are there but are overshadowed by the massive malt profile going on. Alcohol is also detectable and is slightly warming. Finish is long and has a lot of chocolate and molasses in it.

M- Full bodied with a creamy, heavy, viscous feel that just hangs around on your palate.

O- An incredible beer, one of the best Russian Imperials I've ever had. It's thick and hugely complex. If you had to survive in a cave wrapped in an animal skin this is the kind of beer that would keep you alive.

Photo of doughanson78
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

A: WOW! EASILY the thickest, darkest beer I've ever seen. Half finger dark tan head that disappears in a flash and really doesn't want to come back. Lacking in lacing, but what can you expect, it's straight motor oil!

S: Great burnt malt aroma. Dark fruits, mainly black cherries, also figs. Molasses. Light chocolate and coffee. A smokey ashy aroma. Light anise. Caramel undertones. Very light vanilla. Very complex.

T: Huge roastiness/burnt flavors. Everything that the nose carries. Also a coffee bitterness in the middle that's quickly balanced out by the sweetness of the molasses. Finishes fairly sweet.

M: As thick as it gets. Creamy with a great mouth coating. Nice alcohol warmness without letting you taste the alcohol.

O: Awesome beer. Just like drinking motor oil. Super complex all around. Top 10.

Photo of harrymel
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/27/2010

A: Black tar beer glugs from the can. A single finger of mocha head falls quickly to a broken sheet of the same. Rings of lace. Goddamn this beer is thick and black - clarity is of no concern.

S: Here we've got nice toasty malts, molasses, licorice, sweet cocoa, resiny hops, malts are sooo nice on this beer. Blackstraptastic!

T: Plenty of the toasted malts, then some figs, licorice is less prevalent, molasses is sweetened. Man, it's so exceptional, I'm so lucky this is local in my life. Hint of iron on the finish.

M: Thick, viscous, low carb. slick resonating finish.

O: Outstanding beer. One that has earned it's place on the beers of fame list. Mmmm. I have had this beer countless times, and have yet to have a bad experience.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours and opaque dark brown with one half finger of fairly dark brown head. Some retention and lace.

S: Wonderfully balanced chocolate and coffee, fair amount of sweetness. This promises to be good....

T: Chocolate cream up front, slowly turns bitter through the middle and slides into mocha molasses at the end. Quite bitter overall, but not unbalanced. Very tasty. Alcohol is present but also not unbalanced.

M: Fairly heavy but silky smooth and creamy. Quite good.

O: Was expecting something good, and not disappointed at all. If this were available in Iowa, I'd be getting it frequently. Meanwhile, I'll look forward to the next trip to a state where I can purchase. A really fine brew, get it and enjoy.

Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


First canned batch (2007?) shared by Carlos (Seaoflament), thanks! Snifter.

A: Impenetrable black with a big light brown head.

S: Lots of dark chocolate with a little soy sauce. Black strap molasses and licorice. Dried cherry and date. Mild earthiness. 

T: Dark chocolate with soy sauce and tobacco. Lots of dried date and plum. Earthy hops. The roastiness seems to have faded a bit.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy.

Overall: Enjoyable, but more oxidation than I expected, especially from a canned beer.

Photo of zrab11
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thick black with a 1 finger mocha head

S- Has strong roasted malts up front, also some chocolate comes through along with the smell of alcohol

T- Has a nice rich smooth beginning. Chocolate flavor is up front then comes the Hop punch followed by a roasted almost burnt taste and ends chocolately

M-Full bodied. with decent carbonation

D-Overall this is a wonderful Russian imperial stout. Don't think i could drink more than one in a sitting. it really is a kick in the face. I love this brew and will get again and again. It would be perfect to take on a alaskan camping trip.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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