Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,029
Reviews: 2,302
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 501
Gots: 1,700 | FT: 102
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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 Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: maybe it's the shock of seeing this tar pour out of a can, but few stouts I've seen look as thick and heavy as Ten FIDY. Rarely do you see a beer with legs like this one. It's syrupy like molasses, black and viscous as 10w30. A tiny head of cinnamon peeks out of the murk before swiftly fizzing out. A tiny amount of spotty lace is left on the glass as I drink.

S: maple, molasses, cocoa powder and a bit of vanilla. This is one sweet aroma.

T: the flavor trends toward the sweeter side of life, with molasses and maple syrup playing about. You could bake ginger snaps with this. It later opens up to roastier tastes of toasted bread, peanuts, and a finish of espresso.

M: the viscosity of the appearance translates to the mouthfeel, as it's nicely velvety and creamy about the palate. The body is medium-full and a light carbonation massages the tongue.

D: Ten FIDY is definitely a sweeter RIS, but I like it that way. It's got great flavor, the 9 percent ABV is only noticeable when it's far too late to care and it comes in a can! What's not to love? In the top tier of readily-available Russian Imperials.

Photo of hopstradamus
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. This beer is a deep, dull charcoal-like black. It pours softly with a thick, dark chocolate head that settles quickly into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Thick and syrupy, it lets absolutely no light through.

S. Sweet roasted malt smell along with coffee, dark fruit, and just a hint of vanilla. Hops take a back seat to the malt but are still there.

T. The taste hits instantly and moves from smoky, dark roasted malt to chocolate and molasses to burnt sugar to dark fruit and then finishes with a sharp hop flavor that is accentuated by a "hot" alcohol burn.

M. Thick but not syrupy like it looks, it is both bold and chewy without being too heavy. Very smooth and creamy.

D. Very good, mo disappointments here! The high alcohol will keep you from drinking an awful lot of them, but I wish I could keep this in my fridge all the time. This is the best canned stout in my humble opinion.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brother came through with a 4 pack of these. Thanks man...

Poured from a 12oz can into an Old Raspy pint glass. Bottom of can reads: Canned with care. 11-02-09- Delicious darkness...

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger brown head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Not much lacing to be had...

S - chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and sweet caramel...

T - Dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, with a coffe finish. Brown sugar and caramel do add a sweetness that, in my experience, is not usually associated with a RIS; however, it is nothing that is over the top, and you get no hint that this beer is a 10.5%. Very smooth for the style. No alcohol warmth comes through...

M - Thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. This one is deliously viscous...

D - Really enjoyed these. Could definitely see myself picking a four pack up in the future. The only thing that keeps these from being in my constant rotation is the steep price. Nontheless, this is a solid RIS...


Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ten Fidy is smooth, remarkably refreshing for an RIS, and layered with flavors and visual appeal.

It looked like black ink pouring out of the can. In the glass, it was black with a dark multi-layered head. It was darker and more complex than the typical milk-chocolate stout head. It left an intricate ringless lace design that was like a Rorschach blotter from the top of the glass to the bottom. Once I started drinking, the remarkable smoothness of this stout jumped out. It had a clean finish, with no stickiness and no lingering aftertaste. The flavor was sweet and complex, with immediate notes of dark fruit followed by a hint of chocolate, and a coffee-like finish.

Ten Fidy is complex and delicious, with an accessability that makes it a refreshing, and potentially, every-day stout.

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

Dark as molasses, pours a motor oil consistency. Minimal creamy tan head with a vigorous pour. Aroma is sweet tangy burnt caramel, fruity raisin/date tone at the end. Creamy mouthfeel with hints of roasted coffee burnt undertones and dark chocolate. 9.5% abv is all but lost with rich flavor yet creeps up as it warms your soul. Very well balanced as it was tangy in the front, yet smoothe and sweet in the back... (Did I just say that?.. Hahaa) A special chocolate mum cupcake accentuated the experience... Loved it...

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

Pours an opaque black with a full brown head. Head falls slow but stays. Thick chocolate head.

Nice roasted aroma that is a bit sweet and a bit metallic smelling.

Nice roasted malts hit you up front backed with sweet chocolate. Ends in a slight bitterness.

Full bodied in the mouth, smooth and warming.

Damn good beer. Period.

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

A: This stuff pours pitch black and heavy, with a thin topping of brown foam as dark as my natural hair color.

S: Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hit of cherry skin.

T: There's an insane amount of roasted malt here. The hops are more sensed than tasted, but they keep the malt flavor from getting too sweet. Dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet dates on the finish.

M: Oily and very heavy. It's appropriate that this motor oil of a beer comes in a can.

D: The alcohol hits fast and hard, as you would expect from an ABV this high. As Cookie Monster would say, this is a "sometimes beer."

Photo of hophead247
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about as dark brown/black as you can get. Very rocky, brown head forms on top. Smell is roasted malt and milk duds. Taste is huge! Very roasted malts, and I mean roasted. Charred might even be a better term. Full, creamy and very velvety on the mouthfeel. This has a close feel as a weak milkshake as you can get. This would be very complimentary to a good dark dessert. Can't get over the amount of roast, chocolate and coffee that is here. Over the top, but good beer.

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

Pours a pitch black wit a thin chocolate brown colored head.

Smells of dark roast coffee, chocolate, and some roasted malts...right on par with a good RIS.

Roasted malts and the dark roast coffee open things up. Hints of vanilla sweetness, bitter chocolates are also noticeable.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. Drinkability is high as the taste made me want to keep going back for more.

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

A pint on tap at the hulmeville inn.

A- comes my way with a finger of tan head that settles in a bit to a touch of lace and a solid ring. Pitch black in color.

S- dark roasted malts and bakers chocolate. Touches of coffee and a woody smokey char.

T- opens up with a load of almost burnt malts and espresso. Bitter dark chocolate and bit of bruleed brown sugar. Slight condensed milk sweetness. Just the slightest bit of oxidation. Long everlasting roasty finish.

M- on the fuller side of body with a mid to light carb.

D- this is one of the classics. Its super accessible and a beast of a brew. This one seems just a touch on the wet cardboard side.

Photo of ralree
4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours deep black with a dark brown head. Head is slight, but expected for the style. Retention is good, but lacing could be better.

S: Roasted coffee, hops, loads of bitter chocolate, some herbs, a touch of vanilla. Wonderful smell.

T: Extremely toasted malt and wonderful hops are right up front. Chocolate is strong and a main player as well. Coffee is also in there, but a little lighter. The bitterness of the hops and the charred malt go together well. Aftertaste is of, surprise, burnt wood, along with a sweet vanilla that is just delightful. Alcohol is nearly undetectable. Fantastic.

M: Lighter than some Imp. Stouts I've tried. Still, medium-heavy body, oily, non-astringent, good carbonation. Nothing to complain about here!

D: Goes down wonderfully for the style. I'm usually expecting a meal, but this is delightfully lighter and easier to drink than many.

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

The beer is nearly black with a tan, dense head that sticks around for awhile. Despite the alcohol content there is very little evident in the nose. The smell is left to the roasted malts that give a sweet and mild coffee odor. The alcohol does show up in the taste, giving the overall impression of a coffee liqueur in a beer. But the mouthfeel is what really sets this one apart. It's creamy, thick and viscous. The booze show up here as well with a bit of a tingle on your tongue. This beer will definitely make its way into my beer fridge one of these days...when I can afford it.

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black as night. Disappearing tan/brown head.

Really nice coffee scent on this. Very sweet with none of the pungent acidity common in big coffee stouts. Hint of coconut and creamy dark chocolate. Maybe some marshmallow but it could just be my imagination.

For one thing, the 9.5% alcohol factor is nowhere to be seen. Nothing messy about this stout. Extraordinarily smooth (yes, smoothness is a flavor descriptor), rich and bold. I don't think I have ever been this happy about a beer purchase.

This is worlds beyond Stone RIS in every dimension, and I would place it above Speedway and Old Viscosity as well for that matter. A bourbon barreled version of this might actually take away from the superb balance OB has pulled off here. I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying the can aspect - but you can't argue with a beer that retains its temperature as you snifter shot after shot. Also, no worries regarding QC in this format. What an amazing brew!

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

12oz can poured into a dogfish head snifter.

Pours a pitch black motor oil color with a small but dark brown head. Nose is roasted malt and a bit bitter and coffee like.

Taste is super rich and malty, decent amount of booze but it's not too much in your face given the high abv. It's got a fairly light hop presence but it well balanced. Very thick and full mouthfeel, super easy drinking given the abv.

Photo of boomer31
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this fresh last year and enjoyed it but didn't review it. Canned 10-27-09:

A - Slight pop of the can and pours a black viscous liquid all the way thru, tiny light brown head around edges, leaves lacing on glass

S - Big roasty malt, hint of coffee and perhaps a hint of fruity hop but only a hint

T - Again big roasty malt, slight hint of alcohol and chocolatte late. Whatever hop presence there may have been in the nose has disappeared. Dark fruits and cherries come thru very slightly as the beer warms. The sweetness really lingers.

M - Huge viscous mouthfeel, low carb just beautiful for the style. The malt litterally sticks to by tongue just as it does to the glass.

D - This is a sipper! Huge roast and chocolate with low bitterness makes this very approachable.

Overall this is a great RIS! Perhaps a bit pricey but I can't say I regret the purchase. Roasty and chocolatey and very full. Great job here

Photo of NODAK
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial stout in a can?? Interesting. The aroma is very thick...molasses, coffee, black licorice....all malts, all the time. Rich.

Pours a very viscous black...I couldn't get much of any head on this one. What head there was, was so thin it hardly counts.

Carbonation was very low. Taste was more on the sweet side than the bitter, roasted side that many imperial stouts seem to favor. The body of the beer is very thick, with semi-sweet chocolate malts, molasses and a hint of dark fruit in it. But again, it's not really a bitter or roasted flavor. Very mild, in my opinion. The finish brings on some bitter dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt character, but it's not really at the biting level many of these beers get to. A lot of thick molasses hangs around during and after the swallow too. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable on the finish as well, especially on the exhale, but given the ABV I'm not that surprised.

This is actually a favorite imperial stout of mine now. To be quite honest, the overbearing roasted and bitter qualities many RIS's have can be a bit much to handle...but this one doesn't have that edge. In fact, it seems like a really rich and sweet rendition. Thankfully, it still has the consistancy of motor oil...which I do love.

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

Picked some up from Whole Foods. Very dark from the can into a glass. It has a very small espresso head. The aroma is nice, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee - could be a little bigger though. Taste is solid with a subtle slightly acidic undertone that gives a bit of bite. Mouthfeel feels a little thin for the style. Drinkability is solid.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a black with ruby brown edges with a one finger creamy brown head.

S. Coffee, dark chocolate, some sweet dark fruits with some booze.

T. Very dark chocolate with a bit of sweetness - molasses. Lots of roasted bitterness and coffee on the swallow.

M. Thick and chewy with smooth carbonation, but the carbonation is a bit much for me - it makes you want to swallow rather than allowing the flavors to sit on your tongue.

D. I really like the aroma and the flavor is good, but the carbonation level really takes away from the drinkability. On the other hand I'd more than happily drink this again should it cross my path.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 can, 9/25/09. Consumed just 4 days past it's birthday. Received in a recent trade, thanks Jackson!

Not going to write much on this one but don't mistake that for lack of respect for this beer. This is also my first review in almost a year so let's hope I'll get back to it somewhat regularly...

Very smooth, silky to the nose as much as the taste. Oatmeal cookie, milk chocolate, a bit more than a hint of coffee and nice touch of vanilla going on here. Much more going on at room temp. Stickier and better.

Very solid Imperial stout. Nothing that will blow you away but very enjoyable. Taste follows nose, silky oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, and bits of coffee going on here. Vanilla makes it's way through at finish. Maybe cans aren't so bad after all....

Very drinkable. Could use a little more body. If Black Butte XXI took the whiskey barrel portion out of it's profile, I'd imagine this is almost exactly what it would taste like.

I'm glad my 1st experience with this one had a year of age on it.

Photo of milkbaby9
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can ("canned with care 12-18-09", drunk 9-13-2010) poured into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Jet black with dark brown 1 finger head quickly reduces to only a ring and film of bubbles floating around.

Aroma dark unsweetened chocolate, roasted coffee bean, mix of raisins, hops, and alcohol peeking out. Taste creamy roasted coffee and dark malt, hint of raisins and prunes, and thin sweetness trying to get through, then a taste of alcohol with a bit of a viney green hops bitterness mixing with the roasty bitterness.

Alcohol a bit warming and forward, dry finish. Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel, but not as creamy and heavy in the mouth as the color might've suggested. A bit of a rough heated finish from the alcohol. Decent, but not killer to me; probably would've liked it more if the alcohol didn't feel so harsh to me. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood...

Photo of BeerMonarch
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a Whole Foods in the Short Pump section of Richmond.

The color could be none more black. The smell is is slightly alcoholic but not off putting. Notes of roasted malts and chocolate dominate the rest of its scent.

The mouthfeel is like velvet, very low carbonation as it should be.

The taste is of sweet and roasted malts but nothing too harsh. It finishes without any burnt tastes at all.

I love imperial stouts and have been waiting to try this one for a while. It definitely lives up to its reputation. This is easily in my top ten now.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can poured into a snifter glass. Canned on date of 11-25-09 so this has almost exactly 10 months on it. Thanks to Cheesemoose for the generous extra.

Appearance: Pitch black like motor oil in color. Nice two finger, dark brown head with good retention. Almost a reddish or scarlett hue to the head. Very dark and very unique.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate dominates the nose. A little coffee bean bitterness, but the fudge and chocolate notes are the real draw.

Taste: Big fudge brownie and chocolate notes upfront. Transitions to more chocolate with a slight amount of bitter coffee beans. Sweet, but nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy. Maybe not as thick as it appeared on the first pour, but still quite thick and chewy.

Drinkability: The flavors are balanced and nice and the ABV did not seem like 10.5% even though this was an imperial stout. Goes down really smoothly, though I can't imagine killing a four pack of these.

Overall, a really solid and sweet imperial stout. Not the best I've ever had but solid in every respect and really tasty. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into the glass like thick, black oil topped off with a 1 finger rich & creamy brown head. Somewhat good lacing throughout the drink. The darkest stout I've ever seen by far.

S: A wonderful and complex aroma of sweet molasses, roasted chocolate, epresso, licorice, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt caramel, hints of dark fruits, and a little bit of booze. Forget drinking this, I need this smell as a car air freshener.

T: Wow. Amazing. Not a legit description though- okay... a rich flavor of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel roasted malts, and vanilla. Booze and hops can be detected, but are very faint. Reminds of a brownie or fudge. Delicious.

M: Creamy and rich texture. Mild carbonation & full body.

D: Can't write anymore, going to go open another one.

Photo of beerpirates
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into my lost abbey stemware glass

A: i never saw à stout so dark and so thick like ten fidy , awesome look , it's just like dark dirty oil with a thick dark creamy head. À real beauty , Nice lacing on the glass

S: Sweet malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses. Fudge also comes to mind. I'm also picking up some hops

T: Biig chewy bittersweet mocha hits you up front with dark fruit and some smokey vanilla, a hint of bourbon and a very nice hop bite

M: Full bodied,very creamy and oily nice carbonation

D: so smooth , so Nice , so well balanced , this is à BIG boy in à small can

stout in à can ? Never had one before , but this stout is just awesome . Wow

Photo of EgadBananas
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Inky blackness poured like heavy crude oil. 100% opaque. Dark Mocha, maybe a finger, head. Close to, if not THE darkest stout I've seen.

Huge notes of coffee, chocolate, slight bitterness, roasted, toasted malts, caramel, burnt toast, molasses, and a hint of booze.

Bitter Chocolate, coffee (not as much as the aroma), huge malt sweetness. The molasses, caramel and some burst flavors are back. The alcohol is well tamed. Fantastic.

This thing is full-bodied, heavy, chewy and syrupy. No carbonation. Coats and sticks around for a while.

The flavor on this is huge, the alcohol is totally there, but very tamed with everything else going on. Killing a 4 pack would be easy. Super drinkable stout. Sadly, I had only 1 can.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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