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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,100 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,100
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 463
Gots: 1,289 | FT: 85
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of CoalCellar
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

..poured from a can into my tulip glass....

Appearance: WOW, liquid tar pours out of the can and into the glass. This stuff looks like it could stain the glass its in. Black as night. Absolutely no light comes through...the brewery couldn't have said it better..."this dog'll hunt"

Aroma: Not too bad, some chocolate and coffie, nothing exceptional though.

Taste: Very nice. Starts out roasted and cocoa, chocolate....coffee...everything roasty and malty. Stouty goodness! But wait, leave this sit in the glass for a while, and suddenly you get a delicious, sweet, candy-like finish. DELICIOUS!

Mouthfeel: Is it possible to chew a beer? This one is close. Nice-thick/syrupy body, slides down the throat wayyyy to easy.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkeable. RIS are generally not that drinkable by nature (1-max), but this one is very...very smooth. Find yourself a case of this stuff to stash away...and don't be fooled by the cans.

CoalCellar, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of beerking1
2.85/5  rDev -34.9%

I REALLY want to like this beer more. The look is AWESOME, with a dark brown head, about 1/2 inch high, leaving a cap and lace all the way down. Darkest head I have ever seen on any beer. Pours thicker than any beer I have ever had before, much like a 30W oil, AFTER months in the engine.
Aroma is great, EXTREMELY roasty, with burnt notes. There is some notes of higher alcohols in the nose, but they blend well with the roast.
Flavor is where this beer falls apart. HUGE notes of fusel alcohols, and I am expecting a big headache from this. The higher alcohols form a hot, astringent character on the tongue, very slightly overwhelming. The roastiness and malt is great, but the fusels are too much.
I recommend sharing this, as 12 oz seems way too much.

beerking1, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

Thanks to BA "Turbine2475" for this delicious brew.

Poured a thick dark black color, with a creamy deep brown head that settled very quickly. Smell is a combination of roasted smell of chocolate, malt, some woodsy aroma as well. Taste is a bit stronger of roasted coffee, cocoa, vanilla, tobacco, even a faint "peat" flavor. Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth all at the same time. A very good, flavorful HIGHLY drinkable RIS. Fans of the style won't be disappointed. The 10% abv is well hidden in this one, so be careful drinking more than 1 or 2.

BigJTrucker, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -3%

12 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a motor oil black (which is what it looks like coming out of a can) with a 1/2 finger of burnt tan colored creamy head. It retains nicely into a thin layer that lies across the surface and leaves some pretty impressive lace behind but it unfortuantley doesn't stick around long, opting to leave a slick, brown coating down the sides of the glass. The aroma is burnt oats right off the bat, along with zippy coffee notes, a rich chocolate stickiness, and a fairly prominant presence of dark fruit tartness that shines through.

The taste is a dark roasted mix of malt and coffee bitterness to start things off with a generally overall feel of oats to it. That's balanced out by a big chocolate sweetness and hints of dark fruits. The finish is bitter, hot and sticky. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a wonderful creamy and sometimes slick texture to it. As full as the flavors are though, it seems like the body could go even a little deeper. A beefy heat is present but doesn't become stinging, more like adding some extra toughness to the overall feel.

A solid RIS from Oskar Blues and a decent deal at around $3 a can for what you get. It's not quite up there with some other top ones in the style but the uniqueness of a RIS out of a can has to earn it some brownie points too right?

Kegatron, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of pheggeseth
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Thanks to PHawk for this trade. Poured into my Darkness goblet.

A: probably the blackest pour I've ever seen, small brown head dissipates quickly
S: dark bitter chocolate, thick creamy vanilla, slight coffee, great
T: dark bitter chocolate again, wood in the back with juicy dark fruit in the middle
M: thick, warming alcohol
D: not the strongest RIS I've had, but definitely up there, a sipper in a can

pheggeseth, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%

a: This is abolutely black, not a trace of any light can get through the glass. It pours with a big, frothy, super dark, mocha colored head that has good retention and great lace.

s: Heavily roasted malt aromas that border on charred. Mild alcohol notes as well, along with some very faint cherries.

t: This is certainly big and satisfying, but it lacks subtlety and complexity. Huge, roasted to within an inch of becoming ash, malt flavors absolutely dominate up front. Some creamy chocolate flavors come next. The finish is a burned bitter malt that includes some alcoholic heat and lingers for quite a while.

m: This is very thick and hearty, like hot chocolate made with whole milk. It is superbly carbonated.

d: Ten Fidy is to impy stout fans what an absolute hop-bomb is to a hop-head. Big, delicious and flavorful, but a bit one-dimensional. Not much to decipher, but plenty to enjoy. If ever there was a sessionable impy stout, this is it.

DIM, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. Pours out like Satan's blood, black and lumpy, WOW. Nice brown head that settles to a fine ring. I have no idea about the carbonation. Smells of deep roasted chocolate, dark candied fruit
(raisins, figs), and a little alcohol is noticable. Big oily mouthfeel. An impressive bitterness actually shines through. Dark candied fruit is buried by the roasted malts and high AA hops. Nice and burned, almost smokey. Aftertaste is burned and the bitterness really starts to grows. Booziness also in the aftertaste. A huge, superb beer that live up to its hype. An absolute must.

timbro81, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of currysage1
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Darkest beer to ever be poured from a can.

Little head, quickly dissipates to just whisps on the surface, has a good viscosity just like a wine.

Smell is of french roast coffee, oily and strong, with dark fruits and a slight alcohol.

Taste is of bakers chocolate, strong coffee, raisins and figs, some alcohol towards the end.

Mouthfeel was slick with not so much in the carbonation front. Very to the style, full bodied in every way.

Drinkability is high because while it is somewhat bitter, the alcohol is hardly noticeable, which is odd for a 10%.

currysage1, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
5/5  rDev +14.2%

12oz can into 8oz snifter.

Deep dark opaque black. As it poured out of the can it reminded me of dirty oil coming out of the bottom of the oil pan on an engine (this tastes better though, trust me). The pour is restricted because of the shape of the mouth of the can, which created a smooth steady pour that created a quarter inch chocolate brown head that slowly transforms into a thin rim. Spotty and stringy lacing is left along the glass.

Thick and heavy bitter malts set up the base which leads way to a spicy hop aroma (which is barely detected behind the malts). Along with the two anchor aromas is a light smokiness which pairs well with sweet molassees. Some dry alcohol comes in as the beer warms.

The bitterness of the malts rivals a strong black coffee (and there is some of that flavor in there as well) along with a citrusy hop flavor hiding in the background. Mild chocolate comes into the middle to balance the overall bitterness. Some mild dried fruit finds its way in there. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The feel is thick and sticks in the mouth after each sip. The alcohol is buried under the bold flavors, but sneaks out a little as the beer warms. The finish is the everlasting roasty malts, along with a little bit of hops.

This is a very robust RIS that probably tops them all in terms of bitterness and mouthfeel. The can seems to be a perfect fit for this one. The glass just seems to "designer", too classy, too delicate for this beer. It was a bit of a search for this one, but I feel it was worth it. It dumps the malts on you with still allowing for the hops to join in. After all that, there is still room for dry fruit and chocolate to add to the complexity. After reviewing 522 beers, some better than others, this one finally wins a perfect score from me. If you ever run into the brewers at the Oksar Blues grill, tell them Chris said, "Thanks."

BeerSox, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -8%

On-tap 4/5/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, short head that almost the same color as the beer itself, it fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts and black coffee.

T: The taste has very strong malty flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The dark chocolate flavor brings a bitter bite as well. There's a very mild hops presence as you would expect from a big stout. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, pretty filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good stout to drink for a while until you get too full, but I think it's very over-hyped. There are definitely other RIS's out there that I like better.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Sampled on 4-6-08

Pours an absolute pitch black, with a tan head that settles quickly. Big, thick rings of tan lacing line the sides of the glass.

Smell is super malty, and very good. Lots going on, wood, dark fruits, anise, and a fair amount of smoke. Nicely complex and very well-blended.

Taste is much like the smell, very malty, but with a surprising bitter kick. Not as complex as the smell, and a little boozy on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little thin, but the carbonation is spot-on.

Drinkability is decent, the malt flavors are very strong and the bitterness adds up.

Overall, good, but not as good as I hoped. Still, it's the best beer-from-a-can I've ever had.

BMoney575, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of woemad
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz can from a 4-pk purchased for $12.99 at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho. Why I can't find this in a city of nearly 200,000, but can drive 20 miles east and pick it up in a somewhat small town in northern Idaho cannot be explained.

Poured a viscous black, with a tight tan head that hung around for several minutes. Lots of lace initially, but that's receeded to spottiness.

The nose was chocolaty, with roasted malts, hops and booze cutting through.

The taste starts out chocolaty but with bitter hops forming a flavor undercurrent. Not as fruity as other RIS's I've known, though there's a slightly pruny taste in the background, along with a warming alcohol sensation.

Full bodied, with a coating, stick-to-yer-ribs texture to the mouthfeel.

A tasty addition to the ranks of those beers of the style I've managed to drink. This would make an excellent nightcap. Still, after sampling it, I think I prefer the Abyss. This is certainly no slouch, however, and I'm glad I've got three more for later consumption.

woemad, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%

Oily anthracite with no highlights whatsoever (not even with blindingly bright sunlight behind the glass). The fudge milkshake-colored crown looks more dense than a fudge milkshake and looks fantastic as it slooowly melts. A serrated band of thick lace is just beginning to appear. No hesitation here. This is a picture-perfect RIS.

The snifter is undoubtedly helping, but the aroma is both powerful and pungent. I'm sure that massive amounts of chocolate and roasted malt are the reason why. Rich chocolate fudge actually describes the nose pretty well. Roasted coffee bean and spruce-like hops are noted as well. Given the stated 98 IBUs, the hoppiness isn't a bit surprising.

Although it's still a little cool, the flavor doesn't have the intensity that was expected after the eyeball and nose tests. It's good, it just isn't extraspecialsuperduperamazinglyfantastic good. I spoke a few minutes too soon. A few more degrees make all the difference in what is now a muffled explosion of flavor that oozes into every nook and cranny of my tongue.

Bittersweet chocolate leads the way. A stout with this much malt (let's call it gargantuan) needs a considerable amount of hops (let's call it withering) to maintain some degree of balance and to stay on the drinkable side of cloying. Mission accomplished. This isn't the hoppiest RIS that I've ever had, but it's in the top-5.

Other than Hershey kisses, the flavor profile contains the same roasted coffee beans and pine sap that was noted in the nose. Let's throw in anise, blackstrap molasses and several pounds of white grapefruit zest as well. For hopheads who like massive stouts almost as much as DIPAs (like me) this stuff is manna from heaven.

Like appearance, mouthfeel is a no-brainer. The first ounce told me all I needed to know. It's huger than huge, smoother than smooth and plusher than plush. How in the world did the brewers manage to pack so much malt into such a small can? There are just enough bubbles floating around to keep the beer from feeling flat. Again... perfection.

Now, a word about the beer's name. My first thought was that Ten FIDY was a slang way of saying 'ten fifty', whatever that's supposed to mean. The fact that FIDY is capitalized made me dig deeper. I now believe that it's a recognized acronym meaning (F)*** the (I)ndusty, (D)o it (Y)ourself. Tell me I'm wrong, Oskar Blues. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the best toss-in ever.

I used to think that Oscar Blues brewed the best canned beer in the universe... until Surly Furious, Bender and CynicAle came along. Ten FIDY, however, can stand toe-to-toe with some of the best RISs out there. Since Surly Darkness will most likely never see the inside of a can, this brew seems destined to be the finest canned Russian Imperial stout the planet Earth has ever known.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%

12 fl oz can; served in a snifter.

Thick syrup consistency; very deep, opaque brown. Thin, creamy light brown head with pool of cluttered bubbles. Somewhat ringed and dimpled lacing with above average strength.

Dark chocolate aroma; rich, roasted malts with hints of oatmeal. Intense, fresh espresso with a rather nutty profile. Mild whaffs of peat along-side a slight sherry-like alcohol presence.

Rich, roasted malts with an immediate, rough floral hop bite. Smokey peat lingers from the initial sip. Dark chocolate, roasted hazlenut, very floral hops all cut by a slick, hefty alcohol flavor. Very robust flavors, yet balanced with one another.

Full in body; intensely slick but also very chewy. A little too over-the-top on the palate even for an Imperial Stout.

A flavorful, robust Imperial Stout. Slightly young and rough around the edges, but some very promising flavors. I wonder how long you can 'cellar' a can for.

NEhophead, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Avryle
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

A- Ten Fidy pours thick. Dare I say too thick? Looks like used motor oil, pours like used motor oil. A vigorous pour from this can of magical goodness creates a small dark mocha-colored head. Fabulous lacing.

S- Coffee & chocolate. Nothing too crazy

T- Rich chocolate malts. Coffee. A bit of booziness on the finish that does not detract from the overall taste. I'm sure this'll only improve as it warms

M- Magnificently creamy & full-bodied... not that it could be anything else given the appearance

D- As good as any other RIS. Heavy body does not allow quick consumption and frankly, you'd probably die if you were to pound it. Glad to have one more in the fidge.

Avryle, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of jj21
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Thanks smellysmell
It's odd actually pouring beer from a can! I'm used to slamming PBR and never seeing what comes out of the mouth so seeing this thick sludge flowing was an odd experience.
Poured the black liquid vigorously into a Duvel Tulip (thick enough that it didn't splash at all!) creating a deep brown thick, creamy head. Black body that light has no chance getting through. Awesome aromas of chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Flavor is wonderful! I had no idea this was almost 100 IBU because there was SO much malt. Incredible! Mouth feel was thick like cough syrup and hid the alcohol surprisingly well. A damn good beer that I wish I had while it was -20 degrees outside. Hopefully it cellars until next winter.

jj21, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of tiger88
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

WOW. I hate it's taken so long for me to have one of these beauties. I'm so glad I have 7 more to enjoy. It looks like the thickest of used motor oil as it comes out of the can. Into the glass, a thin dark tan head forms then quickly disappears. The smell is sweet and burnt. Hitting the tongue, you experience sweet alcohol, dark coffee and sweet, dry chocolate. I would love to be able to drink this every night but I don't want to spoil this treat.

tiger88, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

The black and silver can cracks open, emitting very little carbonation. I proceeded to pour it into a snifter (how often are cans poured into snifters I ask), releasing the jet black liquid with a creamy tan-brown head. The head holds nicely leaving beautiful lace. The smell if full of roasted espresso with slightly burnt notes, figs, and alcohols. The taste is sweet up front. Coffee dominates giving way to bitter dark chocolate. A fruitiness lingers throughout. The body is full and creamy with subtle carbonation; fantastically smooth. This is a great imperial stout. The draw is only greater due to the can. The high amounts of roast and possibly hops impart a significant amount of bitterness to this beer, if it were a bit sweeter, it might be more drinkable, but regardless I would love to have this one again, and will certainly pick it up again in the future.

MSchae1017, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Nesued
3.9/5  rDev -11%

Sampled at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Have been looking for this beer for a while and finally came upon this on a recent visit to Atlanta.

Appearance - Black as midnight at the bottom of a coal mine. Little to no head forming upon the initial pour from the traditional Oskar can. Unable to determine the impact of carbonation, but I can estimate it to be slight. The head that is present is a dark tan in coloring.

Smell - Strong roasted grain and coffee nose. Breath deeply and you will enjoy. I was suprised by a bit of a grapefruit nose as contributed by the (I'm sure) single hop bloom they added (just kidding..). The nose expands a bit as the beer warmed in my hands. I did want to delay drinking this until it warmed from the refrigerator temp

Taste - Dense is the best way I can describe this beer. I was expecting a very mellow finish but was suprised by a bite at the end that otherwise marred an outstanding experience.

Mouthfeel - Did I mention dense? Was able to finally feel the impact the carbonation had on this beer. A coffee-flavor-related bite announced it's presence and provided a basis upon which to build upon.

Drinkability - I enjoy RIS offerings. If left on an island with only one style of beer, it would be an RIS. In my opinion, this is a good Russian Imperial Stout. I very much wanted to try it due to the reviews present on this site, and was glad I did. In my heart of hearts, I was expecting more. I purchased two four-packs to further review at a later time. I've heard it ages well.

Nesued, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours black as can be. Thick rich motor oil looking beer with very little carbonation. The thin brown sugar colored head quickly disappears leaving only a slight collar. A very imposing looking brew.

Smells of bitter chocolate foremost. In the background lurks a slight roasted quality and alcohol. There is a slight astringent essence that seems to come and go. Not as deep and complex of a nose as some, but tempting nonetheless.

Taste is less complex and quite honestly disappointing given the hype behind the beer. Comes off overly roasted and acidic for my tastes. The sweetness of the beer is not cloying, but lacks any depth of flavor. I expected some chocolate, coffee, or dark fruit characteristics, but found them to be limited.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and lacks, in my opinion, the proper level of carbonation. This is coming from someone who prefers lower levels of carbonation for the style. Overall this beer is not bad and certainly above average, but not one of my top Russian Imperial Stouts. Overpriced for my tastes.

Jmamay22, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of breity
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

You know it's going to be an interesting experience when your first instinct is that you've been tricked into pouring motor oil into a cup. No fizz at all when pouring out of the can, though a slim chocolaty head develops once it's in the glass, which then dissipates quickly. The smell is very enticing.

The beer itself coats your mouth (and the glass), complementing the taste which is a cross between espresso and hops. The taste was constant even when the beer warmed up. I quite frankly had to sip this beer -- it was overwhelming to drink any more than that and I'd waste the mouthful by swallowing it in a hurry. In fact, I had to have a glass of water with me to help out at times.

I would never be able to drink more than one in a sitting, and my palette would be (as it is now) destroyed afterwards, but I truly respect what Oskar Blues accomplished and can appreciate it. This is a once-in-a-while brew, and it would be a dynamite choice for those occasions.

(Mad props to goryshkewych for allowing me to try this bad boy.)

breity, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

It's fair to say this is the darkest beer I've ever poured out of a can.

The pop-top crack is not followed by the usual canned beer fizz. Instead slowly rising from the depths of the can a very fine layer of deep brown bubbles emerge. Of course once poured into a glass these bubbles transform into a beautiful fine layer of head that retains quite well floating atop a pitch black base.

The sweet aroma produced from this glass is a mix of malt and alcohol. The taste and mouthfeel are difficult to parse as Ten Fidy thoroughly coats your mouth and the malty sweetness is balanced by dry dark malts and a touch of bitterness. One sip leaves an almost syrupy coat over your tongue. If you open your mouth you will be greeted by a hint of alcohol as you inhale.

All in all this is a very tasty Stout and well worth trying should you cross paths with one. While there are hints to the potent nature of the alcohol in this brew, while drinking one it's hard to believe it is 10%..until you've managed to have a few.

BittRnessabounds, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of OKCNittany
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Poured a 1/2" chocolaty brown head that left a nice coat of lacing on the glass. Body reminicent of crude oil.

S: Nose full of rich, roasty malt and coffee. Some alcohol is present as well.

T: On the tongue, more rich, roasty malt as the nose suggested, plus plenty of chocolate malt. Also notable were coffee and oats - all balanced by a noticable hop bitterness. Excellent.

M: Medium+ body with very low carbonation. Super smooth. Coats the mouth, resulting in a lasting aftertaste with a slight warming.

D: Well hidden alcohol (well, for 10% abv) with loads of flavor. As balanced as an RIS can be, and very drinkable. You'll have to slow yourself to keep from having your $14 four-pack disappear too quickly.

Oh - one more thing: if you live in a state where this is unavailable, happen to fall ass-backwards into a 4-pack, then share it with friends, you may regret it later.

OKCNittany, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Deep, dark, Texas Tea espresso/Jolt cola-color with thick, compact dark maple walnut/praline head and great lacing.

Heavy alcoholic tinge with tinny tones of earth, slate, grassy hops and double-roasted coffee and malt - a little unbalanced; not quite beautiful chemistry but blown away nonetheless

Wow. Burnt espresso, heavy ring of bitterness from coffee and hops. Mild sweetness - abundance of everything and way over the top.

Finishes very thick with nice, harsh coffee tingle.

This one's for quality, not quantity. Sip, savor and enjoy in moderation.

IBUnit63, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Had on-tap at the Gingerman in Manhatten:

Pours pitch-black with a thick light brown, creamy head. Awesome retention, esp. for abv level.

The smell is of dark roasted maltiness - chocolate and coffee. A bit milder than expected, but nice.

The taste is almost explosive. Chocolate and deep roasted coffee with a hint of citric/piney hop support. Beautiful balance of sweet, bitter and roast. Warming alcohol is present, but fairly soft on the palate and non-interfering. It has a very long, roasty finish.

Just about hits full-bodied, it is rich and creamy without being too sticky or syrupy.

Good drinkability for such a high abv. Very rich and tasty - a work of brewing art!

jwc215, Mar 29, 2008
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 7,100 ratings.