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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,166 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,166
Reviews: 2,224
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 464
Gots: 1,307 | FT: 84
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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 Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the one beer I was looking forward to trying on my trip to denver. It only took me one stop at falling rock tap house, where they had one left for $5. Dark as oil and almost as thick. Nice tan head, almost too easy to consume to watch out! Alcohol is not noticeable, some raisins and plums. I have enjoyed better imperial stouts, but never in a can. Worth it.

Backer2004, May 06, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black, 1 1/2 finger brown head.

S- Strong roasted malt with strong earthy hop aromas.

T- Strong roasted malt flavor dances with a slight sweetness in the begining. The bitterness of the roasted malt which comes through in the middle lends way nicely to the strong but not too overpowering hop finish.

M- No complaints.

D- I'll have to try it again, eventually.

Altough a little over the top for me, this would be a must try if you're an Imperial Stout fan.

Pauly2X, May 03, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks wolfsblood for the trade

A- poured a dead black with a clear body with a big brown frothy head on top that rose slowly but stayed for awhile. light to decent lacing was left around the glass as it slowly fell down

S- very strong chocolate character with a bit of roasted body to it as well. smooth very light alcohol presence. malty character

t_ as the last review noted there is some pretty noticable hop character wihch i didnt notice in the nose, but was pretty evident at that point right before you taste it on your tongue. i woudlnt say it detracts all that much cuz to me it was swallowed pretty quickly by the malts and became really a malt machine where the hops were more balance than character. very creamy and smooth and I wouldnt expect a 10% to be like this. very smooth roasted body to it.

M- extremely creamy and very light carbonation, thick as hell body.

D- pretty damn good,

Atron67, May 02, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
3.05/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can. This was black in color with very fine brown bubbles that dissipate quickly. The nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit clearly poking out along with dark chocolate. The grapefuit edge makes this very strange for me. There is more of the same in the mouth with the grapefruit, sour cherry and dark chocolate lingering to a bitter finish.

SQNfan, May 02, 2008
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, it does pour like oil from a can. It's sitting pitch black and viscus in my glass with a short tan head.

The aroma is hoppy at first then I'm pulling out cracker and toasted biscuit with a light note of dark roasted grains. It tastes a lot like slightly watered down chocolate syrup in that its got a lot of cocoa with sweet sugary feel. The aftertaste has a hit of roasted brley along with citrus rind and grapefruit hops.

Overall, the flavor profile and aroma are different than the average RIS. And for a 10% beer, it's pretty drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden. However, for such a big beer, I'd expect bigger flavor.

tempest, May 02, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz can poured into a pint glass.

A = Pours like old engine oil, thick and so dark brown it is pretty much indistinguishable from black. Forms small dark brown head which dissipates slowly, leaves medium lacing on glass.

S = Strong bitterness and hops flavors mixed Turkish coffee, evaporated milk, flowers. Interesting smells, but frankly a little too hoppy and flowery for my tastes in an imperial stout.

T = Strong coffee tastes mix with both bitterness and pine tastes from hops. As with the smell, the pine and floral tastes of the hops just don't meet my expectations. It's not bad, but it's not my cup of tea. I'd prefer an RIS with perhaps some of the bitterness of hops, but not the strong flavors. Tastes too much like I mixed a coffee stout with an IPA. There's not inherently wrong with doing that, but it's not what I'm looking for in an RIS.

M = Heavy, heavy body, luscious creamy feel, great mouthcoating. One of the best mouthfeels I've ever experienced in a beer.

D = This is a drinkable beer but with the ABV and the mixed tastes of RIS and IPA, I think this is one where I really have to be in the right mood.

Traquairlover, May 01, 2008
Photo of TheEremite
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift from metallitone1. Thanks again.

Poors black with a dark tan/light brown head. Coffee, malty and carbonic aroma. Smells a little soy saucy, like it's going to be super syrupy. Tastes very dry though. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavor, not too sweet. Very drinkable. The roasted malt is a little biting, but I could still drink it all night. I'm really glad I got to try this beer. If it were local, I'd stock it regularly.

TheEremite, May 01, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russian Imperial Stout in a can?
Yes, please.
Pours a very pretty pour. opaque black with a deep brown head... hard not to like the look of it.
Scents are varied, strong and deep. Chocolate is the first thing to hit and after a bit I get some whiskey. I tasted a whiskey not long ago called Peat Monster and there are some strong similarities. Roasty, toasty scents, roasty, toasty flavors.
A bit of chimney.
Dark, bitter chocolate with some notes of smooth milk chocolate piping in here and there. I think I can taste the connection to this and Dale's Pale ale in the hop character.
Maybe coffee with citrus rind thrown into the mix? That's what the hops seem to do in here.
The first comparison that comes to my mind is Brooklyn's Black Chocolate stout. For the money I'd say I'd have to choose the Brooklyn version, but for a more definitive comparison I'd have to do a head to head taste test.

ommegangpbr, May 01, 2008
Photo of bobbinalong
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night on the far side of Pluto. Not much head with very sticky lacing.
S: Burnt malt dominates but chocolate holds it own.
T:Nice balance at first that quickly gives way to malt and more malt. Finish is hops dipped in chocolate.
M:To call this creamy is an understatement. It's like taking a scoop of Haagen Daus chocolate and letting it melt in your mouth.
D:Slowed me to a crawl.
Overall: A "dessert" beer that if given a little more finishing hops would be perfectly balanced. It's production probably explains the high price of grain right now!

bobbinalong, May 01, 2008
Photo of throwitallaway
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fuck I already forgot who sent this to me. Thank you just the same! Poured from can into snifter. Very dark with a small brown head that fades quickly. Smells like an RIS, roasted malts, a little chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes similar, a pleasant roasted bitterness hits you first, with chocolate and alcohol following. Mouthfeel is right in middle and a little creamy.
Drinkability is hurt by the alcohol being too prevalent. Not really my thing unfortunately, but tasty enough

throwitallaway, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of GPHarris
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tiger88

a - poured a three-fingers thick dark brown head into an imperial nonic. the head was thick and creamy and left sticky lacing and thick sheeting throughout. i know it's been said but it really does pour like motor oil out of a can, the body is black as night. beautiful looking beer.
s - burnt and roasted chocolate malts with a hint of hops.
t - same as the smell with a little coffee thrown in.
m - thick and creamy, this is as good as it gets.
d - wow! unbelievable beer and i could go crazy with this one as it is so drinkable. but i'll have to ration the three i have left...

GPHarris, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of DHGranstrand
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to lightindarkness for the TenFidy!! I have had two great trades with 'the man'!

Pours jet black with prodigious dark creamy head.

Nose of burnt chocolate, strong espresso and malt.

Strong espresso and burnt chocolate hit the tongue followed by anise and malt.

Very creamy but just a tad thin for such a strong flavored stout.

This is an incredible flavor rush. Very well balanced for a 10% abv. Just a little burnt for me but it is a strong contender.

DHGranstrand, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of therica
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing.

A= pours like old motor-oil out of a can, both of which are black. Little head, and of course looking more like foamed-chocolate. Entirely dense.

S= nice but not as powerful as the beer itself. Complex herbal hops scents, burnt everything you can think of, especially chocolate and coffee with a little rust-hint.

T= as bold as it appears. "The kitchen-sink of beers" I suspect. Burnt chocolates, malts, various hops that blend bitters and burnt tastes nicely. Coffee, no licorice or anise as I find frequently in these darker artist-craft beers, thankfully. Great from top to bottom.

M= burnt chocolate and mild bitters, a little sweet residue but not much.

D= great for maybe 1 or 2, a definite must-try for beer affectionados.

therica, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Well, this is pretty much black. I can't really imagine it getting much darker than this. It has a nice coffee-colored head too, along with decent lacing. This is quite an attractive beer.

S- Straight-up roasted malt here. Classic burnt malt aromas of bitter chocolate and espresso are present, forming a fantastic bittersweet character.

T- The taste is just as I would have expected given the smell. It's sweet upfront, with a chocolaty, brownie batter-like taste. The finish is bitter with coffee and a bit of piney hops.

M- Smooth and a little creamy with a medium-full body. Carbonation isn't too high, which is good for a beer like this.

D- I certainly wouldn't want more than a single can of this in a sitting. Even though the alcohol isn't really noticeable, it's still a very rich beer that I wouldn't want too much of at a time. Of course, it's not meant to be consumed in mass quantities, so I can't really hold that against it.

This is a great beer. I give it props for having a classic roasted malt profile. Those flavors are more prominent in this beer than in any other Imperial Stout I've had. The only thing keeping this from the very top of my list is a slight lack of complexity. The roasted malt flavors are great, but they're all this beer has to offer. It lacks some of the fruity character present in some of my favorite example of the style. Anyway, that's just a personal preference, and I'm really nitpicking at this point. Bottom line: if you like stouts, seek this one out. Highly recommended.

vtfan77, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out of the can like motor oil. Small brown head atop the massive black body.

Smells like cascade hop crusted dark chocolate. Bravo!

I was expecting the taste to blow my tastebuds away (like yeti), but that wasnt the case. Every flavor you want in a stout comes together near perfectly in this brew without being overpowering. Complex and drinkable. Very nice, indeed.

Rich and indulgent mouthfeel. Enveloping.

One of the best stouts I have had. Near perfection in a can.

IPAcraig, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz can into a goblet. The beer is thick and black, and absolutely no light escapes from it. Dark brown head grew to one finger thick with very poor retention.

Smell: Dark chocolate and black coffee with a slight of vanilla in the back.

Taste: Rich coffee on the introduction. Dark chocolate in the midpalate with a hint of roasted nuts, maybe hazelnut. Things stay pretty bitter through to the finish, which is a nice creamy chocolate note.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with a bit of carbonation. Smooth all the way through.

BucBasil, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Midnight black... this stuff is filthy motor oil black. A puffy medium to darker brown head, nice 'n sticky.

S: Something of a French roast coffee, some of the toffee characteristics of the style... this one has the black currant that I tend not to notice in many others. A light whiff of liquorice on the back end.

T: Deep roasted malts, bitter coffee beans, some dark fruit notes. Unsweetened chocolate, and a hoppy presence. I might try aging a couple cans to see what happens with that.

M: Creamy feel throughout the mouth, and leaving a sticky reminder behind post-finish. Fairly smooth and nice.

D: It's a pretty easy one, considering the ABV... the flavour can start to seem a little big after a while, but until that point, it's quite smooth and sexy.

Proteus93, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to csmiley for his generosity.

Appearance: I'm floored. After cracking open the can and pouring it into a glass, the blackest beer I've ever seen sits before. It's an opaque onyx. Not one speck of light's getting through. It's truly a sight to behold. The head was also among the brownest I've seen. Very dark and imposing. It was somewhat minimal and dissipated relatively quickly. Light lacing lined the glass. But, this is an amazing beer to see. Truly top notch.

Smell: It's a little less vibrant here than I would've liked. Don't get me wrong. There's plenty of roasted and chocolate malt to go around. There's a nice coffee/espresso aroma that blends well. A bit of a lactose smell comes across which is interesting and a nice touch. Hops are much more apparent than I expected (which bumps it up to a "4"). But, it still comes across as just a little weak in this department.

Taste: It's as good as advertised and picks up tremendously here. Chocolate and roasted malts create a very tasty flavor though the chocolate certainly tastes stronger. Great for a little chocolate fix. It does have a very interesting lactose flavor which is fantastic and gives it a creamy feel. I'll come back to that. The coffee flavor complements the other flavors well and plays its role perfectly. It's not overpowering, but certainly makes its presence known. I wasn't really expecting this to be hoppy, but it's got a nice bitter taste to it. The hop presence really elevates it to greatness. It finishes, bittersweet and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It feels medium bodied. Carbonation is extremely low, but it works perfectly. It's extremely smooth. The lactose element really adds a lot in this regard and gives it an incredibly silky feel. It might be 10% abv, but you'd never know. Alcohol is not noticeable in any way and makes it incredibly drinkable.

Ten FIDY is quite the beer. One can only chuckle at the thought of an RIS this tasty being canned. But, Oskar Blues has pulled it off and crafted an extremely fine beer. It's every bit as good as advertised and perhaps a little better.

prototypic, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can! Finally got some cans of this after trying it on tap and bourbon aged many times before. Pours into my glass a deep, brooding black, the most viscous beer pour from a can I've ever experienced. A small dark tan head shows up and settles to a ring around the top. Aromas start off with big deeply roasted malts alongside a mix of bittersweet chocolate and coffee tones. Weak brewed coffee with a cream accent. Big malty and chocolaty.

First sip brings a rich, big dark roasted malt body upfront. Bittersweet chocolate moves in along with somewhat of a creaminess. Brewed coffee makes an appearance. The oats provide a nice slick, creaminess as well. It finishes with a long, lingering roasted flavor and a subtle sweetness. Only a slight hint of noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich, dense and viscous. It coats the palate as it goes down and the oats lend a smooth creaminess to each sip. Mellow carbonation works well here too. Overall, this is a solid, tasty imperial stout, but there are still plenty of others I'd grab first. This just doesn't have the depth of flavor I normally enjoy in a rich imperial stout. Thanks to warriorsoul for the cans.

orbitalr0x, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the 2008 CBC in SD.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a nice dark brown head.

The aroma of the beer was full of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and ash. Some notes of coffee and dark fruits were in the background.

The flavor of the beer was focussed on roasty malts to the point of being a touch ashen. Mid-palate could've used a little more molasses/dark fruit sweetness. The hops seemed slightly citrusy and pretty up front. This can was pretty fresh and I'm sure this beer will age out well.

The mouthfeel was full, but was not too heavy. It finished pretty dry for a RIS. The carbonation seemed dialed in well.

A very solid RIS that's forcussed more on the ashen roasty end, but restrained enough so that it doesn't go overboard like The Abysss IMO. Very drinkable and accessable.

SacoDeToro, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lots of chocolate aroma. Big roast malt and tons of base malt. Almost smells a little like candy.

Deep dark with a big thick head of tan foam. Very nice. Lost of brownish lacing sticks, almost like syrup to the sides of the glass.

First sip is mostly sweet malt flavors and some maple and caramelized sugar, deep dark rich sugar flavors. Then the roast kicks in. It's not big roast flavor but enough to give it some tartness. Hops are present for bittering and are at a nice level to do that job, but mostly the hops are an afterthought. Big yeast esters of ripe fruit and black cherry. It finishes with a lot of chocolate flavor. Yum...

Big thick mouthfeel. Very apprpriate for the style. Slight warming from the high alcohol level. Almost chewy.

Big huge sipper. A very worthy beer to put among the better impy stouts.

czechsaaz, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of peabody
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours out like motor oil. Rich fine brown foam that laces the pint glass.
Aroma is smoke and peat and dark chocolate with rich yeast strains. Almost a fruitiness that I can't put my finger on.
Taste is tobacco and chocolate burnt malts. Really good RIS here.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such an oily concotion.
Drinkability is still high here despite the 10% alcohol. mmm good.

peabody, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This was a good imperial stout, and by far the most drinkable one I can remember ever having. Thanks to SurlySober for bringing some cans back from VA in his wooden leg. As he surmised, if you were going to drink an imperial stout every day, this would be the one to have. I'd add that if you were looking for an imperial stout that got close to "sessionable," this would be it.

Appearance was black and thick with a minimal tan head. Aroma was surprisingly floral to me; in addition to the usual aromas for this style (roastiness, coffee, etc) I got something that approached lavender. Flavor was hoppy and roasty and good, but not all that unusual - chalk this criticism up to how much I've heard about this beer prior to having. Mouthfeel was smooth and slick but a bit flat.

This is a really nice and drinkable beer. I would highly recommend it.

BeerBelcher, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of UnionMade
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Inky black, with a scarce, brown head. The head alone is darker than most beers, including craft ale. High marks on viscosity alone. It's intimidating to even look at. Despite the lack of a blooming head, lace sheets down the glass quite nicely. The head disappears, save a very thin collar clinging to the glass, before the beer starts to warm up.
The aroma is heavily roasty, but overall sweet. Jammy dark fruits, slabs of dark chocolate and heaps of coffee. Molasses sticking to the lot. Maybe a little tree bark and charcoal as the beer warms.
The flavor opens surprisingly mellow, given what my other senses are telling me. Rather than punishing my palate, I'm greeted with an extraordinarily silky smoothness that carries the bold flavors with elegance. Very round, without any sharp edges or angles. Very full bodied. Heavy roastiness comes across mostly as a dark chocolate with very high cocoa percentage. Lots of caramel providing an undercarraige of sweetness. Gummy molasses and berry flavors, leading into a balanced finish. Leans a bit towards bitter, evening out the oily sweetness up front. Strong, roasty bittersweetness, with pine-like hops maintaining a strong presence. A bit of alcohol to round things out. A very long, drawn out finish, roasty chocolate sticking around what seems like forever. Hi-test!
Very happy to spot this one on tap at the local watering hole. I hope to see it again.

UnionMade, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Foxman
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours as black as a moonless ebon night on a far-flung heath. Two fingers of velvety brownish tan head settle to a soft scoop of pillowy foam. A sheer wall of lacing scarps the inside of the glass.

The aroma graces with long and deeply roasted malt that's darkly earthy with dates, black cherry, cocoa, black coffee, and chocolate. A low-key toss of hop spice precedes a surprisingly soft blush of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is singed artfully, teasing out bitter espresso, sweet toffee, and dried dark fruit, a light bite of black cherry and unsweetened chocolate. Hops spice moderately and play off a twist of licorice. The alcohol is much warmer here, but it's still craftily incorporated. Burnt biscuit bottom begins a very crisp and dry finish that slides easily into a long low hum of lingering bitterness. This is a glass full of inky black flavor excellence.

Full bodied, it flows thick and sticky like 40W mixed with syrup, and the glow it leaves is marked and homey.

If it's dark, earthy, and deeply brewed, it seems to be in here, like rich loam in a can. It's wickedly complex, it's deceptively well blended, and it can't help but inspire a warm smile with every eager sip. And speaking of warm, the ABV is present but still slightly subversive. Yet, it drinks especially well because it tastes so damned good, and feels awesome going down. For my money, it is well wirth the $3.50 a can it cost me, and I'll be buying it again, and gladly at that.

Foxman, Apr 21, 2008
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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