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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,477
Reviews: 2,249
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,437 | FT: 89
Brewed by:
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 SykDoc
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of stoutsnipas, as well as brdc. Poured from a can into a flute, it pours like an opaque black motor oil with brown edges when held to the light. A minimal mocha colored head forms to about an inch and then leaves minimal lacing at the edges.

The aroma is quite complex with the standard of dark chocolate. However, there are also strong components of bourbon and brown sugar, as well as a dark cherry hint.

The taste is similar to the aroma with dark malty flavor, as well as a fair level of bourbon. Hops do sneak there way in at the finish. It gives off a large flavor of chocolate and does not seem to be just dark chocolate, which adds a nice sweetness.

The mouthfeel in farily heavy with a good amount of carbonation. It is quite viscous and smooth with a sticky finish.

I still can't believe it comes in a can. This is an very good beer to enjoy and savor. It will leave you satisfied if you like good stouts.

SykDoc, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Absolutely opaque black. An aggressive pour shows no initial head. Just after pouring a thin cap of mocha cream appears and then disappears. No lacing. Aroma is heavy dark fruits, berries and chocolate. First taste is smooth and creamy, an underlying roast note ends with a slight alcohol taste. As it warms chocolate and roast become more prominent. The main detractor to this brew is that the alcohol is more noticeable than I would like. Generally I prefer more roast character as well.

And the "pack it in, pack it out" slogan on the can warms the heart of this backpacker. It would be an excellent backcountry brew. Pika, meet Ten FIDY. Ten FIDY, Pika.

Initial review on 2/5/09. After a few more RISs under my belt I revisited it. The above is the newer review. It's fairly similar though I reduced the scores a bit, I was a bit starry eyed with this brew since it was one of my first RISs.

goatgoat, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of organicbrewer
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lucifer snifter, celler temp (low to mid 50s)

A- pitch black with a mocha colored head. Too dark to see through.

S-Chocolate with some fruity esters. coffee. A bit weak compared to the flavor.

T- Chocolate brownies with a ton of bitter coffee. Really roasty, huge bitterness both from roasted grains and hops. Really nice

M- medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D- Nice beer for a cold snowy night. Probably wouldnt' be a good choice come spring.
Perfect desert beer!

organicbrewer, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of dwpiercetx
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With all the hype, I was expecting a knock out with a smooth feel that would hide the alcohol under the stoutiness. I was wrong. I am not saying this was bad at all, just didn't live up to the BA hype put on it. I will buy more next time it comes around. It's a beer that I'll drink if I want beer and it's too late to make a session. Dark..couldn't see through it. Roasted choc and coffee malts with lingering alcohol taste...the only bummer. Would and do recommend for special occasions for cans.

dwpiercetx, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of dblipajunkie
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canned on 12-22-08.

Maybe the best beer I've had in a can ahead of OB's Gordon.
Right off the bat the first characteristics which impress me most are:

- Color
- Drinkability
- Taste

Plenty of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit present.
Amazingly well balanced for drinkability.
I expected a better head, but it could be the condition of the glass.

I'll have to let it warm up to assess the smell, overall I'm knocked back in my shoes impressed. I've sent out for more
to enjoy with the game.

dblipajunkie, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Opaque deep purple/black color. One finger of thick medium brown head. Average retention and plenty of lacing.

4.0 S: Dark fruit stands out the most, especially prune. Then medium roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. A little bit of floral hop. Very nice.

4.5 T: It has everything that is good in an RIS and none of the bad. Everything in the nose is also in the taste. Dark fruits (PRUNE BOMB!), chocolate (still going with semi-sweet) and medium roast coffee. There is also a buttery diacetyl aspect from molasses I assume. There is no solvent-like taste or overly harsh burnt taste. Very very nice.

4.0 M: Full bodied. Plenty creamy, but a little undercarbonated for my liking.

4.0 D: Damn good. Best RIS I've had thus far. Also BY FAR the best beer I've had from a can (I've also had Old Chub).

DavoleBomb, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Hardtarget for the gift and the chance to sample this tasty treat!

Aroma: Sharp roasted grains, grassy, and floral hop notes. Light dark fruit notes and some alcohol heat warms the nose. More dark fruit and leafy hops as the beer warms up.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a thick sudsy head.

Flavor: Dark fruity esters, moderate chocolate notes, and big grassy hop flavors. The hops are definitely in charge until it warms up a bit and my palate gets used to this flavor onslaught. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderately low carbonation, a slight roasted grain astringency, and alcohol warming on the palate.

Overall impression: A big, hoppy, American slant on an RIS. I would have this in my regular rotation if it were available. The hops and alcohol would make this something I'd only have once in a session but this is a full flavored palate pleaser.

mattcrill, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of roopy40
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.

A - Can you say, "I just got inked by an octopus."? Black and ink-like in appearance and color. Dropped this into a pint glass without holding back much on the pour. This allowed for a decent head to form which I didn't get much of when I had this the first time. Dungeony lace formed all around the glass.

S - Smell of dark, rich roasted coffee, marvelous chocolate and anise.

T - Coffee! Dark roasted malt! Necco wafers.

M - Smooth and silky at first, then a slap of carbonation, hop bitterness and alcohol at the end. Full-bodied.

D - Not by any means a session beer (10 ABV), but I end up buying a 4 pack every time I pick it up because one isn't enough. Do yourself a favor and spread these out and savor them. You'll enjoy it more and not fall down enjoying one too many. Great beer for the price and ABV.

roopy40, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black, very opaque with ruby around the top edge. Just about zero head, just a few brown bubbles. Roasted malt, roasty coffee, chocolate and port aromas, excellent. Real nice full body, forms a film on the sides of the glass as I tilt it. Roasty malt, coffee and bakers chocolate flavors, the smell doesn't lie. Finish clean with some lingering cafe mocha. Drinkable, with the alcohol non-existant. A big beer with a nice balance of malt and hops. The only thing I would say could improve this would be slightly more carbonation, which could make it more creamy than oily. Still deserving of the good reviews. In the top 10 non-barrel aged Imperial Stouts.

Bung, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of AlexJ
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blacker than the Devil's tuckas on a moonless night. Impenetrable black with thick, lasting mocha froth that clings dilegently, depositing ample lace.

Aroma is also dark. Expertly charred malts, chocolate galore, heavy roast coffee, and hints of pine. There are nice undertones of vanilla spice and roasted nuts.

Flavor doesn't dissapoint. Massive dark malt complexity of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark caramel, scorched sugar, raisin and dried plum. There's ample hop bitterness with a pleasant pine and earthy herbal/balsalm finish. Very complex and rich.

The body is massive and thick. Viscous even. Uber creamy and slick on the palate. Chewy and dense. Drinkability is good for a beer this powerful because I want more! Impressive beer in a can.

AlexJ, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange into a pint glass. Pours black with a coca-cola brown head.

S - Chocolaty, sweet, roasted coffee, with some alcohol in the aroma.

T - Delicious, and akin to the scent. Bittersweet chocolate,

M - Creamy, full bodied, viscous.

Notes - I've had a couple cans of this from the CBE and having it on tap really adds a lot of depth and at least some perceived freshness to the taste.

HeyItsChili, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of RobH
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first ever Oskar Blues beer and also first craft beer in a can.

First word I uttered upon taking my initial sip was, "phenomenal". No doubt a quality, very flavorful, super creamy mouth feel Stout. The review can pretty much end there.

That said, could there possibly be a hint of "can" in it? I mean, is it scientifically, chemically possible for the beer to pick up some essences of metalic flavor from the aluminum can, or would it merely be mind over matter? As with other reviewers, I am only left wondering if there would be any discernable difference (i.e. improvement if there's room for any) if this brew came from a glass bottle.

Guess I'll just have to finish this one and wonder...

RobH, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Thick, black, with a beautiful milk-almost-dark chocolate colored head with great retention and thick lacing.

S- roasty, malty, coffee, chocolate, sweet dark fruit.

T- Taste is simply fantastic. this beer is THICK, extremely thick, creamy and rich. chocolate chocolate chocolate, more chocolate, and malts. bitter roasted coffee finish on the back of the palate (doesn't last for long). the aftertaste is of sweet longing for more.

M- ridiculously thick and chewy. grab a knife and some A1 and you can eat it like steak. one of if not the thickest beers ive ever had. great. smooth as all hell.

D- its hard to stop drinking, because its so damn good. but it is so damn thick that you not only feel it slowly making its way down, but it settles in your stomach like an oil spill in the ocean.

Best beer from a can i've ever had.

jdklks, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of dakid618
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can courtesy of kiefdog. Pours motor oil black with a finger of creamy mocha colored head. Smell is sweet like hersheys chocolate. Taste is a little bitter up front like drinking straight chocolate syrup followed by coffee undertones. Very thick beer, possibly the thickest I've ever had. Covers up the alcohol very well. I don't think I could drink more than one or two of these because of the thickness but it's flavor is so good I'd love to try. I didn't know what to expect with this beer but every drink is better than the last. I look forward to getting my hands on more of this.

dakid618, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of argock
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.10.

A: As black as any RIS I have had and pours thicker than any other beer I have had. Head is 2-finger thick with a tan, baking German chocolate cake appearance with good retention and formations of lace are present down the glass.

S: Strong scents of dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso, black licorice, molasses, and leafy hops

T: Definitely allow plenty of warming prior to tasting, but this is an extremely thick, chewy, flavorful RIS. Roasted dark malts are met with big flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, and molasses with punch of leafy, earthy hops with a citrus zest. A light metallic, mineral aftertaste is present when a little cool and fades when more warming occurs.

M: Thick and chewy with low carbonation and surprisingly lush feel.

D: The drinkability is exceptional for its ABV and IBUs. Warming is important to avoid the metallic aftertaste, but with patience, this is a complex, full-flavored RIS. I like Bell's Expedition Stout better, but Ten Fidy is still a great stout.

argock, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Lunchmade
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good craft beer in a can, thank you Oskar Blues! This review is after my first Ten Fidy. I have been hearing good things about this brew and has been told that I must get into it soon. Love the can concept and was very excited to see a pitch black motor oil come pouring out to leave a nice head that only stuck around for a bit. I should have known from the dark as night look that I was in for a sensational ride. A slightly bitter, great hoppiness, smooth & creamy sip was one I dragged out as long as I could. The beer got better as it warmed up a bit and the last sip was greatly missed. Slight alcohol grab at the finish which lets you know that it is not just dark chocolate and caramel that lace this brew. Can't wait to get my hands on another soon.

Lunchmade, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thick and black, a good thick head forms, but then it is gone. nose is coffee and chocolate with figs and raisins. some tobacco too. taste is outstanding. coffee chocolate, a bit of a smokiness. real rich and damn good. hops fade to the back and hit just at the finish to balance out the sweetness a bit. mouthfeel is perfection. its like a milkshake. alcohol is really well hidden. i was surprised to find that it is 10%.

jpaltan, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OH man, what a beer! This is an exceptional stout. Had it on tap at Father's Office, once the Deschutes Abyss tap ran out, but not to worry, this one can, and did, hold a candle to that fine libation.

A - Thick black, not unlike motor oil, with brown hues, and a standard tan head that holds very well.

S - Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, dates

T - Incredibly creamy, especially the first few sips, combined with the dense head. Beautiful coffee flavor, with hints of mocha, and definitely cinnamon.

M - I could not emphasize how smooth this is in this medium (on tap). Tastes like heaven with the consistency of Dimetapp.

D - Share one of these with your friends when they graduate from something.

raoulduke37, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of TLove
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer on rotating tap at the Big Hunt in DC. Just started. Get on that!

The color and head is similar to other russian imperial stouts that I have had, however, this seemed a bit over-carbonated at first.

The smell and taste are both surprisingly sweet, smooth, well-balanced and not-so-subtle with flavors of heavy roast, malt, cherry, and chocolate. The Ten FIDY has a great balance between the sweetness and the high ABV and is unapologetically complex.

The Ten FIDY finishes rather smoky and carbonated. The smokiness is reminiscent of the Stone Smoked Porter, however, with less single-flavor dominance.

TLove, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, almost completely opaque color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, consisting of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

Taste follows the aroma...lots of chocolate and coffee with some caramel and toffee notes in the background. An amazingly sweet beer but not overwhelming in any regard.

Creamy and exceptionally smooth, a thick beer that coats the palate nicely. My apologies for ever saying that good beer can't possibly come from a can...clearly there are exceptions. I never would have imagined this would have been so good but I am pleasantly surprised. An amazing RIS and one that you would be an absolute idiot not to try if you had the opportunity.

Vengeance526, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with a creamy brown head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of a nice roasted malt and chocolate, some rust, hops and booze. A velvety smooth chocolate flavor, perhaps chocolate liquor, mixed with roasted malt, a viscous old ale sweetness, and rust. Very bold flavors. The feel is very smooth and chewy, big malty sweetness and a noticable alcohol kick. A very tasty stout, a bit boozy but good for a cold night.

Gmann, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to johnnnniee fro this one. Was sent as part of Black Booty '09.

12 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. Thick dark chocolate colored head. Thin foamy lace sits on the surface, though not a lot of lacing on the glass. The foam paints the glass with each sip, though collapses back to the cap when the glass is set right. Color is black motor oil.

Smell is dark roasted coffee and bitter baker's chocolate. Taste has a little bit of vanilla blended with the dark coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is a little gritty, and the alcohol is very dominant. A little overwhelming, but that is what I was wanting.

bort11, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed a couple before this official review... Shout out to Grandwazoo who learned to pour a beer with NO fear from this one...

This belongs in a can since it's a little less than a quart of oil!! Thick.... Syrup looking!! And pours almost like maple syrup... Except a tan head forms and clings to the glass for dear life.... Can you say "Lacing" champion?? Serious... Thick foam all inside the glass...

Roasted malts... Actually quite delicate if that makes any sense... A bit of floral hops in the background. Really nice!!!

Smooth as a baby's bottom... Not that I've ever tasted a baby's bottom!!! Intersection between coffee and chocolate almost equals.... Black licorice... but not too strong....
Nice... touch of cinnamon.... My God, this is a great beer...

As thick as this is in body it's unreal in mouth feel and drinkability...

Just unreal...

I could drink this all night.... Well, I agree it would NOT be a long night!!!

Great beer!!!

Reagan1984, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of ThirdLap
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liberated this from Macktbone's (the guy four reviews below this one) fridge after he was suitably liquored up. Told him it was necessary that I review it immediately.

This is probably my tenth or twelfth Ten FIDY in the last year. Pouring it into my ever-faithful Stone IRS goblet it shows off a massively thick inch-and-a-half dark brown head that recedes after a few minutes, leaving heavy lacing and a thin foam coating that remains for some time.

Nothing really screams out on the nose, save for perhaps some dark malt. I get some coffee and sweet dark chocolate, but in all honesty I don't think anything is as pronounced as many of the other reviews would have you believe. Everything seems rather subtle and subdued.

There was nothing subdued about the taste, however. Thick, rich dark chocolate, roasty coffee notes, with a bit of dark fruits. Hops are present but not intrusive. Mrs. ThirdLap stated that she enjoys this more than Rasputin mainly due to their absence.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, viscous, and oily. Low to medium carbonation, and it leaves the mouth exactly the way you would expect from a chewy, viscous, and oily beer. I'm still tasting everything minutes later. Takes on a more creamy feel as it warms.

The abv is very well-hidden. I could drink these all night.

While I prefer the more hop-forward character of Old Rasputin, Ten FIDY holds its own very well. This is a very good example of the style, and the best beer I've tasted from Oskar Blues.

ThirdLap, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of dqderrick
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, my wife and I both loved this beer. She liked the caramel smells and flavor.

Black with nice 1/4" head.

Smells sweet. Caramel. Smells amazing but light. Caramel is definitely there.

Carmel, candy and more. I taste more candy than toasty oats. But it definitely tastes like an Imperial Stout. However, Ted Fiddy has a sweeter candy flavor that offers a distinctive caramel characteristic.

I would drink 2, 3 or 4 of these easily. The caramel character in the flavor is amazing. I liked it as did my wife. My wife is a beer review enabler if I position it just right and this review saw some benefit of a dual input system. Cheers to Ten Fiddy fans and my wife! This is my first 4.5 across the board review. All so good but just couldn't give it a perfect 5 on any level.

dqderrick, Jan 24, 2009
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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