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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,221
Reviews: 2,337
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of brewcat
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A complex imperial stout to be sure. First, in a can. I realize that several craft brewers have either moved entirely over to the can or some portion. However, to find such a complex, rich, and refined libation contained with these aluminum walls is a departure for sure.

Pours a perfect imperial blackness. Looks like someone replaced my fizzy yellow beer with 10/40. nice mocha head results. Aroma is bitchin. I get a bouquet of molasses, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Also kinda get some hot tar roof, band-aid, saran wrap notes. Things definitely improve as this brew warms and breaths.

Taste matches the aroma nicely. Rich balance of the sweetness is matched be an assertive bitterness. Something else pops as i contemplate this one further. Anise or black licorice comes through rather subtly as I swish. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is both pleasant and restrained.

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

Ink-black with an apparent motor oil consistency, Ten Fidy is crowned with an inch and a half of mocha-colored head that slowly settles to a thin film. Swirling creates some impressive "legs" that slowly slide down the side of your glass.

On the sweet-to-char continuum, Ten FIDY treats the nose to more of the char and espresso notes while keeping the molasses and baker's chocolate in a supporting role. Smoke and wood flavors provide a nice bacon-like undertone.

Mouthfeel is downright thick. Darklord aficionados will feel right at home as this viscous "beershake" coats the back of your throat. There's enough carbonation to prevent the weight from being unpleasant, but make no mistake: this is a very full-bodied beer even compared to its impy brethren.

Espresso and dark chocolate form the flavor foundation, while some molasses, faint dark fruit, light smoke and tobacco provide some welcome complexity. A slight tangy astringency at the finish takes a bit away from an otherwise first-rate example of the style.

While I'd never describe the heavyweights of this category to be highly "drinkable," Ten FIDY does what it needs to do to avoid demerits here: it hides its alcohol reasonably well, doesn't overwhelm the palate with repeated sips and doesn't smother you with its oil-slick consistency. Unlike some extreme stouts, it lets you move on to another beer.

Photo of 321jeff
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had an 08 and an 09 split side by side with Ben in early January 2011, reviewed from notes. Both were canned in December of their respective canning years.

Appearances were pretty similar, both Black as night with a milk chocolate colored head, the only real difference being the 09 had a good bit of head and the 08 was noticeably smaller.

Aromas were also similar with lots of chocolate and burnt roast. The major difference here was notes of alcohol that was present in the 09 but not in the 08.

The differences in the taste were more noticeable, bot had lots of chocolate, but the bitter roast was much smoother in the 08 and had more of a bite in the 09. There was also a bite from the alcohol in the 09 that had vanished from the 08.

Mouthfeel was thick and viscous in both with moderate carbonation. Both of these are enjoyable, and I'd like to try it against one that is really fresh, but it seems that once Ten Fidy hits the 2 year mark, it really smooths out and takes things to the next level.

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

A-Pours almost like oil, pitch black body with less than 1 finger of chocolaty brown head, lots of lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, raisins, plums, anise, molasses and coffee.

T-Sweet dark chocolate, brown sugar, a little bit of coffee, molasses, figs, and a little cinnamon. Its very rich and full, but maybe a little hot still.

M-Thick and smooth, the carbonation is almost undetectable.

D-Still one of my favorite RIS. Thick and delicious, very nice full mouth feel, one of the more important aspects for me in these beers.

Photo of Mancer
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The can poured out a thick tar black brew with a one finger high deep reddish brown head. The head dissipated moderately into a thick lace that covered the top of the beer. The initial aromas were of roast, dark chocolate, malts, and hints of coffee and espresso beans. The initial flavors were sweet with a deep roasted caramel, dark chocolate and roasted coffee.The roast lasted nicely in the after taste and the alcohol was masked fairly well. The alcohol gave a nice warming of the nose feel. This beer was full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Well rounded in flavor and complex. The initial pour was insane, I have never seen such a black beer. Kudos to Oskar Blues for this finely crafted beer.

Photo of KajII
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

Poured a muddy black with a very small medium brown creamy head that was fully diminishing and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of burnt cereal malts and a leathery doughy yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and an mild alcohol scent. It tasted sweetly bitter with a coffee flavor at first and finished with a nice bitter-smooth flavor of coffee and chocolate that stayed with you for a nice while. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a GREAT Imperial stout, lots of flavor and no taste of the high alcohol content.

Photo of engagechad
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased as as single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a Stone pairing glass

Poured incredibly thick and syrupy and was difficult to get a head on it but when I did it looked great. Black as night. Smelled of powdered ovaltine then as it warmed it smelled of twizzlers/licorice. Tasted good, with a present ethanol burn which was a little off putting. Felt great, thick and present not very drinkable for me.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black with a small very dark brown head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Very sweet chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dates and raisins. Nice aroma.

T - Sweet, dark chocolate, charred malt, brown sugar and raisins. Aftertaste is of charred malt mostly.

M - Thick as can be, smooth and creamy! Refreshing as well.

D - Awesome. Oskar Blues proves yet again that beer in cans does not have to be bad!

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

Brought this one back from San Fran. It was a drunk night and a stop in a corner store is where I came upon a four pack of Ten Fidy, God bless America!!!

The brew pours pitch black, big foamy brown head. The head quickly receded and left little lacing.

An interesting nose on this one, tart fruit and big malt.

The taste is delicious on so many levels. Nice big malt flavors, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel. The tart fruit can be detected in the end, it's something that is quite unique and unexpected and is mixed in with the bitterness.

Perfect thick mouthfeel.

This is what I would describe as a perfect example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of ElGallo
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shall I compare thee to a Dark Lord Day?
To Kate the Great, to the KBS fray?
No, no I shall remain with your crushed can
a faded image once whole and beloved
Regardless of the dusty shelf where you lay
Regardless of the sun-drenched aisle where we met
You are pure now, sprung free and poured
Mocha head, spider lacing dotting your new home
You greet me fresh and bold
The quiet soldier unleashed in combat
We dance, and yet no words, no sounds
We are one, and I honor thee with praise
and another sip, and another
Like a joyous march into the night
A sip, a memory, in the corner of my mind
A can, on a shelf, and the march
It is late now, and the ounces fade
But I am marching, glass in hand, into the dark

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

Poured out of a can into Portsmouth Brewery Snifter.

A: Pours a deep oily brown color with a nice finger thick, dark tan head with some lace retention.

S: There are major sweet chocolate notes up front and maybe some dark fruits as well. Also, roasted malts, hints of coffee and a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste up front is a quick burst of the sweet chocolate, which is followed by the roasted malts and some coffee flavor. Finishes with a roasted/smokey flavor and is a bit dry as well.

M: Full bodied, very thick...not much carbonation, leaves a roasted flavor.

D: The whole RIS in a can is an interesting concept, typically if I drink out of a can (hardly ever) you see a light colored beer, not an oil colored one. That being said, this is an excellent beer.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ten fidy, canned november 11, 2010

a 4.5 motor oil black, deep ruddy brown head of one finger, good ring retention, spotty lace.

s 4 molasses, brownies, leaves. nice though a a tad restrained.

t 4.5 big sweet molasses chew of a beer, with hop cones and roasted barley rolled into the candy. soaked through with alc, but it's well integrated. roast and hops in the finish. reminds me a little of old rasputin flavorwise and smellswise, but sweeter and neither the hops nor the roast are as aggressive.

m 4-4.5 huge body matches the flavor, even threatens to overtake it. a good deal of starchiness, reminding me of Tyranena's dirty old man (a beer that was overwhelmed by its body after some age).

d 4-4.5 flavorful as it is, it needs every bit to keep from being overtaken by its body. needs the touch of acidity in the finish, needs every degree of roast, etc. makes me think this beer is probably best fresh. ten fidy is dangerously gulpable (and this coming from a certified hater of most stouts)--could use a few more bittering hops to slow me down if for no other reason. the degree of roast is just fine. i actually would love to try this with a little bit more bitterness--uber fresh, perhaps?

Photo of foogerd
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark as night black body, an aggressive pour produced an asthetically pleasing one inch expresso colored head, a bold looking mofo of a stout.

S- Roasted chocolate malts, some smoke, and mocha flavored coffee.

T- Bittersweet bakers chocolate, straight expresso, hints of lactose,saucy soy, some acidity in the finish.

M- Smooth slick oil that slips off your palette.

D- Brilliantly drinkable.

What an RIS! This has taken the classic stout to a new level of perfection.

Photo of heebes
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.

Pours a thick black with a dark tan finger thick foamy head. Nose is smooth coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, burnt and toasted. Taste is smooth on the palatte. Cocoa flavour upfront then a slight bitter bite which smooths into a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium to heavy body. Good drinkabiliry, well hidden ABV. Not sure I agree with the can appeal here and quite pricey for a four pack. Glad to try it though, great beer!

Photo of Japerrault
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black as over-used motor oil. Dark brown head. Just what you would expect from a truly great Imperial stout.

S: Sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, ripe fruits - raisins, dates...

T: Sweet up front, cocoa flavors first, coffee, molasses. Roasted Barley bitterness in the finish. Wonderful. Hops were not perceived in the aroma nor the taste, but they were there for balance.

M: Definitely not thin. This beer has some substance to it; More like broth than water. Just what it should be.

D: Not to sweet, not too bitter, carbonated perfectly. Imperial or not, this is way too easy to drink. I'm in trouble.

Photo of Beerme5
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a can into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with the consistency of motor oil. That experience alone lets you know this beer is to be respected. Smells of licorice and molasses. Mouthfeel is very thick, almost chewy, but still lends itself to be very drinkable. While thick, the alcohol content is still present along with licorice, molasses, and espresso flavors. This is a sipping beer and in my opinion the epitome of what an imperial stout should be. I've enjoyed this beer cold and at room temperature, and found it's opened up more at room temperature balanced with a frosty pint glass. This beer demands your attention and respect.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.88/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a deep dark black color with a thick brown russet head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium and has a little carbonation. Drinkability is low because of the heavy booze flavors.

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

A-Pours deep, dark black with 1 inch of dark roasty brown head. Leaves moderate sticky lacing. Very attractive.

S-Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, everything you'd expect from an imperial stout.

T/M-Lush, roasty, very smooth. You'd never know it was 10.5%, though there is a pleasant warming quality on the back end. Light bitterness keeps the malt profile in check, though it's not all that sweet.

D-I dig this.

Photo of AwYeh
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours opaque black, with a thick film of fine, dark brown head on top.

S: Tons of chocolate aroma here, with bits of coffee and dark fruit. Alcohol is quite noticeable.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate the complex flavor of this one; coffee and dark fruit once again make appearances, along with vanilla and a light smokiness. Fortunately the alcohol that showed up in the aroma is well hidden here.

M: Thick, rich, and smooth, with very little carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable; the sweetness of the beer when it was cold was a bit much, but around room temperature everything is very enjoyable.

Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black...that about sums up the color of the body...a creamy tan head stands about one finger...it slowly falls into a thin bead...some lacing

S - Chocolate, a lot of roasted notes, smokey notes, coffee, and dark fruits

T - There is a lot of dark chocolate flavor in this one...it's there from start to finish...the roasted characteristic goes right along with the chocolate even adding some complexity to the flavor...in the middle I picked up some dark fruits and paired with some vanilla it was enough to sweeten the beer...the beer finishes with chocolate, roast, and smoke

M - Full bodied...smooth and creamy...nice finish that coats the palate

D - I finally had the chance to try this and it was pretty good...I don't think it lived up to its hype for me...but don't get me wrong it's delicious...and I couldn't see having more than one since it's 10.5%

Photo of bens0n
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dirty, oily black, 100% opaque with a very small amount of dark brown head, not much lacing going on but this pours black as night straight out of the can. I have never seen anything pour as black as this does.

On the nose there is an awesome chocolatey backbone with some other roasted notes and dark fruit. Not boozy smelling at all.

Flavor wise, there is much more dark fruit and less chocolate, but it still finishes with a roasted/nutty note.

I love the thick viscous body this has, virtually no carbonation, I almost want to call this chewy. Given the ABV, this is really drinkable, but on the filling side.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pitch black, small tan head pretty nice lacing

S= Roasted carmel notes, some dark fruits, big chocolate.

T= Pretty smooth, roasted chocolate malts. Didn't really get the alochol burn that some talk about.

M= Full bodied, low carbonation which is perfect for this beer.

D= I would only want to have a couple but that kind of goes with this style of beer.

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a founder's snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Head quickly dissipates and forms bubbles around the sides of the glass. Nice lacing.

S- Smells of vanilla and sweet coffee. Dark fruits also present... The vanilla aroma may have to do with the nearly two year age of the beer.

T- Vanilla and dark roasted chocolate arrest the palate. Nice and creamy with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Great balance and character.

M- Thick and chewy. It's creamy throughout with little carbonation as the style warrants.

D- Good drinkability despite the chewy thickness. This is a soul warmer. I would love to try a fresh one of these.

Photo of muttyd
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a thick tan head. Very reminiscent of a cup of espresso (in appearance). Aroma really opens up the instant I poured it into the glass. Roasted barley is obviously present with some notes of dark cherries, very slight salty soy sauce, and charred wood. Flavor is very roasty, sweet, with similar flavor notes to the nose. Molasses and some espresso dark chocolate cake present as well. Finish is sweet with some earthy, floral hop notes. I really enjoy this beer: always have eve since I got into craft beer. Just wish the price was the same as it was when i first discovered it.

Photo of Timmah11
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into Surly Darkness snifter. Can dated 10-25-10.

A - Opaque Black. Thin tan head from an aggressive pour. Doesn't stick around long. Slight lacing left behind as the glass empties.

S: Some chocolate and vanilla, like the alcohol smelling vanilla used in baking. Also some smokiness but I didn't get much of a coffee aroma.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate and roasted malt, and some background sweetness I can't quite characterize. Some slight bitterness in the middle with a smooth chocolate finish.

M: Like thick oil. Smooth and syrupy. Alcohol presence is not in the forefront but is certainly there.

D: A sipper for sure. A very well done Imperial Stout

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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