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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
98
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8,001 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,001
Reviews: 2,296
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 497
Gots: 1,676 | FT: 100
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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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz can, Sam Adams glass, same vintage as below, 12/22/08. Drunk on 5/27/10, a five month difference from the below review. Scores are averaged and rounded up.

I would still say this is an inpenitrable shade of crude brack (brown + black..). At first I was afraid there'd be no head; one formed, but not a big one. Black as night beer with whisps and foam and lace in this-is-truly-a-dark-chocolate-mocha brown. 4.5

Chocolate, graham cracker, chocolate graham cracker, cinnamon, Aztec chocolate, Belgian-like dark fruit. Very sweet with raisin, dark molasses rum, chocolate liqueur, and dark chocolate covered almonds. 4.5

Huge dark fruit. Currant, raisin, plum, prune too, and then the rum soaked version of all these. It isn't boozy, but I would like to point out that my can states 9.5% abv as opposed to the 10.5 of this page. There is the impression that warming will bring out some alcohol burn. A tiny bit of roast is starting to show up, coupled with maybe some hop bitterness. The coffee peeks in at the end but isn't the espresso with bitterness that it was five months ago. These do little to stem the tide of dark fruity sweet flavors. Chocolate is present but also slight. Thankfully the sweetness cuts a bit with warmth. 4

A little syrupy with a shocking little burble across the tongue. Where did those bubbles come from? 3.5

Are you kidding? A 9.5% abv hyper-sweet Imperial Stout drinkable? No way, I doubt I'll drink this more than twice a year. 2.5

12 oz can to Sam Adams glass. This particular treat was canned on 12/22/08.

Black as night. Truly the darkest I've seen and honestly like crude, as so many testify. The only highlight is a fingernail thin ruby at the bottom edge of my new Sam Adams glasses. Darkest head I've seen too, milk chocolate. 5

Slightly boozy, huge toffee, caramel nose calling to mind their Old Chub scotch ale. Moderate roast note, though it is of rich darkness, not burnt. Cherry or raisin, currant note. Phenols as the glass warms. 4

Huge toffee, espresso, dark chocolate with the emergence of a sweet dark fruit. Burnt sugar. The hops must be providing some of the bitterness but any spice or other flavor that seems to be hop induced is escaping me. 5

A little sip is a mouthful. Substantive, chewy, viscous, more than a liquid this is. I love it, it's bursting with flavor from every seam of the can. 5

Intelligence will dictate a limit of one a night I'm afraid. Yum. There might be a taste bud blowout if you were to have more than one. 4

Photo of trevorjn06
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an imperial stout and it pours real thick, like oil. It has a dark brown head and smells fairly mild, a little roasty. It tastes smooth and rich, hints of chocolate and a thick feel in the mouth. It has a bit of a warm alcohol feel on finish. This stout is quite good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great black pour, minimal head, great cherry cola look to what is there. Sticky. Aroma, very fresh feel to it.

Taste, wow, very similar to Abyss (pretty soon Abyss will only be 1% bourbon barrel aged to make this a more legit comparison). Smooth. Velvety chocolate feel, few hops. Goes down so easily, but little nuance of cinnamon with it, yet not too sweet. Even a little vanilla.

I resisted trying this for so long, $16 for a 4 pack of cans just didn't seem right. I was wrong.

Photo of Beefeater57
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque. Light isn't going through this one. Thick, clumpy brown head that looks just like oatmeal. Pretty much like engine oil out of a can, which is what I expect from an Imperial Stout.

S: Licorice, strong semi-sweet chocolate presence. Some espresso, roasted malts, and brown sugar/molasses.

T: Smooth. Sweet roasted maltbase, some milk chocolate notes, some dark chocolate, and a grainy hop bitterness to balance it out a little.

M: It's a meal in itself. Chewy, hits the lips like a milkshake. Very smooth beer, silky. Some alcohol warmth after a few sips.

D: One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had, goes right up with Stone's. The thickness and ABV limits drinkability, but you just need one and call it a night. This is what I expect Imperial Stouts to be. Too bad this beer is costly, because I would consume it often. This is a rare treat to myself whenever I feel like giving my beer-lovin' soul a high-five.

Photo of EvilGnome6
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a syrupy, oily jet black with a small tan head that settles into a small film after a few minutes. Very little carbonation; just enough to create a head when pouring. Leaves an oily film on the glass with delicate lacing.

S: Strong black coffee and dark chocolate. There's also a subtly sweet roasted scent that is quite pleasing. Maybe a touch of dark caramel.

T: Salty black licorice, dark chocolate and espresso. The flavor explodes like a biting into one of those liqueur soaked cherry chocolates. Has a touch of sweetness with just enough bitterness to keep if from being cloying. A small hint of vanilla bean in the finish.

M: Dense and creamy. The flavors cling to your mouth and lips and slowly fade. Goes down like a rich chocolate milkshake.

D: Very drinkable for its richness. No, this isn't something your could chug down or drink all day, but that isn't the point. It's a delicious and incredibly decadent treat that should be savored with every sip.

Overall: Incredibly good. Very accessible for such a rich flavor that belies its strong alcohol content. The only hint if its strength is how quickly your head will start spinning. I would definitely drink this again and would drink it regularly if it wasn't so darn expensive.

Photo of sadie23
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Thick, rich, dark liquid with dark fine bubbles in the thin head.

S: Deep coffee candy smell that reminds me of my grandfather's house when I was young.

T: Licorice coffee taste, maybe more like espresso nibs. Unsweetened dark chocolate, light alcohol taste considering the ABV.

M: Not as thick feeling as it looks, but creamy.

D: I would like to eat this with an expensive bar of chocolate. I will definitely drink this again, probably just 1 can at a time because it's relatively expensive.

Photo of ryno09
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. I found the aroma to be a bit boozey and lacked some of the usual characteristics of an imperial stout but everything else about this beer is excellent. Drinkability is really high for me as it has a very smooth finish and a soft mouth feel. The only downside is the price and amount you get per can.

Photo of djhowell
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours inky black with ¾ of an inch of brown head that settles to a thin head after a couple minutes.
S Coffee, chocolate, and some vanilla. It smells great, can't wait to taste it.
T It tastes even better than it smells. Has a great dark chocolate finish that is just a little bitter.
M Syrupy but smooth with very little, but adequate, carbonation.
D Very tasty stuff and I would love to have another one after this. The higher ABV would probably limit me to just that one more though.

Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a can!

A: Black. Pitch black, with a nice light brown 2+ finger head. Over time it falls back to a thick film with heavy lacing.

S: Nice mild cocoa, roasted malts and aromatic coffee/espresso.

T&M: Smooth, ultra-smooth, full bodied stout with a creamy, rich espresso flavor that is incredible!

Excellent stout. Just about the best I've ever had in any 'stout' category. There is a hint of alcohol, but it is so well masked at 10.5% ABV that this is just incredible.

Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin but closely woven head of dark brown, modest retention and lacing. True to form, presents an impenetrably black liquid, a starless night in your glass. Heavy nose that texturally pushes outwards to gain as much ground as possible, licorice, white cake mix, toffee, baker's chocolate, café au lait, not overpoweringly sweet nor sugary, as much white grape and apricot fruit as cherry or plum scents, vanillin booziness, brazil nuts, there's plenty of different scents in there but they don't quite cohere into a choral whole. Full-bodied, dense and slooow moving, oily texture. Coconut, butterscotch, caramel, coffee, carob and chocolate covered raisins, darker complexion to the fruit here, cherry and blackberry with only a brush of apricot. The carbonation itself is slow if steady, more like a drip from a leaky faucet than a steady stream. More roast to it when warmer but, conversely, sheds some weight. More intensity of flavor and it's a right up with the best.

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

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with hardly no head, no lacing or any other sign of life. It has that "dirty motor oil look" that we all like.

There are scents of toasted marshmallow, smoked meat, coco, coffee, and horehound. Nicely balanced. The scents are nice, just a little weak for the style.

The flavors match the nose well. Again it seems a little week for the style, but dam tasty none the less.

The mouthfeel is sticky and flat with nice medium body.

Verry drinkable. I cant belive something this good came from a can.

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

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: You have to see this to believe it. I've had alot of stouts and this is right there with Old Engine Oil as the thickest, blackest stouts I've seen. Minimal tan head with barely any lacing at all.

S: Alot going on---molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, little tobacco and very roasty

T: As mentioned above, alot going on---all that is listed in the smell but also there's a lingering bitterness that rounds it all out very nicely.

M: There is very little carbonation but in this case it's very nice. Very thick and syrupy as evidenced from the pour.

D: This one went down very smooth and quickly. I'd definitely go for another if I had one but that might be it.

It's really nice to know that this RIS is widely available in many stores nearby. A very solid, enjoyable stout. We search the country looking for limited release stouts and this beauty can be had just about anywhere---thanks OB!!

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

Looked like well-used motor oil coming out of the can, seemed almost thick as it came out out of the can. I was wondering if any head would eventually appear but after about half the can was poured a small head appeared for about as long as it took me to smell the beer. The smell is vague but could pick up slight notes of burnt fruit, definitely not as strong of a smell as other beers of this style. The first taste was surprisingly complex considering the simplicity I picked up in the nose. Roasted toffee and malt at first, bit of burning sensation on the way down and leaves a dark chocolate and coffee bean taste in the mouth after swallowing. Minimal lacing through the glass as I finish.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I almost choked when the cashier told me my total for 4 cans of beer was $17.46, but he immediately followed up with "have you had it yet? Its..." and then made that 'chef pinching all his fingertips together, and then kissing them and exploding them up in the air' move. Plus Oskar Blues has been good to me thus far.

Deep black with a chocolatey brown head that didn't hang around long. Very complex on the nose, notes of toffee, sweet cherry, chocolate. Wow. Soooo smooth. The alcohol is very well hidden, yet at the same time you get the feeling, a few of these and you'd be feelin no pain. Finishes remarkably clean compared to its stylistic peers.

This could be served after dinner in a snifter or cordial and impress the finest port and brandy drinkers, and yet is drinkable enough to enjoy a few full glasses. The price is kinda rough, but I have to admit, I'm likely to buy it again for special occasions. And I have a loose definition of special.

Photo of Bfarr
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, thanks to beertunes for this one!

Ten FIDY pours a deep brown just shy of black with a big brown head. The aroma is an overwhelming molasses, like wiping blackstrap under your nose although it did calm down enough to notice a little licorice. The taste is very similar. It was kin to licking a taste of molasses and swallowing a little water. It eventually calmed down as well but went almost directly into bittersweet chocolate mode where that was all that I could taste. Near the end a little licorice and smoked barley came through but not enough. A sweet alcohol retro-olfactory is present throughout. The mouthfeel has a good imperial stout mouth-coating but is fairly smootth with just a bit of a syrupy feel and good carbonation to make it go down easier.

I must say it slmost unnatural to see something that dark come out of a can, and I mean that in a good way. I wonder if this gets a few bonus points for being from a can but overall it is a pretty easy drinking imp stout that is hard to stay away from.

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

This beer pours a dark black spent motor oil color with a thick dark mocha colored head.
The smell is strong and fruity with some chocolate flavor.
It tastes like chocolate roasted malts. Smooth and chocolately with some fruity undertones.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Almost light and fluffy feeling.
With this mouthfeel this beer is very drinkable especially for a 9.5% Imp Stout.

Photo of honestdave
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer in a trade with Jared. Thanks again Jared!

Poured the 12oz can into a snifter

A: Looks similar to the used oil that came out of my tiller. Super dark, thick viscosity. Thin chocolate brown head.

S: Sweet dark chocolate. Coffee. Fresh bread. Smells delicious.

T: Some licorice, full city roast coffee flavor, dark chocolate. Very tasty stout.

M: Smooth, thick and syrupy. Very little carbonation.

D: I could easily drink more than one of these - despite the high alcohol content.

Summary: This is a good stout. Very well balanced. I hope to try this again sometime soon. Glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of Donerik
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can!

I liked it

A: Dark, Dark, Dark, Brown. It poured out of the can like oil. I looked like oil. Had about the same amount of head.

S: Rich Malt Smell, Think of the best Malt Smell you've ever had, then roast it, and you're close.

T: Delicious, It had malt upfront, Richness throught, then finished with a smoky chocolate flavor. Sublime.

M: Flatish, still good, for the style but a bit flat, didn't take away from the flavor at all, just made it smooth.

D: I liked it, this would be a staple in my fridge if I lived west of the Mississippi.

High Marks all around on this one.

Photo of thetomG
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sipping on this one right now... acquired in a trade with HeadyHops81 (thanks!) poured from the can into a tulip.

Pours a very dark black with a small but nice brown nutty head. Aroma is a bit boozy & smokey overall. Flavor has a strong smokey/roasted/malty quality to it, but it is nice and smooth as you drink.

Overall I'm a bit disappointed - this is a solid stout, but not something I'd necessarily seek out again in most cases.

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

12oz. can poured into a snifter. Bottled on 03-10-10, or should I say canned on lol

(A)- Poured thick & dark black as the darkest night. Produced a good brown colored head that dissipated down to bubbles after a minute or two.

(S)- A rich roastedness that is actually rather toast-like. Bits of coffee & raisins. Dark cocoa amidst some bread-like nuances.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A depth of roasted malts with flavors ranging from toast, molasses, raisin, coffee, & cocoa. Rather bread-like. Has the tiniest hint of licorice.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Malt-tastic! A wealth of robust roasted flavors with only a mild bitterness. Has a rich body that is surprisingly smooth. Hides the 10.5%abv extremely well.

(D)- A solid to great stout, but more importantly, probably the best beer I have had out of a can! Definitely fits the style well; just an all-around good stout I would love to always have in the fridge if I could. I was very surprised by this one.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can.

Pours a viscous looking black. Totally opaque. Dark tan head is thin and retains as lacing.

Smells like roasted grains, dark sugar and maple syrup. Maybe some chocolate.

Tastes mildly syrupy and roasted. Caramel and toasted nuts are there too. A bit of alcohol finishes it off.

Feels thick like syrupy, with a very mild carbonation tingle on the tongue. Warms going down.

Very good. Don't let the can fool you. Has to be in my top three RIS that I've had so far. A bit strong to drink a lot of, but superb.

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

Appearance is in one word black. In two words, black and opaque. In three words; black opaque withatanhead.

Coffee and a wee bit of vanilla and maybe some some anise. Booze as well.

Taste is sweet. Same as smell but sweeter. Good stuff though.

Thin mouthfeel for sorta thin for an imperial stout. Light carbonation sweet short finish.

OK drinkabilty too thick and coating.

I like this beer. But I don't know why its in BA top 100.

Photo of quasimoto
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick molasses droopy glug into the glass which creates a nice tight bubbled tan head. Aromas of Dark chocolate ice cream and hops come into play. The flaovr starts off chocolatey a turn into a culmination of molasses and hops. Sure, there are background notes of coffee, roasted bread, (yes, I meant roasted bread) and chocolate, but the molasses really sticks out in this one as the backbone flavor. Maybe even some soy sauce in there. The drinkability of this beer varies. Sure its a nice Imperial stout, however the weight leaves to a one serving beer.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce can into a snifter.

Pours an intense deep black. Completely opaque, when held to the night none makes it through. Small head is short lived and settles to a cap. Swirling brings legs all around the glass.

Aroma is dark fruit, sherry and darkly roasted grains. Sweetness of the malt brings date and raisin aroma. Middle brings dark chocolate and hops. Hops are resinous and piney but muted against the huge aroma of the grain. Maltose and dextrose are big on the aroma with a slight amount of alcohol whiff. Finishes with a dusty slightly smoky aroma.

Taste opens with a huge hit of darkly roasted grain. Chocolate and dark fruit. Booziness creeps in but is not solvent. Oatmeal with molasses and burnt grain. Hops give a bit of balancing bitterness but are beat back by the malt. Coffee notes come into play with cocoa powder and dark spiced rum. Finishes dry even though it is sweet as hell.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky and viscous. Carbonation is low to non existent. Velvety smooth on the tongue and slightly coating.

Very nice, I am not an RIS fan, but there are some very interesting oat characteristics here that other RIS's don't showcase.

Photo of BDJake
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a pitch black, impervious to light, with small, rapidly dissipating head that somehow left decent rings of lace.

S- Dominating aromas of bourbon, fig, dark chocolate, and booze.

T- Thick blend of bourbon chocolate, coffee, figs, and alcohol.

M- Syrupy to no end, low carbonation, and (thankfully) more subdued on the bourbon aftertaste than much of the other super extreme imperial stouts out there.

D- A pure sipper, but a nice one that's one of the best choices to ever come in a can. I'll definitely pick some more of it up to enjoy, and share.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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