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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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8,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,358
Reviews: 2,365
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,971 | FT: 113
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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 zhanson88
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out of the can almost pitch black, and looks completely opaque once it settles. About 2 fingers of deep roasted expresso head forms that has amazing retention and lacing.

Smell: Very interesting smell. The requisite roasted malts are there of course, but I also get tons of dark fruit scents as well. Like, insane amounts. Lots of plum and fig threaten to drown everything else out. Little to nothing in the way of chocolate or coffee.

Taste: A great deal of roasted malts appear up front. Maybe hints of chocolate and coffee. On the back end the flavor becomes dominated by the plum and fig dark fruit flavors. Finish is pretty fruity. It's a very unique stout, unlike anything else I've had.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is every bit of full bodied; thick, chewy and creamy. Everything an imperial stout should be. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Overall, a very good imperial stout that I'd love to have full time access to. Very unique and pretty tasty.

Photo of BobCS
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very dark brown, almost black, raising a brown head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing but a hint of lace, viscous and oily clinging to the glass and staining it brown when swirled

S - smoky, roasty, and almost rummy with alcohol, hints of licorice trying to peek through

T - thick, big, smooth, sweet, roasty, espresso - everything happening at once and initially hard to pick apart. The beer changes quite a bit as it warms in the glass and it seems each sip brings out something new

M - very full and rich on the tongue, viscous, creamy, and warm

D - as if 10.5% alcohol wasn't enough reason to take your time with this beer, the depth and complexity rewards contemplation.

Photo of dubinsky
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Crate and Barrel Bruges snifter.

A - Pours a very thick dark black. This beer is so thick that it didn't even form a head. I cant wait to sink my teeth into it. There is a thin ring of burnt caramel color on the outer rim of the head. There is no head retention and no lacing.

S - This beer smells thick, if thats possible. Smoky malts lead to a coffee and burnt caramel notes. There is a slight tin aroma as well as a light alcohol smell.

T - I let this beer warm up a bit before enjoying. Dark roasted malts are giving me dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, licorice and vanilla. There is also a great smoky element in this flavor profile.

M - Thick and creamy. Very slight smooth carbonation. This beer leaves a thin oily film on my tongue. Like i would imagine a 10w-50 motor oil would feel in my mouth if i were stupid enough to drink one.

O - This is a delicious imperial stout, that has some serious heft behind it. The name is completely apropos cause it looks and pours like used motor oil. Its wonderfully balance, and the high ABV is well hidden other than the fact that i has a nice warming effect. I'm glad this is so easily available to me. I will definitely buy this again and again.

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

reviewing the '09

pours an oily, pitch black with light turd brown foam which settles quickly into a very even half finger of head which leaves thick, solid lacing.

smell: smokey, with a powerful note of roasted granola.

taste: much more smokey, kinda wood-chippy with a dry chocolate finish. nice alcohol tinge in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel: goes down easily enough, but leaves a dry mouthroof and a syrupy throat.

drinkability: this one is a sipper, very full flavored and intense. if youre not experienced with this bad boy, take it slow.

Photo of gawnphishin
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- The beer is jet black with absolutely no head.

S- Full of chocolate and a little roastiness. Slight bit of alcohol.

T- Chocolate and roast then perfectly done BACON!

M- Almost too carbonated, which is weird for the amount of apparent carbonation. Slightly Chalky.

O- Good Imp Stout. I could drink it every day.

Photo of weizenbob
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And in this corner, weighing in at 9.5% ABV, the granddaddy of canned stouts, the lion from Lyons, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy! This will be a twelve ounce fight. Keep it clean and go out swinging!

This can was received in a trade with dizknee24. Thanks Pete. It was dated 11/2/09. Score! I punched a knife through the bottom, cracked the top, and shotgunned the thing. When I regained consciousness the next day I sat down with another can which I sensibly poured into a large wine goblet. The moral of the story: treat this one like a lady. Love it and it will love you back.

Knowing that I was pouring a beer that was approaching 10% alcohol, I tilted the can aggressively in an attempt to rile up as much head as possible. I was rewarded with about a finger's worth for my effort. The head is Crayola brown but unfortunately (though expectedly) the retention is pretty poor. Lacing is thick and sticky. This is about as dark a stout as they come. Sometimes it's a slight exaggeration to describe a stout as black. Ten Fidy literally is black. If you stare into it too long you can get lost.

This is a stout that starts blurring the line between beer and fine liqueur. The aroma is quite alcoholic and a bit fruity, landing the impression of black licorice. The scent of chocolate is also very aggressive. Roasted malts are noted in the background. It all blends in such a way as to suggest a smooth chocolate liqueur. In other words, it smells like a treat.

The initial sip hits a couple of different areas of the palate simultaneously. The tongue becomes instantly coated with alcohol and the presence of that aforementioned licorice bite. At the same time, the nose becomes filled with wonderfully roasted malt. As the alpha traits of the flavor profile begin to subside, other wonderful flavors come out to play. Sweet chocolate syrup coats the mouth and deceives me into thinking this stout will be all pleasure and no pain. Then the reality of 98 IBUs kicks me in the teeth, reminding me that this heavyweight has a bitter side that is not to be taken lightly. It's as though your favorite stout made love to your favorite barleywine. A great raw cocoa flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

As far as the mouthfeel is concerned, Ten Fidy is surprisingly medium bodied. For such an aggressive brew I expected something much heavier. It does have a high alcohol content which aides the feel by adding a touch of velvet and keeping things generally smooth. The carbonation level is medium and appropriate. Still, the feel is disappointingly thin for such an amped up brew.

Overall Ten Fidy was a pleasant experience. It's not the best imperial stout that I've imbibed but it is certainly a good one. I could wish for a heavier mouthfeel and a longer lasting head, but when push comes to shove what really matters is the taste. In that respect, Ted Fidy delivers. It's a high alcohol brew and the cans are not cheap so you will not likely be sessioning this one. But as a dessert beer it is a fine selection. The winner and still canned beer champion: Ten Fidy!

Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, MY first Ten Fidy! This beer pours like a champ. It's a black viscous potpourri of dark roasts, milk chocolate, and coffee. Generic adjectives yes, generic presentation of the aromas, no. The flavors are of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweet chocolate. It isn't as well blended as it could be. This beer drinks exceptionally smooth, almost too smoothly. It's very tasty and a fine stout out of a can. I do like it and I'd recommend it.

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

Aggro pour into my favorite little new Dry Dock taster glass acquired in a great BIF. (makes me feel like I'm not drinking much)

Supremely black pour which never fails to amaze me coming out of A CAN. Sorry, I'm still too old school for this can thing, but I am trying... Wonderful dark tan head with drapey, classic syrupy lacing. Coats the glass in the way I love.

Aroma is a little musty. Caramel and roast for sure but there's a slight veggie element there that is maybe a little canny taste?

But moving on. I let this one warm a little because too cold kills the complexity of the taste which is slightly sweet, dark roast, licorice, burnt toffee, caramel, and a slight bit of coffee. With milk.

Excellent feel on the tongue. That's. What. She. Said.

Overall very nice and surprising. Could be a bit cheaper at $5.50 per can. But supremely tasty.

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

Got this thanks to papat444. Finally more Oskar Blue's. I've only had Dale's Pale Ale. Very excited to try it. Cool name, it's canned, looks like a great product.

A- Very dark brown, almost Fry's cocoa-like head. Held the tulip to a light and... it's an eightball. Can't see any nuances in this abyss of a stout. Didn't manage to get any lacing.

S- Woah. Smells like olives. The kalamata dissipates a bit and allows some toasty chocolate to come out along with some pretty strong alcohol which burns the nostrils. Interesting.

T- Lots of alcohol in here but it's all good. Some kind of green, very grassy hoppiness which tastes great. The rest is obviously roasty and chocolaty but (I don't know what's up with my tastebuds) it just doesn't jump out as roasty/smoky/chocolate/coffee like most other Imperial stouts. Still a clearly roasted and smoky after-taste, even a bit tobacco-like. Very sweet and even a bit fruity up front. Quite tasty and different. I'm rating taste as exceptionnal not because it's incredibly good but because it's very good but also exceptionnal as in one of a kind.

M- Kind of chewy. Medium to low carbonation but a heavy and sticky body. Medium dryness.

O- Very good beer. Different. Relatively easy to drink. Love how you can taste some hop flavour but it doesn't actually taste like a hoppy stout. Olive smell is weird but doesn't really affect the taste. Most of all, this beer is satisfying and I love a satisfying beer.
Thanks again papat.

I'd definitely buy more of this. Must be nuts on tap.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on a recent trip to Hudson, WI.

A- Dark as a starless night, with a thin caramel toffee head on the pour. Pours black and thick.

S- Dark fruits, fig, plum, raisin, roasted coffee, chocolate, bittersweet nibs.

T- The aromas are present in the flavor, with the dominant dark chocolate and light sweetness of ripe dark fruits, followed by a slight alcohol warmth and a clean piney bitterness, and a finish of mocha vanilla coffee.

M- Luxurious mouthfeel, like silk, thick and creamy, full bodied, fantastic.

Overall...this beer is fantastic, big and rich with a lot of great texture, beautiful aromas, sweet balanced with bitterness and roasted malts...

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice class psst from the can pours motor oil black with thick tan head... Leaves no lacing and diminishes fully.

Smell - Alcohol is prevalent. Sweet chocolate.

Taste - Balanaced sweet, bitter (cocoa.) No tinge of aluminum at all. Roasty chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Rich, sweet thick.

Overall - My first canned beer... (craft.) Very good!

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

12oz can dated 10/12/10. Pours extremely dark, blacker than any other beer I've seen. Dark brown head that fades quickly. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, roasted malts, and chocolate. Taste has more chocolate, malty sweetness, and a touch of coffee. I would've liked a little more bitterness. Thick chewy body with light carboation. Alcohol is well integrated. While it's not the best Imperial Stout I've had, it's still good stuff. I wish more stouts were available in cans like this.

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

A: Dark black pour with a very nice brown head. Very creamy with great retention and lacing

S: The smell is pretty sweet. Chocolates and malts amongst some hops.

T: Lots of malts and chocolate up front on the taste, big coffee flavor at the end. I'm getting that dark fruit flavor some other reviewers have mentioned, but in the background compared to the chocolate and coffee.

MF: Creamy, full bodied with a very bitter finish. Absolutely no hint of the 10.5% ABV.

O: Best RIS I've ever had from a can! Pretty solid overall. Heavy, but balanced.

Photo of ism
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil into a pint glass, completely opaque obsidian (I tested with a 70 lumens flashlight in a dark room) with a rich, half-finger, ocher head. Lacing is spotty and it retains a thin ring halfway down the glass.

Chocolate and toffee in the nose, on the fainter side. There's a nice whiff of dark fruit.

Thick and luscious, with a moderate-low carbonation and slight, pleasant acridity greeting the tongue.

Roasted malt at its base, flavor like 90% cocoa chocolate, Kona coffee note, a bit of vanilla and smoke, dark fruit. Goes down with a transient bitter hop note and finishes long with deep and rich notes.

Hides the alcohol very well. Complex, and the quality comes through. A pleasure to sip. Props for packing it in; I pack it out.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black color body with a small head.

Not much in the nose, light bitter chocolate aromas, but not much here.

Big malts and chocolate. Some vanilla and licorice as well.

Mouthfeel is full and rich. Medium to low carbonation.

Overall good beer, pretty easy drinking for 10.5%

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

Lucky strike with finding the last four pack of these at the store. I had to grab it.

A- pours just like dark melted chocolate. This is as black as it gets for a brew with a nice orange and mocha like head. A very impressive RIS

S- incredible scent of slighty smokey and sweet malt that is drenched in chocolate and sweet caramel

T- DELICIOUS! Chocolate malt flavors are at the forefront of some nutty and dark raisin flavor. Again, mild smokiness that is incredibly sweet. You cannot even tell this is 10.5%! Great Roasty and sweet flavor that just blends together perfectly

M- absolute cream drenched flavor that creates coating around the mouth. A great experience of flavor that is full bodied and enjoyable

D- Ten FIDY may be the best canned experience in the history of craft beer. A roasty candy-like experience in a can. Although there is a slight sting of alcohol at the end, there is way too much drinkability to not give the brew credit. What a great brew that will be a camping staple if I can get some

Photo of jman892
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours oily black, minimal dark tan head which fades pretty fast. Minimal lacin remains

S - Smells bready, chocolatey, with dark fruit (plum?) also. Alcohol is also apparent on the nose

T - Taste is of bitter bakers chocolate, mild coffee flavor, and again a nice dark fruit taste creeps its way in. Pretty complex taste

M - Low carbonation, medium thickness, pretty smooth. The alcohol at 10.5% is pretty well hidden in the complex taste

O - Very solid overall. The can I had was about 5 months old. Will hold on to the others to see how this ages.

Photo of kk73
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into my glass. Date on bottom of can 11-21-08. Thanks to dmunroe for this.

A - Pours thick and dark as midnight. Coffee colored head that stuck around with lacing.

S - Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. (Slighty congested at time of consumption)

T - Taste is of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips. Just about no hops detected in this beer. Taste is very smooth and chocolaty. No alcohol burn or detection at all.

M - SMOOTH, THICK, RICH, and CREAMY. Nice Carbonation. Full bodied.

D - A nice solid RIS by Oskar Blues, another beer I wish I could get in Hawaii and have all the time. High abv is very will hidden, and could be dangerous if I had the other three cans.

Photo of brian44556
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a 4 pack of Ten Fidy while visiting Atlanta for the SEC Basketball Tournament.

Poured from 12oz can - canned 9-25-09.

Pour a beautiful, motor oil black. A great chocolate brown head forms and lasts for about a minute before crawling back into the rest of the beer. This beer has a great lacing on the sides with every drink. The smell is very complicated. I get a strong smell of chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and a strong alcohol smell. Strong taste of chocolate and alcohol. The 10.50% really shines, but that isn't such a bad thing. Mouthful is very good. Decent carbonation and very thick, just like a stout should be. Very good offering by Oskar Blues. Looking forward to drinking one more and then letting the other age for a bit to let the alcohol wear down.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Soonami for throwing this in as an extra.

Poured from can- brewed 11/29/10.

A:Poured black as coal with half finger head that dissipated quicky,moderate carbonation.
S: Roasted malts,sweet chocolate,coffee.
T: Deep roasted malts,chocolate,bitter coffee
O: Overall a decent RIS,a little boozy but I'm not complaining,I would drink it again.

Photo of SirSketch
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This is one seriously dark beer. No light coming through, whatsoever. Not much head on this beer, even with a vigorous pour.

S - Wonderful aroma of milk chocolate, leather, smoke and just a little licorice. Just awesome!

T - Roasty and sweet taste. Coffee plays a big role, as well as dark rum, bitter chocolate and earthy hop. Gets a bit fruitier as it warms in the glass.

M/O - With a super thick mouth and complex flavors, Ten FIDY is a great sipping, after dinner brew. Insanely complex and a joy to drink. Please do yourself a favor and get ahold of this beer!

Photo of kflack
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In trade from dogfishandi, thank you!!

10w30 in a can!

A: Pours, glugs, out super thick, black as night. Very little head chocolate milk head, only there for a couple of seconds.

S: Nice and malty, rich roasted expresso, dark cocolate

T: Nice hop presence. Man this is thick, in a good way! Lots of pine but it mixes well with the creamy and maltyness. Love the expresso bite.

M: I love this beer! Very sticky, but still slides like oil down the back of your throat.

O: A great RIS! I think it coming from a can makes it even better. I have never seen a beer pour like that! Really thought I was adding oil to my car,

Photo of jmdrpi
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, stamped on the bottom 11-29-10.

absolutely black, with thin tan head that quickly disapates to a very thin collar. aroma is sweet, almost like an oatmeal stout, but also a bit smoky. a touch of cherry?

taste is a bit acidic, with a dray aftertaste of bitter chocolate. complex, and the flavor builds and improves as the beer warms.
not quite as thick as it looks, but it does coat the mouth. just enough carbonation.

my first imperial stout out of a can, and it's a good one.

(score is for fresh version)

***1 year old ***
still black with dark tan head. aroma is earthy hops, some dark fruit as well. taste is not as acidic as fresh. aftertaste of smoke and bitter cocoa. slightly sweet. thick and viscous low carbonation.

***2 year old ***
same appearance, aroma is a bit smokey, less sweet than the 1 year. taste is a bit more earthy and subdued. smoke and cocao flavors are more subtle. same body and mouthfeel. overall, the 1 and 2 year are different, but I have a hard time deciding which is better.

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

A - I was shocked when I saw how black and viscous this beer was when I poured it! It almost looked like chocolate syrup, or black motor oil. This beer is crayon black with a mocha brown head.

S - Smells sweet and chocolatey, roasty and thick. Some tangy and earthy scents too.

T - This beer has huge flavor. Plenty of thick bitter coffee. Roasty, toasted, burnt hops. A little hop tang and malt sweetness. Nice semi sweet chocolate present. Smokey in the air of your mouth. There is a slight tangy/acidic note I can't quite identify. All of this going on with a little alcohol warmth to boot.

M - Very viscous and syruppy. Ive had thicker bodied beer but this is up there. However its incredibly smooth and silky rich. A little carbonation to tingle your taste buds and add another dimension to this stout.

O - A truly insane stout. This beer is delicious and addicting all while being ruthless and mean, punching you in the mouth and face. Get this beer.

Photo of gillis
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is INCREDIBLY thick! Super dark, barely any head, but the head that does appear is a nice mocha brown.
Smells sweet, a little chocolate and coffee but mostly just brown sugar in the nose.
Incredibly sweet and delicious...the 10.5% ABV is just barely noticeable. The chocolate flavor really comes through, very little hops flavor. Mostly malty.
The mouthfeel is really lovely and thick without being heavy.
Very drinkable, considering the thickness and ABV, but I probably couldn't drink more than one can of it.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,358 ratings.