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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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8,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,209
Reviews: 2,334
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 533
Gots: 1,850 | FT: 103
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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 TCgoalie
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

zozo1967, all I need to say.

Pours black with an interesting reddish head. Not much lacing but the swirling of the head after agitation is enjoyable.

Lovely smells of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, molasses, roasted nuts, and a good deal of heat sting.

Lots of dark chocolate and roasty notes. The sweetness is well balanced by a coffee like bitterness. Did I mention dark chocolate? Oh man, so delicious, dark, and deep. Yum.

Silky like texture with a nice mix of low carbonation. Full and delicious in the mouth.

This is not the most drinkable brew, but the complexity and rich flavor makes it. The best double stout I've had from a can!

Photo of mexikrainian
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with tan, thick head and sticky lacing.

Aroma: nutty, malty, coffee notes, cocoa and licorice.

Flavor: chocolate, nutty, roasted malts and toffee.

Mouthfeel: thick heavy body and medium carbonation.

Overall impression: excellent imperial stout! be ready for the alcohol.

Photo of ScorpyX
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, nearly black with a small, light brown head, kind of like dirty snow.

S: Sweet smell, chocolate notes are most obvious. There's some roasted scents in there as well.

T: Thick and sweet, with the aforementioned chocolate and some caramel flavor. Coffee flavor as well, many expected and wonderful flavors from a stout.

M: Pretty thick and syrupy, typical heavy feel. Not overwhelming, though.

D: Like I said, it's thick and sweet, but in spite of that a few would be perfect for a cold winter's night. The high alcohol content would limit too many, though.

This is the second Oskar Blues brew I've tried and thus far they're great. I hope I'll have the chance to sample more in the future.

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

Canned with care, 11/09.

Ten Fidy pours super thick, with a black body and a tight brown head. Very dark.

Aroma has lots of chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and anise.

Taste is sweet and roasty, but dry on the backend. Starts fruity and molasses-like, finishes roasty and slightly boozy, though the 9.5 percent abv is pretty darn well hidden. Notes of cane sugar, dates, and both milk and dark chocolates. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with smooth carb. Tasty beer here.

Overall, this is a very good stout. I'd like to see what a year in the cellar would do to this can. That's right: I'm aging a can of beer...

... end of December 2010 -- Aged imperial stout in a can: check! Definitely a smoother beer, but still nice and roasty. Aroma has improved. Far more drinkable and less sweet. Bumping this one up a few points. Cheers!

Photo of claspada
2.7/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aromas are extreme. Coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and dark fruit for sure. I got no indication that this was going to be a booze bomb in any way. As a matter of fact, I was amazed by how disciplined the brew was in terms of tempered balance between the ingredients.

The taste is syrupy, thick bodied, more so than I would prefer, with tobacco flavors, masking the alcohol well, some malt, with a good finish. There is also a very nice smoked meat/sausage quality on the finish which is great. I would like this more if it wasn't so syrup/thick in consistency. A miss for me to be honest...

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

poured into a pint glass


Beer is very black (deepest/darkest brown you can get really) with about 3 fingers of brown fluffy head.


Lots of sweet cocoa smelling. Dark malts and some slight coffee but cocoa dominant.


same as nose. Very sweet with roasted notes and lots of cocoa. Subtle coffee/espresso and not that bitter. A slight boozy taste at the end, which is kind of expected at 10.5%.


full bodied. very creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation in this beer. A little syrupy feel but that's ok.


Can't rate this too high because of availability and ABV. Although it's dangerously drinkable if you had easy access to it as the alcohol doesn't feel too prominent. A perfect stout for someone who likes something more sweet/choc dominant.

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

A: Poured a murky dark brown with a medium brown head.

S: Nose is deep roasted malts with cocoa, coffee.

T: Taste followed the nose pretty close with the deep roasted malts, coffee, cocoa. Loads of cocoa.

M: Mouthfeel is very good. A very full RIS with a well hidden ABV that makes this beer very drinkable.

Photo of russwaddell
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Pours on the black side of brown. No real head without an aggressive pour. Not much else I've ever seen this dark.

s: Sweet, boozy. Very very well balanced. Bit of smoky wood

t: Really complex, maybe too much alcohol both up front and in the finish. Chocolate and coffee bitterness. Some sweetness in the background, but that shows itself more in the mouthfeel

m: For the style it is surprisingly thin, but there is still a lot of sweetness and syrupy thickness

d: I usually think imperial stouts go down pretty easy, but this one is especially smooth and easy drinking. If you look at it like a cordial or a desert beer, it is quite amazing how much each sip just has me going back for more. High abv and price are the limiting factors for drinkability--not the beer itself

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

Canned on 11-11-2010. Poured into pint glass:

A - Pours jet black with a 1.5 inch thick creamy brown/tan head. It eventually subsides. Lacing retention is very good.

S - Hard roast, chocolate and bits of chalk. Bits of vanilla and sugar.

T - Roasty chocolate chalk and wood, earthy tones. A little bit of vanilla and cardboard. Pretty up front and a bit harsh on the taste but not too bad for the ABV.

M - Creamy,smooth velvet. Satin mouthfeel. On the thicker side and a pretty good sipper, but I like it.

D - Pretty good. Only the taste lets you know it is 10.5% but the smell and mouthfeel are quite welcoming. Its a really good stout for being straight out of a can, but stouts are kind of all starting to taste the same to me lately. The most noticable feature that stands out is the slight chalkness, which is kind of odd any drying, but overall a pretty good brew.

Photo of herman77
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**Got a 4 pack of this. First time I've had it since my original review. Much better this time around. Changing scores to reflect. Canned 8/29/13, drinking 10/24/13.**

Black with a nice mocha brown head.
Lots of dark, roasted malt, coffee, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and some nice mild smokiness.
Taste follows the nose pretty close. More smokiness again, still a slightly different finish...Kind of an odd slightly bitter taste in a weird kind of way. If it wasn't for that, I would score a lot higher on the taste.
Thick, creamy, average carbonation.
Average to slightly lower drinkability for the style. Liking this a lot better than when I had it the first time years ago. Loving the slightly smokiness to it.

*Original review from 12-26-10*
A: Motor oil black with a small brown head that fades to nothing. Spotty lacing. 3.5/5

S: Espresso, a bit of dark chocolate and some light smokey, charcoal. I was expecting a lot bigger nose. 3.5/5

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and a decent amount of sweetness and hops. Char and a bit of smoke. Stock standard RIS. Has a slightly sour-ish/bitter finish, kind of metallic like, but I know its not from the can. Fresh can, date stamp is 11-11-10. 3.5/5

M: Full bodied, thick. Low carbonation. Smooth feeling. 4/5

D: Nothing too special for this style. The finish and aftertaste is not the greatest, but the 10.5 is hidden pretty well. 3/5

Pretty disappointed with this overall, would not buy another one, but glad I got to try it. 3.45 overall.

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

This beer is BLACK

Very small creamy brown head that quickly dissipates.
Smell is mild but great- little nutty chocolate, lots of roast

Tastes great- rich, mild fruit- maybe fig mid-palet, a little sweet, fair amount of bitter roasted dark chocolate in finish

Mouthfeel has a slippery feel- little bit creamy. It has a surprisingly light body for its depth making it an easy drinker.

Tasty obtainable canned stout- love it!

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

Canned on October 11, 2010 and poured December 24, 2010. How can I not want to try the beer that "puts the A in Holy Crap."

A: Awesome. It's black, it's thick, it's one hell of a pour. Minimal head and no lacing. The side of my glass is beautifully clean with each sip.

S: If it rates lower anywhere it's here. There is a malty aroma to it, but nothing overpowering.

T: Wow, my taste buds loving this... This beer is good! It's not terribly bitter, it's roasty, it's malty, chocolate doesn't dominate but it's there.

M: Surprisingly smooth. It's definitely a mouthful. Very little carbonation.

D: Relatively easy, although I'm sure the 10.5% will counter it's drinkability as a beer you shouldn't, can't, don't want to be drinking all night.

Comments: So glad I tried it and I can't believe it took so long. A Russian Imperial Stout in a can? I'm a believer.

Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours pitch black, might night motor oil
about an inch head, thick texture, dark tan to light brownish
overwhelmingly sweet chocolate smell kicks first, followed by a slight roasted home sweet home smell
thick texture in the mouth, sweet chocolate taste at first, followed by some gritty espresso, coffee bean flavors
drinkablility is that of a light sipper, very heavy beer

Photo of Sideswipe
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the can into my Cigar City snifter. Pours jet black with a minimal light brown head. Looks like used motor oil. The nose is roasted sweet malt and cocoa. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and bitter hops. A bit of alcohol makes it's presence known, but the beer is not as hot as I had anticipated. Feel is full and viscous, befitting a brew of this ilk. Drinkability is fair given the ABV and magnitude of the beer, but I couldn't drink many of these in one sitting. I'll have no problem enjoying this 12 oz can, though. Another excellent beer from Oscar Blue. Perfect for a cold, rainy, Southern California evening. Cheers!

Photo of kwjd
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with thin brown head. Some mild lacing. This beer just looks really thick somehow. Smells of huge roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Flavour is huge alcohol, bitterness and roast. The beer is quite thick for a mouthfeel. A completely awesome imperial stout.

Photo of AdamBear
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black with a lot of dark tan head

S-A lot of dark chocolate. Very sweet and malty.

T- Hits with a very smooth yet striking blast of dark malts with a hint of chocolate notes. The after-taste is bitter but it's a very welcomed bitterness. There is also a nice dose of mocha malts as well! This is a nice warm beer. The ABV note is present but minimal.

M-Very heavy, medium to low carbonation with a crisp finish.

D-Well its very thick, so its definitely a sipper. But wow I feel it might get better and better as it goes down. I hope to be getting this again some time soon!

Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-12-21 in Columbia, PA. A nice treat to have while warming by the fire.

A - Jet black with no head a just a few bubbles. A small bit of lacing. This is the thickest pouring beer I've ever seen.

S - Apparent but not super strong. Figs, raisins, smoke, roasted grain.

T - A flavor bomb. Smokey, dark roasted grain, dark chocolate, expresso, dried fruit that's been roasted on a charcoal grill, some molasses and vanilla sweetness, moderate astingency and some bitterness and earthiness from the hops to round it off. Aftertaste is very good, like an acrid latte. Impressive.

M - Very thick but not cloying at all. The alcohol helps dry off the ending sweetness.

D - I think one is enough at a time for me. Liked it quite well but didn't want a second one.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - pours a deep, dark, opaque, motor oil color. It almost swallows light like a black hole. Has a thin film of the darkest foam I've ever seen on a beer but this dissipates rather quickly.

S - a very vinous nose. Lots of dark chocolate, dark fruit, burnt sugar, and a little smoke round out the aroma.

T - intensely bitter. Lots of burnt roasty flavors. Some herbal hops add to the bitterness. Some chocolate sweetness for balance. As it warms more dark fruit and alcohol flavors become apparent.

M - thick. Viscous. Those world only begin to describe the mouthfeel of this stout. Could use some more carb to smooth it out a bit.

D - a very aggressive brew. It took over 2 hours for me to finish the can. Not something to have often but on a cold night it would be a great treat.

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

A: Even as I poured the beer, the liquid that oozed out of the can was a murky, dark, chalk dust-filled, and pitch black. Once it hit the glass, the black lagoon was whole and did not take any prisoners! about a 1/4 finger dark reddish-brown head evaporated within seconds.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and dark fruit for sure, but I also got a hint of cherry. I got no indication that this was going to be a booze bomb in any way. As a matter of fact, I was amazed by how discipled the brew was in terms of tempered balance between the ingredients.

T: Not so much coffee on the taste, but plenty of chocolate to go around. A bit sweeter than many of the RISs on the market, but that helped cut through the "unsweetened dark chocolate bitterness" that plague so many RISs on the market (I'm thinking GI "Nightstalker" in particular). The finish was somewhat fruity and smooth, and not at all dry, despite the high ABV.

M: The lacing was non-existent.... and I truly mean that! Literally, whenever I swirled the glass, the sludge just fell back into the glass, leaving a trail of moistness rather that one of dark stickiness. The carbonation was perfect for the style and cut the potential booze and syrupiness down to size!

D: I've only had "The Abyss" once, and I remember drawing a parallel between that brew and this one in terms of balance, full taste, and smoothness. I can't believe that "Ten Fidy" is 10.5%. I refuse to believe it! This is my favorite RIS available in my local area.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for giving me this huge want.

This beer was poured vigorously like the motor oil that it is into the glass to produce the finger of foam that is a deep brown color to top of the black as night body. The smell is of bourbon, chocolate, cherry, and a hint of orange zest. It's rather nice and doesn't come off too hot. The taste has a sort of rum raisin quality found usually in port with a coffee like roast in the back along with a touch of smoke that makes in real nice in the finish. The mouth is super viscous and still finds a way to be carbonated. This beer is truly a sipper of the highest order, but damn if it's not a really good beer.

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

On tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte.

A - Black period. Nice big creamy head with a tinge of coffee coloring. Sticky lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee and figs maybe? Very nice. Little sweetness in the scent.

T - Just a touch of bitterness but not overpowering. Nice coffee flavor. Dark chocolate flavors as well and has that nice alcolhol feel at the end. Not overpowering at all but you feel it.

M - Amazingly clean feeling with enough thickness that feel like your whole mouth is coated in goodness.

D - Yes but with that ABV you will start to feel a couple in a hurry. Not that its a bad thing!

Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a 1 finger super creamy light brown head that lasted a little while and looked like a chocolate shake on top; it left very good lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, molasses, toasted grains, cocoa, burnt smoky wood and alcohol like bourbon or aged wine. Smoky, sweet aroma that reeks of malt and coffee and gave off nice desert whiffs.

Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, cocoa, burnt coffee or coffee beans, espresso, caramel, molasses, syrup, toasted grains, chocolate, burnt wood, smoked malts and alcohol like bourbon or dark rum; light vanilla notes come through in the finish, which is semi-dry, toasted and full of the coffee bean and chocolate flavors. Not sure if there are any hops in here, but if there are they don't come through, nor does the alcohol for the most part.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a roasty smoky malt taste, a thick medium to heavy body and a bitter smoky dry finish.

Highly drinkable and packed with flavor, this beer is fantastic. A definite recommendation that lived up to the hype and was extremely complex and tasty. This is a very expensive 4 pack of cans, so this is a beer to sip and savor.

Photo of oregone
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice head of rich brown that has some longevity. Darkdarkdark. A fairly ideal representation of what a RIS would be for me, just lacked that exciting something.
S: Roasted malts, malted milk, domestic coffee, some vanilla, etc. Classic aromas that lack some vibrancy and definition.
T: Similar to nose, but add some smoke, tobacco, dark chocolate, etc.
M: Fairly rich, but not really sticking around or distinguishing itself.
D: Too high for what it is. Cracked this open after work and realized about three minutes in that it was 2/3s gone. Sloooow it down.

Good stuff that is a staple stout 'round here, and very aptly priced for what you get.

Photo of July2Nov
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as oil! This is some of the darkest beer I've ever seen...kind of astonished. Thin, brown lace of a head.

Smell: Has a nice buttery chocolate scent to it. Think Swiss Miss in an alcoholic form. Very tempting!!!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light in body at first sip. Slight warming of alcohol. Syrupy hints comes through in the flavor and then deep notes of chocolate come up, with a little bit of coffee for good measure. Also, an ever so slight acidic flavor comes through at the tail-end. The level of this beer stays pretty constant with a full on syrup feel. Aftertaste of a chalky coco hue lingers a bit after each sip.

Drinkability: For a 10.50 ABV, this is very deceptive! Glad I finally was able to find this great brew. If you like your beers dark, then you should venture down this road and as the can says, "This dog'll hunt"....and it does!

* Looked at the bottom of the can and noticed it had, "Hahaa, Darkness" written on it! Oh, those Merry Pranksters!

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

a - cracked the can and poured it into an oversized snifter. man, this beer is the definition of oil black. just so deep and crispy black. Had a nice dark brown head that hung around a bit and left milkshake like stains on the glass with a swirl.

s - perfect balance of roasted malts and cocoa.

t - dark chocolate roasted malts, but mostly dark chocolate. this really tastes like a chocolate cake.

m/d - i didn't really know what to expect since beers that are hyped can be hit or miss. this beer in my opinion lives up to the hype. it is a really thick and balanced RIS. it is rich and indulgent and filling...like a hunk of double chocolate cake or a cup of gourmet coffee. aftervibe is a touch bittery and my mouth feels coated and a bit tingly. i don't think i could drink too many of these in an evening, but damn fine beer.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,209 ratings.