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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,999
Reviews: 2,296
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
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Gots: 1,676 | FT: 101
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006)
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Photo of ChrisPro
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from Malt & Vine. Tasted blind with 14 other stouts that day. This was in top 3.

Pours a dark black with great mocha head. Hints of butterscotch, chocolate and dark brown sugar aroma. Incredibly sweet with molasses flavor. Medium body, incredibly smooth mouthfeel. I've put down a growler of this in a night, so it's incredibly drinkable.

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

Finally reviewing (while watching BEER WARS!)

Appearance: Pours very dark with possibly the darkest one finger head I've ever seen. Head slowly dissipates slowly and leaves a whole bunch of lace.

Smell: Not overpowering, but a bit of coffee and chocolate, even a bit smokey. Although overall not too powerful.

Taste: I get a lot of chocolate up front, then a malty background overwhelms the initial flavor and leaves a slightly licorice flavor. But I kind of feel that big malty flavor just stripped me of that nice lingering espresso/choco/smokey/etc flavor that makes me love a RIS.

Moutfeel: Heavy, but not as huge as Rasputin or Stone IRS.

Drinkability: I can definitely take down a bunch of these, but for the price, I think I'll stick with my favorites.

Notes: Overall I like this beer, I really do...but It doesn't really catch me the way others have. Will I recommend it? Yes, but after I recommend others.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the RIS on a can. Tasty and very rich.

Presentation: 12 oz. can. Black, and metallic silver design highlighting the name of the brew over a small mountain horizon. The top of the can includes a few words description the brew superlatively, and the back notes the brief liner "this dog´ll hunt." Shows canned date (12-10-09), and notes Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Served on a snifter.

A - Black pour with a nice creamy brown head, average retention and touches of lace.

S - Fair nose, almost non-existent at first, but with a bit of warming up faint notes of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate emerge.

T - Luckily the flavor is great for a RIS, rescues the nose, and some more... Rich malt flavors, coffee, more roasted coffee, some chocolate, touches of dark fruit around a hint of hops returning to more malt.

M - Full bodied, creamy and smooth with adequate carbonation.

D - It actually works beautifully. One forgets the shortcomings of the aroma in this serving with such a rich taste and profile.

Notes: Hmmm, it had been a while since I had it last and I did not remember it this good. I´m a bit disappointed with the aroma, temperature was fine and the can fresh, I wonder if they all behave like this. Very nice RIS on a can in any case.

Photo of Perkyanda
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous black opaque with a creamy tan head, all foamy and small.

Smell is of olive and beef jerky and rich malts. Wow, my mouth is watering already. I'm sooo excited for tasting this. Other smells? It has a richness and a metallic tang.

Taste is potent and meaty, with a metal bite and metal afterbite. A bit of a bitter kick to the end. It has some sourness that twists up my mouth, and it's super tasty. The middle flavor is dark chocolate and sour cherry, just enough to add a lot of interest and satisfaction without turning into a strictly chocolate beer.

I love this mouthfeel. It's rich, thick, with a tongue coating weight and just... it's like whole milk, or that superfood green juice. Like the they feel in my mouth, except this has carbonation. I love thick beverages, and this does the job well. The mouthfeel is incredibly satisfying.

This is so incredibly drinkable. But it's also 9.5% ABV. And it's expensive. So, sadly, this is not a beer I can drink a lot of, though I do think it's worth it's price. Instead, it's a good start to the night. Mmmm. Mmmm. My mouth is SO HAPPY.

Photo of xanok
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack of these when I heard it was going seasonal. LAME. It's taken me a while to try craft beers in cans, but I've realized I like them just as much bottle form.
Poured into a tulip.

A-Looks like a stout should look. Black as night with 2 fingers of creamy, dark tan head. Lacing is very thick.

S-Chocolately and malty and just as dark fruity. Very balanced, not overpowering.

T-I didn't catch any coffee in the aroma, but it's clearly in the taste. Good amount of molasses. Very Balanced, but too sweet, and a tad artificial tasting.

M-Very smooth. Body is thick, carb is a bit llower than what i like. Alcohol has a bit of a kick on the back end.

D-Smooth. ABV is mostly well-hidden.

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

Poured into a shaker pint. Thick & black as motor oil. Thin head developed. Good looking beer.

Aroma was rich and full of chocolate and hop bitterness.

Taste was awesome! An extremely chewy stout full of chocolate, roast. They claim this has 98 IBU -- I didn't sense so much bitterness, but the heavy body & residual sweetness may have balanced it out so it seemed less bitter than it really was. The malt/bitterness balance was just perfect here. Great, great flavor.

Very full mouthfeel with nice carbonation. It was chewy yet drinkable. I was ready for more after finishing this. Excellent beer.

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

Appearance - 5.0 - Totally opaque, inky, darkest brown (not quite black). Medium brown head of fine bubbles is wispy but persistent, always sticking around edges of the glass and lacing nicely when swirled. Beautiful.

Aroma - 4.5 - Incredible mix of roast coffee, oak and alcohol. Reminds me of bourbon barrel stouts with its whiskey-like aroma. No hops in the nose.

Flavor - 4.0 - Very big beer that hits with a huge wave of hop bitterness that drowns out other flavors at first. After the swallow, the roasty, coffee-like flavors rise up as the bitterness fades. Only then does the alcohol burn start. The aftertaste fades surprisingly quickly. This is a little disappointing, but it does lend to the drinkability.

Mouthfeel - 4.5- Thick body with little to no carbonation apparent. Mouth-coating and sticky in a way that perfectly complements the flavors.

Overall Drinkability - 4.5 - Big, bold and satisfying. Lacking a little in complexity compared to some other Imperial Stouts I've had, but this is an incredible beer for the price! The convenient cans are grat, too.

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

Poured from can into snifter. Dark as night with a decent, almost 2 finger tan head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is very complex of some chocolate, coffee, cream, and burnt grain. Taste is also wonderfully complex. Dark milk chocolate that almost has a creaminess too it with some coffee beans and toasted grain and dry malt. Very nice! Mouthfeel was full and thick as expected, very creamy. Overall a great beer. The ABV is well hidden and even for a RIS, its very complex.

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

Thanks again to Lerxst!

Canned with care on 11-25-09

Pours luscious, viscous motor oil black. Dark brown espresso creme head fades and leaves a pretty sticky lacing.

Smells of dark roasted coffee and malts, a good amount of dark fruits as well. Some alcohol comes out as it warms.

Lots of coffee in the flavor with a good amount of dates and raisins. The finish is long and stains the mouth with roasty goodness.

Thick and luxurious mouthfeel, but not under-carbonated.

An intense beer, but 12oz is not at all a challenge to finish for me.

Pretty much everything I want in an RIS. It's not over-the-top like a lot of RIS's, but it's still an exciting beer to drink.

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

During an imperial stout tasting for St. Paddy's day.

Ten Fidy out of the can pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is once again quite impressive. The aroma profile includes coffee, wet tobacco, leather, vanilla and a hint of cherry. Flavors replicate the nose in this moderately sweet beer, and the mouthfeel is full, rich and quite long. Drinkabilty is pretty good, though you can tell this is a big beer, with alcohol that becomes increasingly noticeable over time.

Definitely a classic... and what a treat to get a beer of this quality in a can.

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

Poured from 12oz can.

A- Pours out a jet black color or lack there of. One finger roasted tan head that dies down after a minute or so. Some light lacing on the sides.

S- Smells of sweet darker fruits covered in bittersweet chocolates. Big roasted malts overall in the aroma. Coffee notes come and go. Some light alcohol in the back end.

T- Roasted malts with light bittersweet chocolate notes. Some darker fruits in the middle of this. Coffee notes mix again with chocolate notes again. Light bitter hopping in the tail end of it. Some light alcohol in the back end but nothing too annoying.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking but good for the beer. Roasted malts left on the palate with some oily slickness all over the mouth. Light hopping in the aftertaste with some chocolate flavors as well.

D- This is a very drinkable stout that tastes better than most flagship stouts. The higher ABV limits this beer to just drinking a couple before moving onto something else.

Photo of Reaper16
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. can served into a snifter

Pours a inky black. Pretty damn black. There was no head upon the pour but an aggressive agitation produced nearly one finger of the darkest head I've ever seen. The foam was so tan it was almost orange! There isn't any lacing, not really.

Lots of roasted malts in the nose. Some burnt notes, some acrid notes. There is a touch of licorice and definitely some anise. There is a weird sort of smell that reminds me of a dog. Off-aroma? I hope so.

No off-flavors on the tongue, thankfully. Silky flavors of milk chocolate and dark fruits. Some heavy roast flavors for sure but they tend to show up on the back end of the drink. Some earthy hop flavors linger on the tongue after you swallow. Very nice but nothing amazing.

The mouthfeel? Pretty amazing. This is a thick, viscous imperial stout that is remarkable for two things. 1.) There is just enough carbonation to keep this from being more syrup than beer. 2.) This is thick, yes, but it is also very silky. It feels great rolling over your tongue. The superb mouthfeel goes a long way towards making a drinkable impy stout. The alcohol is amazingly well-hidden, which bumps the score up even more.

I don't know how old this can in. Other reviews suggest that Ten FIDY usually tastes more intense than what I experienced. This is a very, very nice beer regardless. Who knows; maybe the other can I have will be even better. If so I will revise this review.

Photo of stimulus
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with no head.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Very heavy on the chocolate.

T: Chocolate. Alcohol. Not much else.

M: More carbonation as it goes down than expected, especially without the head.

D: Convincingly good out of a can, but was deceptively carbonated, even out of the snifter.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Black as midnight, this brew almost chunks into the glass it's so immensely thick. Looks like used oil, and has about the same viscosity. Even with a hard pour there was very minimal head out of the can (which is still weird, a can), leaving a thin espresso head, and some light lacing. A quick swirl develops a fluffy head. Served in a thin stemmed tulip generates a larger, more pronounced head.

Aroma is intensely rich. Molasses, roasted malts, big boozy notes, and some light powdered chocolate.

Taste is rich molasses, a big warming alcohol, some roasty malt and dark chocolate. The molasses lingers all the way through, very rich, very decadent. This brew is a dessert all in it's own. The richness just lingers around forever, and a quick lick across the teeth seals the deal even further.

Mouthfeel is just thick and murky, like a blended up piece of chocolate cake. Carbonation is very low, which is kind of a bummer, but the remainder of the brew is so well executed that it more than covers this little flaw. This is an incredibly rich, roasty, delicious stout, and the alcohol plays a nice background note to all the complexity

Photo of Arenbeer
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a snifter glass.

A- Pours out of the can like motor oil. There's no chance of light penitrating this brew. Sitting on top of this glorious body is a thin 2 finger dark brown head that doesn't stick around too long and leaves a little lacing on the way down.

S- Smells of roasted malts with a good mix of chocolate and maybe some slight coffee in there. Also getting some sweet dark fruits.

T- Roasted malts with some coffee and definitely a solid dominating bitter sweet dark chocolate backround. Slight alcohol sting in the finish but not bad at all. Actually adds to the overall feel of the brew. Gradually gets stronger as it warms.

M- Wow. It's hard to find a beer that actually tastes full bodied to me and I have to say this is it. People always tell me a beer's to heavy or thick but I never got what they were talking about until now. Thick and syrupy full body with low carbonation and very little bitterness. But I gotta say despite the heavy mouthfeel, it's no where near heavy on the stomach. IMO it's making this brew insanely drinkable and smooth.

Overall I am really impressed with this beer. Everything about it is making me want some more. Great job Oskar Blue's. Great Job. Another must try Russian Imperial Stout, no doubt!


Photo of JonMich13
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally picked this up in my area, as it hasn't been readily available in the past. Poured from can into my Flying Saucer beerknurd 2009 glass.

A = Absolute crude oil. As thick and black as a beer can get, I suspect. Half way up the glass I didn't expect much head and didn't get it. If looks could kill.

S = Nice roasted malt, chocolate, and some dark fruit.

T = Beautifully well-balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and some definite hop. A peppery spice note with some slight alcohol heat. Very, very nice.

M = Almost a 5 for me. Very smooth and creamy. If not for a little more carbonation than I like, it would have been perfect.

D = Exceptionally drinkable. A tad hot, but not nearly enough to detract from how smoothly this one goes down.

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

poured into Duvel tulip.

A: pours used motor oil black and thick, with a pinky finger dark brown head. small amount of lacing
S: heavy amounts of dark roasted malt. bitter sweet chocolate and coffee. a hint of alcohol as well.
T: sweet dark roast malts. chocolate and coffee. a long lasting chocolate aftertaste. a hint of alcohol.
M: thick and coating, light carbonation
D: makes a fine line between sipper and drinker very easy to put down yet i dont want to rush it.

Photo of UA8
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- I will start by saying that I have myself and seen others describe beers as looking like dirty engine oil but this beer takes the cake. Ten fidy comes out of the can dark as night and syrupy thick. Minimal dark brown head sits on top of the obsidian body.

S- chocolate, toasted marshmallow, strike that it smells like a full blown smores, smoke, caramel.

T- leads with big sweet and rich heavily roasted malts. Midpalate bring out more malt character with chocolate and dark fruit notes coming in. Finishes with more chocolate cherry sweetness and hints of of hop character.

M- rich and full bodied with minimal carbonation. Leaves a syrupy stickiness on the lips.

D- Ten Fidy is world onto its self I've never had a stout quite like it and probably never will not to say that it's the best I've had but by far one of if not the most unique. Every craft beer drinker should experience Ten Fidy.

Photo of dzni
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Decent head, last a little while. Dark, tar-like black.
S - Malt, chocolate, espresso
T - Chocolate, cakey, some creaminess
M - Heavy body
D - This is too heavy to be something I could drink a lot of, not to mention the alcohol content.

Honestly, I think Old Chub from Oskar Blues is phenomenal, in comparison. This one is good, but it doesn't seem to have the complexity that Old Chub has, in my opinion.

Poured into a snifter.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a glass full of tar topped by a thin layer of brown foam. No real lacing and only minimal retention.

Smells like roast, chocolate and liquid Maltesers, prunes and raisins and molasses. Very sweet and malty.

The taste is sweetly caramel, rich and chocolatey with lots of prunes and dates but despite these rich tastes it finishes dry and roasty. There's a nice lingering bitterness in the palate that cleans things up and makes this a moreish delight where you just can't wait to take the next sip. There's perhaps a little more residual sweetness than I would prefer, but that's just nitpicking.

It's a very full bodied beer that somehow registers a lot lighter than I think it really is thanks to a light lift of carbonation.

If there is an imperial stout that goes down easier than this, I for one have yet to try it. This went down WAY too quickly.

Photo of MasterSki
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack recently in Milwaukee, WI. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with a quarter-finger of dark, dark, tan foam that dissipates to a haze and thick ring. Maybe a few specks of lace. Black body - no light penetrates this brew - that looks like oil when being poured from the can.

S - Lots of milk chocolate, roasted malts, fudge, nutty coffee and cream, and a surprising note of floral hoppiness. This is definitely a fresh batch we have here. Alcohol is well-hidden, and the aroma explodes from the glass.

T - The taste starts of with dark & milk chocolates, fudge, almonds, anise, and dark fruit sweetness. This morphs into roasted malt and coffee flavors that contribute bitterness that lingers into the finish and aftertaste. There's also some hop bitterness that mingles with the aforementioned flavors.

M - Slick, oily, silky, full body, with more carbonation than I remembered. The light carbonation is actually welcome here, as it keeps things from getting overly syrupy and heavy. This is reference quality for the style.

D - I drank a can in about 15 minutes without much of a buzz at all. Oskar Blues proves you make a big full-flavored stout without pushing the ABV into the double digits. The thing that keeps this from being even more drinkable is the bitterness - it could use a little better attenuation. Also - if you are crazy you can shotgun these!

Among the best "regular" Russian Imperial Stouts I've had, and much easier to obtain than most of them (even if I have to drive out of state).

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.28/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into New Belgium tulip at cellar temp. Just over 4 months after the canning date, so I thought I'd give this one another shot and review it this time.

A - BLACK. Very close to what motor oil looks like as it pours from the can. 1/2 inch dark head faded quickly, and then a very strange thing happened. Bubbles from the exact center of the glass came up and formed a four-part clover of swirling new head. Irrelevant, but cool...

S - I like it. Very strong baking chocolate smell - the kind that smells delicious but is really dry and ends up too bitter when you taste it. A little bit of anise, and just a hint of alcohol. No hops.

T & M - The same flavors from the nose are here, but barely. Now I remember why this beer didn't impress me before. It is slightly creamy but not full bodied, the alcohol is not well hidden at all, and there is an unpleseant bitterness in the finish.

D - I'm not giving up on this one, but it will take some time to finish. The flavors are big, just not enticing.

What a deceptive beer - first you notice it because it is a RIS in a can, then it looks and smells great, and then it just lets down big time in the taste. Weird.

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

Poured from can to snifter. Thin brown head fades quick atop the pitch black oil in the glass. I get the scent of chocolate and a little molasses and perhaps toffee late. Roasted malts are also present. The taste is what I expected ecept for maybe a little more chocolate and a slight alcohol warming in the throat. This beer is big and full-bodied. Dangerously drinkable though a water break is needed between pours to restore the pallate. Another great beer suggested by richbrew.

Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A RIS in a can - as an old-school bottle guy, still seems a bit odd. Perhaps the darkest pour I've seen - like squid ink. Nominal head. Very sweet malt flavors - molasses predominant, with some toffee in the background. ABV well integrated and lends a touch of pepper. Sweetness seemed a bit out of balance and bordered on cloying.

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

This will be my first review of a can of beer that can be considering craft. Canned on October 1st, 2009. This puppy already has some age on it.

Appearance: This stuff oozed out the can like motor oil into an engine. This is definitely one of the darkest beers I've seen to date. Not even a whimper of light makes it through this beast. The head started off at a respectable finger's worth. Ridiculously dark brown, again one of the darkest I've seen. It faded relatively quickly, but left a collar that lasted throughout.

Smell: The first thing I'm picking up on is licorice. As in sweet Twizzlers brand black licorice, not anise. Though I think this could be the merging of the tones of anise and the dark chocolate. Perhaps a shade of alcohol plays a part in their as well. Beneath the two aforementioned aromas lies roasted malts and coffee grounds.

Taste: All the flavors are here from the aroma, but they take a slightly different order of dominance. The dark chocolate is slightly dominant of the licorice this time around. The licorice flavor continues to be relatively on the sweet side, but not to the point of being cloying. The roasted malts are a fair bit stronger than in the smell with the coffee flavors being confined to the lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is easily my favorite part of this brew. Huge, full body without the syrupy quality that often bugs me in these big boy stouts. Instead it's rich, velvety and smooth. Carbonation is a solid medium-low, but it's about as good as it gets for the style.

Drinkability: There have been times where it's taken me hours on end to finish an Imperial Stout such as this. But I believe I can chock that up to the syrupy body that I've found in some examples of the style. But this one, all things considered, goes down easy.

Overall I'm impressed by my first Imperial Stout out of a can. I can only hope that the other Oskar Blues brew I traded for (Gordon) is as good as this one was. Thanks to JosephLondon for the trade!

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
98 out of 100 based on 7,999 ratings.