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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,391
Reviews: 2,372
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 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.

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

This beer pours the blackest I have ever seen, with very little tan head with no lacing. The aroma is strong with roasted malt and some sweetness. The taste starts with chocolate malt and then goes to strong malty sweet flavor and then finishes sour. The mouthfeel is veltvety with a slight bit of burn. Overall worth a try if you afford the price.

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

A - If this beer falls down anywhere it's on appearance. It pours from a the can like a thick black syrup. Almost like an old can of motor oil. That's all great. Only problem, no head. The first one I opened developed a very slight head, the second one none at all.
S - Smell is sweet, malty, with some burnt coffee notes.
T - I'd never believe this beer came from a can unless I'd poured it myself. Really good taste. Sweet with a little bit of bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. The 10.5% alcohol content is just barely noticeable.
M - Mouthfeel is very heavy, almost thick in the mouth. Not quite a syrup, but darn close.
D - Overall very drinkable, although perhaps a little heavy flavor and alcohol wise to drink a lot of.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St Pattys day edition. Really excited I found this beer, some reason found it in the back right of the cooler at the liquor store, and it came in Monday, kind of odd, but think I may have hit the jackpot.

Appearance-Black as Night, no transperancy, very little carbonation. One finger brown head. Beautiful looking, what I expect to see in an RIS.

Smell-Fruit, primarily cherry. Not so much the Coffe/Chocolate characters you normally get in a RIS.

Taste-Unreal. Chocolate realy comes out, roasted malt comes out. Sugary, but balanced out perfectly with some slight bitterness. Alcohol is present but not too overwhelming.

EDIT:Drank from same batch 3 months later, similar features, but had to change from a 4.5 to a 5, Need to leave room for improvement.

Mouthfeel-Definitely full bodied, fairly thick. Creamy, with little carbonation.

Overall-Amazing beer. I'm lucky to have found this. Easy to drink for 10.50% and balanced perfectly. I'm going back tommorow to get whatevers left. Funny thing is the guy who worked there said it was a combination of Vodka and Motor Oil tasting. I wasn't sure why he would tell a customer that but still bought it. Glad I did. Happy St. Pattys Day.

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

Canned With Care, 11-16-09 @ 10:31. Light as Night.

A: Pours extremely dark and thick. Ten Fiddy pours as thick as they come, like used motor oil..almost clumpy. Finger of mocha head. Leaves a thick ring around the edges of the class.

S: Loads of rich, sweet smells. Roasted barley, smoke, coffee, brown sugar, bitter chocolate. Excellent.

T: So good. Roasted and sweet. Chocolate, black coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit flavors. Didn't pick them up in the nose, but getting citrusy hops in the taste as well.

M: Thick. The alcohol provides a warm, tingling sensation. Completely coats the mouth with a bitter, sweet aftertaste.

O: Alcohol is well hidden in the taste and nose. World class, delicous. Love this beer.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ten FIDY out of a can (my first can review!), bought for $3.50 at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, New York.

I used to drink this beer fairly often but have not had it in a very long time. I did have, though, and not too long ago, both the tap and whiskey-barrel versions at Max's in Baltimore.

Appearance: Served in a Sierra snifter, the can pours out a super thick and viscous, somewhat flat and devilishly black liquid. Probably the thickest Imperial Stout I have ever had. Comes with a 1/2-finger head that dies quickly, leaving a coffee-colored rim around the glass. No lacing, no retention, minimal carbonation. This is up there with the biggest stouts and bourbon-aged beers.

Smell: Truly outstanding, with even bourbon overtones, plus lots of smoke, dark coffee, dairy, burnt sugars, roasty malts, wood... imagine all the aromas you expect in an Imperial Stout; FIDY has them all, and then some.

Taste: Thinner than nose, I would suggest letting it warm up before sipping. In the mouth, creamy chocolate dominates, followed by some vanilla notes at the very end. Finishes thick and dry, prompting me to sip on something else- water! Smoke is present too, as is wood again. Truly amazing to think all these outrageous flavors came out of a CAN. Dark sweetness, hoppy bitterness around.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the style. Smooth, creamy, low carbonation, medium body, full flavor. Good but not on par with the rest of this amazing beer.

Drinkability: WOW! Who would have thought a huge Imperial Stout like this would drink so well and easy?? It is poundable...

Yes, this is my favorite Imperial Stout. EVER!! I think I like it better canned than on tap, and definitely better than the whisky-barreled version.

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

12 oz. can poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Jet black and opaque. Moderately large chestnut brown head with moderately good retention. Pours like motor oil.

Aroma-Rich, roasted malt, chocolate liqueur, cake batter, plums. Slight hop aroma, and some pungent alcohol. Smells like intoxicating brownie batter.

Flavor-Rich, luscious, and chocolatey. With notes of coffee and roasted malt, and dark fruits (prunes, plums). Slight green, earthy hops creep up along with moderately low hop bitterness. Finishes with some drying alcohol, and the chocolate brownie liqueur flavor lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Silky smooth. Alcohol shows as moderate warmth, but is pretty damn sneaky. Awesome.

This is a solid RIS, with great chocolate and roasted malt flavors and aromas, and subtle dark fruit character to back those up. As far as RIS in a can goes, this is boss. Bravo.

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.12/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured black with a dark tan hide head that rises nice and slow. Smelled like wet tin cans. Flavor is a rush of sweet toasty malt, followed by warm alcohol down the back of the throat. Just the right amount of carbonation, wet drink. Drinkable, but not leaving me yearning for more. Overall a good beer, but stay away if you don't like this style.

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

Another great one from the guys at Oskar Blues. I love Imperial Stouts and this one I loved even more than normal. A great darkness to it. Controlled, but fun. A bit bitter for my liking but otherwise great tones.
A little pricey as usual, but worth it without a doubt. Just not an everyday beer.

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

Pours pitch black in color with a chocolate milk colored brown head. The fluffy head is still one finger tall after several minutes and features various sizes of bubbles.

The aroma is sweet and roasty with notes of dark chocolate and coffee.

If ever there was a beer that tasted like a mocha shake, this is it! Nice balance between the bitter hops and roasted barley which provides a definite sweetness.

This is one thick and chewy mouthfeel! I've had some full bodied beers, but whoa! Low carbonation level.

The 10 and a half percent alcohol isn't noticeable at all, but the sheer chewiness of this bad boy would keep you from downing too many.

Morey's Bottom Line: Finally got to try this, and all I can say is WOW! This is one heavy hitter of a stout. Not for the novice beer drinker, but a rare treat for an avid BA.

Photo of FoamyMustache
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured viscously from can into a snifter displaying a brew as dark as night. Rich maroon colored 1 finger head quickly vanished.

S - After letting it warm, I picked up on a very sweet dark cherry, burnt chocolate smell with just a subtle hint of alcohol to let you know it's 10.5%.

T - Initially surprised by the creaminess of this beer as compared to its sweet notes on the nose. As you get into it you can really taste the dark fruits in the middle followed by a burnt chocolate/charred marshmallow taste on the finish.

M - Very creamy with a bit of chew. Overall a great feel that leaves the lips a bit sticky by the end.

D - For a 10.5% RIS this goes down dangerously smooth and taste great. Wanted to drink this one fast, but enjoy it at the same time. A big beer that hides the alcohol well, but brings all the flavors.

Bought 4 of these hoping to age 3 of them, but enjoyed the first one so much I had to go back for seconds with dessert. I've heard great things about aging in cans so I'll leave 2 in the cellar to enjoy later.

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

Black as black can get, with an almost maroon, two-finger head.

Lots of chocolate in the smell with some coffee, licorice, and molasses as well. Sweet chocolate dominates.

Taste is complex. Roastier than the aroma but definite chocolate presence. Very dry. Dark molasses and dark chocolate. Dry oats and cereal grains. Crisp and clean. The dryness and sweetness interweave. The taste is different from lips to finish. Nice sharp chocolate bite at points. Nice dry smooth finish at other places.

So rich and smooth that the alcohol is undetectable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter. Color as black as the can. Tan head that quickly dissipated, save the ring around the edge.

S - Overwhelming malt smell. Roasted malt, tinge of burnt malt, and cocoa. Very rich smelling overall.

T - Like drinking candy. Sweet, chocolaty, and finishes with a good tongue grabbing bitterness. This is a full malt beer.

M - Syrupy, thick; fair amount of carbonation that is hidden by the thickness. Lingers in the mouth.

D - Great overall. A bit too malty for my preference, but no downgrades for that. One or two of these in a sitting it plenty for me due to the sweetness.

Photo of Franz4
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10-12-10

A- this looks great, pours out of the can like motor oil, creamy dark tan head that settles quickly. Lacing is solid down the side of the glass. This beer screams "Drink me"

S- lots of roasted malt as you would expect, lot's of chocolate, more milk chocolate than dark.

T- tastes like roasted chocolate milk. Slight alcohol burn is noticeable, but it makes the entire experience pleasant. Aftertaste has light and airy notes of dark fruit.

M- Creamy smooth and chewy with just the slightest carbonation, if this could be better I'm not sure how.

D- I have 2 left. I want to drink them now. This beer surpassed my expectations. I've only had a couple OB beers, but it's no wonder they're growing so rapidly, and it's not just the cans. These are some high quality brews. Ten Fidy can hold its own against any stout out there.

Photo of VMWhelan
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Sam Adams Pefect Pint. (Canned on 10.25.2010, consumed on 3.9.2011)

Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that dissapates rather quickly, leaving some decent lacing. Looks like viscous motor oil.

Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, and just a bit of fruity hops.

Taste is excellent. Roasty and sweet malt with a bit of coffee, dark chocolate and again some pleasant fruity hops. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky, as expected. Mild Carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Hard to put down, hard to notice the ABV until afterwards.

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

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. Canned on 11-12-2010, consumed 03-07-2011.

This viscous libation pours black with an almost rusty charred brown head, which rises two fingers and dies over the course of a few minutes.

From far away this smells like a box of fruit-filled chocolates. Cherry syrup, vanilla, imitation maple and confectioners sugar with sweetened milk chocolate. I have never smelled a sweeter beer. Swirling the odd concoction brings up some surprisingly bright and fresh hops, and the classic roasted barley notes that seem both sweet and burnt-bitter at the same time. Chocolate chocolate chocolate.

Thankfully the taste doesn't follow the nose, as this would be a mouth-hurting sweet syrup. First... well this is interesting. Darkly roasted malts are here and taste a little different than usual, could it be the hops? These taste different than usual as well. I think this different taste that I have been working to define is... burnt marshmallow! Not bad, but sugary AND burnt in a way I haven't tasted before. Pretty interesting, and tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and slick, I suspect the oats contribute to this. Carbonation seemed a bit excessive at first, and then a bit flat soon after, so maybe I am just picky tonight. Drinkability is pretty good, but not (in my opinion) up there with the very best.

Conclusion: Well my hat is off to Oskar Blues not because this is a beer that I love, but because it is unique. It tastes like nothing else exactly and for that I respect it, however I prefer my big stouts to lean more towards dark fruit, coffee, pure black patent malts or smoke, not burnt marshmallow. To each his own...

P.S. Take a big swig of this right from the can, it will scramble your expectations concerning 12oz cans wonderfully.

Photo of Marty30
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Waited a good while to try this beer, excited to get into this one! Poured at celler temp 55 degrees into a snifter.

A. Coal black thick motor oil pour,no light shines through this baby. Nice two finger mocha colored marshmellow like head. Tons of lacing sticking everywhere.

S. Smell to me is the weakest part of this beer,but I get alot of alchohol in this as expected, earthy grains and sweet candy malts with some chocolate.

T. alchohol bite at first followed by roasted malts and dark fruit such as prunes and fig and dark chocolate ending with some hop biterness I suppose. I get a small amount of metallic aftertaste in this.

M. Beautiful thick heavy mouthfeel covers the whole mouth, very smooth considering the ABV.

D. I can drink a couple of these no problem,but the 10.5 will drop the hammer for sure.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer.My favorite style,I'm going to cellar some of this I think it will be badass All RIS lovers this is a must try, great job Oscar Blues.

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

Pours from the can like motor oil into large snifter. About a quarter inch of chocolaty head which quickly dissipates leaving islands of residual lacing on the glass... This beer is sexy. Smells of molasses, chocolate, raisins intermixed with slight alcohol vapors. Tastes of sweet chocolaty malt, molasses, raisins, coffee, slight soy with a touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and thick with the perfect touch of carbonation, this beer begs to be sipped and enjoyed slowly.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,391 ratings.