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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

7,442 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 7,442
Reviews: 2,246
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 473
Gots: 1,422 | FT: 90
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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 OlieIPA
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I give it a ten out of fidy...haha...just kidding...stupid joke anyways.

A: Dark and black with a one to two finger brown head. Lacing is amazing as well.

S: Rich chocolate and roasted coffee...similar to Alesmith's Speedway stout. I also get hints of dark fruits perhaps...raisins to be more specific.

T: Coffee, caramel, chocolate...and a nice alcoholic finish on it. All the flavors are rich as well...a blend perfectly together.

M: Hands down..the best mouthfeel I've had with any beer. Thick and coats the palate, along with a gentle carbonation. Perfect!

D: You can taste the alcohol, but its not overwhelming...very east to drink.

Overall: One of the best RIS's around; I want to have a 6-pack in my fridge all the time now!!! This is truly an amazing beer, and one that I will seek out and obtain. A must try.

OlieIPA, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Opened the can with a crack and no hiss. Hm.. doesn't sound very carbonated. Poured BLACK with a 1/2 finger brown head into da snifta. Looks appetizing, but nothing terribly standout. No lacing.

S - Killer smelling brew. Super roasty, super chocolatey, super brownie...eee. It's just a fudgey brew. Slight hop profile underlying. Quite reminescent of Expedition.

T - Coffee up front, without really being coffee. Chocolate... milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, baker's chocolate... just choco wonderfulness. Bitter hoppy backend, that leaves a nice oily coating.

M - Thick, oily, syrupy, viscous, low carbonation. If this were a TOUCH more carbonated I'd be more apt to bump it to a five.

D - It's a sipper, but a damned good one. This deserves all the praise it gets.

Notes: Glad I'm sitting on a couple more of these. I don't think it'd replace Expedition if it were available here, but I'd sure as hell buy more of them. Totally worth finding/buying.

SaucyA, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this beer says it all. It is like thick, black, inpenetrable sludge with a creamy dark brown head that retains and laces. It looks a bit like a chocolate milk shake. This beer is full bodied and loaded with character. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts, this is the real deal. Not a style that I'm crazy about because it is just too roasted, charred, and heavily laden with alcohol. The aroma on the beer is roasted malts, alcohol, and thick florals.

The beer is prodigious, complex, and loaded with character. It is chocolately, has thick roasted coffee malts, charred cherry flavors, and a strong ABV backbone that tastes like a roasted liqueur. There are some hoppy notes towards the finish, a throaty ABV burn, and a really oily mouthfeel coupled with the ABV presence. The aftertaste is quite pronounced. For me, this is a sipping beer and that's it. I can't handle the strength of this beer, but for what it is, it is a great representation of the style. L'Chaim.

albern, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a dfh goblet, this was a thick, opaque black; no seeing through this even when held towards the light. minimal, quickly diminishing brown head. coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma with suggestions of dark dried fruit. alcohol is well-hidden, which is a plus for me. thick, sweet, dark malts are well balanced by a bitter roastiness. a bit of warming alcohol down the throat. so well balanced i couldn't put the glass down for more than a minute. mouthfeel was viscous but not overly so; lightly carbonated. hands down one of the best of this style that i've had. good fucking shit and well worth the money.

MrMcGibblets, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of hreb
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12 oz aluminum can poured into pint glass. Beer explodes with motor-oil / cola-black liquid with a beautiful hazelnut-caramel brown head on top which sparkles a moment before falling back into what seems to be a glass of black coffee. I don't get much aroma however -- perhaps it is too cold? Or just too dense? (nope, after warming up, I just don't get much aroma off this)

First sip is immediately rich, creamy, and toasty. Burnt. But it rapidly explodes on the back of the palate with an intense bitterness. The flavor then switches to nutty, but still with a slightly astringent bitterness. Feels pleasantly thick on the tongue.

Overall the Russian Imperial Stout in a can is big, complex, and heady. It's worth it -- I'm impressed.

hreb, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours completely black with a dark brown head complete with big bubbles. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on an oily film and a thin ring around the glass. There's not very much lacing.

Smells very good. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee with mild roasted malt aromas.

Tastes even better than it smells. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt up front, followed by molasses and ending with a coffee bitterness. No hint of the alcohol except for the warming.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Very thick with subtle carbonation that goes down incredibly smooth. It's like drinking a milkshake.

Drinkability is great. Everything about this beer makes me want to drink more.

Overall this is even better on-tap than it is from the can. Now if I can only find it on cask.

glid02, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of umtox
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great example of this style.

Had on tap and appropriately served in a small snifter. Pours pitch black with a dark toffee thin head of small bubbles. A lot of chocolate and coffee here, but everything in balance. Also a hint of vanilla that tastes very natural-not the artificial taste that is often present in many stouts. Drinkability is on par for the style--it is rather heavy in body, but the 10%ABV is not as apparent as expected. Great with a chocolate based dessert or as a dessert by itself.

umtox, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. 10/08/08.

Pours pitch black with a thin finger of chocolaty brown head. The head dropped to a thin layer, no lacing on the glass. Aroma is plenty of roasted malt with a mix of sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, with light hints of roasted coffee and vanilla.

Taste starts with some very sweet chocolate malt and milk chocolate flavors. That slowly turns into more of a bitter dark chocolate taste and a nice hop profile. Plenty of roasted malt all around. Slight vanilla and a decent amount of roasted coffee. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste.

Feel is somewhat thick, smooth, and creamy with ample carbonation. The body is rather full. The finish is dry and has an aftertaste that lasts forever. Drinkability is alright. The sweetness is a bit much for me, but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Very good for an imperial stout. Not my favorite, but close. One of the best beers I've had out of a can. Try it if you can find it.

bkilpatr, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a raucous brown head that wont quit. I am not a big stout guy, but I am getting excited.

S: A nice blend of caramel and chocolate and crusty / bready grain goodness. Just a hint of alcohol presence in the scent.

T: Deep and malty with nice bready overtones. Like eating a nice piece of pumpernickel. As it warms the breadyness becomes much more pronounced. For a strong beer, the alcohol flavor is quite masked.

MF: I expected more body, but I like what they are doing here. Stouts are often too think for my liking.

D: On a cold night by a campfire, hell yes. My favorite Oscar beer by far.

MerkinMan, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Yesac
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick, solid black with a medium/small dark brown head that fades to a thin layer that stays throughout and the rest sticks to the glass.

S - Chocolate malts up front, grassy hints and a earthy overtone

T - Thick frothy and rich chocolate malts hit you first, a coffee overtone, sharp but subtle bitterness (like cocoa) that stays throughout with a hop like bitter finish. The 10% ABV is hidden fairly well.

M - Thick!

D - Not the easiest to have back to back to drink due to it's thickness and effects of 10% ABV. But this is a great stout to sip on next to the fire.

Pairs well with chocolate.

Yesac, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of opwog
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Pato Banton - Gwarn!

Thanks to Beechwood BBQ for the chance to try this on tap!

A- I don't think that beer can get any darker than this. Even the head is completely dark brown.
S- coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, alchohol, dark fruit
T- taste is almost exactly as the smell, only the burnt quality of the malt turns to molasses
M- Meal in a glass style. This is a hearty pour gauranteed to warm you for the winter months
D- Not for faint of heart, but this nails the Russian Imperial style, which I could drink until my eyes melt.

opwog, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seemingly regurgitated out in chunks, the rich full character of Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy can be observed first by the eyes. A rusted ebony of frosting would unfold first along its outskirts and fiercely storm the center of the glass. A graphite stitched charcoal black; it is capable of completely eclipsing light.

It is as rich and awakening to the senses as a heavily roast morning espresso; in fact it smells a lot like one too. Its aroma is paradoxically rousing and relaxing. Bitter espresso is glazed over by vanilla beans and the presence of a tannic Port wine. I love this smell.

Milk chocolate and bitter cocoa are finally introduced with the first sip. The supporting cast includes coffee beans, fudge, dark caramel, biscuit, and vanilla bean accompany, all in good proportion. The flavours don't compete, they blend into one another. The taste deviates slightly from the aroma, although the two share much of the same attributes.

I am slow and appreciative with every sip. I feel a tad indulgent - you should feel indulgent drinking an Imperial Stout! Unexpectedly there is a near absence of bitterness which allows tannic flavours of espresso and vanilla bean to grace the tongue without harshness. The utter absence of alcohol is nothing short of a delusion, but I can't sense any indication of it.

I don't think Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy is my favourite RIS, but it makes a very convincing case. It is stupendously tasty and absurdly drinkable. As good as it is on its own, I really recommend pairing this with dessert, chocolate brownies make a marvelous match. Regardless, be sure to try it one way or another, you'll be quite glad you did!

biegaman, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brought back a can with me to beijing, china.

no date to be found. poured into snifter, near cellar temp.

opaque black. sienna brown head that barely fades at first. then just ring. a couple thin rings of lace.

aroma of coffee, whiff of chocolate. slight stout and coffee acidic character. hints of charred malts and dried fruit. earthy hop notes.

nicely sweet malt and fruity flavors compete with aggressive coffee, char, and hop bitterness. notes of chocolate and coffee, with that hint of coffee/stout acidity. all said however, a bit on the bitter side. hint of both phenols and semi-sweet (dextrins?) on finish, along with the bold bitterness.

very substantial feel, almost viscous. decent smoothness. mild carbonation.

not bad, but expecting just a little bit more from a "top 100" beer. bitterness slightly overpowers the pleasant sweetness and other nuances.

tai4ji2x, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a stout fan but loved this beer.

Black, black as night. Almost too black. Drank straight from the can. Smelled sweet and roasted. It has a thick mouthfeel but goes down very smooth. A slight bitter aftertaste doesn't last long and leaves you wanting more. Small chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Doesn't kill your mouth. Try it!

nrpellegrini, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of McLovinmybeer
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was hands down the best American beer I've had out of a can yet. I was impressed by the dark, thick appearance. It had a nice roasty flavor, and was incredibly drinkable for a stronger imperial stout. I'm interested to try some of their other offerings to give me a more balanced opinion of their brews. The can is an incredible marketing strategy for a craft brewery.

McLovinmybeer, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can received in a trade with RoBotGod into a snifter.

Appearance is pitch black with a onc inch dark tan head. Leaves a good patchwork of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty with coffee and chocolate notes with some subtle sweet vanilla and a big whiff of alcohol. A slight metallic aroma possibly.

Taste is heavy on the coffee with a bit of dark chocolate as well. Some hints at dark fruit and molasses but overall the coffee roastiness dominates. Finishes with some chocolatey notes and a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite full, smooth like cashmere.

Pretty damn good RIS. Certainly worth a shot if you can get it.

roadhouse, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dirty motor oil color (black with a hint of brown if that makes any sense). A head slowly coagulates on top, taking on the same color as the liquid before fading (yes fading) to a dark brown. I have never seen a head so dark in my entire life. After rising to about two fingers, the tight, creamy head seems to have leveled off around half-finger height. Creamy, blanket-like lacing. Looks absolutely sinister.

Smell: Cigar, molasses, oak, mocha, cocoa powder, and burnt malts. Alcohol hides beneath the surface, taking quick stabs at the nostrils without warning. This beer scares me.

Taste: Dark chocolate and burnt malts coat the entire mouth. Ok, i just found some sort of sugary, hairy-looking blob. BM me if you ever find one of these things - it was rather gross. EDIT: just found another in can #3. Moving on - oak, molasses, and tobacco make their presence known, along with French roast coffee and some oily hops. Dry, burnt, aftertaste hangs around forever. Pretty good masking, however alcohol peeks through in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly milky, sticky, heavy, and warm. Only light carbonation. Tremendous mouth-coating. This is a beast!

Drinkability: Not for the faint of heart. Flavor is extremely rich. Watch out for the full body and high ABV. This might just kill you.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a midnight black with a thick cascading brown head that turns into a rocky foam sticking to the sides of the glass. the aroma is not only malty as expected with an imperial stout, but also presents a very distinct hop character. the taste is all that the nose promises with smooth malt and a hoppy sweet finish. with the low co2 and heavy body the alcohol pales in comparison to the great taste of this beer. a very drinkable ten fidy

almychristopher, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a badass box o'beer from tedstertm. And it comes in a can.

Wow...a can. Very black with a thin dark beige head that disappears quickly.

Black licorice scent. Hint of alcohol.

Taste is what I've come to think of as 'stoutish', though this one is heavier on the coffee flavor and nicely done at that. I like it.

Not as thick as possible, but far from thin. Good feel. Goes down way too easy. 10% is unnoticeable.

A lot of beers I try and forget about. This one is going right back on my wants list.

Overall: awesome ... in a can

PatronWizard, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of julian
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This is one great looking stout. Thick and viscous like motor oil and completely black. A nice near 1 finger mocha colored head appeared with a very aggressive vertical pour. Lots of sticky brown syrupy lacing left behind too. Beautiful.

S: Nice mild aromas of chocolate and coffee. A nice roasted and toasty stout with a very faint alcohol tinge on the nose...so faint...I really had to try to find it.

T: Wow! This is a big stout in an unassuming little (and expensive, it was $4) can. Taste is deep, rich and intense. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, and a nice hop presence and alcohol to round out the sweetness.

M: Very thick and exceptionally easy to drink. Rich, velvety smooth. It's like liquid satin for your tongue. Nice mild throat warming too. Just awesome.

D: This is dangerously drinkable. 10% ABV, and you can't even tell. I literally could pound these down, except that would be blasphemy, because it's way too flavorful and enjoying. This RIS is best enjoyed slowly, although is definitely something you could EASILY chug.

julian, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an inky black with a single-finger dark tan head that lingered for a while. The smell is big on roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate. They taste starts off with deep roasted malt that gave way to dark chocolate and coffee with some pleasant bitterness. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, and there is not as much heat on the back end as I expected. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with very find carbonation. This is a very tasty beer, a good mix of Russian Imperial flavors without the huge bitter punch that can be offputting at times. A great beer.

TheTrevor, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to purchasing supposedly one of the best Russian Imperial Stout's around. At about $12.99 a 4 pack I would to wait until I got a good paycheck before I went out and tried some of these. Pours the darkest black you can imagine and smells of roasted malts. The taste is very smooth and has a slight alcohol warming at the end. It's very flavorful and I'm glad I tried it, still no sure if it totally lived up to the hype though.

oriolesfan4, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meant to review this awhile ago but forgot. My memories are a little hazy, but the overall opinion is clear--this is a great RIS.

A: Given that I was drinking this in a Tampa, FL hotel room, I wasn't able to actually pour anything. But the can is beautiful. I'm just going to assume it's a good looking brew.

S: Roasted malts, boozy sugar, chocolate and coffee

T: Exactly like the smell. The sugar was a little much at some points but overall this is some seriously good stuff.

M: Smooth and creamy, a requirement for a good RIS

D: Not too high up there given the intensity and high abv. I never know how to rank drinkability for these beers. There's no way you're drinking more than one or two of these. But they're awesome.

abfraser, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Good lord, this is a meal of a stout. Tar black with a ton of head when you pour it. Really strong smell of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes the same, and I was also getting some black licorice in there. Phenomenal. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, without coming across as syrupy.

waltonc, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours an endless black, with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen on a beer. An old man sitting adjacent to me said to his wife, "Did you see how dark that is?" Great head retention and extensive, thick lacing, to start a great looking Imperial Stout.

S: Didn't get a huge smell out of this one, dissapointing, had some nice chocolate and molasses note.

T: Great flavour, big dark chocolate dominates the overall flavour. French Roast coffee is there as a hint of bitterness, light brown sugar as well. Very enjoyable.

M: Thick and slick, very full-bodied like Old Viscosity, creamy, smooth.

D: This is a great stout from Oskar Blues, I knew I had to jump on the chance to try it at Beachwood. It wasn't mind-blowing like Oak Aged Yeti or Abyss, but it was still great stuff.

Halcyondays, Sep 27, 2008
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