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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,207
Reviews: 2,334
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 bminor7
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz cans from EBI.

dark as hell. makes a nice brown head with a steep pour. when coming out of the can it looks like liquid from a horror movie, pouring out the mouth of a zombie.

a fruity sweetness...roastiness

roasty sugary goodness. satisfying in the flavor intensity. caramel, vanilla. bitterness at the very end.

viscous, perfect.

rough. it is heavy and flavorful, and strong. personally i'd rather it this way than light and drinkable.

almost a cult classic? oskar blues is known for making good beers in a can. not just a marketing ploy! great stuff.

Photo of amcmaho1
4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After hearing so much praise, i figured it to be the right time to finally have a Ten Fidy. With the weather slowly changing in these late november nights, what better companion than a delicious Imperial Stout?

Appearance: Incredibly dense, black, impenetrable body. A nice head, the color of creamy coffee rises and quickly dissipates. Some lacing, and certainly lots of "tiny bubbles."

Smell: Right off the bat, black licorice seems to be the dominant smell. Along with this is the definite hint of dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, but most predominantly black licorice.

Taste: In the taste there are elements of chocolate and licorice again in the beginning. In the middle theres a slight bitterness, favoring the chocolate flavor; which transforms into a chocolaty coffee taste towards the end. The aftertaste left in my mouth reminds me of a flavored coffee (i.e. a froofy choloclate mocha whatever etc...). The malt and hop interplay in this beer is really nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin, not too light. Nice carbonation without being too powerful. Slight chewiness. Overall, Great mouthfeel!

In all I've been very pleased with the Ten Fidy. I'm glad to have found another great Imperial stout which is relatively easy to find and exceptional drinking...

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

Review from notes taken on 9/15/10.

On tap at Al's via the beer gas nitro blend and server in a nonic. Appears blak in color with a severely dark brown to tan head that quickly dissolves.

The aroma is dark chocolate with a twang of citrus hop character. Some alcohol is evident along with a light mineral quality. The alcohol imparts a fruit-like scent that increases in intensity as the brew warms.

A very pleasant blend of bitter roast verse chocolate sweetness hits the tongue. Taste of bitter chocolate couple with citrus bitter hops adds a nice layer of complexity. The alcohol is apparent despite a fairly cold serving temperature and adds a dark fruited character like raisins or plums soaked in alcohol. A twinge o flavor almost like liquorice is evident with some minor yeasty notes.

Overall a solid brew, quite a roasty bugger that is very bold and enjoyable but blends very well with all the flavors incorporated and a nice contrast of sweetness verse bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. It is very enjoyable and I would have it again. It leaves a lingering aftertaste of sweet dark chocolate coupled with bitter grains hops and alcohol. I'm not sold on the nitro presentation altering much of this experience. If anything it might be perceived as a bit smoother in the feel than the norm but not 100% smooth like all nitro could.

Photo of WholeFoodsDerek
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am not pouring this in a glass. Rather, I am drinking it out of the can since it is one of the few beers I will drink in a can.

A - From what I can see, extremely dark black with a small brown head retention. Obviously pouring this in a glass would make a difference.

S - Lots of Caramel and toffee. Subtle chocolate.

T - Lots of smoke flavors. This could be quite hot on the palate depending on how experienced you are with Russian Imperial stouts (as in alcohol taste). Very Creamy and toasty. Obviously an abundance of malt. Sip and enjoy this winter time brew.

M - Thick with an oatmeal stout mouthfeel. I wouldn't be surprised if this were an imperial oatmeal stout. I hope Rasputin doesn't scoff at me.

D - Two pints is quite enough. Three or more is asking for a rather harsh morning, so you better have time to sleep in. This is a great beer regardless.

Overall, a great winter time Russian Imperial Stout. This is my go-to stout during the Winter when I am out and about. Dark Lord and Hunahpuhs are obviously Gods of the Stout Genre, but they are extremely limited, obviously. If it is November through February, chances are I am drinking Ten Fidy if I am drinking Stout.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ewright for this one.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark black; thick; one finger of medium brown head.

S - Dark roasted malts, cocoa, licorice, dark fruit. Some hop bitterness.

T - Dark roasted malts, cocoa, espresso & faint hints of dark fruit and licorice. A nice but not overwhelming hop bitterness in the background.

M - Medium body, silky, chewy.

D - Remarkably drinkable for the ABV. This will become a regular in my cellar as long as I can find it.

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

A: Ten FIDY is jet black with a dark tan head that leaves ample lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malt and chocolates. Very inviting.

T: Simply put, Ten FIDY is unbelievable. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best Russian imperial stouts around. This absolutely belongs in the discussion with many of the special release stouts that are so highly coveted. The flavor is so ridiculously smooth and rich, it's hard not to gulp the beer down within minutes after pouring it. What the beer lacks in complexity, it atones for with irresistible and delectable flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is flawless. The double digit alcohol percentage is masked so gracefully, it puts a smile on my face. The beer coats the palate with rich, creamy, buttery stout and finishes with a delicate warming sensation. Extremely well done.

D: Keep it coming. A must have for the imperial stout lover. Highly recommended.

Photo of GabrielM
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - pours out of the can like motor oil and settles in the glass with a thick dark brown head. Outstanding!

S - a ton of roasted malt, coffee, burnt brown sugar, chocolate and molasses.

T - same as nose - huge malt presence, coffee, chocolate and oak.

M - very thick and sticky, good carbonation.

D - damn fine flavors, no burn or hint of alcohol. I know it's there though, and it's going to slow me down after one or two. I wish I could keep going!

Drink this beer!

Photo of grssmnperez
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had from a can dated 29 Oct 2009. Very good, with rich dark color. Poured no head and drank well with flavor notes of coffee and for some reason hints of roasted nuts. Kinda pricey but for a brew of this caliber reasonable to say the least! Tasted great and had an alcohol content to compliment. If you are planning on having more than one dont plan on driving.

Photo of reedy212
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. A hard pour left me with with nothing but a black glass and some inkling of blood red foam
S. Coffee and booze were the first scent to hit my nose. Enough so that I decided to check to ABV. 10.5%. Shoulda drank this one first.
T. My first RIS, and its a far cry from stouts I've had before. The taste proved my nose knows, coffee chocolate booze and black licorice. Basically if its a black or dark brown food, its in this beer.
IMO it got better with a little time in the glass. Could be the taste could be the 10.5% playing with your taste buds.
M. The lowest score of this beer for me. The booze kind of lingers in your mouth. Kind of like after you rinse with scope that feel on your tongue.
D. If you take away the mouthfeeling and you set aside a chunk of time and don't rush this beer its delicious.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, best stout I've ever had in a can. This thing pours black, black, black. I poured hard knowing the high alcohol would probably lead to lower carbonation - I was right here - just a small head. The smell is a heavy mix of coffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. This is a sipper - each sip coats and overwhelms the tongue. I taste chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. The flavors meld in a good way and take turns as you swallow each sip. Definately opens up with the alcohol as it warms. Mouthfeel is super thick and coating. I can only have one of these but will go back for more when I recover from this one. Great beer and definately a good choice for days like today where I just want to stay out of the snowstorm outside.

Photo of JayS2629
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from brewery.

A- Thick, dark jet black motor oil color with dark tan creamy head that fades fast and leaves sea foam lace.

S- Dark cocoa, Deep whiffs of roasted malts, hints of black coffee and licorice.

T- roasted coffee, dark molasis, hints of cocoa, licorice in the finish.

M- Heavy, creamy, slightly chalky.

D- Definitely a sipper, but rich and complex. Thick and chewy, a bit chalky. High alcohol makes it a sipper, but it isn't boozy. Alcohol well hidden. One of my favorites.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Maudite tulip

A - Very vigorous pour (on purpose) gave me a very small, dirty teeth yellow head that left in less than a minute. Used motor oil black.

S - Semi weaker nose, roast coffee, chocolate, alcohol

T - Roast coffee, some molasses, bitter chocolate and a nice finish of black licorice.

M - Very heavily bodied, semi creamy and hot from the alcohol.

D - This beast is most definitely a sipper, delicious, but takes some time!

Photo of rjhaupt
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It's obsidian. Opaque through the middle with the tiniest ability of light to pass through around the edges. Pour as vigorous as you like, you won't get a head on this viscous bad boy.

S - You can really smell the alcohol in here, but hey, this is a legit high gravity beer so you're getting what you pay for. The other smells are licorice, hops and mocha coffee cocao (yes, all three).

T - Having recently had actual molasses, I can confidently say ths is the beer equivalent. (I know fermented molasses is really rum, but I'm talking flavor not distillery/brewery science.)

M - This is so viscous it's almost hard to swallow, but if I don't swallow it I don't get to drink any more. That would be a tragedy.

D - You can have one of these. You want another? Well you can't appreciate it if you try to have more than one at a time! You'll like the one you have, but you shouldn't have another. If one wasn't enough it's YOUR fault, not the beer's.

Photo of nigglesnoosh88
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - I thought the Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide was dark, but wow. Think about how a black hole sucks in light, and that is about how black it is. Pours with a dark brown head that fades fairly quickly.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol. I don't find it overpowering at all though.

T - Sweeter than I expected, but in a good way. The sweetness helps it balances the beer out very well. If the sweetness wasn't there it would be a little much. The alcohol brings a very nice warming characteristic.

M - Thick and chewy. Almost a creamy feel to it. Slightly grainy, but nice.

D - Not for the beginning beer drinker. I love stouts so it was amazing to me. I can't see myself drinking this in the summer, but given the right time of year it is an amazing experience.

It is definitely worth the money

Photo of weatherdog
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a John Smith's snifter. "Canned with Care 10-27-09"

It pours a nearly jet black with a 1 finger dark mocha head. The head dies fairly quickly leaving just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The nose is deep and rich filled with alcoholic chocolate. The alcohol is nice and warming, absence of harshness. There isn't much of a roasted character at all.

The taste is really great, it's rich and full of sweet sweet chocolate. Much like the nose the roast character is very low but I think, coupled with some hop bitterness, lends a contrast to the sweetness so it isn't overwhelming and cloying. There is just a hint of a nice mild coffee flavor and licorice at the end. It's really a great beer.

Mouthfeel is just amazing. Although it has a nice carbonation level the mouthfeel is liquid velvet, just coats the mouth and doesn't let go. The strength of the beer can be tasted but it's not distracting, it's just great. Drinkability is above average for the style but because of the fuller mouthfeel this beer lends itself to be a nice sipper and enjoyed for a good 30-60+ minutes. Just wonderful.

3.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours blacker and thicker than anything I've ever seen. Motor oil comes to mind. No highlights whatsoever. There's a half-finger head from an absurdly aggressive pour (about 2 feet from can to glass). Wish there was more head, it's a beautiful cedar-colored bubbly layer that sat around atop the beer for about 30 seconds. Smells as dark as it looks, with mocha, dark chocolate, and roasted grain dominating the nose. The first sip is predictably thick. There's a massive roasted barley flavor, coffee & dark chocolate blending into sort of a mocha character that finishes bitter and warm.

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

Cellared Update:
One year old Ten FIDY: canned on 10/09/10, consumed on 11/03/11.

Aroma is a bit sweeter. Not as grainy. Fruity with more of a chocolate note. Roasted aspect seems to have subsided a bit but leaves plenty of chocolate and coffee goodness. Not as hot. This past year has treated this beer very well.

Original Revew:
Fresh Ten Fidy, about a month old.

Blacker than black, truly one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. A dark coffee colored head slowly develops to be a bout 1 finger thick but faded away too quickly for my liking.

Aroma is full of a roasted grain scent and lots of underlying aromas. Dark chocolate, coffee, and hints of a fruity sweetness.

Lots of flavor going on here. Roasted barley makes this a bit grainier than expected but still lots of chocolate and coffee flavors going on. Again, a slightly sweeter fruitiness comes in at the finish.

Mouthfeel is full, chewy and smooth. Overall, Ten Fidy is tough to beat for widely available stouts. Not the cheapest but worth the extra few bucks.

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

Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of smoke, dark fruit, and cocoa. Sweet up front, nice malty mouthfeel for a IS. Sweet on the backend too. Could use more bitter. The bitters are there but very subtle. A nice smooth IS but not complex.

Photo of nataku00
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw Oskar Blues beer at my local BevMo for the first time so I decided to finally try this beer. Canned on 10/12/2010 so this is a very fresh can. Poured from a can into a Duvel tulip glass. Beer is pitch black and syrupy on the pour. With a really aggressive pour, there was only half a finger of dark brown head consisting of very small bubbles, but recedes almost immediately. Cannot see anything but black on this beer. Swirling the glass causes some light lacing that clings to the edge of the glass nicely. Really really thick looking beer.

Pulled it out of the fridge and poured when it was fairly cold (~35°F) but still a decent smelling RIS. Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate bitterness when the beer was cold. A bit boozy as well, and just a slight hint of sweetness from burnt sugar. Smells a little sweeter when it warms up closer to room temperature.

Taking a sip, really smooth roasted toasty malt and dark chocolate like the nose. Not as bitter as the nose made it seem to be. Alcohol is hidden really well, with a nice bitter sweet chocolate note at the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste.

Smooth creamy full bodied beer, with a good amount of carbonation despite the high ABV. This RIS is a little too easy to drink and I had to remind myself to sip it and savor the well balanced flavor.

I can't imagine this beer becoming better with age as it drinks really well when it is fresh.

Photo of alli4051
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a nonic.

First off I have to say the used oil comparisons are spot on, that's how this pours, no exaggeration. Pours black and is completely impermeable to light. Has about a half a finger of brown sugar colored head that disappears quick leaving no lacing. Roasted notes with tons of cocoa in the nose. Taste is phenomenal, a little bit of everything you would expect. Predominately cocoa and sweet/roasted malts with nice hints of espresso and some faint charred notes. Full bodied to say the least. I want to say the 10.5% alcohol is well hidden but that may not be all that accurate given how much is going on with this one. I absolutely love when a beer lives up to the hype that surrounds it. In fact I might even say this one exceeded my lofty expectation.

Photo of awalk1227
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/22/10

Poured into a Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster pint glass

This is one of my favorite imperial stouts ever, and it's about time I review it.

A: Pours black like oil, with a huge brown head. Maybe it's my aggressive pour, but is this lacing from a high ABV stout? Interesting.

S: Roasted nuts dipped in vanilla and rolled in brown sugar. Dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T: Dark chocolate, espresso. It's like taking a bite of a dark chocolate brownie with toasted nuts inside.

F: THICK. I hear Dark Lord is thicker, and I don't doubt that, but I can't imagine how it could be more viscous than this. Full and creamy, oily coating everywhere.

D: Ridiculous. I bypass the buzz and almost always drink two of these (making sure not to step foot near heavy machinery).

Photo of mwill7287
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into 11 oz. rounded glass, American Craft, Brookline, MA.

A: Extremely dark, brown layer of head surrounds the top, which holds throughout the entirety of the drink.

S: Mild smell - hints of coffee, chocolate.

T: Sweet, candy like - chocolate tastes more pronounced than coffee-like tastes. Sweetness becomes sharper, almost too sharp, as the drink progresses. A little too much on my tongue.

M: Initial hops, transitions fairly smooth with a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: Tasty. Not my favorite of the Russian Imperials I've had, but easily gets the job done. Will have to try this one again.

Photo of Macky20
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this tasty little extra from Kbutler 1... thanks Kevin! This one turned out to be perfect for a cold wet night in NC.

Poured from the can into a GD pint glass. 1/4" of dark tan head. Aroma has hints of dark chocolate, coffee and sweet malt.
Taste is filled with the same chocolate and coffee that was in the aroma, even leaving a lightly bitter taste on the back of the tongue as dark chocolate seems to do. There is a small and somewhat dry alcohol bite near the end. Hard to describe, but there's hints of oak in this as well... reminds me of a campfire.

As I drink this one only gets better. Mouthfeel is perfect for an RIS, and it's as if my palate got used to it and I really began to enjoy this through the pint. The drinkability is good for the style... I would grab a few of these to try again...

Photo of gopens44
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark as dark could be with another hint of darkness. Foaming dark mocha head dissipates quickly to a quickly vanishing film

S - malty, molasses, rounded off by coffee

T - like the nose, heavy on molasses with hints of a special not so dark yet rich and bitter chocolate. Coffee is there as well along with a slightly nutty finish

M - smooth with a nice comfy alcohol warmth. Not a whole lot of aftertaste.

Meh... I agree that they hit the marks with the style and all, but I can think of several RIS' that I'd go to well before this one. It's not bad, but there's better IMO

Photo of codewarrior
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz Can poured into a Snifter

First Ten Fidy 4-pack of the season. I've spoken many times about being spoiled rotten here in CO, and this beer is one of the reasons why.

L: Pitch black, with lots of thick frothy irish cream head. Jesus, this is an inviting black pit right here.

S: Roasted malts, crisp bitterness. Deep, deep, deep malted richness. Only problem here is that the taste annihilates what's going on in the nose for richness, complexity and depth.

T: Up-front is roasted malts. Then hits the booze, in droves. Fades off into a hard-biting finish. Far deeper than it smells or looks, this beer goes on and on.

F: Rich as hell, and creamy. Head is pillowy, with good retention.

D: Damn good, gets better and better as it opens up.

Really, the only problem with this beer is that at $13 for a 4-pack, it doesn't stand up to Old Rasputin (at $8 for a 4-pack). Admittedly it's a completely different beer, completely roast obsessed, but still ... Raspy is better, and cheaper ... and that's really the bar for a RIS, in my humble opinion.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,207 ratings.