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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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7,790 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,790
Reviews: 2,277
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 491
Gots: 1,564 | FT: 95
Brewed by:
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 SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed with Capra12 and wheatman106. Poured from a can into a snifter

A: Poured black like used motor oil. This is one of the darkest RISs I've seen in a long time. The semi-vigorous pour created a fine 1-finger milk chocolate colored head that dissipated rather quickly and left little lacing clinging to the side.

S: Molasses, roasted chocolate malts, dark fruit, sweet soy sauce, and a hint of alcohol.

T: I can't believe this came out of a can. Flavor begins rich and chocolatey with a hint of the sweet molasses and dark fruits entering into the middle. The taste then transitions into a roasty bitterness before again finishing sweet with a lingering sweet soy sauce aftertaste. Most enjoyable.

M: A very silky and impressive mouthfeel. There is little carbonation and the appearance of this brew really translates into the mouthfeel. It coated the inside of my mouth, leaving it sticky, hot, and chocolatey long after the beer went down.

D: A very impressive beer, I'd have this again in a second and actually can't wait to have my next. Being presented out of a can just makes it all the more impressive.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a half-finger of dark brown foam. Sheets of lace cling to the glass with every sip.

S - bitter roasted malt aroma

T - plum, roasted malt, burnt coffee. This would be truly excellent if it were not for a real astringency that I find a bit off-putting.

M - syrupy, very viscous. Really coats your mouth. Astringent bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue

D - Very drinkable for 10% ABV. A solid RIS that I would buy again.

FickleBeast, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of BeenJammin
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm still struggling to comprehend the fact that a RIS this good can be found in a can. The appearance is pitch black with a good sized brown head. It has a thick aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. It boasts an impressively complex flavor with lots and lots of dark chocolate, toffee, and brown sugars. Massive mouthfeel and quite a bit of booze make it a bit of a sipper.

BeenJammin, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of aewinte1
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer about 10 times, first time reviewing it.
A- Pours pitch black like most stouts. Nice 2" head yields from semi-vigorous pour.
S- Chocolate is the first to hit my nose followed by some coffee aroma. Chocolate smells very sweet and delicious.
T- Taste is complex, sweet, and delicious. Chocolate really comes through nicely. Coffee is there and certainly detectable, but not that strong. Tastes like a founders breakfast stout but with the chocolate flavor outshining the coffee flavor. Alcohol seems top be apparent in some form of warming sweetness right as the beer hits the taste buds. The flavor then progresses to sweet chocolate then coffee and the warming is gone. Ends with a somewhat smokey roasted malt flavor. Dank
M- Nice and thick. Nothing really super outstanding or worth complaining about with the mouthfeel.
D- Drinkability is good considering the ABV. You would be doing this beer an injustice to do anything but sip due to the nice complexity of flavors. Not to say I couldn't drink a four pack if I had enough time.

aewinte1, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of qchic
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one black beer. No light penetrates and thead is about as dark as I've seen. The aroma is roasty, boozy, slightly sweet, and creamy. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and smoke. Like the body, the flavor is full. Roasted malts, tons of coffee, prune, cocoa, wood, and raspberry. Nice bitterness throughout to balance the rich malts. This beer coats the mouth to say the least, and so much flavor makes this one a nice sipper. This has to be the biggest beer in a can and Oskar Blues did one heck of a job!

qchic, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of sisuspeed
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Took the first sip out of the can. Wow, I never thought I would taste anything like this that wasn't bottled. Pretty funny. After a sip or two though, I poured the rest of the brew into a snifter to get a better appreciation for the beer.

This guy pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head. Nice foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. I can smell well roasted malts, some caramel and a bit of anise. There is also a faint hop aroma, but it is largely muted by the other scents.

The flavor is first of all, super smooth. Toasted dark malts, rich caramel notes and some well placed anise in the background. Hops come in and out of flavor, adding a slight bit of bitterness here and there, but never detracting from the smoothness of the taste. And finally, to add to this already incredible flavor, is the growing presence of milk chocolate malt. The chocolate really starts to come out as the beer warms up a bit and is delicious.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Thick, creamy, smooth and rich with the perfect amount of carbonation and warming alcohol. However, the 10% ABV is hidden very well and could creep up on you easily.

Hats off to Oskar Blues. I thought this would probably be a decent RIS, given the ranking, but it has blown past all of my expectations. Maybe it isn't the most complex RIS out there, but damn is it tasty and highly drinkable for the style. I will definitely be picking up more.

sisuspeed, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of abuliarose
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their can into a snifter. Appearance is a dark, opaque black with a little caramel-colored head that dies off fast. Smells thick, rich and delicious with notes of dates, fruity dark chocolate and a little dark roasted malt.

Tastes thick, rich and delicious (whoo hoo)! I venture to say this beer has even less metallic flavor than some of the other imperial stouts I've had out of bottles. Maybe it's a cap issue. Anyway, the beer enters sweet and smooth with all the tastes mentioned above highlighted by a refreshingly round carbonation and subtle but numbing bitterness to finish. The alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is palpable, but not blanketing. It's heavy-bodied, but I find it pretty drinkable... possibly because of how good it tastes. It also comes in such a convenient size!

I am very pleased with this beer. For an RIS, Oskar Blues certainly met the mark.

abuliarose, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can states 9.5%, acquired with the help of a fine BA, piclee. Pours a thick black liquid with jetties of dark chocolate head twisting around, just the faintest hint of cherry around the edges.

Smell is initially a burst of roasted malts and smooth milk chocolate, just a dash of bitter chocolate thrown in as well. As it opens up some fruity elements come into play, almost smells port-like.

Thick, viscous body reveals a rich sweetness, controlled yet bold roasted malts, bitter chocolate, a dash of milk chocolate, plums, cherries, again a red wine/port hint there, booze in the finish along with just a slight drying. Everything so harmoniously blends together. Smooth, creamy body, not much carb but enough to get some bubbles when I swirl.

A really fine beer that drinks like a port, a real sipper for this cooler evening. So rich and sumptuous. Not overly roasty or even too in your face, yet it has all the rich flavor notes you're looking for in a world-class stout. Best beer in a can.

ritzkiss, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

caned on 10/28/08.

this took me by surprise, i cracked the can and i had to make sure it was not really motor oil. this pours thick, full, and jet black. little to no head, barely any retention, very light lacing.

giant roasted malts with light vanilla and chocolate. slight coffee with hints of alcohol. sweet candy mixed in there.

very bold with the roasted malts up front with the chocolate and coffee following. a light sweetness lingers through out.

very thick, almost beyond liquid. what else can be said?

blown away by this... when i poured it i knew i was in for something special. i enjoyed every sip of this. everything a RIS should be!

hooliganlife, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of digitalbullet
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: dark as the moonless night with a thin head even after a slow pour
Smell: dark roast coffee with a sprinkle of chocolate. A strong alchohol note present.
Taste: Lots of coffee with dark chocolate. A strong boozy aftertaste that detracts from the goodness.
Mouthfeel: slick on the tongue.
Drinkability: due to the strong alchohol presence I have detract from here. It is difficult to have more than one due to the strong flavors.

digitalbullet, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to mcduck for sending this beer. I've wanted to get my hands on one of these cans for a while now. Poured in a Smokestack goblet...

Appearance: Crack of carbonation upon opening the can. Pours like motor oil from the can. Heavy carbonation leads to an opaque black liquid with a caramel-mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a mocha ring around the glass, and tons of beautiful lacing down the sides. This beer looks exactly like an RIS should.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malts, and a ton of them, at that. I can smell this beer from an arm's length away. Some vanilla and toffee as well, but the breadiness of the malt is overpowering. This smells delightful.

Taste: Exactly like it smells. Glorious roasted, toasted malts. Some nubs of dark chocolate mixed with some notes of caramel as well. The flavors meld together to create an otherworldly mishmash of beauty and goodness.

Mouthfeel: This is a heavy RIS. It coats the tongue (which saying it looked like motor oil coming out of the can makes it not much of a surprise) and envelops the taste buds. The toasted malts play well with the sweeter flavors, and it comes across very well in the overall feel of the beer.

Drinkability: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer. The 10% ABV is almost nowhere to be found. Maybe a slight twinge on the swallow, but overall, this beer is pure bready malts and chocolate flavors. It's a shame this beer isn't distributed more widely, as this could become a staple in this Kansas home.

COBeerBuff, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So maybe waiting to try my first Ten FIDY on te hottest day of the year in Massachusetts wasn't the best way to experience this beer. That being said, if this beer is as good in the dead of winter as it was tonight, that means something.

It pours black, with a chocolate head. Malty, bitter, chocolate smell. Not overpowering but impressive. Nicely balanced beer that definitely lives up to the hype.

Still can't believe this beer comes out of a can, I will be picking more up soon.

mirish72, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of GregSVT
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a pitch black color with a small dark brown head that dissipates to a small ring. I poured this one very violently and got a good 2-3 finger head.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. I swear it almost smells like GI BCS without the bourbon kick.

T: The taste is one of the best in it's class. Big flavors of dark ripe fruit, coffee, small amount of sweet molasses, and dark roasted malt bitterness that balances out the sweeter tastes. Excellent!

M: The mouthfeel is excellent, thick and viscous. Carbonation is decent for a RIS and it helps the beer goes down smooth.

D: This goes down so easily and the alcohol is no where to be seen in the smell or taste. I could drink as many as I wanted before the ABV kicked my butt.

Great stuff and in my top 3 Russian Imperial Stouts. I buy at least a 4 pack anytime I see it on the shelf.

GregSVT, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of HopHobo
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz. can into an oversized Duvel tulip on 9/8/09

Appearance - black, small white head, little carbonation, no lacing

Smell - roasted malts, alcohol, bitter, chocolate, leather

Taste & Feeling - roasted bitter chocolate malt, vanilla, alcohol, thin for a stout

Overall in 5 words - sipper, great can, solid stout

HopHobo, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 2 fingers of head, it's a thing of beauty coming out of a can. Looks like I just tapped a jug of motor oil. Head hangs around quite a while and is almost a dark brown. Wow. Leaves quite a bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is of chocolate, raisins, and some hazlenut?, perhaps even figs, the alcohol comes through the nose a bit as well

T - This thing tastes like chocolate and coffee as well some hints of dark fruit. Definately has some bitter coming through and a sweetness that adds to the finish as well as a nice warming feeling.

M - Wow, this is silky and smooth and just magnificent in terms of the mouthfeel. The carbonation is just right and the creaminess of this is very impressive.

D- This one is a sipper for sure. I would love to have more than one can of this. Will definatey look for another.

beerman207, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Motor oil black... very viscous. Thin milk chocolate head forms, fades relatively quickly, but laces nicely.

S- An array of dark chocolate, sweet malt, molasses, some coffee, and maybe some leafy hops. Not too aromatic, but really nice.

T- Big chocolate and coffee notes, roasted malt, moves into some slightly citrus and leafy hops. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Aftertaste is lingering, a blend of chocolate and herbal notes. Delicious. Definitely a good stout, although I'm not sure it absolutely outstrips Expedition or Storm King or Yeti. Good stuff. Hops are definitely more prominent in this one than others, and I like that (I'm a huge fan of fresh FFF Black Sun Stout). Good blending of flavors.

M- Intensely smooth and creamy. Thick. Perfect carbonation.

D- Delicious brew that is worth seeking out. I really enjoy this one. Thanks to alleykatking for this one!

LordAdmNelson, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see an imperial stout in a can, I entered this tasting with some hesitation but was left very pleasantly surprised.

Poured into a snifter, the color was an opaque black with a tan/coffee colored head about a finger's width that dissipated with some spotty lacing - already very surprised at the viscosity and great appearance of this beer.

The smell was good, also. Roasted malt, a hint of coffee and chocolate, etc. Also a bit of alcohol present in the aroma.

The taste left me pleasantly surprised, not sure what the deal with the can is, but this imperial stout was just as good if not better than most I've had out of bombers. Smooth up front with roasted malt and chocolate and a hint of coffee that faded into a lingering bitterness that finished pretty well. Alcohol was also present in the taste and became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

Overall, a very good imperial stout - I wish we got this in Ohio, will definitely be on the lookout for it in the future.

ClevoPiwo, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"this dog'll hunt." -Side of the can

Thanks to Vasdef42 for this extra!! Beer karma coming your way.

A: Pours a pitch black color that produces a deep, rich, ruby- truly evil looking head that reaches four fingers. Lacing is cathedral effect along the glass. This is perhaps the most beautiful/ ominous looking brew I've ever seen! A masterpiece

S: Burnt malts, chocolate malts, toasted barley, tons of hops (98 IBUs!), bitter sweet chocolate, molasses, and a smokey note that lingers. A king! (or should I say czar)

T: Super hoppy! Tons of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some alcohol as the temperature warms. I must say, I am not a huge fan of super hoppy RIS's, but this one has changed my perception. Perfectly balanced.

MF/D: Very velvety, chewy, oily, with the consistency of motor oil. A little bitter to finish, but nicely balanced.

I must say, it is easy to pass these stupid, cheap looking cans when you are beer hunting if you aren't familiar with OB, but ALL of their beers are extremely delicious and I think the cans add charm and personality to their products! Well done!

scottyshades, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of CheckMate
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can from Oskar's first batch obtained at the Liquor Shoppe in Tyngsboro, MA. Pours a nice Ebony color with a half inch of coffee brown head. Smells of chocolate hits the nose nicely, smells almost like a Hershey's Kiss. Roasted chocolate malts plays on the palate quite nicely and no hint of alcohol on the tongue, surprisingly. leaves a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste but isn't overly powerful. moderate carbonation. not a sipper, but i wouldn't recommend drinking it too fast, it will definitely hit you later, IMO. Overall, a very yummy beer.


CheckMate, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into snifter (from notes).

Pours pitch black, no real head, just a tan ring around the outside of the glass, with noticeable lacing. A bit of a sensory disconnect seeing something this thick pour out of a can.

Aroma is cocoa, big coffee, rich and sweet.

Taste is dark chocolate and huge espresso up front, big and smooth. Finish is dry and bitter, green hops and a noticeable hit of acidity paired with a big espresso bitterness that sticks around. Just a bit hoppy for me.

Palate is one of the thickest I've experienced, creamy and smooth with very subtle carbonation.

Drinkability suffers a bit from the pure size and intensity of the beer, and from how green (and prominent) the hops are.

JohnQVegas, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one another awesome surprise extra I got from xpimptastikx. Poured into a snifter.

A- After a pretty viscous pour a thin DARK reddish brown head rises then falls leaving nothing but a ring. This head is the darkest Ive seen. Its almost as dark as some porters!
Ten FIDY is the typical opaque pitch black, the only thing about the appearance that's one of a kind is that dark head.

S- Waiting for this to warm really helps awaken the nose. Slight alcohol, sweetness and cocoa powderyness.

T- Really exceptional flavors here. Bitter-sweet cocoa, dark and roasted maltiness, and a lovely creamy/milkiness. Alcohol is barely present.

M- Ive heard great things about the mouth feel here. Mainly that its really really heavy and thick. In that department I was let down a little bit. I think mainly because of the hype. But thats not to say the mouthfeel on Ten FIDY isnt amazing.
The carbonation is very low. The MF is similar to a creamy whole milk. Its liquid velvet. So nice!

D- Its taking all my strength to not chug this all down right away. Its so good! Alcohol is barely perceivable. A very very drinkable RIS.

MbpBugeye, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, very viscous. There is about one finger's worth of foam initially, but it quickly disappears.

S: Very chocolaty, excellent malt aroma, vanilla, and a mild coffee scent.

T: Very much like the nose. I get the chocolate, primarily. The vanilla is very subtle here too.

M: Very smooth and full bodied.

D: One of, if not the, easiest drinking Imperial Stout I have come across.

womencantsail, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of bjacobsen
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from...well...a can!

A: There is nothing quite like the raven-black pour of an imperial stout. Supports a 1/2 inch beautiful mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly. Not a lot of lacing left in its wake, but definitely some sticky goodness.

A: Really appealing scents of rich dark chocolates, caramel maltiness, coffee sweetened with vanilla creamer. I can't stop sniffing this one.

T: More dark chocolate, strong roasted and dark malt presence, just a touch of heat from the near double-digit ABV. I'm also getting a milky/creamy/vanilla flavor... it's a great balance to the bitter (good bitter) chocolate flavor. The alcohol is present, but seems to just fit with the bold flavor combinations in this one. By no means is it over-powering. As it continues, I'm loving the complex bitter-sweet thing happening here!

M: Medium to thick body...Where it should be.

D: Drinkability is such a catch-22 with double/imperial styles...so I will say that for an imperial stout, it is VERY drinkable. Each time I set it down, my taste buds are prompting me to pick it right back up. I am actually very appreciative of the fact that this comes in 12 oz. cans as I think that is an appropriate serving size. Obviously, this is not a beer to get your session on, but it makes you believe you can.

Overall thoughts: I am partial to a good RIS and have really used AleSmith's Speedway Stout as my basis of comparison for all others. I have read the buzz on Oskar Blues (and this beer in particular) and had to give it a go. What a pleasant surprise...the can, the price, and most importantly, the taste make this one of the most intriguing beers I've had.

bjacobsen, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of atigerlife
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A BIG MAHALO to Macktbone & his lovely wife for bringing this amazing offering. Was great to taste with the boys after work....

Pours black. Light brown head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of dark chocolate, soy, sweetness.

Taste is dark chocolate but suprisingly light alcohol given the ABV. Sweetness [marshmallow, chocolate milk, maple syrup] and tons of roasted malts. Some coffee in there. No aftertaste. Truly complex and amazing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth, creamy. Lightly dry at the end.

Overall, amazing. Drinkability is awesome, even with the ABV. Very, very easy beer to drink. Wow!

atigerlife, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods, Pasadena Ca-Arroyo Parkway

Poured into a pint glass. The pour was like a dark motor oil into the glass. Very black. The smell is freshly roasted. Nice. Interesting smell. A definite roasty taste but not overwhelming. It has a nice taste to it that is getting better with every sip. After hearing good things about this beer here, I had to go try it. It is definitely a good beer. Nice overall taste.

Westsidebuddha, Jul 19, 2009
Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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