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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 8,362
Reviews: 2,366
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,972 | FT: 113
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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 Northjames
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

This pours blacker than almost anything I've seen.

The smell is overwhelming molasses with some caramel notes. I don't detect alot of hops in the nose.

There is a huge molasses punch to this beer up front, fading to a balanced bitterness. Similar to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. The alcohol is just barely detectable.

Mouthfeel is a strongpoint. This is a smooth and silky beer. Almost milky.

I could have 2 of these, but I'm not sure about more.

Photo of websherpa
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before and really enjoyed it. Reviewing a can with noteable dents in it. Hope the contents are ok...

Appearance: Black, no transperency. Modest 1/2 finger brown head. Interestingly on the edges the thick black color of the beer seems to creep up into the head. Lacing just from the head melting. All signs indicate thick and and full beer. I've seen other review with more head, and I really wish I had more. It looks phenomenal, I'm just not getting a lot.

Smell: This smells complex. There is a musty roasty-ness that prevails through all the flavors. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it reminds me of the wonderful smells of a leather shop. Vanilla is probably the most forward but there is a lot in here. Chocolate maybe some nuts. Coffee is there but way back. There is a balancing bitterness and maybe that is the prevailing mustiness. I'm positive I'm not picking out everything Definitely booze in there too.

Taste: Just delicious. I could try to pick out all the flavors, but it's so much nicer to sit back and let the ensemble do it's job. Appreciate the complete picture. Look at the smell for the components, but the well executed blend of all the above parts is why this beer is so delicious. The alcohol is actually very well hidden. You know it's a big beer based on the flavor, it's not what I could boozy. As the beer warms I get some pipe tobacco smoke flavors. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel: It's thick as expected. It washes over the mouth and stays there. Fresh out of the can it's slightly over carbonated but if you sip, it hits it's stride about halfway through the beer. I'm no expert. As the beer warms the alcohol kicks in at the end of the beer. The tobacco flavors are enhanced by the dry finish.

Drinkability: The flavor sticks with you and does not demand the next drink. Still there is nothing stopping you. It's rich without being overwhelming. You can sip on this for an evening, or it can be a candidate in a evening filled with drinking assuming the other offerings aren't quite as tall.

Photo of codsmith
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - It was a very nice deep, dark black with a slight head on it from the can.

Smell - This is by far the favorite part of this beer for me. it has an amazing feminine smell to it that I have never smelt in a beer... a little weird at first, but it really makes you want to drink it. No hoppy or grainy smell, this is very hard to describe.

Taste - it starts with nice deep tones and milds out in the middle. The end is really where your smell and flavor kick in and take you for a ride to the end. Nice and deep body with full flavor

Mouthfeel - It start out light, but ends feeling a little heavy in the mouth at the end.

Drinkability - It's a great beer, but I would probably only have about 2 in a single session.

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

Reviewed on 2/1/11 from notes:

A: Pours a thick dark brown/black with minimal head.

S: Chocolate and some cofee smell. some alcohol. Maybe a little vanilla smell.

T: Lots of coffee and roasted malt taste, some vanilla hints as well.

M: Lots of carbonation nice, creamy and chewy feel.

D: Best canned beer I've ever had. A great stout for a nice cool evening when you just want some but not a 22 oz. love it.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review of the 12 oz can. Big thanks to billyshears for this one.
A: Near opaque black, it poured with a half-finger chocolate head that died to collar with some lacing.
S: Almost like Irish cream with good chocolate milk or hot chocolate going on here. A slight earthiness has to be coming from the hops. A very slight artificial sweetener is a little off-putting, but otherwise everything is good.
T: Dark chocolate, nice burnt sticky caramel roast that lingers with a crisper hoppiness in the alcohol that's like rum. This is thick and packed full of roasted goodness. It reminds me of an Expedition with more caramel. This certainly redeemed the smell.
M: Sticky with a creamy carbonation. Pretty good.
D: Not too bad. More than a can or two would be too much.

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

I received this can of Ten Fidy in a trade with discovalante65 February or March of '09, so it is at least two years old. Thanks, Andrew!

Can cracks open quite quietly. Hard-poured into my DFH signature glass at cellar temperature.

A: Ten Fidy is appropriately black and presents a little layer of milk-chocolate head. The pour and the way the beer rests in the glass indicate Ten Fidy has a massively thick body.

S: Mega roasted malts, specifically chocolate and black, are joined by crystal malts, which add dried fruits, especially raisins, but not much caramel.

T: A flash of sweetness and then roast, dark chocolate and dried fruits assert themselves. A bit of coffee, probably suggested by the huge roastiness, which just borders burnt and lingers long into the finish. A muted bitterness also appears, making for a dry finish.

M: Exceptional. Fat, creamy mouthfeel. This is as close as beer gets to a milk shake. There is also a bit of grittiness, which doesn't necessarily detract from mouthfeel. Not really warming.

D: One is more than enough. I love sippers and Ten Fidy definitely falls in that category, but it is such a massive beer that I labored for at least two hours to get through 12 ounces.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another single purchased to verify or nullify previous experiences with the fidy. Canned on 11/11/10.

12 oz black can dumps a pretty motor oil consistency into an eager snifter. Somehow this looks more bad ass coming from a can, though the whole idea of good beer coming from a can is long gone. A thin cinnamon veil hides itself along a thin ring hugging the glass, while sticky amoeba lace patterns itself throughout. The result is a very pretty beer.

Smell is a letdown. No matter the temperature variance, there remains a smore chocolate/graham cracker note. While this is not unappealing, it's not nearly as complex or varied as I'd hoped.

Graham crackers, cinnamon, and fat black cherries (thankfully, those are the best kind) lead to a hop pop at the finish. The bittersweet cherry twang, along with the hops, leave a mild bitter finish that hangs around. More towards the sweet/dark fruitiness than I would prefer, but overall, quite solid.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich with a low/moderate carbonation that allows everything here to sit, settle, and linger. I wish more stouts achieved this sensation.

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

Poured from a can like a batch of motor oil, the beer is jet black, and just looks thick. There was a thin, chocolate colored head that lasted about thirty seconds, and then it retreated to just a ring of film. The beer has aromas of coffee and toffee, but also some booze. The flavors are milk chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Some bits of sweet malt/molasses and some bitter characteristics, as well, and of course a bit of alcohol. As it warms, you get some dark fruity sweet flavors, also. The beer is heavy and thick in mouth. Very viscous and lingering in the mouth, which is fantastic given the amazing flavor combination. The finish is creamy and smooth, despite the alcohol flavors. Aftertaste of bitter coffee. The beer is extremely smooth and easy to drink, and fabulous on a cold night. Great dessert beer, also!

Photo of Avagadro
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned in December of 2009, drinking Feb 2011. I actually had to convince my truck driver that this beer was still good, despite being over a year old.

A: Can cracks without the usual hiss, a somewhat unsettling event if I do say so myself. Ten FIDY pours like motor oil into my goblet, with a chocolatey head that quickly disappears.

S: Deep molasses, creme brulee, and coconut give way to a touch of banana. This is fantastic.

T: Somewhat sweet, and entirely enjoyable, all of the notes indicated in the nose are present, and rounded out with hints of espresso. Thoroughly enjoyable.

M: Full body, chewy, and a touch sticky, with no carbonation to save your palate from the onslaught of flavor.

D: Absolutely enjoyable through-and-through. This is everything an RIS should be, and is widely available. The price is a bit high, but I kind of like that. I can only imagine what would happen to my waistline if this stuff was affordable...

Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing a side by side of a can from 11-11-10 and from 9-25-09--the ranking goes to the better of the two.

A: Both pour a thick, jet black with about a finger of dense, dark brown head. It fades into a thin brown cap with some decent lacing.

S: The aged can has an odd chalky, graham cracker-like scent to it. Behind that is some more subtle sweet chocolate and coffee.
The fresh can smells of roasted malt up front followed by dark chocolate and more bitter coffee. I have to hand the smell to the fresh can.

T: The aged can is packed full of semi-sweet chocolate with some coffee and darker chocolate aftertaste. A bit of the graham shows up in the aftertaste, but not much.
The fresh can hits you with dark, roasted malts and coffee up front with a bit of dark chocolate. The aftertaste has a decent hop kick along with bitter coffee. I tend to prefer more coffee and bitter flavors, but the aged can hasn't mellowed so much that they're gone. With the odd graham aftertaste, though I prefer the fresh can.

M: The aged can has a heavy body with little carbonation--thick and creamy.
The fresh can also has a heavy body but has more carbonation to it, which goes well with the coffee and bitterness.
I'll have to give the upper hand slightly to the fresh can, but again it's because I prefer the coffee flavors a bit more.

D: The aged can is very smooth and goes down more easily than the fresh can, which has more carbonation and bitterness. The upper hand here goes to the aged can.

Overall, I prefer the fresh can but the aged one is by no means bad. I enjoy the hoppy and coffee flavors of the fresh beer more than the smooth, chocolaty flavors of the aged. Both are good, though.

Photo of robbrandes
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid equivalent of a black hole - no light escapes the inky darkness. the smell is a wonderful blend of smokiness, molasses, raisins and alcohol. somewhat thin head on the pour, but it stuck around til the bottom of the glass and the dark brown color is awesome.

this beer packs a big punch - full, robust taste that explodes across the palate. the alcohol is unmistakable, but the warmth and fullness of this beer are impressive.

considering it's in a can, this might be the greatest backpacking beer ever. campfire cooked steak, pull a ten-fiddy out of the cold spring? yeah, that'd work.

Photo of SuperNova777
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a thick motor oil black with a thin mocha color head that falls quick, nice lacing is left on the glass.

S:Strong hints of chocolate are picked up in the nose along with some roasted malts and coffee hiding in the background.

T:Up front there is roasted malts with a mixture of chocolate in the middle. Backend completes the brew with another dose of chocolate. Very tasty and enjoyable.

M: Has a syrupy body that seems to coat the palate and every chance with the flavors from the taste that linger around.

D:This had a can date of 12/10/09 and you can tell it smoothed out a lot since there was no hint of alcohol and was very easy to drink. Big flavors come thru and make this a good drink.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark motor oil black with nice 1/2" dark tan head that dissipates in a few minutes leaving mild sticky lacing behind. Smells of chocolate, soy sauce, sweet, caramel and a bit of smoke. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted, the soy flavor shows through but not too overbearing or anything. The mouthfeel was a bit flat and thin, leaves a lot to be desired. Besides the mouthfeel this beer was amazing, oskar blues does not disappoint with this beastly beauty, drinkability could not be better.

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

can dated 11/2/09, tasted 1/16/11

A - Pours pitch black with a small amount of tan head; Leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Very much chocolate forward. Some nice roasted malts. Smells slightly sweet with some dark fruits (and maybe some cherry?) present as well.

T - similar to smell with the addition of some subtle but present hops.

M - Definitely a palate-coater. Good lord this is nice and thick, but not at all in a distracting way. Very smooth and creamy.

D - 9.5% will reduce drinkability a bit, but this a well crafted RIS.Nice combination of earthy and slightly sweet with just enough hops. Been wanting to try this one for awhile and was not disappointed in the least. Excellent.

Photo of JizackFH
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours black in color. It has a 1 1/2-finger dark tan head. The head has good retention, and leaves behind some good lacing.

S - The smell is dark and roasty. There is also a nice sweetness to it. There are notes of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Very rich smelling.

T - The taste is smooth and roasty, with a good chocolate taste. I am also getting some notes of plum, fig, molasses, coffee, and a touch of booziness. The finish has a slight lingering coffee and chocolate taste. The alcohol content is very well hidden in the taste.

M - It has a medium-full body and low carbonation. It goes down very smooth. It has a rich and creamy feel to it, and there is also some alcohol warmth.

D - The drinkability is quite good. The flavor is great, and it has a smooth velvety feel. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. This is a really good beer, and I recommend trying it. This was my first craft beer in a can. Delicious.

Photo of tewaris
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into a New Belgium globe on 02/07/2010

Pours very very dark brown and looks jet black in the glass with a big, dark brown head that rose up in cascades. The head took a long time to fall into a thinner cap and laced the glass beautifully.

The aroma on Ten Fidy leans more towards burnt, roasted notes, that were almost meaty. As it warmed up, the alcohol got noticeable, but that's alright.

This beer is about the powerful presence of roasted malts. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of dark fruit notes but roast and hop bitterness rule this beer.

At this point, I am going to drink some water and a small sip of Scotch to clear my tastebuds before proceeding with the scores... alright, all done!

Ten Fidy is chocolate like bittersweet, slightly acidic, and rich, with sweetness coming (seemingly) more from alcohol than from sugars. Low on carbonation, high on silkiness, the roast doesn't affect the thick mouthfeel negatively. A very delicious aftertaste of roasted coffee beans lingers after a medium finish. Could and would drink more of it. Good stuff!

Photo of brewcat
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A complex imperial stout to be sure. First, in a can. I realize that several craft brewers have either moved entirely over to the can or some portion. However, to find such a complex, rich, and refined libation contained with these aluminum walls is a departure for sure.

Pours a perfect imperial blackness. Looks like someone replaced my fizzy yellow beer with 10/40. nice mocha head results. Aroma is bitchin. I get a bouquet of molasses, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Also kinda get some hot tar roof, band-aid, saran wrap notes. Things definitely improve as this brew warms and breaths.

Taste matches the aroma nicely. Rich balance of the sweetness is matched be an assertive bitterness. Something else pops as i contemplate this one further. Anise or black licorice comes through rather subtly as I swish. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is both pleasant and restrained.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink-black with an apparent motor oil consistency, Ten Fidy is crowned with an inch and a half of mocha-colored head that slowly settles to a thin film. Swirling creates some impressive "legs" that slowly slide down the side of your glass.

On the sweet-to-char continuum, Ten FIDY treats the nose to more of the char and espresso notes while keeping the molasses and baker's chocolate in a supporting role. Smoke and wood flavors provide a nice bacon-like undertone.

Mouthfeel is downright thick. Darklord aficionados will feel right at home as this viscous "beershake" coats the back of your throat. There's enough carbonation to prevent the weight from being unpleasant, but make no mistake: this is a very full-bodied beer even compared to its impy brethren.

Espresso and dark chocolate form the flavor foundation, while some molasses, faint dark fruit, light smoke and tobacco provide some welcome complexity. A slight tangy astringency at the finish takes a bit away from an otherwise first-rate example of the style.

While I'd never describe the heavyweights of this category to be highly "drinkable," Ten FIDY does what it needs to do to avoid demerits here: it hides its alcohol reasonably well, doesn't overwhelm the palate with repeated sips and doesn't smother you with its oil-slick consistency. Unlike some extreme stouts, it lets you move on to another beer.

Photo of 321jeff
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had an 08 and an 09 split side by side with Ben in early January 2011, reviewed from notes. Both were canned in December of their respective canning years.

Appearances were pretty similar, both Black as night with a milk chocolate colored head, the only real difference being the 09 had a good bit of head and the 08 was noticeably smaller.

Aromas were also similar with lots of chocolate and burnt roast. The major difference here was notes of alcohol that was present in the 09 but not in the 08.

The differences in the taste were more noticeable, bot had lots of chocolate, but the bitter roast was much smoother in the 08 and had more of a bite in the 09. There was also a bite from the alcohol in the 09 that had vanished from the 08.

Mouthfeel was thick and viscous in both with moderate carbonation. Both of these are enjoyable, and I'd like to try it against one that is really fresh, but it seems that once Ten Fidy hits the 2 year mark, it really smooths out and takes things to the next level.

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

A-Pours almost like oil, pitch black body with less than 1 finger of chocolaty brown head, lots of lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, raisins, plums, anise, molasses and coffee.

T-Sweet dark chocolate, brown sugar, a little bit of coffee, molasses, figs, and a little cinnamon. Its very rich and full, but maybe a little hot still.

M-Thick and smooth, the carbonation is almost undetectable.

D-Still one of my favorite RIS. Thick and delicious, very nice full mouth feel, one of the more important aspects for me in these beers.

Photo of Mancer
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The can poured out a thick tar black brew with a one finger high deep reddish brown head. The head dissipated moderately into a thick lace that covered the top of the beer. The initial aromas were of roast, dark chocolate, malts, and hints of coffee and espresso beans. The initial flavors were sweet with a deep roasted caramel, dark chocolate and roasted coffee.The roast lasted nicely in the after taste and the alcohol was masked fairly well. The alcohol gave a nice warming of the nose feel. This beer was full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Well rounded in flavor and complex. The initial pour was insane, I have never seen such a black beer. Kudos to Oskar Blues for this finely crafted beer.

Photo of KajII
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

Poured a muddy black with a very small medium brown creamy head that was fully diminishing and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of burnt cereal malts and a leathery doughy yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and an mild alcohol scent. It tasted sweetly bitter with a coffee flavor at first and finished with a nice bitter-smooth flavor of coffee and chocolate that stayed with you for a nice while. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a GREAT Imperial stout, lots of flavor and no taste of the high alcohol content.

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

This beer was purchased as as single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a Stone pairing glass

Poured incredibly thick and syrupy and was difficult to get a head on it but when I did it looked great. Black as night. Smelled of powdered ovaltine then as it warmed it smelled of twizzlers/licorice. Tasted good, with a present ethanol burn which was a little off putting. Felt great, thick and present not very drinkable for me.

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

A - Black with a small very dark brown head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Very sweet chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dates and raisins. Nice aroma.

T - Sweet, dark chocolate, charred malt, brown sugar and raisins. Aftertaste is of charred malt mostly.

M - Thick as can be, smooth and creamy! Refreshing as well.

D - Awesome. Oskar Blues proves yet again that beer in cans does not have to be bad!

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

Brought this one back from San Fran. It was a drunk night and a stop in a corner store is where I came upon a four pack of Ten Fidy, God bless America!!!

The brew pours pitch black, big foamy brown head. The head quickly receded and left little lacing.

An interesting nose on this one, tart fruit and big malt.

The taste is delicious on so many levels. Nice big malt flavors, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel. The tart fruit can be detected in the end, it's something that is quite unique and unexpected and is mixed in with the bitterness.

Perfect thick mouthfeel.

This is what I would describe as a perfect example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
97 out of 100 based on 8,362 ratings.