Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel-AgedTen FIDY - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #102
Ranked #248
4.47 | pDev: 6.26%
Jan 29, 2024
Sep 06, 2015
Aged through four seasons and from a blend of the top Bourbons around, this Ten Fidy has morphed into a monster of cranked up flavor. Espresso, burnt sugar, rich chocolate, caramel notes are now driving alongside the vanilla, oak, bourbon from the barrel and been smoothed out during maturation. Even at 12.5% (75 IBUs) it is cool and drinkable, letting each sip add more and more complexity.

ABV varies year to year
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Rated: 4.5 by Nyoder

Jan 29, 2024
Rated: 4.75 by meanmutt from Ohio

Jan 19, 2024
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Super dark like ink. Tannish head. Decent lacing. Nose is bourbonish but more hard charr on the nose. Doesn't smell as sweet as expected. Nice partially harsh initial flavor. Good warmth.
Jan 07, 2024
Rated: 3.66 by RoyalKaiju from Kentucky

Jan 07, 2024
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a completely dark, black color with a massive, deep, rich, and heavy tan head. SRM of 23. (4.50)

Aroma: Strong aromas of bourbon, chocolate, roast, coffee, vanilla. Smooth, rich, deep, and sweet.

Flavor: Strong flavors follow of rich chocolate and bourbon upfront. Smooth decidant chocolate, mixed with smooth coffee, vanilla, rich toffee, and maple syrup sweetness. Mild roastedness, and ultimatley sweet chocolate and syrup sweetness with a bourbon balance.

Feel: Heavier bodied, strong and soft carbonation to balance. Sweet, but smooth mouthfeel and hides the alcohol extremely well in the softness and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A World-Class rated BBA Imperial Stout. Not a big BBA person, but giving it a go. Strong chocolate, coffee, vanilla, maple syrup balanced by a smooth bourbon flavor. Incredibly smooth and soft. Hides the alcohol surprisingly well. Sometimes the bourbon and alcohol is overpowering. Not so here. Incredible Stout flavors balanced by smooth bourbon without any of the cloying alcohol or bourbon bite. Extraordinary flavors and mouthfeel. (Rating: 4.36)
Nov 19, 2023
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Rated by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
(out of the can into a sample snifter...) Tasty little thing... i think i'd like to match it up with the BA Narwhal for a blind taste-tester.
Nov 16, 2023
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Reviewed by John_M from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Roscoe's today in PDX, this is the 2021 version.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with excellent head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. This beer looks great. On the nose, this beer seems a bit lacking. There's coffee, licorice and burnt toast, but without much chocolate or bourbon (which I've gotten from fresh batches in the past). The flavor profile replicates the nose, and again, I'm not getting a lot of barrel character here. Mouthfeel is still pretty good... it's fairly full with a long, fairly smooth finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, so drinkability is pretty good I guess

This is a decent ba impy stout, but it's not a stand out. There are a lot of really good ba stouts on the market, and there's really nothing exceptional about this one. Not sure this is a beer I need to revisit any time soon.
Nov 01, 2023
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
L= Black as a moonless night. Light tan two finger head. Gorgeous lacing from a thinning but substantive collar.
S= Delicious... bourbon, chocolate, caramel, licorice, spice.
T= Hops, chocolate, bourbon, malt sugar, all forward, coffee right behind. taste varies as it rolls over tongue. Strong, luscious flavors.
F= Spot on balanced... neither watery or sticky. Perfect.
O= This is one impressive brew. I might have a new favorite here.
Sep 20, 2023
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
It's not possible to add anything to the many thoughtful reviews of this stuff, but just for my own memory: Handsome dark brew, near black, with the beige foam and lacing in the Grand Cru goblet. Inviting aroma of cocoa and coffee. Sweet and malty with caramel and burnt sugar. The winey taste is complemented with figs and prunes. The moderate bitterness is enough to balance the sweet but keeps it highly sippable. This is my second favorite of the Big Stouts box from BA, next to the persimmon one. Not that there's much competition with all the peanut butter horrors.
Jul 03, 2023
Rated: 4.29 by craigbelly from Iowa

May 19, 2023
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 24th November 2020. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a nice one finger tanned head that had decent retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, dried dark fruit, prunes, fig, vanilla, and bourbon.

Taste: Roasty, chocolate, brown sugar, dried dark fruit, prunes, raisin, vanilla, oak, bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, with soft carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable and complex sipper full of great flavours.
Apr 15, 2023
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Reviewed by robwired from Kansas

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter, what was canned 01/04/23 gave a healthy 1/4-inch beige head. Wafts of vanilla and bourbon came up from the glass.
First sip: smoky coffee. Inviting. As it settles on the palate, there's an oak, espresso, burnt sugar and bourbon reveal.
It has a creamy mouthfeel and finishes smooth with a sublimated booziness, all from a 12-ounce can.
Apr 06, 2023
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Reviewed by mjwellman from Texas

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
L: Pours black like coffee with a nice creamy mocha head
S: malty, sweet molasses aroma with a hint of bourbon
T: sweet molasses, brown sugar with a hint of chocolate, bourbon and coffee
F: Smooth, like velvet. You take a sip and you want more. Not thin
O: This is what an Imperial Stout should taste like. Wonderful beer that drinks smooth and it doesn't feel like a high ABV beer. I would buy this again.
Apr 06, 2023
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a surprising two fingers of brown head. It actually lasts quite a while, but eventually surrenders and becomes a few islands with a solid ring, pretty strong cling.

The smell is actually quite subdued to me. It's all there, but it doesnt seem to be eciting the glass with much urgency. Bourbon, great coffee and chocolate, roasty malts, a kind of caramel or molasses note, a light kiss of vanilla, wood.

The flavor explodes. Everything that should be in a stout of this ilk, nothing that doesn't belong, and everything in its place. Very good bourbon flavor leads the parade. There's a superbly smooth coffee taste that combines with milk chocolate for a kind of mocha effect. The chocolate lingers a bit on the lips. A little bitterness from the coffee but no acridity or unpleasant cherry taste. Not much char at all, in fact. There's a pleasing woodiness - I guess that is barrel presence. A bit of vanilla, slight touch of sweetness. Well after the swallow there is an aromatic spicy anise taste. All these flavors are extremely well-integrated.

Medium bodied, moderately carbed. It's not as dry as I thought it would be. Ultra-smooth, slightly bitter residual on the tongue while the licorice thing lingers as an aromatic. It occurs to me that it actually has a hard liquor feel to it.

I can sit here and dissect, but this beer just as easily lends itself to good old enjoyment in its totality. While the bourbon is strong, my fellow Jedi, it somehow doesn't dominate with a heavy hand. It's just unabashedly there in the foreground, but everybody else stands up loud and proud. This is some awesome sauce in a can. Well-crafted and it seems the barrel aging is flawless - deserves every bit of hype it gets, if ya ask me.
Mar 27, 2023
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Reviewed by hardy008 from Minnesota

4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours dark black with a dark tan head with 2 fingers of foam from an aggressive pour. Has nice retention and lacing. Nice aroma with bourbon, chocolate, dark roasted malt and molasses. Tastes like it smells with the addition of coconut from the barrel aging.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. There is quite a bit of molasses in the aftertaste. A wonderfully made beer.
Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 4.26 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by arcticsquare from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours thin and dark. Fairly carbonated and fizzes quite a bit when sipping, which feels odd for a big stout. Dark maltiness with a dry bourbon finish. Serviceable imperial stout. Definitely improves after warming up a bit!
Mar 16, 2023
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Reviewed by RanchMisfit from Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
What a stout should be… nice heavy drinking - fill my belly - rich - creamy smoothness. Tastes silky smooth across the tongue and down the hatch with zero bitterness and aftertaste. I could drink this everyday and never go to work again- Oskar Blues delivers and you won’t be disappointed.
Mar 10, 2023
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Reviewed by pulse from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I believe this is #8 of the Extreme Stout Box, chosen by RNG. Ten FIDY pours black with a lovely khaki head, bubbly but fading rapidly into lacing. It has a noticeable enough aroma coming out of the can: malty, chocolately, molasses, espresso, burnt sugar. Taste is interesting. It's similar to the other stouts from the box I have had recently in that it is rather big and smooth but also not lacking in complexity despite being rather straightforward compared to the more outlandish adjunct-laden bombs that are everywhere these days. It is very warming - I feel that right away. The coffee-chocolate bitterness is quite prevalent out front. The malty backbone carries through to the end. I get the vanilla, caramel, and residual sweetness for sure. Solid body with moderate carbonation. Some dark fruit juice builds up with more sips.

For a box of extreme stouts, so many of these are terrifyingly drinkable.
Mar 10, 2023
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Reviewed by Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Haven't rated a beer in a while...was excited to come across this one at the new Total Wines in Totowa. Grabbed a 4pk. Canned on 11/11/22. Rich, deep and dark brown with very modest but consistent mocha colored ring of foam, no real head and spotty but, scant lacing.
The smell is pretty muted for me, definitely get some roasted malt and the bourbon has come out a bit as it warms.
Strong roasted malt flavor, coffee-like. A nice smack of the barrel that lingers through the finish. A bit of oak, leather and unsweetened chocolate.
Decent body and the sharpness from the booze is tolerable, it definitely lingers on the tongue and warms the gullet.
An excellent beer for a chilly night.
Mar 02, 2023
Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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