Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel AgedTen FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #52
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #198
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 6.25%
Reviews:
436
Ratings:
2,173
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
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Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel AgedTen FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Notes: 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.

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Photo of paltemose2303
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

All black can with grey lettering is pretty sweet! Canned in 12/2019, and enjoyed about 5 months later.

L: Caramel-coffee colored rocky head. Pretty creamy and sticks around for a while. Some solid lacing on the glass as well. No light passes through aside from around the edges of the beer when held up to the light. Not quite a black hole, but pretty close.

S: Some nice vanilla and bourbon. A good amount of roasted malt too.

T: Hits upfront with a good amount of vanilla, bourbon, and some caramel flavors. Most of the bitterness comes though as bakers chocolate, burnt sugar, and roasted malts. Alcohol and the 75 IBU is pretty well hidden. Bourbon is really well balanced and doesn't overpower the sweet and bitter flavors

F: Nice big mouthfeel! Definitely not an overly sweet beer. Sugar and sweetness isn't sticky like other big stouts. Lots of warming sensations while drinking.

Really enjoyed the balance in this beer!

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Photo of Msp004
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can pours black with a tan 2 finger head which sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose is a symphony of vanilla, bourbon, fig, raisins, caramel and sweet roasted dark coffee.

Mouth is silky and smooth with more of the same. Bourbon,caramel, fig and sweetness are most prevalent. Finishes with a nice bourbon warmth.

Let this warm up a while. The flavors really come out.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned: 11/13/19
Consumed: Right the fuck now!

Looks as black as my thoughts whilst on the clock. You can't even see through this stuff! It's a deep inky black like you pay for on high end television sets. Also sports a nice head that sticks around for a minute before receding to a thin sheen. Prominent lacing shows the high-water mark. Smells like newborn babies ought to; fudgy and barrel-aged with a nice char around the edges. Taste is deep roasted grains, espresso, baker's chocolate, butterscotch and lots and lots of vanilla. Barrel comes through on the back-end, especially if you breathe in deep like a lunatic. Feel the burn, pussy! *Ahem* Barrel-aging hasn't dulled the base beer's viscous, chewy mouthfeel too much, just made it a little oily and added a burning sensation in the pit of the stomach. Which isn't such a bad thing from where I sit, watching snowflakes being tossed around by brutal howling winds. This is a great, great beer (one of the best I've ever had) that I finally get to scratch off the 'ol beer bucket list. Glad I got to try it before covid-19 takes us all.

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Photo of shambeano
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a pot at Carwyn cellars
Look: jet black, about 1 inch of off white head that quickly subsided. Leaving lots of lacing.
Smell: bourbon, roastiness, little bit of vanilla.
Taste: bourbon, vanilla, roast, touch of alcohol. Delicious.
Feel: heavy, mouth filling good length.
Overall: delicious

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I love when an easy to find beer knocks me off my feet. It’s not overly sweet! I love the balance between bitter and sweet on the BA stout. The chocolate notes are prominent for me on a non adjunct beer. There’s bourbon presence there too which I love. Great beer, don’t miss it.

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Photo of hopley
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 12 ounce 2019 can on 03.03.20 out of a Foam oversized tulip -

Beautiful tan head and dark body. Head remained throughout the drink in some manner and nice lacing. Didn't like it cold out of the can, but warmed to room temp, a quality stout. Didn't get too much bourbon barrel, but nice, smooth and thick, deeply solid - just a pleasure to drink. Medium mouthfeel for a stout 12.5% BA stout. Really enjoyable.

Postscript - 03.05.20 - had the stovepipe version from about 2015. ABV was 12.9 vs 12.5. I had heard that this beer didn't age well but I'll have to disagree. It was a tad bit smoother and had a bit less activity in the head and lacing department but otherwise was the same beer. I enjoyed it equally if not more than the fresh can. Cheers!

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Photo of CraigDeMoss
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maybe I haven’t had enough of this style, but this is an easy to acquire workhorse of an imperial stout, and that’s just for the base version. But this is barrel-aged, even better.

Pours dark toasted molasses, but you can get a nice head going with a vigorous pour.

Smells great, all around solid.

Taste is better than smell, may have you coming back for more, which in my case has had the newest iteration a few times this season. Maybe I’m biased.

Fella pretty good, Definitely a “one and done” type for me. That’s just for the night..

Overall a great imperial stout, and a damn fine American beer if I may say so

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What happened to my review of this? 11/2/2015
Stovepipe can. Black body. Thin khaki collar. Smells of strong bitter roasted malt. Booze. Bourbon and licorice. Taste has a much stronger bourbon flavor. More chocolate. Bitterness and licorice in the back end. Heavy and boozy. Pretty sweet. Very nice stout, as one would expect from Ten Fidy.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into my snifter. Picked up at the local beer store and sampling about a month after the purchase.
Beer pours a deep coffee black color with spongey tan head of 4 cm foaming up after a fairly aggressive pour.
This foam fades gradually to a sturdy surface layer and leaves some dense lattice as it drops down the sides of my glass.

The aroma is roasted malt and some dark chocolate with a good dose of bourbon and some vanilla mixing with a bit of warming booziness scent that highlights the elevated ABV on this brew.
The first sip on this brew reveals a pretty big chewy body with a bit of a sticky thick texture that really coats my palate on each sip. Carbonation is soft and mild and adds to the physical enjoyment of this big imp stout.
Flavor is big and malty with some dark cocoa notes and some roasted malt which moves to some bourbon and vanilla notes that smooth and linger on the finish. No hint of any hops here, which seems right and the booze is also well hidden. This is a pretty dangerous beer and Im glad its only a 12 oz can.
Very nice big imperial stout. Glad I bought it and now know to do so again if I see it sitting around.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Big stovepipe can from 2017, with a couple years of cellar on it.

A - Pours dark, opaque black, with a wispy tan head, minimal lacing mostly of tight ringed bubbles.

S - Quiet barrel and roasted malt, vanilla and a heavy bourbon alcohol core.

T - The taste is solid, with the bourbon barrel front and center, over a core base that is already tasty. The vanilla and coffee and chocolate dance to a slightly acidic coffee finish.

M - Warm and heavy in the open, lots of alcohol burn, but a surprisingly light finish, as acidity and the warmth lift the weighty stout off the tongue, delivering a surprisingly drinkable high ABV imperial stout. The most exceptional aspect, really.

O - In truth, I'm not terribly interested in this style - bourbon barrels are not my jam - but this delivery a huge beer with a big ABV without the weight I've come to expect. The result is surprisingly crushable, which I'll avoid because I do not want to get drunk, but is lovely nevertheless.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surprised to find this at the local distributor for $18.99 a four pack not bad for a BBA!
A - So deep so dark so black so good. Love the thickness good honestly carbonated lots of life if you shake it up trust me I have a 2 inch layer of foam!
S - Where to describe its full of burnt roasts some sweet vanilla good bourbon and wet barrel some chocolate and just a hint of coffee.
T - The base is good and this is even better sure it has some bourbon taste somewhat strong when warmed but deep down it has the complexity of the chocolate smoke and coffee one would want in an imperial stout.
M - Downright dangerous I drank two and now its hard to type. My first one went down smooth note that you can detect the ABV but smooth enough if you had to crush it in 5 it is possible .

Overall probably one of the best and more affordable BBA RIS beers I have had of late with two more I can't wait to drink them!

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Photo of jrc1093
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/13/19

Pours a motor oil black (no light coming through this one) with mild brown edges and is topped with a few fingers of tight, dark khaki head; good retention (especially for a barrel-aged stout) slowly recedes to a blotchy, thin cap, moderate ring of froth, and a uniform spatter of webby lacing holding steadily around the glass.

Aroma bursts with rich brûléed vanilla, strawberry jam to open, soon inviting milk chocolate and burnt sugar subtleties; smoked toffee and an encroaching roast present quickly toward the middle before a light caramel swirl and more sweet, rounded oaky bourbon peak on the back end.

Taste brings a nutty dark chocolate to the forefront, tinged with vanilla beans, smoked toffee, oaky barrel, and wheated bourbon; sweet espresso char comes across on the mid-palate, with a more spiced barrel tone and roasty coffee grounds showing toward the back end; a silky vanilla/caramel/milk chocolate entwinement on the finish and an exhale marked with chocolate-covered raspberries finishes a flavorful and balanced profile.

Mouthfeel touches off with a creamy, perfectly medium-thick body, oily and just shy of syrupy, and with low carbonation; slick and effortless along the mid-palate, with a finish equally slick and even somewhat creamy, but quietly losing a touch of its density as it goes down; no alcohol presence at all.

An expressive barrel-aged stout marked by a rich sweetness kept in check by waves of malty roast and carried by a slick body; an excellent example of stout meshing boldly with bourbon barrel, and while it does thin a bit as it warms/finishes, this brew never ceases to warrant another sip.

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Photo of Hooded
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 1/13/2020.
Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.
it pours black with one finger of brown head which is more than usual for this beer style. The foam recedes at an average rate. 4.5
The aroma is medium in strength and a blend of vanilla, taffy, caramel, milk chocolate, and a little bourbon. 4.25
The taste is between medium and strong. there is milk chocolate, vanilla, strong bourbon flavor, caramel, taffy, and a long finish that parades all the flavors. 4.5
The feel is thick, syrupy, and oily at the surface. The carbonation is light. 4.25
Overall, it's a great beer. it's not as refined or balanced as Bourbon County, CBS, or KBS. It still beats most of the competition. 4.5

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Photo of Shade1951
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding. What’s not to like? Beautiful head, lots of lacing. Smells of milk chocolate. Flavor follows, and alcohol is hidden well. Deliciously creamy. No off-flavors. This is one to savor.

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Photo of KRug
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/13/19

Pours damn near pitch black with a finger and a half of fluffy brown head

Aroma is very authentic cocoa, extremely rich. Coffee also dominates with a nutty roast, some vanilla likely from the barrel

The taste is more subtle and nuanced as opposed to the sensory assualt of the aroma, with the rich roast starting off the sip, mid palate has a very nice oak character, and it finishes with bitter, dark coffee

Heavy feel as expected, but I was hoping for a little more carbonation here. Nonetheless, it is thick and chewy and allows the bourbon to be detected

This does not drink like a 12.5%, just insane. I love how it seems so much thought was put into this beer, extremely well balanced and dare I say easy drinking. Will definitely come back for more

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

De Bieronomy. En copa Teku. Viendo The Mandalorian 1x06-07. Perfil a bourbon bastante agradable, aunque los hay mejores, mas complejas y que se suben menos a la cabeza

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WA_Brian
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can from the 11/13/2019 batch.

L: Pours solid black with a dark brown head. Big head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bitter cocoa.

T: Sweet vanilla and chocolate. Mild bourbon that is noticeable but not dominate. A little bit boozy but nothing over the top for a BA stout. Very drinkable and balanced.

F: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Coats the mouth and lingers for a long time but doesn't come off syrupy.

Hits the sweet spot for my taste preferences. Leans on the sweeter side and not roasty and is not hard to drink. Love the new 12oz can format and wish more big stouts would have small formats. It's hard not to like this beer but its lacking the depth and nuance that some of my favorites have.

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Photo of LarryV
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fine textured tan head, a lot of lacing going on. Nose is definitely dominated by the aroma of bourbon, some woody char. Big bourbon flavor underscored with hints of dark chocolate and a sight bit of vanilla. Not overly sweet which is an attribute I like. This is an excellent beer, meant to be sipped or you'll be on the floor lol. Excellent!

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Photo of Beeryurt
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has the look of motor oil
Smell of booze and little bit of coffee
Taste is more coffee and booze but not a bourbon bomb.

Still love this beer and feel like it’s a must try for any barrel aged beer fans

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into pint glass in October 2019. There was a canned on date of 10/14/2018 @ 17:45, so the beer had aged about 1 year.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick dark brown head. Head was about 3 fingers high, and lasted a minute. It leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass, and ended with a thin tan head still on the beer.

Smell: Strong aroma of bourbon, with some coffee and cocoa. There is also some caramel, and some other sweet aroma like black licorice, but overall the bourbon dominates the others.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the coffee, bourbon, and licorice flavors. There is some smokie roasted flavors, some caramel and vanilla flavors, chocolate, and a balanced amount of bitter hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence, which matches the 12.9% on the label. The taste is an excellent mix.

Mouth-feel: Very thick like liquid licorice, but with a smooth body.

This is a very good, complex, strong Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This sweetness and bourbon flavor is a nice balance to the high alcohol content. This is one of my favorite stouts, along with:

Goose Island Beer's Bourbon County Brand Stout
Founders Breakfast Stout
Weyerbacher's Sunday Morning Stout
Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious
Hoppin' Frog's BORIS Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar Imperial Stout

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured black at 53 degrees with a large mousse-like dark tan head; ruby edges; long cap retention; heavy ring and lacing; thin legs. Sweet caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak nose. Bourbon entry with bittersweet dark chocolate right behind; toffee, oak, vanilla, bitter roast; not boozy. Medium body; smooth feel; moderate minus carbonation; minimal warmth from 12.9%; alcohol bite on tip of tongue. Overall, well balanced between sweet caramel/chocolate base, bitter roast, and barrel notes; pleasing bitter roast linger on the palate.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid BBA RIS. The cellared stovepipe can I had was from 11/10/17, consumed on 8/20/19. Good bourbon on the nose, not really a whole lot else. Taste has much more going on, pick up the burnt sugar and caramel notes along the way. Just wish the feel was a tad bit thicker and creamier. Overall, I'd put it just behind Parabola for non-adjunct BBA RISs.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks super dark black with some low amounts of carbonation - head recedes but bubble activity is still decent - great for a barrel aged imperial stout

Smells really sweet and rich - nice bite of bourbon and charred oak in the nostrils - chocolate/coffee/caramel/toffee/tobacco

Taste - just amazing - sweet and powerful at first without being over boozy with the 12.9% ABV - smooth and rich - first blast is bourbon and then chocolate and coffee flavors come in - sweetness burns off and more wood / campfire comes through with the barrel aging - vanilla and burnt dark brown sugar fade in here and there - very flavorful

Feel - I was hoping for a bit thicker brew here but with 12.9% alcohol it is understandable that it seemed a tad thinner - slight carbonation throughout so it doesn't go flat - still a really interesting drinking / full bodied beer

Overall - this is one of the best barrel aged imperial stouts that I have had (and I have had A LOT of them). It is well balanced with not being too boozy with bourbon and not taste like you are chewing on a burnt stick. I am very pleased and even spending around $ .82 an ounce, I will keep buying these on occasions. Highly recommend this one!!

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is so damn good...Pitch black with a thin mocha head..good lace..I cant believe how good this is...Smells sweet with bourbon and roasty malt. Taste is out of this world..Might be the best Stout or maybe even the best BEER I've ever had..Body is like past due diesel motor oil...If it has bubbles, I cannot see them..This stuff is beer sex in a can.

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Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2173 ratings