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

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #232
Ranked #1,030
4.36 | pDev: 9.17%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Ten FIDY - Bourbon Barrel-Aged -  JavaTen FIDY - Bourbon Barrel-Aged -  Java
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black hole black no light anywhere near this baby, hell the heads darker then some stouts out there. Head is nice thumb sized Hersey chocolate color, it falls to a ring that leaves some lace down my goblet.

Aroma is Ten Fidy big huge roasted notes chocolate, coffee and big doses of bourbon barrels. Rich thick and chewy molasses and dark fruit hints abound. Not certain if this has more coffee notes or not almost have to do a side by side comparison to be sure, but I believe that the vanilla is more dominate in this variation.

Taste is like the nose big roasted malts abound, good body sugary molasses sweetness with chocolate, coffee and extra vanilla up front. Bourbon abounds through out the flavors to impart its goodness never distracting or being to strong. Dark fruits hiding underneath with some earthy notes to round it out.

Mouthfeel is big and full with fairly mellow carbonation makes for a nice sipping beer.

Overall really need to do a side by side but this is a great beer hard to not be with Ten Fidy base, like to see how much more the coffee is on this one as I can;t recall the regular bourbon Ten Fidy and don;t plan on opening one tonight after this 19 oz monster.

Jan 06, 2020
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Grackos from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10.2017, drank 1.2019. Ton of coffee still, excellent. Wish I had it fresh. Dark, roasty and with medium mouthfeel. Coffee on the nose and on the palate. Some bourbon but not too much.

Jan 05, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

19.2oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind

S- dark roasted malt, char, dark fruit notes of raisin and fig, earthy and herbal coffee, a hint of coffee and barrel

T- earthy espresso and mocha cream up front, followed by dark chocolate, fig and raisin. Mid-palate brings out some the barrel notes of oak, vanilla and barrel juice. The finish gives more espresso, chocolate and bourbon

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky finish

O- coffee is a nice addition to the base beer and works well with the barrel

Dec 15, 2018
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A 19.2 oz. Stovepipe can dated 10/30/17 poured in a 'Ten Fidy' glass.

Look- Pours a thick oily black producing a few centimeters of creamy mocha colored foam. It settles rather quickly to a ring around the glass. There is sparse lacing present.

Smell- Bourbon, molasses, coffee, brown sugar and mild char.

Taste- Bourbon forward followed by tobacco, coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of anise and a prominent oak finish.

Feel- Thick and oily with some noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall- I purchased this can at the Ten Fidy release on 11/03/18 and was taken aback when I noticed the canning date was a year ago. There was no mention in any of their release postings of the vintage. That explains the lack of a prominent coffee smell or taste. While it's still a very solid barrel aged stout, I'm left wondering what it would have tasted like fresh and why the year it was brewed/canned wasn't disclosed?

Nov 05, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dr D in Grenoble for their first year anniversary.
No head for this pitch black beauty.

Great aroma with coffee, cocoa, vanilla and coconut from the bourbon aging.

The taste follows. Quite thick, the mouthfeel is smooth.

Not as good the original ba ten fidy but great anyway!

Aug 18, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

1.42/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not sure how this gets such high ratings.

On tap. Tan head black color.

Burnt coffee. Char. Roast. Burnt rubber. Ash. There is absolutely nothing good about this beer. Alcohol phenols. I can’t drink a 5 oz pour.

Mar 14, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from vanlingleipa a while back. Cheers!

From a large can into a snifter
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with Hotbox roasted coffee added

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear black and yields a 3 finger, medium looking, creamier tan head with great retention. Pitch black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves lots of good lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and burnt coffee beans, some vanilla and cream notes, oak, wood and bourbon barrel on the nose. Hints of milk chocolate as well. Bold and boozy.

TASTE: Roasted coffee beans, burnt notes, vanilla, cream and oak up front. Definite bourbon and booze at the swallow, leading into a bold and lingering finish of roasted and burnt, bitter coffee beans, milk chocolate, sweet cream, oak, bourbon barrel and some alcohol. Lots of booze lingers.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy and a touch foamy on the palate, a touch lighter for the style, goes down fine with a decent burn and finishes somewhat sticky. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is better than the original bourbon Ten Fiddy. The coffee addition seems to have added a layer that diminishes the overly boozy and woody barrel. The head is also better here. That said, I’d still take the base Ten Fiddy over this. Thanks again for the brews, vanlingleipa!

Jan 06, 2018
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from Beersempty so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 19.2oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short dark brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, bourbon and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild as expected but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid big stout to drink for a long time.

Dec 29, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pour a very dark black, with a small head and no lacing

This smells like roasty, smokey and fruity coffee, with roasted malt, bourbon and oak.

The coffee is prominent but well integrated, with a nice creamy character, and light smoke. There's tons of chocolate and roast, light oak and a good amount of bourbon.

This is medium bodied, and quite creamy, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

These beers are sneakily some of the better BA stouts.

Dec 03, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is awesome! one i have been waiting a long time to try, and finally it happened. its an interesting beer, i think even more compelling than the regular barrel aged ten fidy, the coffee adds a lot, but it comes on late. at first sip, i thought i was kind of let down by it, like it didnt have all that much java kick to it, but right before the swallow it really ramps up, super concentrated and dark and roasty, dark chocolate, char, and sweet espresso, just awesome, but the coffee climax is after the swallow, which is a new place for it in the flavor trajectory in my experience, and so the beer finishes with the coffee, i super dig that. all the heavy stout and barrel aspects come sooner than the coffee, not that they arent well integrated throughout, or that the coffee is invisible until the end, but they seem more up front to me, vanilla and wet wood, more char, and all the heft of the normal ten fidy. i get a touch of smoke in this, maybe from the barrel, and i get a dried cherry note or something in the coffee, faint but fruity, maybe raisin. lots of barrel here too, it makes me want a whiskey coffee drink. this is warming and wintery and layered and really well done. i bet it would age well, but im not sure i want to cellar a beer in a can. some of the best beer oskar blues has ever made!

Oct 12, 2017
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours oily black and that is how it sits in the glass. Little khaki bubbles keep appearing as it warms. Smell is mostly barrel and malt. Not much coffee to speak of. Little bit of vanilla sweetness and alcohol heat. Even in the taste the coffee is barely noticeable. It seems to be an acidic coffee because compared to the regular ba 1050, this tastes like slightly more acidic and not as unctuous. Still excellent however as I think Oskar blues barrel aging program is hitting on all cylinders. The main knock on this beer is that the carbonation is too lively for the style. There is silkiness and creaminess in the taste but it is hard to pick up on it from the carbonation as you drink it. Overall this beer is really good but suffers from too much carbonation that interferes with the tastes of the nuances in it.

Jul 29, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 03/23/17
Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served in a tiny 6oz snifter that makes me feel like my hands are the size of Andre the Giant's. Pure black with a tan, broken layer of surface suds. Intricate pattern of spotting makes up the lacing on this tiny glass.

Smell - Mocha aroma with some syrupy chocolate, caramel and some assuredly bourbon booze character.

Taste - More coffee than chocolate as the nose suggested. Roast first, followed by strong caramel and chocolate undertones. Bourbon oak, vanilla and some heat come through mid-taste, but finishes with a nice balance of all flavors before a chocolate syrup sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Silky smoothness that quickly turns dry and sticky in the finish. A bit too sticky for my preference.

Overall - Another great variant of Ten Fidy, but i think i like the regular BA Ten Fidy more. Unusually sweet for a java variant, but damn tasty all the same.

Jun 18, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light black / brown color with a tan fresh head. Delicious roasted coffee smells with chocolate and bourbon. Mouth feel has a very nice roast mellow coffee taste infused nicely with bourbon, then a nice milk chocolate roasted malt finish. easily the best variant on the 10-fidy, with a sweet and mellow mouth feel , great brew.

Apr 08, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with brownish head. Aroma has sweet bourbon and fudge brownies with some sweet coffee notes. Taste is sweet at first with a light umami note, continues with roasted coffee and malt, medium bitterness on the finish. Medium body, quite smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a really nice variant of Ten Fidy with the coffee and bourbon integrated very well.

Apr 07, 2017
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jakecattleco from California

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe into mini goblet. WOW, everything I loved about BA Ten Fidy but with coffee. Definitely a birthday present for me, loved it! Only way it could've been better is if I walked out with a stovepipe of it!

Mar 20, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With each and every special release, the complexities keep piling on and the depth of flavor gets deeper and deeper. With the HotBox coffee roasters on their team, the Oskar Blues folks apply a generous coffee addition of coffee to the famed impeiral stout and then allow it to slumber in those coveted bourbon barrels. The beer that emerges is surprisingly drinkable and notwithstanding of the variety of favors that beg exploration.

Bourbon Barrel "Java" Ten Fidy pours with a paler than usual dark brown, a shade off of the onyx black depth that's expected. Its lighter profile continues as its scent is deep with coffee and roast but not quite the espresso perfume with which is accustomed. As its honeycomb froth folds back into the stout, nutty, cocoa and toasty aromas bleed into a seared sweet taste of molasses, toast and bittersweet chocolate.

As its malt sweetness begins to relax, the caramels lift and the coffee intensifies. Bold french press varieties offer a soiled, earthy and rootish quality that edges toward turkish blends. Tethers of dark fruit lurk behind with black cherry, licorice spice and plum. A rummy spice lingers into the bourbon barrel nuance of nuttiness, oakiness, vanillans, caramels and coconut.

Hints of kaluha trail long and warm as the full bodied stout celebrates a roasty, toasty and robust finish. A long aftertaste of nutty coffee blends take an edge off of the stouts acrid roast but provides that softer soil and pecan character. Warm and spicy with whisky and oak, the waning moments of taste simmers with smooth bourbon. The Java version of Ten Fidy is a welcome taste but likely not any improvement over the original.

Jan 06, 2017
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I couldn't wait for a full quick chill in the freezer so I cracked it at just a little warmer than cellar temp. Pours a deep black with a thick fluffy head. Just tons of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and char on the nose.

Holy heat! It's a hot, boozy coffee bomb. A good amount of bourbon, wood, marshmallows too. Chocolate, roast, cinnamon spice. Coffee makes BA Ten Fidy that much more special.

It's a tad thin but that's just nitpicking. So enjoyable.

Jan 02, 2017
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breadwinner from California

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Has that classic Ten Fidy motor oil appearance/body/legs, alongside a nice hit of dark roast coffee on the nose. Maybe some light ethanol in there too. Palate is good but not great, coffee bitterness, perhaps in need of some chocolate or sweetness.

Dec 28, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

19.2oz tallboy can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, no lacing. Smells of rich coffee, heavy espresso, milk chocolate, touch of bourbon, light chalk; flavour is similar with a heavy coffee chocolate presence, fair bourbon presence, touch of oak. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, medium body, plenty of coffee roast on the finish. Tasty, not really a lot of complexity. Fair bit of barrel presence enhanced with the coffee.

Dec 14, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

19.2 oz. can. Pours inky black. Medium khaki head. Smells of mostly coffee. Bourbon. Chocolate. Tastes of all of the aforementioned flavors. Heavy coffee. Heavily roasted coffee, too. Bourbon and oak. Strong, bitter chocolate. Lingering bourbon and oak finish. Heavy. A little boozy. Excellent.

Nov 22, 2016
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spoony from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 32 oz crowler (roughly two and one-half months old) to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated March 2, 2016.

A-The beer starts with about one fat finger of foam in the glass. The head is dirty mocha-brown in color and the retention is decent for the style. The beer is black and opaque. No lacing.

S-The aroma is strangely bitter with more coffee ground flavor and roasted grain than I was expecting. I also sniff some marshmallow and vanilla, but not much barrel. A little bit of raspy, dry oak creeps in as the beer warms up.

T-The taste is less bitter with more of a chocolate note than the smell. There is still some bitterness, especially on the finish, which suggests coffee grounds and heavily roasted malt. Also some black licorice and hints of dark fruit like prune. I'm still not picking up much barrel flavor.

M-The body is creamy and slightly sticky. Carbonation is smooth but present on the palate.

O-I really like BA Ten Fidy, so I was excited to try this. This beer doesn't quite live up to its brother and this is one instance where the addition of coffee might have detracted from the beer. Still, this is a decent beer and I wouldn't turn one down if there was another crowler in my fridge.

Mar 15, 2016
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bentnorton from Colorado

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz crowler.
L (4.25) a good amount of mocha foam, though it dissipated quickly. A good amount of lacing.
S (4.5) lots of bourbon and sweet malts on the nose, though I don't get a ton of coffee.
T (4.5) You definitely get much more bourbon than coffee. In fact, I don't get that much coffee at all, but the bourbon is extremely well balanced with the chocolaty goodness that you expect from normal ten fidy. A slight amount of heat on the finish.
F (4.75) this is one of the creamier beers that I've ever had. Also one of the only aspects of this beer that really sets it apart from BA ten fidy (IMO).
O (4.5) great beer, though I'm not sure that it's worth the price point/drive to the brewery now that BA ten fidy is available in cans. I just didn't find it to be a huge upgrade.

Feb 11, 2016
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a crowler, which is almost 2 months after the release. Color is good, head retention was good, nose was rich without much coffee. Flavors were excellent, but not reflective of what I was expecting. Java is muted, and the barrel notes were grape-like and vinous.

Feb 04, 2016
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 151 ratings