Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

2,578 Reviews

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.

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Photo of IKnoGoodBeer
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer with extraordinary smoothies! The hype does live up to this beer. It pour, taste, looks like how a good imperial stout should taste like.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Oct-15-2016 (Consumed Jan-7)

Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of rusty brown head that gassily settles to a ring. Some lacing.

Rich, smooth roast sweetness, oak, tobacco, charred grain, candied nut oiliness. (4.25)

Coffee, roast char, slight astringency, smooth layered toasty sweet cocoa/brown sugar-ish layers. (4.25)

Creamy, thick, substantive, rich and smooth, vaguely boozy with soft velvety finish from carbonation/alcohol/char. (4.5)

Amazing stout.
I can't believe I've never rated this one. A true classic and one of the first imperial stouts I ever loved. Looks fairly nice in the glass. Rich all around with the taste being a little oaky and astringent and chocolatey. And the aroma sweeter. Somehow able to be huge and measured at the same time, giant flavor but no shuddering/palate fatigue/being punched in the face by flavors/etc. And in a can (that is also a nice 12oz serving size for wusses like myself. A true classic of the style. (4.5)

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from from a 12oz can into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Pitch black, looks thick, with a thin cafe au lait head.

Aroma is roasted sweet molasses. Absolutely intoxicating.

Taste is thick and sweet with a slow sweetness at the end.

Incredible beer.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black from the can and leaves a monstrous head that says go away until I settle down.
Aroma is roasted, if not burnt to a crisp malt.
Flavors is burnt malts, old coffee and bitter chocolate.
This stuff goes down like motor oil. My dog once knocked over a glass in my driveway, the stain is still there 3 years later, and sealcoating hasn't hidden it.
Overall, if this isn't the best beer I've had then maybe its Founders Imperial Stout. It doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 08/25/15, so a year and a half old
L - Pitch black with a gorgeous beige head

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla

T - Good complexity, a lot of coffee and herbal hop presence. Light caramel and vanilla. The oat almost brings some balance

F - Fine carbonation, not that thick

O - A really good RIS but not the best I've had, it's a bit out of balance but it's bold.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy - truly a very good beer but I had some mixed feelings...

The look and smell were both very impressive, indeed. From a handsomely dark beer with dark tan head and great lacing to it's roasty and boozy smell - it was very impressive. What surprised me was its less-than-stellar mouthfeel and less-than-very-good taste - I was expecting much more given the hype that surrounds this brew. Overall, it is a very good beer, no doubt, it's just that outside the boozy flavor it was mostly more bitter than I prefer from my stouts.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a frothy thick mocha colored head that holds and then falls into a silky blanket. Great lacing, very sticky.

Smell is of dark fruits, coffee,roasted malts and possibly some bakers chocolate

Taste includes dark fruits, roasted coffee and malts, with a vodka like booze taste. I did however get a metallic taste which was probably contributed by the aluminum can

Overall this beer was fantastic! Silly, smooth, and wayyy to drinkable! This blew my expectations and with that abv you can't go wrong!

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Photo of tlaham
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a beer critic by any measure but this beer is fantastic. 12oz. can dated 10/29/16. So dark that no light shines through with a coffee colored head. Thick, creamy, very smooth and extremely drinkable (probably too much so). Roasted chocolate smell is great and the wonderful aftertaste will keep you coming back for more. At 10.5% this beer will sneak up on you and kick your ass.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good, clearly, but I have been slightly misled by the rating and disappointed by the price.
This is boozy for sure, but there has to be more to it, no? Peche Motrel just does all of this so much better. Ten FIDY is way too bitter to be enjoyable and I enjoy bitter beer. I will drink the four cans I bought (for $20CDN!!!) and look elsewhere.

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Photo of BeerStud187
3.08/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Really?!? I don't get it. Highly boozy and slightly roasty. Decent beer, but not up to par for the style and can't compete. I can't understand why anyone would
Ever drink this over an Old Raspustin, which is both better and cheaper.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good Imperial Stout. I've had it sitting around waiting for winter weather....teasing me. Finally cracked my first one open. I will not be waiting long to drink it more!

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Procured in a four pack of cans from Whole Foods; poured into a chalice:

L: Thick, dark black body, with multicolored mocha/tan head of about 1.5 fingers. Super fine bubbles that last incredibly well. You can't really see it disappearing, so the head looks like icing on a dark chocolate cake. Not sure if it's just the shape of my glass, but the head definitely leaves pentagon shaped lacing in layers.

S: Roast hits first with mocha and dark chocolate, balanced by vanilla, with a strong espresso finish.

T: Rich roasty dark chocolate dominates with a splash of milky vanilla, followed by plum and pomegranate, and a strong alcohol bite (almost like someone added a splash of vodka) finishing with coffee, dessert bread spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc.) and charred oak. A clean, smart and perfect stout profile.

F: Full, creamy and a little bit dry, but thick and frothy. Goes down like fresh whole milk.

O: Russian Imperial Stouts are my favorite style of brew, so I think I have a solid opinion on when it's been done right. Kudos to Oskar Blues and their exemplary malts.

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Photo of TH28
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. 9/14/16 can date. Appearance: Jet black, opaque, with a low lying brown head and nice lacing for an imperial stout. Aroma: Deep rich chocolate with a touch of roast and cardboard. A nice layer of dark fruit with a touch of cherry. Taste: Rich and soft dark chocolate dominates with a light touch of roast, dark fruit, and a moderate perceived bitterness. Unbelievably balanced and soft transition between flavors. No harsh edges. Mouthfeel: Velvety, creamy, heavy bodied, with a low carbonation. Finish: Leaves a silky, rich chocolate and light roast maltiness. Overall: A world class imperial stout that is unbelievably smooth at all edges. Has that rich dark chocolate, dark fruit, and roast, with enough bitterness to balance it all. This has a velvety, silky smoothness and body that most imperial stouts can’t deliver.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours a deep black with a dense dark-chocolate head. Smell and taste are coffee, chocolate, a bit of dark fruit. Feel is medium-plus, full but not viscous. Well carbed. Not overly sweet. Decent bitterness. Fantastic RIS, very well put together. I see why people love this one.

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Photo of NHBeerSnob
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IS's I've ever had. There are far more than enough reviews of this beer that represent the overall style. Well done, as *nearly* always, Oskar Blues.

Expensive at $14.99/4 can in a very tax free inexpesive state. HOWEVER, I drank four of these over 10 hours - and have rarely been as impressed - perhaps Founders, and so on...there are 3-4 other fine and readily-available Imperials, but this batch (11/16) was quite impressive.

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up in Mesquite on the way to Vegas, been wanting to try it for too long. A four pack for 12.99, little pricy for me but what the hell.

This beer pours like asphalt, pitch black and extremely thick. It left a dark tan head that looked quite nice. In a glass, this is one of the best looking stouts I've seen, just a perfect example of how a good stout should look and pour. I'm smelling a slight licoricey caramel scent, and a little bit of coffee as expected, dark roast. Yum.. Taste is exceptional, all of the smell with a tiny bit of booze, very well hidden though for a 10.5%. The mouthfeel is glorious... It's thick, it's creamy, it's dark, and it's like velvet. Extreme lacing happening with this brew as well. I'm enjoying my first glass thoroughly. I so wish I had this in my state, it would be a regular beer even with it's high price tag. Magnificent stuff here.

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Photo of Bwell9
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This dog hunts!!! Dark delicious, thick carmel head. Toasty roasty tastes and smell. Deep flavors and a boozy finish. The elements of this brew work well together and leave me wanting another.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this many times, but just picked up a BA version and wanted to give the original a fair review as well. Easily one of the 5 best, year-round shelf stouts available. Smooth mouth-feel up front with a solid flavor profile throughout. Oskar Blues does a lot of yearly beers well, but this is by far my most favorite.

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer will warm you up when it's cold outside, that's for sure. At 10.5% abv, it certainly doesn't taste that way. The look is thick and black. A brown head lingers for quite some time after the pour. The aroma is heavy, with roasted malts, caramel, and the slightest touch of booze. The taste is to die for. Thick, mouth-coating, and rich. Dark chocolate, caramel, and deep roasted coffee dominate. There is barely any alcohol taste coming through here. Extremely fucking dangerous situation for being 10.5%. The finish is sticky yet slightly dry, making me want to take drink after drink. Overall, this is incredible. Living in Colorado I was able to get a 4 pack for $13.99. If you see this, pick it up and enjoy.

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Photo of mattjhoward
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps too drinkable for what my dad would call "pajama beer" (anything 6% and above). Dark. Smooth. Delicious. Quite frankly, Dangerous.

To come out of a can and be that smooth and still and moody is quite something.

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Photo of Riff
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep oily black color with about half a finger of dark tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and licorice. Tastes of dark chocolate, toasted malts, deep dark roasted coffee, and a little anise. Tiny bit of hop bitterness lingers. Excellent stout, a little pricey at my local shop but well worth picking up once a year.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can,into a snifter.

Brown frothy 3/4 finger head,dissipates quickly,but maintains a beautiful lacing.Dark black body,with zero light showing through the glass.The body is so dark,it is hard to tell how much carbonation there really is.

The nose is mostly chocolate,coffee,and dark fruits.Mixed well with some toffee,and roasted malts.I'm almost getting some hints of spices too,but they are hard to identify.

The palate is chocolate,coffee,dark fruits,and roasted malts.I'm getting a small hint of alcohol,but nothing over the top.Nice little hop bite at the back end...Surprisingly smooth for a 10.5 abv beer.The body is thick,chewy,and a little bit sticky.

Overall this is a very good Imperial Stout.Nice blend of chocolate,coffee,and dark fruit,with highlights of spices,and a slight hint of alcohol,to add a nice edge.Definitely a keeper!!!

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Poured into a snifter. Ten FIDY pours an inky, motor oil brownish-black with a thick head of mocha-colored foam that gradually settles to a thick cap atop the beer. Some patches of lacing cling to the glass on the drink down.

S - Notes of heavily roasted grain, rich dark-chocolate cake, very overripe dark fruits, and a bit of coffee dominate the aroma. A mild, leafy hoppy character lingers behind all of the wonderful stout aromas. The 10.5% ABV is remarkably well hidden.

T - Flavors of bitter cocoa and heavy dark roast prevail. Chocolate lava cake comes to mind. A touch a hoppiness balances the decadent, rich chocolate and roast flavors. The same overripe dark fruit character of the aroma shows itself in some estery yeast and booze notes. Again, the 10.5% ABV is so well hidden, but it provides a pleasant phenol note to the big sweetness. The finish is surprisingly dry, but leaves a deep cholocatey note lingering on the palate.

F - About as viscous and "chewy" of a texture that I've ever encountered in an imperial stout. The perfect amount of carbonation bubbles allow the immense flavors to pop, but never get in the way.

O - A real benchmark for the style. One of the most chocolate-forward imperial stouts I've encountered. Remarkably balanced and "dry" for a beer of this stature. Each sip leaves you in anticipation of the next. Damn near perfect.

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Photo of iridius
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I love this tar. It is a really good stout, only reason it's my #3 at this time is because it doesn't have a uniqueness to its taste, but it definitely makes up for it in thickness and strength.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours out almost pitch black, with hints of cola brown in the light. It looks like motor oil even as it pours out. In the glass, it's midnight black, topped by a creamy, sticky brown head with surprisingly great retention, and leaves tons of tan lacing along the glass.

S: The aroma exudes dark chocolate, bitter baking cocoa, espresso, savory umami/beef broth, caramel, burnt sugar, pumpernickel bread and spice cake.

T: So much dark and bitter chocolate upfront. The mid-palate transitions to caramel, toffee, toasted pumpernickel bread, and spice cake. Some fig and brandy-soaked raisin as well. Just before it gets cloying, the finish transitions to a beautifully, pungently bitter earthy, espresso roast, tempered by savory, brothy, meaty umami, which lingers forever, continually teasing the palate between bitterness and sweetness.

F: Full-bodied, thick, creamy, and chewy; yet with a potent enough carbonation that the beer still flows smoothly and easily across the palate, behooving you to take the next gulp!

O: This is not only the best Oskar Blues beer and one of the best imperial stouts I've had, but one of the best beers I've ever had. It's so extremely complex, flavorful, and delectable, yet ridiculously drinkable. Absolutely incredible.

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