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Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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 BeerGuy8315
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. Canned 10/17/14.

A: Pours jet black in color with a 1/4 inch, dark brown-khaki head with minimal retention. Small amounts of thin tan lacing throughout.

S: Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon, and other warm spices. Milder dark fruit notes including cherries and raisins.

T: Taste matches aromas well with toasted malt and strong coffee notes up front followed by bitter dark chocolate, cherry, and spice notes.

F: Full bodied, thick, smooth, and creamy with a small but good amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, a great Russian Imperial Stout. Well balanced. Top of the line stout for something that is readily available. This one aged extremely well! Wish I would've grabbed a couple more cans from that date.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome pour, the deepest black SRM, has that rusty colored head on it, 1/4". Aroma imparts hops and lesser roast. Interesting.

Taste is smooth, hoppy, yet smooth, the hops and oats play well together, chocolate malt obvious. Caramel, coffee from the malt, even some sweetness that is vanilla like.

One of if not the best stout in a can (Santa Fe coffee stout comes to mind as a challenger). Excellent stuff.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black with tightly packed dark brown head. The smell is driven by chocolate and nutmeg with hints of spice. The taste is through the roof. Tastes of molasses, maple syrup, and cocoa beans. Has a smoky tobacco aftertaste. Texture is thick a luscious, almost like chocolate milk. Generally, imperial stouts are a hard-hitting make, but even by imperial stout standards this is excellent.

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Photo of RppIII
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer was poured from a 12oz can into a tall snifter. There was no date or batch number on the can. I surmise this has worn off in the six years I’ve been storing it.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pitch black with a rich creamy brown head. Head retention is lacking but there is a slight lace that remains for the entirety of the drink. The beer is impenetrable with a light red hue around the edges.

Smell: The aroma is complex and rounded, as if those several years of coexistence has brought all of the separate elements closer together. A woody alcohol pervades, with hints of dried dates and roasted and dark malts.

Taste: Very complex, slightly sweet, with a little bit of a bite on the end. Woody alcohol is most present, this gives way to a creamy, roasty grain flavor that turns a bit harsh on the back end. Notes of dried dates become more present as the beer begins to warm. Alcohol is relatively drying.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, creamy, great mouthfeel. Some lingering sweetness that is nicely contrasted with the dryness of the malt.

Drinkability: Definitely cannot notice the high abv of this beer. It is incredibly drinkable on the warm Florida evening, I can imagine it is significantly more drinkable on a cool autumn night. Very glad I aged this one for a couple of years. I have had younger versions, and I always describe the flavors as sharp. This one has taken some time to blend all of its parts into a nice rounded drinkable, highly flavorful beer!

October, 7 2016
Fort Myers, FL

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Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with three fingers of mocha-colored head that are slow to rise, like a beer on nitro. The head lasts a while before blanketing the glass with sheets of lacing.

Big nose of chocolate, roasted malts, earthy tea-like hops and a little plum.

Similar flavors in the taste, but they come on in waves: first chocolate, then some hop bitterness, then roasted malts, a little nuttiness and a nice touch of alcohol. Quite artfully done.

Medium to heavy bodied, a bit slick, with heavy carbonation cutting through. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Brucedale
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I am very disappointed in this years (2016) version of Ten Fidy. It is lacking the depth of the previous years. This version seems like it needs to age for a year or two. The fruit flavors almost seem spicy to me. I have tried 2 cans a week apart and they still seem off compared to previous releases. It seems to be lacking the depth of booze flavor from the past. Still a good beer, but not what it used to be!

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

Look: Pours jet black out of can, 2 finger of khaki head with mixed bubbles very fluffy, medium amount of carbonation seen on sides of glass. Pitch black in the glass

Smell: big coffee, chocolate, overly ripe plum, generic dark fruit

Taste: raisins, chocolate, plums, finished with a coffee bitterness, not boozy at all but there is a small amount of warming

Feel: full, nice coating

Overall: top 2 or 3 non barrel aged stouts

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours jet black with dark brown bubbly head that lingers, great lacing, smell is roasted chocolatey booze, taste is rich fudge, roasted sugary oats, bitter chocolate, slight warming booze, feel is thick and creamy. A huge imperial stout in such a small can, gets close to that African dirt taste that brings me back to my childhood. Yum!

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Photo of gregy55902
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12/01/15 DOP can into snifter.

A - Looks very dark and thick, with a nice one-finger tan head greeting the pour. Head subsides after a minute, leaving impressive lacing on the glass.

S - dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and toffee.

T - There are a lot of hops in this beer (98 IBU??), but they are nicely balanced by the robust dark chocolate and roasty characteristics.

M - One of the thicker beers out there. Just coats the tongue and envelops it in the awesome flavors of the beer! The 10.5% ABV is barely noticeable as well.

O - Great stout, especially with a bit of age on it - this allows the higher hop content to cool down a bit. Meaty, robust beer that grabs you by the balls and does not let go. However if you hate hops, stay away.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a very dark brown, nearing jet black. Khaki colored head with nice lacing on the glass. Very oily and viscous looking. Aroma is big roasty malts, bakers chocolate, hints of coffee and dark fruit. A certain piney smell is somewhere in there as well. Taste is big roasty malt forward, hints of dark chocolate and pine as well. Very bitter and piney for a stout, but balances with the big roasted malt profile surprisingly well. Not your creamy and chocolaty stout. Mouthfeel is very thick, palate coating. Sticky and dry after taste. Not much ABV detected.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.

Poured a used motor oil opaque black, with a beautiful tan cinnamon colored head. Extremely sexy looking brew.

Smells of bitter chocolate, sweet roasted malts, molasses, maybe some charred oak, raisins and plum. Coffee and sweet toffee. Pretty complex. Smells like a barrel aged stout. Slight burn from the Alcohol on the nose.

Taste like Molasses, sweet roasted malty caramel, Slighty oaky with a clean dry chocolate bitterness. Creamy coffee and bad to the bone. Extremely good and heavy bodied. A solid RIS, in a CAN!

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

Reviewing for the record, but you all already know this is pretty much a great RIS. I found a 4-pack at the local Bristol's in Westwood and had to get this before it disappeared. $17 for 4. Its reputation precedes it.

Pours black, the lacing is a torn curtain of perfection. Brown 1-finger head. Aroma is what you expect, coffee, chocolate, some rum, malt. Nothing wrong or unexpected.

Taste is char, malt, toffee, coffee, tobacco. Baker's chocolate in there, thick malts, smoky but not burnt, how to describe it? Steak, bread and your morning cold coffee thrown in. Hoppy bitter is lurking but nothing makes you throw it against the room. It's polite Russian imperialism. Incredibly well balanced, 10.5% is really hidden, no cola, no real sweetness, no metal. A deceptively simple, gateway Russian stout.

People who like more dark fruit might prefer Old Rasputin. Firestone's Parabola is richer, and just as hard to get a hold of. Ten Fidy has less character but also no false notes. Maybe nothing to fall in love with? Except a fine middle-of-the-road Russian stout.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two cans, 10/24/14 "Werewolf Serum" and 9/16/13 "Fidy6 Makem Holla." Pours black with a huge brown head. Smells of pure roasted malt and cocoa. The taste follows closely with roasted malt, cocoa, and some earthy hops. The 2013 can had a noticeably stronger cocoa flavor. Nice body but lots of carbonation for the style. Fantastic smell/taste overall. Definitely one of the better non-BA stouts and easy to find. I wish Oskar Blues would can a nitro version of this.

Also had a 2012 can in Aug of 2016, dated 10/26/12 "Infioyous." Had a little less carbonation in the pour. Still retained lots of cocoa and some roasted malt flavor, but had oxidation in the smell/taste. Noticeable smoother/rounder. Almost like a smooth cocoa wine. It's a little past it's prime, but held up okay with 4 years on it.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have really been wanting to try this beer, then lo and behold I saw it on tap at a local brewery. Dark as night and unexpectedly fruity for an imperial stout. Lots of chocolate and coffee and so many other delicious things. Felt no carbonation and didn't have the bitter clinging after taste that most imperial's have. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of godlessape
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The body is as dark as a cup of coffee in a mineshaft at 2 am. The finger and a half head is cocoa brown and sinks down to a comfortable skim.

The aroma is a mix of licorice, molasses, and roasted barley smothered in a mocha blanket.

The taste is all about bakers chocolate, black coffee, roasty toasty barley, and it could not possibly get any better. The slight hop slap on the ass end is a welcome surprise.

Mouthfeel is smooth as greased glass.

Overall this brew most certainly lived up to it's reputation. Outstanding.

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Photo of StoutAar
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer,
Love the oily black pour, lightly carbonated.. still a bit bubbly on the mouth. .
Coffee undertones.
Bit hoppy, but it's to be expected for an imperial. Little bitter as it Lingers...
Quality beer must try for everyone..

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Photo of Junior
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the beer stores I frequent recently started to carry Oskar Blues. I was a little disappointed to see a canning date of 08/25/2013, so it is almost 1 year old.

Poured black with a thin caramel head.
Smells of chocolate and coffee.
Tastes chocolatey and boozy. Fairly well balanced.
Full of mouth feel and drank surprisingly easy.

Would like to try a fresh one in the future. Great beer, but for the price, I will look elsewhere in the future.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

UPDATE TO MY LAST REVIEW: I disliked this beer so much because it was so bitter and so disgustingly piney that I aged the beer for two years. I'm updating my original review to let everyone know that this beer becomes palatable after two years of aging. It becomes a totally different beer. The bitterness goes down tremendously and the pine notes go away. It actually becomes an ok beer. I would not buy this beer ever again but if somehow I received one I would age it. It becomes so much better. To be clear I'm a fan of tasty things (not bitter and not piney) but more of a smooth balanced flavor (sweet, malty, dark fruits, etc).


I saw the rating for this beer, I found it at my local beer shop, and had to buy it. I poured it into a tall glass to see it in all of its glory.

First lets go with the things I respect with this beer. This brew is inky black and the lacing on it is beautiful. It has a high 10.5% ABV also. That's where I have to stop. I respect what they are trying to do with this beer but I just can't appreciate it. Unfortunately I still have taste buds.

The negatives:
Smells like an IPA with roasted characteristics
Tastes like an IPA with dark characteristics (cocoa and some malt)
HIGH amount of hops and bitters. I just googled its IBU rating and its a 95!!! Holy crap, that's higher than some of the most bitter IPAs I've ever had.
$15 for a 4 pack.
It lingers in your mouth for minutes afterwards. You can literally taste it in your mouth 5 minutes after your last sip. To quote the movie Pineapple Express: "F'ing lingerer man, lingerer".

I just can't appreciate bitter beers. I just don't like to consume bitter things. The first thing I thought when I took my first sip was: "OMG, what sort of weirdo enjoys this!?". I'm a cook, I love cooking! The best way I could describe this in terms of a culinary meal would be like this: Go to a evergreen tree and take about 20 pine needles. Then take a teaspoon of pure cocoa powder. Put both of them in your mouth and chew. If you tell me that is delicious I'd think you need a health checkup. That is this beer in a nutshell. Incredibly piney with bitter cocoa. It just about turns your face inside out.

I had high hopes for this but I'm let down. Its one of those "America, F ya!!" sort of beers. Where they just put as much hops as possible just because its the American thing to do.

If I want a dark chocolate beer I'll just stick with my girly Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate stout. :) I had no idea that this beer was going to be this bitter (95 IBU!!), I would have never paid 15 dollars for a 4 pack if I had known. I need to grow a thick beard and ride a unicycle before I can enjoy this level of manliness. I don't know how someone can pretend to enjoy this. I can't imagine what sort of food they call "good food". Meh, to each their own I guess.

look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black, almost like motor oil with a mocha head. Very viscous looking. Aroma is of roasted chocolate and coffee. There's also some slight dank hoppy smell. Taste is very robust and complex. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and the dank hops come through a little on the finish. Fairly bitter, but not off-putting. Maybe a slight bit of alcohol burn, but at 10.5%, it's pretty well hidden. Mouthfeel is decent, but could use a little more creaminess. Overall, very good Imperial Stout and I definitely have again and again.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours oily black and thick, with a few fingers of mahogany head that's here and gone. Aroma is booze, anise, smoke, bitter powdered cocoa, and coffee. Taste is nowhere near as boozy as the aroma, with lots of baker's chocolate and burnt coffee beans coming through with some toffee. Feel is thick and slick. Extremely satisfying.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wow thats a strong beer! Has the color of dark molasses. Smells and tastes to me like baking chocolate, alcohol, and coffee, with a hint of char, licorice, and rolled up fruit preserves. Quite bitter. Pretty distinct beer, a little stronger than I usually prefer, but it was worth trying for sure.

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Photo of lbloom
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black. Black as coal. Impossibly dark. Substantial chocolate-brown head which stuck around for quite a while. Resilient, unmoving lacing. Gorgeous, everything an imperial should be.

S: Chocolate and dark coffee. Slight hop notes. Smells sticky and grainy.

T: Extremely balanced imperial. Equal parts coffee, chocolate, and malt. Absolutely delicious. Sweet and dark and rich. Booze is only present in the aftertaste, and given that this beer is 10.50%, it is subdued. Nice hop balance on this one, more substantial than most imperials. Compared to Rasputin, this is a noticeably hoppy beer, but in a very dank way.

M: Carbonation is fairly light. Creates a beautifully creamy texture. Perfection. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, sticky and dark.

O: A truly phenomenal beer. As close to perfection as I could ask for. Sweet and rich and full. I will buy as much as I can, whenever I see it.

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

Finally got a hold of one of these.. Being originally from Boulder, this was a special one. 4 pack savored in June '16. Interesting that my canned four pack was packaged 10/7/15. This little detail really gets me thinking. What are you up to, Oscar Blues Brewery, you rascals, you.

This is the strongest 5 i've ever given for feel. It's perfection reinvented, evolved, torn down, reinvented again, reborn, reperfected. Its true nature evades description and can be found only in experience.
The taste is beyond exquisite. An extremely high 5. 97th percentile-ish i'd say. Triumphant over Old Rasp or Narwhal by a good margin. No small feat. Fort George's Cavatica is a dog chasing this car. Renegade's RIS chases closer. Even More Jesus territory.
Smell is impeccable. ever so slightly harsh. Still impeccable.
Looks Beautiful. got this baby to a 4 inch, creeeeaaaamy, bubble rich, roaming, foam. wait, is this a fucking root beer float? Upon slurping, this foamy draught will give you things its solely liquid progenitor could never dream up.
This beer is Home.
Drink On,

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the can, it pours a "gosh it absorbs all the light!" brown with a moderately sized brown head, which doesn't last long, but leaves a bit of lacing. Roasty scent. Taste is rich, thick, roasted malt with a bite of hops. Dangerously easy to drink despite it's alcohol level. .

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BA was down last night and I was too lazy to grab a pencil/paper as I enjoyed..but man this was top notch as a non BBA RIS. SO RICH AND THICK, blacker than the blackest blackety black, with a Carmel head and sticky lacing. My lips were literally sticking to my glass as I reluctantly pulled away. ABV seemed subdued and IBUs, by my best guess, were swallowed up by the dense black hole that is this RIS. I vaguely remember several months ago my bottle shop guy said he had some BA Ten Fidy that he would recommend, and, well, I'm a moron. I really wish time travel was possible...maybe if I get swallowed by this black hole it will take me into a wormhole and ?..BEST RIS IN A 12 oz CAN IMHO.

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