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 Kriztofuhr
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pours the blackest black with a short brown head, no lacing. Visible alcohol legs.

Smell - Loads of roasted malt, ashy, burnt coffee, sweet fruity alcohol.

Taste - Like the aroma only stronger. Gigantic roasted malt body, bittersweet dark chocolate, alcohol is noticeable but this is such a big beer that it fits right in, bitterness towards the end but no hop flavors I can pick up, aftertaste lasts into oblivion with burnt brownie edges and a slight smoke.

Feel - Full bodied, chewy, very slick and oily on the palate, good amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall - This is a huge beer. Not very complex but it will cure a stout craving in no time.

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Photo of Roco82
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This Imperial Stout definitely hits the tastebuds right. Not too heavy but a nice smooth body. The flavor hits a nice malty chocolate coffee flavor which hides the hops very well; hops are definitely on the back end. Impressive!

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

A 12 fl oz can, canned on 13th October 2016, with a note that said “Midnight on a moonless night”. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: It was black in colour with a nice two fingered mocha brown head that had great retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Roasty coffee, rich dark chocolate and light char with hints of molasses and licorice.

Taste: Roasted malts, molasses and dark fruit plum and raisins to start, followed by rich dark chocolate, roasty coffee, caramel and a light char. Finish is lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Rich, velvety, creamy and smooth. Full bodied with moderate to light carbonation.

Overall: A wonderful Imperial Stout from Oskar Blues which is nicely balanced and great to drink.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice brew..

Has the most bitterness of any stout I've had.. The usual stout flavors, big roasted malts,chocolate,coffee..

Kind of a high price for what it is imo, at $10 a 4 pack this would become one of my regulars

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Photo of JakeScully
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into a teku glass.

Nice big brownish foam lasting for a while.

Smells chocolate, caramel and coffee, grapefruits.

Taste is incredible. Oskar Blues knows the deal. Flavor of chocolate, coffee and very well balaced. You basically wont even feel the alcohol despite the strong ABV.

Overall, truly a masterpiece. Once again from OB which is and for a long time will be a too notch brewery.

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Photo of Vinny27
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Une très bonne stout au café. Riche et rond. On ne goûte pas le 10.5%. Elle a une belle couleur noire, belle mousse brune foncée. Le goût est intenses malts torréfié, café et légèrement le cacao.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with one finger tan head.
Aroma has cocoa, cardamom, molasses, espresso coffee,
Taste is lots of cocoa, bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet, bitter finish

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No denying this is a perfect looking imperial stout. Pitch black, highly viscous, big dark tan head, and sticky. Smells of burnt toast, rich dark chocolate, and sweet caramel with a hint of roasted coffee. Taste follows with a noticeable alcohol presence, and the sweet caramel covered dark chocolate it easily dominated by the roasty qualities. Fell in a bit harsh for me... A little intense on the carbonation and alcohol warmth. Overall, this is an outstanding imperial stout, but not my go to. Cheers!

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured into a tulip, this is the stuff heaven is made of. It pours the deepest of blacks with no visible carbonation! The head is an extremely fluffy 3 plus fingers of milk chocolate brown. This is exactly what an imperial stout should look like.

Aroma - both milk and dark chocolate are present in the nose along with sweet caramel, on the back end I get rich coffee beans.

Taste - its pretty boozy up front but still remains really smooth. The coffees bitterness is also prevailent but in a really good way there is a caramel sweetness behind it and as well as a rich dark chocolate.

Feel - this beer is on the heavier side of medium bodied with very little carbonation feel at all. There is a boozyness on the back end and a slight burn from the booze but nothing intolorable.

Overall - This is exactly what an imperial stout should be. Its strong yet smooth the flavors are rich and bitter but not overwhelming. I just wish it was slightly cheaper and more widely available north of the border! Cheers

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a great one finger dark mocha head with good retention and lots of lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of slightly sweet dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, coffee and hint of booziness. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt with moderate char, dark chocolate, latte coffee, molasses; finishes with deep chocolate malt and modest hop bitterness. Excellent creamy body and mouth feel. One of the classic American stouts, rich and malty as would be expected from the Russian imperial stout style. The chocolate flavors are realistic and flavorful and the coffee is amazingly close to a stout with actual added brewed coffee. A triumph, and one that is relatively easy to find. I've drunk this for years as one of my top 5 stouts and can't believe I haven't reviewed it here. From my experience, this one ages well and gracefully.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 9/14/16. Guinness pint.

A: pours opaque black/brown with three fingers of thick, foamy, medium tan head. Otherworldly lacing and excellent retention. This one is a real beaut.

S: licorice; salt; dried malt; mild roastiness and some faint hops.

T: just had a barrel aged, so this tastes mild by comparison, but tastes right for an RIS. Lightly sweet and fully malty arrival. Some roast bitterness on that Initial arrival, too. A little sweetness on mid palate, but it is subdued; more direct dark roasted malt. Toward the finish I pick up the licorice I got on the nose, then a really pleasant and full bitterness. Very hoppy ending, I like. Roast lingers. Some warming alcohol, but noticeably less than many RIS's, some with lower ABV.

M: full bodied and slick; less carbonation than others I've had recently; on the lower end of the spectrum for the style.

O: it is what it is cracked up to be- standard bearer for the style. Right up there with old Rasputin. Not braking boundaries, but taking what is now an established style and killing it. A sipper, for sure.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can purchased at the LCBO; canned 10/05/2017 and served just below cellar temperature.

Pours as black as a moonless, clear night sky, crowned with just over a finger's worth of foamy, brown-coloured head. It melts away at a near-infinitesimal pace, resulting in a dense, creamy cap about a quarter-inch high, as well as a full coat of gorgeous lacing. On the nose, I'm getting lots of blackstrap molasses and caramelized sugar, in addition to roasted malt notes of rich chocolate, tobacco, espresso and charred wood. Hints of herbal hops, licorice root, vanilla and alcohol, with suggestions of prune and oatmeal.

Now THIS is an imperial stout - it doesn't hold anything back; subtlety is beneath this beer. Molasses, prune/plum and roasted malt flavours come through at first, with decadent dark chocolate and espresso notes. Aggressively bitter on the back end, with herbal, leafy, somewhat earthy hops, together with hints of licorice, burnt grain, vanilla and coffee grounds. Flavourful, bittersweet finish; the potent ethanol content warms the palate and esophagus, and also has a numbing effect on the tongue, while still managing to integrate with the roasted malts beautifully. Luxuriously full-bodied, with soft carbonation and a thick, viscous, silky-smooth texture that makes this imperial stout far more drinkable than it has any right to be.

Final Grade: 4.57, a rare A+. Ten FIDY has been the subject of rave reviews for more than a decade, receiving accolades that go back to when I was but a fledgling BA. I never dreamed I'd see it in Ontario, but *hot damn* am I glad that I've finally had a chance to try this utterly fantastic Russian imperial stout. While well-established, highly lauded beer labels like this one don't always live up to the hype, this is one case where the hype is totally justified - I would be hard-pressed to come up with suggestions for improvement, because it's basically perfect as-is. An absolute must-try for anyone who has ever enjoyed a strong stout.

Printed on the base of the can: "Space is really dark, man..." You think it's dark now? Just wait 10^40 years, when the universe is knocking on heat death's door and only black holes remain. Yes, I just brought up theoretical cosmology on BA. Cheers!

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout, probably the best I have had. Dark as they come. The smell from the head is great, hoppy and coffee. Tastes rich, complex roasted flavor that stays with you. Finishes very easy. Strong.

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

355 ml can served cold into a tulip. Purchased from the LCBO for $4.85 CDN. Elated to finally try this legendary stout. Canning date seems to be sometime in the fall of 2016.

Appearance - Absolutely jet black with a massive two finger brown head on top. Huge retention time and loads of frothy lacing clings to the glass. Imposing, serious, etc. a grown ass man's beer.

Smell - Coffee, mocha, leafy hops. Imperial stout all the way. Hints of tobacco and molasses for added effect.

Taste - Huge swell of molasses initially, followed by lots of bitterness, coffee, and traces of vanilla. Plenty of licorice too. An absolute malt bomb. Wow.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth, super slick, super dense. Chewy. What else could you want?

Overall - Simply put, one of the best RIS's out there on the market. Hefty price tag, but for this beer advocate who purchased 4, another 4 is certainly in the offing, Wonderful, big complex stout that warrants a try under any circumstances, especially the dead of winter.

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Photo of akirakcat
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick brown color with a tall, tan head and a lot of lacing. Aromas of licorice, chocolate, and fruit. Taste: roasted, almost burnt malts, bitter chocolate, molasses, coffee, tobacco, and dried fruit. Great astringent-sweet interplay. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish and an aftertaste of pure alcohol. Probably the most I have ever paid for beer in a can, but damn worth it. (poured from a can dated 9/2016 with "Grandpa's Cough Syrup" written under it??)

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Photo of rex_4539
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, two finger brown head, excellent lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate, caramel, coffee.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins. Slightly bitter on the back end. Superb.

F: Super smooth and silky for an imperial stout. Full bodied.

O: Very good beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2014 vintage, so a bit aged.

Look: Ten Fidy comes out a dark dark brown, near black, with a one inch brown/khaki head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation bubbles are ample.

Smell: Dark fruits are the first whiff I get, with some anise and leather showing through with swirl.

Taste: Anise hits quick, but subsides, followed by dark fruit, brown sugar, and some of that leather like flavor.

Feel: Medium full to full bodied, well carbonated, and somewhat drying but not terribly bitter. Somewhat hot.

Overall: I didn't really have expectations for Ten Fidy, but I'm happy with the beer. The aroma leans a bit more leather esque than I prefer, but the dark fruits and sweetness, complimented by a thicker body, make for a good beer. Worth a four pack yearly.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


ridiculous pour, dark with nice fluffy caramel brown head. great retention, nice lacing.

aromas of licorice, tobacco, leather, booze soaked oats, burnt malts, molasses, brown sugar, espresso - very roasty.

dark and milk chocolate up front, espresso, char, earthy mineral note, dark fruits, spice, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, touch of booze. quality feel.

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Photo of aronamerican
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Unbridled lacing and amaranthine astringency pair well in this sweet, jet black beverage. Overall, the alcohol is well-disguised, which is a commendable accomplishment given the booziness of this beer.

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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 Radcpa
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with a good head and carbonation. Nice nutty mild coffee aroma. Very nice nutty and coffee smooth flavor with a little bitterness at the end.

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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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