Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

2,602 Reviews

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of ExtraStout
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap and in the can at the Distillery in Sav. GA. Both were equally great.

Ten Fidy pours jet black with a coca colored head. Aroma is full of Roast, Coca, and Dark Fruit, Flavor washes your senses with roast, coffee, rasins and prunes. The alcohol is present as it is in all my favorite imperial stouts, but it is not obtrusive, subtle actually when you consider that it is 10% ABV. Superbly drinkable this beer could get you into trouble if you are not paying attention.

Comparing this beer to others in the style I have to put it at the top, de-throning others such as Avery's Czar, Bell's Expedition, and Old Rasputin. Even the perennial #2 beer can take some lessons away from Ten Fidy.

I don't want to rate this beer perfect, but I can't mark it down in any of the categories in good conscience. At $8 for 12 ounces that is a bit steep, but I'll gladly pay for a couple of snifters full to revisit this gem every winter.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours pitch coal tar black crowned by a 1” tan foam collar that fairly quickly dissipates to a film
S: Light chocolate, roast and wine notes.
T: A little chocolate, some dark dried fruits, very nice malt and alcohol flavors. Has a little wine thing going on.
F: Juicy, slight warming, creamy, oily, with very fine carbonation, medium to medium low overall, medium full body.
O: A very fine Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that settled atop the beer.

Aroma: I’m stuffed up at the moment (I know that being in that condition is not ideal for reviewing a beer) so I’m not getting much out of the aroma, but other reviewers have noted aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, subtle smoke, subtle licorice and boozy alcohol.

Taste: Brilliant!! Massive roasted malt up front, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, some subtle coffee notes and smoke, followed by tons of brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of dark chocolate, a touch of licorice, and a touch of floral hops. Absolutely delicious!!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there is quite a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow, just wow!! What a beer! What a stout!! MASSIVE, bold flavors, all wrapped up in an extremely smooth and creamy beer. Truly one of the best non-barrel-aged imperial stouts that I’ve had and equal to Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, Founders’ Imperial Stout, Great Lakes’ Blackout Stout and Left Hand’s Wake Up Dead. Truly Spectacular!!

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Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: A friend of mine performed an experiment with Ten FIDY where she took a pint into a completely dark room and had her son hold a high-powered flashlight directly behind the glass. According to her, absolutely no light was able to pass through this beer. Not surprising. You'll have better luck seeing a firefly through concrete. This beer is dark as pitch. There's about one finger of a light cocoa head.

SMELL: Fantastic aroma! There's the smell of oaty, freshly-baked bread combined with espresso and dark chocolate. I pick up an undertone of dark fruits with an alcohol tang (note the ABV above).

MOUTHFEEL: Slick and velvety! This very full-bodied, nearly viscous stout feels incredibly rich on the tongue. Low carbonation translates into a very smooth, drinkable stout.

TASTE: This stout opens up in the mouth with a huge, balanced taste of both dark chocolate and coffee. There's a lot of toasty dark malts, and under that tones of caramel and molasses.

DRINKABILITY: For such a huge, viscous stout, this is a surprisingly drinkable beer. Granted, I have a high tolerance for stouts, but I could drink several pints (or cans) of this stuff. It's hard to improve on this one.

VERDICT: Hands down, this is one of my all-time favorite imperial stouts. I'm a HUGE fan of this brewery and Ten FIDY is my favorite from them. That said, don't ignore their other brews. All good stuff!

John Harvey

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Photo of Dave_Lennert
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get tired of drinking stouts that are less than the best. Thank God for Ten FIDY.

I get tired of dark beers that are merely opaque. This sucks the light out of the room like all black holes.

The taste is so smooth and easy, you feel it is a part of you. You don't notice you're drinking it; only the bliss remains. (And the after effect of 10.5 ABV.)

May it be stocked everywhere, at all times. Amen.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.
Aroma- HMMM, coffee, caramel and malt. fantastic.
Appearance- Looks like I just poured my old engine oil into a glass (that's actually a compliment)
Taste- The best Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had. I could also say the only RIS that I cared for. But this awesome tasting.
Palate- A heavy brew with moderate carbonation, has a creamy texture and a good alcohol feel after the swallow.
Overall- World class, I now know why people flip over this beer.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Un-friggin-belieavably fantastic beer.

Had a 12 oz. can from the Brevard, NC brewery that was just under two months old. Served in a run o' the mill pint glass.

Poured with the look and consistency of dirty motor oil. One finger head eventually settles down to about a third of that and lasts the whole beer. Foam doesn't lace, but rather blankets the glass. Foam is thick enough you could put a sheet over it and sleep on it. Smells delightfully chocolatey, with some light fruit notes. Cherry, maybe?

Mouthfeel is an unbelievably creamy, almost buttery. Taste is phenomenal- malt, chocolate, coffee, and that possibly-cherry fruitiness to it. Enough hop bite and alcohol to get your attention.

I'm not a stranger to beer, but I am pretty much a noob when it comes to evaluating and defining the qualities of beer. I didn't figure I'd ever rate anything a 5, but there's just no way to ding this beer. I know what I like in beer, and what makes for a good stout.

This is without doubt not only the best stout I have had in 3 decades of dabbling; it is hands down the best beer.

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Photo of Rob23
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ten Fidy is by far in my top 10 of all time.It is the perfect Russian Imperial Stout.Pricey but worth it.When I see this on the shelf I can honestly say I will buy all I can.Very malty and chocolaty.Just the right amount of boozyness.many stouts have that hype and a few are deservedly so.Ten Fidy is one of them. 5.00 across the board.My favorite stout and perfect in my eyes.

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Photo of jamespub
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

you will not find a better representation of a non-barrel aged imperial stout. everything about this beer is far and above better than anything else on the market.

viscous, dark, heavey, complex, beautiful. notes of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, black licorice, sweet sweet sweet malt. a stunning beer. anytime I travel to a state where oskar blues is distributed, I take my cash and stock up on ten fidy. try it, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a working glass. The beer has a very dark brown hue and a nice head. The aroma is very complex. The taste is excellent, especially as the beer warms up a bit. This is an exceptional beer!

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Photo of Reds76
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the second 5 that I have given. The first - being a hop head - was heady topper. Trying Ten Fidy today was tie with Heady for being the most profound moment of my beer drinking experience. Amazing beer! Jet Black, toasty smell. The taste and feel are what catapults this to the stratosphere - taste is creamy, chocolate, coffee. The feel is like well carbonated motor oil that coats the mouth goes down ridiculously smooth for 10.5%!?!?! There is no hint of alcohol at all. Truly a glorious beer. I will buy this every time I find it.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the best imperial stouts on the market if you can find it. I was very lucky man today. Nice rich dark coffee and chocolate notes with a beautiful dark brown head wonderful aromatics.

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Photo of BeerSox
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can into 8oz snifter.

Deep dark opaque black. As it poured out of the can it reminded me of dirty oil coming out of the bottom of the oil pan on an engine (this tastes better though, trust me). The pour is restricted because of the shape of the mouth of the can, which created a smooth steady pour that created a quarter inch chocolate brown head that slowly transforms into a thin rim. Spotty and stringy lacing is left along the glass.

Thick and heavy bitter malts set up the base which leads way to a spicy hop aroma (which is barely detected behind the malts). Along with the two anchor aromas is a light smokiness which pairs well with sweet molassees. Some dry alcohol comes in as the beer warms.

The bitterness of the malts rivals a strong black coffee (and there is some of that flavor in there as well) along with a citrusy hop flavor hiding in the background. Mild chocolate comes into the middle to balance the overall bitterness. Some mild dried fruit finds its way in there. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The feel is thick and sticks in the mouth after each sip. The alcohol is buried under the bold flavors, but sneaks out a little as the beer warms. The finish is the everlasting roasty malts, along with a little bit of hops.

This is a very robust RIS that probably tops them all in terms of bitterness and mouthfeel. The can seems to be a perfect fit for this one. The glass just seems to "designer", too classy, too delicate for this beer. It was a bit of a search for this one, but I feel it was worth it. It dumps the malts on you with still allowing for the hops to join in. After all that, there is still room for dry fruit and chocolate to add to the complexity. After reviewing 522 beers, some better than others, this one finally wins a perfect score from me. If you ever run into the brewers at the Oksar Blues grill, tell them Chris said, "Thanks."

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Photo of iamshad
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Friend, _n:_
A person who gives you their last 100pt beer in the fridge.

Thanks, Jimi! Ten Fidy is so unbelievably smooth.

When I poured it into the glass, my first thought reminded me of changing the car oil after waiting too many miles ... it poured so thick and black ... like bad oil. I now understand why this is $15/4pk and it's worth the money. wow, what an exceptionally smooth beer. I have just been ruined for wanted to try _anything_ other imperial stout.

Standing in front of the poured glass on the counter, I could clearly smell the strong aromas. It's just so wonderful. Rich. Heavy. Chocolate. Dark chocolate. Roasted. Mature. Thorough. Molasses. Thick. Rest well on palette. Aftertaste lingers. Worth every single penny.

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Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Probably the best stout I've ever had. Fricken awesome pour. I love how it cascades up like a storm while pouring. Two finger head that rebuilds after each sip. Dark as night yet not super thick and offensive as some stouts can be. Tasted it at a brew event last night and out of the at least 20 beers (8 stouts) I tried, this was the best by far. It kicked my ass and I loved every second of it. The Oskar Blues rep gave me a generous pour and I went right back for more. Heavy malty chocolate flavor with a sweet smoke behind it. Slight hints of dark fruit and hops. Excellent mouth feel; no sourness or bitterness. A+ beer all the way. If you have the chance to try this handcrafted beauty, please your tastebuds and do it!

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can into tulip pint.

A: Color and viscosity of dirty motor oil. Small coffee-colored head induced by a very hard pour. Leaves nice lace, though.

S: Chocolate. Coffee. Raisins, plums. Strangely, no alcohol.

T/M: Slight lactic note. Rich, thick mouthfeel. Slight bitterness in the finish. A bit sweet up front, with chocolate notes. I don't get much dark fruit in the taste, though there is a strong roasted/charred character. Would almost be good paired with barbecue. Very little carbonation.

Overall: Holy shit! Also, spot-on for the style.

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Photo of DanielMB
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black, like motor oil; a typical RIS. It forms a very nice, healthy-looking tan head on the top. A very inviting, robust appearance.

S: Dark chocolate, raisins, coffee, vanilla, and hints of oak.

T: Similar to the smell, with a delightful bite from the hops and heavy ABV. There is a lot of dark chocolate and coffee flavors in this beer, giving it a powerful robustness. The flavors come out even more after it warms up some. Delicious.

M: Full-bodied and thick, though easy enough to drink. It gives you the impression that you're drinking some sort of black shake.

O: Easily my favorite regular imperial stout, excluding special spiced RISs like Westbrook's Mexican Cake. If you get a chance to buy some Ten FIDY, I would highly recommend you take it. This is a stellar imperial stout, a brew you can sip on for a very long time.

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Photo of DesertRat
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God damn this beer is thick! It is like pouring motor oil into a glass. At $15 for a 4 pack you would hope it stands out. It does, everytime I pour it I get excited. It's the first Oskar Blues beer I have had and it lives up to the hype the brewery gets.

I place this beer above; SN Narwal, Old Rasputin and Founders Imperial Stout.

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Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a can!

A: Black. Pitch black, with a nice light brown 2+ finger head. Over time it falls back to a thick film with heavy lacing.

S: Nice mild cocoa, roasted malts and aromatic coffee/espresso.

T&M: Smooth, ultra-smooth, full bodied stout with a creamy, rich espresso flavor that is incredible!

Excellent stout. Just about the best I've ever had in any 'stout' category. There is a hint of alcohol, but it is so well masked at 10.5% ABV that this is just incredible.

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Photo of Matt1553
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most perfect Stout that I have ever experienced. The appearance, smell and mouthfeel astound the senses. Notes of cigar and chocolate balance for a smoky, but sweet flavor. There are a few Stouts that I am waiting to try--Dark Lord and Surly Darkness are on the top of my list--but for now Ten Fidy sets the standard for the style, in my opinion. Do not hesitate to pick this up whenever you are fortunate enough to find it in the store.

Rating: 10.0

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Photo of RoBotGod
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might be one of the thickest beers Ive ever drank. When I opened it out of the can I almost thought it was flat and then a dark brown head formed. It had that raw coffee smell with a little of black liquorish mixed in. It drank like a chocolate malt. It taste like dark chocolate and a little hazelnut to it. I m not sure how it would age in a can, but this would be great sitting it down for about 2 years. It was the best beer Ive ever had in a can, period.

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Photo of SayBoom
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first High Rate Imperial Stout. 2 y.o.
L: Deep black, thin brown creamy head, not dense.
S: Dark roasted malts, chocolate, honey, strong coffee.
T: Moderate sweetness, so much coffee, has a little wine notes
P: Full body, alcohol is hidden well, not very bitter
O: Perfectly balanced beer. Wonderful.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

CAN you dig it, man?

I am giving myself over to hedonism in support of the troops on Memorial Day weekend. I am joining a nudist colony, the '70's show about swingers has reopened people's eyes to the lifestyle, some ganja is on the menu ...

And now - Ten Fidy at 1103 (Local, EDT). In cracking open the top of the can, it was filled to the brim! Holy microbrew, Batman! I had beer everywhere, as though the can could barely contain its contents. This would NOT be the canned beer to drink on the Schuyllkill Expressway headed to Wachovia Center. What a friggin' mess!

The viscosity of this beer is what immediately jumped out. Thick, full, motor oil, you name it, as long as its black and thick, you got it. Hey, wasn't there a '70's era porn star who might apply? You get the idea.

The head, which was easily two fingers of mocha brown, actually cascaded. The retention was low, but the lacing was mad nice, yo!

I just laughed at the appearance. "Would monsieur care for a nice glass of motor oil?" or "You're going to put THAT in ME?!?" (squealing with a joy usually unheard). F**ksake! Deep, dark brown, black, really. Viscous, unforgiving.

The nose was all of it. Chocolate, coffee, raisins, anything deep, dark, and bitter.

Mouthfeel? Is this beer?!? I've eaten fudge that was less thick!

Drinkability: 10% in a CAN?!? I'll down a sixer at my local. Sweet!

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Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one and it immediately entered my top 5 stouts list. Has a sweetness to it, but is not overly sweet. As much as I love chocolate and/or coffee stouts, it was nice to have one with no flavoring. Can't wait to grab more of these.

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Photo of TwinButte
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black motor oil color with a reddish one finger head. Appears to be holding the head well and I see lots of bubbles streaming up the sides of my snifter. Its time for a taste!

Oh my! I am picking up chocolate, more of the unsweetened variety and a little espresso. Second sip with a swirl...got a little bourbon and oak this time, mmm. Picks up a little more carbonation when swirled. So silky smooth guessing it has a good amount of flaked oats to make it creamy. I really get not hint of alcohol in it whatsoever. Is it really 10.5%?

Ten Fidy has been on my bucket list for awhile and finally made a trip to Ft Collins and brought it back along with quite a haul of others we can't get here in S. Dakota. It sure didn't disappoint me at all. I'd say its world class!

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