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 ImpairedPirate
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned December 2009, purchased and poured into a pint glass November 2010.

Appearance - At first pour, this beer is dark and thick.  There is an extremely subtle almost-rusty brown hue, behind a veil of motor oil darkness.  The lighter color can be seen around the meniscus of the glass, and at the edges when tilted.  The head is a lingering high density.

Smell - Initial smell of roast, maybe some dark fruit undertone.  While not the most prominent smells, just the first noticed.  There is more, but the other notes are harder to distinguish.  As it breathes in the glass, the more complex aromas surrender to a stronger boozier scent.

Taste - A slight bitter cocoa flavor hits the palette initially, which evolves mid-taste to include a slight toasty coffee hint.  Maybe some caramel?

Mouthfeel - Absolutely amazing, and my favorite part of this beer.  As a long time BeerAdvocate lurker, this beer has pushed me over the edge and inspired me to join BA to review.  The mouthfeel is the best feature of this beer; it stands out above others in the same category.  It feels a tiny bit less viscous than syrupy, and is weighty enough to coat the mouth.  If this was a season, it would be early Winter.

Drinkability - Considering the high ABV,  this beer is surprisingly pleasant.  While this beer's characteristics are strong, as an entire package it does not overwhelm the senses.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing a side by side of a can from 11-11-10 and from 9-25-09--the ranking goes to the better of the two.

A: Both pour a thick, jet black with about a finger of dense, dark brown head. It fades into a thin brown cap with some decent lacing.

S: The aged can has an odd chalky, graham cracker-like scent to it. Behind that is some more subtle sweet chocolate and coffee.
The fresh can smells of roasted malt up front followed by dark chocolate and more bitter coffee. I have to hand the smell to the fresh can.

T: The aged can is packed full of semi-sweet chocolate with some coffee and darker chocolate aftertaste. A bit of the graham shows up in the aftertaste, but not much.
The fresh can hits you with dark, roasted malts and coffee up front with a bit of dark chocolate. The aftertaste has a decent hop kick along with bitter coffee. I tend to prefer more coffee and bitter flavors, but the aged can hasn't mellowed so much that they're gone. With the odd graham aftertaste, though I prefer the fresh can.

M: The aged can has a heavy body with little carbonation--thick and creamy.
The fresh can also has a heavy body but has more carbonation to it, which goes well with the coffee and bitterness.
I'll have to give the upper hand slightly to the fresh can, but again it's because I prefer the coffee flavors a bit more.

D: The aged can is very smooth and goes down more easily than the fresh can, which has more carbonation and bitterness. The upper hand here goes to the aged can.

Overall, I prefer the fresh can but the aged one is by no means bad. I enjoy the hoppy and coffee flavors of the fresh beer more than the smooth, chocolaty flavors of the aged. Both are good, though.

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Unibroue tulip glass. This can is from the 2010 batch.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a finger of thick beautiful tan head. The head goes away more than I would like, but it's still a good looking beer.

Smell: Quite sweet and very roasty with some dark chocolate and hot alcohol.

Taste: It is sweet, but there is a roasty bitterness that counters the sweetness well. Hot alcohol becomes smoother as the beer warms. Bitter and roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I prefer the BA version, but this one is still very good. I would have liked the finish to be a bit smoother.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance – Opaque Black colour with an average size brown coloured head. I can't make out the carbonation level to the the darkness of the beer and there is some excellent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels very syrupy on the tongue. I can taste malts, chocolate and coffee. There is also a smokiness and a some vanilla and some light hops. I can taste the alcohol but it doesn't come across as harsh. The beer finishes with chocolaty bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – I've yet to see a beer that looked so syrupy while being poured. The appearance really does look like motor oil. The taste is well balanced and it would make a great winter warmer beer or after dinner drink. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger brown head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Malty nose, flavor is similar, malts and burnt chocolate. High ABV is hidden, decent IS, close to a RIS. $4.95 for a 12oz black can (yes a can and it is very drinkable) from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Canned 9/21/2011.

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Photo of Rizow
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Scott, stacks and stacks of cases of Ten Fidy, just sitting out in the open, at display in front of the Lake Merritt Whole Food's beer section? Just sitting out there, like we're not supposed to notice this shocking and sudden surfacing of one of the legendary BA stouts?!

What can one say, but - Crazy Unexpected Beer, Get Out Of My Dreams And Into My Car!

And drive away we surely did. Can't wait to get you home and crack that top...

Well, it's dark. Very dark. Black, as one would expect. It leaves pleasing lacing patterns on the glass, I'll give it that. It smells as it should, as one would expect of a heavy, contemporary craft stout - there's chocolate, coffee, sweet syrups, some may find anise or licorice. And the taste ineluctably follows this same pattern, the only question being which of these flavors will be featured. Here, it's big burnt, bitter and roasted layers that dominate.

Mouthfeel is a definite strength. Ten Fidy's slick velvet feel leans more toward the motor oil feel of Bourbon County Stout than most other stouts, which earns it good points from me.

Drinkability, to me, must be reasoned as more than simply just "Can You Drink A Shitload" of a given beer, which is an approach I find far too simplistic, necessarily slanted toward lightweight beers, and unfairly prejudiced against heavyweights. Drinkability should be a complete measure of the experience, and not a mere reflection of volume. In this case...yeah, drinkability's fine.

If "Reputation" were a category, Ten Fidy would surely rate a 4.5 or 5.0, and the hype is not unjustified. This is a supremely good beer. For me, though, it sits a notch or two behind the likes of Bourbon County, The Abyss, Speedway, but remains a definite winner, by any means.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 50 degrees.

Pours a viscous black with a creamy tan froth. The head isn't too thick, but provides nice lacing. The nose offers aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, black licorice, spicey/slightly piney hops, slight irish cream liquor, dark berries (prunes?), & chocolate cake. Very thick on the palate with great carbonation and sweet, but not too sweet flavors of everything I got on the nose. There is an alcohol presence on the back end and a subtle bitterness in the beginning that lingers to the finish. Overall, a great brew that'd be good for an after dinner/dessert beer...one is definitely enough.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11-11-2010. Poured into pint glass:

A - Pours jet black with a 1.5 inch thick creamy brown/tan head. It eventually subsides. Lacing retention is very good.

S - Hard roast, chocolate and bits of chalk. Bits of vanilla and sugar.

T - Roasty chocolate chalk and wood, earthy tones. A little bit of vanilla and cardboard. Pretty up front and a bit harsh on the taste but not too bad for the ABV.

M - Creamy,smooth velvet. Satin mouthfeel. On the thicker side and a pretty good sipper, but I like it.

D - Pretty good. Only the taste lets you know it is 10.5% but the smell and mouthfeel are quite welcoming. Its a really good stout for being straight out of a can, but stouts are kind of all starting to taste the same to me lately. The most noticable feature that stands out is the slight chalkness, which is kind of odd any drying, but overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty187 and smellysell for this beer.

Pours an inky black, with a dense one finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a solid sheet on the glass.

Smell; a little charred malts, coffee, black licorice and molasses all swirling together in the nose. Chocolate along with some piney hops as present as well. The warmer this thing gets the more pronounced the aromas become.

Taste; dense chocolate and molasses give this a very rich flavor initailly. Some coffee, a touch of licorice and a bit of char fill out the middle, while piney/citric hops and a hint of alcohol finish it off. As a matter of fact, I'm surprised there's not more of an alochol presence here with 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is massive yet smooth, and the drinkability is pretty good consider the high alcohol and the huge flavors.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz can into a goblet. The beer is thick and black, and absolutely no light escapes from it. Dark brown head grew to one finger thick with very poor retention.

Smell: Dark chocolate and black coffee with a slight of vanilla in the back.

Taste: Rich coffee on the introduction. Dark chocolate in the midpalate with a hint of roasted nuts, maybe hazelnut. Things stay pretty bitter through to the finish, which is a nice creamy chocolate note.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with a bit of carbonation. Smooth all the way through.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to Bilco for throwing me a couple of these.

Appearance: Head is fresh espresso crema colored. Doesn’t stick to much. Pours hearty and thick. Color is black. Black.

Smell: Full of deep roasted malts. Smells sweeter than I expected. Hints of chocolate and coffee sneak through, but it’s roasty sweetness. High ABV booze come through as well. Hints of leather and fresh tobacco leaf, leaning heavy on the tobacco part of this. Smells like a freshly packed pipe dipped in roasted chocolate.

Taste: Absolutely loaded with roasted flavors. A metric shit ton of roasted malts. Booze hits the back in a serious burning way. Something tinny rings through the back. It’s not as sweet as the nose made me think it was going to be. Syrupy sweetness drags out some char and fresh tobacco. Lingering ashy smokiness. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Body is thick, but never hits on syrupy. Carbonation is almost non-existent. Heavy.

Overall: I won’t lie, I was taken aback by this beer. I’ve never poured a beer this color out of a can. It threw me for a loop. With that said, it's solid. Ages quite well.

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Photo of Vogie
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/17/14. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a pitch black motor oil with a 1 finger of tobacco colored head that fades into some nice lacing. Aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted and smoked malts, dark fruits, perhaps plum? Taste is creamy double chocolate chip cookies, a slight roasted malt presence. As the beer warms I am picking up more of the dark fruits of rasain skin and plums, earthy hops are there as well. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy, a touch bitter but nothing overpowering.

Looked forward to this one. First beer from Oskar Blues and it didn't disappoint. A well crafted RIS and a titan among stouts.

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Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black...that about sums up the color of the body...a creamy tan head stands about one finger...it slowly falls into a thin bead...some lacing

S - Chocolate, a lot of roasted notes, smokey notes, coffee, and dark fruits

T - There is a lot of dark chocolate flavor in this one...it's there from start to finish...the roasted characteristic goes right along with the chocolate even adding some complexity to the flavor...in the middle I picked up some dark fruits and paired with some vanilla it was enough to sweeten the beer...the beer finishes with chocolate, roast, and smoke

M - Full bodied...smooth and creamy...nice finish that coats the palate

D - I finally had the chance to try this and it was pretty good...I don't think it lived up to its hype for me...but don't get me wrong it's delicious...and I couldn't see having more than one since it's 10.5%

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Photo of nasty15108
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Supplied by my man Hyland24. Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass.

A - Poured motor oil black. The pour produced a small browinish/red head with ample lacing throughout.

S - Aroma of malted chocolate, coffee beans and hints of alcohol.

T - Slightly sweet chocolate/lactose flavor upfront followed by a smokey/bitter finish.

MF&D - A thick and creamy full bodied RIS. The alcohol warmth makes this one a sipper. Check it out if you can get it. The only drawback is it's a bit pricey$$$.

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Photo of jojox
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty black. Light carbonation and not much head.

s - raisin, dried red fruit, prunes.

t - coffee chocolate nut roasted/burnt. some smoked meat taste. Slightly bitter finish but no noticable hop flavor. Very dark with the kind of "charcoal" taste.

m - smoother and viscous, not much CO2

d - I woulnd't say so high. It's too tasty.

This is a good, strong stout. I love the can. Can't serve it too col and a touch more CO2 would be welcome. It kinda reminds me of the Le COQ.

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Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce can into a standard pint glass. It pours pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. A bit of tan lacing is left. The aroma is coffee and chocolate. The flavor is pleasantly bitter and has notes of coffee and chocalate, with the faintest hint of sweetness. The beer is full bodied, adequete carbonation and has a pleasing creamy mouth feel. The brew is meant to be sipped. A solid RIS, but a bit overhyped.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Canned Batch; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a very tightly beaded, creamy, darkly browned, tan colored head that starts out about a finger in height. The beer is black and no amount of holding up to the light makes it anything but opaque. The aroma is dominated by roast grain notes from the get go; aromas of dark chocolate, smooth espresso, concentrated chocolate malt ball candies, sweet malted grain. When you go in for a really deep sniff of the nose, the sweeter dark grain notes yield to a dry, amply toasted, browned bread crust notes and a blackened biscuit character. Touches of roasted, tart cherries provide a nice fruity character here, though at times it is overwhelmed by the more dominant, yet overall quite smooth, roast character. Quite a nice aroma, this Imperial Stout has escaped the harsher, roasted grain notes and hot booziness that any others have.

Thick, rich, chewy, this is really a meal in a sip. This viscous brew coats the mouth enough that it provides nourishment even after the beer has passed down my throat. Dark, sweet malt notes coat the mouth for at least a minute after my first sip, after which, sharp, roasted grain notes reminiscent of a dark, but well roasted, gourmet coffee take hold and provide a bit of a drying effect. The texture of this brew is quite nice, it starts out a little light, but quickly picks up a rich, creamy texture and a velvet-like feeling that coats the mouth. Sweet grain character provides an interesting dark cherry and bright berry note here that is offset by a nicely roasted dark chocolate note, a touch of chalky blackened grain, some light espresso acidity and a woody charcoal note. An appropriate carbonation struggles to be noticed through the viscous body of this brew. The hop character is fairly mellow, except for a biting bitterness that just cuts through the thick body of this brew, but is noticeable from start to finish.

As the beer warms up I get a touch of that vegetal note (more in the aroma than anything) that I had noticed the first time I had this brew. It is not nearly as noticeable or distracting as it was the first go round though. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable as does the sharper roast & perhaps the acidity notes, though not overly so. This still remains a nicely rounded example of an Imperial Stout.

I would definitely recommend this beer to be sampled around 50°F / 10°C as this allows the roast to be well mellowed & integrated; as it warms up towards 60°F / 15°C it becomes a touch more harsh, though still quite tasty. While this brew is has an amped up roast character, it never becomes overwhelming; the sweet malt base is able to hold it in check and allows the mellower dark malt notes of chocolate, roast fruit and woody coffee notes to come through quite well. This is much more engaging and interesting than my first experience with this brew. A really nice sipping brew and a perfect way to end the night.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Look: black, oily body with a thick, dark foamy head. The head doesn't retain for longer than a few seconds and doesn't leave lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: fudgy chocolate, coffee beans, caramel and a bit of hoppiness there as well. Good.

Taste: follows the nose with a big chocolate fudge taste, some coffee, roasted malt, sweet without being cloying. Once it reaches room temperature, the alcohol becomes apparent. Good.

Feel: full bodied, nice carbonation, silky, and the alcohol isn't noticeable until its room temperature and then there's a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Very good.

Overall: quite a good Russian Imperial Stout. The fact that its in a can is definitely interesting. That said, its a little overhyped on this site. It doesn't measure up to other easily accessible and more affordable IRS's like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or Old Rasputin. Still, if you're a stout lover like me, I would give it a go. Cheers!

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Photo of cbn
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid black body, mocha head, sticky lace.

Sweet roasted malt, lightly floral hop, trace of alcohol.

Sweet and malty with a healthy dose of bitter hop. Grainy and fruity flavors mix well with citric and alcohol notes.

Smooth, a bit oily and fairly heavy, just as the name implies.

Drinkability is diminished slightly by heavyness and high alcohol content.

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

A: Black, thick dark head, no retention. S: Molasses, unsweetened chocolate, smoke, and grain.T: Smokey, coffee, raisins, roasty, molasses, burnt bitter finish, leafy hops, a touch of esters and cutting acid in the margin. Hints of rootbeer upon warming.M: FULL-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation, O: Amazing appearance, layered aromas and flavors, a great beer that’s not in my favorite style.

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Photo of jettjon
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a can marked "canned on 11-25-09" into a glass, this one is pitch brown with a 1-finger dark brown cap which fades fairly quickly leaving a thin sheet atop the murky liquid and some lacing. Nose advertises a very sweet malt backbone with notes of molasses and cocoa powder. In the mouth, a fairly complex mix of sweet and dry flavors is on tap. Nicely complex, though a bit overly sweet, the malt is up front and bold, barely reined in by bittering hops which fight for control but are quickly overwhelmed by the nearly cloying malt sweetness. Notes of cocoa and molasses as the beer warms and opens up. This one is definitely best enjoyed warmer. Mouth is superb, very nicely chewy and extremely smooth and velvety. Drinkability is good; even though it verges on overly sweet I could drink 2-3 of these at a sitting. 9.5% ABV should be noted.

Overall: A very good imperial stout, verging on overly sweet but solid overall.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Thick black liquid with a dark brown head, one of the darkest I've seen. Head retains as a tiny ring and there's a decent amount of lacing, though I'd love to see a little more activity on my snifter.
S: Huge malt aromas complete with bitter chocolate and dark fruits. I get a small brine sense, but it's not so overpowering that I couldn't enjoy the aromas.
T/M: Viscous and chewy mouthfeel with a backbone of bitter dark chocolate and dark berries. Hop balance at the back of the sip. There's a slight metallic note that hovers over the flavors but is not overpowering and eventually fades. As the brew warms, it takes on a mild toasted flavor, which is nice. The flavors overall are pretty subtle, without any one characteristic dominating over the others.
D: This is definitely a sipper. I had a warmed chocolate chip cookie and mocha java ice cream to pair. I look forward to trying more from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz CAN poured into a large snifter - Served at room temperature

Appearance: Popped the top on this bad boy only to get a spritz of black liquid that sprinkled my desk. How cool. The beer is suid ink black with an abnormally dark brown head. Even cooler. Is doesn't get too high or stick around too long but swirling leaves some lacing on the sides.

Smell: Chocolate malt, dark cherry, alcohol, raisin and caramel. The aromas aren't very strong but they are discernable. The beer has almost a fresh, perfume like aroma to it.

Taste: Molasses, heavy black patent malt and chocolate malt, coffe, espresso and raw espresso beans. Earthy tobacco. There is an alcohol presence that stick with you long after swallowing. There isn't much sugar in this beer, like you would think. This beer is certainly a malt bomb. Pretty deep and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Big body and a bitter maltiness that is on the verge of espresso. Moderate booziness and plenty of warmth. Smoothe to swallow, with little carbonation in the mouth. Lingering coffee-bitter finish.

Drinkability: This one is a beast to tackle. It is quite tasty, but I don't think it is as good as some people seem to tout. A better aroma, perhaps with a bit of dark fruit would put this one closer to perfection. Certainly worth obtaining, but not at all costs. I have another can that I will sit on to see if it hatches in a few years.

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Photo of HopHobo
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz. can into an oversized Duvel tulip on 9/8/09

Appearance - black, small white head, little carbonation, no lacing

Smell - roasted malts, alcohol, bitter, chocolate, leather

Taste & Feeling - roasted bitter chocolate malt, vanilla, alcohol, thin for a stout

Overall in 5 words - sipper, great can, solid stout

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Photo of ballewblake
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a tulip.

Wow. motor oil into my glass. I could smell this fella two feet above the pour and into the glass. Two finger head, poured like oil into my car. Dark black and tan head then dropped to a thin head after a few moments. Lacing on the glass is great, a constant coat around the glass. Complex smell and taste. Coffee, chocolates, and sweet smells, lots of roasting here. Sweet at the front, bitter on the sides of the tongue, good mild hop profile with the roasted malts. Not tasting the alcohol on the palette or in the nose, deceptive in hiding, could cause trouble robocop style. Lots of bittering notes and dark malts in this one. Excellent caned brew. Recommend for heavy stout drinkers.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.33 out of 5 based on 9,737 ratings.
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