Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

9,825 Ratings

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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 tittymcj
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours out dark brown/black with a thin creamy brown head. Not much lacing and the head doesn't stick around long.

S: Smells like faint coffee notes. Very light though, not overpowering or substantial.

T: Tastes like coffee and mocha. Very strong, deep coffee taste which is very smooth and has very little bite. Unlike most imperial stouts I've had in that there isn't a strong alcohol bite toward the end.

M: Very nice consistency. Not too thin (pet peeve of mine with IS's), and leaves a nice taste of coffee behind.

Overall solid. Not the greatest IS I've had, but it's right up there. Enjoyed many aspects, not let down by much.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a big trade with Jojomdma, as an extra no less. Thank heaps!

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out like black motor oil. No joke. Small brown noisy head quickly disappears, leaving only a ring behind. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. Thick looking body. Unfortunately no head, ring, or wisp remains, and leaves no lacing either. Looks a little flat by the end. Great, thick body, but a lackluster head.

SMELL: Roasted malts and lots of pure chocolate and molasses. Slight espresso notes and touches of black licorice as well. Lots of pure chocolate and molasses here.

TASTE: Roasted malts, smokiness, but lots of pure chocolate and molasses all over the place. Notes of espresso and black licorice, like in the nose, but it's more about the roasted, chocolate and molasses throughout. Mild but lingering aftertaste on this one.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium prickly carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth, a slight burn after the swallow, and finishes somewhat mouth-coating.

OVERALL: An enjoyable and tasty stout. I see why it's so highly praised, especially compared to the other chocolaty molasses flavored stouts. Lots of flavor and a good body on this one. The head could use a little beefing up, but a solid brew all around. Thanks again for hooking me up Jojo!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours an endless black, with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen on a beer. An old man sitting adjacent to me said to his wife, "Did you see how dark that is?" Great head retention and extensive, thick lacing, to start a great looking Imperial Stout.

S: Didn't get a huge smell out of this one, dissapointing, had some nice chocolate and molasses note.

T: Great flavour, big dark chocolate dominates the overall flavour. French Roast coffee is there as a hint of bitterness, light brown sugar as well. Very enjoyable.

M: Thick and slick, very full-bodied like Old Viscosity, creamy, smooth.

D: This is a great stout from Oskar Blues, I knew I had to jump on the chance to try it at Beachwood. It wasn't mind-blowing like Oak Aged Yeti or Abyss, but it was still great stuff.

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Photo of tigg924
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: huge head, dark black, chocolate colored

Smell:molasses, dark coffee, and chocolate

Taste: molasses, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and cream

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, a sweet start that lasts through the middle part with an alcoholic tasting finish, very heavy

Drinkability: This is not as sweet as other RISs. It is a complex sipping beer. One of my favorites in the style, but not quite there...A very very good beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can (no dating info) that my buddy shipped me from Colorado. I let it warm up to proper temp before popping it open. It poured out like motor oil into the pint glass. It was pitch black and thick. It had a 2 finger dark brown head that slowly settled into a constant foam. No visible carb but great lacing that stuck around till it was finished. The smell was coffee, roasted choc malts and alcohol. It had a bit too much of an alcohol smell for me to rate higher. The taste was also impacted by the high alcohol. I had other RIS with same or higher ABV that masked it better. Not bad but kept me from really enjoying it. The rest of the taste was really good. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy but the alcohol left an oily feeling on the tongue. Overall, a good but not great beer from OB. Will need to try again to make sure the sample was proper. Also would love to try on tap again. I had it in a sampler at the brewery/restaurant and seem to remember it being better.+

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Photo of waldowin
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can was labeled at 9.5% ABV, not the 10% shown here.

Pours an opaque black. No light gets through, even at the edges. Head is very thin, light brown, and comprised of small bubbles densely packed. This is about as dark as it gets.

Smell is of chocolate, dark roast coffee, and licorice. Not very strong, but not surprising, given the style.

Taste is of raisins, bitter chocolate, and a hint of licorice at the finish. Mouthfeel starts fairly balanced, the finish is slightly astringent.

The high ABV and acidity of this beer would make it hard to drink much, but I wouldn't mind a second can.

Probably the first canned beer I've enjoyed.

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Photo of TheMyers
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack of this per our beer guy's suggestion. We were talking about Goose Island Night Stalker, and he suggested this (obviously not the same!).

A: Pours a thick motor-oil consistency, with a very small dissipating head, if any. No light getting through, here!

S: Lots of oatmeal, hint of bourbon, little alcohol.

T: Tastes about how it smells - and not as much flavor as I'd expect from such a heavy, dark RIS. Still good, though. Not necessairly a sipper - goes down pretty smoothly. Leaves a lingering burnt taste.

M: About what you'd expect from the pour, pretty heavy. A little carbonation kicks in to spruce things up.

O: Obviously not a Night Stalker - but, hey, I wasn't really expecting much. Think I'd opt for some other RISs instead of this one, but I was pleasantly surprised at this "can" beer.

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Photo of Steasy66
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Black, dark head, good retention
S Dark malt, Roasted malt, smells sweet
T Roasted malt, sweet, marshmallow
M Thick, low carbonation
O overall a very nice IS, would love to try it barrel aged. Very nice beer but its a bit of a reach at its price point.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a half-finger of dark brown foam. Sheets of lace cling to the glass with every sip.

S - bitter roasted malt aroma

T - plum, roasted malt, burnt coffee. This would be truly excellent if it were not for a real astringency that I find a bit off-putting.

M - syrupy, very viscous. Really coats your mouth. Astringent bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue

D - Very drinkable for 10% ABV. A solid RIS that I would buy again.

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Photo of ph2001
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can in pint glass

pours THICK like motor oil. no light gets through at all. there is minimal head and a nice mild stout scent.

it is thick and coats the mouth with a velvety smoothness. very chocolatey, carmel flavors come out as well. alcohol slightly warms the throat. very smooth and drinkable for an IS.

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Photo of Pleepleus
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They made one minor error when packaging this beer, the got the name wrong. It should not be Ten Fidy but 10-W-50. Poured from a can to a pint glass like dirty motor oil out of an '87 Cadillac Brougham. It stained the glass with it's blackness. Had a sweet roasted malt, chocolate, coffee smell. The taste was sweet coffee, toffee, roasted malts, syrupy deliciousness. This drank like a muddy maple syrup. Wow I can't believe that was just poured out of a can. This is a slow sipper but very good. I look forward to introducing this one to friends.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, canned 9/28/12, poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed today, 3/13/13

Aroma: Smells thickly sweet, like molasses. Hints of nice roasty malt character that you would get from stouts, but covered up by the molassy sweetness. Smells nice. (4)

Colour: Damn. This beer is some sort of a black hole, seems like light disappears when it hits it. Doesn't even illuminate brown. Pours with a generous 3cm brown head that takes almost 3-5 minutes to dissipate. Lacing is superb. You can't do much better than this in terms of RIS appearances. (5)

Flavour: Follows the nose- you get a lot of thick molasses with hints of caramel and dark chocolate. Not so much coffee as I'd get in other stouts. I get a wee bit of umami soy sauce-like flavour on the back end which I attribute to the hop character. Really good! I don't feel the heat at all in this beer. (4)

Mouthfeel: It's thick bodied, creamy and smooth. Glides over my tongue and the surfaces of my mouth like I would imagine motor oil would (though I haven't personally quaffed motor oil). Carbonation is great. Aftertaste is of the umami along with some sweet molasses that lingers just right- up to 10-30 seconds at a time. (4)

Overall: It looks great and feels great. Not the most complex RIS I've had, but its definitely the sexiest appearing, thickest on the mouth RIS. It definitely holds up to any other RIS on the market. And its really nice to know that I can pick this off the shelf anytime, anywhere in WI. I plan to get some more tomorrow. (4)

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Photo of BigB415
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a dark brown head and high retention. I smell and taste dark chocolate since it has a little sweet kick to it. It goes down smooth with no alcohol burn at the end which can be pretty dangerous with the ABV being 10.5% This is a great stout, if you have a chance to try this try it!

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- motor oil black with a one-finger, cappuccino-colored head. No light penetration

S- coffee, raisins, chocolate

T- Malty coffee with a dark chocolate and espresso finish

M- thick, smooth and creamy with a light alcohol burn at the finish.

O- I have heard/read a lot about the cost of this beer and whether or not it was worth it. I must say, I didn't think it was overpriced when I bought it. Now, if anything, I think it is well-worth the money.

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Photo of ism
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil into a pint glass, completely opaque obsidian (I tested with a 70 lumens flashlight in a dark room) with a rich, half-finger, ocher head. Lacing is spotty and it retains a thin ring halfway down the glass.

Chocolate and toffee in the nose, on the fainter side. There's a nice whiff of dark fruit.

Thick and luscious, with a moderate-low carbonation and slight, pleasant acridity greeting the tongue.

Roasted malt at its base, flavor like 90% cocoa chocolate, Kona coffee note, a bit of vanilla and smoke, dark fruit. Goes down with a transient bitter hop note and finishes long with deep and rich notes.

Hides the alcohol very well. Complex, and the quality comes through. A pleasure to sip. Props for packing it in; I pack it out.

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Photo of DIM
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is abolutely black, not a trace of any light can get through the glass. It pours with a big, frothy, super dark, mocha colored head that has good retention and great lace.

s: Heavily roasted malt aromas that border on charred. Mild alcohol notes as well, along with some very faint cherries.

t: This is certainly big and satisfying, but it lacks subtlety and complexity. Huge, roasted to within an inch of becoming ash, malt flavors absolutely dominate up front. Some creamy chocolate flavors come next. The finish is a burned bitter malt that includes some alcoholic heat and lingers for quite a while.

m: This is very thick and hearty, like hot chocolate made with whole milk. It is superbly carbonated.

d: Ten Fidy is to impy stout fans what an absolute hop-bomb is to a hop-head. Big, delicious and flavorful, but a bit one-dimensional. Not much to decipher, but plenty to enjoy. If ever there was a sessionable impy stout, this is it.

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Photo of blackenmn
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a very opaque black with a 1/4 creamy brown head. This is definitely a dark one. Smelled very roasty, definite coffee presence. A bit of dark chocolate and mocha notes hiding in the also.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of sweet slick chocolate and scorched dark fruit. Definitely alot more earthy hop bitterness than expected. Almost to the point where it noticeably hid flavor. The mouthfeel on the otherhand was as good as it gets. Bounces between heavy roast and bitterness to thick creamy sweetness. Finishes nicely with a nitter-sweet licorice like flavor sticking aroud.

Drinkability:I've been really wanting to try this brew a while this definitely appeared in the glass as labeled. Looked like thick motor oil. This was a very enjoyable brew just a bit spendy. Age would do this wonders and probably unmask plenty of flavor.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a stout from a can is a new experience, I must admit. Ebony body is topped by a small brown head that leaves some wispy lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malt notes of chocolate, cocoa, and coffee.

Excellent mouthfeel is silky smooth, with subdued carbonation and a full body.

Taste is on par with an excellent impy stout, but not as complex as I had hoped. Prominent cocoa and bittersweet choclate, complimented by hints of dark fruits and earthy hops. Finishes with a bitter roastiness.

An excellent stout, but I was expecting something earth shattering given my previous experiences with Oskar Blues. Still, this is definitely one I would buy again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml can with a canned-on date of Nov 2014. Purchased recently from the Brewdog webshop. After hearing so much about this, I'm pleased to finally give it a whirl.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark chocolate-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a smallish head of creamy brown foam that lasts for a moment or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of rich roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain, molasses, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. The booze is well hidden. Lovely.

T: Tastes of intense roasted malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain, molasses, a touch of brown sugar, earthy yeast, subtle spice and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. A little hop oil action on the palate. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses and stewed hops.

O: Nice - an impressive RIS. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are redolent with notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, yeast and stewed hops. Rich and intense. Lovely body. Goes down a treat; not the most complex imperial stout that I've encountered but very drinkable. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

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

12oz can dated 10/12/10. Pours extremely dark, blacker than any other beer I've seen. Dark brown head that fades quickly. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, roasted malts, and chocolate. Taste has more chocolate, malty sweetness, and a touch of coffee. I would've liked a little more bitterness. Thick chewy body with light carboation. Alcohol is well integrated. While it's not the best Imperial Stout I've had, it's still good stuff. I wish more stouts were available in cans like this.

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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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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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