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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 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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Photo of LeoPanna
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Cross-eyed. Cyclopean. Cancupiscent."

A: Motor Oil with Satanic Red head. I love it already.

S: The smell is subtle, heavy. I'm getting roasted malts, dark chocolate, all very quiet.

T: Malts galore, chocolate and alcohol.... other notes include raisin and wood... the alcohol is strong, Ten dot Fidy Percent ABV... damn

M: Transparent carbonation, oily... after taste is dominated by alcohol... it's a slow sipper.

O: This is my second craft can experience. Ten Fidy is intense. I can't imagine drinking a 6'er of these... maybe a 666'er, i don't know... only because it is strong as shins... UFC fighter shins... wow...i'm glad i bought this can.

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

Poured from can into Bruery tulip.

A - Midnight black. Motor oil, man. Pours a finger and a half chocolate brown head. Later swirling produces little froth.

S - Tons of dark chocolate. Caramel, molasses. Bourbon/alcohol comes in a bit but isn't forceful.

T -Like the smell, chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar comes through up front. Not too much of an alcohol burn but the taste is there. Delicious. Like a dessert.

M - Slightly viscous, creamy. Great carbonation. Awesome mouthfeel.

O - Just a great RIS. The alcohol is definitely there but not overwhelmingly so. Picked up a four pack and each time had it for "dessert". Gets even better as it warms up.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out of the can almost pitch black, and looks completely opaque once it settles. About 2 fingers of deep roasted expresso head forms that has amazing retention and lacing.

Smell: Very interesting smell. The requisite roasted malts are there of course, but I also get tons of dark fruit scents as well. Like, insane amounts. Lots of plum and fig threaten to drown everything else out. Little to nothing in the way of chocolate or coffee.

Taste: A great deal of roasted malts appear up front. Maybe hints of chocolate and coffee. On the back end the flavor becomes dominated by the plum and fig dark fruit flavors. Finish is pretty fruity. It's a very unique stout, unlike anything else I've had.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is every bit of full bodied; thick, chewy and creamy. Everything an imperial stout should be. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Overall, a very good imperial stout that I'd love to have full time access to. Very unique and pretty tasty.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[Tap @ Hop Devil Grill] Poured a deep, dark, black color with a super dark, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, buttered toffee malts, smoke, and a floral hoppiness. Taste was rather viscous, dripping with roast, smoke, and chocolate, with a fair amount of alcohol, and a super thick mouthfeel. After sampling both batches, the first batch is preferred. Creamier, sweeter, and fuller mouthfeel. More enjoyable over the drier, roastier 2nd batch.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz Can poured into a Snifter

First Ten Fidy 4-pack of the season. I've spoken many times about being spoiled rotten here in CO, and this beer is one of the reasons why.

L: Pitch black, with lots of thick frothy irish cream head. Jesus, this is an inviting black pit right here.

S: Roasted malts, crisp bitterness. Deep, deep, deep malted richness. Only problem here is that the taste annihilates what's going on in the nose for richness, complexity and depth.

T: Up-front is roasted malts. Then hits the booze, in droves. Fades off into a hard-biting finish. Far deeper than it smells or looks, this beer goes on and on.

F: Rich as hell, and creamy. Head is pillowy, with good retention.

D: Damn good, gets better and better as it opens up.

Really, the only problem with this beer is that at $13 for a 4-pack, it doesn't stand up to Old Rasputin (at $8 for a 4-pack). Admittedly it's a completely different beer, completely roast obsessed, but still ... Raspy is better, and cheaper ... and that's really the bar for a RIS, in my humble opinion.

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Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A pitch black beer that looks really freaky as it pours from the can. A small brown head settles into a ring of lacings.

The aroma is quite powerful with notes of roasted malts, piny hops, chocolate, molasses, coffee and a hint of alcohol. Dangerously close to being a mess, but it keeps it together.

The smell is quite sweet at first with lots of chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and molasses. Hints of soy sauce. Then it turns fairly bitter with notes of bitter roasted aromas and piny hops. Strangely enough, although it feels powerful it feels like it lacks something in the middle. The finish is fairly warming with notes of sweet alcohol, roasted malts and hops.

Medium to full body, quite lively carbonation actually, but the mouthfeel i smooth.

This is quite a massive stout and it's constantly on the edge of collapsing into a sweet and bitter mess, but for the most part I think it manages to deliver. I had this at room temperature and I think I would have liked to have had it served a few degrees cooler.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours a thick opaque black with a creamy dark brown head (after a vigorous pour) that recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued compared to on draft - sweet lactic chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a little vinous fruitiness.

The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, coffee and black licorice with a little dark fruit sour twang. It has a decent roasted bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and a little watery.

Overall, an excellent impy stout. It was even better on tap though.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours like motor oil from the can. It is jet black, with a thin brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving sparce lacing.

This beer has a bittersweet chocolatey aroma. It has a roasted malt aroma. It smells very sweet. Some dark fruit aromas mix in as well. Figs and prunes. Alcohol is hidden well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Sweet caramel and chocolate. The roasted malts taste nice. It has a mild coffee flavor as well.

This full bodied beer goes down smooth, leaving a dark fruit aftertaste. It is VERY thich, and low in carbonation, suiting the style.

I dont know that this beer would make a good session beer. The 10% ABV is a bit much, and the huge, aggressive flavor would be hard to handle for too long.

Overall: Thanks to Russpowell and OHLRangers for both generously hooking me up with the beer. It is another fine beer to drink on the 75th anniversery of the repeal of prohibition.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a way cool looking 12 oz can to a snifter. The liquid is black with a licorice molasses tint to it. The carbonation is ok and pushes up a ample 1 finger+ mocha head that leaves just a bit of lace. very cool to see this coming from a can. Nice job OB!

The smell is ok kind of sweet with a bit of char, some espresso but not the kind I like.

The taste is better, chard malt, bits of licorice, coffee and a hint of chocolate. I was hoping for a touch of alcohol and some more hops.

The mouthfeel is good nice thick body with mild carbonation.

The drinkability is good. Not a bad impy stout but i am not sure this can lived up to the hype. Prosit MK

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: something about pouring this out of a can that was awesome - when I say it looks like black motor oil, this out of a can looks like fucking crude oil - very cool, nice fat tan head that's gone in minutes

S: chocolate malts, espresso, molasses

T: standard RIS stuff here: sweet, notes of cocoa, espresso, plenty of anise, molasses

M: pretty thick, syrupy, smoothly sweet

O: a good RIS, but not the best - neat to find something like this in a can - this is actually my first can review! But I would probably choose other RISs over this. Worth the buy and try for sure though.

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Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black hole black. Very thin dark brown head. Smells like alcohol and sweet fruity burnt coffee. The initial taste is of sweet alcohol mixed with a candylike fruity hop flavor. Very sweet and candylike, almost too sweet. Then comes an extremely strong burnt coffee flavor that lingers along with alcohol and bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very strong beer. Definitely a sipper. It burned all the way down and I think it is burning a hole in my stomach right now. A heavier mouthfeel to this one. As the beer warmed up, the fruity hop flavor became more apparent and the burnt coffee flavor died down a little.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to Jw347 for ten fidy, not fidy cent.

This beer pours out like the sludge of the bottom of your engine. Viscous, dark, midnight black with a thin coffee head. I thought I was going to need a fork to drink it.

Subdued smells of mocha, chocolate, slight alcohol.

Hershey syrup taste with hops and a shot of alcohol thrown in. Smooth and creamy, Like Billy Dee Williams.

Sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Good beer to drink at Ten fidy at night, or early morning. Drink it now, and how.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with brown head most of which quickly dissolves leaving an island and ring around the glass edges.

S: Sweet lactose, marshmallow and quite a bit of vanilla. Deep dark malts, but not all that roasty. A little booze noticeable as well.

T: Massive maltyness, mainly cocoa flavors, but the roasted malt characteristics absent in the smell are there too along with a bit of tobacco. Hefty dose of hops adds plenty of bitterness for a bittersweet chocolate flavor that completely saturates my tastebuds. Definitely falls into the sweeter "milkshake" category of RIS's.

M: Thick and creamy. Very light on the carbonation, but it works pretty well.

D: Ten FIDY doesn't hide its alcohol quite as well as some RIS's but it is tasty enough to keep me raising my glass.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through a trade with Northertimber.

Pours a thick black colored beer with a thin brown head.

Smell is sweet with a trace of hops giving it a scent best described as 'carrot sticks." Caramel candy and chocolate syrup aromas and a hint of smoke. Faint fig Newton cookie aroma.

The taste starts out thick chocolate with a lot of patent malt and smoke and roast flavor. Gets more bitter as you drink it with a long lasting roast malt and smoke aftertaste. Faint berry and vanilla flavors but this beer is all about the roast.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Not bad at all but I may have had my expectations a little to high for this beer based upon word of mouth. Nice and very smooth what it lacks it that extra layer of complexity that the best Russian Imperial Stouts posses. Still this is a good beer and no doubt the best RIS in a can.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/5/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, short head that almost the same color as the beer itself, it fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts and black coffee.

T: The taste has very strong malty flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The dark chocolate flavor brings a bitter bite as well. There's a very mild hops presence as you would expect from a big stout. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, pretty filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good stout to drink for a while until you get too full, but I think it's very over-hyped. There are definitely other RIS's out there that I like better.

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Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Jdiddy, thanks again.

Funny, when I grabbed this can from the fridge, I went looking for my bottle opener. Yet another benefit of canned beer, no need for one!

I have to say, it looks very cool, and also very odd seeing a black brew pouring out of a can. But it sure looks great, and matches well with the black and silver can.

Beer is a dark flat black color, with a great tan head.

Aromas are very nice, dark bitter chocolates, nutty, and creamy.

Taste is strong. This beer doesn't have any subtleness to it. This is a big black brew. There is a big dark malt presence, some coffee, nutty flavors, and very bitter dark chocolates. Alcohol is present, and gives the beer a warm feeling. While the finish is dry with some very bitter mineral flavors from the hops.

Mouthfeel is ok. Seems too thin for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a tasty and a quite good Russian Imperial Stout. It's not great though, I can think of a few others in the style that I prefer.

Kudos to Oskar Blues for continuing to put out very good beers in my favorite vessel, the can.

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Photo of MACrist
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Black, and then some. Dark tan, finger+ head that leaves a thin layer on top. Spotty lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Not a huge aroma from this. Very dark roasted malt. Some dark chocolate. A little alcohol. Slight coffee and black licorice.
TASTE: Alcohol, dark chocolate. Dark roasted malt. There is a bit of sweet malt up front and then a fairly strong dose of bitterness to finish.
FEEL: Medium-thin body. Nice level of carbonation. A bit sticky at first, then dry on the finish.
OVERALL: A little on the thin side in comparison to other RIS's I have had.. Mostly just some bittersweet chocolate and alcohol. Does have a pretty nice lasting bitterness.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh an imperial stout in a can. I have wanted to try this beer for awhile after hearing a lot of good reviews and thankfully this beer did not disappoint. A beautiful thick chewy stout with a nice pleasant aroma of dark roasted malts. This beer is remarkably smooth for 10.55 abv. Good beer does come in a can and this beer is proof.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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