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Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

2,533 Reviews

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

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

the darkest froth i've ever seen, i believe. looks a little milkshaky, even

smells superroasty. molasses. strong herbal hops, licorice

not as thick as it could have been. strong and flavorful, for sure, but this thing could have been a helluva lot more syrupy (and i am thankful!). bitterness is authoritative, keeping the putatively levee-bursting flavors in check. the bitterest of chocolates, chicory, molasses, cocoa (is that different from chocolate?)

best RIS i've ever had from a can!

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Photo of ali1987
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black body with motor oil coloring and a light toffee brown head. LOTS of brown sticky lacing behind.

S: Milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, chocolate ice cream

T: Roasted malts, cocoa, hops, dark roast coffee, some smokiness, & some BC powder-like bitterness on the finish.

M: Thick & somewhat creamy.

O: Good stout. I understand the hype, but it's dangerous due to the alcohol content!!!

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

Pours like motor oil, thick and black, a thin dark mocha head is gone almost before I can not it every existed. Lacing is oily, and is continually sliding down the snifter.

Smells of soy sauce, sweet malt, char, and a touch of astringency. Barely detectable is some dark cherry, but I feel it's more from the alcohol.

Taste is all malt, roasted, bitter, a hint of sweet molasses. Roast is the primary.

Feel is smooth and thick. Almost no carbonation to the brew, a hint of hop bite on the tip of my tongue is the only indication they were ever there. Not a easy drinker for me.

While this beer does many things well, every aspect has something I feel I want a little better. Needs more head(and who doesn't amirite?). A little too much soy sauce in the smell. Needs more sweet on the taste to balance. Needs a touch more carbonation to lighten this up and make for a more creamy feel. I liked this beer alot, the first canned beer I have every really liked, and that's saying something. In all honesty, the hype over this beer is what made me cross the line to the can. I am not disappointed, but I don't think it's as good as Old Raspy, which is far cheaper.


Edit: Super aggressive pour gave this a huge head with nice lacing.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can

A - Pours black like motor oil; an aggressive pour yields a thin dark brown head

S - Smells of cocoa, espresso, and sweet, dark fruity esters

T&M - A little boozy upfront, earthy with nice chocolate and roasted malt rounding everything out. Some nice balancing bitterness. Feel is full bodied and smooth

D - Easy to drink, definitely a sipper due to ABV, and the alcohol in the taste is present but relatively mellow for it's level

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

This beer pours an oily black pour with about a two inch foamy mocha head. Some spotty lacing, it barely sticks, and the head recedes rapidly with barely a light film that remains. Nose is slightly sweet, with smoked and coffee notes, and roasted malts.
There is a big chocolate presence, espresso hints, small note of smoked flavors in the first sips. Hops are present, but very mild - however gives a nice blend of bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety, medium to full, but not sticky. Drinkability is good. I highly enjoyed this.

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

This beer poured an inky black with a single-finger dark tan head that lingered for a while. The smell is big on roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate. They taste starts off with deep roasted malt that gave way to dark chocolate and coffee with some pleasant bitterness. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, and there is not as much heat on the back end as I expected. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with very find carbonation. This is a very tasty beer, a good mix of Russian Imperial flavors without the huge bitter punch that can be offputting at times. A great beer.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark to end all darkness. Decent sized cocoa brown head. Very thick. Motor Oil comes to mind.

Smell is coffee and chocolate like.

Taste is sweet and balanced with a liberal hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is very thick with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good for the style but only a couple of these is more than enough for a night.

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

Pours out viscois inpentratable black, tan espresso head makes it light appearence, dissipates quickly, leaving thin wisps on the surface. Light carbonation, this has to be one of the most beautiful things Ive ever seen poured out of a can(haven't had Surly though,).
Aromatics are highly enjoyable. Chocolate, pomegranite, milky dairy creaminess upfront. I once tried a chocolate Pom pomegranite juice drink, and this is it. Espresso, vanilla, anise, soy follow. This is not overpowering in any direction, clean, well hopped.
At first sip, a suprising hoppiness comes through. A extremly well balanced mixture of spicy hops, followed by cocoa, little dark fruits, Armanac prunes, more espresso and chocolate on the finish. Spiced mexican chocolat comes to mind. The deepness of the maltiness paired with hoppy spiciness give this brew a chocolaty musty spiciness that recalls a young Barolo wine. This would pair greatly with roasted red meat or game. This is easily one of the most hopped stouts Ive tried, and Im digging it.
Mouthfeel is full, thick, and rich but then kept in balance by the hoppiness. Over all a very "clean" extremely flavorful stout I will make a regular.

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

Russian Imperial Stout in a can?
Yes, please.
Pours a very pretty pour. opaque black with a deep brown head... hard not to like the look of it.
Scents are varied, strong and deep. Chocolate is the first thing to hit and after a bit I get some whiskey. I tasted a whiskey not long ago called Peat Monster and there are some strong similarities. Roasty, toasty scents, roasty, toasty flavors.
A bit of chimney.
Dark, bitter chocolate with some notes of smooth milk chocolate piping in here and there. I think I can taste the connection to this and Dale's Pale ale in the hop character.
Maybe coffee with citrus rind thrown into the mix? That's what the hops seem to do in here.
The first comparison that comes to my mind is Brooklyn's Black Chocolate stout. For the money I'd say I'd have to choose the Brooklyn version, but for a more definitive comparison I'd have to do a head to head taste test.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted goblet.
It pours an extremely dense spent motor oil color with a thin, yet firm tan head.
No need to stick my nose in the glass (did anyway) to smell big burnt caramel malt and coffee smells. Smells of dark chocolate, vanilla and dark rum lasts throughout. Citrus, pine and whiff of astringent camphor roll in behind.
The flavors match the aromas, yet that dark rum taste dominates. Tastes of coffee, toffee, are tempered ever so slightly with a metallic tang and tobacco taste.
This is one very rich and velvety liquid. The body says, "Gulp!" The boozy smell and flavor says, "swig!"

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Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12-2-10. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours engine oil black with a thick mocha foam rising to the top of the glass. This initial pillowy gush quickly fades leaving behind lacing and a fine stenciled line of head.

S- Strong punch of alcohol, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla as it nears room temp. Colder, tropical fruits are noticable but very faint. Some soy sauce detectable as well.

T- Alcohol. Coffee. Chocolate (bitter cooking chocolate).

M- Heavy, thick...a meal in a glass.

O- Great example of an IRS. Heavy, alcoholic, black as night, delicous! A must try for any stout lover.

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

Mmmm...Had this about a year ago and really enjoyed it, so wanted to try it again.

Bottom of can: "Batch #4 brewed 12-22-0?" - couldn't read the last digit but must assume it's an 09. Also says "The Great Dark Curse."

A) Pitch black, 1 finger of dark brown foamy head that lasted a few minutes before settling into a ring.

S) I was surprised at how much the dark fruit smell stood out (grapes, prunes). Also plenty of roasted malt presence, burnt sugar, coffee.

T) Like the smell - again heavy on the dark fruits, coffee, roasty, malty, nutty, some alcohol taste and definite warmth.

D) Overall, excellent. At 9.5% ABV it is way too easy to drink several. For some reason I seem to recall this being more coffee tasting and less fruit tasting when I had this before. Which is what I would like. However, this was still a definite pleasurable RIS.

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Photo of gr0g
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can dated "09-24-12." Viscous and black, looking like a proper Imperial stout. One-finger head and no lacing. Mocha at the forefront on the nose, with alcohol not too far behind. Sniff harder to try and find more complexity, but more of a solvent-like note comes out. Some nice roasty, dark chocolate notes are there, but they get squashed.

Creamy texture with a restrained sweetness upfront. The silky mouthfeel is noticeable and appreciated. Dark roasted malts evoke the flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, and a hint of raisin-like fruit. Slight hop bitterness, more of a roast astringency. The alcohol is more well-hidden than on the nose but still present. Good balance with all the right flavor notes for a big stout.

Ten Fidy is a very good Imperial stout, but the fuel note on the aroma and the high price tag are major negatives. There are better alternatives at better price points.

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

Got this on trade as an extra from a gracious trader.

A- Pours as black as night, very opaque black, looks like dirty motor oil, Thin dark brown head. As I swirl it around the glass it leaves a oily brown color around the glass for a few second...BEAUTIFUL beer

S- Not very impressed with the smell at first, it had alot going on, I smelled some soy sauce right away. Maybe some chocolate and caramel going on but not much. As it gets warmer the smell really comes out IMO I get alot more chocolate and caramel comes out

T- Taste so much better than it smells, big chocolate taste. Awesome RIS!!

M- Not as thick as I was expecting but very good. The longer it sets the thicker it gets

D- Not a session but very drinkable.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/07/2013.

A - So this beer is actually black. And I like that. You don't have to mince your words trying to find an adjective for almost-black-but-actually-very-deep-dark-brown. Lacing does not hang around too long, leaving a cauldron of menacing black liquid in my snifter which is awesome.

S - For the first time ever I got a really heavy dose of that soy sauce odour which people talk about. Not a huge fan to be honest.

T - Almost getting a little bit of a sweet bourbon flavour which is cool as this isn't BBA. Burned treacle, soy sauce again. Not much smoke or peat. Moderate earth and mid-roasted malt. A little booze heat which has a warming effect. Pleasant but not mind-blowing.

M - A definite strong point. Pleasingly viscous. Nice and thick and faint carbonation.

O - Good to finally try the widely lauded Ten Fidy. I'd like to try a fresher batch which hopefully won't be as soy saucy. I'll try this again but in my book Narwhal still reigns supreme amongst shelf imperial stouts.

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

A - poured jet black from the can, nice coffee colored head when poured aggressively

S - dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, maybe a trace of nutmeg, tinge of black coffee

TM - sweetly malt bomb in the beginning and a nice bitter hoppy finish- Mouth feel has good carbonation and the alcohol warms on the way down finish is more hop bitter than roasted malts but both are still prevalent in the aftertaste., chocolate mentioned in smell not tasted at all. Almost silky body.

D- good beer balanced but leaves me feeling more like I had an IPA then a stout, good balance 10%ABV is hard to taste but would definitely catch up to you.

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

As black as beer can get, with a nice head that looks like a chocolate milkshake and reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

It smells of alcohol, molasses, coffee, chocolate and unidentifible sweet things.

The taste is big, too. Sweet flavors of molasses, chocolate and toffee mix with coffee and other roasted flavors and finish with a note of solvent alcohol.

The body is glassy and slick, of course.

A very fine Russian Imperial Stout, but I'd recommend Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout over this because it's a bit better and cheaper.

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

jet black with a coffee with cream colored head that holds very well and leaves some serious lace. i was expecting the mother of all noses after reading some of the other reviews, but i was a little let down to find that the nose was a little subdued. georgeous, nonetheless, it exhibits some smoky malt scent as well as some caramel and sweetened creamy coffee. to me, the taste was a fairly complex mix of smoky caramelly malt followed by a sharp espresso like finish with some super bittersweet dark chocolate and maybe some fruit in the middle, as well as some earthiness for good measure. nice medium-full mouthfeel, although i was hoping for full-full. i had no problem knocking a few back, and i still feel like a few more, but i took some points off the drinkability because i know that high abv and seriously bitter/coffee bitter/smoky/roasty doesn't appeal to most. by far the best ris i've ever had from a can, and definitely a great stout.

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

Finally had a chance to try this beer. Ordered a can while at Sunset this past Saturday. Poured into a tulip glass. First thing you notice is that it comes out of the can like motor oil. Probably the thickest beer I have ever seen. Dark black body, with a large brown head. Smelled like roasted coffee beans. More coffee in the flavor, mingled with chocolate and malt. A perfect example of an RIS. Even at 10% abv, it still seemed smooth enough to drink a few. Maybe it's a good thing it only comes in 4 packs. Definitely has earned it's reputation as a worth stout and a must-try.

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

Canned 10/27/2009 "Come to the Dark Side"
Also labeled 9.5% ABV

A: Motor Oil. Thin pour, dirty brown edges. Almost seems to glow. Little head, quickly retreats for the glass.

S: Booze, thick sweetness, chocolate, dates, an element akin to a boozier smelling BSDA, beer bread

T: Clean, mild chocolate. Less booze here vs. the nose. The taste ride is very short and "sweet". No hops, finishes with a mild residue of something like maple syrup and cereal that puckers the tongue slightly. Rich sweetness throughout. Very interesting and very good.

M: Thin and smooth. Very even. Very low carbonation, which contributes to the silkiness. Tiny bit cloying.

O: Very interesting vintage stout. Admittedly this is my 1st TenFidy. However, I'm now motivated to anny up the $17.99/4pack.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours straight, thick black with a thin layer of dark brown soda like head that quickly recedes to a thin layer around the rim of the glass, check that, it has now receded to an almost non-existent single line of bubbles most of the way around the glass. The aroma is tons of strong roasted malts and a hint of alcohol. Not a lot of nuance but pleasant. Taste is more of the same, pretty straightforward, lots of roasted, chocolately malt with a touch of acridness and a good dose of warming alcohol that manages to avoid being harsh. Carbonation is medium-low which gives a good smooth and full mouthfeel. Overall this is a super nice, very accessible RIS, it lacks some of the complexity of its more specialized brethren but it does not disappoint.

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Photo of hophugger
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. Pours like motor oil(good luck trying to see anything through it. Head is light coffee colored with tons of agitated bubbles and tremendous lacing. Aroma is rather light with malt tones, roast coffee and chocolate cake. Taste is very creamy with some sweetness, roasted coffee(espresso) and some toasted chocolate(just to the edge of burnt, but not). Overall, this beer is a mouthful and brings out lots of coffee, chocolate and a touch(ever so small ) amount of hop bitterness. This beer lingers on the palate, and U know what????. That's ok. Full bodied and the epitomy of an amazing imperial stout !!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Philly, PA

Pours and oily, pitch black, with a finger of dense brown head that laces nicely. Smell of coffee, ash, and licorice. Taste of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, licorice and molasses, with a rummy alcohol kick. Bitterness from the coffee notes lasts into the aftertaste. Full body and good drinkability. Very good stout.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,533 ratings.
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