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 Brenden
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Given the name, I was really hoping this beer would live up to it, and it really does. Black as tar and almost as thick, this is one RIS that it's easy to tell will deliver. Definite motor-oil viscosity and heaviness means this will be the style as it was meant to be delivered. The medium brown head rises to a finger's height and slowly settles to an eventual half-finger and no further. Patching sticks thickly to the glass and with good distribution.
Big roast, really big, and a touch of char hit the nostrils with a rich, chocolaty sweetness to counter it. There's no tang or astringency in the roast, either, the hallmark of a good RIS and difficult to pull off. Some coffee notes are present and a nice bit of hops just for balance, impressively curbed to let malts rule but still as huge as most DIPAs out there, just so much more packed into the aroma than seems possible. There's a touch of fruity sweetness on the end that seems to be from the alcohol, which is well masked otherwise.
Coffee comes up first with lots of roast, a certain creaminess, and some wood. Dark fruits flash in the middle before it turns back to wood, staying with the roast into a lingering finish. Cocoa is bittersweet, and the hops presence is noted in a particular leafiness. Alcohol is really very well controlled. Smoke also comes into the finish.
Thick and very, very rich, with smoothness that develops in layers but remains constantly creamy. While smoky, woody notes dry it out a little, malts and sweetness keep it semi-dry and a real pleasure to sip. With no indicator of the high alcohol, it would be easy for one to think he or she could drink more of these in a sitting than he or she should.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oscar Blues- Ten FIDY

A- Thick viscous black with a huge frothy mocha head. Heavy lacing with a solid head.
S- Let this 1 warm up a bit to realy catch the aromas, huge bitter sweet chocolate, dark roast coffee beans and pine hops.
T- Thick gooey fudge chocolate cake with icing and a double shot of dark roast espresso with a shot of vanilla and a heaping of whipped cream!
M- Potent alcohol detected immediately and throughout but big rich flavors, sweet and creamy body dominate. Finishes off sweet and candy-like.

Overall- 1 of the best beers you'll ever have from the can, and 1 of the best RIS out there! A few of these smuggled in your backback on an overnighter would make the end of a long hike even more enjoyable!

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Photo of screamking
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz can poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours dark black. With a thick dark brown head that slowly disappears. Tons of lacing. 4.75

Aroma-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, licorice, some mix dark fruits. 4.25

Taste-chocolate up front and center, coffee is there too but not as powerful as smell would indicate, toffee, buttercream, hint of plum at the end. 4.75

Feel-lighter then expected, coats palate but doesn't stick, alcohol is barely there. 4.5

Overall-first things first, for 4 beers your looking at spending 14 bucks. A little math and that comes too $3.50 a can. It's a little pricey. Okay with that out of the way, with this beer you get one of the smoothest imperial stouts you will drink. You will also get one of the best can beers available as well. If there is ever a session RIS this is it. So if you don't mind the price this has Saturday night written all over it. 4.75

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Photo of NHBeerSnob
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IS's I've ever had. There are far more than enough reviews of this beer that represent the overall style. Well done, as *nearly* always, Oskar Blues.

Expensive at $14.99/4 can in a very tax free inexpesive state. HOWEVER, I drank four of these over 10 hours - and have rarely been as impressed - perhaps Founders, and so on...there are 3-4 other fine and readily-available Imperials, but this batch (11/16) was quite impressive.

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Photo of EGledhill
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can poured into snifter glass

A.jet black with two finger creamy head that leaves a nice lacing

S. nothing really jumps out at you, coffee, chocolate, and mild fruits

T. Phenomenal tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee and caramel throughout with a mild alcohol burn but very easy on the palate

M. thick, creamy delicious mouthfeel

D. Masks the alcohol with the best of them... never would think that you're drinking a 10%er

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Photo of BeernerdJeff
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am blown away by this imperial stout! One of the best I have had in a long time. Had heard great things about this one, was not disappointed.

A: Oily black with a thin, tan head. Great lacing.
S: Coffee, toffee and a hint of vanilla.
T: Coffee, chocolate up front with vanilla coming through - delicious. Complex flavors, yet very balanced. The flavors are bold, as one would expect from a good imperial stout. It finishes with a slight toffee flavor which is very nice-not over done.
MF: very creamy and smooth.
O: Unbelievably good! Don't let the fact that this beer is in a can scare you away. It is amazing. Though the price of the four pack is a bit high, it is worth every penny.

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Photo of erikshewmaker
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can that was cellared for a year, poured into a snifter.

A- black with a medium expresso colored head
S- vanilla, coffee, malty notes
T- flavors that mirror the nose, with a slight molasses finish
M- very lively in the mouth with medium carbonation. The taste continues to evolve in your mouth and has a great lingering finish
D- This is so good that it is hard to save the time to savor each sip. The high ABV doesn't appear in the taste as an alcohol burn.
O- One of my favorite beers, period. This is what I look forward to after a long day! I have never been disappointed by anything from Oscar Blues.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can obtained in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2011 vintage, poured into my *** snifter glass, drank 9/29/13 over an hour. big alcohol legs as expected at 10.5% ABV

A: 3/3 - pitch black, no clarity, poured with a creamy mahogany head that settled into a subtle glass lacing with some froth on top. moderate carbonation (impressive for 10.5% ABV!)

S: 10/12 - milk chocolate, coffee and alcohol notes predominate for me

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a mild-to-moderate bitterness supplied by the chocolate and roasted malts; in the middle of the mouth, it's mostly creamy malt complexity with some residual alcohol (but much less than the 10.5% ABV advertisement); surprisingly, little-to-no aftertaste inviting sip after sip

M: 4/5 - incredibly creamy mouthfeel, especially impressive in the context of moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - one of the top 5 American imperial stouts for me, which never fails to impress and live up to others with more hype; if this beer was rarer like Dark Lord, Darkness or Marshal Zhukov, it would be as highly fetishized; although expensive (~$15/four pack in the greater Washington D.C.); it's definitely worth at least a four pack every year with at least two for immediate drinking and two for aging; this two year vintage has only improved and will likely continue to improve with age --> highly recommended even if cost prohibitive!

TOTAL = 44/50

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Every time I have this beer, I love it more.
L - black with dark brown, super thick, foamy head. Perfect.
A - sweet chocolate, coffee, booze other greatness
T - delicious chocolate, booze, toasted malt
O - thick, rich, a little sweet, delicious

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Photo of medic25
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the can into a snifter. The first thing I notice is the total blackness of this beer. It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.
Aroma is a sweet malty chocolate. The taste is a fantastic balance if malt and hop, with great hints of coffee, fruit, and burnt malt. Very little carbonation (almost silent when I popped the tab), this is a thick, syrupy delicious meal of a beer. A little pricey, but this would make a fantastic treat of a beer on a cold night.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a snifter glass.

L - Pitch black like motor oil (hence the name) with a nice thick light brown head that stuck around. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Getting some dark fruits but kinda lacking in this depatment.

T - Dark fruits with a nice little alcohol kick.

F - Super creamy and thick, really seems to coat the inside of your mouth.

O - A really great, super accessible Imperial Stout.

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Photo of lic217
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Perfect, Black, dark brown head that lasts, lacing, perfect looking beer
Smell: Roasted Malt
Taste: Burn, roasted malt flavor so, burn sugar, coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet in middle, bitter at end
Feel: Maybe a bit thin for the ABV, but cream, smooth and delicous.
Overall: Really nice. A Roasty malt bomb.

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Photo of krustster
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick black with a preposterously huge, sticky, super-persistent dark brown head. When I say a huge head, I mean I poured this into a giant snifter and the head almost reached the top (when usually there's a few inches of space even on the foamiest brews). After a minute it faded to a manageable level that looks incredibly creamy and thick. The lacing is so thick and heavy that it actually seems to be drying in place on the glass like paint. People always describe imperial stouts as being "like used motor oil" but this may very well be the most apt example of that term that I've seen. No light shines through, even at the very edges, and it slops around like a glass of wood varnish. Incredible density and viscosity.

Smell is actually a little odd and not as exciting as the look. I get a large serving of fresh, almost vegetal coffee, with a bit of "roast" and not a whole lot else. It's kind of odd that there's such a coffee smell; as far as I know this doesn't actually have any coffee in it. Maybe a trace of alcohol in the nose but it's almost all coffee to me.

Taste: uuaauuhh god man. Weirdly, this beer tastes more like how it looks than how it smells, if that makes sense. There's a touch of coffee in the taste, but the appearance, to me, hinted at a sweeter and more roasted flavor. That's what comes through here. It's not quite as sweet as Mystery Stout but there's a huge sweetness almost like molasses. Following that is a blast of roasted malt tapes, massive dark chocolate, really almost milk chocolate considering how low the bitterness is, and that hard-to-quantify "flaked oat" taste backing it up. The finish is lengthy and thick with coffee. It's easy to see why this is considered a classic of the style. The variety of flavors is standard, but each one stands out and they almost come in stages: first molasses, then malt, then chocolate, then black coffee. Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention over the years, but this is the first beer where I've actually noticed a distinct progression of flavors, one after the other. The finish goes on for ages. Even as I'm writing this sentence, it's been minutes since my last sip and I'm still noticing new elements as it fades. Amazing!

Mouth feel: oily, syrupy, coats your mouth and throat almost like pepto-bismol (though the taste is far different). Incredibly viscous. It actually leaves a feeling in my mouth and throat like--and I know this is going to sound gross but I mean it in a positive way--drinking whole milk and/or having a bad cold. It just leaves that thick, borderline disturbing mucus-y feeling in the back of your throat. Maybe I'm out of line, but I love it in the right context. And of course, the right context is drinking a massive, oily beer. Finally, there's just a hint of alcohol burn that seals the deal perfectly. It never overstays its welcome, but you also never forget that you're blasting a 10.5% imperial stout. It's a beer to be respected.

Overall, the number of reviews and overall score for this beer should tell you all you need to know. It took me a long time to get around to it, mainly because it's not available where I live (I ordered it online in accordance with a free shipping deal) but now that I have it, I feel like one of the missing puzzle pieces in my life has fallen into place. This is an absolute benchmark of the style. The flavors and textures are so powerful, so in-your-face, yet so expertly layered... it's near perfect. If a bourbon barreled version of this exists... its power... I don't even want to think about it.

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Photo of DoctorD
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love stouts but I'm ashamed to say that I put off trying Ten FIDY for a long time while I worked through many other stouts because I was afraid they might pale in comparison. Now I'm disappointed that I waited so long, this one is worth the extra effort to obtain. Pours a beautiful, thick khaki colored head that dissipated quickly. Smells sweet and malty, and the taste matches this - a balanced beer that is creamy with amazingly smooth feel. The alcohol kicks in at the finish with just a touch of bitterness, but it isn't a burner like many other RIS I have tried. This is the top of the line for non-flavored, non-barrel-aged stouts and every stout enthusiast should try this as a benchmark.

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Photo of BiaSongThan
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10-01-14 can. Black with two fingers of coffee colored head. Not bad for a year old! Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, leather, tobacco taste follows the nose with some dark cocoa, smoke, and a strong charred bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick, with light carbonation that adds creaminess. Overall it's an excellent RIS among the best in style, but the roasty bitter finish is a tad too prominent to make it a favorite (founders IS still the top)

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’m a little bit confused here... Can it be any better than this? I doubt that!

Pitch black beer with a creamy, brownbeige, head.

Nose: Licorice, coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla ice cream, earthy hops, caramel and dark chocolate.
Taste: reamy, soft taste. Licorice, espresso, fudge, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffebeans and sweet brown sugar.
Full body and light carbonation.

An awesome beer!

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Photo of Weisseguy1
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Poured form can dated 8/29/13 into glass. My first thought was that I had received a can full of malt extract. Looked like oil, viscous and thick.
S. grainy smell with earth and bread
T. Tastes of chocolate and roasted grain. 10% ABV hides away, until your done.
M. Full body brew, oily but complimented with a few bublles.
O. Amazing brew. I had it with food, I felt like a King. A little pricey though, 15 bucks. But worth the money. I would consider this one of the best stouts I have ever had. If your are hesitant to shell out the cash for this brew. Just remember you pay more at the pub for four beers that will never be of this quality. Respect the beer.

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Photo of Moheban
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells great, lots of chocolate, coffee and toasty notes. Taste follows the nose. Pure deliciousness. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Can't believe something this good comes in a can and is widely available to me. One of my new favorite easily available stouts.

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Photo of Tilly
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a super dark brown colour with a redish tan thick frothy head.
Aromas of chocolate, toffee and coffee. Very unique.
Tastes don't fall far from the aroma with a sweetness to it.
Mouth feel is slightly syrupy with just the right amount of bitterness.
Excellent product from Oskar Blue.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours completely black with a dark brown head complete with big bubbles. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on an oily film and a thin ring around the glass. There's not very much lacing.

Smells very good. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee with mild roasted malt aromas.

Tastes even better than it smells. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt up front, followed by molasses and ending with a coffee bitterness. No hint of the alcohol except for the warming.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Very thick with subtle carbonation that goes down incredibly smooth. It's like drinking a milkshake.

Drinkability is great. Everything about this beer makes me want to drink more.

Overall this is even better on-tap than it is from the can. Now if I can only find it on cask.

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Photo of adrock7309
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the can into a Chimay goblet. One half inch of dark roasty head. Plenty of chocolate maltiness coming off the nose. Sweetness and dark chocolate filled my mouth on the first sip and the alcohol was there but not in your face. really impressed - this was purchased a year ago and has aged gracefully.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass:

Appearance: Jet-black with a big, fluffy, mocha-colored head. Really solid retention and a clearly viscous body that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Somehow get lots of oakiness, but it's not BA, which is........confusing and awesome. Other than that, lots of chocolate, toffee and maltiness. Caramel and molasses too on the end.

Taste: Still get the bourbon barrely type taste at the front, which is amazing. Did they use oak staves in the brew? After that, lots of viscous mocha flavor and malty sweetness. So delicious and decadent!!

Feel: Thick and sticky, with a heavy body that lingers on the palate for plenty of time. The perfect dessert beer. Rich and heavy.

Overall: Can't believe I never picked one of these up before. One of the best non-BA stouts I've had, and for the ease of acquisition, one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of EMH73
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a thick, creamy beige head that is well retained. Smells and tastes of espresso and chocolate. This is what a Russian Imperial Stout should be. Can't wait to find it again.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into a Guinness branded mug

A - I must say, it is a cool looking can; beer poured with a beautiful jet black, oily, viscous body; forms a nice one finger dark tan colored head; holds relatively well; looks thick and full of dark stout power;

S - Roasted malt scents come up very quickly the moment the can pops open; well balanced blend of traditional dark roasted malt scents including dark chocolate and dark fruits; malt notes are very, very smooth; hint of grass or pine in there too; hop citrus aroma sneaks up a bit as it warms up; heavy licorice smell too; touch of sweet brown sugar; coffee

T - Very, very chocolaty and creamy; milk chocolate; lactose; sweet; dark fruit, like figs; can't help but pick up some other roasted malt tastes, like nuts and caramel; hint of grass or pine from the hops; espresso, coffee

M - Very creamy flavor feel; stays on the tongue for a very long time; leaves behind a nice coating of chocolate; bitter hop aftertaste mixed with a roasted malt and chocolate taste; great balance of traditional RIS flavors

D - This is a fantastic beer; you need to try this if you're an RIS fan; A in every category; very easy to drink and smooth; makes an awesome dessert

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured like freakin well-used motor oil. I mean BLACK! There's no light getting through this one anywhere. Smallish head, but its one of the darkest I've seen; even darker than Mackeson XXX. Lacing is wet, sloppy and spotty all over the glass.
Smells amazing. Like espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Same holds true for the flavor. High ABV is barely perceptible to the tongue. Bittering hops show in the long finish after the sweetness has faded and the alcohol warming kicks in. Goes powdery dry at the very end with a definite black coffee characteristic.
Mouthfeel is heavy and full, thick and creamy. Very little carbonation, but very little is needed. The body of this beer holds up on its own.
Delicious! On par with Old Rasputin and Brooklyn BCS. I couldn't say which of the three I like best.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.33 out of 5 based on 9,738 ratings.
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