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

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- First thing I notice upon popping the tab, this beer is filled to capacity. The deep brown liquid spewed forth and stained my carpet, provoking me to cuss and say some things I shouldn't have said. I grab the Spot Shot and take care of business before the wife gets home.

Now the pour...

Holy GOD! This beer pours blacker than any liquid I've ever seen come from a bottle or can. It's literally *jet* black, supporting a two finger crown the color of cocoa powder. It settles over time, and laces mildly.

Smell- If hops came in a chocolate scent, I mean really fresh, wet West Coast hops, then this would be the benchmark beer. It's loaded with aromas of coffeebeans, chocolate, hops, and what seems like spearmint. Outrageous.

Taste- A big, roasted malt profile plays along with the terrific hop character that begins right at the outset and last well after the swallow. The concentrated presentation is supremely balanced, a meal in itself.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Chewy and active, just enough to engage the palate and demonstrate the effectivenes of this beer's overall bigness. Slick and mouthfilling, this will literally stain your teeth brown. Alcohol is completely hidden beneath the hops, a real winner for the style.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oskar blues hits another one out of the park. I am a stout guy and this one does not disappoint. Pours black with a nice foamy head. Excellent flavor all way through. Nice ending. Highly recommend

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance wise this beer is a black hole. Light goes in and doesn't come out. Big dark brown head settles to a cap and laces nicely. Smell is of roasted grain, dark chocolate, espresso, toffee, oak, and some smokey charred earthiness. Taste is amazing, so complex. Big wave of sweet and bitter chocolate, toasted grain, smoke, anise, espresso in the finish and that lingers with an oaky earthy edge. Creamy and thick as can be, leaves the palate coated. This is just an amazing stout all the way through. I enjoyed this one aged exactly one year to the day. Canned 9/19/13 and drank 9/19/14. Still one of my favorite beers of all time and a pricey indulgence I'll spend my money on from time to time.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger deep tan/milk chocolate head. Very nice retention. Body is jet black with no light getting through.

S: earthy hops, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate. abundance of aromas.

T: strong coffee, espresso notes. The sweetness backs off in the flavor which is ok with me. roasted malts and coffee bitterness are the backbone of this one.

M: full body and moderate carbonation. smooth.

Overall: Very complex aroma with a beautiful appearance. This is an excellent Russian imperial stout.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz. can into a snifter.

This amazing brew purs a deep, inky and oily black with about a one-finger head that fades into some lingering foam around the egde. Only a bit of spotty lacing.

The aroma is roasty malt -- the darkest of dark chocolate, roast coffee, rich black tea. There are also notes of dark dried fruit .

The taste is an assault on the tongue. Intense. Chocolate, a bit of sweet toffee and raising and then big, bitter dark chocolate. The lingering, drying bitter note on the tongue has hints of more chocolate and roast coffee and malty Assam tea.

The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky with a bit of carbonation as well.

Overall, just wow. This beer does not disappoint. One of the best stouts I've tasted.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love pouring this 5w30 into a drinking glass.

Lovely black/drkkk brown with creamy frothing head.

Loads of malts ie. malted milk balls, dark cocoa and hop presence.
Tastes like i just ate a box of Whoppers.

10% abv and a nicely hidden 98 IBU complete this as a winner. I love hops and Whoppers and I'm glad i pulled the trigger on this one. 4 pk apx $15 could make this an every now and then. Some say way to hyped, but I'm sassified . Will purchase again.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, oily black out of the can. Big dark tan head hangs on for a while, light film on top of the deep black body till the close.

Smells awesome, really get the chocolate notes on top of the roasted malts. Hits the mouth just as thick as it looks. Medium carbonation opens up and it has a really nice feel. Massive bitterness is well blended into the stout, step for step with the sweeter flavors before taking control at the finish.

Overall, this is one of the best RISs I've had. I was apprehensive because of the can and whatever, but the hype is real. For comparison, I just finished an Old Rasputin - which I really like - and it was beyond obvious that the Ten FIDY was the superior beer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can (canned on 10-15-12 @ 9:15 Peanuts Envy) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black and lets no light through at all when held up to the light. Dense and thick dark tan head at first, slowly died down to a thick ring at the edge and thin skin across the top. Sheets and strands of persistent lacing. A great looking Russian Imperial Stout.

Smell: Rich roasty smell with mild alcohol notes, bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruity esters (a hint of raisin).

Taste: Rich bittersweet chocolate, smooth roasted malt, a pleasant sweetness through it all. It's just a hair on the sweet side of things, but perfectly balanced with roasted malt bitterness and some black coffee-like bitterness at the end. Simple, but very very tasty and well done.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, thick, and smooth. Just right carbonation on the tongue at the end.

Overall / Drinkability: What an amazingly rich stout! I can see why people rave about this one. A slow sipper on a cool fall night (and would be good this winter, good thing that I bought a 4 pack) and I think would be great with food. I had it with a banana butterscotch muffin at the end and it paired pretty well. Definitely a one at a time beer - the ABV is notable pretty quickly on after starting to drink this one. It warms you up. I can't say I want another one right away....and yet....I wouldn't mind if I didn't have to go to work in the morning. One does sate though. Overall I'm very impressed with this beer from start to finish and I will definitely have to hunt this one down again when its in the area.

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Photo of mntlover
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark black hole black no light anywhere near this baby, hell the heads darker then some stouts out there. Head is nice thumb sized Hersey chocolate color, it falls to a ring that leaves some lace down my snifter.

Aroma is loads of rich dark malts almost smells full bodied. Chocolate unsweetened bakers chocolate, lots of coffee dark fruits smokey notes.

Taste is wow rich thick roasted malts, coffee, chocolate lots of piny hop flavors that linger through to the finish. This is one hoppy stout but doesn't seem over done as lots of roasted malt goodness to back it up. Some smoke notes along with chewy dates and tobacco leafs.

Mouthfeel is big pours like motor oil tastes like motor oil thick nice body full of goodness. Carbonation is smooth nice and mellow enough to go unnoticed just the way i like it.

Drinkability is great in i would love to have a case of this but at 10% couldn't have many at a time though, even though my taste buds are yelling for more. Many thanks to merlin48 for letting me have this little gem to take home with me, the best IRS in a can no doubt but no slouch among the bottle versions either. If you haven't tried this what the hell you waiting for.

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Photo of Bob_Horne
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nicely balanced. Dark with a creamy head and a very smooth mouthfeel. Strong coffee, chocolate and Carmel notes. Surprisingly smooth. If you like stouts, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz. can poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pardon my language, but HOLY SHIT this beer is DARK. There's no color, no light shining through during the iPhone flashlight test, and absolutely no highlights either. What. The. Hell. This brew is scary! A moderately vigorous pour results in a monstrous light brown head that's dense and creamy and takes ages to deflate. Leaves tons of lacing in its wake.

S: Delectably rich semi-sweet chocolate syrup and roasted malts up front create a boisterous and powerful aroma. A little bit of roasted coffee and Earthy hops come through as well. One of the most delightful aromas I've experienced.

T: This is unbelievable... These flavors are off the charts. HUGE waves of rich, decadent chocolate. Those Earthy hops creep in that add just enough bitterness to offset the chocolatey sweetness. The middle offers a few molasses-like notes, but primarily consist of the initial chocolate hop medley. It's all beginning to feel a little too sweet, but then... the finish offers a wonderful deviation from the candied bliss and transitions to an absolutely phenomenal freshly-ground roasted coffee. Bliss. Pure Bliss.

M: The body is full, and it might actually be more accurate to describe it as huge. The closest thing to a flaw I can find here is that it's not as creamy and rich as I had hoped and the carbonation is just a hair above my comfort level in a RIS, but even still, I can't drop it below "outstanding." Oskar Blues just knows what they're doing.

O: I'm having a hard time processing my thoughts into words right now... I've always held Stone's offering of this style in the highest regard, but I think it has been replaced. I don't know what the folks down at Oskar Blues are doing, but they're doing it right. Every aspect of this brew is so powerful and each flavor is so intense that it borders unbearable, but then it transitions into something new and it just all adds up to a divine experience. I'm simply in awe right now, and slightly sad that I've taken the last sip whilst typing my conclusion... If you haven't had this yet, stop what you're doing right now and buy it.

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Photo of kindacold
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My cousin did it again. Along with the Gordon's he put in his kegerator, he also put this in.

Looks black like the bowels of hell it came from...in a good way.

Smells like heaven in a glass. Malty and sweet smelling.

Tastes like dark chocolate mixed with coffee and a touch of hops in the background.

Thick and magnificent. A few of these and you've had a meal.

I had a few of these, and was full, but very, very content.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: exceptional. Dark, with a thick dark caramel head that sticks around for a while. Beautiful.

Smell: Not picking up much aroma, but this is my weak area. Mostly malts.

Taste: Delicious! That's about all I can say.

Feel: Excellent mouth feel. Really bold, yet smooth and creamy.

Overall: Very good impression. Wasn't sure why it costed so much, but it has delivered. Very good stout! Recommended.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. A nice brown head forms and then fades into a ring around the top. Incredibly thick looking. I'm contemplating grabbing out a fork.

Smells nice and roasty. Some coffee notes, and slight dark chocolate. Smells is good but rather subdued compared to...

The taste. Oh Lord! This thing is thick and delicious. Lots of rich roasted characters. Very bitter, exactly how I like my RIS. Coffee, chocolate, and a decent hop profile. Low carbonation and very full body. There's also something mesmerizing about watching a thick stout pour from a can.

Ten Fidy is one of the best stouts out there, and not too difficult to find. It's a bit pricey at about $15 for a 4 pack, but this one is worth shelling out the money when I want something special. A+ Will drink again.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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