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.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY is an intensely strong stout: malty and bitter.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm tan head that lasts. 4.5

S: Grainy malt aroma mixed with maybe some slight smokiness. 3.5

T: Roasty malt with a sweet candy tang, blanced with bitter hops that resembles coffee somewhat. The aftertaste is smooth with a slightly bitter charcoal kick. 4

M: Silky and thick without being especially carbonated. 4.5

O: Nice, but after half a glass I'd had enough. 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into my glass. Date on bottom of can 11-21-08. Thanks to dmunroe for this.

A - Pours thick and dark as midnight. Coffee colored head that stuck around with lacing.

S - Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. (Slighty congested at time of consumption)

T - Taste is of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips. Just about no hops detected in this beer. Taste is very smooth and chocolaty. No alcohol burn or detection at all.

M - SMOOTH, THICK, RICH, and CREAMY. Nice Carbonation. Full bodied.

D - A nice solid RIS by Oskar Blues, another beer I wish I could get in Hawaii and have all the time. High abv is very will hidden, and could be dangerous if I had the other three cans.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a sinister looking thick black liquid from the can - looks thick and syrupy during the pour. Liquid is capped by a thick and frothy brown head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves lots of sticky lace.

Roasty aroma of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Faint hint of dark fruit and alcohol. Fairly straight-forward scents.

Flavor is similar to the aroma - big roasted character of dark roast coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. A little molasses and caramel are present as well. The roasted bitterness helps to balance the sweet malty flavors. Finishes with linger roast and a touch of alcohol (rum-raisin).

Wonderful mouthfeel. Full bodied, thick, smooth, and a little chewy. Not cloying or sticky, which was a little surprising. Perfect carbonation, which I am growing to expect from Oskar Blues.

Good drinkability, but defiantly a big sipper that's more of a nightcap. Lacking somewhat in complexity, but has great straight-forward flavors. Very nice.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black topped with a creamy, tan head. Even when held up to a lamp, not light gets through. Beautiful lacing remains behind at each sip.

Smell and taste have a roasted focus. Very thick mouthfeel. Sweet but well-balanced. Great all-around imperial stout.

A delicious meal in a can.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can. Pours a black color with a frothy brown head, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, and a touch of pine hops. Flavor is sweet dark chocolate, coffee, a bitter hoppy finish, and a touch of alcohol. Full bodied, creamy on the tounge and the coffee sticks with you for a while.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in shaker pint. Canned 12/18/09.

A: Pours a slick, oily, tar-like color. Has one of the darkest heads I've run across. Only a small head adorns this netherworldly brew, and it doesn't stick around long. It is slightly clingy and leaves some lace here and there. Very menacing appearance :)

S: Roasty with some solid char. Sweet dark fruits. Somewhat nutty. Also a faint astringency.

T: Rich and very chocolatey. Coffee is also present. Roasted flavors are very intense. Small dose of hops come through on the back end. Finishes with milk chocolate and a certain nuttiness. Just slightly boozy. Lots going on in this one.

M: Big and viscous. Slick and coating.

D: As good as can be expected. You won't get bored, that's for sure.

Oskar Blues has it figured out. Their entire lineup is class and the cans are just an added bonus. Ten FIDY is worth seeking out. If it were a one day brewery only release, this would be get a lot more credit.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, for a ten percent beer it has great drinkability. If it's in such short supply I've got to get back to the store from which I purchased it and purchase as much as they'll let me have. Yes I did like it. The pour at first gives no indication of the head that will first endear you to this interesting rendition of an imperial stout. The pour at first seems to produce no head to speak of with a pour so slow and with a viscosity to mirror that your heaviest of black gold (choose what weight of oil you will), in the end from the gathering of bubbles in the glass appears a thick medimum brown head (a good half inch in a conventional pint glass). The head allow for the perfect lace to form on the glass with each sip. The head does however disapate into a fine brown ring a each sip bring you closer to the bottom of the glass. The nose is of alcohol and deeply roasted grain. The taste is a wonderful roast and, chocolate flavor with an aftertaste who lingering roasted nutty flavor sits on the back of your tongue wishing for more. While I did detect a slight alcohol nose the drinkability is not impaired by the 10% ABV, yes that the scary part I could have turned this into a sessions beer very easily. Oh! Yea one after another. Yes it has the ability to make you forget that you are drinking a 10% ABV beer and visiting the far side of the moon. While some high gravity brews of late I've not found worth their weight in gold (and yes you will pay your weight in gold of this one). In my opinion this is by far the best yet from the little brewery from Lyons.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black. Thick and black with a half inch of creamy dark tan head. Decent but sparse lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, caramel, alcohol and a whiff of dark fruit (plum, maybe black cherry)

T - Front is luxurious dark chocolate and roasted coffee with some caramel and smoke in the middle with a bit of molasses like sweetness followed by a slightly burnt bitter and a wee bit of alcohol and bitter fruit in the back.

M - Very smooth, creamy and thick. Slight carbonation.

D - If it weren't for the high ABV I could have quite a few of these. As is anything more than two or three would be pushing it.

This is an outstanding beer from a brewery that has done nothing but impress me since I had my first Dale's Pale Ale.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kurtissellen and everetends for throwing this beer into a trade, this beer is about 8 months old

A: Wow, fantastic, this is what a big stout is supposed to look like inky black with a dark stained mocha wood foamy head that is rich and creamy.

S: The aroma isn't strong or long lasting but starts out with strong coffee aroma there is even a little bit of chocolate in the nose but this is all somewhat subdued and subtle

T: Very smooth and creamy. there is a roasted coffee bean taste that adds to a biting bitterness that doesn't linger on the tongue too significantly and then is backed by a malty burnt taste. the bitterness does overwhelm any particular sweetness the beer might have. this is very good

M/D: this is a very smooth delicious IRS its thicker and more potent than a lot of supposed stouts, but isn't overwhelming so very good.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. pitch black... Pours like motor oil. Sme dark brown head.

Smell- some roasted malts and coffee smells. Smells a bit boozy

Taste- coffee, roasted malts, a bit of bitterness from the roasted malts

Mouthfeel- very thick, almost syrupy but not sweet. A very clean and great feeling beer

Drinkability- i would never know it was 10.5 percent. Very drinkable

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a 4 pack of Ten Fidy while visiting Atlanta for the SEC Basketball Tournament.

Poured from 12oz can - canned 9-25-09.

Pour a beautiful, motor oil black. A great chocolate brown head forms and lasts for about a minute before crawling back into the rest of the beer. This beer has a great lacing on the sides with every drink. The smell is very complicated. I get a strong smell of chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and a strong alcohol smell. Strong taste of chocolate and alcohol. The 10.50% really shines, but that isn't such a bad thing. Mouthful is very good. Decent carbonation and very thick, just like a stout should be. Very good offering by Oskar Blues. Looking forward to drinking one more and then letting the other age for a bit to let the alcohol wear down.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 10,009 ratings