Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

9,911 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Photo of kwm5067
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urbancaver
4.16/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of NCMeanGreen
4.16/5  rDev -5%

Photo of brian44556
4.16/5  rDev -5%
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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4.16/5  rDev -5%

Photo of impending
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
4.16/5  rDev -5%

Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with three fingers of mocha-colored head that are slow to rise, like a beer on nitro. The head lasts a while before blanketing the glass with sheets of lacing.

Big nose of chocolate, roasted malts, earthy tea-like hops and a little plum.

Similar flavors in the taste, but they come on in waves: first chocolate, then some hop bitterness, then roasted malts, a little nuttiness and a nice touch of alcohol. Quite artfully done.

Medium to heavy bodied, a bit slick, with heavy carbonation cutting through. This is a great beer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black in color with a 2 finger creamy mocha head produced. Lots of lacing clinging to the glass.

Aroma- Intense aromas that can be smelled from a foot or two away. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some dark cherry fruitiness in there as well.

Taste- Front of palate there is bitter roasted malts and dark chocolate malt that completely coats the mouth. Towards the middle some of the dark fruit shows up adding a nice compliment to previous dark and bitter flavors. Dark fruit and dark chocolate follow into the finish that is creamy and bitter. Very little al

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, and a somewhat dry finish.

Overall- Definitely one of the best and unique imperial stouts out there. Really couldn't offer another example that mimics this flavor profile and quality in which it uses these flavors. Only thing keeping this from being a higher score for me is the huge emphasis on the roasted malt and the bitterness (almost smokey) it adds. I enjoy that aspect, but I don't love it and there isn't something else really balancing that out. Overall though, this is must have beer and its worth the somewhat steep price tag.

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Photo of esmithvt
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of dewalt
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is massively dark and murky. It pours inky black, with a thin, caramel colored head. The brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of maple syrup. It tastes very malty, like a boozy malted milkshake, thick and creamy and chocolatey with a bit of bitter aftertaste. Most Russian Imperial Stouts like this one are quite strong, and while Ten FIDY does come in at about 10% alcohol, it's not quite as intense as I expected -- it's quite drinkable and perfect for a cold winter night.

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4.16/5  rDev -5%

Photo of informaticsDoc
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

pours a purple black color with a thick brown head. okay retention
smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, possibly some stone fruits.
tastes like black coffee,
bitterness is well balanced, very robust, a little viscous, smooth, chewy/sticky, flavor lingers for a while

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Photo of KT123
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leschkie
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can courtesy of rmalinowski4. Thanks Rich for this little treat! Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a viscous and opaque mocha with a very thin 1/4 inch cocoa-colored head that completely dissipated before I was even able to finish pouring the contents into my glass. No lacing whatsoever and zero light transmission through this monster. The long-lost cousin to motor oil, that’s for damn sure.

Smell: Lovely aromas coming from this one. Mixture of Dark and milk chocolate, roasted black coffee, vanilla, and molasses. Flavor profile is well-balanced and in full force from start to finish.

Taste: Delicious! Intense chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and molasses from the moment this beer touches my tongue. Bitterness from the coffee remains at the back of the throat after the swallow. I do wish the other flavors stuck around awhile longer than they did. Coffee gains in strength as this one warms.

Mouthfeel: As heavy as they come. Thick, chewy, and syrupy with essentially no carbination...as if it needed it anyway. Slight warming from the alcohol that also becomes exacerbated with increasing temperature.

Overall: Based on appearance and smell, I originally thought that I needed to set aside an hour or so to tackle this one, but it is actually very drinkable. Only downfall is the slight inconsistency in the flavor profile from start to finish. A superb example of the style. Damn, I wish I had more. Looks like I have a new ISO to post.

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Photo of Bieniek30
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of output01x
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can (Canned On 10/25/10) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a slow-forming 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that dissipates to a minute dusting and thin foam ring in just under a couple minutes. The body is a bold ebony with no traces of color when held to light. Thin lacing can be seen clinging to a good bit of the glass throughout consumption.

Dark malts give a strong, bold nose. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, toffee, and licorice. There is also both a smoky and slight alcohol quality to the nose.

Milk chocolate starts the taste with notes of sweet, dark fruit and brown sugar. Once swallowed, dark, bittersweet chocolate and black coffee flavors emerge. An overlying alcohol flavor is also noticeable throughout the entire taste but comes to rest in the back of the throat at the end.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is definitely a sipper. The body is full and robust, allowing your taste buds to experience every nuance this beer has to offer. The carbonation is only slightly noticeable, does not interfere with the flavors, and helps to keep this beer from becoming a syrupy mess. It coats your mouth well and is rather sticky but the mouthfeel is still smooth overall.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks drseamus.
Pitch black. Creamy almost intrusive mud colored head.

Smell was "dark" earthy. Lots of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Hints of smoke.

This is an outstanding beer. So many simply flavors creating a complex treat. It is thick...oily.

Exceptional beer experience.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerando
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleWatcher
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Blind BIF from nlmartin. Thanks buddy!
The beer was opened without any prior knowledge of brewer, style, or anything.

So I made myself some nice pizza for dinner and decided to pop the blind can to go with it.... I had asked nlmartin what glassware to use for the beers and was told the snifter would get me through most if them, but "use a glass for the can." with no modifier in front of the word "glass," I assumed "pint glass."

Anyway-- I pop the can. I immediately regretted it.
It opened with a *click* with no hiss of carbonation... As soon as I began to pour it, I understood why-- this is a stout. A monstrous, sludgey, thick, viscous, dark black stout.

Sunnuvabitch. This will not go well with my pizza. I love me some Ten-Fidy... But I was expecting a pale ale... Yes, I guessed right away that this was Ten-Fidy-- what other Imperial Stout is in a can? Awesome.

Dark tan head, minimal lacing, no head at all left after I'm halfway done. Still though, looks nice...
Smells of chocolate malt, toffee, some dark fruits, and a hint of black licorice.
The taste has a great sweetness up front and dries out with a light booziness that really works well. This is very tasty. The black licorice is minimal, and the dark fruits ride in with a small charred smokiness. Very very tasty.

The body is full and thick. Good creamy feel with the low carbonation.
Insanely tasty and easy drinking. Man, I need to ask my buddies to send me more of this...
A-4, S-4.5, T-4, M-4.5, D-4

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review additional.notes: I will not edit my original review, as it was one of my very first, and I think it needs to remain as-is, as a testament to changing perspectives. It's now several years later, nearing 1000 reviews of beer, and essentially my view on this beer hasn't changed much, although the numerical ratings I would choose would vary slightly.. I would bump the flavor by a quarter point, and lower the appearance by the same. Also, it's debatable whether I'd rate the overall a quarter point higher. Note that when I originally rated this, BA did not have quarter point ratings, only half. Otherwise, I will keep the same comments, and my rating data was not changed upon re-review. Also notable is that this re-review is from an aged can of 2012 vintage. Finally, I have begun to prefer pouring beers at fridge temps, and letting them warm and breathe to prime drinking temperature (which is slightly different for every beer, IMO).

Original review:

After much anticipation, I finally opened my first Ten Fidy. Poured at about 50 degrees, this imperial stout comes out looking like used diesel oil - black as black can get, a true black hole of a beer. Made a decent head that dissipated after some time into a film on top with lots of lacing on the glass.

It smelled of sweet roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and caramel. The rising smell of alcohol seems to accent the complex aromas nicely.

The taste is even more complex than the smell and is a bit overpowering, but on par with the style. Bitter roasted malts, molasses, honey, coffee, chocolate, a touch of dark fruits (raisins?), and notable alcohol taste.

Feels excellent, thick and almost a bit chewy, gliding down with a warming effect, perfect for the style.

Drinkability - it's highly flavorful but a bit overpowering as a stand alone, unless it was a one beer evening. Will drink again, but only one at a time. Would make an excellent black and tan.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 9,911 ratings
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