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Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BEER INFO

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 Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer shared with Dave Blanchard at the Brick Store Pub. On-tap aged for a year firken. Good mouthfeel and much lace and dark het black. Rich coffee and chocolate, roast and great bitterness in the background well balanced by the other tastes. Half worth the trip to Atlanta.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely thick black color with a 1 inch super dark khaki head that fades to an oily cap on the top of the beer. Chunky dark khaki streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Taste is of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa powder, dark fruits, and slight coffee on the finish. Very little bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and creamy. Probably one of the thickest beers I have ever had. Overall, this is an awesome RIS and my favorite beer from Oskar Blues.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a HUGE beer. pours muddy fudge black into a full pint glass (wow) with a dark brown head and inch high. smells really really strong, bittersweet coffee notes, and bread grains. taste is really bold, heavy dark roasted malts up front and a stiff bitterness on the back end, molasses and espresso in between. mouthfeel is great here, carbonated just enough, and really smooth for such a strong brew. overall a very impressive imperial stout, maybe the best ive had. got to be careful with these though, can get loose pretty quick with the abv. fresh at the brewery in lyons this was epic

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had seen an article about this beer in a magazine a few weeks before I saw some at my local shop. The magazine was really talking it up so I had to give it a try. This beer pours out as black as a moonless night in an abandand coal mine. The thick black liquid chugs it's way out of the can as a dark brown head forms on top. The smell of the beer is very roasted and has just a touch of dark berry and hop aroma mix with a ton of molasses. The taste of the beer is very rich, it's deeply roasted with a subtle sweetness up front that fades into a burnt bitterness in the end. The taste in the middle is kind of earthy. The mouthfeel is very thick indeed. Overall it's a really damn good Russian Imperial Stout. really worth looking into.

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Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger high dark and creamy mocha-colored head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of chicory and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite complex and has flavors of bittersweet chocolate, chicory, cocoa, roasted malts and smoke. There is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness from the initial taste through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and slightly dry on the palate with a light ot moderate amount of carbonation. It is not viscous or cloying. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer definitely tastes like it is strong, but nowhere near 10.5% because the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly the best Russian Imperial Stout ever poured from a can. For some reason I feel dirty just admitting that. The beer slowly crawls out of the can and carefully eases itself into the glass with a more-viscous-than-most appearance. Low on carbonation, but releases an firm yet terse foamstand that laced and retained quite well. The beer is as dark and opaque as they come. The motor oil comparison that others have used is a good descriptor. Bold aromas of roasted barley malt, espresso, cocoa beans, and sweet alcohols garner attention from the nose. The flavor profile is much the same, but with the major emphasis on the roasted malts and espresso notes that just dominate the beer. Light hoppiness goes largely unnoticed, as do the esters, phenols, and any other delicate yeast qualities. Not overly complex, they have given this stout very few jobs to accomplish, but to do so larger and bolder than anyone else. They've largely succeeded. The beer is heavy, thick, and nearly syrupy. The light carbonation gives just enough lift to make the beer palatable. Finishes as you could imagine with a long lingering of espresso, cocoa, and warming alcohols.

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Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black. Even when thinned, it's black. The head is practically black. Quite easily one of the darkest beers I've ever seen.

Smell - Roasty and dough-like, almost burnt, with just a touch of sweet molasses. Almost smells like burnt coffee with a few sugars in it when it warms up a bit.

Taste - Dark roasted coffee, chocolate cookies and burnt toast immediately spring to mind. Not much sweetness here, with earthy hops providing even more bitterness. Sharp, burnt bitterness remains on the palate long after you've swallowed. While this is easily one of the most imbalanced imperial stouts I've had, it's damn good. The dryness is almost refreshing, making this one dangerously drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, viscous, moderate carbonation. Definitely not lacking in texture.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil, with a pitch black color and a thick brown head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Espresso and licorice, somewhat charcoalish

Taste: Opens with a rich coffee and licorice flavor, with powdered Dutch chocolate and a build up of smoke and hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors become prominent and then fade into the smoke and the bold hops again

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: A really fine Imperial Stout, with plenty of complex flavors

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gford217: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a huge deep brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with some vinous notes and some sweet notes. Taste is a mix between some vinous notes with some roasted malt and a quite sweet finish. I could not detect much coffee or black chocolate notes that I usually associated with the style. Full body with average carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Interesting sipper but I am not sure what the hype was all about really.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, procured in Denver a few weeks ago, thanks to the Beer Diaries' Mr. Mike for the sample! "Show me yo fidy's" - heh. Combined with the 'Cancupiscent' (lustful, essentially) mention just under the rim, I'm surprised that this doesn't get some sort of mature rating from the guv'mt overseers. Oh, right, this is an adult beverage.

This beer pours a solid, light-destroying black abyss, with very, very subtle basal cola highlights, and four fingers (had to prematurely stop pouring before it got any higher) of dense, thickly foamy chocolate milk brown head, which leaves a perfect band of drooping webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of chalky bittersweet cocoa, mildly roasted caramel malt, toffee pudding, acrid black orchard fruit, vanilla extract, a mild woody graininess, charred ash, and a simmering edgy booziness. The taste is again quite enamoured with the dark milk chocolate, all creamy and chunky, with a caramel malt strength that would be notable in damned near any other beer, some seemingly (mistaken, I gather) wood-borne vanilla, underripe fleshy plums and cherries, a twinge of watery espresso, and a now fully obfuscated alcohol warmth (I know its there, but have a devil of a time picking it out.)

The bubbles are fairly subdued, but not exactly inert - they know they've got some background work to put in, the body a stoic medium-heavy weight, thick, robust, and full in its creamy smoothness. It finishes astonishingly on the near-dry side, the lulling smoke, and well, maybe some under the radar hops taking the still prominent chocolate, caramel, fruit, and booze headliners to task.

One crazily drinkable (maybe it's just the can, vs. a bomber), and enjoyable RIS. The chocolate and more standard malt interplay is civil and agreeable, benefiting all. And the alcohol, how about that - 21-proof, and barely a tic. All in all, one of the best, and certainly most balanced versions of the style that I have yet to encounter.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oily black pour, with dense foam that is like whipped mocha tinted by dark chocolate. Some spotty lacing, it barely sticks, but what's left is a smattering of polka-dots.

Slightly sweet aroma dominated by charred black malt.

Big chocolate presence, espresso hint, small note of smoked jerky in the first sips. Hops are there, laying some bitterness over the long roast notes in the finish. A mild sweetness of dusty cocoa is also present. Mild level of astringency attributed to the hop content, and the ninja skills of a 10% abv.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety, medium to full, but not sticky or syrupy at all. Drinkability is good, it's clearly one to sip and savor...two cans wouldn't be out of the question.

Thanks to Jay23 for sharing some of this!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Dark Lord Day 2009. While this certainly isn't my favorite RIS, it has worked to turn me off to the irrational fear of canned beer that I still maintain (I'm sure Surly would have done this long ago were we able to get their canned beers in Chicago instead of having everything on tap.)

A: Very dark black with a good brown head.

S: Some chocolate notes along with some hops and roasted malt. A tad bit weak.

T: Roasted malt and some chocolate underneath some hops. Much like the nose, but a little bit more there.

M: Full-bodied and slightly dry.

D: Pretty good, but this one fails in comparison to the truly great RIS's. It's lacking in deep complexity, but is not a bad beer by any means. Actually, quite good.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml can served into Beer Sommelier Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend 2011 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Recommended to me by Schlimenhaumer. Though I was raised in Denver, I've never tried this brewery before. I've heard great things and am very excited. Reviewed live. Can acquired at Wally's Wine.

A: Pours a two finger head of beautiful dark brown colour, excellent cream, amazing thickness, and incredible retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Caramel, wonderful cream lacing, lovely rich chocolate, very light roast, and maybe toffee. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, light caramel, very slight roast, and another layer of rich chocolate. It's nicely complex, but may lack the subtlety of other beers in the style. Nicely built and balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not as thick as expected per the ABV. It suits the flavours but doesn't seem tailored to them. It feels more like a porter than a stout, which I don't think is a good thing. How is this not overcarbonated coming from a can?

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. In particular, I dig the chocolate. It disguises its ABV extraordinarily well. For a beer from a can, I'm very impressed, but it's not without its (minor) flaws.

3.6

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01/19/15: Brief further impressions.

Canned 08/26/14. I love the label design. Served chilled into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are high.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Gorgeous tan colour. Nice thickness and creaminess, with a full consistency. Could be more even and smooth, as well as richer and darker. Leaves a nice coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retains well - for about 8 minutes.

BODY: Solid opaque jet-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

This is what an imperial stout should look like, but there's room for improvement.

AROMA: Unique in that it evokes wort grains - i.e. the aroma I notice during homebrewing. Unfortunately, though, the aroma overall is quite muted, which is problematic seeing as the aromatic intensity is already below average. Really searching, I find chocolate, roast, dark malts, and a kiss of plum. I love that it features roast - a must in any stout.

No yeast, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable, nor are any hops.

TASTE: I love the roast, but the plum/dark fruit characteristics just don't work well here. The dark and chocolate malt backbone lends it just enough sweetness, and checks the roasty bitterness nicely. More of a burnt, charred, or ashen character would help this flavour profile nicely. It's got fair complexity, but never feels like a gestalt whole, and the balance needs dialing in. As it warms, a pleasant chicory tone emerges.

It could absolutely be deeper and more expressive, but I do like it and can see its appeal. I don't find the coffee noted by other reviewers.

TEXTURE: "Motor oil" is hyperbole as a descriptor, but it is thick, yes. It works though because it's not also syrupy or sticky. Full-bodied as hell and weighty on the palate without coming off overbearing or assaulting. Slightly overcarbonated, unrefreshing, smooth, and wet.

Overall presence on the palate is nice. This texture doesn't elevate the beer, but it does suit it nicely.

To my utter disbelief, the 10.50% is nowhere to be noticed.

OVERALL: More roast, please. And more intricacy and/or subtlety. I can see why this is a popular go-to imperial stout; it has a lot of good characteristics. But this style demands that you bring more to the table if you want to run with the big dogs. I'd definitely recommend it alongside other widely available favourites like Old Rasputin, Founders Imperial Stout, or Yeti, but it's far from world class. In any case, it's a shockingly drinkable brew at 10.50% and is one I'll revisit repeatedly so long as it's brewed.

Low B

***
02.24.15:

Worthy of its mainstay status in many a discerning drinker's fridge, Ten Fidy is a nicely roasty thick-as-hell imperial stout that'll please fans of the style. Still, more roast and less dark fruit, please. Surprisingly drinkable for its high ABV. This'll get you drunk.

I'm still not sure if this would age well. Only one way to find out...

B

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Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a black color that was darker than motor oil. A black reminiscent of FFF Dark Lord. It had ruby red hints at the top of the glass and its small, tan, creamy head.

S - It smelled of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel and molassess.

T - It tasted of sweet, sweet malt. Roasted maltiness and some bitter hops balanced out the sweetness. Also, some boozy alcohol taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding brew. Really one of the finest beers around.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to purchasing supposedly one of the best Russian Imperial Stout's around. At about $12.99 a 4 pack I would to wait until I got a good paycheck before I went out and tried some of these. Pours the darkest black you can imagine and smells of roasted malts. The taste is very smooth and has a slight alcohol warming at the end. It's very flavorful and I'm glad I tried it, still no sure if it totally lived up to the hype though.

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Unibroue tulip glass. This can is from the 2010 batch.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a finger of thick beautiful tan head. The head goes away more than I would like, but it's still a good looking beer.

Smell: Quite sweet and very roasty with some dark chocolate and hot alcohol.

Taste: It is sweet, but there is a roasty bitterness that counters the sweetness well. Hot alcohol becomes smoother as the beer warms. Bitter and roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I prefer the BA version, but this one is still very good. I would have liked the finish to be a bit smoother.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unbelievably today was the first time I have had this offering.Poured into a way over chilled pint glass at Sticks and Stones a jet black with a minimal mocha colored head that was gone quickly.Aromas of dark fruit,vanilla,and dark roast mainly stood out in the nose,a bit of char also showed thru as the beer warmed up to the right temp.Sweetish and rich up front with vanilla,and dark fruit standing out,the chocolate flavors are more bitter along with a hefty roast in the finish.Its thick and chewey and glides down easy,it is a big brash IRS,one to savor.

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Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A half finger of cinnamon colored head appears on a thoroughly black body that looks like motor oil coming out of the can. The head quickly shrinks to a thin film and leaves behind little lace.

S - Lots of dark, roasty malt notes. Coffee, roasted tea leaves. There is a bit of chocolate as well, but the character is mostly roast, with low hop aroma.

T - Strong, coffee like bitterness along with herbal hop flavor. Lots of tannic, earthy roast flavors follow along with a strange mint/ licorice note. The finish is full of lingering bitterness as well as a bit of alcoholic warmth that is the only time the beer reveals its significant ABV.

M - Heavy, oily body with moderate carbonation. Slightly tannic mouthfeel and mildly sweet finish.

D - Obviously not a session beer, but a bit hard to drink even for a 10% ABV stout. The aroma is very nice, but the overwhelming malt bitterness in the taste is a bit out of proportion despite the heavy body and residual sweetness. A very complex and interesting beer, but a bit over the top on roast character, in my opinion.

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Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, one of the best Imperial stouts, esp from a can. I've been excited to finally review this one, and now I can.

A: Pours with very thick and super dark head, that seems to fade quickly. Its super pitch black color puts black holes to shame, and I would lube up my car.

N: Nose of course is loaded with roasted malts and chocolate. A slight crisp beer like aroma shines through, but makes my heart sink into darkness and shame. I can smell the 10W-40000 eminating from this.

T: Super thick and rich, creamy, roasted malts up the wazoo, and chalky chocolate dance around in your mouth. A very slight carbonation and nice hop flavor and bitterness really nicely layer. Rich and feels like its full of vitamins, must be good for me. The dark stout feels like its pulling the color right from my tongue. I have a feeling my tooth brush will be black every day for the next two weeks now. It leaves a layer of thick syrup that never goes away, no matter how much I drink more of it, wait, that doesn't seem to work. And I can barely even detect the alcohol, except a slight warming and spice taste, so it hides the 10% very well!

M: Super thick and even thicker than that. Creamy and rich, flows down your throat slower than molasses. Layers your mouth and very low carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty stouty and dry, and like super bitter dark chocolate. A chocolate milk comes to mind, chocolate milk that would conjure up the depths of oblivion and demon spirits from beyond the gates of Grenach! I can feel the lost souls escaping from the thick syrup into my tongue and trying to run away and but getting swallowed by the richness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily anthracite with no highlights whatsoever (not even with blindingly bright sunlight behind the glass). The fudge milkshake-colored crown looks more dense than a fudge milkshake and looks fantastic as it slooowly melts. A serrated band of thick lace is just beginning to appear. No hesitation here. This is a picture-perfect RIS.

The snifter is undoubtedly helping, but the aroma is both powerful and pungent. I'm sure that massive amounts of chocolate and roasted malt are the reason why. Rich chocolate fudge actually describes the nose pretty well. Roasted coffee bean and spruce-like hops are noted as well. Given the stated 98 IBUs, the hoppiness isn't a bit surprising.

Although it's still a little cool, the flavor doesn't have the intensity that was expected after the eyeball and nose tests. It's good, it just isn't extraspecialsuperduperamazinglyfantastic good. I spoke a few minutes too soon. A few more degrees make all the difference in what is now a muffled explosion of flavor that oozes into every nook and cranny of my tongue.

Bittersweet chocolate leads the way. A stout with this much malt (let's call it gargantuan) needs a considerable amount of hops (let's call it withering) to maintain some degree of balance and to stay on the drinkable side of cloying. Mission accomplished. This isn't the hoppiest RIS that I've ever had, but it's in the top-5.

Other than Hershey kisses, the flavor profile contains the same roasted coffee beans and pine sap that was noted in the nose. Let's throw in anise, blackstrap molasses and several pounds of white grapefruit zest as well. For hopheads who like massive stouts almost as much as DIPAs (like me) this stuff is manna from heaven.

Like appearance, mouthfeel is a no-brainer. The first ounce told me all I needed to know. It's huger than huge, smoother than smooth and plusher than plush. How in the world did the brewers manage to pack so much malt into such a small can? There are just enough bubbles floating around to keep the beer from feeling flat. Again... perfection.

Now, a word about the beer's name. My first thought was that Ten FIDY was a slang way of saying 'ten fifty', whatever that's supposed to mean. The fact that FIDY is capitalized made me dig deeper. I now believe that it's a recognized acronym meaning (F)*** the (I)ndusty, (D)o it (Y)ourself. Tell me I'm wrong, Oskar Blues. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the best toss-in ever.

I used to think that Oscar Blues brewed the best canned beer in the universe... until Surly Furious, Bender and CynicAle came along. Ten FIDY, however, can stand toe-to-toe with some of the best RISs out there. Since Surly Darkness will most likely never see the inside of a can, this brew seems destined to be the finest canned Russian Imperial stout the planet Earth has ever known.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a motor oil black (which is what it looks like coming out of a can) with a 1/2 finger of burnt tan colored creamy head. It retains nicely into a thin layer that lies across the surface and leaves some pretty impressive lace behind but it unfortuantley doesn't stick around long, opting to leave a slick, brown coating down the sides of the glass. The aroma is burnt oats right off the bat, along with zippy coffee notes, a rich chocolate stickiness, and a fairly prominant presence of dark fruit tartness that shines through.

The taste is a dark roasted mix of malt and coffee bitterness to start things off with a generally overall feel of oats to it. That's balanced out by a big chocolate sweetness and hints of dark fruits. The finish is bitter, hot and sticky. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a wonderful creamy and sometimes slick texture to it. As full as the flavors are though, it seems like the body could go even a little deeper. A beefy heat is present but doesn't become stinging, more like adding some extra toughness to the overall feel.

A solid RIS from Oskar Blues and a decent deal at around $3 a can for what you get. It's not quite up there with some other top ones in the style but the uniqueness of a RIS out of a can has to earn it some brownie points too right?

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Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in the glass, with a nearly brown head, which lasts quite a long time. Pleasant spritz on the tongue.

Huge mouthful of flavor. Dark roast malt, licorice, and hops. Rather tart with a big smack of alcohol. Massively rich without being syrupy. Maybe a whiff of smoke and some raisins, but a clean powerful taste.

Such a a black flavor, a blast of malt shot with crazy darkness of charred sugar. Really none of the sour burnt taste. A mouthfilling, hot, vast expanse of flavor. Great sipping beer and to me, more friendly and pleasurable than some of the other icons of the RIS world.

On tap at Ciros on Garnet Ave in San Diego.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a thick, gunky black body with very creamy, very dark brown head. Check that out, huh?

Smell: Lush aroma of dark, hefty maltiness. Plenty of sweetened espresso, molasses, and rich fudge brownies that've been slightly undercooked so that they're still warm and gooey in the center.

Taste: All at once, a thick, rich maltiness engulfs the tongue. Its definitely sweet. Chilled fudge-flavored pudding with a side of roasty espresso and a pinch of chalk dust. The long, smokey-sweet chocolate laden finish is simply heavenly. Hey, is this thing tasty, or what?

Mouthfeel: This one's full-bodied for sure, with an exceedingly creamy carbonation and a somewhat oily body.

Drinkability: This is one outrageously flavorful, exceedingly well done brew. Almost too much fun for one beer. Fantastic work, Oskar Blues!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at Lenora's Way in Brooklyn, NYC. 26 July 2008:

Whoa! This little can packs a punch! Quite possibly, no... without question, the darkest beer I've ever seen! BLACK. No light gets through. Creamy dark brown head. Exceptional retention given the strength. Nice lacing. Dark malt aroma. Some dark fruit. Some cocoa. Some background 'spent' hop. Mainly just dark malt. Coffee-like. Black coffee like. And that carries over into the flavor. More black coffee. Rich. Blanketing. Somewhat acidic, but not too much acidic. Solid mouthfeel. Firm and oily smooth. Flavors become more apparent as it warms, revealing more fruitiness (fig, burnt currant - which means dark berry-like fruitiness but with a bit of a tang, raisin, prune), lots of bittersweet chocolate, more coffee in a less roasty/acidic vein, more 'spent' and earthy/leafy hops, black licorice, burnt sugar, and alcohol. Solid bitterness. Quite the beast! Impressive. My fellow drinkers are satiated at one sip... ... I, however, could have another! Drinkable in the summer heat in Brooklyn? Yeah, with air conditioning! I'll have to grab some of this to enjoy as the leaves fall or the snow sets. Wonderfully super-rich libation! WHOAH!!! DAMN, I just looked at the receipt - $8 a can!!!?? Better make that just a 'few' cans for the entire winter season ;)

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