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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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
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 kylehay2004
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jaydoc
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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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4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.54/5  rDev -19.2%
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.


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.

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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...


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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into snifter, canned on 9/16/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big dark/roasted malt notes with light-moderate fruitiness; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, molasses, raisin, plum, light char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, caramel, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruitiness; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors and light-moderate fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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