Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here it is, I'm finally trying Ten Fidy.

Absolutely gorgeous beer. Midnight black and viscous. Thick and nearly black head. Never saw a head so dark before. Lots of lacing.

Roastiness, caramel, sugars, leather, bit of not so ordinary spiciness, bit of booze as well. Real bourbon-like. Very sweet smell.

Oh yeah. Bittersweet coffee, black burnt biscuit, bourbon, sugar, hint of booze, maple syrup on the back end. This is something to behold.

Thick, rich, and viscous. Creamy and slick, how an RIS should be. Syrupy sweet aftertaste with just a slight burn.

Amazing stout. It lives up to the hype without a doubt. Such a bold beer and really delicious all around. Perhaps my new favorite stout?

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Photo of JerUrbans
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour looks like tar with dark tan head that holds on well. Smells of roast and alcohol. Tastes fantastic, chocolate and roast coffee, the alcohol is there but well hidden. This is up there with the best mouthfeels I've had, it's smooth and really creamy and a nice little bitter chocolate at the end.

Overall, this is the best imperial stout I've had, excellent taste, excellent appearance, and excellent mouthfeel. I also like that it's canned, makes it very portable if I'm on an outdoor adventure.

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

Had this on tap at the Brick Store in Decatur GA over lunch. Served in a 10oz tulip glass (I believe). It was completely black with no light penetrating this bad boy and a beautiful chocolate colored head that sat around a while. The smell was a very rich roasted dark malt, chocolate, java, pepper and hops. The hops had a hard time muscling past the malt side of this beer though.

The first sip was thick and follows through with the smell. Dark roasted malt and coffee. The chocolate comes in the middle and finished with bitter from the hops. The alcohol warming is almost completely hidden and well done. Also, there is oak and cherries hidden just beneath the surface of this beer. They are not strong flavors, but very subtle. The coffee flavor starts to overrun the more subtle flavors of the beer as I finish it up.

The mouthfeel is viscous and chewy. Just what I like in an RIS. I could definitely have had more than one of these with the exception that I was there for lunch. Excellent beer and one of the best RIS I have tried. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered from Liquor Max in Co. Thanks Nick.

I definitely wowed some friends pouring this amazing beer from a can. Pours motor oil black with a thick, mocha colored head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is very similar with a majority coming from the chocolate and roasted malt taste and then a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is very thick and expected of an RIS. The alcohol is hidden very well in the smell and taste for a 10%ABV beer thus it is pretty drinkable but I can't see having more than a couple in a session.

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Photo of DrewOSU
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a Cincinnati BA Event on 3/5/2009, hosted by Yetiman420.

A: Black, viscous and gritty pour. Spotty white lacing at the side of the glass

S: Alcohol nose with a coffee and chocolate backer.

M/T: Medium, syrupy body. Huge alcohol taste stings the tongue, followed by roasted malts. Finishes slightly bitter, but overall clean.

D: This beer has a lot going on. The bitter aftertaste makes it a little bit of a pallet killer in my opinion, however very complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of abankovich
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a can filled completely up to the brim. It's funny opening a can and not getting the hiss that you'd normally expect from the carbonation in pop.

Actually very little head at all on this one. Poured aggressively into my snifter, this beer looks like oil while it's pouring out. Completely black, no light is able to get through when I hold it up in the air. The very thin head that did form was a nice brown color while it lasted. There is definitely a lot that clings to the sides of the glass when I swirl it or take a drink.

Smells of chocolate and java are hitting my nose but not overwhelming at all.

This beer is delicious. I love it and wish I lived in a state that sold it. Smooth chocolate is what I notice up front, it even feels like I'm drinking thick chocolate milk and I want to chew what's in my mouth. There is a quick hint of the alcohol in the middle that fades away to a very toasty flavor that lingers for awhile. Definitely warming as it goes down, and filling.

Again, I would love to have access to this beer. Very rich, filling, smooth, full and flavorful. Thanks again to RustyDiamond for the trade.

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into goblet glass

A: Blackest, most opaque stout I’ve poured. Viscous as hell, strongly resembling crude oil, with some mean looking surface tension - Had a one finger mocha tan head that didn’t have too much retention. Too deep to access any carbonation – a beautiful froth that’s a brilliant bronze

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cola, light anise, coffee bean, smells nice and bitter, very sharp, burnt sweet caramel, black cherries and prunes/plum

T: Malt banger, super roasted, creamy mocha mixed with caramel spiced in anise warping the bitters. Middle mouth sets in after the initial hop collides head on with smoked/charred malt; the residual is a smooth candied cocoa. Subtle heat, shades of Godiva liqueur. Cacao nibs flushed with chocolate malts dominate and run the show, pushing the smoke-roasted bready notes.

M: Big body, CHEWY, oily and slick. Carbonation is mild; I don’t know how it moves through this level of viscosity. Leaves a nice layer in the mouth that’s candied and chocolaty.

O: This is easily the best imperial stout and certainly the densest I’ve had. It's fantastic - Brings roasty bitter chocolate malt to a whole new level. It sports some intimidating flavor, and it’s totally in your face. Delicious, looking forward to my three remaining cans and any others I happen to see, ever.

And I love the name, TEN FIIIDY.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ten Fidy pours a jet black with a small caramel head that fizzles down to a nice ring. It smells of roasted nuts, coffee and slight booze. Tastes of roasty coffee and chocolate with a small alcohol note. Mouthfeel is very chewy yet smooth with low carbonation. Drinkability is quite high due to its smoothness and flavor. Excellent beer.

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Photo of blackenmn
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a very opaque black with a 1/4 creamy brown head. This is definitely a dark one. Smelled very roasty, definite coffee presence. A bit of dark chocolate and mocha notes hiding in the also.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of sweet slick chocolate and scorched dark fruit. Definitely alot more earthy hop bitterness than expected. Almost to the point where it noticeably hid flavor. The mouthfeel on the otherhand was as good as it gets. Bounces between heavy roast and bitterness to thick creamy sweetness. Finishes nicely with a nitter-sweet licorice like flavor sticking aroud.

Drinkability:I've been really wanting to try this brew a while this definitely appeared in the glass as labeled. Looked like thick motor oil. This was a very enjoyable brew just a bit spendy. Age would do this wonders and probably unmask plenty of flavor.

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

A. This beer is a deep, dull charcoal-like black. It pours softly with a thick, dark chocolate head that settles quickly into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Thick and syrupy, it lets absolutely no light through.

S. Sweet roasted malt smell along with coffee, dark fruit, and just a hint of vanilla. Hops take a back seat to the malt but are still there.

T. The taste hits instantly and moves from smoky, dark roasted malt to chocolate and molasses to burnt sugar to dark fruit and then finishes with a sharp hop flavor that is accentuated by a "hot" alcohol burn.

M. Thick but not syrupy like it looks, it is both bold and chewy without being too heavy. Very smooth and creamy.

D. Very good, mo disappointments here! The high alcohol will keep you from drinking an awful lot of them, but I wish I could keep this in my fridge all the time. This is the best canned stout in my humble opinion.

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Photo of BHopp12
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/1/10
Poured into a snifter

A: Thick dark stout with a thin reddish brown head that quickly dissapates

S: Roasted malts, coffee and a light chocolate hint. Aged a year but still a strong smell of alcohol and malt.

T: Chocolate and malt play the biggest role, alcohol also plays a prominent role right off the bat. Finish I get almost a smokey flavor with each sip.

M: Very thick and heavy as expected with an imperial stout.

O: Very impressed with this beer. Instantly became one of my favorite imperial stouts. Well worth the price and I highly recommend picking this up.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

08/2015 can poured near room temp into truncated tulip snifter, an evil dark black with brown undertones, engine oil, syrupy, sinister molasses look as the unusually dark leather brown head piled up. Lacing sticks to the glass after the froth has receded to being a frame for the drink, and with turning the beer round in the glass, it lingers in pleasant, rhythmic sheets.

The immediate and sustaining smell is boozy, inviting rather than overpowering, but rather simple, dominating, and unabating. Makes me think this is a great candidate for aging. (Will find out, as I have a 2014 can in the wings.)

The presentation is in part exceptional, unusual, and modest, but it reveals its greatness in the taste -- more specifically, not just in delivering on its prologue, but bringing in more characters. A great smokiness , some malty sweetness that's balanced superbly with a coffee-like bite. It also, like a great tune, keeps some of its early motifs, but working in harmony with the new strains.

The feel is a slightly syrupy, creamy medium heavy body that doesn't wow with its weight, but still brings what you expect from a stout.

In contrast to something such as Founder's Breakfast -- one of my favorites -- which is more of a refined dressy dinner dessert stout, this is a rustic, Siberian bar stout. A boozy, smoky, bitter, ruffian's stout.

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Photo of uawildcat
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can. One of the thickest, blackest beers that I have seen. Nice brown head that stays around.

Smells of sweet toffee malt.

Tastes much like it smells. This is a one note beer. Needs some more bitterness to balance it out since it isn't a very complicated taste.

Super slick mouthfeel that is pleasantly carbonated for the high abv.

Overall, it is a dessert beer. Too sweet with no balance to be good for anything else. Good when you have a sweet tooth.

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

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours an oil-black color with dense tan head. Carbonation bubbles cling to the bottom of the glass. Much lacing. Roast coffee scent but also vanilla-like sweetness. The carbonation gives the beer some texture. Coffee taste with bitterness in the finish. Very good beer. (9.0)

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into snifter.

A: Thick black with a dark brown quarter-inch foam that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing left on the side of the glass.

S: An inviting smell of caramel, malt and chocolate.

T: Tastes as good as it smells. the roasted malts and dark bittersweet chocolate lingering.

M: Creamy, with only a bit of carbonation. The high ABV is extremely well hidden, barely peeking out as it warms.

O: Very well executed for the style and a great drink!

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Photo of EHopkinsi
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Un-friggin-belieavably fantastic beer.

Had a 12 oz. can from the Brevard, NC brewery that was just under two months old. Served in a run o' the mill pint glass.

Poured with the look and consistency of dirty motor oil. One finger head eventually settles down to about a third of that and lasts the whole beer. Foam doesn't lace, but rather blankets the glass. Foam is thick enough you could put a sheet over it and sleep on it. Smells delightfully chocolatey, with some light fruit notes. Cherry, maybe?

Mouthfeel is an unbelievably creamy, almost buttery. Taste is phenomenal- malt, chocolate, coffee, and that possibly-cherry fruitiness to it. Enough hop bite and alcohol to get your attention.

I'm not a stranger to beer, but I am pretty much a noob when it comes to evaluating and defining the qualities of beer. I didn't figure I'd ever rate anything a 5, but there's just no way to ding this beer. I know what I like in beer, and what makes for a good stout.

This is without doubt not only the best stout I have had in 3 decades of dabbling; it is hands down the best beer.

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Photo of m_hall
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. can (a can!) into a tulip glass. This is not a dark beer... this is BLACK. Midnight black. Outer-space black. Satanically black. It actually seems to pull in the light from around it... holding it up to a light, nothing penetrates. This inkiness is topped by a thick two-finger chocolate-colored head that fell slowly to a cap that left a cobweb of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas of coffee and toast are very apparent, a subtle earthiness, as well as tangy hop notes, vanilla, and alcohol.

The flavor of this is impossibly complex... the expected espresso, chocolate, and toasted bread notes are immediately perceived, with a touch of molasses fighting for attention in the background as a titanic wave of pungent hop bitterness sweeps in, somehow managing to harmonize with the lingering, almost ash-y roasted malt notes and warming alcohol. Even with the strapping 98 IBU bitterness rating, it all seems just right given everything else that's going on here. Subtle? No, but wonderful just the same.

The mouth-feel is rich and full-bodied, but with a surprising amount of carbonation lending it a tingle that keeps it from being syrup-y. It's not something you're going to quaff with abandon, but at 10.5 ABV that would be a foolhardy proposition in any case.

This is a true classic among Imperial Stouts, a masterpiece... powerful, uncompromising, demanding, this is the Death Metal of beers, and much like that musical genre not for everyone's taste, but very rewarding for those willing to explore its dark depths.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's fair to say this is the darkest beer I've ever poured out of a can.

The pop-top crack is not followed by the usual canned beer fizz. Instead slowly rising from the depths of the can a very fine layer of deep brown bubbles emerge. Of course once poured into a glass these bubbles transform into a beautiful fine layer of head that retains quite well floating atop a pitch black base.

The sweet aroma produced from this glass is a mix of malt and alcohol. The taste and mouthfeel are difficult to parse as Ten Fidy thoroughly coats your mouth and the malty sweetness is balanced by dry dark malts and a touch of bitterness. One sip leaves an almost syrupy coat over your tongue. If you open your mouth you will be greeted by a hint of alcohol as you inhale.

All in all this is a very tasty Stout and well worth trying should you cross paths with one. While there are hints to the potent nature of the alcohol in this brew, while drinking one it's hard to believe it is 10%..until you've managed to have a few.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour, but still no head. This is my only complaint on looks, because other than that, it is freekin' pitch black. Hold it up to the light and still nothing gets through. Just spilled a little on my shirt and I don't think that's ever coming out. It smells a little too much like vodka and coke to me. Some chocolate in there, but not enough to off-set the alc. The taste is not as chocolatey and smooth as I would have hoped, and there is a little burn toward the end which I would like to have masked a touch better, but all in all, it is pretty fine given the 10%. It is a bit lively, too, with a whisk of fruity flavors before the coffee and dark chocolate wash, then finishing with that slight burn.

I'll be honest, this just isn't my style. I don't need to taste my alcohol to enjoy it, and although this beer does a better job then most at masking it, it seems a little bit too much like a chocolate flavored rum...with a lot of body. Still, I would say this is one of the best of the style that I have had.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this beast is the Pre-football season BIF from paulthebeerguru. It kept on calling my name, so I couldn't help but give in!

Pours a massive, thick jet black. As dark as night, absolutely beautifully dark. I got a small tan head, that reduced to coating the top of the beer. This beast is impenetreble to light.

Smells of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso. Very nice.

Holy moly Batman, this tastes fanTASTIC!! Nice and creamy, with hints of dark choclate and espresso from the dark roast malts. I'm also getting a hint of hops in there. This is very balanced.

This has a great mouthfeel. Even though I pick up some alcohol in the smell, as it sits in my mouth, it's so smooth. This is dangerously good, I am loving it!

Drinkability is great, especially for an RIS. It just goes down so nicely, and I'm crying inside because this was my one and only Ten Fidy. I will definately seek this out in the future. A fabulous brew. Even though Surly is my first love, Oskar Blues fricking rocks!

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Photo of dewalt
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of nms1987
3.24/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From can dated 12/31/08 into snifter

Pours black with a dark, dark brown head. Not a big head but some.

Rough, sharp nose. Piney earthy ness and a healthy wiff of harsh alcohol.

Better on the palate. Initially quite smooth with some chocolate and espresso coming through. This beer is much smoother than when fresh. Finish is sharp with hops and alcohol coming into play in an unpleasant combination. Has some real bright points but pretty average overall

I'm bumping this a little, it is better as it warms (predictably) but the nose and finish are aggressive and off-putting.
This isn't bad, but not all that good either. B-/B and not worth 15 a 4 pack, though I wouldn't mind getting to try it again

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Photo of scarfield
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked like well-used motor oil coming out of the can, seemed almost thick as it came out out of the can. I was wondering if any head would eventually appear but after about half the can was poured a small head appeared for about as long as it took me to smell the beer. The smell is vague but could pick up slight notes of burnt fruit, definitely not as strong of a smell as other beers of this style. The first taste was surprisingly complex considering the simplicity I picked up in the nose. Roasted toffee and malt at first, bit of burning sensation on the way down and leaves a dark chocolate and coffee bean taste in the mouth after swallowing. Minimal lacing through the glass as I finish.

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Photo of KCHopHead
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Standard black imperial stout with a dark brown head.
S - Roasted malt, chocolate and hint of coffee.
T - Not sure if it was mental but I got some metallic (aluminum) taste right off the bat. I didn't get it as the beer warmed up. I noticed others said similar things. I did like how well the alcohol was hid.
M - I think it could have used a little bit more carbonation. I enjoyed how carbonated Dark Lord was.
D - A standard Imperial Stout. There was no shock value other than the awesome can. But overall, this was a very good brew.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BA was down last night and I was too lazy to grab a pencil/paper as I enjoyed..but man this was top notch as a non BBA RIS. SO RICH AND THICK, blacker than the blackest blackety black, with a Carmel head and sticky lacing. My lips were literally sticking to my glass as I reluctantly pulled away. ABV seemed subdued and IBUs, by my best guess, were swallowed up by the dense black hole that is this RIS. I vaguely remember several months ago my bottle shop guy said he had some BA Ten Fidy that he would recommend, and, well, I'm a moron. I really wish time travel was possible...maybe if I get swallowed by this black hole it will take me into a wormhole and ?..BEST RIS IN A 12 oz CAN IMHO.

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