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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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deepsouth for this one.

Pours from a 12oz can into a snifter. The beer is as black and thick as motor oil. I swear, if I didnt knwo this was beer, I would think it is Valvoline or something. A creamy, light chocolate colored head forms and generous lacing is present as well.

Aroma was licorice and molasses and figs and raisins. I didnt get a lot of hop aroma here. A great deal of chocolate and oaky vanilla bring the nose around fully.

Chocolate up front with vanilla in the finish. Tons of raisins and figs in the flavor profile. Not as much molasses but lots of vanilla and oak.

Smooth as hell and full bodied. Perfect carbonation and smoothness make this an easy sipper and an easy drinker. Another winner from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of midaszero
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black with two fingers of coffee head and good lacing

S - Coffee with some faint malt in the end

T - Clean coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts

M - Thick body with light carbonation almost like drinking syrup

D - Excellent cold weather beer. Could probably use some age and it would be interesting to see if it ages well

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

An exceptional beer at an exceptionally high price, but worth it. Pours dark, thick, and slow into my favorite stolen pint glass, almost no head, but leaves a deep lacing that is still present at the end of the glass. A beer to be drank occasionally, tastes of a dark roasted malt with a hint of alcohol that can not be hid, due the high content, smells as it tastss, with a bit of an aftertaste that does not really fade away, smooth in the mouth, a very nice beer all around, and if you can pick it up for under $13 a four pack, you are doing well

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

thanks to patronwizard for tossing me this bad boy.

i crack the can and am shocked. i just see a black void inside. i pour it into a pint glass and i my shock continues. this is the darkest fucking beer ive ever seen. darker than old motor oil mixed with mud. a thick one finger chocolate brown head stays for a minute then falls to a slight ring around the edge of my glass.

smell is awesome. i get a big hit of chocolate, really thats all i get. chocolate chocolate and more chocolate...this is a 10% ill believe it when im buzzed.

taste is awesome. i would say this gets filed as a smile beer. i am greeted by a warm array of chocolate malts, still not detecting any of the booze.

creamy and smooth. this beer goes down easy. not much carbonation to speak of. i am left with a great aftertaste.

this is the definition of easy drinker. i have finally found the alcohol in this beer as my belly is nice and warm. i love you ten fidy. come back to me again soon.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can sample- very viscous pour, really lives up to the name. Dark stuff. Reasonable tan head. Nose- licorice, oats and dark chocolate. Taste- incredibly thick bodied. You could cut it with a knife. Very well melded flavours lap over the tongue, big chocoalte and licorce flavour, extra kick from the oats. Surprised to see this is 98 ibu, hops seem to swallowed by the black hole of beautiful malts. Finishes nicely.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - uncaps without a noise. Pours an inky, oily thick black, a finger of chocolate mocha head piecing together. Thick and creamy, thin sticky waves of lace make an even ring around the glass.

Aroma - heavy roasted malts, lots of coffee aroma. I dig.

Taste - huge roasted malts. Mmmm, sweetness, bitter espresso-like coffee. The swallow shows some bitterness, via either the roasted malts or balancing hops. It really doesn't matter, the show is in the roast and coffee flavor of the malts. And a fine show it is. Some abv warmth before long, the finish provides sustained roastiness post-swallow, just a delicious beer to enjoy.

Mouthfeel - heavy, thick, moderately carbonated. 'You can use a fork, but you'll want to use a spoon to catch every drop'...remember that one?? ;-) It's like that...

Drinkability - super stuff, that it's in a can just adds to the convenience and aura that is Oskar. Kudos to Yesac for pushing me to put this can in the fridge and check 'er out. Enjoyed this during Game 3 of the World Series, Tampa vs Philly. Toasts to both teams are in order for a fine game and one of the most competitive series through three that I can remember. Booyah!!

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

I give it a ten out of fidy...haha...just kidding...stupid joke anyways.

A: Dark and black with a one to two finger brown head. Lacing is amazing as well.

S: Rich chocolate and roasted coffee...similar to Alesmith's Speedway stout. I also get hints of dark fruits perhaps...raisins to be more specific.

T: Coffee, caramel, chocolate...and a nice alcoholic finish on it. All the flavors are rich as well...a blend perfectly together.

M: Hands down..the best mouthfeel I've had with any beer. Thick and coats the palate, along with a gentle carbonation. Perfect!

D: You can taste the alcohol, but its not overwhelming...very east to drink.

Overall: One of the best RIS's around; I want to have a 6-pack in my fridge all the time now!!! This is truly an amazing beer, and one that I will seek out and obtain. A must try.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Opened the can with a crack and no hiss. Hm.. doesn't sound very carbonated. Poured BLACK with a 1/2 finger brown head into da snifta. Looks appetizing, but nothing terribly standout. No lacing.

S - Killer smelling brew. Super roasty, super chocolatey, super brownie...eee. It's just a fudgey brew. Slight hop profile underlying. Quite reminescent of Expedition.

T - Coffee up front, without really being coffee. Chocolate... milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, baker's chocolate... just choco wonderfulness. Bitter hoppy backend, that leaves a nice oily coating.

M - Thick, oily, syrupy, viscous, low carbonation. If this were a TOUCH more carbonated I'd be more apt to bump it to a five.

D - It's a sipper, but a damned good one. This deserves all the praise it gets.

Notes: Glad I'm sitting on a couple more of these. I don't think it'd replace Expedition if it were available here, but I'd sure as hell buy more of them. Totally worth finding/buying.

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Photo of albern
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this beer says it all. It is like thick, black, inpenetrable sludge with a creamy dark brown head that retains and laces. It looks a bit like a chocolate milk shake. This beer is full bodied and loaded with character. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts, this is the real deal. Not a style that I'm crazy about because it is just too roasted, charred, and heavily laden with alcohol. The aroma on the beer is roasted malts, alcohol, and thick florals.

The beer is prodigious, complex, and loaded with character. It is chocolately, has thick roasted coffee malts, charred cherry flavors, and a strong ABV backbone that tastes like a roasted liqueur. There are some hoppy notes towards the finish, a throaty ABV burn, and a really oily mouthfeel coupled with the ABV presence. The aftertaste is quite pronounced. For me, this is a sipping beer and that's it. I can't handle the strength of this beer, but for what it is, it is a great representation of the style. L'Chaim.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a dfh goblet, this was a thick, opaque black; no seeing through this even when held towards the light. minimal, quickly diminishing brown head. coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma with suggestions of dark dried fruit. alcohol is well-hidden, which is a plus for me. thick, sweet, dark malts are well balanced by a bitter roastiness. a bit of warming alcohol down the throat. so well balanced i couldn't put the glass down for more than a minute. mouthfeel was viscous but not overly so; lightly carbonated. hands down one of the best of this style that i've had. good fucking shit and well worth the money.

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Photo of hreb
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12 oz aluminum can poured into pint glass. Beer explodes with motor-oil / cola-black liquid with a beautiful hazelnut-caramel brown head on top which sparkles a moment before falling back into what seems to be a glass of black coffee. I don't get much aroma however -- perhaps it is too cold? Or just too dense? (nope, after warming up, I just don't get much aroma off this)

First sip is immediately rich, creamy, and toasty. Burnt. But it rapidly explodes on the back of the palate with an intense bitterness. The flavor then switches to nutty, but still with a slightly astringent bitterness. Feels pleasantly thick on the tongue.

Overall the Russian Imperial Stout in a can is big, complex, and heady. It's worth it -- I'm impressed.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours completely black with a dark brown head complete with big bubbles. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on an oily film and a thin ring around the glass. There's not very much lacing.

Smells very good. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee with mild roasted malt aromas.

Tastes even better than it smells. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt up front, followed by molasses and ending with a coffee bitterness. No hint of the alcohol except for the warming.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Very thick with subtle carbonation that goes down incredibly smooth. It's like drinking a milkshake.

Drinkability is great. Everything about this beer makes me want to drink more.

Overall this is even better on-tap than it is from the can. Now if I can only find it on cask.

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

What a great example of this style.

Had on tap and appropriately served in a small snifter. Pours pitch black with a dark toffee thin head of small bubbles. A lot of chocolate and coffee here, but everything in balance. Also a hint of vanilla that tastes very natural-not the artificial taste that is often present in many stouts. Drinkability is on par for the style--it is rather heavy in body, but the 10%ABV is not as apparent as expected. Great with a chocolate based dessert or as a dessert by itself.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. 10/08/08.

Pours pitch black with a thin finger of chocolaty brown head. The head dropped to a thin layer, no lacing on the glass. Aroma is plenty of roasted malt with a mix of sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, with light hints of roasted coffee and vanilla.

Taste starts with some very sweet chocolate malt and milk chocolate flavors. That slowly turns into more of a bitter dark chocolate taste and a nice hop profile. Plenty of roasted malt all around. Slight vanilla and a decent amount of roasted coffee. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste.

Feel is somewhat thick, smooth, and creamy with ample carbonation. The body is rather full. The finish is dry and has an aftertaste that lasts forever. Drinkability is alright. The sweetness is a bit much for me, but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Very good for an imperial stout. Not my favorite, but close. One of the best beers I've had out of a can. Try it if you can find it.

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

A: Jet black with a raucous brown head that wont quit. I am not a big stout guy, but I am getting excited.

S: A nice blend of caramel and chocolate and crusty / bready grain goodness. Just a hint of alcohol presence in the scent.

T: Deep and malty with nice bready overtones. Like eating a nice piece of pumpernickel. As it warms the breadyness becomes much more pronounced. For a strong beer, the alcohol flavor is quite masked.

MF: I expected more body, but I like what they are doing here. Stouts are often too think for my liking.

D: On a cold night by a campfire, hell yes. My favorite Oscar beer by far.

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Photo of Yesac
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick, solid black with a medium/small dark brown head that fades to a thin layer that stays throughout and the rest sticks to the glass.

S - Chocolate malts up front, grassy hints and a earthy overtone

T - Thick frothy and rich chocolate malts hit you first, a coffee overtone, sharp but subtle bitterness (like cocoa) that stays throughout with a hop like bitter finish. The 10% ABV is hidden fairly well.

M - Thick!

D - Not the easiest to have back to back to drink due to it's thickness and effects of 10% ABV. But this is a great stout to sip on next to the fire.

Pairs well with chocolate.

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

Now listening to: Pato Banton - Gwarn!

Thanks to Beechwood BBQ for the chance to try this on tap!

A- I don't think that beer can get any darker than this. Even the head is completely dark brown.
S- coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, alchohol, dark fruit
T- taste is almost exactly as the smell, only the burnt quality of the malt turns to molasses
M- Meal in a glass style. This is a hearty pour gauranteed to warm you for the winter months
D- Not for faint of heart, but this nails the Russian Imperial style, which I could drink until my eyes melt.

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Photo of biegaman
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seemingly regurgitated out in chunks, the rich full character of Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy can be observed first by the eyes. A rusted ebony of frosting would unfold first along its outskirts and fiercely storm the center of the glass. A graphite stitched charcoal black; it is capable of completely eclipsing light.

It is as rich and awakening to the senses as a heavily roast morning espresso; in fact it smells a lot like one too. Its aroma is paradoxically rousing and relaxing. Bitter espresso is glazed over by vanilla beans and the presence of a tannic Port wine. I love this smell.

Milk chocolate and bitter cocoa are finally introduced with the first sip. The supporting cast includes coffee beans, fudge, dark caramel, biscuit, and vanilla bean accompany, all in good proportion. The flavours don't compete, they blend into one another. The taste deviates slightly from the aroma, although the two share much of the same attributes.

I am slow and appreciative with every sip. I feel a tad indulgent - you should feel indulgent drinking an Imperial Stout! Unexpectedly there is a near absence of bitterness which allows tannic flavours of espresso and vanilla bean to grace the tongue without harshness. The utter absence of alcohol is nothing short of a delusion, but I can't sense any indication of it.

I don't think Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy is my favourite RIS, but it makes a very convincing case. It is stupendously tasty and absurdly drinkable. As good as it is on its own, I really recommend pairing this with dessert, chocolate brownies make a marvelous match. Regardless, be sure to try it one way or another, you'll be quite glad you did!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brought back a can with me to beijing, china.

no date to be found. poured into snifter, near cellar temp.

opaque black. sienna brown head that barely fades at first. then just ring. a couple thin rings of lace.

aroma of coffee, whiff of chocolate. slight stout and coffee acidic character. hints of charred malts and dried fruit. earthy hop notes.

nicely sweet malt and fruity flavors compete with aggressive coffee, char, and hop bitterness. notes of chocolate and coffee, with that hint of coffee/stout acidity. all said however, a bit on the bitter side. hint of both phenols and semi-sweet (dextrins?) on finish, along with the bold bitterness.

very substantial feel, almost viscous. decent smoothness. mild carbonation.

not bad, but expecting just a little bit more from a "top 100" beer. bitterness slightly overpowers the pleasant sweetness and other nuances.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a stout fan but loved this beer.

Black, black as night. Almost too black. Drank straight from the can. Smelled sweet and roasted. It has a thick mouthfeel but goes down very smooth. A slight bitter aftertaste doesn't last long and leaves you wanting more. Small chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Doesn't kill your mouth. Try it!

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Photo of McLovinmybeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was hands down the best American beer I've had out of a can yet. I was impressed by the dark, thick appearance. It had a nice roasty flavor, and was incredibly drinkable for a stronger imperial stout. I'm interested to try some of their other offerings to give me a more balanced opinion of their brews. The can is an incredible marketing strategy for a craft brewery.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can received in a trade with RoBotGod into a snifter.

Appearance is pitch black with a onc inch dark tan head. Leaves a good patchwork of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty with coffee and chocolate notes with some subtle sweet vanilla and a big whiff of alcohol. A slight metallic aroma possibly.

Taste is heavy on the coffee with a bit of dark chocolate as well. Some hints at dark fruit and molasses but overall the coffee roastiness dominates. Finishes with some chocolatey notes and a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite full, smooth like cashmere.

Pretty damn good RIS. Certainly worth a shot if you can get it.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dirty motor oil color (black with a hint of brown if that makes any sense). A head slowly coagulates on top, taking on the same color as the liquid before fading (yes fading) to a dark brown. I have never seen a head so dark in my entire life. After rising to about two fingers, the tight, creamy head seems to have leveled off around half-finger height. Creamy, blanket-like lacing. Looks absolutely sinister.

Smell: Cigar, molasses, oak, mocha, cocoa powder, and burnt malts. Alcohol hides beneath the surface, taking quick stabs at the nostrils without warning. This beer scares me.

Taste: Dark chocolate and burnt malts coat the entire mouth. Ok, i just found some sort of sugary, hairy-looking blob. BM me if you ever find one of these things - it was rather gross. EDIT: just found another in can #3. Moving on - oak, molasses, and tobacco make their presence known, along with French roast coffee and some oily hops. Dry, burnt, aftertaste hangs around forever. Pretty good masking, however alcohol peeks through in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly milky, sticky, heavy, and warm. Only light carbonation. Tremendous mouth-coating. This is a beast!

Drinkability: Not for the faint of heart. Flavor is extremely rich. Watch out for the full body and high ABV. This might just kill you.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a midnight black with a thick cascading brown head that turns into a rocky foam sticking to the sides of the glass. the aroma is not only malty as expected with an imperial stout, but also presents a very distinct hop character. the taste is all that the nose promises with smooth malt and a hoppy sweet finish. with the low co2 and heavy body the alcohol pales in comparison to the great taste of this beer. a very drinkable ten fidy

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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