Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

2,596 Reviews

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

I picked this up at Liquor Max this summer and have been hoarding it since.

A - poured black with the brownest head I have seen on a beer

S - very heavy chocolate tones with a little burnt malt character.

T - as the nose suggested, this is chocolaty--tastes like a mix of very rich bakers and dark chocolate. On the finish there are burnt malts and coffee, but they are not as dominate as the chocolate taste. Also, this thing started off really hot and the alcohol noticeably subsided after the first couple of drinks. Once Ten Fidy warmed, it became one of the better RIS's I have had, however it is extremely rich in the chocolate department.

M - medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

D - once Ten Fidy warmed a bit it became quite delicious. Although I gave it a 4 for drinkability, it is hard to have more than a couple if you want to stay sober. One of the better RIS's I have tried. At first the flavors were too tuned up for my liking, but once I started sipping this one down it became a pleasurable experience.

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

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A: Dark as a black hole with a good sized, brown, head. A bit of lacing too.

S: Milkchocolate (lots!), Coffee, Roasted malts, Grain.

T: Chocolate, Bitter coffee, Dark caramel, Hint of vanilla.

M: Extremely thick and robust. Medium carbonation. Initial feeling is sweet and intense but at the end you feel the 98 ibu's kicking in and balacing it out.

First imperial stout in a can i've tried and what a great start. I am lucky 2 have a couple of more of these sitting in my fridge. Recommended!

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

Printed on can bottom: ENJOY #2
CANNED ON 10-28-08

You gotta love that! Reviewing a 12oz. can, also tasted on tap today. Poured into a Duval tulip a pitch black, almost brown, with a two-finger cocoa brown cap. Good head retention with mild carbonation. When the head goes, it's gone.

The smell is roasty dark malts, coffee and chocolatte...and I do mean Latte. The alcohol comes through just a teeny bit as it warms.

The taste is great, lots of roasty coffee, some licorice, burnt wood, and soothing chocolate with pleasant sweetness. A little push from the alcohol, from start to finish, keeps things rolling along and adds to the balance. For the potency of this brew, the alcohol fits in well and doesn't seem hot. I could see this brew ageing just fine however.

The body is medium, the carbonation subtle...for having an ABV of 9.5%, this stuff drinks like a champ. Thoroughly enjoyable! (a little tastier on tap)

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Photo of srroos
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comparison Between 2007 and 2008:

Alright, just opened one old and one new can of Ten FIDY:

2007 - Opaque black, nice chocolate brown head
2008 - Opaque black, smaller head

2007 - Lots of chocolate, some coffee
2008 - Mostly Coffee, somewhat burnt aroma

2007 - Coffee, Smoke, little Chocolate
2008 - Chocolate, Smoke, some Coffee

2007 - Full Bodied, Less Carbonation
2008 - Full Bodied, More Carbonation

2007 - Very easy to drink for such a big beer
2008 - Heavier and harder to drink due to less carbonation

I like the look and smell of the 2007 better, but the 2008 is more pleasant to drink. I'm not a hug fan of what one year has done to this beer, but I'll probably hang onto the other cans from 2007 to try this again in a year.

Original Review of 2007 Can (3-25-08):

Thanks to Oxymoron for the trade!

Poured agressively from the 12oz can into a pint glass. Came out pitch black with two fingers of dark brown head. Left loads of lacing down the glass as it settled. Not much for aroma, just a bit of chocolate. Taste was much better, with lots of semisweet chocolate with a little coffee and smoke flavor. Full bodied and creamy in the mouth, with an excellent bitter finish. Very drinkable, if this were available locally I'd probably drink a couple cans in a sitting.

I've never had such a top notch beer in a can before. Excellent!

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Photo of beersheppard
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a thick and viscous pour, midnight black with brown head, great lacing, decent head retention.

Smell: roasty chocolate malts

Taste: light coffee, HEAVY chocolate, full flavored, roasted malts, a little alcohol, robust.

Drinkability: A delicious and hearty brew for the stout lover. It lived up to the hype.

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

Mad ups to imstillthegman for an excellent trade. I thought I had tossed in enough to match him but no, no I did not. Dude's a class act all the way.

Anyhow, this is the awesome can ever. Pours nearly as excellent as it's packaged, deep dark completely opaque blackness with a respectable, but short-lived, head.

Smells great, easily among the premier RISes. Heavy esters of wood, light chemical ethanol, raisins, dark red wine, cacoa, and burnt malt.

Tastes great, not quite as smooth and well-rounded as it smells but still great. Starts with lightly sweet, pleasantly mushroomy taste (odd, I know, but good). This moves into a woody middle with lots of raw porter malt and bitter dark chocolate, which slides into an end of alcohol zing and dry red wine. The hops are huge but not really present until the aftertaste. I'm drinking this at room temp but my guess is that it'd seem hoppier chilled.

It's a wonderful party going on inside this glass but you might not want to park your car right out front, if you get my drift. Things get kind of rough in there.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on trade as an extra from a gracious trader.

A- Pours as black as night, very opaque black, looks like dirty motor oil, Thin dark brown head. As I swirl it around the glass it leaves a oily brown color around the glass for a few second...BEAUTIFUL beer

S- Not very impressed with the smell at first, it had alot going on, I smelled some soy sauce right away. Maybe some chocolate and caramel going on but not much. As it gets warmer the smell really comes out IMO I get alot more chocolate and caramel comes out

T- Taste so much better than it smells, big chocolate taste. Awesome RIS!!

M- Not as thick as I was expecting but very good. The longer it sets the thicker it gets

D- Not a session but very drinkable.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours like motor oil from the can. It is jet black, with a thin brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving sparce lacing.

This beer has a bittersweet chocolatey aroma. It has a roasted malt aroma. It smells very sweet. Some dark fruit aromas mix in as well. Figs and prunes. Alcohol is hidden well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Sweet caramel and chocolate. The roasted malts taste nice. It has a mild coffee flavor as well.

This full bodied beer goes down smooth, leaving a dark fruit aftertaste. It is VERY thich, and low in carbonation, suiting the style.

I dont know that this beer would make a good session beer. The 10% ABV is a bit much, and the huge, aggressive flavor would be hard to handle for too long.

Overall: Thanks to Russpowell and OHLRangers for both generously hooking me up with the beer. It is another fine beer to drink on the 75th anniversery of the repeal of prohibition.

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Photo of charlzm
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/05/08. Served at 52 degrees into a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a viscuous black into the glass. Thick! A two finger dark tan head erupts then subsides to a sticky foam lacing in a few minutes.

Aroma is mainly metallic (sorry, Oskar Blues, but all your beers smell metallic to me when they come out of the can). There is a slight sweet roast malt smell as well.

Thick as a milkshake and a little prickly from carbonation. Nice.

Flavors: deep roasted malt. Slight smoke. Some coffee style bitterness on the finish. A little granular and chocolatey as well. ABV not a significant component of the flavor.

This beer is almost undone by a nasty metallic taste. What's up with that? I'd love to have this on draft for comparison, as it seems to be a really good beer aside from this metallic issue (that is shared with Old Chubb and Dale's Pale Ale as well). Luckily, this faded as the beer sat in the glass a little while. It never fully went away, though.

Overall, I will not be buying another 4 pack of this stuff or anything else from Oskar Blues in cans.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
THANKS TO wolffman17 for hooking me up with this!

This is what an Imperial Stout should look like! So dark that it's black liquid with a massive head of chocolate colored foam, produced from a medium pour. Amazing retention and great lacing.

Big chocolate and coffee notes mixing with sweet maltiness make this one truly inviting nose. Mild woody notes and a slight hoppiness. Hints of leather and caramel.

Lots of dark chocolate flavor combines with dark roasted coffee beans. Bite of liquorice. Taste/smoothness of oatmeal. Leather shows up in the taste, also. Hint of vanilla and some charred oak. Slight hoppy bite at the end.

Big, thick and oily in the mouth. As an Imperial Stout should be. Excellent.

This is an excellent brew. I'm slowly getting turned around to the idea of canned beers being okay, not an abomination.
If more breweries would produce canned beers on the quality level that Oscar Blues does, I'd have no problem with cans.
Man, I could drink these all night long! Damn, I love a good stout.

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Photo of lefchr051
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazing RIS Thick as oil, With little head
tastes of rosted malts, Chocolate, coffee, slight alcohol. Little hop bitterness tasted. Feels thick and syrupy in the mouth. A nicer sipper beer would be hard to drink fast considering the thickness of it, but i Could drink these all night if the alcohol wasnt so strong.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is on of my favorite Imperial Stouts.
This lusceous black liquid malty goodness pours an almost syrupy black liquid that gives a waffer thin tan head/

The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, flaked oats, a wee hint of hops. And of coarse licerice, which is almost always present in an imperial stout.

The taste is of lots of roasty and toasty malts. A litte hop bitterness to balnce this out. At 98 ibu's it has incredibaly smooth bitterness, not harsh or up in your face.

Since it has 10% abv you can't have more than a couple of these so although it is smooth, it is potent! So GO EASY on this one. It is deceptive.

Too drinkable! But a great ale.

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

A) Impenetrable blackness that only shows a razor thin edge of clarity when the glass is tilted 45 degrees. My imperial British pint glass seems to suck light into an inky void. A thin but persistent ropey head leaves spots of lace.

S) A hoppy vanilla milkshake.

T) First contact isn't pleasant. Harsh charcoal and ash with burnt sweet coffee spilled on it. It's too much. As I start to acclimate to the Rummy sweetness, the dark roasted coffee and refreshing citric hops start to shine. Before too long, I'm hooked, taking deep satisfying pulls from the glass.

M) Heavy cream, only the slightest carbonation in tiny bubbles. I think I swallow each sip 3 times, it clings to the palate with a long lasting oily lip smacking finish.

D) Like a tub that's too hot, getting in feels harsh and punishing, but once you're in: oh momma it's good. Dark heavy handed professional brings the skills; clean, bright hop profile that's unique without being charring, This beer doesn't just scratch that spot, it hammers it. Bravo, and thank God you've made it to Texas.

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

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- First thing I notice upon popping the tab, this beer is filled to capacity. The deep brown liquid spewed forth and stained my carpet, provoking me to cuss and say some things I shouldn't have said. I grab the Spot Shot and take care of business before the wife gets home.

Now the pour...

Holy GOD! This beer pours blacker than any liquid I've ever seen come from a bottle or can. It's literally *jet* black, supporting a two finger crown the color of cocoa powder. It settles over time, and laces mildly.

Smell- If hops came in a chocolate scent, I mean really fresh, wet West Coast hops, then this would be the benchmark beer. It's loaded with aromas of coffeebeans, chocolate, hops, and what seems like spearmint. Outrageous.

Taste- A big, roasted malt profile plays along with the terrific hop character that begins right at the outset and last well after the swallow. The concentrated presentation is supremely balanced, a meal in itself.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Chewy and active, just enough to engage the palate and demonstrate the effectivenes of this beer's overall bigness. Slick and mouthfilling, this will literally stain your teeth brown. Alcohol is completely hidden beneath the hops, a real winner for the style.

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

Reviewed on 3/18/08. Can. Poured oily black with hardly any head. The aroma was not very strong, but I got some chocolate, roast, and alcohol. Flavor strong in roast and citrusy hops. At some points, it tasted like I was having a stronger/thicker Gordon. This was a thick and hearty beer, definitely a slow sipper. I liked it, but it had a little too much roast/bitterness than I cared for. Also a very strong alcohol presence.

UPDATE: Had on tap at Plan B (suspect it was on nitro). It had a much larger and creamier head than from the can. Much smoother and easier to drink and there was less roastiness/bitterness than I had detected previously. Definitely prefered the on tap version, so sample on tap if you can! 7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Premium beer at of a can, who'd a thought?

A Magic 8 ball black, no light coming through. Pours unbelievably thick. Ring of caramel brown head which was slightly disappointing, but not enough to complain.

S Tons of Oats come through to produce a Whole Milk scent. Light scents of coffee, chocolate, and a slight bit of alcohol come through.

T Incredible oats from start to finish, With beautiful matured dark fruits. Bitter coffee and chocolate to finish. As my tasting buddy pointed out, it has a leather smokey feel and taste to it. A little bit hot.

Didn't think it was all it was cracked up to be. Have another one but I don't know how well a can will age...

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

Had a sample of this beer.

Pours a dark dark black color with nice head and lacing.

Smell is of lots of chocolate malts with a moderate roasted characteristic.

Taste is bitter with hops to balance the intense sweetness. The chocolate malt and roasted characteristic are balanced with a minty hop aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

The 10 % abv is not overwhelming. This is a nice RIS that I could easily drink again.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This is one seriously dark, sludgy thick beer. Just pouring it I am already worried about surviving putting this into my system. Tall and frothy dark tan head that hangs around for awhile. Pure black and highly viscous. Looks like something meant to be in machines not humans.

S - Surprisingly, hops are the first thing that come to mind. Chocolate, roasted malts and a slight metallic aroma.

T - Inversely to the smell, hops are no where in sight until the aftertaste and they are minimal at that. Still a very smooth and well balanced flavor. This is about as sweet as I can take with a slight alcohol presence. Roastiness, chocolate and coffee are all mild. Not an overpowering flavor but dense.

M - Very smooth and milky. It does leave a sticky sweet film and I would like a little more carbonation, but I'm coming to the realization that this is supposed to be how a highly ranked stout should feel.

D - A calorie dense beverage that feels sweeter than it is. I like this one a lot but it is a bit too much after a couple. Increasing the abv and the bitterness and I would stick with this one all night.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really dark with a chocolate off white head

Smells really chocolatey, with dark malt and a little bit of bourbon or alcohol in the background

Tasted like a good porter, smokey, chocolate, and then you get a hit as if you've just chased it with some shot of bourbon

Feels fine, smooth like guiness

Couldn't have much more than the pint I had!

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured in a pint glass.

Wow, this beer is intense. Pours very thick dark brown/block with chocolate brown head. It tastes almost like a cafe mocha at first, getting more bitter as the beer warms. The alcohol is differently hidden well in the taste (although i definately felt it), and i don't get as strong a roasted malt taste as i do with other stouts.

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Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Bridgids in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia during Philadelphia Beer Week 2007.

Pours pitch black with huge foamy beige head. Malty aroma of roasted coffee, chcolate and toffee. Excellent easy drinking stout. ABV very well masked. Very complex with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate maltiness, oatmeal, toffee, caramel and a nice bitter hop finish.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To quote my mother-in-law, this beer is very "beery". I guess that means it'll grow hair on your chest... or that other place, huh huh. Very thick malty presence, hardly any hops, but a warming feel of alcohol as it goes down your throat. You could say it's like pure dark chocolate in a bottle. Very nice on these cold nights in the VA mountains.

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Photo of Strix
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, small chocolate-colored head.

Smells of roasted malt.

Tastes of roasted malt with a hint of burned wood and aftertaste of dark chocolate. A big beer, yet the bitterness doesn't run away with the show. Alcohol is well masked.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, coats the mouth nicely.

Easily the best beer I've had from a can. Right up there with other great imperial stouts.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring this deep dark oilish looking beer into a pint glass the brown head given is quite appeasing. When it reduces to a great amount of lingerence of lacing. The aroma of cooking chocolate, smokeyness and licorice great the nose and tantilize it. While this beer has a bold and flavorful taste of cooking chocolate, toffees, and smoke. The aftertaste of alcohol stays on the tongue and roasted malts.

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

Can purchased from Ken's Pacific Park market in Aliso Viejo.

Appearance: Glop glop glop, it pours out like motor oil. Black as night The head rises rapidly toward the end of my pour in a gorgeously rich shade of milk chocolatey brown. Around half a centimeter of residual head remains clinging to the top of the beer, with dashes of lacing strewn about my glass. A beautiful beer.

Smell: Bitter chocolate, licorice, traces of alcohol, and a hint of smoke. Subdued compared to the rest of this beer.

Taste: Bold yet balanced. Chocolate and coffee are present but mild. Mildly bready and smokey. Hints of dark fruit. Lingering warming effect. Bitterness dances between hops and roastiness. Big flavors, but little stands out beyond a large roasty presence.

Mouthfeel: Chewing on silk. The epitome of lusciousness.

Drinkability: Many flavors, but none dominates. Surprisingly mild aftertaste for such a big beer makes drinking easy. This is an extreme beer, but still is quite drinkable. Works better with food though. Highly drinkable, though I wish it had something in it that made me want to savor it just a bit more.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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