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 jkendrick
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Absolutely black. It ours from the can looking like it came up from the ground a bubblin' crude. This is so black that not even light escapes. The head is tight and creamy and very dark brown. There is plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate and and coffee predominate, but there is some smokiness and a bit of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Extremely thick and creamy with light to moderate carbonation.

Taste: There is a bitter chocolate taste right up front. The bitterness builds as you savor the coffee, chocolate and licorice flavors. As the primary tastes fade, the bitterness persists with a light smokiness. The alcohol warms without being overpowering.

Overall impression: This is a very bitter stout, but in a good way. The bitterness never overshadows the complexity of flavors. I want my stouts thick and this is one of the thickest, creamiest stouts I've had. Of course the 10% abv contributes to this being a sipping stout. Oskar Blues continues to impress me.

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Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thin fluffy dark tan head was quite delayed in developing after the pour, something I've never experienced before... Thick syrupy appearance during the pour... Deep tar black color that is completely opaque... Coats the glass exceptionally well leaving stellar rings during the session...

S - Rich and sweet... A plethora or malt... Chocolate... Nougat... Toffee... Raisins... An all around great aroma...

T - Roasted and smoky characteristics are potent at the start... Those dissipate to lead in a brief sweetness that is following by the arrival of alcohol and hoppy bitterness... Quick to develop and complex...

M - Thick and syrupy... Chewy... The slightest of carbonation on the tongue... An aggressive stout that isn't afraid to show it's 10% ABV... Bitterness lingers...

D - A sipper... This is a very nice RIS... The look and smell are near perfection... There is a slight drop off in taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability, though all are solid... Best stout from a can I've ever been privileged to sample... Another solid offering from Oskar Blues...

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/6/2008 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX): Pours an inky black hole color body. Big tan head, good lacing, somewhat diminishing. Coffee alcoholy aroma, dark fruitiness, some dustiness. Coffee taste, watery, hot. Dusty. Warming up...Still a little hot, dusty. Malty, dark chocolately taste. Eh, not a fan.

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

Just arrived in Dallas. I popped the can and poured it into a New Belgium chalice. The beer is so dark one could easily mistake it for motor oil--old oil at that, coming from the can. The nose is rich with dark, roasty chocolate notes. Now this is a beer to be savored on a cold night! A wonderful combination of malts, a good amount of chocolate, nutty toffee, a light roasty acridness. Bitterness is high but hops don't make a substantial flavor component. It's all about the malt here.

This is definitely my Christmas night beer this year, when I save something special to enjoy (hopefully in front of the gas fire, if it's cold).

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Photo of fostwal
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty strong beer. Now doubt about it. This is a pitch black brew. Evan the foam is bark. It has a heavy roasted chocolate and caramel odor to it. The taste is very harsh at first. Though it really mellowed out while drinking it. Not sure if it needed to breath or just warm up. Similar to a red wine. In the end, it was a heavily malted, coffee tasting beer. The mouthfeel is ok.

Overall, this is a goodbeer. Definitely better after it breathed some.

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

Can from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 10 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, nasty black mess with a really dark cocoa-colored head with above-average retention - perhaps average, only, but still, very nice - that leaves similarly nice, sticky, frothy lacing. A fierce, deep, intense looking beer, mysterious almost.

Aroma: Smoke is intense on this one, charcoal-like almost, with most other notes taking a backseat. There's still plenty of coffee roast, dirty, earthy, raisins, and a faint warming alcohol note that's only released upon agitation.

Taste: Milky chocolate (with some distinct lactose-like notes), smoky toast, roasted astringencies, deep coffee with plenty of char on the roast - the malt profile on this one is through the roof complex, and it's amazing. There are hints of fruit, dark obviously, and a mild hop bitterness, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. I get a lot of "meaty" notes here, and as a vegetarian, that weirds me out, though I won't take off any points for that.

Mouthfeel: Ooooo, so thick, chewy, smooth, meaty. It's incredibly smooth and milky, thick without being cloying, perfectly carbonated ... everything an RIS should be.

Drinkability: Slightly better out of the can than on tap, in my opinion, much smokier and more intense. Plus, it's out of a can! I wonder how much that's factored into the various reviews. Anyway. This one's good, very good, very drinkable, very flavorful, creamy, milky, smooth, aromatic, pleasant to look at, and though the alcohol's double digits, it's expertly hidden. Highly recommended.

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

Poured from can into a small snifter. Darkest beer ever? Black, with a dark tan head that formed late but came up quickly when it did. One of the prettiest beers out there.

Smell is of the dark malts that make the beer, a lot of chocolate aromas going on.

Taste is straightforward: dark and heavy. The balance is great, I tasted some chocolate flavors, and there was also a bit of a hop presence that I wasn't expecting. Very sweet, this would make a great dessert.

Mouthfeel was impressive, carbonation was fitting with the style. As far as drinkability, I have to say this was perfect. Its 10%, but if I weren't rationing these beers due to its availibiltiy and cost, I could have 2-3, maybe 4. I was craving another can after this, but I restrained myself. Now, I keep thinking about the taste and can't wait to have more.

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

I poured this stout from a 12oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A= This one poured a heavy jet black color with a few ruby highlights around the edges. With an aggressive pour, the light brown head started at 3/4" and slowly settled down to nothing. Some light sheets of spotty lace down my glass.

S= Aromas of sweet malts, mild bittering hops, nutella, and lots of alcohol.

T= Similar to the smell. Lots of malty sweetness, roasty coffee, some chickory, carob, and ripe dark cherries. Smooth earthy hop presence in the middle, followed by a long mildly astringent finish. Bitter coffee aftertaste.

MF= Heavy body, slick oily mouthfeel. Carbonation was decently high despite the density of this beer.

D= An excellent Russian Imperial Stout, one of my favorites for sure. I found this to be damn drinkable and dare I say sessionable, if you consider a session to be two beers and a long nap. Would make a great nightcap brew.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into the DFH snifter. A thick and rich pour yields a huge head that slowly drops. Aromas are rich and sweet with notes of molasses, coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste follows the nose for sure. Thick, rich and creamy sweet abound with dark chocolate, a bit of bitterness and some rich coffee on the finish drying the mouth out just a bit.

This one is scary in the drinkability and is well doen for sure. Quite a nice one to find regularly in 4 packs.

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

Glugs out of the can like used motor oil. Poured opaque with a dark brown head excellent retention and good lacing. Looks delicious.

Extremely roasted, coffee, a little bit of dark chocolate.

Once again extremely roasted, with a little bit of hops in the initial taste but the bitterness in the finish was due to the roasted qualities of the beer.

Very viscous, coated the tongue in a very good way.

Excellent beer, one can is all I want but I will enjoy every sip.

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

I was surprised to see I hadn't reviewed this one yet. Getting low on cans of this, so I better get it done now.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful thick used motor oil black. Nice near medium brown two finger head. Very dark. Plenty of lacing.

Smell- The smell reminds me of smores. Chocolatey and marshmallowy. Roasted coffee as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Very nice taste overall. Just the right amount of bitterness from hops and roasted grains. Overall impression is sweet and chocolatey, but not overly so. Again, this reminds me of smores. Nice thick and slick very full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- A RIS in a can. I love it. Overall pretty darn drinkable given the style.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[Tap @ Hop Devil Grill] Poured a deep, dark, black color with a super dark, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, buttered toffee malts, smoke, and a floral hoppiness. Taste was rather viscous, dripping with roast, smoke, and chocolate, with a fair amount of alcohol, and a super thick mouthfeel. After sampling both batches, the first batch is preferred. Creamier, sweeter, and fuller mouthfeel. More enjoyable over the drier, roastier 2nd batch.

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Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black as night. A decent tan head forms, but recedes fast (standard for a high ABV beer). Lots of sticky lace is left in rings.
A: A roasted malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee. A nondescript fruity hop aroma.
T: Roasted malt of chocolate and coffee up front. A bit of soy sauce. Cloying sweetness. A hop twang as the flavor lingers.
M/D: A full body that is almost to thick and syrupy. Some prickly heat as I take deep sips. Not a hard beer to sip, but one is plenty.

A big monster of a stout. Everything about this is huge. I can't say that it is something I will get again, but interesting to try once.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to Texas Ten Fidy!!!

Pours a deep black with a dark chocolate head. One of the darkest heads I have seen! Head comes alive from deep within the beer mountaining up to build a three finger head. As the head falls, a thick sheet of head remains on the glass, legs for days. Smell is sweet, very fruity. Dark fruit dominates, raspberry, fig, plum covered in burnt brown sugar, mollasses and some roasty smoke. So sweet. Taste is so smooth! Begins with the tiniest bit of burnt toast before giving way to dark fruits... raspberry covered in syrup, chocolate covered raisins, old red grapes. Beautifully drinkable. A bit thin compared to some of the top RIS's but almost sessionable (nevermind your head swimming!). Texas loves the Ten Fidy!

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

I've been sick all week so this is my first beer in seven days....

Holy cow! Just like everyone says, it looks like straight oil! pours up thick black in color with a dark chocolatey head. Great lacing on my Duvel glass. The nose is thick roasty malts, dark chocolate, slight alcohol warmth. Wow! Such a full bodied malt taste rolling through my mouth, subtle smoothe hops give just enough of a bitter bite, dark chocolate, notes of coffee in the finish. Not just full bodied but 'thick' bodied, low smoothe carbo. Just enough carbo to keep this beer alive.

Probably the biggest beer I've ever had out of a can. Crazy....

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Photo of JeffV
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like motor oil as I pour it into my glass. The head is reluctant and I find myself trying to pour in such a way as to accentuate it. However, the head that does emerge is unrelenting and caps the beer from start to finish.

In the nose this beer has a nice chocolatey-coffee smell augmented by a touch of hops and a great malt spine.

The beer's taste is robust and indulgent. Chocolate. Coffee. A little pumpernickel maybe. Some piney hops in the back of the throat.

The one problem I have with it is that at 10.5% this beer has a little too much alcohol bite. I want the alcohol to serve as a crisp way to end a mouthful not as a sterile swab of vodka. This beer is the latter. Its a nitpick because when you buy a beer that is named for its alcohol content (ten fidy) you get what you paid for...

The beer has a delightfully heavy feel in the mouth and you can tell you're drinking an imperial. This isn't a sissy's beer and it does not feel like one.

With that said, it would be tough to choke down many of these in one sitting. On the other hand with the high alcohol content one beer is probably enough.

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

No need to worry about an exploding can as you open. This stuff is just too damn thick. Pitch black oil glugs out of the can. A hard pour created a big muddy head. A regular black hole in the glass. Cool.

Smells like sweet roasted malt, and lots of it. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Light hop oils on the nose.

Chocolate fudge, sweet malt, espresso and hop spice on the palate. Don't think this could taste any better.

A full-bodied RIS that is ridiculously smooth and creamy. Just enough pep from the carbonation to keep all that malt weight from falling flat. Best mouthfeel i've found in an RIS.

After being very underwhelmed by Oskar Blues' Gordon's DIPA, I was a rigid skeptic of Ten FIDY's hype...until I popped the top. Ten FIDY is not only the best beer in a can, but it might be the best RIS i've had yet.

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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 HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up on tap in a pint glass, this brew pours an oily black in the dim light of the cantina. The depth of the color is a bit difficult to ascertain, but the rich mocha color of the head is a good hint. Said head is thin and fleeting however, yielding some early lacing yet surrendering such things as time moves along.

Smells of deep chocolate, carob, and roasted malts. Not much for hops yet pretty inviting, and with a notable alcohol volatility.

Tastes nice with chocolate, coffee and a bit of toasted caramel. A light bitter finish lingers given a well placed carbonation level. Offers a nice feel and drink. Alcohol is well hidden on the tongue yet notable on the nose. Not a lot of variety on the taste, but what is there is pretty good.

An Oskar Blues brew I would recommend, vs. condemn, what a concept! Not an outstanding RIS, yet decent, and worth a try. Might be better in the can if it holds the carbonation better, will pick up if I can find a single...

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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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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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