Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

BA SCORE
96
world-class
9,852 Ratings
Ten FIDYTen FIDY
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
9,852
Reviews:
2,610
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
737
Gots:
2,818
For Trade:
127
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,852 |  Reviews: 2,610
Photo of Patches826
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Smidge
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of atomlane
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NJB145
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of WiggyKGB
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of teemoney
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SteelersX
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

 1,555 characters

Photo of dm123
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of pagriley
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can a few months old

A - pours oil black with decent 1 finger tan head that lingers
S - sweet malts with roasted coffee and hints of dark fruit
T - Malt forward with a thwack of roast bitterness at the back end
M - rich, creamy and full bodied - session this indeed...

Overall a superb imperial stout - pretty much the benchmark for me. Have had this a year old and it does evolve nicely, but fresh is pretty much just awesome, so not sure how many will see a birthday from this year in my cellar!

 506 characters

Photo of SomethingClever
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into tulip glass


A: darkness pure and simple mocha head it laces and clings on the glass


S: licorice roasted malts maybe some alcohol 


T: deep robust roast, silky chocolate, licorice, a little coffee, nutty sweet on the tongue big satisfying aftertaste


M: creamy luscious on the mouth just coats and clings even after it is gone it just lays on your tongue 


O: Amazing its deep complex layered and the mouthfeel goes and goes it's everything a stout should be and it's in a can. WTF are you reading this for buy it now price be damned

 567 characters

Photo of Jonny_5
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of TheChadWasGood
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of dmadsen
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of FreddieMercuryHayes
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chillwave22
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Wiz99
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Big_V
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

12oz can poured into my sniffer
A-Dark with very faint head
S-Maybe some roasted malt with chocolate. Not much else.
T-Getting faint chocolate and some coffee. About it. Got a nice buzz quickly from just one can.
M-low carbonation, heavy body
O-The can didn't provide a date. Not getting much in the flavor department that other people have described. To me this beer was just 'meh'. If I'm in the mood for a stout this won't be my first choice.

 446 characters

Photo of jyacco15
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of odomosan
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Pours midnight black with a wonderful thick brown foamy head.
S - Aroma is of roasted coffee and chocolate.
T - I taste bitter or burnt chocolate.
M - Not as chewy as I expected, more medium body.
O - This is an outstanding Imperial Stout, can't think of one better.

 271 characters

Photo of Jrod4948
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tappangordo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.33 out of 5 based on 9,852 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe