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Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

2,533 Reviews

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I can easily say that this beer is the best I have had from a can.

The first shocking revelation is that wow this beer is like black molassas and motor oil after about 15,000 miles. I cannot believe the depth of color. Mine was poured into a trappist glass. As you swirl the beer a greenish tan head forms. This beer absolutely sticks to the sides of the glass!

The shock does end with the appearance. The smell confirms that the green tint was in fact hop resins. That hop bite cannot be felt as a result of the huge malt character and overwelming mouth feel.

This beer is one of if not the best imperial stout I have ever had the pleasure of driking. God bless Oskar Blues!

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

Finally had a chance to try this beer. Ordered a can while at Sunset this past Saturday. Poured into a tulip glass. First thing you notice is that it comes out of the can like motor oil. Probably the thickest beer I have ever seen. Dark black body, with a large brown head. Smelled like roasted coffee beans. More coffee in the flavor, mingled with chocolate and malt. A perfect example of an RIS. Even at 10% abv, it still seemed smooth enough to drink a few. Maybe it's a good thing it only comes in 4 packs. Definitely has earned it's reputation as a worth stout and a must-try.

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Photo of jojox
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty black. Light carbonation and not much head.

s - raisin, dried red fruit, prunes.

t - coffee chocolate nut roasted/burnt. some smoked meat taste. Slightly bitter finish but no noticable hop flavor. Very dark with the kind of "charcoal" taste.

m - smoother and viscous, not much CO2

d - I woulnd't say so high. It's too tasty.

This is a good, strong stout. I love the can. Can't serve it too col and a touch more CO2 would be welcome. It kinda reminds me of the Le COQ.

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

a: light brown wisps of foam on top of a deep black crude body

s: dark chocolate and sweet coffee; chocolate syrup; pretty light

t:dark chocolate; coffee; raw wheat husk; burnt toffee; slight unpleasant medicinal taste

m: thick and syrupy in a good way

d: a decent istout and certainly the only i stout i have had from a can which is pretty cool. maybe i'll take some next time i go backpacking

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Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pour gives a nice mocha-brick colored head that quickly recedes to a thin layer, the beer itself is an almost-black-brown in color

s: rich chocolate and roasted barleys dominate, leaning a bit to the chocolate side, a syrup of dark figs and prunes provides sweetness, molasses, dark green hop aroma, a little peanut butter in the background, abv barely shows as it warms and gives a light minty note

m: delicate light carbonation, full body, a little silky, just doesn't have that thick, intimidating mouthfeel I really like in the style

t: carries the entire spectrum of expected ris flavors in a very smooth fashion, rich roasts run throughout and impart a gentle astringency, tempered with a dark chocolate cream, mild hop bitterness, peanut butter-dark chocolate lingers long, very nice

d: very easy

single can from Norm's Vienna

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Photo of daythree16
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to phil7568 for this one!

Upon opening the can, there is no hiss of carbonation escaping. It's strange and unfamiliar to only hear the metal tab scraping the sides of the mouth as it's being pulled back. It definitely doesn't smell like any other beer I've had out of the can. Poured into my snifter, it looks like motor oil: dark black, thick, and absolutely no carbonation.

Swirling the glass around produces a small amount of head and releases a little more of the bouquet. The smell is of chocolate, raisins, and a little spicy alcohol. Takes a couple of sips just to sort all the complex flavors. Bitter, dark chocolate up front, then a bit of mild caramel sweetness followed by a bitter finish that seems to be more hop-induced than the chocolate malt. It also fades into a really nice caramel aftertaste.

As far as mouthfeel is concerned, it feels like it looks: thick and syrupy. Also, it's very lightly carbonated. This is a fairly big beer, so I doubt I'd have more than two, but I'd certainly enjoy the hell out of those two.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I noticed Ten Fidy was getting scarce so I snagged up a 4 pack before it went extinct.

Pop the can and pour it gently into a pint glass. It's as thick as any other beer I can remember and has great head. This is a truly black beer. Most imperial stouts let light through on just the edges. This one is completely opaque. The bubbles fight their way to the top through the ultra viscous stout. Lacing is outstanding.

Aroma is malty, rich, and roasty. There's coffee and chocolate too.

The flavor is truly exceptional. It's creamy and chocolatey. It's sweet yet bitter. It's definately roasted. Holy cow.

Mouthfeel is velvety, creamy, smooth as hell. It's thick too but in a good way, coating my mouth and throat.

Drinkability is high but that's all relative. You'd have to be brave to tackle all four in a night. One is good, two is almost too much.

This is an incredible beer and deserves to be held in high regard. Please, Oskar Blues, don't let this one go retired.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Lord!

An amazingly balanced, yet super strong, Imperial Stout. And it comes in a beauty of a can.

Dark as night in the glass. Thin tan head with little to no lacing on the glass.

Aroma of Cocoa and Soy Sauce.

Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, smores. Everything you could want from an R.I.S., without the raisin/liquorice flavor that I despise.

Creamy mouthfeel with a bitter finish. Big hop center like all Oskar Blues beers.

A killer beer that you can really savor for at least 40 minutes.

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Photo of Enola
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark black with a small tan head. The smell is a nice blend of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and more. The taste had some sort of funky medicinal taste that detracted from the brew somewhat. the abv show and there is a nice roasted aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This is a slow sipper and a very filling brew that is a unique find in a can.

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Photo of medic25
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the can into a snifter. The first thing I notice is the total blackness of this beer. It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.
Aroma is a sweet malty chocolate. The taste is a fantastic balance if malt and hop, with great hints of coffee, fruit, and burnt malt. Very little carbonation (almost silent when I popped the tab), this is a thick, syrupy delicious meal of a beer. A little pricey, but this would make a fantastic treat of a beer on a cold night.

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Photo of phil7568
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this beer forever.

I thought about chugging from the can but I managed to take just a sip. nice.

This looks great in a glass. Jet black body with a nice thick head.

What a great imperial stout! This stuff is smooth and buttery. Cocoa and coffee dominate.

I've had two and I could go for another but I won't, I'm already a little tipsy.

Awesome Imperial stout. I will be getting more.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet-black, no light through on this one, with a big, thick, dark caramel brown colored head that just sits there, clinging to the edges of the pint glass. Smells of LOADS of dark baking chocolate, extreme roastiness, coffee, caramel, really intense. As is the flavor. Extreeeemely roasty, burnt toast, charred meat, bitter, dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso beans, black licorice/anise, burnt figs, raisins. Some hop bitterness in the finish, as well as some alcohol heat. Extremely viscous, oily, thick & slick body that completely coats the mouth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Tons of flavors and depth on this one. Tremendous beer. We have a winner.

Old Chub is easily one of my favorite scottish ales, and Dale's Pale Ale is pretty damn good when I had it on tap too. Looks like Im gonna have to try their Gordon!

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

From notes taken at Lenora's Way in Brooklyn, NYC. 26 July 2008:

Whoa! This little can packs a punch! Quite possibly, no... without question, the darkest beer I've ever seen! BLACK. No light gets through. Creamy dark brown head. Exceptional retention given the strength. Nice lacing. Dark malt aroma. Some dark fruit. Some cocoa. Some background 'spent' hop. Mainly just dark malt. Coffee-like. Black coffee like. And that carries over into the flavor. More black coffee. Rich. Blanketing. Somewhat acidic, but not too much acidic. Solid mouthfeel. Firm and oily smooth. Flavors become more apparent as it warms, revealing more fruitiness (fig, burnt currant - which means dark berry-like fruitiness but with a bit of a tang, raisin, prune), lots of bittersweet chocolate, more coffee in a less roasty/acidic vein, more 'spent' and earthy/leafy hops, black licorice, burnt sugar, and alcohol. Solid bitterness. Quite the beast! Impressive. My fellow drinkers are satiated at one sip... ... I, however, could have another! Drinkable in the summer heat in Brooklyn? Yeah, with air conditioning! I'll have to grab some of this to enjoy as the leaves fall or the snow sets. Wonderfully super-rich libation! WHOAH!!! DAMN, I just looked at the receipt - $8 a can!!!?? Better make that just a 'few' cans for the entire winter season ;)

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

A- Nice black beer with a brownish tan head.

S- Smells of anise, chocolate and roasted smells are very present.

T- There is a powerful anise taste which I like. This beer is very smooth. Great representation of an RIS.

M- Feels good on the mouth, a bit thick and oily.

D- Easy to drink, even easier to drink in a can, I'm glad it comes in a can.

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

A special thanks to tdt560 for hooking me up with this one.

A - Poured a black color very similar to pouring used motor oil into a glass with a brown head that leaves good lacing

S - Is of delicious roasted malt and chocolate

T - Is just like the smell roasted malt gives way to a great chocolate taste

M - This beer is creamy smooth with light carbonation to it

D - This is everything a good imperial stout should be awesome taste thats very smooth I think I'd try to drink this all night long or until it kicks my ass worth hunting out to try

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice Russian Imperial Stout. Perhaps the hoppiest RIS I have ever sampled. Pours as black as my heart! Absolutely gorgeous!

Characteristic Imperial Stout smell. Malt and chocolate.

Delicous roasted malt appeals to the tongue while the hop profile is amazing for the style!

Maybe the thickest beer I have ever seen!

Hard to believe beer from a can is this good! Bravo! Oskar Blues has a winner with this one!

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Photo of Trueant1
2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recomonded by a friend.

Pours a nice head. Off white and 1 inch thick.

Smells of malts, hops and a hint of chocolate.

Tastes a bit thin for this style. A bit stale. chocolate, coffie and maybe even burnt malts present.

A thin mouthfeel for this style..

This was a decent beer but did not want to finish it.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours super thick as you would expect, pretty dark tan head. Smell is thick and roasty, alcohol, chocolate but nothing really sweet. The taste is just a soup of roastiness and bitter chocolate but it's really masked by the alcohol and slickness of the body. It's pretty flavor and not so in your face, except that it's like drinking sludge. This would be hard to drink a whole glass of, and I probably would never want to do it. There are other Imperial Russian Stouts that I have drank whole glasses of and have loved, so Ten Fidy gets marked down in that area.

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

Poured from a 12oz can (no dating info) that my buddy shipped me from Colorado. I let it warm up to proper temp before popping it open. It poured out like motor oil into the pint glass. It was pitch black and thick. It had a 2 finger dark brown head that slowly settled into a constant foam. No visible carb but great lacing that stuck around till it was finished. The smell was coffee, roasted choc malts and alcohol. It had a bit too much of an alcohol smell for me to rate higher. The taste was also impacted by the high alcohol. I had other RIS with same or higher ABV that masked it better. Not bad but kept me from really enjoying it. The rest of the taste was really good. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy but the alcohol left an oily feeling on the tongue. Overall, a good but not great beer from OB. Will need to try again to make sure the sample was proper. Also would love to try on tap again. I had it in a sampler at the brewery/restaurant and seem to remember it being better.+

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

(Served in a dimple mug)
It just seemed wrong to pour from a can to a chalice.

A- This beer pours an obsidian black body that looks almost like a nitrogen pour. There is a thick chocolate milkshake head that is creamy and could be spread like frosting. It last for much of the beer. There are a few odd, tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but no light exited.

S- The smell of black roasted malt has a slight sweet dark chocolate smell and a hint of creamy that came through when it warmed.

T- The big taste of black diesel exhaust quickly gave way to a black roasted malt flavor with a soft fusel taste and some dark prune notes. There was a bit of cream flavor to the prunes as the beer warmed and the finish was a nice black malt bitterness. There was a soft spicy note that came through the roasted finish aswell.

M- This beer had a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture but no real alcohol heat.

D- This is a big engine oil body with a dark roast smooth and creamy flavor. Not really complex but enough depth to keep this monster interesting.

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

A. Poured into a 12 oz snifter glass. Black liquid with a dark brown head. Pretty sexy.

S. Roasted malt and some sweet mocha tones.

T. Robust and flavorful, a rich almost chocolate taste with the roasted malt and a bit of a coffee tinge. Hop profile is subdued to the heady malt.

M. Full bodied and smooth.

D. Very enjoyable, would certainly have again. The ABV is hidden in taste, but noticable after drinking.

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Photo of cbn
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid black body, mocha head, sticky lace.

Sweet roasted malt, lightly floral hop, trace of alcohol.

Sweet and malty with a healthy dose of bitter hop. Grainy and fruity flavors mix well with citric and alcohol notes.

Smooth, a bit oily and fairly heavy, just as the name implies.

Drinkability is diminished slightly by heavyness and high alcohol content.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a large brown foamy head. This is really a special looking beer. The lacing is fantastic and the color is so dark no light can shine through. The smell is pungent with roasted malt,alcohol,cocoa,chocolate,and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is very creamy,like hot chocolate or chocolate milk. Like the smell,the taste has alcohol,roasted malt,dark fruit and of course,chocolate. The m/f is very heavy with all the flavors mixing well. This is a true Russian Imperial Stout. Thick,strong,flavorful,if you want a special beer, here you go.

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

Shout out to Jw347 for ten fidy, not fidy cent.

This beer pours out like the sludge of the bottom of your engine. Viscous, dark, midnight black with a thin coffee head. I thought I was going to need a fork to drink it.

Subdued smells of mocha, chocolate, slight alcohol.

Hershey syrup taste with hops and a shot of alcohol thrown in. Smooth and creamy, Like Billy Dee Williams.

Sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Good beer to drink at Ten fidy at night, or early morning. Drink it now, and how.

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

12oz can, courtesy of Getinthevan.

Pours completely black, with no highlights and a small khaki head composed of very small bubbles. Nose is fairly mild, with a nice milk chocolate aroma, some coffee and cream and faint brown sugar. Taste is a nice, hefty roastiness, balanced by chocolatey sweetness, a hint of smoke, and an appropriate level of hop bitterness. Drier than other stouts in its class. The mouthfeel on this one is really exceptional for a non-oatmeal stout. It's quite weighty without being too sweet or sticky, and the high ABV is nearly invisible. A fantastic example of a by-the-book imperial stout.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,533 ratings.
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