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 PatronWizard
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a badass box o'beer from tedstertm. And it comes in a can.

Wow...a can. Very black with a thin dark beige head that disappears quickly.

Black licorice scent. Hint of alcohol.

Taste is what I've come to think of as 'stoutish', though this one is heavier on the coffee flavor and nicely done at that. I like it.

Not as thick as possible, but far from thin. Good feel. Goes down way too easy. 10% is unnoticeable.

A lot of beers I try and forget about. This one is going right back on my wants list.

Overall: awesome ... in a can

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

A: This is one great looking stout. Thick and viscous like motor oil and completely black. A nice near 1 finger mocha colored head appeared with a very aggressive vertical pour. Lots of sticky brown syrupy lacing left behind too. Beautiful.

S: Nice mild aromas of chocolate and coffee. A nice roasted and toasty stout with a very faint alcohol tinge on the nose...so faint...I really had to try to find it.

T: Wow! This is a big stout in an unassuming little (and expensive, it was $4) can. Taste is deep, rich and intense. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, and a nice hop presence and alcohol to round out the sweetness.

M: Very thick and exceptionally easy to drink. Rich, velvety smooth. It's like liquid satin for your tongue. Nice mild throat warming too. Just awesome.

D: This is dangerously drinkable. 10% ABV, and you can't even tell. I literally could pound these down, except that would be blasphemy, because it's way too flavorful and enjoying. This RIS is best enjoyed slowly, although is definitely something you could EASILY chug.

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

This beer poured an inky black with a single-finger dark tan head that lingered for a while. The smell is big on roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate. They taste starts off with deep roasted malt that gave way to dark chocolate and coffee with some pleasant bitterness. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, and there is not as much heat on the back end as I expected. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with very find carbonation. This is a very tasty beer, a good mix of Russian Imperial flavors without the huge bitter punch that can be offputting at times. A great beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to purchasing supposedly one of the best Russian Imperial Stout's around. At about $12.99 a 4 pack I would to wait until I got a good paycheck before I went out and tried some of these. Pours the darkest black you can imagine and smells of roasted malts. The taste is very smooth and has a slight alcohol warming at the end. It's very flavorful and I'm glad I tried it, still no sure if it totally lived up to the hype though.

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

Meant to review this awhile ago but forgot. My memories are a little hazy, but the overall opinion is clear--this is a great RIS.

A: Given that I was drinking this in a Tampa, FL hotel room, I wasn't able to actually pour anything. But the can is beautiful. I'm just going to assume it's a good looking brew.

S: Roasted malts, boozy sugar, chocolate and coffee

T: Exactly like the smell. The sugar was a little much at some points but overall this is some seriously good stuff.

M: Smooth and creamy, a requirement for a good RIS

D: Not too high up there given the intensity and high abv. I never know how to rank drinkability for these beers. There's no way you're drinking more than one or two of these. But they're awesome.

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

Good lord, this is a meal of a stout. Tar black with a ton of head when you pour it. Really strong smell of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes the same, and I was also getting some black licorice in there. Phenomenal. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, without coming across as syrupy.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours an endless black, with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen on a beer. An old man sitting adjacent to me said to his wife, "Did you see how dark that is?" Great head retention and extensive, thick lacing, to start a great looking Imperial Stout.

S: Didn't get a huge smell out of this one, dissapointing, had some nice chocolate and molasses note.

T: Great flavour, big dark chocolate dominates the overall flavour. French Roast coffee is there as a hint of bitterness, light brown sugar as well. Very enjoyable.

M: Thick and slick, very full-bodied like Old Viscosity, creamy, smooth.

D: This is a great stout from Oskar Blues, I knew I had to jump on the chance to try it at Beachwood. It wasn't mind-blowing like Oak Aged Yeti or Abyss, but it was still great stuff.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the can into my Dogfish head snifter, pours a pitch motor oil black with a tan head. This beer left a bit of lace on the glass the entire time. Smell is dark roasted chocolate, toffee, caramel, burnt tree and also alcohol. Taste is pretty impressive, I drank this beer over a 3 hour time, as it warmed nice roasted flavors came out with hints of espresso, chocolate, bark, and a nice hop finish. This has an oily/slick taste to it, as it went down. Overall this beer is amazing, hops make a good balance between the roasted character of this beer.

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Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours blacker than sin with a thick coffee-colored head.

S: Ripe fruits, chocolate, creamy espresso.

T: Starts off with the dark fruit and lots of bittersweet chocolate, some alcohol, then some pleasant roasted malt and coffee flavors. The hops somehow come to light after a good amount of time so you can enjoy the malt flavor. Finish is nice and bitter yet well balanced.

M: Creamy, chewy, little carbonation, nice and thick the way a RIS should be.

D: Almost too good to be true. Alchol is well hidden, almost dangerous!. One of the better RIS's I have had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JoeCeez
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Pours from a 12oz can a thick inky black , blacker than Darth Vader's robotic heart, blacker than Charles Manson's soul, blacker than Wesley Snipes, it's pretty f'in black ok? The one fingered head is a lovely shade of dark creamed coffee, incredibly thinck lacing. This stout is beautiful.

S: mostly roasted dark malts, black coffee, some dark fruityness, bittersweet chocolate

T: starts with bittersweet dark chocolate, turning into acrid espresso, burnt malt, some piney hops and a bit of cherry or currant fruityness, ends with warming alcohol

M: very low carbonation makes this beer feel extremly rich and creamy and syrupy but not overly slick, it starts sweet but it's very bitter in the finish

D: The alcohol is very well hidden by the extreme bitterness of the dark malt and the hops, at 10% this beer is dangerously drinkable.

Ten Fidy is an exceptional imperial stout and possibly one of the greatest beers ever to be put in an aluminum can.

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Photo of arizcards
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a can from AJ's in late April for $2.99.

Beer poured black as night with a strong brown head. Nose is sweet malts, chocolate, and coffee with a hint of alcohol. Taste is of roasted malts and coffee with a beautiful bitter chocolate finish. Warming alcohol was present with the initial sips. Mouthfeel is creamy perfection. It is full bodied yet light at the same time. Each sip is incredibly smooth as there must be some oatmeal in the recipe. Overall drinkability is perfect. I have to believe this is the best RIS I have had to date!

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this beast is the Pre-football season BIF from paulthebeerguru. It kept on calling my name, so I couldn't help but give in!

Pours a massive, thick jet black. As dark as night, absolutely beautifully dark. I got a small tan head, that reduced to coating the top of the beer. This beast is impenetreble to light.

Smells of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso. Very nice.

Holy moly Batman, this tastes fanTASTIC!! Nice and creamy, with hints of dark choclate and espresso from the dark roast malts. I'm also getting a hint of hops in there. This is very balanced.

This has a great mouthfeel. Even though I pick up some alcohol in the smell, as it sits in my mouth, it's so smooth. This is dangerously good, I am loving it!

Drinkability is great, especially for an RIS. It just goes down so nicely, and I'm crying inside because this was my one and only Ten Fidy. I will definately seek this out in the future. A fabulous brew. Even though Surly is my first love, Oskar Blues fricking rocks!

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

I've had several cans of this already. This being my last can, I figured it'd be good for my 250th review.

Pours the inky black of used motor oil with a finger of rich, heavy tan head. A bit of mahogany highlights, only if held to the light... otherwise pitch black.
Nose is of sweet rich malt, black patent, roasted barley, a hint of bittering hops in the back. Smells heavy and rich, as though it will be a treat to enjoy.
Flavor is much the same as the nose, but with added alcohol in the finish. Starts with rich, dark malt, charred wood, strong roast, alcohol, and finishes syrupy with heavy malt sweetness and intense grain bitterness with some alcohol. Flavor remains long after each swallow.
Mouthfeel is dense and heavy, syrupy, low carbonation, and a very dry and smooth finish with alcohol warming.
An excellent brew, possibly the best in a can. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a can.. with pride.

A-Used motor oil is as close as it comes to describe how dark this beer is. Nice coco head with great lacing

S-Dark chocolate, roasted malt, esspresso, coffee, some booze

T-Unreal, bitter roasted coffee paired with layers of chocolate, from rich milk chocolate to dark bitter chocolate. WOW!

M-How can something that looks so thick be somewhat light to the palate? Very nice

D-Highly, for the ABV and style

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

This poured (from a can) totally opaque, pitch black with dark tan head. It smelled like alcohol, roasted coffee beans, licorice hops, and milk chocolate malt. It tasted like very bitter burnt coffee with strong licorice hops, and a bit of roasted chocolate malt, with sour alcohol taste. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a very bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very flavorful and potent beer. I would typically suggest aging to mellow out the character, but I'm not sure if that would work for this beer, since it comes in a can? Regardless, it was very clean and complex, with great flavor and body.

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

A - Black doesn't even seem to fully describe how dark this beer looks. Has a nice light brown head. Even held against a strong direct light, all I see is black. As I drank a complete covering of lace is left on the glass surrounding the black gold. I like it!

S - Faintly of dark chocolate. Almost like baker's chocolate (cocoa). Also reminds me of some dark coffee roasts.

T - Very chocolate in taste. A bit of a hop bite in the aftertaste but it seems hidden a bit from the smooth creamy body. I know the alcohol (10.50 hense 10 FIDY) is up there but I really can't detect it. The dark roasted malts are smoothed with the use of flaked oats.

M - Smooth, rich, but mostly THICK. The beer's website says it is 98 IBUs. I am still learning but I checked Wikipedia about IBUs and it said 100 was the top. I would never have guessed this beer was that hopped.

D - Dangerously deceitful. I could have more then one without thinking. I know that the alcohol would sooner or later rear it's ugly head on me but this was great.

A couple extra notes. Open the can carefully. I write this review as it is the last of the 4 pack I bought to drink right away. Each can, no matter how slow and careful I was, was so full that I always got some on my hand. They filled these babies to the top and then some. Also, since they are in cans, I will start cellaring them to see what happens after aging them a bit. A can is totally air tight and no chance of light so... we will see.

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

12 oz. can. Pours a black color with a frothy brown head, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, and a touch of pine hops. Flavor is sweet dark chocolate, coffee, a bitter hoppy finish, and a touch of alcohol. Full bodied, creamy on the tounge and the coffee sticks with you for a while.

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Photo of JasonA
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon cracking this can, it doesnt seem like there will be any carbonation. Nice pour provides amble dark mocha, almost wood color head. Boy does it look thick. I would give this a 5, but the head doesnt seem to quite stay long enough. I might be getting picky here. Oil slick black, no light getting through this thing. Exciting.

Deep roasted malt, almost burnt but it a good way. Some coffee/espresso present. Some stout hops.

Amazingly creamy. Wow, how did they do that? Fairly dry and hoppy. Espresso, malt.

Really dry, but in a good way. I can say I have never tasted a beer like this before. I think its the hops component, but I cant be certain.

There is something a little out of balance here, not exactly sure. It might just be this beer is extremely different from any norm, even RIS standards.

I would love to have a 6r of this.


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Photo of johnd513
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.
This beer pours oily pitch black in the glass with a carmel colored head that quickly disapears. The smell is chocolate and alcohol which not suprising considering its high abv. The taste is bitter, chocolate and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, not as carbonated as I would like. Drinkability is good but obviously hindered a bit by its high abv.

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

Picked up 2 4 packs while in GA...good move. :)

Poured in glass with a pitch black appearance. with carmel foam head and oily lacing around the glass. Smell is coffee/chocolate/alcohol and taste matches. Mouthfeel is thick and oily, good malt/hops balance, a very good RIS. Once again it's impressive what Oskar Blues is putting into vans...wonder if it woul dbe any better in a bottle.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black as night and as thick as used motor oil. A thin, brown head forms and quickly recedes to a small ring around the glass. The beer is so thick that it leaves a slight film on the glass.

S- Very much a true RIS: Roasted malts, chocolate, dark Italian-roasted coffee, espresso, and notes of raisin, rounding out the smell.

T- It's bitter without being difficult to drink. The dark chocolate notes and bitter coffee flavors are accented by a surprising hop bitterness. Roasted malts with notes of caramel and raisin add a little sweetness.

M- Looking at the beer, you would think it's going to be completely flat, yet there's just enough carbonation to give the beer a little life. It's also incredibly rich, thick, and creamy.

D- Almost no hotness from the alcohol comes through. It's a sipper because of it's massive consistency. Overall, a really nice, classic example of what a Russian Imperial Stout should be.

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Photo of Reino
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can received in a trade from my man everetends. Thanks Gilly.

Appearance- Pours black with a slow rising, mocha-tan monster of a head. It looks tasty as fuck. Good lacing, but could be a smidgen better.

Smell- Dark roasted malts, dark bitter coffee and chocolate, and floral hops. There's also some dark fruits and baked cracker lingering in there that reminds me of AK MAK. I don't have to strain to find the different smells, which is beautiful.

Taste- Wow! What a shit ton of bitter chocolate, roasted malt and dark, dark coffee. As if that bitterness wasn't enough, there are bitter hops that show up next. They are soon completely wiped out by the ensuing heat. A second "Wow!" goes out to this beers ability to be fresh out of the oven hot with alcohol without it being unpleasant. It was a fairly warm day here in the central valley of Oregon, and for a bit I was literally sweating from drinking this beer, and that is A-OK with this guy. Big chocolate, big coffee, big hops, and big heat. This beers gets the job done. It's the John McClane of the RIS world.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, lush, rich...go thesaurus crazy with the word creamy and you get the point. Low carbonation and a better body than a young Pamela Anderson.

Drinkability- The abv and heat keep the drinkability down a bit, but only because I don't want to sweat off 10lbs and do something to get me arrested. The flavor never gets old and doesn't ware on the tongue. Come winter, I will be trading for more than a few of these guys to keep me toasty.

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

A-Deep oil. Spilled a little on my hand and it didn't run, it was a slow, thick drip. Deep caramel colored head, haven't seen on that dark in a while. Didn't last.

S-Alcohol abound. Semi-sweet chocolate.

T-Big alcohol bite and coffee and chocolate undertones. Pretty smooth overall.

M-Sticky and viscous.

D-Could have a couple. Not one of my favorite IS.

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

Lots of stouts look black in the glass. Never saw one this black pouring. Total darkness black hole. Creamy dark tan head, a level three fingers. Good lacing.

Good strong nose, heavy on the coffee, supported by chocolate, dark fruits, and a bit of licorice.

Taste begins with a tasty coffee shot, an undercurrent of dark fruit, a solid hop bite at the swallow and finishes with a huge lucisous burst of rich chocolate syrup - wow!

Mouthfeel is full, somewhat rich, but short of oily slick. Drinkability is terrific - only hampered by the $5.99/can price tag.

If this doesn't end the "no good craft beer can be in a can" argument, nothing will. Can, draft, bottle, a mighty fine Imperial Stout everbody should try at least once.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Colonial Wine and Spirits in Acton, MA Saturday, August 23. Drank Sunday, August 31.

"Crosss-eyed, Cyclopean, Cancupiscent" and "Half Baked. Fully Roasted". "Ten Fidy Imperial Stout...this dog will hunt." The can was a fun read.

I've never seen anything like this beer, it was like pouring 2'oclock in the morning somewhere far from city lights into a glass. I've never seen a milk shake made with Ghirardelli, but that's exactly what I thought of when I saw the head form.

Smells of sweet chocolate, malts and coffee. Damn I want to try this beer.

My God, what an amazing beer. Chocolate, coffee, rich and creamy. Instantly one of my favorite beers, and definitely upper echelon of Imperial Stouts.

If Willy Wonka had this running through his factory I would have stabbed Augustus in the eye with a candy cane and jumped in before he could get his mitts on it.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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