Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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.

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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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Photo of wilwfu
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stuff looks like the old motor oil from a car... not the new stuff going in.

The words that come to mind with this "thing from a can" are big, oily, grassy, pungent, thick, thick, bittersweet chocolate, subtle coffee, caramel, thick, tons of roasted malt, thick, and unbelievable... even smelled some marshmellow smores in there... Awesome brew, but not one to drink all the time it's so over the top!! Everything an imperial stout should be.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark to end all darkness. Decent sized cocoa brown head. Very thick. Motor Oil comes to mind.

Smell is coffee and chocolate like.

Taste is sweet and balanced with a liberal hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is very thick with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good for the style but only a couple of these is more than enough for a night.

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

Poured from can into a tulip.

Wow. motor oil into my glass. I could smell this fella two feet above the pour and into the glass. Two finger head, poured like oil into my car. Dark black and tan head then dropped to a thin head after a few moments. Lacing on the glass is great, a constant coat around the glass. Complex smell and taste. Coffee, chocolates, and sweet smells, lots of roasting here. Sweet at the front, bitter on the sides of the tongue, good mild hop profile with the roasted malts. Not tasting the alcohol on the palette or in the nose, deceptive in hiding, could cause trouble robocop style. Lots of bittering notes and dark malts in this one. Excellent caned brew. Recommend for heavy stout drinkers.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark, thick and wonderfull can all be used to discribe this fine brew, this one is so dark and thick that i cant even get the light to shine through this one tiping it all the way to the rim, this one is all about the dark carmal and robust malt with no real hop to speak of. this one realy lookes like moter oil in a glass, this is how a stout should be, and after i felt like i had a meal in a glsss.

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

There's no reason I shouldv'e waited this long to review Ten Fidy!

Oh, the glorius sight of a 10% Impy stout in a can. I wanna give someone a hug for devising this.

Dark as satan's poo, with a thick viscous stickiness on the sides of my glass. The dark head tops off the pint. I accidently spilled a few drops onto the top of the cooler (we were camping), which I can only assume the lid will be forever stained.

Fairly sweet cocoa and bittersweet chocolate at first, then into a deep bitter coffee aroma. The high ABV is nicely hidden.

Big flavors from this tiny can. Rich chocolate and cocoa, espresso, and deep tobacco.

A real good smooth drinker. One can can last you a good long while. I am giving this one a 5 for drinkability, which I actually don't think i've done before, certainly not for anything imperial!

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Photo of corey0212
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours motor-oil-thick, black, impenetrable by light, tiny dark brown head rises and fades, leaving a light coating on the beer with decent lacing. Smell is big-time cocoa, dark fruit, molasses, some coffee. Taste is dark roasted coffee, some burnt edges, a hint of spicy alcohol on the lips. This one is thick and chewy, coats the inside of the mouth, and the flavors linger, especially the burnt coffee. I'm a huge fan of this beer...easily one of my favorite Imperial Stouts.

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

Pitch black with a thin layer of brown foam.

Aroma of cocoa, mixed nuts, and campfire ash.

Taste is incredibly roasty and burnt. Dark coffee grounds, pine boughs, smoke, burnt wood, a couple hints of bacon grease. Rauchbier Impy Stout?

Mouthfeel is simply huge. Thick viscosity makes me think that the brewers could barely squeeze anything else in.

Everything else pales to the smoky hellfire found here. There's some sweetness for balance, some piney hops, some coffee and a breath of alcohol... but none of it matches the charcoal malts.

"Blackened is the end."

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Photo of maximum12
3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Salut to tpd975 for throwing this into a trade. That sums up the trading addiction right there!

Pours a rather molten ribbon of black into my rarely used Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence chalice of life. A rare RIS that I can actually smell the chocolate emanating from the beer.

Taste is creamy, smooth, with a hint of hoppy nuttiness thrown in, & the cool wash of cocoa. It slides down easily enough, with some nice alchohol heat.

Pretty decent RIS. I wouldn't put this up against the big boys in my personal pantheon, but it's a good beer.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black Imperial Stout. 1/2" chocalate milk of a head with good retention at 1/4". Leaves full lace and thick rings. Nose is full of rich malt, molasses, tar, and dark fruit. Big dark chocolate, layers of malt...bitter roasted malt. Coffee. Some fruit soaked alcohol. Leafy hops in the finish. Full body. Thick and velvety mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very good drinkability -- excellent. Thanks to doulos31 for the can.

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

Enjoyed and reviewed as part of cburian's RIS showdown. Thanks for the chance to try some great brews!

Darkest brown body. Totally impenetrable to light. Thick and oily.

Rich, bitter dark fruit nose.

Tart, dark fruitiness. Intense pucker factor, hops anyone?

Thick, coating, extra oilyness. Chewy!

An adventure to enjoy. Intense and complex.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Bottleworks in Seattle.

RIS from a can. When I pop the top, there is only the sound of the metal. No carbonation, no "pssst", nothing. Never seen anything like this before. Oozes from the can. Looks like used motor oil, both in color and viscosity. Pitch black with one of the darker heads I've ever seen. Now this looks like a stout!

Smell is lots of cocoa with a healthy dose of espresso.

This is a big thick beer, no doubt about it. Tons of cocoa, coffee, and licorice/anise. The hops come in at the finish, and I'm guessing its pretty heavily hopped, but its overwhelmed by everything else. Mouthful is thick and luscious.

Definitely very warm, but not outright boozy. One of the better RIS's out there. The fact that its canned is just icing on the cake.

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Photo of taez555
3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a pitch motor oil black body with an extremely dark, possibly the darkest head I have ever seen on a stout. The head isn't just mocha colored, it's chocolate milkshake brown. Quite an interesting contrast and spectacular to look at.

Nose is a very nice mix of dark chocolate, dark roasted espresso beans, milk chocolate with some mild roasted grain smells as well. Very strong and very inviting.

Taste is medium full to full bodied. Dark over roasted, bitter espresso beans.dark chocolate, a dark metallic bitterness. There's a strong medicinal, chalky, earthy taste as well that flows from beginning to end. There's really not much more to it. Dark burnt espresso, dark chocolate, bitterness and chalkiness. It ends with a long lingering chalky bitterness. .

It smells and looks amazing, but taste wise it's VERY much out of balance. All the flavors are there, but it's just so overly burnt and bitter as to make it hard to want to drink more. I love Oscar Blues, but think this one is a pass.

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

I love this style, as the brewer can be very creative. This one rocks.
A: Looks like carbonated motor oil. The thick frothy lacing has remained the entire time. Impressive.
S: Alcohol. Coffee. Chocolate. Moderate burnt tones.
Taste: Low bitterness. Almost sweet. Coffee. Chocolate. Raisins. Although sweeter, this one is very nice on the palate. The alcohol finish is strong.
Mouthfeel: Very velvety, with the carbonation enhancing the smoothness.
D: A very "sessionable" RIS.

Seek it out.

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Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got to try this on tap a few months ago in Arizona and now I'm thrilled to see it in cans all over PA. Nothing like an Imperial Stout on a hot day.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Delirium tulip a deep, deep motor oil black with a latte brown head. It starts at about a finger high and drops fairly quickly to a full collar and full hazy surface covering.

SMELL: Huge, huge aromas of the full Imperial Stout spectrum. Caramel to loads of dark chocolate to espresso with a nice dose of bourbon and vanilla. Not terribly fruity and not much of a hop note. A little jolt of alcohol tops it off.

TASTE: It's not anywhere near as complex as in the nose, but it's still a flavor bomb. Much more fruity (plums, dates) along with the chocolate. It finishes with a slightly astringent roasted note which provides plenty of bitterness to the beer and lasts long after the swallow.

MOUTHFEEL: A beer can't possibly be thicker than this one. Wonderful all around and coupled with a lower carbonation level. Despite all this, it manages to stay away from being too slick.

DRINKABILITY: A complete beast of a beer, Ten Fidy is definitely for sipping. Alcohol doesn't get in the way at all though, so it's something I'm begging for another sip of.

Very, very nice. This is a beer absolutely deserving of it's spot among the elite Imperial Stouts in the world. I'll be buying some of these again.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cjsell for hooking me up with the can.

Poured into my gigantor sniftor dark as night with a small brown head leaving nice lacing with just a little swirl. Strong odor of coffee, dark chocolate, and oats. Tastes about how it smells with a little booze kick added. The chocolate and the oats seemed to dominate at first with the coffee and moleasses flavors coming out stronger as the glass warms a bit to room temperature. Thick and chewy feel in the mouth. Overall a solid RIS and another hit from Oscar Blues. Also, it comes in a can... how can you go wrong there. They could one up themselves by putting the BA version in a can that would be twice as awsome.

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

I probably would have rated this higher, but I had some Kate the Great in the afternoon, and when I got home wanted to continue with a RIS. Poured into a tulip glass the beer was a black color with a medium-sized orange/tan head. The aroma was chocolate, coffee/roasted malt, a little vanilla. The taste followed aroma. I thought the coffee dominated, as well as showing some late, espresso-like bitterness. The beer filled me up, and was maybe a little on the harsh side. It was still a very good beer.

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

Purchased at Julio's in MA. . . .

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass -- a thick, slow, viscous glub-glub-glub of a pour. Body is black with a small brown head that settles quickly, leaving behind some lace. A filmy chunk (chunky film?) glob, about a quarter inch long, sits on top of the head -- not sure what it is, but it happened the first time I had one of these too. I took away from the appearance score as a result. . . .

S: Roasty malt, coffee and chocolate -- more chocolate is evident as it warms. Good strong nose hits the spots you want for an imperial stout, with the emphasis on the roasted malt and chocolate.

T: First impression is that it's like the nose: coffee, malt and chocolate are all abundantly evident. Malt flavors are both sweet (I get molasses and even dark fruit) and roasted (plenty of coffee and roasted coffee beans). Some heat is apparent on the back end of the sip, not surprisingly given the 10% ABV. Even reminds me of dark rum a little. In spite of the initial dominance of malt in the profile, it finishes with a lingering dry, almost woodsy bitterness, for a nicely balanced imperial stout.

M: Definitely full bodied but slightly creamy too.

D: Very good, especially for a beer of this strength.

Notes: Excellent. One of my favorite imperial stouts to date. Very glad I bought two 4-packs, even at not-so-cheap prices (I think it was $14 per 4-pack). . . . Worth seeking out.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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