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

Fingers crossed this makes it out west. Stellar brew. As other notes state, coco, coffee, roasted malt with very slight sweet and vanilla. Where this wins for me is the texture and thickness though refreshing and never feeling that heavy. Quality in a can!

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

My cousin did it again. Along with the Gordon's he put in his kegerator, he also put this in.

Looks black like the bowels of hell it came from...in a good way.

Smells like heaven in a glass. Malty and sweet smelling.

Tastes like dark chocolate mixed with coffee and a touch of hops in the background.

Thick and magnificent. A few of these and you've had a meal.

I had a few of these, and was full, but very, very content.

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


I couldn't wait from the time I first tried this beer a few weeks ago to write a review about it. I was picking up some beer to-go tonight and figured it would be worth it to get a can and write up a few lines about it. First off, I LOVE CRAFT BEER IN A CAN!!!! There is something almost romantic about a can of beer and now that I can get good beer in a can, it makes that romance even hotter. I poured this bad boy into a 16 ounce pint glass. There was a little head straight outta the can, a milky chocolate color, which slowly dissipated. The aroma was full of dark roasted malts with dark chocolate. The taste was mellow...no bite for a beer that boasts a 10.5% ABV. If you get the chance to try a can of this EPIC brew, don't put it off...this dog will hunt!

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

12 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black sludge with a nice one inch dark tan head. Head lasts well and leaves a fine layer of lacing as it disappears.

S - A very strong dry and roasted flavor presents itself immediately. Dark chocolate and coffee are the obvious checkpoints. An undercurrent of dark fruit floats below the dominant dryness. Just a hint of floral hops.

T - Starts with the same intense roasted dry flavor as the scent. Slightly sweet, but it works well with the bitter dark chocolate and more-subdued espresso flavors. Dark fruit gets lost in the strong bitter dry flavor.

M - Dry and very full bodied yet rather smooth. Bitter dryness at the end complements the roasted dryness of the early mouthfeel.

D - A huge stout that should not be taken lightly. Certainly worth picking up, and perfect for that first cold night of fall.

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'll probably say what has alerady been said countless times, but this is one incredible stout and hands down the best beer ever to come in a can.
Pours really black and really smooth into a Stone RIS glass. You can just tell this is one viscous brew. I must say, there is something very satisfying about pouring a beer this black and thick from a can. A small, creamy dark tan head slowly develops. The head looks like, if you could scoop it off and put it in a glass by itself, it would be somethign someone would pay $6 for at starbucks. Alas, it does not last terribly long before reducing to a small coat on the top of the black hole that is the beer.
Smell is mostly of roasted malts with a nice whiff of hops.
Taste is out of this world. As a big fan of the style, I've had my share of RIS's, and this is the 1st one in a while that has really exceeded my expectations. Very intense onslaught on the taste buds of dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate and enough hops to notice, but not enough to overpower the brew, as some American interpretations of the style do. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish, mingling for awhile with some leftover roastiness. This is no beginner RIS, thats for sure.
Mouthfeel is smooth as silk and very heavy on the palate. Perfect for the style, IMO.
Drinkablity? Well, I cant wait for the next sip.
All in all a very impressive stout...damn its good.

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

Opened the can and it made almost no sound. Just the sound of the aluminum scraping, as there was no hiss from carbonation. Pours black with a little dark brown head. Very thick pour that resembles syrup. Smells of roasted malts, hops, coffee, and alcohol. I can not wait to take a sip. The taste is fairly typical of an imperial stout. It has strong flavors of coffee and chocolate from the malts with a nice bitterness from the hops. Quite a heavy feeling beer with light carbonation.

Exceptional brew! I am very glad that I recently picked up a whole case of this. That will be a well enjoyed case. I cannot believe how all these good beers from Oskar Blues come from a can. Great job! Don't underestimate what can come out of a CAN!

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured an awesome pitch black! The super frothy head is a very dirty dark brown. Aroma is potently alcoholic but in a good way. Roasted coffee, sweet malt and very bitter chocolate are standouts in the nose. The taste is more of the same but the alcohol isn't as noticeable as in the smell.

Most impressive here is the multiple waves of delicious bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Moderately drying. Alcohol warms in the belly. The feel is syrupy and coating but at the same time creamy. Just to point out, at this time in the session almost all of the empty glass is coated in a generous sheet of brown lacing. This is WAYYY to drinkable for a 10% abv. It is a delight to drink but it will bite back!.

These guys make fucking awesome beer then they put it in a can! I know it shouldn't be a surprise to find beer this awesome in a can these days but i still do. Don't let it deter you, buy anything by Oscar Blues!

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass. Shared a couple of these with a friend.

A: Maple syrup/ used motor oil. Very thick pour. Poured a sticky and bubbly tan head, with a little green tint to it (hop resin?). The lacing in the glass dries incredibly sticky, almost to the point where you need a brush to scrape them off after the session, as a hot water rinse is not sufficient.

S: Coffee, bitter chocolate, malt, grass.

T: Stong bitter coffee flavor from the dark roasted malts. A nice sweetness follows the initial bitterness. Damn good.

M: This is a substantial beer. Chewy and thick. You pretty much eat this one, not drink it. Unbelieveable.

D: At 10%, and with the heavy body of this beer, I could not drink more than one of these in a session. It probably didn't help that this was the conclustion to a session that included (2) Stone Ruination, ABA, RIS, and Green Flash IPA.

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

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin tan head that diminished to a ring. Aroma was roasted malts and slight bitter chocolate. The taste was a smooth blend of roasted malts, fresh ground coffee beans, bitter chocolate and slight molasses. The beer is medium bodied and smooth with well hidden alcohol, there is also slight carbonation that only makes it smoother. This one is certainly a sipper, but it is quite enjoyable, I imagine it will be even better on a cold winter night.

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

Poured from the can into a pint glass. This one was interesting, no sound when the can opened.

A: Pitch black with the creamiest of brown head, this one pours like syrup and sticks to your lips. Laces oh so nicely.

S: So complex with mostly coffee, fresh roasted black malts, cherries, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Black and roasted malts really take it away here, along with dark cocoa. There is a huge complexity in the taste though of dark fruits, and bitter chocolate. Bittering hops come in nicely as well.

M,D. The mouthfeel is extremely chewy and lacking some carbonation. Thus, the drinkability is quite low, but this is a great brew nonetheless!

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

Got this in a Troegs for Oskar Blues sixer from Glid02 (good guy even though he's a Georgia Bulldog fan)

A - Nice black molasses like pour. Nice tan head and great lacing that sticks then cascades down leaving a slight bubbly residue.

S - Some bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Some earthy hops as well. Maybe a little coffee, slight but not much.

T - Tastes of sweet roasted malt up front then a bitter chocolate taste. Somewhat of a bitter earthy hop taste and some bitter roasted coffee.

M - Smooth with a good amount of viscosity. Not very carbonated and slightly creamy.

D - This came in as a very hyped beer and it was pretty solid. It's a great RIS with some good flavors in it. If you can get it defintely give it a taste.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting to try this one for a long while. It's time to coat the taste buds and see what's behind the can.

Appearance - Black as licorice with a very thin tan line of head. Looks like chocolate syrup when it's poured into the glass. Very thin and oily looking. Lacing is top notch for an impy stout, with tiny dots hanging to the side of the glass. A faint whirlpool of tan mist swirls on top.

Smell - A thick layer of spicy alcohol blends in with a coffee bitterness. Oh yeah, a bit of chocolate in there too.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Ever so gentle carbonation bite, but this one turns as smooth as silk very quickly. The tiny bit of carbonation gives it a bit of life from the slick coating on the tongue. Don't get the really deep chocolate taste everyone is talking about. Yeah it has chocolate but it's a very bitter chocolate and not as sweet as I was hoping. The hops play a huge roll in the bitterness, but the coffee taste contributes as well.

Drinkability - I love the IPA's from Oskar Blues, and this is another good offering as well. Not my favorite from them, but definitely worthy of it's following. A mean hoppy brew if your looking for a big bitter chocolaty RIS.

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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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