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Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

2,532 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 rorykanderson
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge deep black pour with a massive, porous brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, fireplace, baker's chocolate, burnt wood, raisins and light coffee. Taste is on par but the coffee is in check - that's key. It's a real balanced beer. Best stout I've ever had out of a can, hands down.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2016
Consumed: Jan. 24, 2016
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 22, 2015 at 11:07 a.m. MT

I’d been looking forward to reviewing this for a long time. I had it in September 2014 out in North Carolina, but did not review it then. It’s good to see Ten Fidy out there instead of just the main Dale Pale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, etc. A bit pricy for a can, but this was a must have.

Poured a black oil color with two fingers of dark tan, fizzy head, which thinned out fairly quickly. Good amount of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled chocolate, boozy licorice, caramel syrup, Jägermeister, roasted toffee, dark cocoa powder and chocolate syrup. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste follows the nose, although maybe not quite as good. Got boozy milk chocolate up front, followed by bitter smoky licorice, caramel syrup, dry roasted molasses, herbal hops, chocolate cake, some char wood and dark fruit. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Chewy, thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was even better than I remembered it. Looking forward to eventually trying some of the variants. (Overall - 4.25)

4.30 | 96 | A

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Photo of KevCan
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 4-pack of cans at Bi-Rite in San Francisco. "Canned on 8/26/15 at 16:56. Adult Contents." Poured into a tulip pint glass.

Look: Black like the night. 5 fingers of thick, fluffy, mocha brown head that takes its sweet time and gives me time to build up the anticipation. Gorgeous lacing as the head slowly dies.

Smell: Amazing complexity: dark roastiness, fruity like raisins or port wine, dark chocolate.

Taste: Excellent balance of sweet and bitter. A hint of burnt coffee.

Feel: Little to no carbonation; maybe it all came out into the head. Thick, creamy body.

Overall: A fantastic example of the style. Oskar Blues delivers once again.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, oily black out of the can. Big dark tan head hangs on for a while, light film on top of the deep black body till the close.

Smells awesome, really get the chocolate notes on top of the roasted malts. Hits the mouth just as thick as it looks. Medium carbonation opens up and it has a really nice feel. Massive bitterness is well blended into the stout, step for step with the sweeter flavors before taking control at the finish.

Overall, this is one of the best RISs I've had. I was apprehensive because of the can and whatever, but the hype is real. For comparison, I just finished an Old Rasputin - which I really like - and it was beyond obvious that the Ten FIDY was the superior beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look : Three finger mocha head, opaque black body.

Smell : Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit.

Taste : Same as above.

Feel : Low carbonation, full body, slight alcohol burn. Creamy.

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Photo of TheRaven
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh snap! If you are dark beer lover as I am, this is a superpower of the genre. And by that I mean not only the taste, but also the wallop. Not for the faint of heart, this beer pours as used motor oil with a thin caramel-colored head. Yeah, licorice, burnt toast, coffee, blah, blah, blah. Very flavorful but, let's be honest, it is hard to conceal 10.5% ABV. There is s distinct alcohol taste that numbs the tongue after a while. This is a must-try if you enjoy hefty brews but stop yourself after two pints or so, for your own good.

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Photo of Tele
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can (Dated 8.26.15)
Consumed: 1.23.16

A: 4.75 Looks thick and oily as it comes out the can. Pours pitch black with a dense tan head that lasts a couple minutes and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S: 4.25 As soon as the can is cracked, there’s a good dose of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coconut that fills the room. Licorice, dark roast coffee, and vanilla show up as the beer opens up a bit.

T: 4.25 Taste is slightly sweet with strong roasted malt and dark chocolate. Anise-type bitterness comes through, mixing between sweeter flavors of vanilla and coconut and the more dominant roasted malt and subtle tobacco. Fairly strong malt and hop bitterness lingers on the finish.

M: 4.75 Body is thick and chewy with just the right amount of carbonation. Just about perfect in this regard.

O: 4.25 This is a classic example of a pure, imperial stout. Great flavors and aromas with good roasted malt presence, and a thick body. The bitterness on the finish is a bit much for my preference, but it’s still an excellent stout.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An exceptionally dark and rich pour. Light aroma of dark roasted grain. The treat is a smooth, well balanced taste. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and anise. Enough hops for balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of velosuds
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Update 1/15/16: been too damn long since I imbibed this treasure. What prompted the edit? One word. On the can. Had to look it up. Can't remember needing to use the dictionary to look up the meaning of a word on a label or the printing on a can of beer. What is the world coming to? Cancupiscent. Not a recognized word, but a play on concupiscent. Translation: beer lust. It is. And, what synchronicity. As I opened the can, my playlist shuffle began playing the "ten fingers of doom." Yeah, Ted Nugent's Stranglehold. Which is what this beer has me in. This is the best beer in a can. Period. Exclamation. No hung jury. Out of cliches.

I upgraded the look, smell, and taste. Very affordable too!

I accidentally deleted my original review from 2010. Oops. Not BA website fault. Mine. And the buzz.

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter glass. Single purchased from a health food store for $2.99. I drink to my health, or not.

L-Pours a virtually black hue, nearly the color of the can, with a two finger, dark creamy tan head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Deep, dark chocolate and toasted malts and dried fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes. Coffee and vanilla also noted. Very nice and appropriate for style. Burst forth as soon as the tab is raised. Awesome.

T-Good, but not equal to the anticipation I expected from the aroma. Malty sweetness, but not nearly as complex as the aroma. Rich, creamy with some smokiness, and the alcohol is hardly noticeable, which is quite an accomplishment for a beer of this gravity. This is better in 2016 (canned 12/15) than in 2010.

F-Medium to full body, with a nice level of carbonation.

O-Quite good for a RIS, especially from a can. Nice that it comes in a 12 oz. serving. Wouldn't want a bomber all by myself. A definite sipping beer this one, or a getting drunk one.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark black, head is super thick and dark tan. Looks viscous! Aroma had a bit of an alcohol bite up front, with layers of toasted malt, cacao, and a bit of vanilla sweetness. A thick full mouthfeel, good toasty and Roasty notes intertwined with a big bite of booze. Some underling bitterness at the back. A definite boozy bomb of rich flavor. Delicious.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured like oil. the head that formed looked more like mousse than beer.

oats work wonders here - the silkiness combined with the chocolate notes only enhance my idea of this being a treat. roasted barley is prevalent in the aftertaste, but it's a welcome addition.

top notch brew for a winter's night.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a duval glass and it poured jet black with a chocolate colored head. The lacing is nice on the glass since it stays on the glass. In the smell you get chocolate, licorice, and cocoa. The taste gets better when it warms up and overall this is a solid brew and will get more.

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Photo of arlo19
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful jet black and rich head. Aroma is dry, roasty. Taste is perfect imperial stout, loads of sweet roasty malts and not even a note of booze. Way too easy to drink. Many have suggested cellaring this readily available brew, which I am doing with the other 3.

Edit: I was almost finished drinking this when my little daughter knocked over the glass onto the coffee table. This beer is too good and expensive to waste so I mopped up with a paper towel and wrung it out into my glass. How's that fact for a review?

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4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious sweet smell. Pours like used motor oil with a hint of red on the edges. Tastes like a velvety chocolate kerosene. Very drinkable. Two to three of these while cooking and eating a nice steak would make for an appreciable evening.

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

Possibly the best non barrel aged stout ive tried.jet black, creamy and thick, great tastes of chocolate, molasses malts and coffee, simply an excellent stout.

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Photo of PCole
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz Can poured aggressively into a pint glass

Look: Two fingers of thick, tan foam. Retains well and leaves plenty of lacing. Black as night and completely opaque. Unable to see any light from a flashlight shone through it.

Smell: Sweet, toasty and smoky. Chocolate predominates. Smells distinctly alcoholic; almost like a spirit.

Taste: Sweet, toasty and malty off the top, giving way to alcoholic astringency which quickly dissipates. Pleasantly bitter between sips. As it warms the coffee and chocolate flavors come bursting through

Feel: Moderate carbonation, moderate-thick mouthfeel. Can feel the heat from the >10% ABV

Overall: A formidable stout. A little expensive for regular drinking however. My only wish is that it hid the alcohol a bit better, it felt like I was sipping on a spirit at times, not a beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned & poured into my cute half pint mini stein
Black body with massively foaming khaki coloured head
smells like a chocolate & cuban cigar flavoured shake
the taste isn't the huge hitter I expected and in some ways that is a good thing, chocolate & tinniness that is drawn out to liquorice
OMG! this is so dangerously drinkable

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the can at cellar temp with a big, chocolate colored two finger head, impressive pour to say the least. Looks fabulous in the snifter.

Either caramel or toffee smell for me, nothing overpowering but it is very sweet smelling, got a hint of cinnamon as well. Nothing outstanding here for me.

wow, that is a tasty imperial stout. it is sweeter than I anticipated on the front with chocolate and toffee, coffee, a layer of malt and a bit of alcohol bite follows. my knock on many imperials is the alcoholic bitterness left in your mouth after a sip, that isn't present here at all.

The mouth feel, like the pour is exquisite. For all the hops/malts jammed into this one, the fact they pulled off such a smooth mouth feel is really something special. Bravo OB.

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Photo of Dang8701
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

This beer was a huge disappointment. After being so well renowned and so will rated I was hoping this would be an excellent beer. I should have trusted my instincts though because I was always turned off by it's can hear it's appearance. Finally I decided to try it and was hugely disappointed. It had sort of a sweet or milk stouttaste to it in its middle which I really really didn't like. It was almost syrupy and it tasted quite awful. I think I'll stick with founders breakfast stout

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous dark black stout with a cherry red/light brown head that's half inch or so. Fantastic chocolate, toasty kind of smell. Nice boozy bite on the finish.

Love it.

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Photo of acavaciuti
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2015. Can.

Look: pure black, dark head about half an inch
Smell: licorice, sweetness, alcohol later
Taste: coffee, lots of malt, decently bitter, licorice and alcohol linger after swallow
Feel: pretty thick, decent amount of carbonation
Overall: strong brew that is developing as it approaches room temperature, pleasing on a winter night

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

08/2015 can poured near room temp into truncated tulip snifter, an evil dark black with brown undertones, engine oil, syrupy, sinister molasses look as the unusually dark leather brown head piled up. Lacing sticks to the glass after the froth has receded to being a frame for the drink, and with turning the beer round in the glass, it lingers in pleasant, rhythmic sheets.

The immediate and sustaining smell is boozy, inviting rather than overpowering, but rather simple, dominating, and unabating. Makes me think this is a great candidate for aging. (Will find out, as I have a 2014 can in the wings.)

The presentation is in part exceptional, unusual, and modest, but it reveals its greatness in the taste -- more specifically, not just in delivering on its prologue, but bringing in more characters. A great smokiness , some malty sweetness that's balanced superbly with a coffee-like bite. It also, like a great tune, keeps some of its early motifs, but working in harmony with the new strains.

The feel is a slightly syrupy, creamy medium heavy body that doesn't wow with its weight, but still brings what you expect from a stout.

In contrast to something such as Founder's Breakfast -- one of my favorites -- which is more of a refined dressy dinner dessert stout, this is a rustic, Siberian bar stout. A boozy, smoky, bitter, ruffian's stout.

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So good at about 50 degrees The flavor is unlike any other. So earthy and hearty. Two of these badboys abd the smile won't leave your face. This is a great winter golf course beer!

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

A- thick, dark with Carmel colored head
S- light hints of toffee, Carmel
T- toffee, Carmel and toasted malts
F- creamy, very smooth, easy on palate
Very nice for a high gravity beer.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

canned 8/25/15 drank on 12/2/15
12oz can poured into pint glass
L- pours a deep black, black hole like, with the most beautiful brown head, decent retention, turns into nice brown ring of lacing
S- really inviting ranges from sweet caramel malts to a ipa-like citrus smell
T- first taste is of coffee notes, caramel, toasted malts followed by a burst of citrussy hops with a finish of 10.5% ABV. has a real great aftertaste making me want more.
F- full bodied has a nice crisp carbonation and a velvety feel
O- while this beer definitely has a reputation I tried to rate as if i didnt know it. while all the aspects of the beer were great the taste of the alcohol really overwhelmed although was offset a drop by the aftertaste, but all in all was definitely worth trying

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,532 ratings.
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