Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

2,578 Reviews

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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 hotmailmsn
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

10.5% abv, 65 ibu, 355ml can (canned 10/20/2015)
A - pitch black, indeed like motor oil, with dark brown finger head, sticky lacing on the glass. ting bubble, identification of smoothness.
S - metallic, molasses (body as well), brown sugar, honey, coffee, black chocolate, dark dried fruit (raisin), roasty, leather, caramel, toffee, earthy, soy sauce savory.
T - wow! oily, creamy, smooth, syrupy, viscous, mouthful, almost like chewy. mild carbonation, medium heavy body. bittersweet, roast, smoky, syrup, licorice, coat on the tongue. dry, left with hoppiness. n u can feel the heat run down the throat.
O - WOW. OMG. really high expectation on this, since every frds said this is fabulous, in fact, this is more than expectation!! so damn good! top 2 (year-round imperial stout) right away, the other is Old Rasputin. wonderful experience, especially the appearance & the mouthful! hunting for BA version, i believe it will be better, with this as the base!

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always available which is awesome, strong notes of the chocolate, coffee and Carmel pours extremely dark with a great mocha head. Can't wait to try the barrel aged one next

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Photo of James954
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can

L: Thick, syrupy, motor oil with dark brown sugar colored lacing and head that dissipates
S: all dark fruit, honey, molasses, and toasted malts
T: Plummy and prunes with molasses and malts. The alcohol is barely detectable, making it all the more impressive.
F: very viscous with appropriate carbonation making for a good balance for the style

Overall: One hell of a monster of a stout. At 10+% abv this is a "one and done" beer. This is well with the money they asked at $15 for 4 12oz cans.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black, 2 finger mocha head, decent retention, some lacing.
AR: Chocolate, roasty malt, subtle hints of dark fruit, hints of caramel and coffee.
T: Follows nose, just a twinge of bitterness on the finish.
M: Medium body, good carbonation, creamy.

Fantastic to style RIS.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours super thick and creamy. The nose is all malt and chocolate, very appetizing. The taste is incredible. A perfect example of an RIS. The chocolate, coffee, and caramel are merely additions to a great malt backbone. How is this 98 IBUs? The bitterness is there, but it's more like a dark chocolate bitter -- not at all like an IPA that is 98 IBUs.

Overall, it exceeded expectations. I am looking forward to the bourbon barrel aged version!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black color with a very thick, brown foamy head. Pours very thick. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma of strong roasted malts, chocolate and toffee. Big creamy taste. Silky smooth chocolate, toffee and some coffee bitterness at the end. Hides the alcohol content very well. This is very, very good.

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

Canned 8/25/15
Enjoyed 5/7/16
Smells of rich toffee and chocolate. Taste is bitter cocoa up front, then sweet toffee, bittersweet chocolate, roastiness/smokiness, bitter hops but not too bitter. Tons of flavor, yet good balance. Full bodied with good carbonation. In my opinion, Founders sets the bar pretty high for Imperial Stouts, but TEN FIDY is not far behind. Cheers!

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Black. Rich nose of chocolate and malt. HInt of booziness. Coffee flavor at the start with the chocolate and malt following. Definite warmth from the high ABV that's very pleasant.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got me some Fidy! Oskar Blues recently became available in South Dakota, so I had to try some Ten Fidy right away. It is 10.5% ABV, 98 IBU, pours thick and dark, smells like beer, can taste the alcohol, slightly bitter but not overwhelming, pretty good. Sure would not have guessed it is 98 IBU, seems more like 60.

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

What can I add that hasn't already been said? Great solid Imperial Stout, Its tasty and really hard not to gulp. Full of flavor and super drinkable. It will be a staple in my refrigerator. I'll be stocking up next time it's run.

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

Had this out of the typical can poured into a tulip glass at Owen & Engine Chicago. This was a beast of an Imperial Stout. With a huge chocolate coffee mouthful (probably the thickest stout in the business). This is an awesome stout and will pick this up in store soon.

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

12 fl oz. can, canned on 10.07/15. Finally getting around to reviewing this classic from Oskar Blues; my first can of Ten Fidy. Acquired a single can of this stuff from the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a thick oily black body, probably the thickest blackest beer I've ever seen poured from a can. Pours sleek and silently and conjures about a finger of dark mocha chocolate head that falls to a ring and leaves a nice surface skimming. Minor spotty lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is all malt-forward: roasty, musty, a slight floral alcohol note to it, though i wouldn't attribute any of it to hops. There are subtle hints at milk chocolate & cream, but the earthy / musty / band-aid fumes seem to dominate just a bit. Hints of dark fruits: raisins, dates, figs.

T - Taste is smooth, creamy, sticky, sugary, sweet. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow fluff, dark barley roast, malt bitterness, notes of dark fruits: raisin, dates, figs.

M - Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth & creamy. Not coarse or rough in any way, no lingering char or bitterness. Smooth, milky, & creamy feel all around. Exceptionally easy-drinking stuff for the high abv. Sticky, sugary, sweet, very thick body. Definitely a dessert beer.

Overall, a nice big bad canned imperial stout; easily the best beer I've had from Oskar Blues so far, and well-deserving of the good ratings and reputation that it has. I don't know why i waited so long to try this classic.

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy -----4.5/5

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Photo of Obake21
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L = Big brown head and pours black. Gets you interested right away.
S = Roast, chocolate and coffee. Very nice.
T = A little sweet to start with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Bitter at the end.
F = Good carbonation and not too heavy in spite of being 10.5%
O = Love this one. Didn't even notice the ABV until it was too late. Great balance between sweet and bitterness.

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Photo of Ed_0101
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- Pitch black. Viscous. Dark brown head

S- chocolate, and roasted malt.

T- Huge roasted flavor followed by smooth chocolate flavor. Slight bitter finish.

F- Mouthfeel is perfect. Not too thin, not too viscous.

O- Im definitely not a "stout guy" especially wen it comes to imperial stouts, But this is a treat. Huge chocolate and roasted malt flavors. This is a imperial stout that you must try.

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Photo of RedDieselBrewing
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Viscous and rich. Pours with an almost brown dark tan head. Deep powerful malt bill flavours, full on chocolate malt with well balance bitterness / hop background.

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil black. Wonderful brown chocolate head. Smells and tastes fantastic. This is a substansial, flavorful RIS to savor any time of the year.. If it's a thick, chocolate, roasty/smooth double oatmeal stout you desire- You can't go wrong with Ten FIDY..

Stellar beer...

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

Beautiful dark black motor oil look out of can. Frothy tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, black coffee. Taste is same. Sweet malt, bitter coffee, chocolate bitter finish. Lively carbonation slick, creamy mouthfeel. Amazing stout!

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Photo of frozyn
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Jet black with a thick, frothy mocha colored head. Not a ton of lacing on this one as the ring that develops around the edge as the head recedes doesn't stick.

S -- Roasted sweet coffee, plum, molasses, dark chocolate.

T -- Roasted malts of coffee and chocolate, tons of them. Not cloyingly sweet either, but there's a definite sweetness that helps to balance out the roasted notes. Lots of stone fruit flavors in this and it melds together incredibly well. I keep thinking to myself that this should taste sweeter than it does while being very happy it does not.

F -- Viscous is the best description. Thick and creamy and just full enough that you don't go through the beer quickly, but it also doesn't feel like syrup.

O -- Really fantastic. This is damn near a perfect beer for a cold and dreary night. Or just dreary. Or night. Or day. Or you've already caught my drift and realized I'm saying this would be great whenever.

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

pours and looks nice like all russian stouts. smells nice licorace some hops, and toasty malts with some alcohol. maybe some raisin. taste is silky chocholate, anaise, got sine coffee. and probably some fig? complex. very good. this beer is a great russian. mouthfeel is nice and can't really taste the alcohol. world class all the way. like drinking motor oil.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yep, world class brew all the way. Pours like motor oil, thick and black. Has a tan colored head that lasts for quite a while and leaves abundant lacing. Smells like dark fruit (plum, raisin), dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is more of the same: big, roasted flavors, with some marshmallow, molasses, and leathery smokiness. Great balance between sweet and bitter, it has a noticeable hop presence that helps it finish dry. Feels luxurious...really thick, creamy, and full bodied. This beer is damn near close to perfect, as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice ruby blackish color with a tan head that is lively and settles slow leaving lacing down the glass.

The nose is very complex and rich with notes of dates, prunes, coffee, dark chocolate and raisins. The hops are there but so heavily blended with the richness of this Imperial Stout that I am pleasantly surprised they so present in the taste.

The taste is a pleasant , belly warming experience. This one ios a warmer, meets a lager meets an Imperial Stout. There are rich flavors that hint at numerous spices. I get fig, prunes., raisins, bread, plums, chocolate and bitter hops that end on a mild sour note.

The mouthfeel is very rich and helps the palate to experience the complexity.

Overall, an exceptional Imperial Stout and is perfect for a cold day to help get the blood pumping. I suggest a rich aged Cheddar, Gouda or Stilton cheese to go with this one.

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Photo of iliketurtlesthx
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

This has become one of my favorite, easy to find stouts (along with Bell's Expedition Stout).

Pours mega black. The main thing here is the taste. My god is it amazing. It is dessert in a can, yet isn't too sweet and finishes dry. Lots of chocolate, malt, certainly a little roasty.

Those that aren't fans of high ABV stouts that yield too much heat will love this. There isn't a single person I've shared this with that hasn't enjoyed it. If you are skeptical, give it a shot. You will love it.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

355ml can poured into tulip.

Pours totally black with three monster fingers of creamy brown head that leaves elaborate honeycomb lace as it recedes. Intimidating.

Smells of rich dark fudge, slightly creamy coffee, dried dark fruit, campfire smoke, sweet black licorice and ghostly earthy hops.

Taste is a velvet battering ram of gooey black chocolate and rich coffee. Chocolate cake, roasted caramel, more dried dark fruit and candied nuts, black licorice, vanilla pods and more faint hops.

Feels thick and silky. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. One of the heavyweight champions.

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Photo of Pauken
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is definitely worth trying! For me all the elements were there including the hops but I'm just a little shy on the 96 overall myself. Seemed to be a little thin in feel and tasted like a cheap version of a FFF super hopped stout. All IMHO of course.

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Photo of Myotus
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 51°F from a 12oz can (canned on 01Dec15) into a snifter. Consumed on 14Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam. At 25 seconds, the foam head changes color to light brown. At 2 minutes and 15 seconds, the head has dissipated into a quarter fingers worth, leaving behind a moderate amount of thick lacing. Black in color, with an orange luster. I cannot see any rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thick with a few areas being very thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sweetened coffee, sweet chocolate, and molasses deliciously entangle with mild aromas of plums and sweet black cherries along with subtle bitter roasted malt and vanilla aromas. Hints of alcohol are also present.
TASTE: Strong sweetened coffee, molasses, and sweet chocolate flavors initially bombard the palate, forming an instant and loveable flavor of sugary goodness. Mild bitter roasted malt flavors immediately follow and prevent any cloying. Mild plum and sweet black cherry flavors along with subtle vanilla enter next and further sweeten the taste. Subtle sweet oats and hints of alcohol make thier apperance as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Very full-bodied with hints of carbonation. This almost feels like syrup because of how thick it is. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy while also clinging to the back of the throat. A mild and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat. Finishes with a strong and nearly unwelcoming dryness.
NOTE: A beer that is justifiably hyped. While some of the brews in the style are just overly bitter, this was a perfect combination between that and sweet. I'm going to be letting one age to see what wonders time will do.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.33 out of 5 based on 9,733 ratings.
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