Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

9,874 Ratings

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with less than one finger of diminishing light brown foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark fruit, rustic bread, and faint autolysed yeast stand out in the smell. Unctuous and intense spirituous qualities are also detected after a few sips. Alcohol is well-integrated, rather than obvious.

T: Begins off-dry, with roasted malt and fruity acidity. Flavors expand into the middle, boasting shoyu umami, bitter chocolate, licorice, and even vanilla. The finish is mineral-ashy, with inconsistent moderate bitterness cutting a sharp line on the palate at times. Alcohol vapors linger.

M: Thick viscosity, remarkably smooth early, with low carbonation.

D/O: An old can, set aside since 2009, yields a Ten Fidy experience worthy of the praise that led me to buy the pricey 4-pack in the first place. While this beer was found to be chokingly laden with shoyu qualities when it was young, it wears its maturity well in its fourth year. The heavy-handedness of its origins will never fade entirely, but this sample's profile falls well within the accepted--if not preferred--parameters of the style. Surprisingly good, compared to the last encounter.

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

12oz can poured into tulip.
Appears super thick and deep black with little light-brownish head. Smells sweet and roasty. Taste is so rich, sweet chocolate and coffee with an underlying roastyness.
Feels very slick and heavy, like oil.

Overall a great can of stout. An good value at about $10/4. Also I find this beer to drink best with a little age on it.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter and allowed to warm as I drank it. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a pitch black body with virtually no head or carbonation present. Brown lacing.

S- Heavenly.. Vanilla, chocolate, maple syrup, roasty malt, coffee beans, and dark fruit. Just delightful to smell.

T- Upfront I get a lot of milk chocolate, vanilla. This progresses into a roasty, burnt coffee, toasted malt flavor. Slight dark fruit notes on the follow through. Has an awesome roasty finish.

M- Thick, creamy. Low carbonation. Very smooth.

What an excellent imperial stout. May take the place as my new favorite russian imperial stout, I will have to do a blind side-by-side with founder's imperial stout. Reminds me of a non-ba version of bcbs. Recommendable.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

12 oz can poured into a goblet. Canned on 11/26/12.

Appearance: The color is an opaque, impenetrable black. There is about 1 finger worth of a tan head off the pour, which recedes to a foam on top leaving a ring of lacing on the glass. The liquid looks very thick and viscous when swirled around the glass. Good retention of the lacing, sticking to the glass and leaving alcohol legs as the beer is agitated. A very good looking imperial stout.

Smell: On the nose, there is an immediate sweetness that invades the nostrils. The sweetness is joined by notes of chocolate and dark fruits (raisins and figs) as it lingers in the nose. I also pick up some hints of roasted grains and breadiness, almost resembling freshly baked cookies as they mix with the sweetness. At 10.50% abv, some hints of alcohol are also present in the aroma. A very complex aroma, seeming to unlock more of the grain notes as it warms in the glass. Generally on the sweeter side, which is just fine with me.

Taste: There is a slight sweetness as it hits the tongue, gradually morphing with the milk chocolate and fruit tastes that were present in the aroma. As it remains on the tongue, a bitterness sets in, leaving tastes of roasted grain to hang. This fades into a bitter, roasty aftertaste on the tongue. Considering the abv, the alcohol flavor is well hidden. Very delicious, layered flavors to this one.

Mouthfeel: Similar to the appearance, it's very viscous in the mouth. It feels very thick as it swishes through the mouth, coating the tongue and palate and cheeks as it travels through. The heavy feels matches well with the lingering tastes that remain in the mouth. The alcohol is much more present in the feel, leaving a warming on the tongue and throat during the swallow.

Overall: To me, this is very much what I'm looking for in an imperial stout. The sweeter notes fit well with my tastes and makes for a very enjoyable beer. This is personally one of my favorites, and I try to always keep some on hand. It is a little on the pricier side at $15 for a 4 pack in my area, but in my mind it's well worth the price. I would highly recommend trying this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz can, served in a pint glass.

A- The body is the closest thing to motor oil that I've seen in a beer. The brown head is only about a half-finger high but it looks thick.

S- The first thing I notice about the smell is the chocolate. It smells thick, sweet, and rich.

T- The chocolate is still noticeable, but is balanced out by caramel, coffee, and smoky awesomeness. This is an absolute treat.

M- Full-bodied as full-bodied can be. Creamy and thick. The brew sticks to my entire mouth and there's a nice burn from the alcohol at the end.

O- This is well worth a try for every aspect of the beer. Ten Fidy fires on all cylinders. This surpasses Old Rasputin for me.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.33 out of 5 based on 9,874 ratings.
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