Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

9,853 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz can to my trusty Cigar City snifter; canning date of October 18, 2012 printed in black ink on the can’s kick-up (“CANNED ON 10-18-12 @ 12:30 BLACK HOLE, SON!!”). Black hole, indeed.

Appearance (4.25): One fat finger of milk chocolate-colored foam caps a body that is as black hole-ish as was alluded to in the canning date information. It’s black, nothing else. The had shows a surprising amount of retention and lace: fat, broad legs of foam stick to the sides of the glass just below wherever you’ve taken a sip.

Smell (4.0): Iced coffee with a little cream in it, dark chocolate (like 70% cocoa +), mocha ice cream, double chocolate chip cookies—you get the picture. Roasty coffee, dark chocolate, and some sweet, doughy undertones fill out the nose very, very nicely.

Taste (4.5): Whoa, even richer than the nose—way richer, and just great. Roasty coffee bitterness without any of the soy sauce potential you get in lesser imperial stouts mixes with a rich, deeply earthy, creamy chocolate character. There’s actually a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish, but it’s relatively subtle and melds well with the mix of coffee bitterness and chocolate aftertaste that comes across in the malt body. And amazingly, there’s really minimal alcohol detected—just a bit of that warming, vaporous feel toward the end, just before the swallow and then again right after it. Very, very smooth for how big, bitter, and rich this beer. More of that earthy character, which I love.

Mouthfeel (4.25): As mentioned above, smooth. It’s full-bodied and somewhat viscous, but not quite syrupy. The alcohol and maybe a bit of hop oil character helps to dry out the finish, but I certainly wouldn’t call this a “dry” beer. Just a very addictive sipper.

Overall (4.25): This is a great beer—and imperial stout that’s full-bodied, full-flavored, and still something of a crowd pleaser. I would definitely recommend this to someone interested in getting into the style, because it’s not too sweet or syrupy but it’s also not so distastefully charred and bitter as some can be. But the earthiness mentioned above, which is like the intersection of the chocolate flavor and the hop component of the beer, is what really gets me—it adds a very nice depth to the experience. Really, really tasty.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

10-29-12 can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black motor oil. DARK khaki brown 1 finger head. Alcohol legs present.

S: Whoa nelly. Coffee, creamy milk chocolate, Molasses follows suit back up but a nice albeit a bit surprising hop presence. .

T: Slight caramel, creamy smooth chocolate and a coffee bitter finish.

M: THICK viscous creamy mouthfeel with a bitter slightly finish finish.

O: A fantastic beer, my favorite from Oskar Blues. Huge beer, probably the best canned beer available ATM that is a staple in my house. Big huge smooth creamy chocolate/coffee bomb.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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