Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#283
Reviews:
2,656
Ratings:
10,034
pDev:
8.9%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Photo of session1979
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Setting: Stuck on the couch watching American Idol with the wife so I went to the fridge to find something that could take the edge off, Ten FIDY it was..

Appearance: Poured this into my DFH snifter. Pours with the color and viscosity of used old black engine oil but with an amazing depth and clarity. The can burps as it releases this amazing beer. Once poured a thick 3 finger dark milk chocolate head sits atop the liquid and lasts for quite a while.

Nose: The nose is full and rich with chewy dark chocolate brownies, fresh brewed espresso, roasted barley, oats and molasses. The alcohol is noticeable and almost like a warning shot across the bow to remind you this is a big badass beer....

Taste: Wow, so freaking good. Big bold flavors, coffee, dark roasted malts, creamy caramel, slightly bitter chocolate. The ominous nose that warned of dominate alcohol was indeed misleading as the ABV is buried nicely under a flavor barrage of all that is good.

Mouthfeel: You know from the moment you pour this beer that the mouthfeel is going to be more like a heavy cream then a beer, and indeed it is. Moderate carbonation and the creamy texture make this a party in your mouth.

Drinkability: I would call this moderately drinkable and that is based much more on the fact that it is a full flavor powerhouse as the ABV presence isn't all that noticeable.

Overall: I have had this several times now and each time it has just gotten better and better. The first time I had it was 2 days after canning and it was very bitter and phenolic, almost like eating powdered aspirin. That was a one time taste as it has now become one of my favorite Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Plan B, Simsbury, CT. Served in a chalice. Inky black and opaque. Nearly no head, but I believe that's a result of a bad pour rather than a deficiency of the beer.

Low aroma of cocoa, smoke and molasses. Sharp initial flavor of burnt espresso, dark chocolate and molasses. Some bits of marshmallow come through, followed by a charred oak finish. The ABV is relatively hidden except for some warming of the mouth and cheeks mid sip, and some vapors that make their way slowly up the back of the nose.

Moderate to low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel but not too bubbly, not a great deal of body. This is a tasty beer and pretty drinkable, but IMO it's being elevated a bit by the hype it's been generating.

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Photo of triplecoil
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

Extremely dark pour with a thin and quickly dissipating brown head. Nose of roasted malt, molasses, and beef jerky. Taste is bitter coffee and chocolate, some sweetness from the heavy malt, somewhat spicy aftertaste (the beef jerky again?), and a little alcohol. Mouthfeel is viscous with some nice carbonation.

This is definitely a premium imperial stout. I could drink this as often as I could get it...though I guess I would get pretty smashed doing so.

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Photo of dfillius
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: pours motor-oil-black with two fingers of red-brown head. Head is darker than some brown ales I've had. Nice creamy, pillowy head with good retention.
S: Semi-sweet/dark chocolate, tobacco, tiniest hint of alcohol that increases as it warms. Not much coffee aroma, which I've smelled a lot of in other RISs. Nice for a change!
T: Bitter and roasty. Bitter like bakers cocoa. A sweet cherry flavor comes through with some raisiny sweetness. I wish it were a tad sweeter/played with the middle of my tongue more.
M: Terribly smooth! Where is the heat?! So creamy due to phenomenal head retention.
D: I feel the alcohol after 1/4 pint! Only one for me. An eminently enjoyable beer though.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to oxymoron for sending this my way! I still get a kick out of what oskar blues is doing - a big tasty RIS in a silver can. Keystone and coors - take that (thumbs nose and waves fingers. Ok, how about the beer?

A - rich dark black color with a dark brown head which lasts almost the full glass.

S - molasses, espresso, roasted grains dark sweet malts.

T - similar to the nose with a nice hop left undercut. Rich sweet balance of flavors but a definite lean towards roasted / acrid burnt flavors.

M - full bodied, rich smooth and enticingly put together to leave the mouth with a nice residual roast impression

D - did this really pour from a can? I have to get over that. This was a quite pleasant beer and I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through a trade with Northertimber.

Pours a thick black colored beer with a thin brown head.

Smell is sweet with a trace of hops giving it a scent best described as 'carrot sticks." Caramel candy and chocolate syrup aromas and a hint of smoke. Faint fig Newton cookie aroma.

The taste starts out thick chocolate with a lot of patent malt and smoke and roast flavor. Gets more bitter as you drink it with a long lasting roast malt and smoke aftertaste. Faint berry and vanilla flavors but this beer is all about the roast.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Not bad at all but I may have had my expectations a little to high for this beer based upon word of mouth. Nice and very smooth what it lacks it that extra layer of complexity that the best Russian Imperial Stouts posses. Still this is a good beer and no doubt the best RIS in a can.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can, from Oxymoron

A: Pours a deep dark black under a inch and half dark brown head. Some good lace and retention.

S: Smells of a sweet but roasted malt. A bit of mocha, dark fruit and hint of cream. Very appealing to the nose.

T: Very nice. Sweet and roasted, a little bit of anise flavor, good bitterness from the roasted malt, some dark coffee and chocolate hints. Alcohol is there with some warmth, but it can't be tasted.

M/D: Big, full bodied, extremely velvety on the tongue. Drinkability only hampered by the big ABV. This one is very, very smooth and extremely tasty. Bring this baby to NC!

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours, well black as hell, completely opaque, with a solid quarter inch of dirty brown head, and some nice tracing. Gorgeous so far. Aroma's are not as strong as expected: cocoa, roasted coffee, black patent, creamy bourbon (if there was such a thing), and quite a bit of citrusy hops. On the palate, the roasted barley tumbles the tongue, chocolate malts develop finishing with some high alcohols and those west coast hops. It finishes almost minty and vodka like. Incredibly chewy in the mouth with moderate carbonation and heavy mouthfeel. Very refreshing after recently having Storm King and Black Bear stouts finding them just way too hoppy. Hops here are quite evident but very balanced. Not much bitterness from the malts, I imagine a low percent of black and roasted malts, making it very smooth. This is a very enjoyable RIS from a brewery who has such a solid lineup.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dev (BuckeyeSox) for this can. I poured it into a standard pint glass, and admired it's looks for a while. Honestly this is one of the most appetizing looking beers, dark dark brown with a thick frothy foam colored like chocolate milk. Really good lacing on the glass too. The aroma is roasted malt, very rich smelling. The flavor is roasty with just a touch of sweetness, and quite a bit of bitterness in the after-taste. The mouthfeel is thick, giving a nice match to the rich flavor. I recommend this beer, but the only drawback is that I'd prefer a little less burnt bitterness in the taste.

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Photo of NBake
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ten Fidy

The can is interesting, like all of the Oskar Blues clan, with goofy quotes and a simple yet appealing graphic in the background. I'm excited for this one.

I pop the top, hear that little fizz of delight and ceremoniously pour Ten Fidy into my big mug. I am rewarded for my effort with a black body, capped with 3 fingers of beautiful brown head.

The nose is unexpectedly hoppy, with notes of chocolate and general roastiness mixed in.

First taste brings lots of roasty and hop filled bitterness with some dark fruits and cocoa, followed by some alcohol and rebounding back into bitter dark chocolate flavors. The alcohol and chocolate stick to the roof of your mouth, begging you for another sip. I'll oblige. I'll admit, there is a lot of sweet malt flavor going on here as well, but this one is really about the roasted barley, and an assertive hop profile. I dig it.

Ten Fidy goes down smooth. It is viscous, with low carbonation and right on for the style, as far as I'm concerned. It isn't too syrupy or sickly sweet.

Overall, this is a great beer. Many of the Imperial Stouts out there are very sweet, which is ok, but this one is dry enough to session, if you can handle the booze. It brings a flavor that is hard to get tired of and I would recommend it to all that are unafraid of dark beer.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool in a nonick pint. Reviewed blind against Abyss, KtG, DL, Ky BS, P. Mortel, Stone IRS, B. Albert.

Pours thick, black and with great clarity. Nice foamy dark brown head leaving heavy lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly mild, a blend of chocolate, dark fruitiness and roastiness.

Taste is complex and perfectly balanced between roastiness, chocolate, and hops. Unexpected hop burp at the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and perfectly bittered. Light in a good way with a hint of lingering oiliness. Feels like it would have good ABV but with no alcoholic bite--perfectly balanced.

Drinkability is just great. Glad this came to Massachusetts so I could buy a bunch of it and drink it regularly, instead of having to trade for it. Down with rare beers--this is a great one. But rare beers aren't reviewed by the macro-swilling masses, so this one's overall rating is being pulled down by people who don't like imperial stouts. Food pairing: Ten Fidy would go great with a glazed doughnut!

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Photo of bigeyedfish
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can courtesy of Johnny Med poured into a rodenbach grand cru tulip.

pitch black body, which looks even more reminiscent of motor oil when it comes from a can, with a thin layer of milk-chocolate-colored head. the head fades pretty quickly, save for a burnt-red layer around the outer rim; some nice lacing.

not as strong a smell as i expected it to be; some roasted malt and some dark cocoa, some tobacco, even a tad bit of smoked meat. so yeah, it smells like an imperial stout. one of the more subdued russian imperials, at least based on smell- nothing really blows you away with this one.

interesting taste. the mid-palate is a lot of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa powder. the finish is a little bit of hop bitterness, which is unexpected, but with the recent interpretations of the style, not totally unexpected. but the finishing part of the finish is a little hot, a little metallic and a little almost unpleasant. it's kind of comparable to the taste of salt. really sweet beginning taste though- a little butterscotch-like.

for an imperial stout actually pretty lacking in body. there's some carbonation/sensation that develops in the back of the mouth around the mid-palate and lingers till the finish, so that's mildly unpleasant. yeah, the most noticeable mouthfeel characteristic is the astringency on the finish. there isn't a whole lot of palate coating, it's not a super rich body.

this is a lot smoother than a lot of other russian imperials; it does not have a huge hop presence, and there is not an abundance of flavor that might make you feel full; it doesn't have that huge pallet coating that keeps the taste of the beer fresh in your mind for hours and it isn't out of this worldly alcoholic. and yet, for each of those categories it's easy to envision a beer that fits the description. with this one? it's from a can. sometimes its good to be average. right?

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily black colour with a much smaller than expected mid-sized to small dark tan head that quickly fades to a thin lace and leaves minor amounts of residue on the glass.

The aroma is nice but is not nearly as pronounced as I would have expected: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and perhaps a slight touch of fruit sweetness. There's definitely a hint of noticeable alcohol here as well.

Flavour basically hits on all of the notes from the aroma: there is a big roasted malt presence throughout along with a much bolder coffee flavour than was to be expected from the aroma. Any chocolate/cocoa and sweetness is more subdued, although still present. Alcohol flavour creeps in mostly at the finish of each sip to provide for a nice bite. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a good amount of creaminess to it. There is also a fair share of hotness here from the alcohol.

This was a very nice brew overall, but it just didn't live up to the hype that has been built around it. I was expecting to try something that would rank amongst the best beer I've ever had, which is always difficult to live up to for any beer and for anyone. Instead, I got a rock-solid excellent example of the style that just couldn't get to that tip-top level for me. Needless to say, this is a no brainer to try, should you be able to find it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz can from a recent trade with mmtmatrix.

A: The stout poured the darkest head I've ever seen. It was a dark ruddy brown color, brilliant in its depth. The stout is dark and black, its event horizon absorbs all light.

S: The nose is an intense amalgum of chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, molasses and dark alefruits. All this from a can? Awesome!

T: The stout packs a big hoppy bite up front. Somewhat surprising because it really didn't register in the nose. The citrus is in contrast to the dark roasted stout body. Coffee and chocolate, mixed with dark fruits and molasses, nicely define the post-hops body. A sugary sweet chocolate flavor lingers in the palate long after the sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel, despite the abundance of different flavors, really comes together nicely. The acrid burnt flavor is a nice sendoff.

D: At 10% this is a whopper. One can is more than enough at one sitting.

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Photo of awall422
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting a long time for ten fidy to work it's way to massachusetts...

poured a pure black with a finger of dark brown head that lasted well for a high abv beer and left nice lacing all the way to the end of the glass.

smell is nice, mixture of roasty grains, coffee notes and a little chocolate.

more coffee along with a touch of baker's chocolate in the initial taste, finishes with a nice bitter hop note, more than i was expecting.

rich and creamy with the bitter finish helping to make sure the palate isn't left too coated. nice finish for such a strong beer.

excellent drinakbility for a RIS, alcohol presence only really starts to come through as the glass begins to warm.

i've read lots of hype about this beer over the last few months. it lived up to it, excellent example of the style! need more...

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Littlebreeze for the chance to try this.
In my Piraat tulip.

A: Pouring this from a can really did remind me of motor oil. Some mocha head that went away rapidly.

S: Roasted malt and some chocolate. Coffee is here big time.

T: Roast. Bitterness with a hint of espresso. Then it is all coffee. Several different flavors if that makes sense.

M: Super thick and creamy. Low carbonation but it worked wonderfully.

D: Super easy drinking like anything else in a can. Took my time with this one and really enjoyed it.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - holy lord is this black, the girlfriend commented "ewww, its like motor oil" as i poured it. it wells up a dark orange/umber thin head that fades quickly to a thin ring

S - smooth chocolatey, with some roasted malts, plus some resident background coffee-ness, all of superior quality, typical stout aromas just in greater presence

T - wow, huge coffee and as the sip fades, the coffee just grows into the aftertaste, its supported by a roasted malt and chocolate flavors as well, the coffee is quite persistent

M&D - for a highish ABV and a big and bold coffee flavor, this beer is very smooth, silky smooth, and easily drinkable, well done, this beer is worth the hype, makes me wish i hit this up at the EBF first, damn, maybe next year

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a can. I've had this on tap several times (and it's always AMAZING), but I've always forgotten to review it then.

A - thick black with dark brown head; watching this pour from a can and seeing just how thick and luxurious it looks is such an amazing experience

S - dark chocolate, hints of coffee, roasted malt, some hops come through

T- out of this world! So thick and chocolaty and delicious. Coffee is certainly there. Bit of hop bitterness toward the end.

M - full, smooth body that goes down oh so well; this is reflected in the appearance as I mentioned; bit of alcohol involved too

D - oh wow Ten Fidy is amazing! Oskar Blues have made one hell of a beer! It's smooth and creamy and delicious. Definitely very warming due to the ABV. Obviously you wouldn't want to just kick back and drink these nonstop (though there was one rather fun night at the pub when I had several in a row hehe), but this truly is something special IMO. Highly, highly recommended on tap or in the can!

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Photo of chefboy812
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a goblet.

Holy Moses this IS a stout!!!

Jet black with a big creamy mocha head.

coffee, burnt toffee notes, then a big smack of licorice. some molassas, raisen , and madeira.
Did I say WOW!

HUge roasty coffee, burnt sugar, toasted bread. Huge licorice; both good'n'plenty and black grandma style too. molassas and maple syrup. very bitter espresso finish lingers for a minute; literally.
Did I say GEEE WHIZ!

huge chewy malt with adry atringent bitterness that makes you snap your lips.

I think this stout gives old rasputin a run for it's money

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Photo of Lordsloth
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 10th review(Yeah, that's not a lot)- Ten Fidy!

Sweet silver 12oz. can. Thanks to Cashew70 for the opportunity!

Poured a bit cold, just out of the fridge- no head developed, just a thin layer of tiny tan bubbes. Oily thick. A cool-looking pattern developed as the bubbles dissipated. Oily legs left as the beer progressed. Smell- tasty. Dark roasted malt, chocolate. Taste- Awesome. Of the few RIS's I've had, comes quite close to Darkness in taste and "smoothness factor". A coffee background, and a bit of chocolate on the back of the tongue. Chewy mouthfeel, quite satisfying. The smoothness and mostly hidden alcohol bite makes drinkability quite high.

Quite good. Quite good.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oscar Blues- Ten FIDY

A- Thick viscous black with a huge frothy mocha head. Heavy lacing with a solid head.
S- Let this 1 warm up a bit to realy catch the aromas, huge bitter sweet chocolate, dark roast coffee beans and pine hops.
T- Thick gooey fudge chocolate cake with icing and a double shot of dark roast espresso with a shot of vanilla and a heaping of whipped cream!
M- Potent alcohol detected immediately and throughout but big rich flavors, sweet and creamy body dominate. Finishes off sweet and candy-like.

Overall- 1 of the best beers you'll ever have from the can, and 1 of the best RIS out there! A few of these smuggled in your backback on an overnighter would make the end of a long hike even more enjoyable!

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Photo of deanhead
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, deep, black viscous looking stout, with a generous toffee colored head that stayed with the beer for it's entire trip to the bottom of the glass.

Smelled of chocolate, and rich roasted malt, pungent scent of hops, and a very slight note of astringency.

A cornucopia burst on my palate with the first and second sip. Roasted toffee, sweet and chocolaty, while being bitter& somewhat smoky.

This is one full bodied bad ass beer, that is very deceiving at 10%. Just be careful, as with all the other Oskar Blues products. They are so very drinkable and will sneak up on you if your not careful.
Enjoy with temperance!

This is an amazing beer. I would highly recommend trying it. It's beautifully balanced, and by far one of the best Russian Imperial Stout's I have ever enjoyed.

The notes say this beer is retired, but it can still be found in Western, MA at Table & Vine

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, thick black with a one-finger dark mocha head. Very thick and hearty. Head slowly dissipated and left some heavy lacing. The smell was not as strong as I had expected but my wife was sitting next to me and she said it was potent. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of sweetness. The taste starts out with very bitter, burnt chocolate flavors but slowly leads to a creamy, sweet milk chocolate. The bitterness is strong at first but slowly fades as you make it through the glass. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy but still not a sipper. Overall a great RIS but not to be over indulged. Have a can left so I think I'll hang onto it and see if it mellows out any.

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Photo of Viggo
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can acquired from xmarcnolanx.

Pours black as night, brown head, very rich looking, tons of lace, nice legs as well, head settles to a thick layer. Smell is wicked, roast, chocolate, toffee, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, biscuits, wood, alcohol, excellent. Taste is just as good, thick roastiness, chocolate, toffee, biscuits, vanilla, dark fruits and dates, alcohol but well hidden, solid roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with silky low carbonation, way too easy to drink. Fantastic Impy Stout, one of my favourites. Thanks Marc!

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Photo of gwong
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Good amount of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted chocolate and coffee dominate the scent.

T: Bittersweet chocolate flavor with a slight hint of strong roasted coffee at the end.

M: Full body that's smooth and creamy on the tongue. Slight amount of carbonation.

D: High ABV but chocolate flavor makes it easy to drink.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 10,034 ratings