Ten FIDY | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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.

Added by Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

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

12Oz can poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Black as pitch with a persistent dark brown frothy head. Pours thick as blood and probably will stain clothes just as badly!

S: Combination of sweet and burnt chocolate/chocolate malts up front. There's cream, notes of coffee and just a hint of raisins in there. This is what i expect from a good RIS

T: Thick bitter burnt chocolate, coffee that slowly fades leading into sweeter palate with just the hint of cream and milk chocolate. The finish is long and bitter. It's "standard" world class RIS.

M: Smooth, fluffy with a pleasant carbonation

D: Split one after dinner as dessert or have two for dinner.

**Edit 10 March 2013**
A 5 year old can, my last one. My notes above are accurate in terms of flavors, but not for feel. Despite a fullness, there's a lightness/wateriness interspersed with the thicker, chewier finish. Pretty solid. 4/4/4/4/4

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Photo of dsa7783
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can copped singly from Gary's in Madison... heard a lot of good things about this one, so I was eager to give it a try... Pours an engine-oil, jet-black, deep ebony hue with a sunset-red, tan head that left impressive lacing... smell wasn't as powerful as I was anticipating, although a noticeable dark chocolate and cocoa aroma was certainly present... Taste was absolutely outstanding... this one takes on the full characteristics of a thick, rich, chocolate milkshake... sugar-sweet, powerful, creamy flavor loaded with roasted malts, dark, burnt chocolate, espresso, and latte essences... the hefty 10% ABV is hardly apparent behind an intricate conglomeration of ultra-rich, thick, sweet, chocolate flavors... this one is right up on par with Southern Tier's Choklat, if not better... perfection in a can, and an excellent depiction of the style combining a creamy, thick mouthfeel, and a good drinkability that only took a hit due to the high ABV, which, although isn't noticeable, soon becomes manifested in a warming glow... Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...
As a side note, I've heard that this beer was created combinig ultra-premium ice cream, and Whoppers malted-milkballs...

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Photo of NJBeerguy
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, for a ten percent beer it has great drinkability. If it's in such short supply I've got to get back to the store from which I purchased it and purchase as much as they'll let me have. Yes I did like it. The pour at first gives no indication of the head that will first endear you to this interesting rendition of an imperial stout. The pour at first seems to produce no head to speak of with a pour so slow and with a viscosity to mirror that your heaviest of black gold (choose what weight of oil you will), in the end from the gathering of bubbles in the glass appears a thick medimum brown head (a good half inch in a conventional pint glass). The head allow for the perfect lace to form on the glass with each sip. The head does however disapate into a fine brown ring a each sip bring you closer to the bottom of the glass. The nose is of alcohol and deeply roasted grain. The taste is a wonderful roast and, chocolate flavor with an aftertaste who lingering roasted nutty flavor sits on the back of your tongue wishing for more. While I did detect a slight alcohol nose the drinkability is not impaired by the 10% ABV, yes that the scary part I could have turned this into a sessions beer very easily. Oh! Yea one after another. Yes it has the ability to make you forget that you are drinking a 10% ABV beer and visiting the far side of the moon. While some high gravity brews of late I've not found worth their weight in gold (and yes you will pay your weight in gold of this one). In my opinion this is by far the best yet from the little brewery from Lyons.

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Photo of dondeez21
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard that this beer is available in very limited supply. My local liquor store has quite a few 4packs on the shelf and with a price tag of almost 13$ it doesnt look like it will be moving very fast. I grabbed a 4 pack the other night and I have to admit I am very glad I did. Ten Fidy is easily one of the darkest, thickest beers I have ever seen. It almost looked like I was pouring used motor oil from the can. A nice dark copper colored head formed after a few seconds. Overall I give this beer a 9.5 everythign was perfect from the color aroma and taste. Get this beer while it lasts!

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Photo of naproxen
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours dark as night from the tap with an equally imposing dark milky head as accustomed to this style.

The overall taste is sweet and roasty upfront with a delicious lingering taste of chocolate or maybe coffee.

It is very drinkable if you are looking for a meal in a glass, this is by no means a light russian imp.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep, dark impenetrable black, that strongly resembles used motor oil, with about a 1/4" of sturdy dark brown head that exhibits decent retention. Aroma is very restrained, good but noting too out of the ordinary. Roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and some dark fruits are present with just a faint whiff of alcohol. Taste is much like the aroma. At first I am hit by a sticky sweetness which is followed by the arrival of roasted malts and, towards the finish, some dark chocolate and hop bitterness. The dark fruits don't appear until after the bitterness. In the late finish I get some alcohol, not hot or overwhelming, but noticeable. Mouthfeel is ok, it was a bit too thin IMO. This brew is medium, maybe medium-full, in body and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, there was a nice alcohol warmth (a good thing) but overall I just wasn't that impressed. Its a solid brew and one that I'll revisit (since I have a few more cans) in the hope that tonight was just a bad night for FIDY.

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Photo of foxmul924
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Can into Room-Temp Pint Glass)

Appearance: Utterly Black Body with a Deep Brown, Lasting
Head with Sufficient Lace.

Smell: Chocolate and Alcohol

Taste: Bittering Hops are Quickly Overtaken By the Extremely
Malty Chocolate, Molasses, and Roasted Barley.
Additional Notes of Coffee and a Lingering Marshmallow

Mouthfeel: Full-Bodied, Almost Like Drinking a Thick Milkshake.
Very Smooth with a Semi-Clean Finish. Slightly Sticky
On and Around the Lips.

Drinkability: Definitely a Sipping Beer. Probably Wouldn't
Partake in a Second as it is Quite Rich, Warming, and Filling...
Not To Mention the 10% ABV Sneaks Up On

Other: A Very Solid Russian Imperial Stout. I've Been Very
Impressed with Oskar Blues and Their Blue Collar 'FIDY'
Mentality. Worth a Try!

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

At any given time I have about ten different beers that I consider my white whales. Beers that based on reputation are must-try, but for whatever reason are not widely distributed, or are one-offs, or only available at the brewery. Until this week, Ten FIDY was one of those beers. I have pursued this beer with an Ahab-like fervor and unlike the fateful sea captain my search has been satisfied.

Ten FIDY is like a black hole. A vortex of malt and flavor that seems hardly contained in its unassuming can. This beer lives up to its vehicular namesake and pours as thick and rich as motor oil. It is so dense and so dark that the small bit of foamy head that manages to make it up through the liquid is as dark brown as cocoa powder. The smell alone told me that my search for this beer was not in vain, and the fist sip confirmed that fact. This is a slow drinker with loads of slightly sweet and roasty malt, coffee, and dark chocolate, with the slightest touch of root beer near the end of the taste. Ten FIDY is not as sticky-sweet as other versions of the style and the right amount of hops, coupled with a mild-drying astringency from the roasted malts make this really fun to drink.

Often when searching out elusive beer, the result tends to be disappointing. Ten FIDY lives up to expectations, and then some. This is a seasonal brew from Oskar Blues, with an unknown availability. Luckily it is brand new in the area, and there should be enough supply, at least for now. Don't let this one be your white whale, cast off the bow lines and sail over to the store and pick up as much of this as you can get your hands on. This is definitely one of the best beers I have had this year.

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Photo of tprokop7
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up some at Julios. Poured into a snifter @50F.

A - Black as can be, with a dark reddish-brown head. My roommate says "I think this beer is so dark it actually consumes light."

S - This smells pretty alcoholic to me... snifters are supposed to bring out aromas, but I really don't smell much else.

T - Taste more than makes up for the smell. There is almost no alcohol flavor in the beer, and it has a wonderful roasted flavor.

M - Thick and smooth, with only slight carbonation. Great overall balance, it is a pleasure in your mouth.

D - I wish I had more, so that must mean the drinkability is pretty high, right?

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

Served in a new style Sam Adams glass. This jet black opaque brew poured with a three finger head of dense cappuccino colored bubbles. They formed a head so dense and thick it looked like a chocolate milkshake float. Thick doily like lace clung to the sides of my glass with each sip forming intricate patterns. This is one of the best looking brews I've ever seen.

Big espresso notes on the nose followed by dark cocoa and burnt molasses. Big roasted malt aroma in the finish with a hint of smoke and alcohol.

Upfront notes of burnt molasses and caramel. Followed by burnt sugar sweetness and caramelized dark fruits and licorice. Dark roasted espresso notes lead into unsweetened dark baking cocoa. Hops come up in the finish with a slight citrus rind twang and some alcohol vapors.

The mouthfeel is like liquid silk, and although it displayed a serious head, the carbonation is low and it goes down very smooth. Very drinkable despite the high abv. I haven't been this excited about a RIS in a long while. Get this if you can! No pun intended.

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Photo of beerkeeper
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly viscus black. The pour was absolutely incredible. The thickness of the beer took minuets to disapate. Which worked good in the long run because I enjoyed the malts even more as the beer wormed to room temp.Intimidating at first glance, but opens up nicely as reaches room temp, and becomes very inviting. Up front on the taste is a bold burnt malt taste which follows the beer down. Just when you think the beer is done, the alcohol comes back on the finish with reckless abandon, with a hint of hops. Great beer for those cold months.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Pours out dense and oily with a small rusty crema head that dissapates quickly... (has an almost metallic sheen).... leaving a small collar in a Duvel tulip glass.
Dark chocolate and tobacco smell.
Super roasty burnt toast , charred chocolate flavor up front. Some sweetness , but the dry licorice , chalk and bitter espresso dominate. Some hints of tobacco, leather , vanilla and metal. No alcohol, though. Bitter, dry finish.
Mouthfeel is full , but not as dense as it looks.
Carbonation just about right.
A good dark , complex brew to sip on a cold Feb. evening with snow falling outside and the UCONN women beating someone's ass on the tube.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this ours out of the can like motor oil. it's so thick that it takes a a few seconds for a head to form, due to the bubbles barely being able to push through the thick liquid. this looks like it mean business.
the aroma is of burnt coffee malts, with a softer hersey syrup type. the alcohol isn't detectable at all.
the taste is filled with that same burnt coffee, creating a slightly harsh bitter burned character. as in the aroma, there is a powdery chocolate quality beneath the coffee, in greater quantity than the smell though. very subtle licorice/rootbeer type flavors become noticable when it warms. the alcohol is masked very well, the only indicator is a little warmth in the throat.
it's very full bodied and very subtly carbonated.
drinkability is fairly good, but the burnt bitterness takes it's toll. this beer would do well in a 4 or 5 oz serving after dinner type setting.

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