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 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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Photo of bonbini26
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour- like motor oil...it should be called 10W-40

Appearance- darkness....to light passing through this guy....dark brown head

Smell- Roasted, smoky, chocolate

Taste- wow...hits every inch of ur tongue with malt, hops, caramel, chocolate, roasted smoked coffee

mouthfeel- sticks to your teeth, like drinking a milkshake

drinkability- great for a cold winter night

next time i need a fork and knife to drink this....awesome

im surprised to see that this beer is retired i just picked it up a few weeks ago

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Photo of unholy2
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review so bare with me. The color is a black like motor oil with a nice baige head. The head was not very tall but leaves a nice lacing in the glass.I am a fan of R.I.S style beers and this one is high on my charts.The can looks like it should be in a corner store somewhere next to the colt 45 but thats one thing I like about it. I would recommend this R.I.S to anyone

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Photo of unclecrappy
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired? Nooo!

I got my one and only four-pack two days ago at 3 Sons in Wexford -- something I had been dying to try since reading about it in BA mag a couple of months back. That kind of anticipation is often hard to equal once you finally get your hands on the beer.

I'm happy to say that in this case, Ten Fidy was as good as I had hoped -- and maybe better.

A -- darkest, thickest beer I've ever seen. Saying it pours like oil is not an exaggeration. Thin, dark brown head forms after a hard pour. And stays. And stays. And stays.

S -- maybe the only thing about this beer that's close to pedestrian. Big roasted aroma, with coffee up front and chocolate and tobacco in the background.

T -- Wow. Chocolate is bigger than the aroma would suggest, but not sweet at all. Coffee and other roasted flavors swirl around the chocolate, and there's a nice, dry, hoppy tinge at the end. What you don't get much of is the alcohol; a remarkable job of masking for a 10-percenter.

M -- Luscious. Rich. Thick. Smooth. Holy crap.

D -- Rated high, because of the exceptional complexity and off-the-hook mouthfeel. Easy to forget this beer's ABV.

OK. If you have a chance to try this, don't pass it up. And if you work for Oskar Blues: For crying out loud, tell someone to bring this back next winter, willya?

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

Pours like motor oil, a thick, pitch black with about 1/2 of creamy chocolate milk colored head, good long lasting retention and great full coating lacing. Smells big of coffee and chocolate, with some hops and a hint of alcohol. Tastes like an espresso with lots of roasted malt character that gradually changes into a nice chocolate shake. A smokey and hopped finish with a slight alcohol heat. Full bodied, low in carbonation, smooth and creamy with a nice bite. One excellent RIS, big in coffee and chocolate and very thick, hides the ABV nicely. Glad the folks at Oskar Blues decided to can it this year, hope they continue to do so.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't wait to try a canned RIS. Served at just about cellar temperature, in a snifter, from yes, a can! Let's see if it lives up to the hype.

Appearance: Pours out a deep inky, spent motor oil black. Possibly the blackest I've seen. Not a single ray of light could pass through this tar colored liquid. A vigorous pour yielded about a half inch of thinnish, dark, coffee colored head. Head receded rather quickly, leaving some thin streaks of dark lace.

Smell: A bit of a faint nose on this one. Nice roasted malt aroma with some prominent chocolate notes. Maybe a little molasses or brown sugar sweetness with some underlying dark fruits and black licorice. Almost a warm, freshly baked cookie in there as well. Pretty good so far.

Taste: Wow! A bit different. Quite bitter and dry in my opinion. A little coffee, a bit of dark chocolate, and an almost oaky flavor. A little dark fruit, maybe a raisin flavor. Tons of roasted malts with a mild hop bite. Finishes pretty smooth, with a little molasses and some noticeable booze. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel. A bit dissapointed in this part of the brew. A little bit thinner than I would like but decent. Comes up just short of chewey. A moderate amount of carbonation is felt on the tongue and throat.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability despite the high ABV. Drinkability seems to get better as the beer warms. Overall pretty good, but different RIS. Lives up to the hype in my opinion.

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Photo of chefnash51
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been after this brew for awhile now.. thanks to this great site, I got the tip that a small amount was making it's way into CT... I was on the phone in a flash and was able to secure 2 four packs.

A: Oil.. Black oil as it plopped out of my can. I gave it a vigerous pour into my Chimay goblet. Large thick, dark brown head. Can't wait.

S: Dark Chocolate coffee, liquorish, alcohol comes through. Hint of hops.

T: Couldn't even wait for the head to go down a bit. Chocolate hits my tounge with a dark coffee taste. The hops are there, but where is that alcohol.

M: Feels great going down. very smooth.

D: This is the smoothest RIS I have every had. I quicky went through 2 cans... whoops.. 10%.. ohh yea, better switch to H20.
Sneaky? This is like the ninja of RIS. Tasted so good, I was almost gulping it down.
Favorite RIS to date and can't wait until this is more of a regular around here.
Look forward to finding it on tap.

@13.99 a 4 pack.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retired? Bummer I thought this was going to be an annual thing. Anyway..Jet black with a beautiful dark tan head on top. Simply a great looking beer. Deep roasted aroma. Very grainy flavored. Heavy, heavy dark chocolate. Heavy roasted and somewhat burnt taste. High level of hops in here. Very complex flavorwise. Not overly full in the mouthfeel. Quite smooth and creamy. Very dry in the finish. Almost too much at once. I cant see having a lot of this in one sitting. Great beer but in moderation for sure.

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Photo of kkipple
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the legendary Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Thanks Dave & Co.

Served in a goblet. Ten Fidy is: deep. Black. Deep black. Spotty, red-dark small head. Low retention. No complaints here.

Wait till it warms and you'll be rewarded with a rich malt-heavy nose that sports dense roasted grain, coffee, loads of cocoa, tobacco, vanilla and earth. Delicious, but subdued compared to some in the style. Alcohol is easy to pick out.

Now we're talking! Bitter coffee and burnt grain up front, followed quickly by chocolate and even more espresso. Large amounts of earthy hops shine through all the black mess; it's all very intense and in your face. Booze is noticeable. A sipper for sure. Unreal that this comes in canned form.

Carbonation is medium-hi off the keg; all quite acceptable. Mouthfeel is dense and slick, finishes roasty and earthy with a big coffee and hop bitterness.

Ten Fidy isn't awfully drinkable, but then it's a 10% Russian Stout. In a can. A can I say! Goodness. Perhaps the most intense beer to ever see the inside of an aluminum cage, Ten Fidy is something you should seek out and release. I also proclaim this the ultimate cold weather camping beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A jet black beer. Has a thick foamy dark brown head with some lace. The aroma starts with a solid grapefruit hop character with notes of licorice and chocolate in the background. A roasted malt bittersweet chocolate character covers your tongue. On the finish there is a hint of coffee just before a double snap of piney the citrusy hops wash down the back of you throat. Didn't really capture me as an imperial stout. But tasty none the less.

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

After years of reading BeerAdvocate reviews...I'm ready to make my first review and I chose a great one to review. As a big fan of Dale's Pale Ale I was pumped to see Ten Fidy had arrived at Town Wine in East Providence, RI.

A: Black. Black as oil. Small amount of head. Dark brown. Perrrfect.

S: Chocolate and coffee. I could also smell a hint of alcohol.

T: Coffee is the first taste my mouth has and then gradually it changes to chocolate. There is a slight hop taste which I love but the heavy malt is the most recognizable taste. I can barely taste the alcohol despite it being 10% ABV. Tasty indeed.

M: Smooth with very little carbonation. Goes down like water.

D: So I had read that this was a sneaky beer. I didn't realize it while drinking, but a short while later after finishing..POW! I love that it has a kick to it that is surprising considering its tough to really taste the alcohol. Limit one for me.

I've had a handful of Imperial Stouts in my beer drinking career...and this is my favorite so far.

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

On tap at the Brick Store

A - Came to the bar from downstairs in a chalice. A very dark black with no lights..no highlights..very viscous deep brown head that left a thick sticky lacing

S - Big espresso and chicory smell...no real hop presence

T/M - Much as the smell advertised..big espresso taste..a little hot from the alcohol but not bad..very rich..roasted malt tastes with a pronounced hop finish for the style..very good

D - Overall it's a very drinkable brew for one a night I think...it's high ABV certainly makes it something you don't want to try all night

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

I am disappointed to see that this beer has been retired for many reasons. It was pretty good. The novelty of drinking a canned RIS was intriguing. And, as I continue on my quest to drink BA's top 100, this has now been knocked out.

It pours like motor oil out of the can. Actually rather difficult to pour it evenly into a glass. About a two inch tan head thast settled down quickly. But, the head didn't go completely away, which was a welcome surprise.

Great thick mouthfeel. Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and a strong whiff of roasted currant or some perhaps sour cherries. Taste is more of the same; big roast malt, big chocolate, sour cherries/currant, and not too much coffee (Speedway Stout is probably the only heavily "coffee-ed" stout that I love).

This was good stuff. Sorry to see it retired.

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Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A half finger of cinnamon colored head appears on a thoroughly black body that looks like motor oil coming out of the can. The head quickly shrinks to a thin film and leaves behind little lace.

S - Lots of dark, roasty malt notes. Coffee, roasted tea leaves. There is a bit of chocolate as well, but the character is mostly roast, with low hop aroma.

T - Strong, coffee like bitterness along with herbal hop flavor. Lots of tannic, earthy roast flavors follow along with a strange mint/ licorice note. The finish is full of lingering bitterness as well as a bit of alcoholic warmth that is the only time the beer reveals its significant ABV.

M - Heavy, oily body with moderate carbonation. Slightly tannic mouthfeel and mildly sweet finish.

D - Obviously not a session beer, but a bit hard to drink even for a 10% ABV stout. The aroma is very nice, but the overwhelming malt bitterness in the taste is a bit out of proportion despite the heavy body and residual sweetness. A very complex and interesting beer, but a bit over the top on roast character, in my opinion.

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

Beer shared with Dave Blanchard at the Brick Store Pub. On-tap aged for a year firken. Good mouthfeel and much lace and dark het black. Rich coffee and chocolate, roast and great bitterness in the background well balanced by the other tastes. Half worth the trip to Atlanta.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Head was dark tan, creamy and two full fingers thick... displayed excellent retention, maintaining its thickness for at least a full minute. Body was beautiful and opaque black. The whole thing looked like spent motor oil as I poured it from the can. Lacing left on the sides of the glass was sticky, brown and muddy.

S- Smells like strong dark french roast coffee, espresso and a hint of licorice and strong alcohol. Very inviting and fairly strong for an RIS.

T- Exactly what an RIS should taste like- Dark roasted malts, coffee and strong alcohol backed with a pleasant hop bit and a hint of sweet black licorice in the finish. Aftertaste leaves me dreaming of dark roasted malts and wishing I had grabbed a whole bunch more of these when I had the chance. Absolutely phenomenal flavor profile, and this one came from a can!!

M- Viscous and oily while remaining smooth and creamy. Mouth and tongue coating is very pleasant and lingers the way an Imperial Stout should. A tribute to the style.

D- This one works best as a slow sipper, but the taste is such that I want to sip over and over again, even once the beer is finished. The high ABV is very obvious but the flavors shine through nonetheless, making this a very drinkable brew. Enjoy this one warm; it is phenomenal, and to do otherwise would be a waste of such a fine brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Canned Batch; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a very tightly beaded, creamy, darkly browned, tan colored head that starts out about a finger in height. The beer is black and no amount of holding up to the light makes it anything but opaque. The aroma is dominated by roast grain notes from the get go; aromas of dark chocolate, smooth espresso, concentrated chocolate malt ball candies, sweet malted grain. When you go in for a really deep sniff of the nose, the sweeter dark grain notes yield to a dry, amply toasted, browned bread crust notes and a blackened biscuit character. Touches of roasted, tart cherries provide a nice fruity character here, though at times it is overwhelmed by the more dominant, yet overall quite smooth, roast character. Quite a nice aroma, this Imperial Stout has escaped the harsher, roasted grain notes and hot booziness that any others have.

Thick, rich, chewy, this is really a meal in a sip. This viscous brew coats the mouth enough that it provides nourishment even after the beer has passed down my throat. Dark, sweet malt notes coat the mouth for at least a minute after my first sip, after which, sharp, roasted grain notes reminiscent of a dark, but well roasted, gourmet coffee take hold and provide a bit of a drying effect. The texture of this brew is quite nice, it starts out a little light, but quickly picks up a rich, creamy texture and a velvet-like feeling that coats the mouth. Sweet grain character provides an interesting dark cherry and bright berry note here that is offset by a nicely roasted dark chocolate note, a touch of chalky blackened grain, some light espresso acidity and a woody charcoal note. An appropriate carbonation struggles to be noticed through the viscous body of this brew. The hop character is fairly mellow, except for a biting bitterness that just cuts through the thick body of this brew, but is noticeable from start to finish.

As the beer warms up I get a touch of that vegetal note (more in the aroma than anything) that I had noticed the first time I had this brew. It is not nearly as noticeable or distracting as it was the first go round though. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable as does the sharper roast & perhaps the acidity notes, though not overly so. This still remains a nicely rounded example of an Imperial Stout.

I would definitely recommend this beer to be sampled around 50°F / 10°C as this allows the roast to be well mellowed & integrated; as it warms up towards 60°F / 15°C it becomes a touch more harsh, though still quite tasty. While this brew is has an amped up roast character, it never becomes overwhelming; the sweet malt base is able to hold it in check and allows the mellower dark malt notes of chocolate, roast fruit and woody coffee notes to come through quite well. This is much more engaging and interesting than my first experience with this brew. A really nice sipping brew and a perfect way to end the night.

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Photo of trumpetego
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack of this at Bauer in Boston on 2/8/08.
Pours thick and jet black, with a thin brown head. The head goes away quickly but provides some lacing.
Smell is of coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of hops. Sweet smoke.
Everything an RIS should be. Strong coffee and chocolate taste, but with a sharp bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Finish is more bitter coffee - something like good Italian espresso. Very nicely balanced.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the style. It still has some heft, but (despite the appearance) it isn't like drinking motor oil. I'm sampling this reasonably warm (it was purchased about an hour and a half ago and has not been refrigerated since), and I could see it being a bit heavier if it were colder.
Although I'm a bit fan of RIS's with dessert, I think this one is best by itself. I couldn't have more than two in a sitting, but this is a very well balanced and enjoyable beer.

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

jet black with a coffee with cream colored head that holds very well and leaves some serious lace. i was expecting the mother of all noses after reading some of the other reviews, but i was a little let down to find that the nose was a little subdued. georgeous, nonetheless, it exhibits some smoky malt scent as well as some caramel and sweetened creamy coffee. to me, the taste was a fairly complex mix of smoky caramelly malt followed by a sharp espresso like finish with some super bittersweet dark chocolate and maybe some fruit in the middle, as well as some earthiness for good measure. nice medium-full mouthfeel, although i was hoping for full-full. i had no problem knocking a few back, and i still feel like a few more, but i took some points off the drinkability because i know that high abv and seriously bitter/coffee bitter/smoky/roasty doesn't appeal to most. by far the best ris i've ever had from a can, and definitely a great stout.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.28/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a jet black with a thin half finger nestle coca colored head that has only a slight retention that dissipates rather quickly leaving a rim that hugs the edges of the glass. Nose of sweet cocoa, espresso, slight caramel, and a bit of dark fruit. A tad earthy with a slight grassy hop presence.

Roasty flavor up front falls quickly into a bitterness that stings the tongue. Intermingled are bitter nestle cocoa, sweet molasses, and a sharp bitter coffee bean flavor that reminds me of dunkin donuts crappy iced coffee. Bitterness is fucking acrid and quite unpleasant. I was hoping this to have a lot more lactic smoothness, but there is no milkiness here, only a sharp bitterness. Roasty coffee flavors take over the aftertaste and leave the palate quite dry. Hints of caramel as you exhale strongly through the nose.

I'm not sure all the hype surrounding this beer is warranted. I've had PLENTY of better imperial stouts.

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

The reference to pouring oil isn't too far off. Really dark with a huge foamy dark tan head that resists fading, leaving a nice amount of lacing in its wake. I thought the smell was reserved at first, but the aroma is nice. A kind of creamy RIS without all of the sharp edges. Lightly roasted creamy maltiness. The mouth feel is adequately carbonated, medium bodied and again quite creamy. The flavor is quite good also. Not a lot of sharp flavored edges from the ingredients. Funny, how I was thinking how easy this is to drink! Then the ten little fidos sank their teeth into me. I also noticed that the bottom of the can smelled more like alcohol too. The last couple of drops seemed to warm the chest. An interesting complexity worth considering. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour of Ten Fidy, the long awaited Oscar Blues Imperial Stout, started out like a can of motor oil. The body was pitch black, and the head was small, brown, and short lived. The smell was burnt and smoky and full of coffee that has thickened due to having the pot left on the burner for too long. Some bakers chocolate in the smell as well. The taste was a full on roast fest. The bitter, acrid, and astringent taste was much closer to a American Double Stout the the sweet and prune like flavors I typically see in a Russian Imperial Stout. Not too many hops, but the dried up body didn't need many anyway. Quite soft and oily on the palette, and avoided the harshness than some of the style sometimes display. Quite warming, but otherwise not flaunting the high ABV. I'd love to pour this for a Guinness loving friend to expand his horizons.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 10,025 ratings