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12 Beers for the New Year: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

Only three beers left in my 12 Beers for the New Year series. And since it’s 2016, I guess it’s time to finish these off!

The beer for Day 10 is Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. This beer is an imperial stout in a can. Yes, you read that right. An imperial stout in a can. How cool is that?

Oskar Blues has three breweries now: Longmont, Colorado, Brevard, NC, and Austin, TX. Starting in 2002 with Dale’s Pale Ale, this brewery has made a name for itself selling all different styles of canned beer, including Pinner, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and Gubna. But Ted Fidy is the first imperial stout I’ve seen in a can. The can I purchased was from Premiere Gourmet and the bottom of the can indicated my particular Ted Fidy was made in Brevard, NC.

Ten Fidy is a 10.5%, 65 IBU “darker than dark” bomb. Here are the specs on this beer from the Ted Fidy Website.


Here’s a picture of my Oskar Blues Ten Fidy:


Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
ABV: 10.5%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #23 in style by

Ten Fidy pours as a thick black liquid with plenty of tan foam retention. The best way to describe the smell and taste of Ten Fidy is “dark”. This is the darkest beer I’ve ever had. Chocolate and coffee flavors stand out above the rest, but there is also some roasted malts and plenty of hop bite. Ten Fidy is almost drawn out to licorice levels and hints of spice and pepper. There is minimal creaminess hidden under the extreme front flavors in this beer.

Ted Fidy doesn’t take any prisoners; this beer is dark and punchy and bitter. There’s a lot of flavor packed into this beer. I can’t decide if I should go to sleep, have another, or get a glass of water. Maybe all three, not in that exact order.

This is Day 10 of 12 Beers for the New Year. To see the other reviews, click here:
Day 9: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Day 8: 8 Wired Hopwired IPA
Day 7: Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA
Day 6: Sixpoint Brewery: Global Warmer
Day 5: Upright Brewing Five
Day 4: Dark Horse 4 Elf
Day 3: Ommegang Three Philosophers
Day 2: Two Roads Road 2 Ruin
Day 1: Brooklyn Local 1


About Buffalo Beer Biochemist

Born and raised in Western New York. Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Professor of Microbiology and Chemistry. And lover of beer.

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