BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 On tap. Poured the same thick, viscous black as ever with a thick, deep brown head that remained quite well. Aroma was similar to regular Ten Fidy, strong roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, with a hint of spicy bourbon. Flavor was also similar, strong roasted malts with chocolate and coffee, and bit of oat smoothness, finishing with some vanilla and lightly spicy bourbon. It seemed a bit thinner than regular Ten Fidy, which seemed awkward. Good, but not much different than regular Ten Fidy (at least the batch I had). Still, try it if you can.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On Tap @ Chandler Whole Foods....... OH HELL YES!!
Pours a deep dark sludgy black with a really huge creamy brown head.
Aroma of Ten-Fidy but with a nice Whiskey aroma.
Flavor of oak, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, roasted malts, coffee. The mouthfeel is really nice on this one and a bit creamier than regular Ten Fidy. The The whiskey flavor is much more well balanced with this beer compared to some other barrel aged brews iíve recently had. Wow, an amazing brew became even more amazing.
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Chandler Whole Foods. Fairly small sample difficult to rate. I think I might have to take another 50 mile drive to try more!!! The head on this thing was huge and took what seemed like an hour to settle down. The body was crude oil in thickness and color. The most noticeable difference between the two brews is in the aroma, with added oak. The whisky is more subtle than in Bourbon County Stout, Top Sail Bourbon-Barrel Aged Porter, and Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. A good one.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Chandler Whole Foods. Poured a full pint glass for me, took a while to fill. Aroma was the usualy Ten FIDY style but with a larger dose of added aromatics than expected. Whiskey like notes as well as wood are definite but this overall has a strong vanilla note I donít find in the regular ten FIDY. Flavor is nearly the same, still roasty, chocolately, coffee like......but with added vanilla and wood....mostly oak. Finish is same.....no surprises...fairly short and clean for such a big beer. The stickiest and dirtiest pint glass ever got slid back to the man on a terribly stained set of bar napkins. Thank you. Iíll take my flat of canned ten FIDY and go home and cry because this was AWESOME.
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
NOTB; agree with golubjís comments. We sampled it together and had the same impressions. I just didnít get the appeal of this beer. I found it chalky and lacking great chocolate notes. I see others have liked the chocolate components. The whiskey and roasted elements just didnít work. Almost a total mess for me.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at NOTB. The best beer of the night in my opinion. Beautiful chocolate notes with very subtle sweet woody notes in the aroma. Flavor of chocolate and coffee with really nice hint of whiskey at the end.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, at EBF NOTB 2/15/08. Poured nearly pitch black, with a bit of a reddish hue, capped with a moderate sized mocha head. Big roasted chocolate malt aroma, with subtle wood and whiskey. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors are nicely complimented by whiskey and oak, which is more apparent towards the finish. Mellow, oaky finish replaces the bitterness of the standard ten FIDY. The barrel aging is subtle and interesting.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, roastiness, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, light licorice, and chocolate with a more carbonated than expected mouthfeel and a dry finish.
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extreme Beer Fest 2/15/08: A beautiful pour! Appearance was dark black with a thick tan colored head. Aroma of smoke. Taste mostly roastiness, some whiskey, and I could only get faint notes of chocolate. A very good beer.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF NOTB. Lightly roasted aroma, not much else. I donít think the barrel aging helped this one. The flavor was chalky roasted malt and burnt chocolate. It had a good amount of flavor, but I didnít think it tasted very good. The burnt roast / chocolate and whiskey just didnít come together in this beer.