slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Nose is entirely chocolate, like dry cocoa powder, a touch of fruit and alcohol with some roastiness. Ruby-tinted black with a patchy thin bubbly head leaving slick brown lacing in gorgeous creme-colored patterns. Slick mouthfeel slides beautifully across the palate without any alcohol. Cherries and chocolate, roasted coffee. Very thin for the style, but not to a fault. It works perfectly with the mild roastiness and light acidity. A very mild and clean drinking imperial stout.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Thanks to NachlamSie for obtaining this for me. Iíll have to say that this was the most amusing pour Iíve ever experienced. I have never seen anything so dark, so opaque, so viscous, so... black come out of a can. I was having difficulty concentrating on pouring this in as much laughter I was in. Put up against the light, I didnít see a trace of ruby or burgundy. Even the thinning edges were extremely opaque. The head is also quite dark. The only thing that I can relate this to is the Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stoutís pour. And thatís an extremely big beer to compare this to. The aroma is surprisingly milder than I expected. Itís very sweet and tangy with strong hints of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses and light hints of coffee and smoke. The flavour, wow, the smoke in the flavour becomes a lot more evident and the molasses continues to be a strong flavour. A vanilla and molasses sweetness continues up until the brew passes the tongue. Quickly, medium bitterness hits and causes the sweet qualities to fade almost instantly. Roasted, earthy coffee becomes very apparent now. There is a very subtle citrus in the flavour that I canít exactly pinpoint. Itís like a mix between a lemon and a grapefruit. Further in the finish, light bitterness persists as the coffee peaks then slowly starts to fade. Mmm, this is so, so delicious. Itís even more humourous that something this amazing came out of a tin can.
NachlamSie (2616) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 Can. This beer is black. No, really. Black. A vigorous pour from the can produces a tall, foamy, impressively dark head which floats for the next ten minutes. The aroma is very full with molasses, bark, espresso, meat, hickory, smoke, chocolate. The viscosity of Ten Fidy is commendable. Huge, perfectly balanced flavors of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, wood, and cream wash my palate. I think there are some zesty hops buried under here somewhere. This beer lived up to the hype for me. I drank 4 cans of this stuff on my trip to GA. Iím looking forward to the rest that now reside in my fridge.
[June 7, 2008]
Can. Pours definite black, as in one of the blackest beers Iíve seen in my life. Iíve always likened this one to Bells Expedition and tonight I have them side by side. Ten Fidy is a slight favorite of mine, only because though all of the roasty espresso, hickory, earth, dark chocolate, viscosity are in full swing in both, Ten Fidy delivers a slightly more bitter, slighty more dry aroma and flavor. Not much of that maple syrup quality associated with intense imperial stouts is here, just unapolagetic coffee, smoke, and roast.
can. Man. How is this beer so black? The head is super dark and lasts the whole time of drinking. This stuff is viscous and so absolutely opaque black. Aroma is heavy, extra roasted, bitter with giant espresso, hickory, faint smoke, cacao. Very nice palate on this, just heavy and slick enough. wow, I canít get over how good this stuff tastes. Itís got a leg up on some of my favorite imperial stouts. What I like about this one is the huge roastiness, the dry bitterness, and complete, utter balance. Some tasty hops nip out among the roasted, bitter character. Hickory, meat, espresso, very dark chocolate, and pronounced wood in the finish. Iíve had several cans of Ten Fidy, it never gets old. Utterly fantastic.
[Sept 14, 2008]
Can. Pours ultra opaque, super deep black with no
[February 13, 2010]
Canned with care on November 16, 2009. Lite as night. This is very, very black beer. Probably the blackest beer I have ever laid eyes on. Upon opening the can jet black drops of goodness line the rim and still are opaque even in their minisculity. The aroma is full, lush and rich of espresso, light fruity esters, chocolate, and hops. This is one thick and very roasty imperial stout. I prefer my imperial stouts to be dry, smoky, and full bodied. That defines Ten Fidy. A wonderful balance of thick espresso and dark chocolate comprise the flavor. This is how the style should be done. All hail!
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - APR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perhaps the most appropriately named beer ever, this one pours dark and viscous as motor oil, with a small deep cocoa head and spotty lacing. Nose is surprisingly fruity at first, almost like blueberry, but develops deep smoky, tar-like notes on further notice, along with bakerís chocolate and whopper malt candy. Big and rich on the palate (lips sticking to the glass), the beer starts dark and musty, with earthy undertones before progressing through creamy cocoa to an espresso-bitter finish. Yeah, this is a good one.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black and very thick. Large frothy lasting head. Aroma is rich of coffee, chocolate and some oatmeal. Rich on the tongue with a strong roasted malt presence. Slightly alcoholic but otherwise rich and creamy with great depth.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Thanks to gmcc2181 and kmweaver both for sending this one my way! Damn this is a good one!. Pours black with a giant head. Almost no lacing. Armoa is all roasted barley and malts. The alcohol punch and big bodiness come through really strong on the front, with roasted grain and a hint of chocolate on the backend. Aftertaste is all roast and coffee. This thing is bold, bold, bold. Very warming, rich, dark, and delicious. I could never have to much of this one!
dchmela (2539) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy thebeercellar. Pours black and thick like motor oil with a thin dark tan head. Roasted grains are very prominent in the aroma, along with chocolate malt. Taste is thick and chocolaty, balanced nicely with the roasted grains. Has a little hint of coffee in there, too. Alcohol starts to give a little kick at the end of the taste, also. Leaves a roasty dry finish. Thick and oil like, leaves a tan residue in the glass. A seriously good impy and another great beer from Oscars.
Goodgrief (1740) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour was black with no immediate head. The head emerged late, was one finger and was the darkest head Iíve ever seen, only slightly lighter than the beer. The aroma was slight and bitter. The flavor was a smack in the face, huge amounts of bitter cocoa and coffee with a really strong pine presence. Some sweetness to balance but just on the edge of asking is there enough? Really hard to drink, but in a wonderful way, the boldness makes this a slow sipper. I enjoyed it more and more as I emptied my glass. Thankfully, I have 3 cans to go!
coldbrewky (1408) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can via sloth. Can cracks open like someones arm breaking and pours a deep dark black. My wife, not being appreciative of Impy Stouts exclaimed..."holy crap it looks like tar, and you are going to drink it"! Thanks for the reminder captain obvious, said I. Nose is boozy and has stong burnt malt tendencies. The cocoa bitterness was a bit more subdued than expected. The coffe was thankfully less dominant and an ngredient that I say should be banned in beer the world wide or face a firing squad. It is a true confusion and will no longer be tolerated by yours truly. Iím being very un-dude and prattling on here. A bit less on the hops. Malty goodness sure, but a bit overboard and muddled.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tomís UGT Pt. 2.
Black and opaque with a thick tan head. Big roasty malt with definite smoky notes. Rich as hell with loads of chocolate. Big coffee bitterness. Loads of peppery sting. Bitter as funk dry finish. Great stuff.