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RATINGS: 2254   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11160) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
A superb dark molasse stout with a thick speckled lacing dark moka head. A surprising hoppy aroma with notes of dark chocolate, and peaty finale. In mouth, visocus dark burned toast, bitter chocolate, good floral hops and grapefruits, very sustained bitterness, agressive yet welcoming, and a warm alcohol final! A superb example. Bought at Half Time, June 2008.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Can (?). Poured an obsidian black with a one finger brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor was bitter with coffee and malt, but I didn’t get the chocolate. A little edgy compared to Expy and Stone RIS. A little chocolate in the flavor would have added greatly to the rating. Full body with soft carbonation. Great beer that is close to being epic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1498) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Aroma has hints of roast, and a touch of astringent alcohol. Pours an opaque black with a nice cap of dark tan head on top. Flavor is strongly roasted, with finishing notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. A bit of sweetness in the beginning seems to be the only real drawback on the flavor. Nicely thick and creamy texture, with just enough carbonation to keep it from cloying. Overall a very good beer, and one I wouldn’t mind getting some more of to cellar, and to hand to people who just want something in a can.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2008
Black colored brew. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee. Flavor is very bitter, roasted malts, dark chcolate and coffee, espresso. Very strong Imperial Stout. A bit too rough maybe, could use some smoothness.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours like oil, small brown head. Aroma is not too strong. Flavor is very nice, roasted goodness. Full mouthfeel. Overall a very nice imperial.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2008
Canned. Cofee, molasses and spices. Full flavour, fruit, soot, roasted grain. Finish of sour smoke. The best canned beer I have ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
On tap at Pizza Port. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Strong taste of bitter dark chocolate and a slightly alcoholic finish. Decent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2008
Can at Orsted Olbarog. Black thin tan head. Pours like oil. Nice raisin aroma. It’s a pretty good imperial stout. One of the best aromas I’ve had. Good charcoal, some blackcurrant. Dryish, powdery on finish. A great aroma, not a big in yer face beer. But good oily beer. Good dry malts. Bit disappointed to start with, but it grew on me. It’s good, oily, good malts, but not one that really stands out and didn’t quite live up to the hype.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2008
Canned. A dark dense, fine-laced chocolate head over a mysterious black opaque body. Nice smell; pure, refined nutty and roasted malts, dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is rounded sweet roasted malts, dark dried fruits, bitter coffee and salty licorce. Thick, chewy texture. Healthy body. Chocolaty finish with a sharpish ongoing bitterness. Thanks KnutAlbert, for this treat.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1326) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Pours pitch black into the glass, not much ruby is seen or am I able to see through this ale at the edges of the glass, gave a small tan bubble head that looks like a milk chocolate shake, swirling leaves a oily film on the sides of the glass, aromas of roasted and dark roasted malt, chocolate, some hints of burnt malt, some wood scents along with an alcohol (bourbon barrel aged?) aroma that reminds me of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout(?), not quite as prominent as the BCS but it is there, faint bitter coffee fragrances in the background, prominent dark roasted malt flavors with bitter chocolate and some dark roasted coffee beans, appears to have roasted malt bitterness and hop bitterness that shows up at the finish along with some alcohol warmth that trails the drink, mouth feel is rather thick and has a nice creamy feel on the palate, this ale has a great mouth feel, this drink coats the throat and residual bitterness and dark roasted malt flavor hangs around. This is a big roasted malt flavored Impy with chocolate and coffee flavors, Oskar Blues says this is brewed with 98 IBUs, there is a lot of hop bitterness but it does not appear to be that much, maybe the heavy malt flavors hide the hops (?) If you like big dark roasted malt Imperial that coats and soothes the throat I recommend trying this Imperial, a very nice drink.


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