tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours completely opaque black with smallish tan head. The aroma is prune, chocolate, espresso, black cherry, and red wine. The flavor is mostly bitter chocolate, but there is a very assertive espresso tone as well. There is also a sweet maltiness and lots of dark fruits. The finish has a fair amount of bitterness to it, in a somewhat tannic way that eventually comes across as earthy. Alcohol comes out in the aftertaste. This is quite good, and Iím enjoying it more with every sip.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. I always pay quite a bit of attention to the color of Imperial Stouts when I pour them. Up until now Expedition has been the blackest beer Iíve ever seen but I think this just surpassed it. Just crazy dark black. A nice brown head has retention for a minute then fades to a small sheet. Aroma is candy, taffy, some subtle milk chocolate and a discernable hop presence. Unique smell for an Imperial Stout. As it warms a roastiness becomes apparent as well as rum raisins and maybe a touch of alcohol. Taste is very smooth, dry and bitter. Silky smooth, velvety mouthfeel though a tad watery. Iíve heard a lot of people call this astringent and I donít pick up any of that. This is pretty good but I donít think itís a top notch Imperial.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow is this stuff dark. Pours pitch black with a thick 1-finger tan head that quickly dissipates with a little lacing. Damn fine looking beer. Strong roasty aroma of primarily chocolate with coffee to compliment. A hint of hops and alcohol starts to emerge as it warms up. Quite a bit going on in this one. Chocolate and coffee dominate the initial taste, but a couple more sips bring out some caramel and molasses. Taste seems to evolve as the beer warms a bit. Quite nice actually. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel - completely coats the mouth and sticks around a while. A little bit of a dry roasted finish which is surprising given the thick, syrupy nature of the beer. The bitterness lingers a bit along with the chocolate. Very drinkable and well balanced for a big stout.
patrick767 (3567) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at DLD - It seems appropriate that the beers people brought to share at DLD were heavy on the big, dark porters and stouts. Hereís another fine example. Pours thick and black with a very small tan head. It has the expected aroma of dark roast malt, coffee, and maybe some chocolate. The flavor is similar with enough hops to keep up with the huge amounts of malt. This full bodied brew is very tasty, but not quite on the level I was expecting given the ratings and my love for impy stouts.
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a whole lot of pressure on these bad boys when you open the can. Pours thick, oily black with a thin tan head that persists. Has a roasted malt aroma that follows through on the taste. I was a bit disappointed, though, with the finish. The bitterness at the end reveals a slight lack of balance; but didnít affect the overall smoothness. Just before the bitter hits in the aftertaste, the alcohol comes through very strongly. Could easily be in my top ten list if the palate was just a bit cleaner.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 Thanks for bringing this home Travis (El_duderino). Pours with a black body topped by a light brown, thin head with little lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with a note of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of alcohol esters as well as bitter and hoppy notes. Full bodied, highly carbonated and a touch warming.
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
So near to perfection it hurts. Pours Black and Flat, Sticks to the glass and smells of coffee nuts chocolate tobacco. On the tongue is it nasty good, Would make you want to hop up on a bad leg and do a good thing. Damn thats good.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.5 %
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: 4 oz stem goblet
Purchased at: Circle Liquor Super Saver
Consumed at: home
sensory first impression: The darkest, murkiest thing Iíve seen in a glass. Like oil. The head is thin, but richly colored brown grey and tan. No light penetrates it. The aroma is chocolaty and coffee roasted nuttiness. Just a sip sends you going. What a long and luxurious taste. Affects the whole mouth. Itís sweet, menacingly bitter, and malty. Itís dark, and wholly, singularly impressive in flavor, color, depth, aftertaste, texture, and presence. One of the best beers Iíve ever tasted.
Aroma: 9 out of 10
Malt is espresso coffee and dark chocolate liquor. Hops are biting and bitter. Yeast is spongey, large particles, and clayey. Other flavors include: almonds, roasted notes, smokiness, and oak.
Visuals: 5 out of 5
Color is pitch black. Liquid is completely opaque. Head and lace are: thin, but well colored. The weight of this beer must be hard to behold in lace.
Taste: 10 out of 10
chocolate and coffee malts, sweet in the background, a bit cloying, hoppy and bitter with a sour finish. Well balanced.
Palate: 5 out of 5
Body is heavy. Mouthfeel is all areas active. Texture is oily and luscious. Carbonation is minimal. Finish is long and complicated.
Overall experience: 19 out of 20. I liked everything about this beer. Itís an amazing example of the style.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can - pours black/deep brown with dark brown highlights and a very tight cocoa colored head that dissolves leaving a nice skim of fine bubbles across the surface. Aroma of burnt sugar, espresso & cocoa. Flavor is similar malty with touches of vanilla, cocoa and roasted malt. Nice hop bitterness tucked in near the back that finishes with an espresso & bittersweet chocolate note. Medium-heavy palate w/ silky mouthfeel but a touch lighter than many impy stouts .
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can courtesy of Sparky27. This pours a dark brown with a beautiful, thin brown head that dissipated very quickly. Smell is of espresso and roasty malt. Taste is of cocoa powder, oats and coffee. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with only a slight chalkiness. Slight bitter finish. Liked this Impy a lot.