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RATINGS: 2236   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Can. The top pops on the can and not bubble comes out. The pour is like watery syrup and glossy black. There is a thin ring of dark tan cream that tells me this baby has a nice malt bill. The aroma is very heavy on the chocolate but in a very pleasant way. There is also some roast, and maybe a touch of hop bitterness. The flavor is very rich, with lots of chocolate and coffee. Really a beautiful beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2008
These are right up there with the beers from Surly in terms of things I enjoyed most from a can. The color of the pour is right on, although I found the level of carbonation to be a bit extreme and to compromise the quality of the beverage a bit. Notes of rum-soaked cherries and port blend with semisweet chocolate, oatmeal, and cocoa powder. There’s a viscous mouthfeel and a solid warming finish that shows it’s alcohol just a bit too well. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout, albeit one without all of the complexity of a Surly Darkness of FFF Dark Lord.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2008
I am a big Imperial Stout fan and I felt this was lacking something. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but missing that first rate dark malty flavor that would push this over a 4.0 rating.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigJoe7231 (25) - Schererville, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2008
This is the only Oskar Blues I’ve ever had...and found it by accident at Brickskeller in DC. A thick black pour, with a slightly thin head. The presence of alcohol is definitely displayed, but nicely camouflaged under the pleasant taste of smokey chocolate and coffee. A sweet bittery finish, but not overwhelming.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2090) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2008
355 mL can. Black, with a medium-sized brown head. The aroma is not as strong as I expected, and consists of sweet chocolate, roast, and a touch of citrus hops. In the flavour there is an initial hit of alcohol, then lots and lots of roast, then dark chocolate, followed by maraschino cherry syrup, and finally a slight astringency. Some hop btterness in the finish. Incredibly smooth and creamy. I love these guys.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3236) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2008
Can, 355 ml, gift from Philippe Boutin in August 2008, savoured on August 28 2008; eye: black as used oil when you have an oil change, viscous, opaque, dark brown head that falls and turns into a ring, lacing; nose: roasted malt, molasses, candied fruits, hops quite present, strong coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, light pepper, light alcohol, light smoke; mouth: thick, viscous, roasted malt, lots of resinous hops, dark chocolate, strong coffee, molasses, liquorice, light pepper, light alcohol, light smoke, finale in roasted malt with a big presence of hops, quite astringent, quite bitter, full body, oily texture, not much carbonation; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Canette, 355 ml, cadeau de Philippe Boutin en août 2008, savourée le 28 août 2008; œil : noire comme l’huile usée lors d’un changement d’huile, visqueuse, opaque, mousse brune foncée crémeuse qui tombe et se transforme en un petit anneau, dentelle; nez : malt rôti, mélasse, fruits candis, houblon bien présent, café fort, chocolat noir, réglisse, léger poivre, léger alcool, léger fumé; bouche : épaisse, visqueuse, malt rôti, beaucoup de houblon résineux, chocolat noir, café fort, mélasse, réglisse, léger poivre, léger alcool, léger fumé, finale en malt rôti avec une grosse présence de houblon, pas mal astringente, pas mal amère, corsée, texture huileuse, peu carbonatée; en résumé : pas mal bonne

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meikman (5) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2008 does not count
Partial to impy stouts, I was eager to try this one today. The head is really bubbly, yet its smoothly carbonated. It lingers on and on, and gets better toward room temp. A continuous lace. Thick and chocolaty with a late sting. This beer helped me understand the "blood" beer adjective. A nice, nice brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2008
This is one fine imperial stout. Pours very thick with frothy, bubbly head. Heavy lacing and mouthfeel is terrific - oily and chewy - flavor lasts forever. Aroma of dark fruit and alcohol yet flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of dark fruit. Only slightly less thick than a Dark Lord and if not for a hint of cherry, flavor is close to that par level (more bitter yet much lower ABV). Tried from a pint glass and also a snifter - much better from a snifter. This is a real winner.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Light to very light head, aroma of treacle and molasses and a touch of roasted barley. What a lovely mouth feel -- big, full bodied, with a minimum of carbonation. Toasted caramel, toffee and earthiness wrapped into a juicy thick package that is sweet enough to almost hide the 10% alcohol. One of my favorite stouts. I had it at the brewery in Lyons and have had it in the cans too. The canned version is almost identical to the on tap one. I can’t wait to take this skiing as it’s ideal for a winter warmer...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Fingers crossed this makes it out west. Stellar brew. As other notes state, coco, coffee, roasted malt with very slight sweet and vanilla. Where this wins for me is the texture and thickness though refreshing and never feeling that heavy.


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