nuplastikk (4322) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can. Pours engine oil black. Gloppy and thick. Big, rich chocolate flavors. Creamy and roasty. While the rich malts dominate up front, there is quite a balancing bitter hop aftertaste, almost like a chocolate DIPA. This is an awesome Imperial Stout, one of the best out there.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Can. Ok, so lots of people say beer looks like motor oil, but this beer actually does, especially as it comes out of the can. Pitch black with a fine brown head. Really well balanced IS aroma - hops, chocolate, alcohol, smoke, coffee. Nose is rather large but quite pleasant. Flavor is less balanced with the hops and the bitter chocolate showing through quite a bit, along with a considerable warming in the finish. Really long lasting bitterness in the finish also. Huge body. Well done.
LilBeerDoctor (3429) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Poured oily black with hardly any head. The aroma was not very strong, but I got some chocolate, roast, and alcohol. Flavor strong in roast and citrusy hops. At some points, it tasted like I was having a stronger/thicker Gordon. This was a thick and hearty beer, definitely a slow sipper. I liked it, but it had a little too much roast/bitterness than I cared for. Also a very strong alcohol presence.
UPDATE: Had on tap at Plan B (suspect it was on nitro). It had a much larger and creamier head than from the can. Much smoother and easier to drink and there was less roastiness/bitterness than I had detected previously. Definitely prefered the on tap version, so sample on tap if you can!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with huge foamy beige head. Malty aroma of roasted coffee, chcolate and toffee. Excellent easy drinking stout. ABV very well masked. Very complex with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate maltiness, oatmeal, toffee, caramel and a nice bitter hop finish.
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2011 @ Willimantic Brewery. To be honest, I couldn’t smell much when I was served this but I sure could taste tons of flavor. While some imperial stouts are too heavy to enjoy, Ten Fidy is more on the medium side of the palate, "softer" than typical I-Stouts. Chocolate milkshake, oatmeal, whoppers. Very solid stout.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOw wow wow, not sure i can say that enough. Poured a black as night good head. Aroma was tons of chocolate and cocoa and a bitter hop in there as well. Flavor was perfect much like that aroma. very well balanced. SOLID BREW
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Abysmal black with a full on brown one finger head. Beautiful. While this one was warming up I got some fish oil aromas....hmm. At temperature the aromas are somewhat typical but lacking. Chocolatey, roasty and even some burnt notes. Thick, chewy and hoppy. The alcohol is present. I’ve had bigger impys that hide the alcohol beter than this. I want to love this beer, but I’m afraid that I only like it. I LOVED the whiskey barrel version of this. It is still the best damn impy stout in a can!
ekstedt (5395) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can (35 cl) at a Göteborg RB tasting. Black with a medium brown head. Heavy roasted and burnt notes, slightly smoked, along with citric hops. Thick body and very smooth. Dry and very bitter.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really does resemble used motor oil. Very thick black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, light smoke, dark chocolate, and chicory. Taste is extremely roasty, probably the strongest roastiness, and burntness I have ever had... It’s just too much on the roasty side which covers everything else up.
thornecb (4352) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Fluffy mocha-colored head with good retention leaves spot lacing as it slowly recedes. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Smooth and creamy dark chocolate and espresso from front-to-back. Lasting cocoa finish.