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RATINGS: 2378   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Reviewed 11/6/2008 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX): Pours an inky black hole color body. Big tan head, good lacing, somewhat diminishing. Coffee alcoholy aroma, dark fruitiness, some dustiness. Coffee taste, watery, hot. Dusty. Warming up…Still a little hot, dusty. Malty, dark chocolately taste. Eh, not a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2008
On draught at Pizza Port Solana Beach. Pours jet black with a medium thick dark brown head that recedes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Loads of roasted malt in the nose along with chocolate and vanilla coffee. Rich and velvety body with flavors of malt and mocha with a nice balance of hops in the background. The finish is malted chocolate with a tasty bitter coffee finish. Very good all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (663) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Can. Pours like used motor oil, thick, black, almost completely opaque, with a thin tan head, good lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, caramel and oatmeal. Medium-thick body, crisp. Tastes like it smells, but the oats come through even stronger in the flavor, and the alcohol flavor is strong. It became sweeter as I drank, perhaps due to warming. A dry bitterness is powerful, especially in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, wood, and coffee. Taste was of very dry roasted malt and wood, with a big chocolate and coffee punch. Alcohol is hidden well. Delicously thick and dry. Different than many other stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
One of my favorite impy’s. Classic can full of chocolate and coffee flavors. Pours darker than used baby dipers. Tons of malt on the nose. Great beer for winter drinking. Sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Draft (Hamiltons): Blackish color, dark brown, lacy, fully large head. Chocolate nose, slightly smoky, milky, and interestingly earthy with a hint of dried fruit. Creamy/Milky mouthfeel with hoppy bitterness strongly riding along. Flavors of coffee and chocolate but a bit muddled by the high hop profile...I like the malt profile, but it’s really hard to get a clear picture of it. Need to down the damn hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2300) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
Canned sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Huge malt aromas with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, and licorice. More chocolate and licorice in the mouth, along with elements of caramel, herbal hops, oats, and a bit of coffee. Heavy bodied. Reminds me a bit of Bells Expedition stout. A well put together beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oakbluff (436) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
Can sample- very viscous pour, really lives up to the name. Dark stuff. Reasonable tan head. Nose- licorice, oats and dark chocolate. Taste- incredibly thick bodied. You could cut it with a knife. Very well melded flavours lap over the tongue, big chocoalte and licorce flavour, extra kick from the oats. Surprised to see this is 98 ibu, hops seem to swallowed by the black hole of beautiful malts. Finishes nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Um, can. Complex aroma that offers milk chocolate and coffee. I’ve held over 1,000 beers up to light and this is one of perhaps less than a handful where absolutely no light gets through. As I was pouring it, it literally looked like engine oil coming out of a can of penzoil. A can vs. a bottle accentuated that visual, but I can’t remember seeing a beer this dark, this black. Light brown head, thin, but leaves an extensive maze-like coating on the glass. Tastes quite a bit like it smells. Very good although there’s something about it, an off aroma/flavor that I detect. I think I have identified it as pine nut. I’m not sure I like Oskar Blues’ Whoppers analogy, since that cheapens the stature that this brew could command. I’d have to say, though that, like their Dale’s Pale ale, there’s a considerable amount of quality and complexity in this brew, but also something subtle that keeps it from being even better. Is it the can? I doubt it. 98 IBUs reveal themselves as the palate recovers from the initial shock. Another outstanding brew from Oskar Blues.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Many thanks to dchmela for the can! Finally tried this one. It was clear from the start why this is called Ten-Fidy: this poured oily black, taking a few seconds for a rich brown head to form. Thick and viscous. Roasty chocolate malt on the nose and a bit of hop presence. Overall, I just didn’t see much complexity in this beer. Was kind of a bitter roasty over-the-top stout. Not that that’s a bad thing, for sure. But it certainly didn’t blow me away. Think I’ll age my other can and see what happens.

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