FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Canned Batch; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a very tightly beaded, creamy, darkly browned, tan colored head that starts out about a finger in height. The beer is black and no amount of holding up to the light makes it anything but opaque. The aroma is dominated by roast grain notes from the get go; aromas of dark chocolate, smooth espresso, concentrated chocolate malt ball candies, sweet malted grain. When you go in for a really deep sniff of the nose, the sweeter dark grain notes yield to a dry, amply toasted, browned bread crust notes and a blackened biscuit character. Touches of roasted, tart cherries provide a nice fruity character here, though at times it is overwhelmed by the more dominant, yet overall quite smooth, roast character. Quite a nice aroma, this Imperial Stout has escaped the harsher, roasted grain notes and hot booziness that any others have.
Thick, rich, chewy, this is really a meal in a sip. This viscous brew coats the mouth enough that it provides nourishment even after the beer has passed down my throat. Dark, sweet malt notes coat the mouth for at least a minute after my first sip, after which, sharp, roasted grain notes reminiscent of a dark, but well roasted, gourmet coffee take hold and provide a bit of a drying effect. The texture of this brew is quite nice, it starts out a little light, but quickly picks up a rich, creamy texture and a velvet-like feeling that coats the mouth. Sweet grain character provides an interesting dark cherry and bright berry note here that is offset by a nicely roasted dark chocolate note, a touch of chalky blackened grain, some light espresso acidity and a woody charcoal note. An appropriate carbonation struggles to be noticed through the viscous body of this brew. The hop character is fairly mellow, except for a biting bitterness that just cuts through the thick body of this brew, but is noticeable from start to finish.
As the beer warms up I get a touch of that vegetal note (more in the aroma than anything) that I had noticed the first time I had this brew. It is not nearly as noticeable or distracting as it was the first go round though. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable as does the sharper roast & perhaps the acidity notes, though not overly so. This still remains a nicely rounded example of an Imperial Stout.
I would definitely recommend this beer to be sampled around 50°F / 10°C as this allows the roast to be well mellowed & integrated; as it warms up towards 60°F / 15°C it becomes a touch more harsh, though still quite tasty. While this brew is has an amped up roast character, it never becomes overwhelming; the sweet malt base is able to hold it in check and allows the mellower dark malt notes of chocolate, roast fruit and woody coffee notes to come through quite well. This is much more engaging and interesting than my first experience with this brew. A really nice sipping brew and a perfect way to end the night.
handbottle sampled February 2007
Score: 3.4 7/4/7/4/12
Pours a pitch black color, it forms a sparse head, but I poured it very carefully cause I wanted to keep the carbonation. The aroma has notes of espresso that are most noticeable but there is also a nice underlying rum character and fruit notes. A nice sweet cherry note is here and couples with a vanilla note and a woody note that adds a nice complex background to the beer. In the end though this beer is dominated by the roast character, though it is not overly roasted. There is a definite burnt acidity in the finish and a nice toasted malt character that melds quite nicely with a rich maltiness. There is also a light green apple note that becomes noticeable after a bit in the aroma.
This beer is quite rich tasting. It is lightly carbonated but that can’t reduce the richness of and mouthfeel of this brew. The flavor has a lot more roast character than the aroma would have suggested. Ample roast espresso character is evident here with lots of burnt acidity, and charred grain character. The fruitiness is still quite evident in the flavor, though it took a bit of time to uncover the notes underneath the roast character. Notes of cherries mix with apple, a touch of brandy and a tart-fruit note that reminds me of plums. The palate of this beer is quite rich and satiating. A rich, dark chocolate note accentuates and is accentuated by a rich dark maltiness.
This is a nice sipping brew, but it seems to be missing a bit of depth, or actually roundness. The roast character seems to be a touch too much here for the rest of the notes to balance out. A real nice mix of flavors are here though, they just aren’t quite in balance enough to make this a phenomenal beer.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ The Brick Store. Great looking beer in the glass. Thick motor oil pour with tan head. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee dominant. Great beer.
beerbill (3254) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can. I had stopped by a local bottle shop on Thursday and met a distributor while I was there. I asked him when he would be getting Ten Fidy and he made a telephone call and found out we’d have it on Long Island in about two weeks. The next day (yesterday), I had a business trip to Albany and decided to stop at Mountainview Liquors in Naugatuck, CT on the way back. Guess what’s sitting on the shelf...Ten Fidy! I picked up a 4-pack and had one last night. I really wanted to love this beer. I love imperial stouts and was really looking forward to trying this one. While I still think its a very good beer, it didn’t blow me away. Pours black as motor oil with a moderately large brown head of dense froth that coated the glass with each sip and lasted until about mid-glass. Lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in the aroma, but there was also a weird aroma I can’t place that I think is from the hops. It actually smells bitter. The flavor is huge roasted malt, coffee and chocolate up front. The hops kick in and there is a very dry, bitter finish that lingers well beyond the swallow. Too dry and too bitter for my taste, in this style anyway. Like I said at beginning, I really wanted to love this beer. I liked it, but I can’t say I loved it.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can. Thanks to ArrogantB for hookin’ it up. Pours black as the night with a thin but somewhat creamy brown head. Leaves a bit of nice lace. Smells toasted to the maximum. As close to a burned malt smell as I think you could get. Good though, good. Tastes roasty toasty as well. Lots and lots of toasty black maltiness. Just a bit of alcohol mixed in there. Palate is thick and thick. Subdued but definitely good carbonation. Not too shabby.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black into the snifter...could be the darkest beer I have seen. There is a big fluffy tan head with sticky, coating lacing. Smells of epresso, chocolate and roasted barley. Quick alcohol burn with chocolate cake, coffee beans and a very coating, flavorful mouthfeel. A slight burnt barley flavor up front with a bitter, hoppy finish. Good balance of malt and hops in this big boy. Very enjoyable.
Marsiblursi (2980) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 (Bottle) Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma is roasted, light burned and dusty with tones of dark chocolate cream, espresso coffee, dark fudge, molasses, grain and mild tar. Light citric hops in the background. Also some dark fruitiness with notes of plums and dried raisins. Chocolate, coffee ,sal ammoniac and mild tar. The flavour is heavily roasted, dusty malt, light burned and quite citric hoppy. The mouthfeel is fantastic round, smooth creamy and oily. Light to medium sweet. Late a medium to full afterbitterness. Near full bodied. A fantastic and fat but still quite drinkable Imp Stout.
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour of Ten Fidy, the long awaited Oscar Blues Imperial Stout, started out like a can of motor oil. The body was pitch black, and the head was small, brown, and short lived. The smell was burnt and smoky and full of coffee that has thickened due toi having the pot left on the burner for too long. Some bakers chocolate in the smell as well. The taste was a full on roast fest. The bitter, acrid, and astringent taste was much closer to a American Double Stout the the sweet and prune like flavors I typically see in a Russian Imperial Stout. Not too many hops, but the dried up body didn’t need many anyway. Quite soft and oily on the palette, and avoided the harshness than some of the style sometimes display. Quite warming, but otherwise not flaunting the high ABV. I’d love to pour this for a Guinness loving friend to expand his horizons.
adrian910ss (2275) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can. Pours an oily pitch black with a thick and foamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts, oats and barley. Taste of thick and rich roasted malts, chocolate with hints of barley and oats. An impresive imperial stout.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Props to foureyedgeek for sharing. Rich dark chocolate, espresso, and molasses aroma. Slight hint of soy sauce. Amazing pitch black with a dark chocolate head. One of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen. Rich, full and thick flavors. Huge roasted malt and coffee notes. Very bittersweet, with a nice long finish. A beast of a stout! A perfect nightcap to a great tasting.
dpjuart (1033) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 12 oz. CANs courtesy of foureyedgeek, shared with Exec Board. Pours viscous black with a dark tan head, foamy with little lacing. Nose os roast, anise, cinnamon, dark fruit, plum and raisin. Taste of roast, toffee and coffee, bitter and fruity raisin and plum. Wow this is bittered well. Thick and viscous, sticky and cloying mouthfeel. This was just a fantastic brew to end a night of tasting. And I can’t believe it’s in a can. Freakin’ awesome. Big on flavor. Just tasty. Thank’s Eli.