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RATINGS: 2002   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (556) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Absorbingly sweet and chocolatey up front, thrashingly bitter in the back. Smooth up front, but becoming more and more jagged as you pass it to the back of your mouth to swallow. I want to say big hop flavor is there too, but really itís just bitter as all hell. I donít mind bitterness, but i at least want hop flavor to go along with it. Alcohol peeks its head out now and again, but never assertively. big chewy palate, really sits heavily on the tongue. Even with the massive bitterness, on par with devil dancer and old crustacean, there is nothing unappealing about this beer to me. Itís got nice flavors and while the balance does not come in the form of a compromise, rather the big sweetness precedes the enormous bitterness, it is a balanced beer. Honestly, Oskar Blues is best when the beers are smaller. This and Gordon are the weaker beers in their portfolio. Still, this is enjoyable and above all just a huge beer. What it lacks in nuance it makes up for in aggressiveness. I think the thing I like most about it is that itís different. there arenít a lot of beers out there that are this ballsy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2008
Can@Home. Espresso aroma. Black, brown head, good lace, oily. Light sweet, bitter, coffee. Full, oily, roasted dry mouthfeel. Very nice and flavorful but lacks a real complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (4626) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Rating 1500, can from jrob_21 - thanks, Jonathan! Huge chocolate nose with some nice ruddy bg fruit, some mocha, and some dusty yeast. Room-filling aroma is really [too] heavy, dense. Appropriately, motor oil black pour, pitch with a gorgeous, spoonably rocky dark brown head. Yes, this may be the blackest beer around, and itís facing stiff competition - still, this is ridiculous. Very robust taste, some alcohol leaking into the bonanza of dark chocolate and faint mocha. Muddied hop presence there toward the back row. Some good espresso notes, though! A creamy, smooth feel with a pleasantly warming end. Full bodied and big, but not roasty at all and not as bitter as a lot of other stouts, impy or not [including Herculeís, which I had earlier in the day and enjoyed much more]. Finishes very dry with some enjoyable hop prickling, and just a touch of exotic hop flavor, in the range of FFFís Black Sun but not nearly as pronounced. Some smooth, non-oily oatey notes and gobs of gourmet chocolate; Iíd love to have a few six packs of this, but when judging it against the best in the land, this is missing the unifying whole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Oskar Blues Ten FIDY is excellent. Love that it comes in a can. You never expect to find a stout that strong coming from a can. great

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
12oz can. Pours thick pitch black in color with very thin brown head. Aroma coffee and dark chocolate. Taste of cocoa and coffee with a bitter dark chocolate finish. There is no taste of the alcohol, but you will feel it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nimbleprop (4198) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Looks amazing. Pours out of the can a deep, deathly opaque black with a viscous texture and a two finger brown head that laced the glass. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, roasted malts, coffee, licorice and booze. Very heavy mouthfeel, sticky, silky, lasting coffee bitterness, but not enough to overwhelm. Flavor is milk chocolate, coffee, toffee, nuts, roasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla. Wonderfully well balanced, sweet and delicious. Could have used a bit more hop presence, but still a great beer experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Thanks to TheRealBastard for this one. Pours out black with a nice brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is very smooth, excellent velvet-like mouthfeel. Flavor is of roasted malt, chocolate, slight hop on the finish. Overall its roasty/sweet malty goodness. Thanks Brent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich (1398) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
12oz, can, not bad at all,pours a pitch black with an interesting deep brown head, with some hop flavors and some malt backbone followed with some smoky dark chocolate flavor, man this is amazing for an outta the can brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
12oz. can. Pours a beautiful motor oil black with a thin tan head. Aroma is largely of coffee and roasted barley with a mild burnt character. Palate is thick with a slight syrupy feel. Surprisingly bitter for an imperial stout, almost no sweet malt character. The malt that is present is chocolately, with some dark fruit taste. Alcohol is well disguised and the finish is all roasted barley. I wonder how well it will age in a can? Beer should be even more impressive when the hop bitterness becomes subdued with age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
So smooth and soft then you should think it was a lye. Coffee, tar, chocs and a black night as dark as never before. Iíll use it in my next speech.

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