islay (771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Approximately 1.5 oz. sample at the Grand Tasting of the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2007 in the Twin Cities, MN on July 23, 2007. This was the last of 26 beers that I sampled and rated during the tasting, and it was a good one to go out on. Poured from a growler. Aroma of raisins and chocolate. Pours an opaque, rich, dark brunette. Flavor of rich dark chocolate and coffee. Much more bitter than the aroma would suggest. Strong, roasted coffee, dry aftertaste. Lively in the palate. Ten FIDY is a very good beer and a worthy imperial stout from the brewery that this Minnesotan likes to think of as the Surly of the Mountain West. And now, finally, a week later, all of my RBSG ’07 ratings are entered. Yea! I think I’ll celebrate with a beer!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Dark brown color with sweet molasses and coffee on the nose. Almost and oatmeal flavor amid the chocolate and roasted coffee flavors.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 From can. Dark black body with a medium creamy dark brown head. Big chocolate and roasted malt arome. Chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and light coffee flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation and a creamy finish.
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Dark black body with a creamy brown head. Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Chocolate molassas and coffee flavors.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as can be with a thick pour, the oil reference is very appropriate here. Vanilla and chocolate as well as a bit of coffee fill the aroma. The taste is very good and the mouth feel is great. Chocolate malts and some bitter coffee pair with some nice hops to round this beer out.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2007. Pours like a can of pitch black oil. Good aroma of oak and vanilla. Very bitter malt taste with a ton of piney hops. Not bad, but more hops than I care for in my stout. I know, I know… I’m insane… deal with it.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Imperial Stout pours a dark eclipse black color. Small sized tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A full bodied Imperial Stout, Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are earthy and floral. Good balance. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
NorCal tasting June ’07 - Thanks to goldtwins for sending me this hand bottle. I don’t think it’s fair to have this and Surly Darkness side by side, as this was the loser hands down. An aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, with coffee and a bit of dark fruits. Appearance was damn near perfect. Thick, viscuous, coating the sides of my glass, dark tan head. Mouthfeel was thick, but it lacked the creaminess I thought it would have, but instead just seemed a bit...cloying. Flavor was roated malts, dark fruits, molassess with an overly astringent bite that just sort of made this beer slightly above average instead of excellent.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to KP for bringing this to Noogfest III.
This is a solid imperial stout: jet black, with notes of coffee & chocolate. Nice creamy body.
Suttree (4744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler at Noogfest III. This was my last review at Noogfest III, and unlike previous years, I can read it and actually remember drinking and enjoying the beer. Hooray self control! At any rate, This stuff is good. Lots of coffee and chocolate throughout, in both aroma and flavor. Very smooth, very viscous. Chocolate dominates as it warms. Really good.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Hand-bottled, courtesy of CaptainCougar) Pours a dark brown (almost black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted marshmallow, oatmeal, and some grapefruit. Flavor of hops, lactose, and roasted coffee with a bitter finish.