Marsiblursi (2983) - GŲteborg, 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.
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.
rajendra82 (934) - 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 didnít 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. Iíd love to pour this for a Guinness loving friend to expand his horizons.
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 Iíve 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 (1034) - 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 canít believe itís in a can. Freakiní awesome. Big on flavor. Just tasty. Thankís Eli.
london1o1 (14) - USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours like motor oil. Beautiful, delicious motor oil. Coated my tongue and the inside of my mouth like some sort of evil amoebic creature from a sci-fi horror flick. And then I blacked out. When I woke up, I knew what great stouts are meant to taste like.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Opaque black body with dark tan, frothy, lasting head. The aroma is malty with lots of roasted grain, coffee, sweet molasses, cherries and chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Moderate acidity, too. Medium to full body and a velvety texture that is softly carbonated. Some chalkiness in the finish along with lasting bitterness. Warming alcohol and dryness, too. A big beer that is very tasty and deep. Thanks Jeff.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured from a 12oz. can into a Sam Adams Beer glass
A: This beer is insanely dark, almost jet black, and absolutely no light has a chance of penetrating it in the glass. A gorgeous dark brown, creamy head rises the height of 2 fingers and leaves behind an ample amount of spider-web sticky lacing.
S: Smells are all of the sweet variety: sweetbread, milk chocolate, cocoa, and dark breads & grains dominate.
T/M: A sharp hop bite up front, and then all the dark flavors take over. Beer develops into rich, roasted char & a very chocolatey body. Sweet, dark fruits - mostly cherry - make their presence known as the beer warms. And then an intensely bitter charcoal finish, almost ashy, creeps up on you, delivering a very noticeable alcohol warming on the backside. Feels slick & oily, coating the tongue with ease, until a minor aspirin dryness finishes things off.
D: Given the 10% ABV & the massive charred finish, itís not as drinkable as other monster stouts, yet itís still an amazing representation of style and well worth seeking out.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by thebeercellar at the footsex gathering. It does pour like motor oil and whatís cool is itís coming from a can. Black with a small bronw head. Nose has the usual suspects: chocolate, smoke, hops, roasted malt, coffee. Flavor follows suit and is very welll balanced and rich. A tasty treat. Big thanks to Matt for sharing several cans on with everyone friday night and then "trading" me a can the next morning.
adrian910ss (2277) - 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.