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RATINGS: 2391   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2008
V - pours dark dark black. Never seen a darker pour on a thick beer. Deep tan smallish head. A - smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate T - malts that give way to a little alcoholic/bitter kick fading into a slight coffee/bitter taste which quickly mellows P - good balance showcasing a variety of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Can via trade with brokephibroke. Deep opaque brown-black body, thick, dense medium brown head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate, with hints of molasses and bitter hops. Creamy, soft body, with vinous notes adding a sweet, tannic characteristic to the swirl of coffee, chocolate, dry roast, and soy. There is a chewy, soft sweetness to the body, reminiscent of red licorice or strawberries, that brings back memories of trying Thirsty Dog’s Siberian Night IS for the first time on tap. The bitter, astringent hops do assert themselves in the finish, pairing with alcohol notes, leading to a slight burn that, if reduced, would yield something even more rewarding than this already fantastic beer. Beers like this are great reminders of why the craft beer industry is hopping, so to speak...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Pours near black with a medium head. I never had anything pitch black, but this is getting close.
Aroma of deeply roasted malts and a lot of them, as well as some liquorice, and a hint of espresso. Heavy body with a full roasted and bitter taste. Heavy hops with some chocolate and espresso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours thick like syrup with one finger tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee with lots of roasted malt, hints of chocolate and vanilla with a dash of hops present as well. Flavor is prickling with creamy and roasty malt- sweet but not cloying. Deep maltyness lingers on the tounge with flavors of coffee and hops poking though as well. Palate is simply amazing. Thick, rich and syrupy, caressing the palate with velvet- perhaps the thickest beer I’ve ever quaffed. More of a dessert than a beer. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
12oz can-Pours with a small chocolate froth head, the rest looks like used motor oil....Thats a good thing. Aroma of roasted malts, and chocolate. Flavor is a nice, not to sweet roasted malt explosion of creamy full bodied goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Can, and a really great Iimp Stout. Pours black as hell with a nice brown head. Aromas chocolate, coffee and a nice malty smell hits my nose. Flavor is roasty and not as sweet as some big imp stouts. This one has flavors of coffee and is remarkably creamy. Leaves a nice brown film on my glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - JUN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 draft. pours black with a dark brown foamy head. dark chocolate and espresso aroma and flavors. liquorice. wow - extra smooth and creamy palate. wonderfully dry. smells like an asian food market. an exceptional beer that is well worth seeking out and stashing away. the best imperial stout i’ve tasted. re-rate: this was completely different out of the can than it was on tap. the can tasted more in line with most imperial stouts. heavy licorice, burnt mollases, strong bitter hop kick. it was much less smooth. hmmm. maybe i’ll let the rest of those cans sit for a while and see if they start to mellow to the smooth beauty that the draft version was.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcox90 (1904) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2008
The daughter unit brought this to me for Father’s Day earning herself some serious brownie points. Apparently this is now available at the liquor store near were she lives in Massachusetts. 12 oz can. Poured a deep,deep brown, almost black, with a small head that was almost as dark as the beer. Nose is dark chocolate & some coffee. Smooth, silky, creamy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Flavor was chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and a small hop background, all in near perfect balance. This was a wonderful drinking experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Can. Aroma has notes of chocolate, coffee, red wine, oats. Black hue with an average sized medium brown head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is smooth chocolate, coffee, molasses and oats. Finishes bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily smooth. Fantastic brew except for the stupid can. Had to first clean top then clean white carpet after spill. Cans are for macros! Besides that this is a really good Impy with good oat and chocolate tones and a bitter bite. A good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Can, which is pretty awesome lookin’ I might add. Pours inky black with a dark brown head, really impressive looking as the carbonation rises. Aroma is straight up dark chocolate, not much else. Flavor is again dark, bitter chocolate, with a nice hops bitterness underneath and the alcohol not hiding. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable, if a bit one-dimensional in its chocolatey goodness. I found myself wishing for more present, upfront hop flavors. Great stuff.

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