ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Thanks to Captain Cougar for this can. Pours black with thick brown head and nice lacing. Very nice roasty aroma with subtle hints of espresso. Big malty backbone with lots of coffee, roast, hops and a little chocolate on the finish!
SSSteve (3769) - - FEB 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 black oil. medium sized VERY dark brown head. aroma of roasted coffee...lots of coffee. flavor of caramel, beef jerky, chocolate, black coffee, chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon, and hops. this is really good but there’s just too many damn hops. that kills it for me. hoppy-stingy-irritating finish. why?? i think that less hops may have made this one of the best imp stouts ever.
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of fiulijn; canned - pours a pitch black colour with ahuge brown and creamy head; beautiful lace; thick aroma of pralines, prune and coffee, decently roasted; full-bodied and slightly oily, creamy mouthfeel, reasonable bitterness and a touch of sourness give it a good balance; roasted chocolatey finish, long and satisfying - a dessert beer
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasted from a handbottle. I’ve been saving this one for awhile. Finally busted it out for a stout tasting. nice smell, bordering on barrel aged. This one was handbottled a long time ago. Doesn’t show many signs of oxidation, nice job on the handbottle. Taste is roasty, some burnt sugar, touch of alcohol burn, touch of vanilla, distant chocolate and a nice hop backbone. Aged nicely. Hope I get a can of this.
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - JAN 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Dark almost black head that disappears fast. Heavy chocolate taste with long lasting bitterness. Nice heavy but not that complex.
MPA (796) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pitch black with beautiful brown head. Just a little too many bubbles in it to make it score a clean 5. Chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla, coffee, plums and roasted malts. Flavour of chocolate, brown sugar,, roasted malts and a solid afterburn of bitterness. Very pleasant indeed but not as complex as I had expected it.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating 1200, yay. 12oz can, no date from artusory, thank you Ryan so much for this bonus. I know I have a rating from kp’s growler from RBSG ’07, but I’ll enter it when I find it. Hopefully my can won’t have a loogie in it. Pours a thick opaque black with a slowly forming 1/2 finger dark tan head, fading to a ring before too long. Aromas up front are cold coffee, light soy, sweet mild milk chocolate as well as notes of dark, and in the background tar, raisins, molasses and light spicy alcohol. Flavor has some acidic coffee and soy tang up front to go with all of the roastiness. Pine and tar make stronger appearances in the flavor--mmm. There is some milk chocolate and caramelly sweetness in there, but so much else is going on these don’t stand a chance to be dominant here. Roasty coffee ground finish with only a hint of ash. Bitterness around a 5-6, lingering and wonderful. One of the best finishes I’ve had in a beer for some time. Full creamy body with a tingle of carbonation--so thick (not syrupy), so good. Not disappointed here at all.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 2008 & 2010 vertical on 1/11/11. They both pour a pitch black (absolutely dark as hell) with a 1/4" tan head, which quickly fades.... really would like to see more head retention. The ’08 really lacks the richness on the nose that the fresh ’10 can has. There are some black licorice notes on the ’08 and some fading roast... light coffee and some sherry. The ’10 can smells wonderful - full of rich dark chocolate, bright hops, and intense coffee notes. Over the mouth, the ’08 starts to thin. More chocolate and day old coffee notes linger throughout with thin layers of dark fruits. A big roasted finish rounds things out. In the fresh ’10 can, the mouth is full of sweet dark fruit, light chocolate & coffee, and a light bitterness. A smooth sweet roasted finish with sticky hops finishes things. Overall, I prefer TenFIDY fresh and will stop aging it.
2008 vintage can... on 3/13/10. TenFIDY is rocking a year+ into it after sitting in the cellar... the hops have faded and the malts have really bumped up even more... killer pitch black pour with a slight tan head... would love a bit more head on this one, but the depth of the blackness just makes it perfect... like oil coming out of the can. tons of flavors fill the nose... licorice, dark fruit, sweet malts, etc... medium to full body with more licorice, big roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dates and raisins... thick creamy finish with a burst of mint and coffee... and a touch of chocolate.... true madness in your mouth.... love it!!!
can on 2/23/08. legendary. this beer is near perfect. it flows over the palate like none other... so smooth. rich coffee and deep roasted notes dominate the palate. superb.
draft at The Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. magnificent imperial stout – one of the best... a deep deep black with a nice tan head. wonderful aromas of malts and chocolate. nice full body over the palate, warming, huge chocolate presence, licorice, and much hoppier than the average Imp Stout... the 98 IBU rating definitely shines through. huge finish that lasts for a while... I’ve heard a lot about this beer and have been really anxious to try it – this beer lives up to the hype.... Oskar Blues needs to distribute this one wider, b/c I would love to put it on a more regular schedule.
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. High brown and creamy but guickly disappearing head leaving nice curtains on the glass. Piytch black body. Coffee cocoa vanilla liquorice smooth and well rounded aroma. More hops bitterness than expected in the coffee cocoa flavor. Relatively carbonated and a long aftertaste.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Can - thanks Jeff! Moonless desert prairie black pour with a thin mocha head. The aroma is laden with molasses and dark chocolate richness. Cocoa, sweet fudge, vanilla and sweet tobacco play a supporting role. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Dark, chalky chocolate leads the charge in the body, followed by a solid wave of vanilla beans and caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry, and a bit abrupt for me. A good Impy.