jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can. Can opens with no hiss of carbonation - looks and sounds like opening a can of cold coffee. Even poured vigorously, the head is thin. The head, a deep tan/caramel color, leaves lots of suds and lace on the glass and quickly fades into a thin ring that has pockets, or spots, reminiscent of the lunar surface, covered in craters. The beer itself is jet black and opaque. The aroma is extremely rich and roasty - like smelling fresh espresso beans. There is also a vinous quality in the aroma - chewy with subtle, dark fruit and dark, bitter chocolate. The flavor starts with a thick coating of burnt coffee flavors, accompanied by a delicious blast of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit (black cherry), and bitter hops. There is also a touch of bitterness from ethanol, but it is far from harsh. The flavors are wonderfully complementary - smooth and delicious (which makes it a dangerously drinkable beer). The middle of the flavor picks up more sweet malt, dark and dry cocoa powder, and fruity esters. The finish is dry and roasty with a firm hop bitterness. There is a bit of alcohol in the finish too that makes itself known more prominently in the bitter, yet quite enjoyable and roasty, after-taste. The mouthfeel is full in body - and velvety and creamy, too. The carbonation level is low - just enough to give the body a tickle of liveliness at the front of the palate. Overall, this is a magnificent beer.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer looks amazing. My goodness! This beer poured like motor oil, and when I say motor oil it looked exactly like it! The appearance is amazing. The chocolate head is lovely. I have not seen a better looking Imperial Stout. The aroma is equally lovely. A hugh amount of coffee, wood, and smoke coming from this thing. I wish it were colder in Georgia so this thing could warm me right up. This beer is quite impressive. I have long awaited its arrival. The beer is quite rich. It is, as the description says like drinking a milkshake. I just tried a barley wine that was smooth, but this is more smooth hands down. Ah, the beer just tastes perfect. The IBUs are hidden. There is not an alcohol burn, or a bitterness that is annoying. It allows me to focus on the chocolate, coffee, and wood. This beer is missing one thing. A sweet aspect. Other than that, this is my favorite beer of all time. I could drink this all day everyday. The fact that it is so smooth, and not so bitter just allows the flavors to sit on my tongue and actually enjoy the taste of this beer. Great job Oskar Blues.
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 (3877) - - 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 (9964) - 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 (848) - 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 (2698) - 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 (2197) - 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.