Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(big thanks to goldtwins for this hand bottled top 50 brew)black body with a red outline around the glass.not much head at all.aroma was full and complex.i picked up chocolate,brownies,figs,raisins,coffee,and some smoke.flavor is very complex as well.everything i grabbed from the aroma plus some beef jerky thrown in.mouthfeel was medium and sticky.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this hand bottled brew poured very think, with a huge dark brown - black foamy head, and I was worried about carbonation so I drank it rather then save.. oh well. Nose was chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and cherries and/or dark fruit. Wow, the taste is complex to say the least. Rather full mouth feel, There was roasted chocolate coffee, with strong bitterness, but not in an over the top hoppines way. This was a very nice brew, wish I saved it to share, but I was afraid it would not keep. VERY BIG THANKS Hand bottled from Larry (goldtwins)
I am adding a sour cough medicne finish as this warmed a bit more.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Boboski for having a keg of this on tap at the O-Town Throwdown. Pours black with a frothy brown head that is mostly lasting. Has a coffee aroma with hints of chocolate.
Flavor is similiar with more of a chocolate presence. Creamy texture with a mild bitter finish. Well balanced and Well done! Simply Delicous!
egajdzis (5290) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 [Tap @ Hop Devil Grill] Poured a deep, dark, black color with a super dark, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, buttered toffee malts, smoke, and a floral hoppiness. Taste was rather viscous, dripping with roast, smoke, and chocolate, with a fair amount of alcohol, and a super thick mouthfeel.
After sampling both batches, the first batch is preferred. Creamier, sweeter, and fuller mouthfeel. More enjoyable over the drier 2nd batch.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle shared by Jason. The beer pours to a dark black body with a thin dark brown head. Viscous. The aroma is chocolate syrup, interesting yeasts, and char. The flavor is rich chocolate and heavily charred malt. Rich flavor. Itís good, but not superb. I donít think itís top 50 material. Rich palate that has a lingering bitter roasty charred feel. Creamy.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap/nitro poured at the Hop Devil Grill, 2/21/07. recommended by MKobes. black body, dark tan head. no light goes through. coffeeish roasted malt aroma. flavor is dry coffee malt and very smooth. finish is bitter hoppy and got more bitter in the aftertaste.
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was shocked to find this still on tap at Hop Devil the other day (at least two weeks, come on NY!) - hmmm...people sure do seem to like this beer - Iím not entirely sure why - it sure looks nice out of the tap (opaque, with a very bubbly, root beer float-looking head) - itís kind of funny that the commercial description mentions malted-milk balls, because it really does taste and smell just like them - creamy mouthfeel, with a chocolate ice cream sort of flavor too it - smooth yet full body - equal parts roasty and sweet (nice balance) - itís a very well-made imperial stout, but in a world with such transcendent impys as Speedway and Expedition, I donít really see this holding up - itís simply "good."
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro @ Hop Devil Grill - Dense black, creamy dark tan head. Spider web lacing from top to bottom. Nose was potently rich with deep bold coffee and cream tones, charred caramel and roasted berry notes, with intense milk chocolate fudginess. Is that a word? Well it is now! Flavor is more of the same with bursts of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and a light berry-like vinous tone. A nicely laid out hop bill pull this all together for near perfection. Massive full body, smooth and creamy carbonation, bittersweet finish. No doubt this is worthy of its high praise on this site. One of the best Imperial Stouts Iíve tried in some time. Should really be considered for the Oskar Blues canning lineÖ.
ross (2078) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottled from Larry (goldtwins) Thank you. I have wanted to try this stuff since I heard it was released. Pours out a very dark black color with a little bit of a head that goes away rather quickly. Even when it is sloshing around in the glass you can tell that it is going to be crazy thick. The smell is absolutely overwhelming of chocolate and coffee and oats. It is sweet smelling, but not overly sweet like a milk stout type. Taste is thick, and smooth, like drinking a milk chocolate bar filled with alcohol and coffee. Amazing mouthfeel, like drinking a somewhat lighter darklord. This is awesome stuff, among the best stouts I have ever had. Thanks a lot Larry. Now if only this was bottled in a bottling line so I could drink it more often.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oskar Blues Ten FIDY pours out in an oily, opaque, nearly black stream much like used motor oil. It looks quite thick and viscous. There is a smally very dark brown head (like the color of a milk chocolate bar) that slowly diminishes to leave a whisp of a veil and a thicker ring around the edges. Light lacing on the flass. Rich chocolate fills the aroma along with some mocha, dark fruit and berries (blueberry?), and some lush vineous characteristics. The flavor is a really complex composition of roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, ash, and some fruit and berry undertones (difficult to discern specific ones). The finish is dry, roasty, and has a bitter dark chocolate/cocoa flavor. Alcohol is well hidden and is only noticeable in the warming finish. The bitterness has a dry and roasted flavor similar to unsweetened chocolate and espresso. It seems to be quite substaintial, but is partially suppressed by the hefty maltiness. Ten FIDY is full-bodied, feels a bit heavier than average in the mouth, and has a milky texture . It is also extremely smooth and quite creamy going down. Overall I am faily impressed with this beer, but really wish I would have been able to try it fresh. I like the dryness, but think that the bitterness level might be just a touch too much for my tastes (as far as Imperial Stouts go that is). Maybe itís the pine and resin hops flavors that creep out in the finish and aftertaste that ruins this beer a bit for me. At any rate, Ten FIDY is bold and well worth trying. However, I found that I liked it less and less with each passing sip for some reason...
12 oz bottle (hand-bottled) from goldtwins. Thanks Larry! I really appreciate that you shared this this excellent and hard to get beer with me. I only regret that I was sick when I received it and had to wait until I was better to try it. Then I actually forgot about it for a week or so until I discovered it in my fridge recently and decided to save it until #500. It has held up surprisingly well for being hand-bottled so many weeks ago. Thanks again Larry!