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RATINGS: 2062   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Hand bottle shared by butters and OhioDad at C-Bus 6 thanks fellas! Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of booze and some coffee. Flavors of dark chocolate, light bitter coffee and roasted malt came through. SMooth mouthfeel...bitter/roasty finish. Now if only we could get this in cans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Hand-bottle from TAR. The fill on the bottle was at least 2 weeks ago, likely more, so a good bit of oxidation has unfortunately set in. But, I had this on tap a few weeks ago too, and though I didn’t take notes, I can try to leverage my memory of the beer with this to more accurately access the brew.

Expected big chocolate espresso nose, nice compliments of vanilla and lactose. Taste is much sweeter, good lactic sourness backing up a dry cookies-n-cream milkshake blast. Sherry notes from the oxidation are present, though on tap I remember almost complete dryness, and more coffee, much more akin to the aroma. In fact, as this is now, the flavor is wildly different from the aroma, though both are quite nice. I’m amazed this is 98 IBUs, as I notice zero hop presence. I would’ve guessed, oh, 20-25. Huge thanks to TAR for the bottle... now I just wish I could write reviews as good as his.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Hand bottle. Black body. Smells like those salty beef bullion cubes and chocolate. Brown head, looks great. Big chocolate syrup and charred raisin flavor; good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 12oz can, sample #7 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours a very dark brown color; oily, dark tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of chocolate, nougat, and creamy nuttiness in the aroma. Very chewy, creamy chocolate texture with some underlying nuttiness and tea-like malts; strong caramel maltiness underneath. Lengthy, burnt malt and dark chocolate finish. Generous, drinkable imperial stout with a solid hop character.

12oz bottle, courtesy of SpringsLicker (via goldtwins). Thanks, guys! Pours an oily, black appearance; medium tan head with patchy lacing. Pleasant, marshmallow and roasted malt aroma; milk chocolate and vanilla as well. Full, oily mouthfeel: roasted marshmallow and burnt malts; vanilla, roasted malts, and nutty character. Long, roasted malt and milk chocolate finish: oily and slightly charred. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2007
(handbottle, thanks kmweaver) Small brown head atop black body with brown edging. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, some earthy, roast, light grapefruit. Taste is mild sweet, roast, coffee, burnt, earthy, some dark chocolate. Quite bitter. Medium-full body, light creaminess and minimal alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2007
Handbottle from hopscotch - Thanks - This beer is so thick that it wont come out of the bottle, you have to call it for the black monster reveal itself. The blackest of black bodies I have ever seen with a quite big brown head falling a bit fast but staying creamy at the edge of the glass; The only friendly aspect of this beer is the nose, at first it reminds me very much of Ølfabrikken Porter but not when you look closer. Medium sized with lots of soft chocolate backed by a fair amount of freshly cut grassy and piney hop aromas (the chlorophyll is fitting); The body is huge in every way, the thickest and softest texture I have ever experienced with lots of bitterness; It moves violently into an even more bitter, and a dry bitterness that grows and grows till it seriously burns your throat in a scary way, HUGE, sherry-like alcohol takes shoots at you, deep dark almost burnt malt aromas. If you can talk about a beer being mean, this is the one. I have never tasted anything like it and seriously wouldn’t want to meet it in a dark alley. This beer is a super scary monster! It actually has a face and the Dark Lord looks friendly compared to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3837) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Handbottle from goldtwins, shared by Odeed; my rating 999!!! Nose of coffee and chocolate; opaque black with cherry highlights and almost no head, flavor of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some hop bitterness lasting to the finish. Tastes like a fairly standard imperial stout to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Consumed from a hand-bottled beer at the Pewaukee tasting. Incredibly dark, rich super-fine creamy, dark tan head. Aroma of strong roasty malt. Slight vinous character. Rich, roasty aroma. Medium heavy body. Sharp, crisp in its character. Pleasant bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
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.

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