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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2881) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 I once shotgunned this for a gentlemanly contest of sorts but have not taken the time to properly examine it until now. For what it’s worth, it is easier to shotgun than a normal American beer even though it something of a monster. It’s deep black in color, completely opaque with a small fine-bubbled head that leaves little splotches of lace for the whole glass. The nose is mostly chocolate and raisin. My can is about six months old (I purchased in June not realizing it’s a winter seasonal) and it has started taking on some pleasant sherry-like oxidation at this point as well, mostly in the form of a bit of nuttiness. This is definitely a sweet beer but there’s a good bit of tartness and a lot of bitterness to balance. The end result is sort of a vinous, chocolate cherry taste. This is definitely a beer that lends itself to slow sipping and a very full body and mild carbonation. Thankfully, it also lends itself to drinking a full serving and does not cloy as it warms but rather becomes more fruity and chocolatey. The finish lingers w/ a soft sweetness and a solid bunch of bitterness. I definitely want to rate this a bit fresher sometime but it seems to be doing quite well w/ some age on it. I have to shotgun the other three in this four pack first though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pikeysdoggy (20) - - JUN 15, 2014
Finished off an impromptu session with this. Hunter S Thompson would have stripped to the waist and bare-knuckle fought for a snifter of this fine behemoth of a beer. Had I imbibed more than a snifter, I would probably have ended up doing the same....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1300) - - JUN 11, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-23-12 - Poured from can into snifter Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a deep brown head. The brew was think and hearty even from the look. The brown head faded slowly over time to give some nice lacing. Smell – Lots of great aromas here. The aroma is heavy of dark chocolate and dark malt. Sweet aromas of caramel, toffee and raisin are present as well. Furthermore there is a hearty presence of bourbon giving it a very warming boozy smell. Taste – The taste follows the nose very well with tons going on. Big bold chocolate and roasted malt create a strong base up front. Up front there is also a good deal of sweet caramel and toffee and hints of creamy sweetness which when mixed with the cocoa/chocolate create a milk chocolate taste (or maybe more aptly considered milkshake taste due to its thick body). As the taste advances some of the caramel and toffee flavors give way to dark fruit flavors of raisin and some hints of molasses. As was detected in the nose, at the end, a bourbon flavor really starts to develop. This mixes with the sweeter chocolate and malt as well as a nice smoky flavor leaving a pleasing aftertaste in the mouth and bringing the taste to its end. Mouthfeel – Creamy and thick just as the look forebode. It coats the moth like a jacket, clinging to the tongue and penetrating every taste bud with its huge flavors. It carbonation, being on the lighter side only accentuates the creaminess and mouth coating feel, overall giving a great mouthfeel. Overall – The only imperial stout I ever had delivered in a can and it was fantastic!!! A huge and wonderfully delicious stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Buongiorgio00 (779) - - JUN 10, 2014
Imperial stout davvero degna di occupare un posto d’onore nell’olimpo di questo stile. Corpo cremoso e coloro nero impenetrabili, soffice schiuma color nocciola. Gusto estremamente caffettoso, con note di cioccolato e tostate così intense da rasentare il limite con l’affumicato. Intensa e golosissima. Presenza alcolica appena percettibile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fakebeersnob (152) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2014
This is one fine stout. Creamy chocolate texture. Hints of caramel in it. The coffee is not overpowering at all. Low carbonation. Malty and full bodied. Can feel the alcohol, but is not overpowering. Actually feels a bit less than it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2108) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Can. Pours a black color with tan head. Roasty, syrup, licorice aromas. Roasty, chocolate, syrupy flavors. Pretty decent imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (376) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2014
The aroma is malts, coffee, toasty, caramel. Pours black with caramel brown head mostly diminishing, good lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish a long bitter. Overall very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (543) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2014
On tap at Tasty Weasel. Appearance: amazing black color, clear, film of dark brown color, oily light lacing. Aroma: roast coffee, prune, chocolate, light floral, fruit. Palate: full body, alcohol warming feeling, bitter finish, oily texture, soft to flat carbonation. Taste: great roasty sweetness into nice floral bitterness. Overall, so good, so so good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TappanGordo (70) - New York, USA - MAY 26, 2014
From a can to wine glass. There’s chocolate, coffee, caramel and a bit of hops. This was fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (1336) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014
Tap at Brewdog, Sheffield. Dark chocolate brown. Thin, lasting, creamy, tan coloured head, that moves slower than the rest of the beer. Beautiful looking beer. Smells a lot like hot chocolate, made with Valhrona chocolate. Which is a very good thing. Treacle, too. Some woody booziness, like a barrel aged affair. Taste is caramel sweet. Woody dry. Palate is thick, chewy and boozy. Quality chocolate all the way through this beer. Lovely.

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