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RATINGS: 2365   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1821) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2015 Blind RIS experiment [Sample 15 of 20, 4/30/2015] Poured by Summer. Near black, sexy dark brown mocha head, medium duration, some lacing at first, but it doesn’t last. Aroma: Rich. Chocolate and roast/char (need a code name for roast that makes me think of smoke / ash / char but still is actually in the roast category]. Smells nice, right down that line I seem to gravitate toward (on the rich and decadent side, with chocolate at forefront but still with solid dose of thick roastiness and just a touch of soy sauce so I think of slow roasted BBQ with just an undercurrent of coffee). Light marshmallow sweetness under there. Lots of lovely chocolate lasting in the finish of this one. Notably (and thankfully) missing: tin can and pie filling. I’m digging this one, oh yeah. Digging on it hard. Well-balanced taste. I’d guess this is on the 10%+ ABV side, but it doesn’t feel harsh in any way whatsoever. This one is really nice. Full body, good carbonation, smooth velvety texture. Great mouth-coating sweet smooth chocolate syrup that lingers long after the drink is done. Overall: Great. one of the best yet. There have been a few that are "down the middle and boring," but this is "balanced, down the middle, and fantastic."

RB Rating: 8/4/9/5/17.
Observation: It occurs to me my descriptions are getting weaker. Maybe losing steam / running into some imperial stout fatigue? Only 5 more to go. This one came at a good time, though.
Guess: Could be Narwhal. Could be Expy. Whatever it is, I want more.
Would pay: $4/bottle for a regular thing; $5 once in awhile. I sure as hell hope it’s easy to find so I can remain well-stocked.
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(1/4/2013) Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, roasted grains and coffee. Pours motor oil black with small ring of tan head. Smooth, full bodied viscous mouthfeel. Mild bitterness balances the sweetness up front. Really quite nice. [8/4/8/5/17]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (5405) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 28, 2016
330ml can (thanks martjoobolut). Pitch black color. Small size, tan head, stays. Sweet, roast, malty, raisins, hazelnuts in aroma. Nutty, roast, malty, coffee, citrus, dry nut skins in taste. Nut skins and nice roast in aftertaste. Soft plus carbonation. Heavy roast dominates the brew. Excellent one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (2620) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2016
Can (from beer gonzo?). Pours dark brown-black. Aroma is roast, chocolate, coffee, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, coffee, malt, dark chocolate, citrus, ash, somewhat acidic. Finish is roast bitter. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
suurjuust (2661) - ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2016 Can shared by Mart. Black beer, brown head. Nose is roasty, hoppy, chocolate and coffee, leather, mild citric notes. Flavor is citric, roasty, coffee, licorice, vanilla sweetness. Roasty finish with acidic notes, more citrus bordering on lemony. Thinner than expected, it?s dry, not oily. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drlb81 (9) - - MAY 25, 2016 does not count
first impression is that very velvety, very thick, prominent bitter chocolate aroma and taste. long lasting aftertaste with the same features. not a very complex but well balanced heavy imp.stout rather on the bitter side by roasted malts and espresso, with compensating mild sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tfredvik (1641) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2016
This one looks like crude oil, both when it comes to the pitch black colour and the incredibly viscous pour. The head has a lovely dark brown colour, but it’s quite small and short-lived, it doesn’t stick to the glass, and after a few minutes all that remains is a thin ring of foam along the walls of the glass. The strong aroma is of course very malty, with lovely notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa and chocolate sauce, with fainter notes of coffee in the back, along with dark dried fruits and leather, and even hints of vanilla. Intense flavour of chocolate, slightly salty liquorice, dark caramel and dark dried fruits, with a backdrop of coffee, leather and alcohol. The taste is moderate to heavy sweet with a long-lasting heavy bitter finish. It’s full bodied, it has a smooth and creamy texture and a soft carbonation with the tiniest of bubbles. A fantastic beer!
[35.5 cl can, enjoyed 4 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, Oslo]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Biroholik (692) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - MAY 22, 2016
Data puszkowania: 10/01/2015
Kolor: Czarny jak asfalt. Całkowicie nieprzejrzyste.
Piana: Początkowo bardzo obfita, jasnobrązowa, średnioziarnista. W miarę upływu czasu redukuje się do zera. Pod koniec degustacji zniaka już nawet milimetrowa obrączka. Na ściankach kielicha pozostają tylko pojedyńcze plamki.
Zapach: Pierwsze akordy to bardzo mocna czekolada, kawa z mlekiem i ziarna kakaowca. Po ogrzaniu ciasto czekoladowe w klimacie "Murzynka", ciasteczka "Pieguski" z czekoladą i baryłki czekoladowe. Super-przyjemny zapach!
Smak: Miazga! W przenośni i dosłonym tego słowa znaczeniu. Miazga kakaowa, ziarenka kawy, czekolada. Po kilku łykach orzechy, karmel i ponownie czekoladowe pralinki. Zaraz potem solidna paloność. Ależ ten smak jest wielowarstwowy! Goryczka znaczna, ale króciutka. Słodki, czekoladowy, ale nie mulący finisz. Gładziutkie odczucie w usach, mięciutkie, aksamitne jakbym jakiś krem czekoladowy w płynie wypijał. Obłędnie zwarta, gęsta tekstura. Alkoholu po prostu tutaj nie ma! G E N I A L N E !!!
Wysycenie: Niskie.
Powiem szczerze, że dla takich piw jak TO - warto żyć. Oscar Blues był pierwszym browarem w USA, który zaczął puszkować piwa craftowe na szeroką skalę. Potem znalazł wielu naśladowców. Jest to mój pierwszy puszkowy RIS w życiu. Odczucie w ustach jest wręcz nieprawdopodobnie aksamitne, gładkie, kremowe. Fenomenalna faktura. I ten smak! Istna abrozja w płynie. Masa czekoladowych sugestii: ciasto typu "’Murzynek", mleczka czekolada, pralinki, ciastka "Pieguski". Potem kakao, ziarna kawy, paloność, orzechy. Jest tego tak dużo, że nie sposób wszystkiego wymienić. Top 10 moich najlepszych RIS-ów!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
themightyjag (375) - - MAY 21, 2016
355ml can from Brewdog shop. Small tan head, good lacing. Dark black body. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Flavour is marshmallow, chocolate, cream, a little booziness on the finish. Massive thick mouthfeel, light carbonation, a little bit chew. No real hints of the strength here, such a tasty stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokestereo (276) - SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2016
Pours pitch black with a tanned head. Aroma; Chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruits, nuts and liqouorice. Taste; Coffee, chocolate, dried dark fruits, liqouorice and some nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
djoeye (3159) - Tromsř, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2016
Brown head. Black body. Roasted malts, dark fruits, dark caramel, berries in aroma. Soft taste of roasted malts, dark fruits, juicy liquorice, nutsauces - fine roasted finish. Feels good, soft carbo, warming caramellish alco driving up the taste. A very fine sipper. [35.5cl can f Systembolaget]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stantheman (855) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2016
Small can from Bottle Jockey in north Burnaby. An inky black brew, with generous dark tan head and heavily roasted nose. A coffee and chocolate flavor explosion, and easily the equal of Old Rasputin. De-foicking-licious! 4

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