Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned 1/03/13 "One ’til November?"
Appearance: As you’d expect, the beer is pitch black with a pretty small head. The head is a dark brown, and the lacing is poor. Nothing out of the ordinary for an Imperial Stout, but it’s still very good looking.
Smell: Probably my favorite part about this beer. I love the milk chocolate aromas I get, as well as the woodiness. I don’t get any sort of coffee note from Ten Fidy like a lot of people seem to get. However, I do get plenty of sweetness and dark fruit aromas.
Taste: Super sweet with dark fruits up front, and the finish is almost equally as sweet with some smokey tasting malts in there. I was expecting SOME amount of bitterness in this beer, but I actually find it to almost be cloyingly sweet. Keep in mind I haven’t had many IS’s (maybe three or four), but this one seems to be the sweetest that I’ve had. Once the beer warms up a little bit, the sweetness dominates even more. The smell turns much more heavily to sweet, dark fruit, and the taste does the same... cherries come out a LOT once the beer warms up a lot.
Feel: Along with the smell, the feel is among the best parts of this beer. As to be expected, super thick, coats the mouth wonderfully, and just smooth as all hell. The best thing about the feel though is that it never feels syrupy despite the thickness.
Overall, Ten Fidy is a good beer ... when it’s colder. Given its ABV AND the fact that it’s a big Imperial Stout, it’d be hard to drink this one quickly. I find Ten Fidy to be much more enjoyable when it’s colder, as it gets much too sweet when it warms up, and the roasty tastes seem to go way in the background to the super sweetness. I’d definitely try this one again, but $4 for a can and about $15 for a six-pack is a bit too high for a guy that doesn’t particularly love RIS’s for the most part. Definitely try Ten Fidy and decide for yourself.
While I certainly think this beer is better than a 15/20 overall, it was the most accurate way I could get my final score to be a solid 4.
SinH4 (2074) - Garching, GERMANY - APR 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from a trade with sneakychi, many thanks! Pitch black color with beige head. Aroma is black chocolate, coffee, some roastiness, a bit spicy (chili-like). Taste is roasted malts, black chocolate, spicy chili catch, quite dry for this ABV, but also quite yeasty imho. Amazing balance, it?s light and dry while staying full and rich. A masterpiece of non-overwhelming ImpStout - complex and with a certain sessionability without feeling weak, which is very rare for ImpStouts. Great stuff in its own way. But it’s definitely different from most 100-percentile-ImpStouts, which are usually way thicker, and different from what I’d expected.
LLaurin (211) - Motala, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive black appearance with medium brown head. Nose is little weak but raster is rich and coffee and heavy malts. Palate is really long lasting with all dark notes.
borre_m (944) - NORWAY - APR 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, dark tan head. Aroma is malty, roasted, balanced. Taste is smooth, very balanced, roastyness lingering.
SODAK14 (327) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - APR 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If you base your beer rating on color and head (DARK and big) this is a straight 5...but I don’t. It has those qualities but too much of a dark bitter taste at the end. Rendering it a good but not great stout.
AdolfoCC (79) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - APR 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Servida en Snifter.
APARIENCIA: totalmente negra, no pasa la luz a través de ella; corona de espuma muy marrón, casi café, de dos dedos de altura, de burbuja compacta y algunas abiertas al centro, baja retención y un excelente lacing.
AROMA: café tostado, granos de espresso, chocolate amargo, cerezas negras, caramelo, tabaco.
SABOR: de entrada un amargor intenso en paladar, seguido de notas de chocolate amargo, espresso, grano tostado, cocoa, caramelo, tabaco, cerezas negras, muy ligero gusto ahumado, muy alcohólica pero no es agresivo, lúpulo con notas de pino también muy ligero. El retrogusto queda un amargor intenso pegado a paladar, y gusto alcohólico presente como calidez en garganta.
SENSACIÓN: cuerpo muy denso y baja carbonatación
RESUMEN: excelente American Imperial Stout donde la apariencia y el cuerpo es la estrella.
Smithld1 (115) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg in craft beer house. Very dark and sinister but very flavoursome, aromatic and punchy.
Finn (6011) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boks 355ml. Gave fra Rune. Delt med Egil på Nerstranda 6 Apr 16.Svart. Mokkafarget middels høyt skum. Behagelig sjokoladearoma. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken sjokolade & lakris. Alkoholen godt skjult.
wombat23 (294) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 12 oz. can. The pour is viscous and almost black. Head is brown. Heavy lacing. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts and chocolate with hints of coffee. Taste follows. Pleasant drinking.
darbeer75 (254) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: malty with coffee undertones; good but not spectacular- improves as temperature warms; Appearance: pitch black with very dark tan head similar to chocolate milk; Taste: lots of maltiness, chocolate and coffee; a little boozy; Palate: very heavy bodied with long, more bitter than sweet finish; Overall: very nice, balanced imperial stout; would definitely buy again.
Humlehode (422) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 1, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with small head. Roasted aroma, coffee, dark chocolate, lightly peated. Full bodied, smooth and very well balanced. Just lacking a bit of complexity.
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