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RATINGS: 2041   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.


Alextricity's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Canned 1/03/13 "One ítil November?" Appearance: As youíd 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 itís 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 donít 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 havenít had many ISís (maybe three or four), but this one seems to be the sweetest that Iíve 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 itís colder. Given its ABV AND the fact that itís a big Imperial Stout, itíd be hard to drink this one quickly. I find Ten Fidy to be much more enjoyable when itís 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. Iíd 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 doesnít particularly love RISís 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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Black pour with a single finger espresso head. Sweet roasty aroma with some raisin. Full mouth, almost syrupy. Taste is sweet at first, but morphs into bitter chocolate & espresso. Almost fruity at times. Maybe dates or raisins. Alcohol is super hidden.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcnealc31 (249) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Looked like motor oil coming out of the can with one of the darkest heads Iíve ever seen. The aroma is mostly chocolate and roasted barley. The first thing I notice is how smooth and velvety the texture is. Tons of flavor, but not overpowering. Chocolate, marshmallow, charred wood. Hops hit earlier than most. Although there is a lingering citrus finish. And the name Ten Fidy? Itís the 10.5% ABV, which is sneakily hidden. Yes, itís in a can, but this isnít one for the beach or a camping trip! Pour it, savor it. Outstanding!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rood (31) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2014
Thanks berntholer, for sharing this one. If you would like to smell & taste chocolate, nesquick, oat, dates, this is your beer. OK mouthfeel. A good bitter aftertaste. An okay brew to me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
writerljberg (627) - Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Tap. From notes. A: Lazy lightless black. G,ood mocha head on this one. N: Big dark cocoa, licorice, caramel, coffee. Some oxidation, since this is an older draft for 2008. Malt layering is quite intense. T: Really, really, really sweet, to the point of being cloying. Not a speck of hop to be supped. M: Thick motor oil. Low alcohol presence. It is 10-50. O: This is just too much sweetness for me. I prefer a backbone of bitterness to level out the cloying malt. Though it avoids the soy sauce trap of Dark Lord.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (267) - - JUN 21, 2014
Drank in Waalwijk 21-6-2014. Liked ik. Typical standard stout. Rich taste. Aftertaste is fading, too bad.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandon1989 (239) - Euless, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a pure black with a thick khaki head that left a lot of lacing. The aroma was sweet chocolate, nuttiness, and roasted malts. the taste is complex, it starts with bitterness and slight alcohol. then you start to pick up roasted malts and some cherry and it finishes with a sweet milk chocolate aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black, aroma of dark fruits, roast chocolate, taste has chocolate, liquorice, fruit, rich and smooth, hides its abv well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpar73 (408) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Can. Pours black with a generous creamy tan head. Big chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hops and a bit of boozy burn in the aroma and taste, Top notch Imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2727) - 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 itís worth, it is easier to shotgun than a normal American beer even though it something of a monster. Itís 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 itís 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 thereís 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.

4.2
   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....


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