Alextricity (373) - Chesterfield Twp., 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 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.
sistinas (91) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours like motor oil, jet black with a small tan head. Smells like vanilla, cola, bourbony sweetness, roasted malts. Starts off sweet but has a dry, slightly bitter and salty dry finish. Very thick and viscous, easily falls into the beer that feels like food category. Gets significantly boozier tasting as it warms up, which Iím not really a fan of (and this is not a beer that should or wants to be guzzled). Solid overall, though.
EdKing (1546) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can traded with Steasy66. Beautiful pour with a medium chocolate brown tan head, oily very dark brown malty opaque beer. Nose is dark chocolate, molasses, yeast extract (íMarmiteí), salty, very lactic, minerally, little bit plasticky phenols. Taste is salty, very dark malty, Marmite, molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt, bitter hops combining with the roasted malt bitterness to give it quite a kick. Quite a lot of that lactic, creamy almost plasticky phenol too. Rich oily, very malty, roasted malts, yeasty and alcoholic.
ttroha (105) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Dark motor oil black. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste strong of coffee and dark chocolate. Awesome beer.
Tstamba (142) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the can (incredible) Pours black with fleeting tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, caramel and espresso ... Needs all of the IBU's to balance it out... Smooth boozy finish ... This a serious imperial stout! Right in there with the big boys... Would love to try a BA or BBA version.
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deanso (4109) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl can courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Lovely!!!!
darb85 (14) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great stout. Itís up there with breakfast stout. Expensive but a great well balanced stout
Maxbier (21) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Color: as black as used motor oil, dark brown head. The appearance alone is worth the price of admission. Aroma of booze and dark chocolate. Syrupy- taste is chocolate with a hint of coffee. It takes all 98 IBUs to stand up to all the sweet roasted malt. Donít chill this one too much, I served it at about 60F (15C) and it was delicious; WOW.
edgallow (1440) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and toffee. Taste is malts and chocolate.
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eros47 (47) - Huntington Park, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black, brown head. Smells like coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, and a bit of vanilla. Tastes follows through with the aroma. Awesome brew.
Jamesthebrit (133) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: sweet and boozy. A hint of coffee.
A: Looks amazing. Viscous. Head is creamy tan.
T: Same as the smell. Sweet. Boozy. A lot more coffee roasty note on the taste.
P: Alcohol is aggressive on the palate. Finish is very dry almost like a vodka. Nice flavor development.
Overall this is not my favorite stout. Overly boozy, it drowns out the nice roasted charachter that the beer has. Had this at room temp at a festival and it was rough. Gave it another go out of the fridge and it was equally as rough.... Not bad. Not mind blowing.