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RATINGS: 2289   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6026) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Courtesy of goldtwins via trade

Hand bottled: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, expresso, and roasted malt. It pours virtually black with a small brown head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. The finish has moderate roasted coffee, some burnt flavors, and lots of piney hops that linger in the aftertaste. This would be a good beer for aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3032) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Tap @ Hop Devil Grill: Opaque black pour with a chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is very chocolatey, roasty and a peach-like fruityness. Has a chocolate malted flavor upfront. Light perfumy hints upfront and a surprising fruityness of peaches in the flavor as well. Creamy chocolate notes, leading to a very burnt flavor in the finish. Smokey and coal like in the finish to balance the earlier fruity notes. A bit too burnt in the finish in my opinion. Still a solid Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
On tap at the O town Throwdown, thank you Boboski for supplying this and hosting.Pours a real murky black color color with a small tan head that dissapeared quickly.Definately smell the roasted malts as the dominating aroma.Burnt coffee with subtle hints of chocolate and hops on the palate as it had a small hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
On tap/nitro poured at the Hop Devil Grill, 2/21/07. recommended by MKobes. black body, dark tan head. no light goes through. coffeeish roasted malt aroma. flavor is dry coffee malt and very smooth. finish is bitter hoppy and got more bitter in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
(big thanks to goldtwins for this hand bottled top 50 brew)black body with a red outline around the glass.not much head at all.aroma was full and complex.i picked up chocolate,brownies,figs,raisins,coffee,and some smoke.flavor is very complex as well.everything i grabbed from the aroma plus some beef jerky thrown in.mouthfeel was medium and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Handbottle from goldtwins, shared by Odeed; my rating 999!!! Nose of coffee and chocolate; opaque black with cherry highlights and almost no head, flavor of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some hop bitterness lasting to the finish. Tastes like a fairly standard imperial stout to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Hand-bottle from TAR. The fill on the bottle was at least 2 weeks ago, likely more, so a good bit of oxidation has unfortunately set in. But, I had this on tap a few weeks ago too, and though I didnít take notes, I can try to leverage my memory of the beer with this to more accurately access the brew.

Expected big chocolate espresso nose, nice compliments of vanilla and lactose. Taste is much sweeter, good lactic sourness backing up a dry cookies-n-cream milkshake blast. Sherry notes from the oxidation are present, though on tap I remember almost complete dryness, and more coffee, much more akin to the aroma. In fact, as this is now, the flavor is wildly different from the aroma, though both are quite nice. Iím amazed this is 98 IBUs, as I notice zero hop presence. I wouldíve guessed, oh, 20-25. Huge thanks to TAR for the bottle... now I just wish I could write reviews as good as his.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Batch 1 growler from the brewery, shared by CharlesDarwin at Dr. Billís get-together on 3/22/07
Thick, viscous liquid is deeply black with hardly any reddish hue on the edge. Clarity is low. The head is dark tan and rises up quite high, only to fall back down, steadily, to cover, leaving no lacing, but some film/legs behind. This stuff looks like a monster.
Roasted barley in no short supply, as a strong, medium-dry coffee and bitter chocolate note wells up from the glass. Medium-sweet, creamy base malts provide a nourishing backbone to the aroma, while something (esters?) is adding cherries and light plum notes. Milk chocolate effortlessly clears the aroma through the middle, thick and fairly rich, making way for a good deal of char and more roasted barley saltiness. Alcohol is rather well contained and the malts are very well mashed and soothing. Quite a strong aroma, as well.
Bitter chocolate malt confronts a huge pale malt sweetness with a hint of light vanilla. Chocolate covered cherry notes ride the wave of balance that is created through the middle of the flavor. A roasty reprise is found on the finish, with a bit of phenolic character and, my biggest complaint, a dull, rather ashy black malt overabundance (perhaps even some madeira-like oxidation). It strikes a great balance, overall, however and dosent overpower with chocolate or caramel sugariness. Well fermented too. The strongest point, however, is definitely the beyond-full, viscous, rich, creamy body/mouthfeel. Alcohol is practically absorbed in to the thick body and remains mostly unapparent. Typical PNW hop profile never bothered me at all, good job there.

Maybe I just donít understand Impy stouts anymore, but while very good, the only particularly stunning thing about this is its body/mouthfeel. Otherwise itís a solid but unadventurous, albeit restrained, example. Letís add some more vinousness/fruitiness and ease off on the heavy dark malt for the next batch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
How many thanks can i give to drewbeerme for this, he keeps pulling out the big guns. Hand bottled poured chocolate black in color very little head. Aroma of fresh cut grass and chocolate roast. The flavors mirrored the nose with strong chocolate roast flavors and that grassy hop bite. I enjoy hoppy impy stouts but the grassiness of this was too much for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Hand Bottled sample from trade with CaptainCougar. Pours a nice thick bodied black color with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. Has the taste and flavor of oats and malt with a slight hop presence lying underneath. Very smooth all the way through with the alcohol being very well hidden. Slightly bitter finish. A nice stout but a little over rated in my book.

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