brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours black as can be but also with very little carbonation and essentially no head. Smells of whiskey and a touch of vanilla, but fairly boozy. Some roasted malt, maybe some oak, and that’s about it. Not much complexity. The flavor is a touch aggressive on the alcohol flavor. Lots of whiskey and wood flavor, quite a bit of roast too. Could use a lot more vanilla and chocolate to soften things and sweeten it up. A big let down. arminjewell (9744) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2012
Pour on tap at Avery Strong Ale 2012, dark black pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of big toffee, caramel, dark fruits slightly before whiskey and chocolate come through, hints of roasted malts and espresso laced in. Taste was a nice mix of sweet chocolate and dark fruits, some bitter espresso and cocoa powder mixed into slight whiskey notes that were fairly restrained, roasted notes round it out. onceblind (11092) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
At Avery’s 2012 Strong Ale Fest. (Wild Turkey Version). Black with a thin chocolate milk head. Boozy chocolaty whiskey aroma with a roasty black malt, molasses, and oak with more chocolate. Flavor is surprisingly smooth with balanced whiskey boozy notes, a shade of oak, and a whole bunch of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and some burnt toffee. Amazing. Camons (13605) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012
Tap @ Vine Street Pub, Denver. Wild Turkey barrel. Pours pitch black with a fading brown head, leaving nice lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, dark fruit. Taste is very rich with roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, sweets, oak, vanilla, bourbon, plums and other dark fruit. Full body, soft carbonation, long lasting finish with sweet chcolate and bourbon notes, alcohol well hidden. 280212 cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Tap @ Vine Street. This version was aged in Wild Turkey barrels. Dark black appearance with a dark brown head. Dark roasty malts, light espresso, fairly sweet, somewhat boozy whiskey aroma. In the flavor, there was again a somewhat sharp, albeit sweet, booziness from the Wild Turkey barrels that didn’t integrate all that seamlessly with the dark roasty, chocolate malty elements of Ten Fidy. Nice brew but I think the Wild Turkey barrels should be replaced with a different whiskey barrels for future releases.
oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Courtesy of jblauvs- huge thanks! The pour is inky black with a small tan head. The nose holds roasty chocolate, oak, mild lactic notes, a hint of popcorn, and caramel. The flavor holds more caramel, cherries, toffee, a hint of butter, and roast. The palate is thick and oily with a chalky roasty finish. Don’t know quite what to think of this beer. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Inky Black Pour, Glugs out of the bottle. Aroma is woody, dusty chocolate with hints of vanilla, oak, and a hint of heat. Mouthfeel is considerably thinner than regular ten fidy, oily not as viscous. Lots of heat initially, Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, sweet boozy whiskey, cherry wood, loads of tobacco. Interesting to say the least, a little muddled and confusing, but relatively tasty craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Big big thanks to jblauvs for this one. Pours a rich rich black with a brown head. Aroma holds some nice shaved milk chocolate, a touch of roast and ash, cherry, woody vanilla, and some caramel. Flavor is very interesting; more notes of chocolate, wood, and chocolate. The palate is surprisingly much thinner than regular Ten Fidy; not nearly as viscous. Good, but a little weird. Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2011
bottle at CCB tasting. poured black with a trace of a cocoa colored head. aroma and flavor were fudge, whiskey, vanilla, and some dark roast. body was thick and oily. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
Still in the glass with no carbonation. Aroma is pure clean oak with slight mocha and underlying dry whiskey. Taste is light whiskey, roasted malt, touch of dark fruit sweetness, faded hops on the back end, and dry alcohol whisper. Completely different animal than the regular version and quite enjoyable.