BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Wow, pouring this from the can was actually scary, it poured blacker than black. There is a reason it’s called 10w50. No light is visible through this brew. Dark tan head disappaited quickly. Big roasty sweet nose. I smell coffee, cocoa, plums and raisins. This is a hefty brew. It’s like dark chocholate, roasty and dry with some sweetness. Alcohol is present but that’s too style. This is a well balanced and beefy brew. A perfect winter beer. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Can.. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark brown head.. Aroma was roasty dark malts.. Flavor was lots of dark chocolate and slightly roasty. Lingering bitterness.. Medium body with medium carbonation. gyllenbock (9713) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2009
Can at Oliver Twist in April 09.
Beautiful pitch black motor oil, head was thick and lasted for a long time.
Chocolate, malt, fruits, coffee, licorice in aroma and taste. Fine bitterness and long aftertaste. There are Imperial Stouts that are more complex than this one, but it is still an excellent beer. tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Thumbs up from me, this one is chocolate, malty, sweet, and the oats I think prolly contribute well to the smoothness of the beer. While I prefer GD yeti to this, Ten Fidy can hold its own for sure. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Thanks to Ucusty for this one. Pours black like used motor oil, with a lasting, creamy layer of dark brown foam. Very aromatic with chocolate, sweet dark fruit, and alcohol. Chocolate takes control. Very oily mouthfeel, and smooth on the palate. Chocolate and coffee again dominate the flavors with a powerful finish that goes from roasted to burnt to ashy. Not as complex as some, but very nice on the palate despite being such a big beer.
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~ Purchased this 12 oz can from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. Pours a syrupy motor oil black with a nice brown head. Aromas are of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. The taste is pretty much what you’d expect from a well-crafted RIS. I still can’t get over how this heavenly goodness just poured right out of a can! Who would have thought? This stout is big, bold, and powerfully flavorful. At 10% ABV, it went down smooth, but at this level, you’re confined to one, maybe two at best. A great nightcap. Highly recommended. ~ mikesnow (1) - Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2009 does not count
Thick and syruppy....this stout offers a near perfect blend of chocolate and coffee on the tongue. Slightly sweet with a little zing. One of the best stouts yet! obguthr (6593) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Can: Black viscous pour with a firm thick brown head, decent lacing. Smells of barley rich cocoa, coffee, and dates, nicely intense. Medium body, bloody/ mouthfeel. Vinous flavor of currants and char. Alcohol content fairly evident. The best imp stout I’ve ever had from a can. CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2009
8oz: RnH: Gotham Cask Week: Ya gotta love Imperial! This beer when sipped hard is almost like a shot of fire breathing dragon, covered in chocolate malts of course. Thick in palate, loads of grains, roasted, malty, thick and creamy with the requisite esters. I honestly got some dark cherries in there, a compliment to the more harsh grains and mild bitters. Really nice brew! Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
It was strange to see liquid this good looking pouring from a can. Pours an opaque oily black with a small fluffy light brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit, overripe cherries and berries, nutty roasted malts also. Wow, the flavor delicious: Nice burst of dark chocolate malts right out the gate; I like that in a stout. Rich coffee and dark fruit flavors come shortly thereafter, and generously. A little caramel/brown sugar jumps on the ride just before the end. Just the right amount of alcohol in the flavor. Chest warmth develops after a few sips. 9 1/2 on the flavor: So close to perfect. Rich mouthfeel, tarry finish. A little light on the viscosity, but still nice. Wow, I really wasn’t expecting this to be quite this good. Love it. Overall, world class.