zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, hops, coffee, and alcohol. Starts a little bitter, but ends sweeter. Nice, fairly thick body. Thanks to CaptainCougar for this hand bottled brew. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Handbottle from goldtwins. It was cold outside when the Fedex guy dropped this off ,so I drank this right away. Black. thick, and oily with milk chocolate colored head. The taste was of deep darkly roasted malt. Bitter like coffee but also a fabulous hop profile. Semisweet chocolate profile was also noted. I dare say I was alittle overwhelmed flavor and body of this beer,but I quicky recovered to finish the bottle. This is one impressive beer. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottles shared by ohiodad and leopoldstoch. Pours black as night with a little thin tan head. Aroma was chocolatey and malty. Palate felt like it was really thick and similar to a milky feel. Good rich malty flavor also. This also had a pretty good hop presense to it. It seemed a little hot for <10% but this was still very good. shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Rating #500...1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Oskar Blues Ten FIDY pours out in an oily, opaque, nearly black stream much like used motor oil. It looks quite thick and viscous. There is a smally very dark brown head (like the color of a milk chocolate bar) that slowly diminishes to leave a whisp of a veil and a thicker ring around the edges. Light lacing on the flass. Rich chocolate fills the aroma along with some mocha, dark fruit and berries (blueberry?), and some lush vineous characteristics. The flavor is a really complex composition of roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, ash, and some fruit and berry undertones (difficult to discern specific ones). The finish is dry, roasty, and has a bitter dark chocolate/cocoa flavor. Alcohol is well hidden and is only noticeable in the warming finish. The bitterness has a dry and roasted flavor similar to unsweetened chocolate and espresso. It seems to be quite substaintial, but is partially suppressed by the hefty maltiness. Ten FIDY is full-bodied, feels a bit heavier than average in the mouth, and has a milky texture . It is also extremely smooth and quite creamy going down. Overall I am faily impressed with this beer, but really wish I would have been able to try it fresh. I like the dryness, but think that the bitterness level might be just a touch too much for my tastes (as far as Imperial Stouts go that is). Maybe it’s the pine and resin hops flavors that creep out in the finish and aftertaste that ruins this beer a bit for me. At any rate, Ten FIDY is bold and well worth trying. However, I found that I liked it less and less with each passing sip for some reason...
12 oz bottle (hand-bottled) from goldtwins. Thanks Larry! I really appreciate that you shared this this excellent and hard to get beer with me. I only regret that I was sick when I received it and had to wait until I was better to try it. Then I actually forgot about it for a week or so until I discovered it in my fridge recently and decided to save it until #500. It has held up surprisingly well for being hand-bottled so many weeks ago. Thanks again Larry!
Hand bottle shared by Jason. The beer pours to a dark black body with a thin dark brown head. Viscous. The aroma is chocolate syrup, interesting yeasts, and char. The flavor is rich chocolate and heavily charred malt. Rich flavor. It’s good, but not superb. I don’t think it’s top 50 material. Rich palate that has a lingering bitter roasty charred feel. Creamy.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Well, this hand bottled brew poured very think, with a huge dark brown - black foamy head, and I was worried about carbonation so I drank it rather then save.. oh well. Nose was chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and cherries and/or dark fruit. Wow, the taste is complex to say the least. Rather full mouth feel, There was roasted chocolate coffee, with strong bitterness, but not in an over the top hoppines way. This was a very nice brew, wish I saved it to share, but I was afraid it would not keep. VERY BIG THANKS Hand bottled from Larry (goldtwins)
I am adding a sour cough medicne finish as this warmed a bit more. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Hand bottle. Black body. Smells like those salty beef bullion cubes and chocolate. Brown head, looks great. Big chocolate syrup and charred raisin flavor; good mouthfeel. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 On draft at the brewpub and from a fresh growler. Nice somber cherry and wicking Cascade aroma, over creamy pine malt. Lots of dusky hops present in the aroma. Pour is a weird milky brown soap, with the darkest brown heap I’ve ever seen! Flavor is a sweep of mid-roasted malts, lots of nuts, toasted caramels, sweet orange candies and fat almonds. Mingling of dry malt and high hops works suprisingly well. Palate and smack are most impressive. A smooth, quenchable pour, with nice attenuation and astounding drinakbility amongst a deftly concealed 9.4%. Dry, yet fulfulling smack, with quafs of light crisp piney grass over an effervescent nut oil character. Pecan skins and cherry pits lingering in the higher alcohols that rise to the nostrils. Well-balanced, however somewhat middle-of-the-road, somehow. It doesn’t have a singular, unique character, aside from it’s entire build, that makes it a unique Imperial Stout. However, it’s beautifully built and brewed and certainly the most drinkable of ANY Imperial Stout. This strays from the classic sippers of the style to a near sessionable big beer. Mightly delicious. JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Pitch black with a thick dark brown head. Chocolate, cocoa, and dark sweet malts are what this brew is all about. A hint of fruitiness, but mostly dark toasted/roasted chocolatey malts. There is a soft rumminess behind the chocolate that works quite well. A touch of vanilla behind all the cocoa/malt flavours. Lingering bitterness and a dry roast finish. jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Hand Bottled 12oz much thanks to Captain Cougar Tasted side by side with the Ten Fidy with Cherries. Pours a deep black with thin head. Aroma was malty and I detected a slight vanilla tone to it. Taste had a strong vanilla body with a really nice alcohol feel. Sweet hops and malt pairing and was slightly sugary. In fact the deeper I got into this beer the more sugary sweet it got. The chocolate comes in slowly. Pretty good Imperial Stout.