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First in Fidy: Initial Ten Fidy Imperial Stout Brewed in North Carolina
Review by mr. furley on 12/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 5 7 2009
great looking beer. about as good as a stout can look in my opinion. malty, chocolatey, with a fairly noticeable vanilla'ish streak. smooth and masks the alcohol well. easy drinker. pretty good but i'd reach for other Imp Stouts first.

Price: $3.75 Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 2009
12oz Can

I'm lucky enough to get to try Ten Fidy thanks to my Secret Santa Tayner. Ten Fidy gurgles from the can and appeared like black coffee when poured but black when in the glass. No light peeks through the body. A dark half finger velvety brown head formed on the pour. The head was so dark in fact it appeared to have a purple tint to it. Leaves sheet lacing that eventually cascades into the body.

The smell is big on the roasty side with a hefty dose bittersweet chocolate as well. I'm pretty surprised to find a moderate helping of hazelnut something I don't come across very often in Imperial Stouts. The roastiness is really what dominates though from front to back, everything else is just complimentary.

There is a huge amount of roastiness present. This roastiness kick starts things and is joined mid-palate by slightly bitter coffee grounds. There's a flash of baker's chocolate here and there but as a vein running through the roastiness. The finish brings a slight bitterness from the heavily roasted grains.

The body is lush with a nice velvety texture. There's a touch of heat on the swallow but it's barely noticeable.

This is an easy sipping Imperial Stout that will help keep you warm on a cold Winter's night. It will sneak up on you if you don't take it easy though.

Ten Fidy is a solid Imperial Stout from the guys over at Oskar Blues. They know how to make good beer and this is no exception.

Reviewed: 1/20/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 11/09/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 0
Old review
Got this at Cheers in Carollton, GA. A 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Awesome. A nice black, thick pour that oozed into the glass. Had a nice tan head that left some lacing. As you tip the glass, the beer leaves a dark yellow residue on the glass. Very impressive.

S: Smells of smoke, heavily roasted malts, caramel, coffee, toffee, nuts and alcohol. Wanted to jump right in.

T: Just as good as it smelled. The roasted malt hits you, but tastes of cream, coffee, nuts, smokiness, and chocolate finish it off. Even with all of this, still has some hops to it. Lots of flavor.

M: Got a low carbonation and very heavy. Sticks to your mouth just as it did to the glass. Makes it extra enjoyable because the flavors linger for quite some time.

D: Very drinkable. Tastes great and is quite easy to drink considering ABV. Still can't believe this came out of a can. Don't know why, cans just have bad stigma. Oskar makes me a believer that a good beer is good beer no matter what it is poured out of.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2007
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-20-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to Oxymoron for the trade!

One of the darkest pours I have seen.

Subtle coffee, more chocolate malts and some grain aromas. A bit of alcohol heat hiding behind the malt. As it warms up there is a bit more sweet chocolate, cherry, and some toasted qualities. This stout smells dry, somewhat like cocoa powder.

Taste begins with coffee, chocolate, roasted barley and some bitterness in the finish. I was a bit disappointed at first as I was expecting something bigger but it really improves with a few degrees warmer. Lots of roasted malt flavors, it’s a big malt beer.

Mouthfeel is good to very good. Really? 10% alcohol? Didn’t even notice it until I checked; it is dangerously drinkable.

Turned out to be a delicious Imperial Stout, great roasted and chocolate malt profile.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 03/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2008
Thick and black with a steardy, fluffy dark fudgy brown top of foam. A thin grazing of lace sheets itself across the glass with amazing might.

Nose of semi boozy/rum soaked dark fudge and darker chocolate, roast, espresso, dark cherry, and notes to piney hops.

Flavors are quite nice with a rich, decadant flow of deep lush chocolate laced with roasty coffee bits and some tame tangy black cherry sweetness and thick fig are layered within the chocolate. Loftily and mediumly justified in its bitterness of chocolate and hops the whole way thru. A lofty cake-like fluff in the finish builds incredibly well, like eating a huge, well-made chocolate chocolate chip muffin, as it then seeps in a bit of dark cherry/dark rummy/port wine-like warmth over a bit of molasses and some slight piney hoppyness under its lengthy chocolate base. Delish! And worth every sip and/or gulp.

Big creamy body of silky laden thick chocolatey fudge. A bolder bite in the mid range of carbonation, yet staying calming and smooth, soft, and supple. Lightly drying off ever so faintly into the finish of a complexing and fun portion of fluffy dark chocolate, dark cherry warming piney hops.

Impressive as hell! And quite drinkable just the same!
Now this is a beer from a can worth buying. And a very big beer at that!

Served In: Goblet

Review by JJ on 04/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
It's odd actually pouring beer from a can! I'm used to slamming PBR and never seeing what comes out of the mouth so seeing this thick sludge flowing was an odd experience.
Poured the black liquid vigorously into a Duvel Tulip (thick enough that it didn't splash at all!) creating a deep brown thick, creamy head. Black body that light has no chance getting through. Awesome aromas of chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Flavor is wonderful! I had no idea this was almost 100 IBU because there was SO much malt. Incredible! Mouth feel was thick like cough syrup and hid the alcohol surprisingly well. A damn good beer that I wish I had while it was -20 degrees outside. Hopefully it cellars until next winter.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Organized Chaos on 02/27/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2008
Thanks to RegularGuy for this one.

Pours a very dark black with a 1/8" dark tan head via an aggressive pour from the can.

Roasted malts, some chocolate are prominent on the nose of this brew.

Big flavor on this one, lots of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate, with a bitter chocolate finish, interesting brew.

Good mouthfeel for its style, rich and carbonated well.

Overall a very good brew that I am glad I could try.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by esch on 02/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 17 5 9 2008
A: Pitch, even when held to the light. Almost no head to speak of. Dark tan ring of foam rings my glass. Lasted the whole glass. Little to no hop aroma.

S: Chocolate, roasted grains. Bare coffee notes. Big nose full of 10% abv.

T: Excellent cocoa bitterness from the roasted malts. Dark fruits and cocoa. Fades into coffee and diet cola with a lingering bitterness. I'm not sure if this is from the hops or roast.

M: Lucious. Not quite as viscous as I expected from the pour.

O: Quite a specimen. This was on my list of big stouts to try and I'm glad to have knocked it off. I'd drink this all the time if it was local, but I'm not sure that I'll seek it out again.

Price: $13.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 0
Reviewed from notes. On tap at Oskar Blues the day after GABF.

A - Super dark brown, but not quite black. Completely opaque. Generous mild chocolate colored head. Great retention. Sheets of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Big roasty malts all over the place. Light coffee and big chocolate. Ever so slightly boozy.

T - Big and rich. Tons of roasted dark malts. Cocoa and bakers chocolate. Espresso comes in with a slight flavor of milk chocolate accompanying it. Finishes with the flavor of bittersweet chocolate.

M - Full bodied. Big and chewy. Super smooth.

Overall - Great imperial stout. Happy to have had a chance to have it at the source and wish they would have sold me cans on a Sunday.

Served In: Pint Glass

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