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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