PartyFowle (954) - - JAN 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage, tasted August 2015. Nose: The oak seems sharper and spicier than I remember, almost like dark rum. Smooth dark chocolate character with a bit of papery oxidation and a splash of dark cherry and orange peel. The flavor has also aged well, showcasing a more intense oak char along with, again, a more spicy alcohol note, plus a hint of ash. Chocolate syrup and rich dark cherries also blend before a surprisingly bitter, piney hop character swoops in. The verdict: Hasn’t lost a step in four years. The cherry flavor that’s developed over time adds to the beer’s roasty base, while the pronounced hoppiness characteristic of fresher bottles seems to have mellowed. The same high-quality brew, but with different aspects to explore.
FRESH: 2011 vintage, bottle number 3261. Thick as liquid chocolate, dark as liquid ebony. Light-absorbing. Half a finger of dense milkshake head the color of cinnamon sticks deposits tons of frothy, foamy lace. Super buttery and oaky nose. Tons of vanilla and butterscotch with lighter hints of cocoa powder, raspberry syrup and piney hops. Sweet, tangy, chocolatey — an incredibly smooth combination of chocolate and bourbon. The flavor mimics the aroma pretty well, but is a little sweeter, a little tangier. Dark chocolate/raspberry syrup again, along with lots and lots of toffee and lighter touches of vanilla, cocoa powder and pine. The swallow brings layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate, toasted oak and vanilla. Surprisingly fruity overall, with lingering notes of chocolate and burnt toast. The mouthfeel is the only part that’s not completely and obviously outstanding. Soft and just a touch thin for what it is at medium-light. Lots of numbing booze and and more heat in the nose. Light, tingly carbonation doesn’t cause the brew to break apart as it moves. The Yeti is one beer that’s strong enough to stand up to barrel aging. It holds its qualities well and doesn’t become overpowered. Smoothness is the word here — an incredibly well-integrated blend.
UDBeernut (2696) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour, black malt, whiskey, coconut, vanilla, oak. Full body with olenty of booze burn.
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. I’ve been a fan of every version of Yeti since 2006 and this has to be one of the best versions. Aroma was a sweet mix of chocolate, vanilla and malt. Pour was a deep dark brown/near black with a thin tan film on top. Taste was very complex . Chocolate and coffee were big in the front. Midsip is when the sugars came in. Incredibly sweet with some ashy-ness and toffee/caramel flavors. Nice carbonation. Great beer
jbruner (4117) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head. Aroma of huge bourbon barrel notes, vanilla and chocolate with hints of roast. Taste follows, big on the barrel with big chocolate notes, vanilla and booze back end. Warming on the way down, huge but not over the top. Really nice.
ZombieDuster (11) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to say think this is a world class Imperial Stout. Had on draft at the tasting room and of course had dl by a bomber at a steep $28. Drinks silky and even a little oily, the whiskey flavor is dominate but not over powering and the classic Yeti bitterness never disappoint. Smells boozy and sweet. Just a great beer.
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RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at the brewery. Deep black pour. Thin tan head. Aroma of wood, booze, and chocolate. Then vanilla and more booze. Taste is sweet, booze, coffee, chocolate, more booze. Warming, gets you fucken wasted.
italianjohn (2909) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.5 perfect ABV Bottled 10/16/2015 .... Black pour and a gorgeous brown head with sticky lacing .... aroma is of oak, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, light bourbon notes, but man the barrel is very evident here also has notes of roasted and caramel malts .... taste is very dry oak, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, light bourbon notes and roasted qualities .... has a sweetness/nougat flavor to it that comes out more as it warms ... the mouth feel and body of this beer is very rich and complex ... the finish has a hint of bourbon booziness and continues the dry oak and sweet/coconut theme ... They don’t come much better than this
snoworsummer (4809) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Barrel Bar. Pours dark black/brown with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like dark chocolate syrup, booze, woody malt, light ash, and molasses. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like dark chocolate syrup, woody malt, light ash, booze, and molasses.
ajnepple (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Great Divide Barrel Bar, side by side with Regular, Oak-Aged and Oatmeal versions of Yeti. Black appearance with a small, mostly dissipating brown head. Aroma of bourbon spice, vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel and a hint of dark fruits. Similar flavor. Full body with soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Pretty nice, but not one of my favorite versions of Yeti.
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at the barrel bar - black pour - nose of treacle, tamarind, fig, brown sugar, light bourbon - flavor is similar - slight umami character up front before getting sweet, with notes of tamarind, treacle, cookie dough, vanilla - touches of smoke - considering how long it was in the barrels, it is surprisingly smooth and low in the booziness - slick texture and a slightly spicy finish - in reality, not any better than regular Yeti, for a much higher price, but glad to have tried it.