juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage, 750 ml bottle #826 of 1104, courtesy dchmela. This pours a nearly pitch black color with some mahogany hue at the edges and topped by a thin, dark brown head of foam that leaves skinny lines of lacing on the glass. This stuff is viscous as shown by the staining left on the glass. The aroma is really nice and shows a nice balance between rich chocolate, roast, and toasted caramel. Burnt oak adds a nice woody vanilla flavor along with a touch of smoke, while the bourbon seems to tie everything together. The flavor follows the same lines with a nice balance between rich chocolate, caramel, burnt wood, and vanilla from the oak. The bourbon influence is subtle and lends a nice roundness to everything. Medium to full bodied and very smooth on the palate with balanced carbonation that leads to a bourbon kissed chocolate finish. The balance of flavors is really great and helps hide the alcohol really well. This is a great base beer that is made even better with the perfect use of the barrels.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, courtesy of ablackshear, split with a friend. Pours a thick, jet-black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is bourbon. Not much else. A bit syrup-like on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, with a sweet, bourbon finish. Holy crap, that’s good.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased at Papago from the 2009 batch. Pours oily black with a trim brown head. Smells of whiskey and candied sugar. Tastes of dark cocoa, peppermint, and sweet malts. Rich and decadant. Certainly my favorite of all the versions of Yeti out there.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #90. Thanks to waolsen. Black w/ thin brown head. Nutty, roasty aroma is fairly mellow. Boozy, chocolatey roast. Stout is dulled down quite a bit, but the whiskey flavor isn’t overwhelming. Overally, the barrel just seems to have made this beer less interesting.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by pantanap at DLD, thanks Kan! Black botdy with a decent brown head. The aroma is plenty of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. I didn’t get tons of alcohol presence in the nose--which I expected. The flavor is really nice with the whiskey coming through, along with the chocolate and roasted tastes. Thick palate with nice carbonation level.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of boozy whiskey, chocolate, espresso, molasses, roasted malts, vanilla and oak. Pitch black hue with a small brown head that quickly diminished to a ring around the edge. Little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with an alcohol burn. Overall a good Impy but a little too much booze. I prefer most of the other Yeti variants though.
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by DuffmanSW. Been waiting a while to try this sucker. Poured a dark brown color with think dark bubbly head. Aroma was oak, vanilla, booze, spices and brown sugar notes. Taste was very similar. Very good.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Fourth sample on the Friday Night Yeti tour we took in our hotel room the night before Dark Lord Day 2010. Unmistakable Yeti Stout with a soft rounded bourbon theme. Midnight colored body, large frothy head that settles to a nice quarter inch leaving some legs of lacing behind. Burnt and toasted aromas with some faint grassy hops, followed by strong chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Rich and luscious mouth feel with a nice sipping pace. Big stout flavors subdued by smooth bourbon, wood and a trace of vanilla bean. Probably my favorite of the Yeti’s, although the Chocolate is a close second."
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 08-08; bottle 21 of 470. Pours a coal black with an average, pillowy, frothy, dark tan head which settles to a thin froth and leaves sporadic lace rings. Nose is interesting and nice but the complexity of the yeti is masked a bit; notes of spicy alcohol prickling my nose (even after 16 months in the cellar), rich toffee, cinnamon, burnt caramel, molasses, faint leather, charred wood, and a sweet maple hint. Flavor is similar but full of malt flavor; maple and molasses for sure, moderate and cinnamony spice alcohol, more dark chocolate notes, charred wood and burnt caramel, and some light roast moving towards the finish. Palate is interesting; full, soft, velvety, warm, very smooth, but seemingly thin in the finish? Finish has more charred wood and sweet whiskey notes which finally present themselves with some mild French roast notes, dark chocolate, and lingering alcohol spice. I am at a lost for words with this one; I am a lover of the Yeti clan and imperial stouts in general, and I am a whiskey drinker. But this one did not remind me of a whiskey aged beer. The malts completely dominated the hops, which I am usually a fan of, but from an aggressively hopped base beer, it was odd. I don’t know if it was the extensive time it spent in the whiskey barrels or the time I left this in the cellar, but the palate and nose seemed to be a bit subdued and not as interesting as they could have been. Normally a malt forward, rich, whiskey-aged, imperial stout is my dream beer but, to be honest, I liked the other oak aged Yetis better and the original is very close. Honestly, I really did enjoy the beer, despite the price tag, but it is just not at the level of others in the series. Interesting to say the least.
Concealer (1147) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at barrel room. Clear dark red brown with a small brown head. Opaque in the glass. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and light wood. Flavor is the same. Full bodied, oil consistency. Smooth with a dry, roasty, slightly bitter end.