RussianDragon (449) - - AUG 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle is 2011 vintage. Pours a near black with a wispy beige edge head and spotty lacing. Aroma is whiskey upfront, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is same with hot booze presence throughout.
Thick and viscous mouthfeel, carbonation is muted, and a warming alcohol finish. From Johanson tasting notes 3/3/12.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beast! Dark brown, burnt caramel at the edges. Almost zero lacing. Nice whisky nose, chocolate, vanilla, mild resinous hops. Palate is sweet, slightly hot, a bit bitter on the finish but far less so than, say, oaked Yeti. Simply amazing stuff.
From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance here is very very good. Black liquid with red highlights around the edges, a frothy head receding into a great crown and thick lacing.
Scent is booze, wood, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Classic Yeti scent is there but pretty far in the background. I like this because I have a thing for bourbon barrel imparted scents.
Nothing like an aged Yeti. Truth be told, of the other three Yeti, I enjoyed the regular the most, and that is likely because it was aged enough to let the hop forwardness of the beer die a bit. Espresso Yeti was my least favorite, and it was the most fresh. No coincidence that since this one has had some time on it, I enjoyed it quite a bit as well. Barrel imparted flavor is very present here, so much so as to pretty much overshadow the Yeti. It manages to be smooth and low in carbonation with a thick bodied mouthfeel. While I like this quite a bit, I do wish that I could taste more Yeti in here. Surprisngly it’s not extremely hot.
Overall this is a solid effort and a good solid bourbon aged beer, but were it not for the label, I’d have a difficult time finding the Yeti in here. Perhaps a little lighter on the barrel stay would yield a more rich experience. I am nitpicking however, this is an A beer.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to whoever opened a bottle of this at DLD ’09. This one was a lot of bourbon in both the nose and the flavor. So delicious!
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My only beef was the medicinal/rubbing alcohol aroma that I got. I did smell a lot of pine and juniper which was one of the most special things about this beer. I loved the hops used and was happy to be drink this beer with the 75 IBU’s. Smooth beer over all. Great balance. So happy. That floral quality was in this beer. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got bottle from great divide in denver during GABF. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma has notes of dried friut, with hints of vanilla and coffee. very smooth with hints of bourbon. overall a great beer.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown black with a beige head. Aromas of rich bourbon, oak, and alcohol. Rich malt flavors of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and bitter roast. Holy crap this is amazing
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle from Dchmelas super sixpack shipper. Thanks buddy! Black as night with a great creamy. Brown long lasting head. Chocolate, espresso smooth oak flavor. Bold! You will love this beer!
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The full intensity of the yeti with an added layer of oak. thick and bold like a hoppy/malty motor oil. Rich with chocolate and coffee tones.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma- massive whiskey, roasted notes, chocolate, plums, figs, booze
Appearance- black with a whispy white head
Taste- huge whiskey sweetness upfront, caramel, dark fruits, roasted notes, alcohol heat, lingering whiskey on the backend
Palate- great body and nice mouthfeel on this one
Overall- So glad that I got to try this one. Superbly complex and thought-provoking. A rich, powerful BA stout that was a fantastic treat.