Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is absolutely opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), trace hops (resin), with notes of cardboard, wood, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, woody. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. As with Oak Chip Yeti, I’m not as wild about this compared with regular Yeti...but it’s still pretty good. The aroma has dulled a lot (I actually rated this side-by-side with regular Yeti, and it’s not nearly as enticing in the malt department), it’s got the expected cardboardy style of oxidation that is typical with aged stouts, though it’s thankfully mild. The aging has seemed to procure more wood than whiskey, though not quite as harshly so as the oak chipped version. Thicker mouthfeel than regular Yeti, but definitely more burning. So, all in all...good, but I definitely prefer plain Yeti. And because this is already 20 months old and dulled, it really has nowhere further to evolve in the bottle...what they really should do is bottle condition regular Yeti...now THAT I would cellar for 6-8 months and expect to improve.
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.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 100th Imperial Stout rating. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Looks kind of watery though. There is a lot of alcohol aroma in the nose. The flavor sooooo hot. There is some chocolate and bourbon. Seems thin too.
skraus708 (8) - oak park, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark body with beige head. tastes of roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a bitter ending, bitterness comes off a little strong. overall a good drink
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown sepia, thin tan head. chocolate, plum, bit of sugar. Very sweet flavor, more plum with substantial roast, light bitterness through the finish, bit of dark fruit and light heat.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from MatlOMeal shared at the Houston Impy Stout II Tasting. Thanks! Pours a beautiful slightly off-black with a nice dark tan head. Aroma is very subtle- almost TOO subtle- pancake syrup, sweet notes of chocolate-infused alcohol, and a touch of caramel. Flavor is a rush of hopped-up, syrup-soaked, sweet-breaded bourbonized stout. Thinner-than-expected mouthfeel. Not bad, but I’ve had this beer before; I need something to set it apart.
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oily black with a deep brown head. Whiskey smoke and dark black fruit blend with the nutty roasted malts, a hint of vannila and pumpernickel. Medium to full bodied. Bitter black malt, bready with just a hint of whiskey and bitter chocolate. The finish is full and lingering. I remember enjoying this one more the last time had it, still a quality beer by all means but I was a little disapointed. I’ll have to give this one another try soon.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 bottling, consumed in 2008: Jet black. Thick beige head hangs around with persistence. Nose of chocolate fudge, unripe plums, licorice, coconut, pungent oak, cottony roast, sherry, and caramelized marshmallow. Soft and snug carbonation. Viscous fudge-laden body is cut by assertive oak-heavy tannins, clean alcohol, and a succulent coconut burst. Lush tinges of marshmallow and a mild port-steeped plum and blackcurrant combo adhere to the palate, temporarily keeping the oak at bay. Wood reemerges, though it remains considerably soft and minimally tannic or biting. Somewhat sawdusty. Vivacious snap of char reveals hints of burnt cookies which helps allay the slick fruitiness. Unripe dark fruit esters tarnish the chewier, deeper maltiness toward the finish. Closes fudge-heavy and fairly gooey, with accents of coconut and zingy tannins intertwined with limp oak and raisin. While the malt has relinquished much of its luster and delicacy to the time spent in the barrel, much to my surprise it’s still pretty solid given its age.
SrSilligoose (3091) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 shared by jeff. thanks! notes of doughy cocoa bourbon and a touch of vanilla sweetness. mouthfeel is a bit loose. prefer regular yeti. barrel seemed to tear away the pleasant, relatively clean roast and chocolate character of base beer. okay.
peteinSD (1244) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
’11 bottle from Scott - thanks! Black pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is oak,whiskey,and the tart, fruit notes of an infection - awesome! Taste is dominated by a tart, balsamic note followed by light roast, and whiskey. Kinda reminds me of Lost Abbey Sinner’s ’10 with some whiskey. Pretty enjoyable for an infected beer but not what I had in mind.