Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pouts black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, grains, roasted malt and yeast. Flavor is sweet and malty with some chocolate, coffee, nuts, molasses and roasted malt. Medium to full body, soft carbonation.
Meilby (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 650ml @ Hotel Room, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, licorice, alcohol, and some fruitiness. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, smooth chocolate and licorice finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
CampesinoTino (686) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pitch black with a ring of light brown foam and bubbles. Aroma blends dark fruits, caramelized sugars and Belgian yeast with a bit of chocolate. The taste hits all those notes with a strong emphasis on toffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate upfront leading to some anise, fig, berry and prune flavors. Silky smooth, creamy body with soft carbonation and a semi-sweet, smoky finish. The Belgian yeast adds an interesting dark fruit and herbal component although itís not quite as complex as regular Yeti.
Palme (2695) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.65l bottle from 2D2Dspuma Barcelona. A really good looking big dark brown top on this and the body definitely qualifies within my parameters to be called deep black. Looks like oil with a lovely big head. Remember buying this bottle as a big coincidence one year ago - as I walked out of the store with a backpack heavier than a small mini cab, I saw that the staff at 2D2Dspuma came in the door with a box saying Great Divide, so I turned back in the door - buying this. It smells fantastic rich and deep. Itís not hard identifying the Belgian influences here, but the main role goes to the rich deep roasted sweet malts. There is something about the Yeti that pushes the right button inside my nose. Itís sweet with chocolate and it has this dark malty roastiness that I really like. A little bit of coffee acidity that cuts through the sweetness mixed with lots of fresh tobacco also and itís just fantastic. The beer itself has a soft carbonation level and a nice really gliding light oily mouthfeel. Not as thick and cutty as the original yeti. Really Lingering flavors after the first sip. The roastiness it there, but so is also that Belgian influences. I donít want to call it acidic cause itís not but itís hard to put other words on it. The sweetness sticks in the flavor as well and it has this chocolaty dark cocoa bitterness on between all the sweetness. I also get a vanillaish and woody flavor here. No doubt that this is a massive and impressive beer as Iím sipping it in my Mikkeller glass. In the finish i get a little warming sensation on the back of the tongue. Lovely lovely stuff and Iím really glad I turned around in the store door that lovely warm day in Barcelona. Just noticed now that the bottle says best before Now 2012. Trust me, I highly doubt that it has become any worse since. 09.08.2013
BOSSbrewer (1027) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Chocolate and coffee. Roasty. Very nice beer. Rated with other app.
suprchunk (1799) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour. Small tan head that persists for a good while. Plenty of tight lacing. A coffee and sour aroma. Then chocolate. Pleasant. A tart coffee flavor. Big notes of chocolate. A little sour, but balanced quite well with a malty sweetness. Some molasses. Pretty good.
Lupulucid (168) - - JUL 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled Jun 6, 2012. Rated July 12, 2013. A boozy nose makes the introduction. The Belgian yeast adds interesting and appealing character without taking things too far off standard. Yeasty flavors are prominent but typical imperial stout notes dominate. This is a thick, chewy beer and fantastically complex. In addition to hints of bread and toasty grains, there are hints of bitter chocolate, and dark cherry. A touch of sweetness and an appealing chalky mouthfeel.
Mora2000 (5141) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown to black pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, charred and roasted malt, and Belgian yeast. The flavor is Belgian yeast, anise, mint, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 8, 2012 bottle date; Sampled June 2013
In the midst of a power outage in the height of summer (got to a 113 deg F today), typing away in the dark, it seems fitting to end the night with an Imperial Stout. A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, pale chocolate brown tinged head. The beer is simply black in color and is quite opaque. The aroma is quite rich and roasted, it smells of coffee liquor, huge dark chocolate aromatics, with layers of burnt dark fruit (raisins, prunes and figs all seem to beer here), sharper notes of charred wood, burnt grain husks, amply roasted whole grain toast, and roasted molasses notes are all quite noticeable in the nose. As the beer warms a touch of savory and smoky character starts to come through a bit, and the fruitiness becomes a bit more accentuated as well.
Rich, thick, and chewy as I take my first sip, there is a rich dark malt sweetness here that doesnít get overly sweet, and this finishes with a savory, dark malt richness that almost reminds me of smoked sea salt somehow. Concentrated dark chocolate notes, a touch of espresso, perhaps a hint of sweet, smoky soy sauce, and some concentrated, but not really sweet molassess like notes are found here. The Belgian yeast character is fairly soft here, there is a definite, accentuating fruitiness here that brings out flavors of burnt prunes and roasted figs, it perhaps is what brings out the smoky character from the roasted notes. The beer actually has quite a bit of carbonation to it, it even gets a bit fizzy if you leave it on the tongue for a bit, this plays well with the rich, dense body, and in fact this beer doesnít seem overly heavy on the palate; it is quite appropriate for an Imperial Stout that I am enjoying in the heat of a no power, Arizona Summer night.
This has aged quite well with a year on it; the belgian yeast character is restrained enough that it doesnít intrude or clash with the concentrated malt character. It is interesting to taste an unhopped version of Yeti, especially since the regular version is so over the top hoppy when it is fresh; the malt character here is really qutie rich, and amply appropriate for an Imperial Stout, really it is the malt focus that makes this beer as tasty as it is. I have a feeling this will age quite well, and wonder how much different a fresh one is.
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 Bottled. Smell of coffee and cocoa. Pours jet black with little brown head. Taste coffee, chocolate, cocoa. Huge mouthful and its a drinkable beer. You need to like imperial stouts to enjoy this.