onceblind (6172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a lingering dark beige head. Has a deep roasty chocolate aroma with a light fruityness that is enchanting, dark malts, molasses, classic Yeti complexity. Flavor is a full palate bomb, like all Yetis and any good impy stout. Deep big smoky chocolate, molasses, with a nice light fruity middle. Typical Yeti with someinteresting mild fruit tones in the middle, but something just doesn’t excite me. Maybe it’s not fruity enough? I dunno. It’s outstanding, but expected.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick tan head. Light, tiny spotted lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of yeast. Well, flavor is much of the same. However, I get some lingering esters in the finish. Medium to full body. A good beer, but I think the regular Yeti is better.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in another Duvel snifter: Nearly opaque minus the amber highlights around the edges, small but lasting frothy beige head and good lace. The aroma has notes of toffee, coffee, roast, char, grains of paradise, bakers chocolate, molasses, dirty cellars, and some tobacco. Some Belgian yeast earthiness but not enough to counteract the lack of hops for complexity. The taste is more of the same, sort of dull honestly. Simple sugars, molasses, caramel, chocolate, vanilla but without a hop bitterness to kick it into gear. At least the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti had the peppery note to help it, this just lays there wanting to be abused. The Belgian yeast character needs to either be more dominate or not be here at all, right now it is sort of a stick in the mud. The mouth feel is more of the same, lame and oily. This brew lacks any definition and is an letdown to the Yeti lineup. Mikey is sad.
TheJestersBeer (2291) - SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle. (Rating #300)
Black with dark brown tinge, brown head.
Very rich aroma, lots of roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate, coffee beans, earth, yeast, mint, charcoal.
Off-dry, full bodied and then some, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Rich beyond belief. Roasted malts, chocolate, ground coffee beans, ashes, smoke, charcoal, yeast, earth, faint hops, extremely smooth.
For heaven’s sake, Mr Yeti - take me home and marry me!!! (2011-09-08)
italianjohn (2600) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour thin tan head light sticky lacing .... aroma is a mix of chocolate and fruity belgian yeast which was actually not bad at all ... taste is the same chocolately and fruity berry like with a dry roasted feel ... bitter dark chocolate and roasted caramel malts in there as well with a bitter hop in the finish dry and tasty brew .... definitely changes the flavor slightly but not offensive at all ... really good brew
Tmoney99 (12420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, coffee and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted black coffee malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good beer.
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark espresso brown/black with dark tan head. A relatively subdued aroma, pleasant, cocoa, dried fruit, rock candy, coffee.. upon tasting its big, some not unpleasant heat, warming, bittersweet, creamy.. quite good, though the aroma and flavors don’t quite pop enough to warrant a huge score.
TheEpeeist (3608) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown that manages some brief tan webbing. Nose is chocolate, zwieback, hazelnut and light roast. Medium body with a tingle; a bit less to chew on than the other Yetis. Taste is chocolate, raisin and plum. Hints of coffee bean, grass and cayenne.
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intriguing for sure. This may grow on me in time. Maybe its still a bit too early for an Imperial Stout, I may have to rerate in the winter. It had a very nice roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toast aroma from a black pour with only a minimal head. The flavor had the same as the aroma along with some fruit, maybe cherries. Nice long lasting finish with a warm feel on the throat.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Bottled June 2011.
Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and decent lacing for an Imperial Stout.
Aroma: Mostly smells like a standard RIS (chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice) with just a touch of fruity, musty and spicy Belgian yeast.
Taste: Quite fruity overall, which plays very nicely over the roasted characteristics of milk chocolate, coffee and molasses. Ends slightly spicy.
Palate: Full-bodied but not nearly as thick as other Yetis. Silky, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Not at all harsh for a fresh Imperial Stout.
Overall: Besides for the added fruitiness, this does not seem very Belgian. However, the yeast likely helped lighten and mellow the beer, as if it had been aged for years. Deliciousness incarnate.