leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Birthday gift for the wife (yes, I am blessed). Bottled Feb. 09, consumed 11.27.09. Thick black with moderate brown but otherwise unremarkable head. Aroma of obvious chocolate, tart cherries, espresso beans, sherry, and a metallic soy sauce. Hints of green apple and fruitcake. Flavors were initially richly sweet with chocolate, espresso, ripe red berries and tart cherries, so basically congruent to the nose, and then a delayed onset of what became a long, intensely bitter, chalky, salty finish. A massive beer. Better than the regular Oak-Aged version we tried a couple months ago, which was bottled at the same time and so a little younger. But man, awesome awesome stuff.
JPDIPSO (5588) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black color with a small light brown head. Big piney aroma starts things out. Tar, caramel and coffee also wander about in the background. Some strong chocolate liqueur also comes out over time. Sweet start. Charred wood, coffee, pine hops all in the flavors. LIght alcohol in the finish and into the linger. Slightly warming. I still am quite sure I prefer the regular Yeti.
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 a bold beer. smell was vanilla, malty, alcohol. taste went other directions. bitter, coffee, hops. march 5, 2009 batch. very good.
UPDATE: 2010 batch. TONS of oak and espresso. super roasty. the OAK/ROAST thing was pretty overwhelming this time around. great beer, but i prefer the regular oak aged yeti.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to daknole. Coffee and vanilla balance in the aroma, with a healthy dose of dust-before-the-rain in the background. Brown-black pour, dark tan head, good retention. Flavor blends a dark, earthy coffee with a vanilla sweetness from the oak, any roasted stouty components are thoroughly in the background. Itís neither the best coffee beer nor the best barrel beer Iíve had, but it does blend those additives in a very nice harmony. Full bodied, smooth drinking, drowns the abv in a lot of flavor. Very nice beer.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #250! This stuff was amazing! Bottle 2/05. Thick black pour, thick tan head. Thick coating of the mouth, great flavor and balnce!. Hope to find more.
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared courtesy of awiseman on my birthday. Aroma is tons of coffee. Appearance is deep brown with a dark tan head. Tastes of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee beans, especially in the finish. A very good stout.
troopie (2293) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Black with thick beighe head. Aroma of oak, roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Full malty flavour with chocolate and coffee notes. Lasting lingering malt finish. Makes a good dessert by itself
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma light vanilla and roast malts. Pours a nice black and huge chocolatey head. Flavors of burnt malt, coffee and oak meld nicely Palate is medium and finish is espresso bean. Overall nicely done.
bvc (1239) - Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep black with a thick and rich burnt tan head that leaves some sticky lacing. Roasty...slightly chard malt, coffee, molasses, licorice, oak, vanilla. Nice balance on the nose. Body is lighter than I was anticipating. Sweet and smooth up front with sweet dark fruity notes. Moves right into balanced coffee flavor and then some bitterness on the end. Also pick up vanilla oak notes throughout. Super smooth and drinkable with the abv well subdude. Nice stuff.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 08 from W&CP. Pours pitch black with foamy tan head. Strong aroma of coffee over dark malts and chocolate. Flavor is relatively smooth and complex, strong black coffee, very slight undertone of dark red fruits, also slightly sour/acidic in the finish. I imagine this will only get better with age, too bad I donít have another.