danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with oobawa. Nose of wonderful dark chocolate, oak, raisin, espresso and mocha. Pours a thick and creamy coffee brown with a huge creamy medium brown head. Flavors are creamy chocolate, flavorful oak, burnt malt, coffee and a vanilla bean note. Mouth is full and chewy. Alcohol grows through the drink and begins to muddle the flavors. Need to get a few more of these to age to perfection.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black color, no light shining through. Excellent beige head, but it fades quickly and leaves nearly no lace.
Smells like a malted chocolate milk shake. I detect no espresso or even coffee, but I do note some hop in the background.
Rich and thick; slightly oily from the alcohol. Strong dark chocolate flavors. Again, no real coffee/espresso tastes here. The finish and aftertaste features a generous amount of balancing hops to the bittersweet cocoa. This is a deceptively easy to drink Imperial Stout.
cgarvieuk (14195) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at DLD ...Deep black ... good coffee roast nose ... smooth coffee roast ... bitter hop front ... big roast ... good solid coffee
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, with a fat brown head. Really nice aroma - you can definately smell the coffee and oak, plus some cherry and winey notes, too. Very rich palate. Nice mix of coffee and oak flavors, too, although these flavors seem a little at odds with each other. Overall, though its very tasty.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick brown head. The aroma pours out of this one--huge coffee aroma, one of the strongest I’ve had to date. The mouthfeel is great, with perfect carbonation. Flavor is straight out coffee with just a hint of alcohol burn in the finish. Great brew.
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL into snifter. Pours pitch black with a one finger ultra dark brown head. Spotty lacing. Aroma of espresso, vanilla, maple syrup, molasses, grapefruit hops. Taste at first is coffee ice cream with espresso and charred oak with a cardboardy dryness at the end. But as this warms it is almost like a double IPA very similar to the Hercules Double IPA actually. Great grapefruit hops balancing shows through with a dry, bitter finish. Very interesting.
FatPhil (9287) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Black, tiny head. Rich roasty aroma, some coffee. Decent carbonation, smooth palate. Way too much coffee in the taste. I could mix any shit lager with coffee and get this taste. Vanilla’s absolutely enormous too. Some may be good, but more is not better. Cocoa powder, cocoa powder... Does cover the alcohol well though. Hedonistically - I had to give the overall an OK score, you’ll notice. ;-)
Butters (3747) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 Sampled at Beerhawk’s Beer Gods in the Boro, aka 1000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, By God Beer God Gathering, BG1K Tasting. Black pour with small ring of light brown head. Light coffee bean nose with a weird sweetness. Oakey, coffee, woody, some alcohol burn. Lots of coffee nuances. Would be good if allowed to cellar a bit. But I think I still prefer the original yeti over these oak aged versions. rerated with a small bit of age on it. Better.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Turd for the sample of this oily, perky treat. Gorgeously gloopy pour, with a thinnish cafe au lait head. Huge coffee nose is soooo appealing. (Those mooks in the Carolina Crew know that I automatically rate anything with coffee just a bit higher.) A very rich flavor and silky mouthfeel too. To me, I’d score this just a bit higher if the oaking wasn’t lost just a tad. But it’s still a wonderful impy, with coffee that complements rather than overpowers. BAM.
BigBeer45 (1248) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Champanes, pour is very black with a dark chocolate shake bubbled head, I find the Great Divide Impys to have great presentations, aroma of dark strong coffee, dark roasted malt, chocolate and milk chocolate, some dark malt and brown sugar sweetness, some oak influence in the background, faint scents of burnt malt in the background, flavor of strong coffee (maybe some burnt coffee?), dark roasted malt, some dark malt and dark brown sugar sweetness, I would prefer a little more sweetness in this ale to counter the bitterness but that is me, there is a good dose of roasted malt bitterness and/or astringency or the combination of both the malt bitterness and burnt coffee, anyway, this had a lot of bitterness on the tongue and got old buy the end of the bottle, the oak was was more evident on the nose than the palate, if you dig a bitter and strong coffee Impy Stout, you will like this ale, I prefer the regular Yeti over the Espresso variety.