GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour with dark brown head. Coffee aroma hits you during the pour.. The head is thick, like a frothy dessert. Taste is complex- roasted malt, coffee, slightly burnt malts, vanilla, wood. Leaves a lasting great taste in the mouth.- has a bit dryness, some sweetness, all around great taste.
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 Rerate: 2011 sampling showed no vegetal components, or even a notable contribution from hops. Mainly the aroma and flavor were dominated by the coffee and heavy caramel. Quite good and a pleasure to drink. Will up the rating from 3.7 to 4.1.
Weird smell. There’s certainly a vanilla-ey oak, chocolate and maybe some coffee. It also seems a bit vegetal, like stewed green beans or asparagus. Further in there’s some burnt char woodiness. Wow, very smooth and rounded in the mouth, but then the weird vegetal stuff comes back in the flavor, leading to a moderate astringency towards the middle, with a long slightly bitter oaky finish. I can get a little more coffee in the flavor but its still buried in there. Impressed with the palate but the aroma/flavor combo just leaves a bit to be desired, and its more one-dimensional than you’d expect. Maybe its because Yeti is already a pretty hoppy stout, the herbal nature of them hops is clashing with the coffee oak to create that weird vegetal character? As dark as ever though, with a heavy brown head and good lacing.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily black color with a nice thick chocolate looking head. Noticeable espresso in the aroma but not overpowering. Also a good dose of chocolate and a hint of smoke. This one’s not as woody as the oak yeti but there is a wood presence. The espresso is there and there’s a solid dark chocolate presence as well. I can dig it.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 Oz bottle purchased at Rozi’s in Lakewood. Big foamy head on this stout. Woah momma is it big time foam. The aroma is actually not that relevant. It just smells like a mild stout. No special oak or coffee busting through there, I though my nose was broked. However, the flavor brings it home. The espresso adds this nice little layer to the flavor, but does so at the expense of the a little balance. This is like a drunken 3-way teeter-totter of oak, espresso and sugary stoutness. Not a bad beer, but could use a longer resting time with the wood to give it more earthy and less sugary taste. I must say, it sure does go down really well, which is nice considering the amount going on with the beer.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with a huge foamy rich brown head. Aroma is huge espresso coffee, cocoa, licorice, roasted barley.
Flavor is espresso, roasted barley, chocolate, licorice, vasnilla, oak, and a touch of chocolate and hop bitterness in the finish.
Fantastic brew, the espresso is very well integrated and the mouthfeel is slick and creamy. Good stuff.
BuckeyeBoy (2607) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours out a black topped with a nice tan head. Aroma holy Oak batman we need to let this one sit a little longer. But still the aroma was more oak along with bitter coffee and some sweet roast. Tast was more of the oak. i think this was the most oak I have ever had on a beer. More on the tast a nice coffee along with some vanilla. thanks Ditmier for this one.
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thick, foamy dark tan head. Aroma of oak, bitter coffee grounds, and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is quite oaky with only mild roasted malt and vanilla. The oak really dominates the flavor and the coffee notes do not really come through. They should rename this beer "Super Oak Aged Yeti."
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, mocha more than straight espresso, earthy hops, oak. Flavor has milk chocolate coming up against oak and bittering hops. Not really enough espresso flavor to me for a beer labeled as such, I feel like I got as much espresso/coffee flavor as I would expect to find in an impy *not* infused with espresso. Hops also seem to detract from the coffee and sweeter chocolate notes and really overpower the finish and aftertaste. Seems the more I drink this and the more I write about it the less I like it...
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BConley for sharing the bomber. Thick black pour, very motor oil like and a thick tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, oak and espresso aroma, vey complex and very nice. Thick chewy chocolate, oak and vanilla taste. Lots of chocolate milkshake consistency going on, smooth and roasty. Excellent.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by DuffmanSW with Hophead22, courtesy Mikeandi. Pours pitch black with a head the consistency and color of chocolate mousse. Aroma is sweet vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, slight alcohol and some earthiness. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, with a long and dry bitter finish. Palate is smooth as silk with nice soft carbonation. This stuff is boss.