TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black as midnight and as ethan has taught me this is good. Pretty nice impy that is relatively dry for the style. Big coffee flavors amidst some light oak, vanilla, and roasted malts. A great beer.
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 (613) - 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 (18514) - 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 (5685) - 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 (9412) - Oceanside, 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 (11830) - 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 (3990) - 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.