FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
March 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled May 2009
A solid, but not aggressive pour, sneaks up on me and fills my 25cl tulip glass with three fingers of foam as well as overflowing a bit. The head is a full brown hue that is as dark as I can remember seeing in a long time. The beer is pitch black in color, though it does pass a hint of light around the edges if I really hunt for it (the hue is amber leaning, though it is still pretty opaque). The aroma has a sharp, acrid espresso character to it that is quite noticeable from the get go. The beer is a bit cold so in the microwave it goes for 15 seconds to make it cool. The warming smoothes out the acrid notes a bit, but they still play the dominant role here. Some aromas that do become noticeable though are a charred, blueberry-like, fruitiness, some notes of charcoal, a touch of sweet dark malt, charred tobacco, a toasted brown malt / biscuit maltiness and a touch of chocolate at times. The aroma is a bit simplistic in its overwhelming charred (both espresso and malt) character, though it is not bad.
The beer feels smooth and creamy as it first hits my tongue; it is not overly thick and seems a bit light compared to some heavy Imperial Stouts. Dark chocolate flavors are noticed along with an up front sweetness. Chewy, toasted and burnt whole-grain flavors are here along with a bread / cracker like middle. The finish has a burnt, lingering, roasted bitterness to it; there is also a huge hop bitterness here though, but I donít notice the ample hop flavor presence that is in the regular Yeti. The flavor is somewhat acrid, with a touch of roast derived acidity, but it is quite a bit smoother than the aroma would have suggested. As the beer warms and my palate gets used to it, the beer picks up a lot more roasted fruitiness; notes of burnt prunes, figs and perhaps a touch of raisin are noticeable. It also picks up a touch of dark / roast grain burnt vegetal character at times in the finish, though this is pretty light. The fruit notes are accentuated by the hoppiness and the vegetal note is enhanced by the herbal hop notes. This has a nice, complex sweetness from the dark malt. Some spicy oak accentuates the acrid notes a bit as well as adding a touch of hotness to the finish. The oak is fairly muted overall though.
I definitely like the regular Yeti better as the espresso just makes this a bit too harsh. It is not a bad beer though and I find myself even enjoying it.
Bartzilla (620) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber w/Naven. Pours dark as night with a head that looks like a Yoohoo drink. Flavor is definitely dominated by Espresso with the oak taking a backseat. All said, it is a great balance between the two dominant flavors and as it warmed up, the alcohol began to show. Oaked Yeti on itís own is a great beer. The addition of espresso makes it a welcome diversion and is a pleasing ale Iíd like to drink more frequently.
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous dark brown, almost black pour with a thick, creamy brown head that leaves a thick lacing. Aroma would be better fresh I would guess because it had the smell of old espresso beans with dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, raisins and figs lingering in there. Flavor is wonderfully clean bitter and mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy but a tad thin. Overall, this is delicious and would like to try fresh.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours the usual opaque black with two finger pillow of brown head. Decent retention, amazing lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of oak, vanilla, and cocoa.
Espresso flavor is so intense, it stomps over the great base. However, the base stout is one of my favorite beers ever, so itís hard to knock it!
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 Bomber. Black with a huge brown head. Nose comes off with a huge coffee flavor, chocolates, malts. Any oak is hidden. Taste is very chocolately, coffee, rich, and alcoholic. Very nice and chewy and a bit fluffy. Way too easy to drink. This is a special beer-very well done and Iíll be looking for more bottles of this. 2/23/11: Draft at The Nook Huntsville. Even better than I remember-so smooth, rich like a milkshake. Delicious beer.
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thick black head that lingers. Aroma is roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, and hops. Flavor is creamy chocolate with a hint of earthy coffee, and a lightly bitter long finish.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle- And what a bottle, a black pour of creamy delight! Thick slight tan head with vanilla, creamy roasted malt and mocha. All seasoned with a perfect oak aged essence. Such a pleasure to drink this... to describe in words pales in comparison. If you can get this GET IT, get two and cellar the other. What a fantastic stout - will find this again.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
big one from bob. this is one of the best beers iíve had to date. a nearly perfect balance between hops, malts, and coffee. plus, the abv is perfect.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye and firmbuttstone. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and dark brown with an orange tint. Smelled of chocolate, light roasty malt, molasses, and a hint of booze. Medium to full boded and very roasty with mild to moderate bitterness. I anise, citrus, and chocolate. There wasnít much in the way of distinct coffee, though. Delicious nonetheless.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Jet black, oily, thick with a nice thick dark tan head. Big coffee nose and flavors balanced out with a noticeable hoppy bitterness, mostly on the finish. Very warming and definitely a slow drinker as itís a lot to take in. The flavors are so sharp and biting that they do cloud each other more than Iíd like. Iím thinking a year or so on this and itíd be even better.