nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchkey DC. Pours an opaque, viscous black with a creamy, lacing brown head. Aroma is coffee, nuts, chocolate, toast, milk chocolate. Flavor is heavy on the coffee, toast, grains, nuts, dark chocolate, a little cherry. Finish is super smooth, a little dry with some coffee bitterness through the end.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap - union jacks - black pour with tan head. Aroma of coffee dominates. Flavor of coffee, licorice, malt, and some alcohol. Really good - flawless for a coffee type stout.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black pour with a creamy tan head. Huge coffee aroma and flavor, along with roasted malt, vanilla, wood, and a hint of hops on the finish. Very good stuff.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Luxurious coffee and dark chocolate offer this Imperial Stout a generous flavor profile, leading to roasted malt bitterness and much satisfaction.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam slowly crumbles into the brown-edged blackness.
-The cushiony carbonation is perfectly calculated with the dextrin levels, sculpting a very comfortable mouthfeel for a dessert brew.
-I can’t say this is complex, but the malt flavors and coffee beans, combined with the excellent mouthfeel, make for a very good Imperial Stout.
-The oak aging adds some personality, but it is overshadowed by the malts and coffee. And I think I prefer it this way.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Bottled on 02/13/2009. Wow this is good stuff, definitely my favorite of the various Yeti barreled beers. Pours a viscous black with a nice collar of tan froth that laces nicely. Strong aromatics with roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominating the nose. The flavor was somewhat different than expected with significantly less bitterness than the standard Yeti. Notes of espresso, ash, cocoa, vanilla and malt sugar with a mild bitterness in the background to keep it from being too sweet. Velvety and creamy mouthfeel that is neither thin nor syrupy. Carbonation is medium and the espresso and ash flavors linger in the finish. Alcohol is masked throughout. Surprisingly the beer isn’t much different after a year in the bottle than it was when I first tried it last March. Perhaps it is slightly smoother, but the difference is subtle. Dangerously drinkable and overall an excellent coffee stout.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce pour on tap. A dark pour brown head .smells a little sweet and boozy .taste of coffee,chocolate, caramel, roasty, .Has a big bitter expresso cream finish
badgerben (4827) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a medium head. Big espresso aroma, with some vanilla and charred oak. Really unexpected flavor... black pepper, spice, ash and smoke. Where the hell did this come from?! Very light espresso, a pinch of vanilla and some roasted malt. I’d put this in the same category as their Chocolate Oak Yeti: enjoyable, but tastes nothing like what the name would suggest.
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared in hotel room after EBF
Appearance : Dark black with creamy brown head.
Aroma : Hops, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Some oaky barrel.
Taste : Roasted malts, hops, lots of coffee, some liquorice. Some oak barrel also. Finish is strong coffee with some hops and roasted malts.
Overall : Nice stuff. Lots of coffee but I like that.
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured deep black-brown with thick dark tan head. Aroma coffee, coffee and more coffee with rich chocolate after tones. Taste was strong coffee and milk chocolate with subtle barrel in there as well. Palate is full rich and chaulky finish. Very delicious and one to enjoy with others. This brew is done very well!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brick Store Pub 6/18/08: Pours an oily opaque black with a well-lacing rich light brown head that coats the glass as it subsides. Aroma of rich roasty espresso and dark chocolate with good woody oaky notes. Body starts with good fullness and dissolved carbonation with sticky dark caramel sweetness balanced with a bittersweet roasty coffee and malty oaky complexity. Finishes slightly drier and very oaky with lingering roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Nicely balanced, complex and assertive, yet drinkable. A great addition to an already great beer.