henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle poured a viscous black beverage so black that the most intense light can not begin to pierce it. There was a small, tan, creamy head that lasted throughout and left wonderful lacing on the glass. Just like its Great Divide cousin, the head resembled the froth on top of a perfectly made cup of espresso. The aromas were beautifully complex with the hop character coming out on top giving it an almost sherry-like quality. Chocolate and coffee were plainly noticeable as well. The body was very full with soft carbonation and a syrup like smooth texture. The oak aging has smoothed out the rough edges and can just be made out in the flavor which started off moderately sweet (dried plums?) and slowly changed character during the long finish to a light bitterness (coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate) accompanied by a slight alcohol warmth.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] Pours a dark ruby/brown color- nearly black. Aroma is excellent- fruity sweetness and definitely oak. Favors are exceptionally smooth. Chocolate, mild roasted coffee, dark fruits like plum and fig. Finishes long and smooth, with oak and hops remaining. An excellent brew that definitely lives up to the hype.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown,almost black appearance with a little bit of a medium brown head at first. A heavy malt-chocolate aroma is quite strong. A suprisingly smooth and sweet taste for an Imperial Stout. Velvety texture that did not disappoint. Not bad at all.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A mostly lasting large creamy brown head tops up a pitch opaque black body. particles. bubbles. Aroma presents malt being heavy roasted /nutty/burnt/cacao while hops are moderate grapefruit / orange ... Yeast character is light Also, there are evident evocations of oak aging... vanilla, bourbon, smoke. Initial flavor is heavily chocolated/coffee/burnt malt while development present evident hop bitterness. Very pleasant. Finish is long . full body... creamy texture... Soft carbonation...
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ]
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 I must admit that I am still recovering from a sore throat and a bad cough as i am tasting this brew so my rating may be affected by my sore palate. Overall I felt this was a little too bitter, but i guess thats what can be expected from a imp. stout aged in oak. flavor is roasted malts, some coffee, and a semi-sweet (bitter) chocolate with a strong bite of hops at the end. A nice imperial, but not my favorite. Like i said, a little too bitter for my liking.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one has been sitting around for a month or so, I think itís time has come. Pours a opaque black with a awesome medium-dark tan head that fades to a bubbly film over the tar pit in my snifter. Whoa! The aroma is strong, smells like a wood yard! Heavy wood aroma, with some vanilla and some whiskey. The flavor has a lot of pine and vanilla, along with some bourbon, toffee, smoke, coffee, straight alcohol, some bakers chocolate but that is very subdued on account on the huge oak and vanilla flavor perhaps. More flavors seem to come out as it warms giving it a bit more balance than from when it was chilled. The body seemed a bit thin for the style, while this beer is in fact full bodied, there is no richness nor chewiness over the tounge and it finishes a bit dry...odd. Despite that it does become very roasty/toasty and holds a nice pleasant bitter coffee finish. Wow, this was one roller coaster ride of a beer...offensive...then complex and subtle...but still giving a good bite...even though it shouldnít. I only wish I would have bought a regular Yeti impy stout to compare side by side. Perfect way to finish off my St. Patricksís Day night...a dry Imperial Stout.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A huge aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, and oak. Pours a deep rich black with a tan head. Complex mixture of flavors include coffee, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2009 1. Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 30/09/2005
Black rich on the palate and strong in alcohol. Slightly dry bitter roast finish.
2. On Tap at the Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver 13/10/2008
Some bourbon fruit and roast aromas. Small tan head. Black very strong in alcohol rich on the palate and fruity. A little dryness in a crisp and bitter coffee roast finish.
3. From the Bottle at Indulgences Etc, Denver 23/09/2009
Beige head. Big hop aroma. Very strong in alcohol and hoppy with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter roast finish.
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Itís a freakin black hole. Hold your glass up to a light if you drink this and see if any rays pass through. My current glass is a St. Bernardus snifter. There was a nice brown head about a fingerís worth on the top of the beer when I finished filling up my glass from the 22 ounce bomber. The head lasted about 2 minutes and then became a ring around the inside of the glass. You canít see the carbonation bubbles rising to the top; remember this is a black hole.
The aroma is hops! Yeah! And you can also get the aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. To me this is one of the best smelling things I ever smelt. (Hell yeah!) Now Iíd say the hop smell is herbal and hits your nose well before you get the glass near it. If I sit here an inhale the bouquet long enough I can smell the alcohol and it is like rubbing alcohol. So, I quit doing that. Iím not even half way through this bottle and Iím feeling that 9.5% ABV. (Hell yeah!)
This one has a flavor whilst in your mouth and then as you swallow and then that aftertaste. In your mouth you can get a note of sweetness through the hops though there is a definite battle going on for your taste buds. I also got hints of the roasted malts and the chocolate malts. Now swallow it. Bang! Hops win! Hops win! In the end there is a bit of a bitter after taste on the back of the tongue.
The body of this stout is surprisingly light. I think the carbonation is just right. Iíd drink it if it were flat. Itís smooth and I could drink it all night. My only problem is that I only have 1 other bottle waiting in the wings.
The beerís overall ease of consumption is great! This is Heaven in a bottle.
It seems Yetis get better the older they get.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One hell of a beer. For a stout this damn strong, it has an incredible sweetness and smoothness to it. It goes down incredibly easy and has rich delicious chocolate and oat flavors.