theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep black color with a big, creamy brown head. Lots of flavors: chocolate, vanilla, hops, wood/bourbon (with the vanilla), and others. Sweet and very hoppy; although the sweetness wins out. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, little to no alcohol burn, and great balance.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing what a little oak aging will do to a stout. Aroma was hops and malts. Very sweet. Flavor was crazy big. Tons of roasted goodness, sweet, chocolate, just really complex. As this warmed in the snifter, the flavor just became bigger and bigger. Warming alcohol content although very well balanced and hidden. 22oz bomber I sharded with a friend. Would have been too much to tackle alone.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16 fl. oz. bottle. Brownish, light, but small, head that sticks to the glass. Potent sweet malty aroma. Smells sickly sweet. The taste is oily and sweet. Soft roastiness. Dark chocolate. Clearly high in alcohol. Very little oak aroma and almost no oak taste. This beer is more like a dark IPA than an imperial stout. Surprisingly little roastiness. Well balanced.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is their Yeti Imperial Stout which they "age" or condition, on a blend of French and toasted oak chips to simulate oak aging. This extra step gives an already fantastic beer another dimension.
Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout pours to a pitch black color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate to soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is mellower than the regular Yeti, and aromas of vanilla and oak marry with aromas of sweet malt, dark chocolate and piney hops. The palate is fat and round on the tongue with a multitude of complex flavors. Sweet and dark malt, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, vanilla bean, and woody oak can all be found on the palate of this beer. The body is rich and full, but soft and drinkable. Oak Aged Yeti finishes with more complex malt, vanilla, and oak flavors, then ends with some hop bitterness and more vanilla and oak flavors that linger.
I really enjoyed the Oak Aged Yeti. The aromas and flavors of vanilla and oak, give this beer more character, and make it more of an Imperial Stout in my opinion. What I found lacking in the regular Yeti Imperial Stout, has been gained in the Oak Aged version, and I enjoy this version better. At 9.5% abv it is a beer to be sipped and savored. That enjoyment comes with a price however, as Oak Aged Yeti in my market is a bit more expensive coming in at $7 a 22oz bottle.(about a $1 more than regular Yeti) I say it is worth it, and Oak Aged Yeti is a great beer to enjoy as an after work beer, or a beer to enjoy with a rich desert.
larsga (6809) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium dark brown creamy head with larger bubbles. Utterly opaque black body. Deep, sweet aroma of burnt licorice, coffee, and wild berries, with notes of bread and oil. Very harmonic; I could just sit and smell this for ever. Deep, sweet, burnt taste of chocolate, hops, and roastiness. Burnt marzipan flavours linger. Huge amounts of hops can be detected, but they blend in nicely with the rest. Caramel, nicely, vaguely burnt. Velvety, oily, seductive mouthfeel. Mellow. Lovely! Fantastic! One of the best beers I’ve had.
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@highlandlad’s - thanks to jokes for the excellent trade! great aroma on this - rich porty barley wine fatness with an edge of roast. the flavour is a bit more contentious in my book. big, full body with heaps of roast, vegemite, stonefruit, and high alpha pineyness but then the flavour is absolutely MURDERED by an extremely crude and laughably obvious layering of oak and vanilla, which dries and flattens the beer, like sucking on a plank. what a joke!
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Opaque black pour with generous brown head. Fluffy, yet dense... Fruity, roasted malt aroma. Woodsy, vanilla, iron also are aromas I pick up. Silky, oily mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt are the dominant flavors. Complex with the presence of hops in the middle/finish. I catch a lingering sweet presence among the roasted bitterness in the finish. Lots of hops in the finish, maybe a touch too much for my liking...A very good beer in any event.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Pours black with brown head, mostly diminishing. The aroma is big and roasted, lots of chocolate, fruity esters, and vanilla, some citrus hops, a bit of alcohol. The flavor is very dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, a touch of citrus comes at the end. The texture is thick, creamy and luxurious. The finish is long and warming.
Crit (3605) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black,generous lasting brown head.Aroma of chocolate and dry malt.Flavor of chocolate,coffee,vanilla, medium hop finish,medium alcohol heat.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a deep reddish-brown head on a black body. Malty aroma with some floral hops. Sweet-bitter malty taste with some fruits. Thick body with a strong alcohol warming effect.