RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, dark chocolate milk-colored head, foamy and lasting. Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel aroma. Oak taste discernable over dark chocolate bitterness. Very thick, very full. Toffee aftertaste. Holy crap, I like this beer.
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to BierBauch for this one. 22 oz bomber Pours a motor oil black with a medium tan head. Aroma is oak, chocolate, french vanilla, and kind of hoppy. Taste is wonderfully creamy, sweet, coffee, chocolate, more vanilla. Palate is heavy, sweet and abrupt, yet pleasing nonetheless. Very nice Imperial Stout. Glad I have the 22 oz bottle so I can enjoy another glass full.
Mumpu (46) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black with a creamy tan head. This is indeed a "tamed" version of Great Divide’s Yeti with the same rich body and complex flavor as in the original rounded into a less overwhelming package. I found the oak flavor to be quite restrained.
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 (7219) - 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 (1325) - 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.