Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, deep oily black with a dark, dense chocolate head. Roasted coffee and earth in the nose with a bit of sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly mellow, well-rounded flavor for the style with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla oakiness, and rich roasted malt and hops bitterness. Extremely smooth mouth feel--really exceptional--with a long warm, bitter finish.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 I believe this was 2005 (strong hop presence). Enjoyed wtih my cousin Amanda during a visit to Mansfield. Pours an oily black with dark brown hints at the edges. Brownish head. The aroma had vanilla, burnt malt, oak, and citrus hops. The flavor was intense. Burnt malt, vanilla, woody roots and strong wood, strongish hop presence (more than Iíd expected) and alcohol warmth. The body was creamy with woodish tannins. This could use some time to mellow. I think I have an older bottle in my fridge (not a blue/metallic label as this one had). Iíll do a comparison soon. I gave this a 4 mostly due to the potential I see if this gets some age to it.
Though I did not re-rate this officially, I believe I got my hands on an older bottle over Thanksgiving. I found that the hops were much better integrated and the overall brew was more enjoyable. I will bump the pallet up one point as a result, and I will adjust flavor and overall impression to reflect my general thoughts this time around.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark as night with a mocha colored head that dissapated quick leaving a small lacing on the sides of the glass.Sweet burnt aroma.Heavy burnt coffee flavors.The alcohol crept up at the end and warmed going down.
TBone (12323) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (BB 04/2006)
Sampled side by side with normal version, thanks Mads!
Opaque black, small tanned head, roasted, woody, chocolaty aroma. Sweet, hoppy, oaky, roasted, liquerish. Good roasty aftertaste. I liked normal version a bit more.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pitch black with a tan head. Smells like chocolate milk, smoke, oak and malt. Flavor is chocolate, oak, smoke and coffee. Slightly dry finish.
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
big 22 oz bottle (i think?) for $8.99, and well worth every penny. gorgeous brown head on a black beer that ever-so-slightly tints garnet on the side of the glass. toast, roast, coffee beans and vanilla beans own the aroma, but even with the 75 IBUs there isnít a noticeable hops aroma. very slightly alcoholic, but thereís so much thick malt and dark roasted body that the alcohol barely gets noticed. oak is hidden, but still there, especially in the finish. this is one nice stout. not TOO different from the regular Yeti, but both are excellent, excellent beers.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Bottle, shared with a friend. This is a fine beer, indeed. Very dark with ruby tinges on the edges and fizzy head. Chocolate aroma and a creamy palate. Taste is chocolate, hops, malt, and detectable oak character. It seemed to get sweeter the more I drank. Definitely recommended for anyone who likes stouts.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black as the night with a creamy thick brown head. A strong chocolate liquor aroma, with wood, coffee, roasted nuts, and vanilla. A wonderful nose. The beer is thick, smooth and rich in texture. The flavor is dominated by coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The intense sweetness and at times overpowering flavors knocked it down at the end.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle - Pours thick black with a thick creamy brown head that lingers and laces well. I tried the non oak aged version last night and loved it so much that I had to try this one tonight. Aroma is of vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, also some plum, and burnt wood. Taste is still smoky just like the plain old yeti but this has much more of a vanilla flavor. The oak flavor also comes through in this making it seem a little more sweet and smooth. Behind it though there is still that roasted chocolate, coffee flavor that I loved in the regular Yeti. On the palate it actually seems a little more creamy if that is possible. This is divine decadence... Fantastic stout and it definitely belongs in the top 50.
CharmCityHops (12) - Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black hole-like liquid with a dark tan head. It quickly dissapated to a ultra sticky. No light streaming through and limited carbonation after the initial pour.
Deep, thick aromas of alcohol, vanilla and brown sugar sitting in a thick Italian espresso
Taste: Vanilla mixed with tasty roasted malts. Once it warms a bit, you have the oak flavors mingled with the bitter middle and finish. Lingers on the tongue for quite a bit. Middle to heavy mouthfeel, but creamy. Hops linger on the tongue