aracauna (2855) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This isnít a bad little beer and may be the answer to those who donít like the barrel-aged fad. You donít get the bourbon or whiskey tones that accentuate the vanilla in this one, but you do get a pretty noticeable oakiness that melds perfectly into the relatively dry, chocolate malt of the the beer. Not the fruitiest of beers, but it does have a bit of cooked raisins and brown sugar.
Aurelius (3444) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really delicious raisiny, winey, chocolate candy aroma. Impressive viscous pour, clingy beer and tan head -- looks like used motor oil. Tangy, gingery, roast nut flavor. Impressive balanced bittering, moderate backend sweetness. Meaty body, long satisfying bitter finish. Sweet on the lips. Looking at the pour, I was afraid that this was going to be a soy sauce affair, but I am duly impressed. This was worth the $7.49/bottle, itís a world-class beer. Head and shoulders over regular Yeti.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfection in many ways. Much like the standard Yet, a wonderfull aroma. Beautiful in the English pint. Hoppy but balanced enough. Silky mouthfeel. Bold chocolate and roasted nut flavors. Finishes like pure satisfaction. Perhaps a bit more complex in the flavor profile than regular yeti. Very nice and a very big beer.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Pours black with a small brown head. Lots of aroma going on, roasty malty coffee as expected with a bit of hoppyness that I didnt. Light oak at most, hops seem to push it back a bit. I think aging will help this one along.
zathrus13 (1628) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Black, with a brown head. Aromas are hops, chocolate, fruit, and coffee. Flavors are chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and fruit. Body is medium, but seems like it should be heavier. End is a little bitter, but not in a bad way.
ElGaucho (2033) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Wonderful, milk chocolate, hoppy aroma. Fully opaque body. Light brown head. Wonderful lace. Engine oil consistency when poured. Full flavored. I am floored by this brew. First class. Definitely better than the regular Yeti. Caramel notes, some oak. 75 IBUs are perfect and this is a perfectly balanced brew. I have had some really good Imp. Stouts: Dark Lord, Bear Republic Black Bear, Town Hall Czar Jack, but I donít think any of these was as intensely pleasurable as Oak Aged Yeti. Get your hands on this brew. Thanks Tar.
bu11zeye (11113) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 1st Batch) Pours a dark brown body with a small brown head. Aroma of strong spruce and some vanilla. Flavor of spruce (lots of it!) with some chocolate and vanilla. Somewhat bitter finish. Very hoppy for what would be expected from an Imperial Stout. Thanks for sharing Kevin!
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 The Lure:
Coffee beans and malt roastiness coincide in a well-balanced union with piney hops and bourbon barrel notes. This appears wealthy, full of vanilla, chocolate, star anise, etc.
Roasty bitterness prevails in a rich panorama of molasses, dark chocolate and dry resin. Vanilla sweetness of the oak barrel fits perfectly with the rich malts...Light citrus, a drop of cream and oncoming dryness all contribute to a comfortable, bulky, and never agressive flavor presentation.
The firm and friendly handshake of a genius.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Opaque black with burnt brown head. Looks strikingly like a big shot of espresso. Smells of vanilla, roasted malts, carbon, alcohol. Initial tastes arenít as scary as youíd think. Itís pretty smooth. Lots of vanilla and sweetness to it. It doesnít hide the roasted flavors though - that comes through loud and clear in the middle with some ester. The finish is good with some roasted flavors, some malt and carbon. Mouthfeel is full and rich, with some numbing from the alcohol. All in all, a great relative for the yeti, a remarkable imperial.
Rastacouere (6044) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tar Black. Big lacing work complements the filmy brownish head. Strong extremely dry aroma which managed to dissimulate the oak much more than Iíd have anticipated, I wouldnít notice it at all blind I assume. Ashes like, roasty dryness (which I like to describe as pencil shavings) backed by more dark bread overtones and woody counterparts. Bitter black chocolate dominates the palate, but it doesnít hide the coffee nuances and vegetal and citrusy hops. Very hoppy in fact which contributes to the high level of dryness that lingers on and lingers on. Smooth medium body, a bit chalky or phosphoric towards the finish. I sincerly expected more, but I canít say Iím disappointed not to have just yet another barrel dominated freak show. It just didnít feel even as good as what I remember from the regular richer, chocolatey Maverick/yeti imperial Iíve had a year or so ago and I could understand it has a fine markup on it.. Thanks for the bottle Ernest.