Maddog (377) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is as good as imperials get. Huge, malty, complex with a dry finish. This Imperial is huge in body, taste and power. A must buy, I tried these unfortunately in bottles at the Great Divide brewery in Denver. One kick ass brew.
BeerandBlues2 (9100) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22-oz. bottle. Pours black with a tall foamy tan head and wonderful creamy lacing that lazily droops in the glass as if its weight is making it fall. Vanilla and coconut aroma initially then oak and spicy alcohol with sweet fruit hops on the nose. Oak and toffee flavors begin and then lead you to medium roasted caramel malt with light coffee and sweet fruit with hints of vanilla and coconut. Dark and smooth body, very nice mouthfeel.
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - I really sat and took in the aroma on this one and Iím glad that I did. A very interesting aroma it has. Big chocolate up front, maybe a touch of smoke. Then comes a hint of vanilla and the oak. Very nice! Dark as night with a small, but creamy and tightly bubbled beige head. Flavor-wise, the coffee comes across first. I then notice the creamy mouthfeel. Nice! Some chocolate comes out next. The second pour from my bomber found a nearly 1-inch deep head that looked like you could scoop it with a spoon. I donít get a bunch of the oak anywhere but in the nose, but this is one of the best beers Iíve had for a while and - I believe worthy of #300.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Bottle, at the brewery? Great Divide is a small production brewery. they gave an excellent tour, but are only equipped with a few of their beers on draft. they were happy to open up bottles of anything that we wanted to try. The Oak Aged Yeti is very big as Russian Imperial Stouts are and should be, but... it has a smoothness that I havenít tastes in other RISs. It has excellent flavor. The oak gives an already great beer a nice twist.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle: Pours thick, black, & oily w/ a short lived light brown sugar head. Chocolatey w/ some herbal hop @ first. Lightly roasty w/ moderate oaky notes & vanilla w/ hints of black currant; Medium caramel aroma and a bit of perfumey alcohol. The roast aroma gets stronger as it warms, but still dominated by chocolate. Nutty as well as it warms. The flavor is a bit burnt up front w/ bitter dark grains. Vanilla shows up mid palate, but disappears into the finish. Balanced just to malty w/ some semi sweet dark chocolate into the finish w/ a bit of alcohol. Some herbal hops in the semi sweet finish with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste which is also a bit woody oak and very mellow. Medium carbonation, smooth, velvety texture, but a bit hot with a very full body. Very big and very rich flavor. This is not something I could drink more than one of in a night.
CapFlu (4364) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Sampled at the RateBeer post-party at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Oaky, roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Frothy yellowish-brown with an opaque body. The flavour is too bitter.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taster @ PIB. Pours a beautiful deep black color. A faint oak and hoppy aroma cuts through the roasted smells coming from this awesome beer. Slight cherry and chocolate flavor, with good hints of tobacco. Wish i could drink this one all day.
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cafe Volo. Black body, with a generous creamy khaki head. Muted roast chocolate and malt in the aroma. Deeply malty flavour, with notes of wood, molasses and brown sugar. Bitter hops in the finish. Complex rich flavour. Alcohol is not particularly noticeable or noteworthy, which is surprising. Full bodied smooth oily palate. Very nice beer but didnít blow me away as it did for other people.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Great hearty Stout had this at the (PIB) Portland International Beerfest.
I really liked this beer. It had a great overall flavor and the oak undertones where awesome. Hope to drink more.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Black color with a fluffy dark tan head. Aroma is rich milk chocolate. Flavor is rich chocolate, latte, vanilla, a touch of sweet coffee with a lightly dark chocolate bitter finish. Palate is rich, smooth and creamy.