DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with medium brown head, and some nice lacing. You can smell the oak, no doubt. Also some roasted malt, chocolate, and light fragrant hops. Chewy with dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Assertive hop character of peppery spice and grapefruit and a nicely lingering dryness. Iím getting more of this!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
normal imperial appearance (a near black body with small reddish brown head)....aroma was a tad dissapointing for an imperial (some oak hints, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee)...but WOW!!!, flavor made up for the such shortcomings....oak, vanilla, roasted coffee and chocolate, nuts, bourbon, and a nice floral hop aftertaste....perfect creamy palate!! thank you to Silphium for this beer; i am going to get more
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, via trade w/ Dickinsonbeer. Pours pitch black with a firm 1 inch brown head that had good retention. Lots of vanilla, oak, and roasted notes, definate hop presence, and moderate alcohol vapors. A nicely balanced tripod of a beer with roast, hops, and oak all playing an equal part. Kind of makes me imagine that this is what Storm King would taste like if it was barrel aged. Alot of espresso and chocolate in the finish with a mild alcoholic warmth. Very smooth and soft on the palate, medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Very nicely done overall, no one aspect of this beer dominates the flavor.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 10-X0-05.Aromas of oak vanilla,choco-coffee,piney hops.I was looking forward to the hops in this one but they are just too pungent(chinook)which I might not be in the mood for right now(this is very fresh too so some aging is probly needed).Really nice OA Imperial Stout.Purchased at Ronnieís in Forest Hill,MD.This gets much better as it warms and breaths.Actually has some Cabenet Sauv aromas as well between the oak,hops and chocolate.Very good.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big woody and licorice aroma, piney hops and bready chocolate highlights; hearty and roasty maltiness with intense chocolate followed by a resinous grapefruit bitterness and a hint of vanilla; slick palate with some astringency; this seems a little unrefined and maybe could use some more aging, and doesnít seem to stand up to some of the other impy stouts that are held in such high regard; nonetheless, an outstanding #500th rating for me.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An excellent choice. A little sour, but very heavy. This is the thickest beer I have ever consumed. One of my top-5 beers ever
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (courtesy Duff) at St Albans Beer Festival, October 2005. This is a big, powerful fellow, no doubt. Pitch black, with a huge brown head. Deep, rich, burnt malt aroma. No coffee or chocolate to speak of, although some creamy chocolate notes develop on the palate. And, yes, I do get the oak. Soft vanilla smoothes out the chunky malt. Velvety feel, alcohol well integrated. Quite refined. Not a term I use much in relation to American beers, but it fits the bill here. Iím often a bit dubious about the value of oak aging, but it certainly does the trick on this one.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of oak, pepper, and roasted malts. Taste is bourbon, oak, and sweet chewy malts. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Quite mellow and enjoyable for an imperial stout.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 On tap at Brauwerís. I was really impressed with the regular Yeti, so I was excited to try this version. As with the regular Yeti, I didnít get much aroma, and at least the way they poured it, it didnít have any head. As for flavor, for me at least, the oak was overpowering. It tasted like somebody dumped a cheap California chardonnay into my Yeti. It was OK, but for me it detracted from, rather than enhanced, what I thought was a great brew (the regular Yeti). I had the same reaction to a bottle I tried.
tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 Rerate:
Originally, this was a mind blowing experience, as I rated this a perfect 5. However, there are some detractions from this beer that I now notice, since I have sampled many more Imperial Stouts. After about 2/3 of this beer the alcohol becomes fairly noticable. Therefore, I am deducting a few points. Still a top of the line Impy Stout, but there are others such as Darkness and Dark Lord which are better.
The aroma on this beer is crazy. All kinds of stuff going on here. Raisin, plum, chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Huge beer, WOW! Thin layer of head, with good lacing. This is excellent! Everything you could ask for in a stout. The flavor is just huge. Not much else to say, other than challenging any other beer to beat this one. I donít think any can. The one thing this has going on that other stouts sometimes lack is the amount of hops. I love it!
Total Score: 5