TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an inky, intensely dark brownish black. Thick, dense saddle-soap-colored head forms and slowly retreats to the sides where it leaves onholy gobs of lacing as the beer goes down. Aroma of charred wood, swet malt, alcohol, and floral/spicy hops. Bitter roast and charred wood hit first in the flavor, followed by molassas, vanilla, hop flowers; then bitter roast re-asserts strongly in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly warming but never intrusive. Substantial body and nice creamy palate. Tough call if this is preferable to the standard Yeti; I like the added vanilla and wood complexity but I could do with less of the charred/carbon flavor. I reckon Iíd gladly settle for either if it were placed in front of me. Call me a heretic but Iíd take this over Dark Lord any day: 40% cheaper, much easier to find, and frankly more pleasant.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In an elite group of top Imperial stouts, amongst those Iíve tried anyway. The near-salty woodiness reminds me most of Bells Expedition. NOTE: not a session beer; drink sparingly and occasionally unless youíre an irreparable filthy bastard beer geek, and you know who you are!
hotstuff (4389) - Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium light brown head that was mostly lasting, fine, medium and large sized bubbles, poor lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue. Malty, chocolate and roasty nose. Malty, coffee, chocolate, roasty, burnt, and a hoppy flavor. Very tasty lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel was tingly. Medium body. Definitely worthy of a try.
GarrettB (1147) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 The Oak Aged Yeti is a fascinating experiment in physics and chemistry. If youíve ever read H.G. Wellsí War of the Worlds you should remember the inky, black chemical the Martians use to exterminate urban centers. Iím convinced that ďmysterious elementĒ is Oak Aged Yeti; a pleasurable beer from a glass and a deadly extra-terrestrial weapon from a canister. Maybe I exaggerate, but this beer is black; blacker than the loins of Lucifer; it is the real Heart of Darkness. Conrad knew nothing of light swallowing maws unless he took a sip of this beer. Most burly stouts at least permit some periphery light to peek around the glass. Oak Aged Yeti just eats it and absorbs it, and to what end I do not know. It is frightful, not because itís a living beast but because itís not. Yeti indeed; thereís no functional analogy here with an enigmatic, furry humanoid of the hills. This glass of pure hypothetical quantum physics eats light and threatens to eat you with it.
Compelled by a half-lunatic fear I took a sip and found it to be rather gentler than I imagined. The surly demeanor that cuts light is ten times as intimidating as the flavor. Even the smell is somewhat innocuous with its touches of chocolate and teriyaki. The start of the sip is rather bitter and dry, and switches to the teriyaki pattern found in the nose. You can play a fun game with your tongue and keep the beer on the very tip of it. Youíll get a lot of sweet sensations. Let it cross to the back and it turns into the bitter chocolates and coffees found in your typical stout. I as of yet do not understand the nature of this beer, and what it means by being in my refrigerator or in my glass. I have not yet determined its intent, either by malediction of violent deed. I only know it is unique, and nothing more.
3/22/09 - Aroma is strong on alcohol, raisins, molasses, chalk, fig, nutmeg, even cumin. A nice, thick rich taste. Raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, fig, a little coffee. Perfectly sweetened, though the flavors arenít collated but well blended.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black color with a thin light brown head. Amazing aroma of oak, chocolate and roasted malt. Amazing flavor of oak, chocolate and roasted malt with a bitter finish. The body has a light to medium thickness and a dry texture.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Ughsmash. Poured like any other stout ... black and thick. This one had an orange head ... thatís different, although the head really needed agitation to form. For an impy, this is pretty run-of-the-mill. Aroma has most of the usual suspects: coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, vanilla and some oak. When chilled, the hops and roasted malt bitterness let themselves be known. Very roasty and bitter mouthfeel when chelled. It sweetens a bit as it warms, but not too much. It finishes roasty, dry and bitter. Thanks, Jason!
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a motor oil black color with a gorgeous and rocky caramel head. Sort of reminds me of that nice thick head you get on an ice cream float. Lots of coffee and vanilla in the aroma. Flavor is astounding. Lovely rich coffee and chocolate flavors are complimented by vanilla and a surprising amount of bitterness. The Oak version of this bad boy seems to take away the syrupy sweetness of the regular version. Thick and thirst quenching. Wonderful beer.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival 2005
Much of everything. Thick body. Wonderfully concentrated flavours. Chocolate and malts in aroma and taste. Full bodied, did I say that? Surprisingly well balanced bitterness. Fruity refreshing. Easy drunk but still quite complex. Much!
csbosox (1228) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 #350. I had the regular Yeti earlier tonight. Got in Colorado in late March of this year, it is late October. The beer has had some time in the cellar. 22oz bottle. Served in my NB worthy glass at a shade under 56į. Color is pure black with a hint of red at the top that turns into a mocha colored hazy head. The aroma is roasty malt, barrel flavors, most noteably vanilla. There is also a spicy hoppiness to the smell. The mouthfeel is large. The initial taste roasty malt and to a lesser extent, oak and vanilla hints. The finish is bitter and astringent with softer mouthfeel. The beer still has the spicy, earthy hoppiness to it that ends with a fair amount of bitterness. Pretty tasty, but the non-barrel aged version seemed to have a bit more flavor. The oak is certainly not overdone on this beer, but the aging, before being bottled, might have taken away a bit of the big, hoppy imperial stout that this was. Still very good though.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I canít say stouts are my favorite style but when I found out about the Yeti, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Iíve had some peculiar experiences with stouts recently, so I remained skeptical about the praise this brew was building. My first impressions were quite unique, starting with the pour itself, which I dare say must be a feat of quantum physics. When the dark liquid is released from its bottle it seems the lights in the room slightly dim. Objects nearby appear to have some odd attraction to the goblet. As I held my trappist glass up to the lamp, I saw no hint of a shining crescent, it was black as an eclipse with only the aureole of the heliacal light behind. A short and lively brown head contained this fluid black hole into place. Before long, I too was attracted by its gravity and found myself sniffing along the horizon. Yummy. The tenebrous aromas of over-roasted coffee and cacao beans mingled with whiskey, vanilla, soy sauce and wood. Very complex for a stout. I finally took a sip to discover more hops than I had anticipated. A fine blend, but a little too bitter for me. The texture is very rich and thick but retains the crisp freshness of hops. This beer seems like it would really profit from the proper ambiance. Certainly sipping this near the fireplace of a cozy cabin during a blizzard would do it.