JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pitch black beer topped by a thich, creamy, brown head that lasts and lasts. Sweet chocolate aroma up front over dark plummy fruit, vanilla, oak, strong herbal hops and a big peppery character. Flavour is very roasty, charcoal, plum, sweet and salty licorice, chewy malts accented by prominent sweet oakiness and heavily roasted malts. Better balanced than the regular Yeti. As it warms, the hop profile become woody and the oak really comes alive. Lingering peppery aroma
NachlamSie (2923) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 bottle. Oh Yeti, how I love thee. pours stark opaque black with a ridiculous dense dark tan head. The aroma is hugely powerful, it knocks me back with an onslaught of sweet barley and oak. Closer inspection reveals some piny hops in the mix. The flavor is gigantic with tons of caramel and chocolate covered by more than ample smoky, woody hops. This is a powerful brew.
[Addendum: March 21, í07] Picked up another bottle of this in my hometown, itís rare to get good beers around here, so it was just a matter of time. This a very solid imperial stout. It is just a shade friendlier than the regular Yeti Stout, but still has the assertive hop character and dense, full-bodied malt foundation. The hop edge has been replaced with a soothing bourbon character. Plenty of espresso notes abound along with hickory, slight piny hops, and the oak infused sweetness setting the base for the brew. Outstanding impy, Iím glad that out of the very few acceptable beers we get in my county (seriously, itís not many) we get this one.
Caskalefan (155) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is, hands down, my favorite Imperial Stout...itís all there...great body, great hops, lots of complex flavors including dates, figs, raisins, a wonderful citric underpinning of mandarin orange and grapefruit, vanilla, oak, and even a dash of sherry, with all the flavors coming through harmoniously...simply, a beautiful Imperial Stout.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from a 22 oz brown bottle at Beerfest. Aged on American and French oak chips. Black-hued Imperial stout having no discernable head. Aroma of soy sauce, toffee, roasted malt, and burnt raisins. Soft carbonation. Medium-to Full bodied with creamy texture that starts with mild roast malt flavor with hints of toffee, raisin/prune flavor and finishes with average bitterness. As far as Imperial stouts go, this one is on the mild side, not hoppy, and has a flavor that resembles a barley wine ale. A very good drinkable imperial stout.
SSSteve (3919) - - NOV 16, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 huge coffee and roasted malt aroma. A lot going on here. citrusy hops in the beginning giving way to a slight bitterness followed by a huge vanilla, chocolate, coffee finish. oily and full bodied. excellent.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 dark and rich brown, smell vanila instantly, slight choclate taste maple syup? strong oak taste few interesting flavors I can not describe wonderful beer
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick, dark almost black dark brown with medium rich tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, sweet alcohol. Flavor of sweet cocoa, coffee and a hint of cigarette ash mixed with some light sourness. Creamy palate.
presario (4836) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like pouring liquid chocolate. Big brown head on black liquid. Chocolate, smoke, and oak aroma. Flavour is yummy but more smokey and less chocolate than expected. Chewey woodiness and full bodied. Alcohol present but appreciated.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dang this stuff is good. It is definitely sweeter than its non-oak-aged brother. But this sweetness makes for an excellent hop-malt balance. This is definitely superior to the non-oak-aged yetii, and definitely my favorite imperial stout.
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
raisins, malts, sweet apricots, chocolatey-roastey, very wet
oak...lots of smokey oak.
Head at first seems like itís going to be small, but retains remarkably, small-to-medium celled cocoa-colored head.
Is this my favorite beer ever?
Lots of malty smoothness up front, and the taste of raisins, dates, and sweet apricots wash over your tongue once itís made itís way to the back...
It finishes with a hoppy-bitterness, definitely more floral-bitter than citrus.
Aged smokey oak aroma/taste keep coming back.