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RATINGS: 2262   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Crack open Yeti Imperial Stout’s sophisticated sibling -- Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Although these beers come from the same clan, they have entirely different personalities. Aging on a blend of French and toasted oak chips infuses a subtle oak and vanilla character into Yeti’s already intense chocolate, roasted coffee malt flavor and hugely assertive hop profile. Who says you can’t tame a Yeti? 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs).


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
"Oak Aged" has taken on a life of its own. The magic words that kick a beer up a notch. This is a good example of why. While the regular Yeti is a good beer, this is a superior beer. Pours out jet black with a frothy tan head. The nose has elements of chocolate, anise, roasted coffee, bourbon, and hints of, well, oak. Subtly carbonated, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, full bodied. The elements of the aroma carry through the taste. Nicely blended to provide a luscious taste experience. Roasted coffee/chocolate, spiced, hops, woodsy, malty. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2005
In an elite group of top Imperial stouts, amongst those I’ve tried anyway. The near-salty woodiness reminds me most of Bells Expedition. NOTE: not a session beer; drink sparingly and occasionally unless you’re an irreparable filthy bastard beer geek, and you know who you are!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Sampled at the Sunday Corkscrew beer tasting. Next to the 04 and 05 DL, WWS, and Batch 7000 this was my least favorite of the tasting. But that’s some serious competition. Tasty stuff, considerably better than its non-oaked sibling, but much better on tap from my recollection. Has the cedar and oak notes one would expect, and the vanilla and brown sugar as well. There’s quite a bit of sweetness here to go with the coffee and chocolate backbone. A nice imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
22 Oz Bomber, from Grapevine in Austin. Pours like the oil out of my 175k mile Suburban. Thick and pitch black. Small but sufficient chocolate brown head. Aroma is chocolatey, coffee, with just hints of oak. Mmm, smells good. Sip is thick, chewy, and creamy, with tiny carbonation bubbles evident if you look for them. Taste is chocolatey with the touch of oak, yet a nice bittering finish. No alcohol in the taste, but I feel the warmth in my gut - perfect. Wow, I think I have a new favorite stout... too bad I can’t get it locally.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 30, 2005
22oz bomber.
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 I’d gladly settle for either if it were placed in front of me. Call me a heretic but I’d take this over Dark Lord any day: 40% cheaper, much easier to find, and frankly more pleasant.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2005
From Bottle

Poured nice and dark like motor oil. nice tan head that lasted throughout, gorgeous lacing on the glass. Aroma was a nice malty, vanilla smell that was very strong as soon as I opened the bottle. Flavor was a nice sweet burnt coffee taste . As this beer warmed I picked up a little more of the oak and hops, but not overpowering. This is an excellent Stout!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
raisins, malts, sweet apricots, chocolatey-roastey, very wet oak...lots of smokey oak. Head at first seems like it’s 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 it’s made it’s way to the back... It finishes with a hoppy-bitterness, definitely more floral-bitter than citrus. Aged smokey oak aroma/taste keep coming back.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
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.


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