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.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 canít get it locally.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"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.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 thatís 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. Thereís quite a bit of sweetness here to go with the coffee and chocolate backbone. A nice imperial stout.
TheEnemy (564) - 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 (644) - 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 (4424) - 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 (1256) - 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 (3488) - 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.