daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick brown color with hints of red around the edges. Small brown head that laces beautifully. Aroma of vanilla, oak, coffee and chocolate. Flavor was strong and complex with loads of roastiness and coffee at the start following with chocolate, vanilla and rounded out by the oak. Drier in the finish than I would have expected. Heavy mouthfeel (as expected) For a beer of this magnitude it is easilly quaffable.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím continually impressed by Great Divide.
Bottle-- Pours very dark brown and slightly syrupy...faint ruby glow around the edges. Head was soapy and had the color of milk-chocolate, though it seamed to get lighter as it dissipated. Complex aroma: oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee with a subtle spiciness.
Sweet and malty flavor, nice bitterness to balance. Starts out creamy and finishes crisp and bitter.
Maybe itís because itís winter in Minnesota, but man, these Imperial Stouts and Porters really hit the spot!!
pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This one is obviously similar to the Yeti, but adds a distinctive flavor with the oak. Personally, I liked the the regular Yeti better, but that doesnít mean this one isnít good. Itís great. Dark black with a psuedo-hoppy aroma (I assume that is the oak tricking the nose). Nice feel, thick enough to feel like an imperial stout, but not too thick where it is overdone. Thanks Indiana_Red.
sunevdj (3734) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Pours dark with a yellowish head. Sweet with aromas of oak, liquirish and vanilla. Full hoppy aroma. Long bitter finish. Extremely heavy bodied. So heavy bodied and full of taste that you need to take a breather betwen sips. Re(blind)rated at sk8vikingís: 8-4-8-3-18
badgerben (4768) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with no head. Taste and aroma are both a solidly bitter oak with a good malt base. No coffee, chocolate, or vanilla flavors. Hmmm... Iíve got quite a few more bottles to try; hopefully I just had a slightly boring one.
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 (5691) - 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.