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.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An excellent choice. A little sour, but very heavy. This is the thickest beer I have ever consumed. One of my top-5 beers ever
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (courtesy Duff) at St Albans Beer Festival, October 2005. This is a big, powerful fellow, no doubt. Pitch black, with a huge brown head. Deep, rich, burnt malt aroma. No coffee or chocolate to speak of, although some creamy chocolate notes develop on the palate. And, yes, I do get the oak. Soft vanilla smoothes out the chunky malt. Velvety feel, alcohol well integrated. Quite refined. Not a term I use much in relation to American beers, but it fits the bill here. Iím often a bit dubious about the value of oak aging, but it certainly does the trick on this one.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of oak, pepper, and roasted malts. Taste is bourbon, oak, and sweet chewy malts. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Quite mellow and enjoyable for an imperial stout.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 On tap at Brauwerís. I was really impressed with the regular Yeti, so I was excited to try this version. As with the regular Yeti, I didnít get much aroma, and at least the way they poured it, it didnít have any head. As for flavor, for me at least, the oak was overpowering. It tasted like somebody dumped a cheap California chardonnay into my Yeti. It was OK, but for me it detracted from, rather than enhanced, what I thought was a great brew (the regular Yeti). I had the same reaction to a bottle I tried.
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 Rerate:
Originally, this was a mind blowing experience, as I rated this a perfect 5. However, there are some detractions from this beer that I now notice, since I have sampled many more Imperial Stouts. After about 2/3 of this beer the alcohol becomes fairly noticable. Therefore, I am deducting a few points. Still a top of the line Impy Stout, but there are others such as Darkness and Dark Lord which are better.
The aroma on this beer is crazy. All kinds of stuff going on here. Raisin, plum, chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Huge beer, WOW! Thin layer of head, with good lacing. This is excellent! Everything you could ask for in a stout. The flavor is just huge. Not much else to say, other than challenging any other beer to beat this one. I donít think any can. The one thing this has going on that other stouts sometimes lack is the amount of hops. I love it!
Total Score: 5
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Map Room. Looks pretty much the same as the regular Yeti except it lacked most of the head. The aroma and taste have hints of oak added to what is more toned down attributes of the unaged version. The ABV is well hidden. Very nice.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - 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 (3191) - 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 (159) - 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.