beerbaaron (1196) - Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Black with a nice creamy brown head. Lots of coffee. Espresso. Lots of chocolate. Dark chocolate. Some oaky notes with accompanying light dryness. Enough hops to balance everything. Nice noderate bitterness and roastiness. Great balance. Full body. Soft and smooth. Some alcohol warmth but no booze. Top notch beer.
ReeceG (52) - Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 vintage had this side by side with the regular yeti, and although i enjoyed this beer it just wasnít as good as the regular to me. the oak taste was good, but it subdued the complex bitterness the regular gave me which was a slight detractor for me. overall damn good but the original is slightly better to me
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big and bold. Coffee, caramel, chocolate, nuts, vanilla, butterscotch, raisins. Oil black. Not overly sweet. Great stout.
shorlin (639) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a small sample at a tasting. Pours a deep black with a rich dark tan head. Legs stain the glass. Aroma is vanilla, leather, cocoa. Taste is fantastic, rich, cocoa, coffee. Not as bitter as I expected, but still really bitter. Getting more oak in aroma than taste. Feel is full, long finish. Amazing beer.
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve actually had this before, but forgot to upload the review on this the last time I had it.
Hereís a bottle aged from 2011, November 14.
I poured this into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a super nice looking off white/tan foamy half fingered head that dissipates to a slight film coating the top of the glass. The tan lacing sticks finely to the sides of the glass in great strength.
The smell was a wonderful combination of woody oak, light chocolate, light vanilla and just a tad of booziness (wow, and this was a 2011 bottle).
The taste was sweet and hot (from the booziness) with a nice allocation of woody chocolate. I didnít get any aftertaste in todayís beer and canít seem to find my notes from 2012 to compare, but anyways. There is a super nice long boozy chocolate finish (now thatís what I call inviting).
On the palate, she sits about a medium in body with a super nice sipping aspect to it. The carbonation seems to have died a bit due to its age.
Overall, I do remember saying this the last time I had this and thatís the fact that I had this variant before regular Yeti - "the cart before the horse" perhaps. No worries, still a wonderful brew that I would love to have again and still I hope some day Iím able to have the regular version of this.
AdamJackson (2524) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber acquired in a trade last year. Huge fan of the yeti blends. split 3 ways with my neighbor. Pitch black pour, really nice 3 finger head sticky as hell. Nose is oak, white grapes, chocolate pie and rhubarb. taste is vanilla and dark fruit forward with chocolate and oaky burnt tannic tastes. Pretty darn good! Glad I held on to this for a while
bursprak (481) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber shared two ways. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Nose has lots of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolates and some light soy sauce. Taste is dominated by bitter coffee, some light vanilla notes and really dark chocolates. The ABV is not so well hidden. The bitter coffee took over a bit to much in my opinion.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured out of the bottle in slow motion. Most beautiful head Iíve ever seen. Aromas of both dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, rich dark fruits: cherry, plum, fig. Caramel, toffee, slight booze as an accent, tropical fruit and pine.
Tastes of massive rich chocolate accented by dark fruits up front. Vanilla, oak, citrus, and pine join the party soon after. Licorice pops in and out. Finish is a mix of dark chocolate, pine, and dark roast coffee. Nice slightly lingering bitterness.
So far, my favorite beer on Earth.
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, char, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, vanilla, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible oak aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled Nov 17, 2009, which was just before I bought it. Four and half years later I cracked it open.
It pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich and complex. Lots of chocolate, raisins, oak and cocoa powder.
The taste is slightly boozy, some roasted malt, milk, chocolate and oak too. It finishes with a bit of metallic bitterness.
The texture is silky and smooth with low carbonation.
Quite good, though I think this bottling has/had hit its aging apex.