OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noire foncée parsemée d’une énorme mousse beige constituée de grosses bulles. Crème et essence d’érable, vanille, cerises confites sous un plaisant caractère de fumée. Flaveurs intenses de malt torréfié, de grains de café fraîchement moud, de menthe, d’anis et de fruits foncés. Un caractère fumé se fait plaisant alors qu’une bonne dose de houblon amérisants vient faire distraction aux saveurs plutôt sucrées. Finale amère se dissipant pour laisser place à des notes d’alcool et de goudron. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne à pleine, texture huileuse, carbonatation active.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I saved this for a special occasion and it only took a month or so before I found some excuse to crack it. Pours jet black... a big jet...think tar. Aroma flirts with the high alchohol percentage in every aspect, dried flowers, distinct dried fruits, and all with a cohesive burnt sugar character. The flavor is similar to the aroma, only more dry. This reminds me of a barley wine most all the way through, probably due to the oak aging, but the distinct bittersweet chocolate and espresso give way to the beer’s true style. A nice marraige of flavors, although the alchohol could be better concealed it melds rather well with the rest of the flavors.
zach8270 (3810) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Dark black pour with a very nice tan head. Rich and flavorful aroma of malt, oak, vanilla, caramel and some smoke. Very intense flavor right from the start. The flavor it absorbed from the oak aging was very apparent at the beginning, with the sweet malty taste from the stout right behind it. The oak aging really seemed to mellow the beer and make it smooth and very drinkable. The flavor is a little bit in your face at first, but after that, it’s a wonderful beer.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This imperial stout is big in every way. Big bottle, big tan head, big flavor, big ABV, big IBU’s, big mouth feel, big price. Opaque black pour with a tight head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Viscously heavy, slightly sweet with a high hop finish. 75 IBU’s is usually much too high for my liking but this imperial needed it to balance the presentation. I didn’t notice an alcohol burn, nor a charred flavor, it was smooth. Perhaps the oak aging (how long?) wasn’t in charred barrels. This one is Top Shelf. Sit down, fasten your seat belt, this is an experience.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another stout to warm the bones without a fire. Non transparent black in the glass. Small head. Lots of roasted malts and vanilla in the nose, mostly roasted coffee and hops with a hint of sweet butter in there somewhere. I think the butter tone came from the mouthfeel, which is oily and only somewhat chewy. Full bodied for sure. And I woule chose this over their normal yeti any day.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in Boulder. Obtained from a liquor store in Aspen. At first, I thought that I had tried this, but then I observed Oak Aged on the bottle and knew that I had to have this bad boy in my belly. Whooopiiieeee!!!!!
He we go: NOTE: Tasted almost at room temperature. Appearance is a jet black as its sibling the none aged yeti. Its like a black hole in a glass. Head is a beautiful tan colour, I want to jump into the glass and drown in its nasty loveliness. Swirling it around the glass, one can see how viscous this bad boy is, its like pouring 10W30. Aroma is almost identical to Yeti, but I can actually pick up on the aging with hints of vanilla. Ooohhh soo scary. Flavour is a yeti clone but with......wait.....yes!.....you guessed it.....oak aged vanilla. I think this has an effect of mellowing out the beer in a positive way. Bloddy awesome Imperial. Good job Great Divide.
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour of couse... nice lasting brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and smokey/burnt malt. Everyone seems to compare to the regular Yeti. Less hoppy, so I think less of the flavor is lost to that. The oak presents itself in more of a bourbon/cognac taste to me, with more vanilla and just enough hops to give you a nice bitter finish. Probably more balanced than the regular version. This is more in line with a regular imperial stout, however, its unusually complex and balanced. The normal yeti is more raw and, in my opinion, more unique. Oh well, toss up, they’re both pretty good.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours slowly—glugs out of the bottle like motor oil. In the glass it’s pitch black with a large dark head that leaves some very nice lacing. Excellent aroma. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, strong alcohol. Almost like an undercooked chocolate cake with the other aromas in the icing. Flavor of sweet chocolate, with tons of roastiness, and a lingering finish that’s a mixture of vanilla, alcohol, wood, hops (the bottle says 75 IBUs, but the intensity of the other flavors makes it taste more like 40), and the blood of a savior or two.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Dark dark brown pour, brown thin fizzy head; fades fast.
Chocolatey vanilla and brown sugar greet the nose.
Nice and very well balanced roasty/burnt flavor with hop bitterness with sweetness chocolate, vanilla. To me, much more balanced than the normal Yeti. Great overall flavor; that sounds like it doesn’t mean anything, but I could nurse a bottle of this all night and not get board. Very smooth with subtle complexities.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out almost black with a decent tan head. Initially smells of coffee, chocolate and oak cask. Tastes of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, cognac and some mild aniseed elements. Nice warming finish.