Beaver (1159) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a viscous and totally opaque black. It has the darkest brown head Iíve ever seen on a beer. The head is a thick and heavy dimpled cream that retains well and leaves a good amount of lacing.
Its aroma is chocolate, dark fruits (fig), vanilla, and strong oak (almost corky) notes with some hops and alcohol.
The flavor is chocolate, vanilla, cream, oak and figs followed by a surprisingly big bitter (and slightly alcoholic) hop finish. It has a lingering sharp bitter and alcoholic (almost fuel-like) sticky aftertaste that I found to be too much - it really detracted from my enjoyment of the beer. The mouthfeel is full and creamy.
Overall, this would be a very fine Imp Stout, if not for the unappealing aftertaste (and finish to some extent). I thought Left Handís Oak Aged version was much better balanced and better overall.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 Virtually opaque. Creamy smattering of caramel foam. Vinous nuanced nose of PNW hops mixed with tobacco, ink, and salty tannins muffle the elegant roastiness. Beautifully bodied with lush carbonation and an oily body. Initial iron twinge gracefully unites with a vinous twang of red grapes and ink over a captivating bitter espresso malt frame. Remarkably, the bodyís delicateness keeps the vinous acidity from becoming overly coarse, although the fruitiness remains omnipresent. Awash with rigid ďgreenĒ hops, which, when factored in with the roast and salty tannins, create a savory bittersweet chocolate/salmiakki fusion. Burnt malts lend some smokiness, which, along with the faint oak, deepens the flavor by imparting a touch of scratchiness to the body. Otherwise, the oak continues to taper toward the finish where the dryness is unexpectedly limited. A heart-stirring example, rivaling Siberian Night (brewpub version) in its elegant interplay of fruit & malt softness and understated complexity, minus the liberal hop levels of this.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Peoria Intíl Beer Festival. Black with a ight-brown head that is massive in size and mostly lasting. Aroma: chocolate malts, pine-sap, and cereal grains. Oak? Whereís the oak? Moderately bitter flavor, biting at times, with a marshmallowey, gooey malt backbone with light coffee notes. Pillowy soft mouthfeel. Very good, but I donít think the oak-aging did a hell of a lot.
OldGrowth (2327) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from trade with JCW. Good nose, roasty, usual coffee/chocolate, viney/woody and a little vanilla, more so as it warmed. Dark brown color, small head that faded. Bitter flavors, Grapefruit, viney, coffee grounds, baking chocolate, little pine, maybe. Little medicine. Medium bodied, lite creamy mouthfeel, biting bitter finish. Very tasty, Think it could use some aging though. Another great brew from Great Divide.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black, with a dark tan head and nice woody nose. Great mouthfeel. The wood is shortly arriving- not a major player at all. Still a great Imp Stout.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, smooth, huge dark brown head, well hopped. The oak aged is smoother than the normal Yeti and that makes it dangerously drinkable.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with a nice chocolate colored head...smell is very woody with some smoke and serious roastiness...not as much chocolate or coffee going on as regular Yeti...some vanilla...much more burnt smoke flavor...enjoyable but this beer was better left alone...the alcohol was a little more subtle though...
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body with a a taller tan head. Mostly hoppy aroma. Mild grapefruit with some dark chocolate and bread dough. Some vanilla and alcohol in the nose as it warms. Certainly not a huge nose, but pleasant. Smooth, silky and lightly sticky in feel. Intense chocolate begin the journey with a really acidic finish. Thereís the start and finish, now to fill in the blanks. Dark chocolate, dark roast espresso, some hints of fruit (raspberry, and currants), mild tar, scorched pine and bitter grapefruit all seem to drift about in the middle. Linger is long and acidic. Iím with hopscotch on this one. This either needs more time in the barrel or bottle. Seems very green.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rating #1700, Bottle provided by Matt, many thanks buddy! : Opaque black with a huge foamy tan head and excellent lace. Nose of ripe prune, fig, grapefruit, orange zest, spruce tips, aromatic pipe tobacco, espresso, mocha, vanilla, sublime oak and dusty esters. Huge and complex and what I would want in a top-notch impy! The taste closely mirrored much of the aroma. A lot of complex malt characteristics upfront with a wonderful balance of ripened fruits and bitters holding it all together. Strange undertone of scotch (salty and peaty) and french oak barrel add some unique complexity and makes me believe this is a beer than can age for many years and gain even more depth. The feel is is my only problem, the massive carbonation does take away for the potential lush and oily chaacter to make this an ultimate world-class stout. Overall it is a rare brew that the barrel version is far better than the basic offering. Just a step below my all-time favorite, but that is just a small ster. Kudos to GD for this brew!
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thnaks to JCapriotti for this! Sturdy mocha froth atop starless midnight. Roasted malt, big coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, light hoppiness, and light woody notes. Taste is BIG coffee and chocolate with sweet roasty maltiness, pleasant hops, light vanilla and wood. Body is thick and creamy . Very slick and oily in parts. Some stickiness lingering as well. Finish is more coffee, light alcohol, dark chocolate, light hops, vanilla and fresh cut wood. Excellent beer! I need a case of this!