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 (5609) - 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 (4909) - 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!
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Basically totally opaque with a nice thick dark tan colored head and tons of lacing. Rich aroma of chocolate and piney hops, with oak and coffee. Massive flavors of dark chocolate, delicous piney hoppiness, coffee, and vanilla. Absolutely, positively delicous.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You know how its gonna pour! Aromas of chocolate and vanilla laced with sour Bing cherries. Big heavy body with heavy American hop flavors, vanilla, chocolate and raisins. (YES!) Some real added complexity without any real bretta addition, like you will find in many oak aged beers. Probably because they only use the chips. Finishes exceedingly bitter, far too much for me for this style, but there is no doubt about it, this is a great beer. Great Divide is really coming along as a premier craft brewer.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy crap! Thanks JCW ! Pours pitch black. Big fruity nose, berrys, bits of smoke and roast and a touch of citrusy hops. Chewy, full bodied brew, pleasently creamy texture. An aggressive, in yer face brew. Big malts and hops rip at yer senses, somewhat overwhelmig at times. I like aggressive brews like this, makes it all worth it. Lots of chocolate and roast flavors, black patent dryness. The wood is laid back IMHO but evident. As it warms notes of vanilla and alcohol start to mess with yer head, damn! Long, dry roasty finish, WOW! Thanks a ton John!
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for this one Ernest! Iíve been really wanting to try this beer. Pours an oily black, hint of deep brown at edges. Good dark brown head that actually changed color and became beige after a few minutes. Nice. Aroma of choclate, vanilla, some ethanol. Flavor centers around chocolate, with a vanilla note in the background, some light wood notes, and a slightly hot finish. I actually preferred the regular Yeti, go figure. Not that this wasnít enjoyable.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to JCapriotti for this. Pours obsidian, with big tan head. Aroma of malt, big chocoff, oak, vanilla, prunes, plums. Tastes roasty malty, with big chocoff, a delicious oaky, vanila, bourbony taste, and big hops. Very complex and very well balanced. The alcohol makes a finishing appearance, but the beer stays dense and complex as it finishes. Wonderful. More complex and balanced than Heresy.