Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, black brew contrasting neatly with creamy snow cap on top. Aroma is a very nice combination of refreshing hops, true vanilla. Clean nose, nice citrus character shows with next try. Flavours were strongly influenced by oak aging, plenty of malt, acidic citrus done just right .Oak aging really help this beer (which in not always the case!)
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
creamy. Black with mocha top. Definite vanilla from the cask. Lace. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, hoppy, very balanced. The oak gives it that 4th dimension. Thanks Viggio.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle: thick and slightly sludgy pour, mostly opaque dark chocolate body. Steady, dark tan and creamy head. Thick, piney aromatics mix with tobacco leaves, hop flowers, roasted ginger and chocolate ice cream to form a unique and inspired aroma. Smooth and oily body, which I donít usually enjoy, but here, coupled with the astringent chocolate-hop bitterness and vinous plums is nice and even relaxing. A long slow bitterness encompasses the tongue and coats the throat. Hop belches ensue and bring a smile. Developing oaky tannins as it warms and it truly shines: a wonderful nip on a 45F degree night in MayÖ
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick dark black pour with a dense brown head. Chocolate and roasted aroma. Snappy bitter hit right up front, followed by a roasted grain flavor. Hop flavor and bitterness in the back end. Laces well down the glass. Some oak flavor and dark fruit as it warms.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted bakerís choclate aroma with pungent hop notes. Itís not possible to look any stoutier than this. Head can be huge if you want it to be and it lasts and lasts. Bitterness is all i can taste initially...more bitter choclate in the middle with just a flash of vanilla...then a hugely bitter finish. This tastes more bitter than the regular Yeti..which I had the day before so I think I can trust my memory on this one.
All the elelments, but flavor are homeruns. I think it is overwhelmed by the hops.
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black coloured with a beige head.
Nice hoppy aroma with notes of woods and roasted notes.
Nice flavour with lots of roasted notes, coffee, chocolate and wood.
Dry hoppy finish.
skaughty (645) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge heavy pour couldnít contain the hops in the aroma. Smell of French Vanilla coffee. Flavor leans more towards dark chocolate. The roasted part really only appears at the end, as the thicknes fades and the hops reappear. Shocking how bitter this really is when the malt dies down on your tongue. Different from the original, but no better.
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma: chocolate, raisin, fruit/cherry, hops remind me of "west coast," slight grapefruit--like scotch, really. palate: extra cremey, smooth, thick, full, round, wow. flavor: juicy, bitter, chocolate, roasted, pretty hoppy! woody. appearance: scattered lacing, billowing brown head, mmm... syrupy pour, opaque black/brown body. overall: awesome stout, but a too imperial in the end. very, very big brew.
lamas (1362) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Jet-black gurgly thick pour with a HUGE fluffy brown head that leaves chunks of lace. The darkest head Iíve seen so far. Plenty of toasty malts and bitter hops in the aroma along with some chocolate, coffee and hints of sweet vanilla beans and brown sugar. Thick and smooth. Tons of roasty malts and hops give this some sizeable sweetness with a very bitter finish. Some chocolate and coffee are present along with just a touch of warming alcohol at the end. Much fuller and richer than the regular Yeti.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Could be bad lighting,but I couldnít see any hint of light,through the black/ruby,body. Nice,creamy,khaki,head. The lacing left will stain a glass. Dark malt,roasty,slightly hoppy,aroma. Some tobacco,charcoal,and wood as well. Very creamy,still thick,and lingering. Becomes more creamy upon breathing and warming. Burnt wood,chocolate,coffee,and light vanilla,fill the mouth. You can pretty much chew this beer,but at the same time,still creamy,and quaffable,or I guess,as quaffable as a IS can be. Lingering roasty,dark chocolate,and burnt wood,barely round out the big hop profile.The more it warms the more the hops linger.