11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Black in color with a brown head. Good lacing. Thick malty aroma, a bit of oak and hops also in the nose. Full bodied and creamy. Malty smooth flavor with chocolate and a bit of wood showing. Really nice.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Dark as night with a nice thick dense tan head. Impressive looking stout for sure. A few minutes pass as I gaze at this beauty and the head is slowly shrinking leaving a thick coating on the glass. First whiff is hops for me. Next the oak surrounded by roasted and charred malts. Chocolate, coffee and alcohol follow. Mouthfeel is sensational. Smooth, slightly oily and full bodied with an even amount of carbonation. Really balanced in this department. Flavor is bitter chocolate, coffee, hops and more hops. Lingering bitter finish detracts a bit for me. On the second pour more of the oak bears itself in the aroma but is buried by hops in the flavor. Overall a quality stout. Not sure whether they achieved what they wanted though.
Pailhead (4362) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Nice chocolate, black licorice, roasted coffee, and hop aroma. Pours a very dark brown, virtually black with a tan head with decent retention. Nice lacing. Flavors of dark chocolate, black licorice, and vanilla to start with oak in the background. Nice roasted coffee finish with a nice hop balance. The oak really mellows out the coffee flavor of the regular. Smoother and maltier than regular. Very nice beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Richlikebeer. This is a great Imperial stout. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Finishes, rich, smooth, and dry.
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 2004/2005 bottle. Shared at Muzzlehatchís house on 4/16/05. Dark inky black, thick looking liquid, with a strong tan head and plenty of foam sticking to everything. Aroma of strong and lightly sour molasses, tar, oily roast and black chocolate. Flavor is thick, syrupy and rich. Salty, bitter chocolate and dry raisins and brandy liqueur. Bitter hops attack on the finish with a dark, black coffee. This is insane. Full body, well-masked alcohol, over-the-top hops. Thick, lightly creamy/oily mouthfeel. Whereís the finesse? and more importantly, Whereís the oak?? I know oak chips do not impart near as great a flavor as solid oak barrels, but this one seems to only have a light hint of vanilla and just a hint of tannins. Oh well. This could get pretty good with age.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Eclipse black color. Large cascading beige head. Nice cascading action. I always enjoy looking at this action. Long lasting very thick head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, touch of vanilla with some oakyness. Lots of hops in there as well. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasty, chocolate and coffee. Lots of oak notes and tannins. Seems to be a little young yet. Flavors are a little unbalanced. Hops and oak dominate. Hides the 9.5% alcohol well, you can tell its there but it doesnít overwhelm all the other flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I like the regular Yeti, a lot...and I love Oak, much more than Poplar or Maple...so, letís have some magic, eh?
off comes the cap and ridiculous, useless, silver foil...
Solid black appearance, utterly opaque, with a fine cap of fluffy brown foam on top...solid!
whiskey hits the nose first, followed by sweet fruit, whiskey meets wine? ...nice hops, forward malt, but, after proper inspection, the hops are bigger than expected, and that I like! Dark malts give proper balance, though, and linger lightly through the winey aspects and the deeper sweet bourbon tones.
Taste: wow! this is genius!..itís a chocolate bar, with a sweet cherry finish...
itís a brew for slowly, intermittently, sipping and savoring with a good book, or a fine film...the best things in life should accompany this beer.
Still a hoppy kick,a thrillingly complex flavor, many different accents and nuances entrancing the senses at irregular intervals...tasty, tasty, tasty...yum...yep, thatís really says it...yummy, yum, yummmm...(Homer-esque gargles ensue...)...this is a great brew, not too big, not at all punishing, very well-balanced, for what it is, and really, really nice!
I picked up 2 bottles, and itís apparently not enough...got to visit ye olde bottle shoppe, before supplies run dry.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my first 5 for appearance.A thick rich tan head with a mohagany sheen covers a black brew.Lacing of fine carbonation bubbles line the glass. I washoping fpr more in the aroma but there is some chocolate,oak and vanilla.Coffee bitterness really jumps out
in the first sip.Second sip and I come up with the vanilla and some oak.Seems a little thin on the tongue.Great blend of flavors,even more complex than I was expecting.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with ClarkVV. Totally opaque molasses topped by lustrous creme brulee and lacing the sides of the glass darkly....nostril-hammering burnt beans and dark chocolate with big piney hops...vinous on the tongue at first, bit chalky in the middle, chocolate and bitter greens (arugula comes to mind)...too roasty and harsh, somewhat moderated late with oxygen....barrel-aging certainly hasnít brought smoothness to this coarse monster, perhaps another year in the bottle would make it more palatable...certainly worth a try, but no great shakes amongst the competition in my book.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black, coffee hued edges, large foamy head - brownish, sticky lacing. † Hop nose, lots of heat. † Where is the Oak? † Simplistic light impy stout on the tongue. † Suprisingly light body and mouthfeel. † Roasted malt finish, light, sticky, minor hop bitterness, apple skin residue... where is the Oak? † I guess I expected too much. † Oak Aged Yeti? † Uhhhh..... yeah. † Thanks pdee! † I want my Maverick Imperial Stout!!!