Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, thick black with a substantial, cocoa-colored head. Sweet, alcoholic nose of bittersweet cocoa, vanilla, licorice, oak, light coffee, prunes, piney hops (?) and a whole, toasted grains. The body is thick, silky and creamy smooth-truly delectable. The flavors are interesting and really what I expected. The oak aging is very subtle, not nearly as much influence as I would have expected. The roasted malts and surprisingly apparent hops give a more intense bitterness than I anticipated. The finish is long and warm, bitter and not all that sweet. A remarkably good beer, but not as good as it should have been. While I often complain of too much barrel aging, this is lacking a bit of the complexity that should have been there. Perhaps itís this particular bottle or batch...
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good lord this is some good stuff. Pure black with only slight hints of deep amber come through in the corners and a good almost orange/brown head. Nice woody aroma with tons of roasted malt and some chocolate. Hops come through in the flavor in a perfect amount to balance out the awesome chocolate and roasted malt combination. Moderately sweet but balanced perfectly by hops which results in a slightly bitter finish. Smooth as silk.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
black body, creamy & dense foamy "burnt umber" head. lacing makes "peninsula-like" patterns on the glass. aroma is oak, vanilla, hoppy, and a little chocolate. flavor starts sweet with chocolate and roasted malt, but goes very quickly to dry, bitter hoppy finish. mild vodka-like alcohol in the finish too. west coast stouts donít have to have this much IBUs! went well with nutella and black pepper crackers.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 So I pour this growling monster out of the bomber. A sea of dark swirling thunder with the avalanche of chocolately foam. The toastiness that rises off the coffee ensnares you. Then with a sudden swipe the true bitterness clubs you. Definitely keeps you hopping. Sweet finish makes you wonder, Did I really see the YETI!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks rich. This was over powering in all aspects. Very dark, very hoppy nose, very deep chocolate and roasted malt flavor followed by killer hop bitters. Very moist for such a dry finish. Superb.
htsprint1 (51) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Blind Pig Co. in Champaign. Poors into my pint glass pitch black with a brown head that looks like chocolate malt. Aroma is subtle chocolate with a hint of coffee in there. I think I got a little oak too. Thick and little sticky on the palate, but goes down smooth. In the taste I get chocolate cream going down with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. This is MUCH better than the non-aged version, smoother and less aggressive. Possibly the best use of oak Iíve experienced to date.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black hole hue drags on into oblivion. Nose is burnt malt, dark chocolate, overipe dark fruit. Thick rocky brown head subsides after a short time. Thick, velvety viscous mouthfeel, steady carbonation. Burnt sweet grain, dark cocoa, vanilla, fruit, woody nuances, tar, charcoal, coffee, and some more wood. Alcohol slaps ya upside the face through a bittersweet finish. Quite drinkable, and very tastey. I need some on draught.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
That dude below me is hilarious. On to the beer. Poured black, black, black with a thin tan head that stayed around the whole time. Aroma is reminiscient of Irish Creme Coffee. Initial vanilla notes in the mouth are quashed by very dry oak flavor. An aggressive wood bitterness and alcohol presence take over. Very good, but not as complex to me as the regular Yeti. Stronger, much stronger. I think 9.5% abv is an understatement of its power.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark planet stirs.
Big and black massed Earth creates mountainous jagged dirty brown snow peaks.
The snow melts into a small shallow pond after time aloft.
Tons of snowflakes and ash blow across the oily sky.
Charred hillside forests still greet the air with its scorched greenery bringing a fiery realm of blackened resinous heat.
The Valley below was indeed thick with vegetation.
Where once stood big branching oaks, tall climbing hop vines, supple vanilla bean pods, forever fields of barley grain and oat grain, and bountiful crops of cocoa plants, now sits a blackened scattered skeleton of leaves, twigs, branches, and trunks.
Whisky-like gases steam up from the black char of ash.
The air fills with a windy oakened oat sweet dust now as it wafts about enveloped within a heavy chocolate fog brought on by a period of cooling.
The air brings taste with it.
Charred barley and heavy set cocoa slip onto your tongue.
Breathe more inward and find hop vines still growing among the blackened vanilla pods.
Oily and resinous charred backwash builds on recourse as you exhale.
The gaseous whisky makes its way to the back of the throat.
Yet you do not choke.
It floats and coats much like the gassy ground from which it was purged.
It burns, but not more then the air itself.
Nothing of the mighty oaks has survived it seems.
Twisted, fallen, and smokened trunks at best.
The heavy chocolate fog amidst the atmosphere helps lift a cool transition inbetween breaths.
You can see.
You can feel.
Its no more a path as it is an opening.
Starting wide and almost slippery.
Narrowing as we go deeper into the Valleysí slope.
The breathing feels somewhat harder now.
The burning takes over.
The char and some gases takes over.
Not unbearable, but smooth as to the gills a of fish underwater.
Again, the chocolate fog breezes across your face cooling the air.
Only left is the charred resin of the Valley below.
Percolating and brimming with new bourne life out of its own ashes.
The surface is torridly smooth from peak to peak.
Life flourishes within its own obliteration
Beautiful; if it were.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour was medium blackish, with small white head to top it off. Nose was a bit oaky, chocolate, some vanilla, and descent alcohol. Taste was simlar, not quite as good as some other oak aged treats in my day, but good none the less.