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RATINGS: 2320   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Crack open Yeti Imperial Stout’s sophisticated sibling -- Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Although these beers come from the same clan, they have entirely different personalities. Aging on a blend of French and toasted oak chips infuses a subtle oak and vanilla character into Yeti’s already intense chocolate, roasted coffee malt flavor and hugely assertive hop profile. Who says you can’t tame a Yeti? 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Lets start with the pour, eh? I managed to get a good centimeter head above the glass with this thing... wow. Pitch, pitch black, with a very dark, ultra-creamy head. Unbeatable. Aroma is really killer, with lots of maltiness, dark fruit, vanilla, maybe a little grape, chocolate, brown sugar and cinnamon, roastiness. Palate is super-creamy, rich, thick... couldn’t ask for more.

Here’s the problem. My tongue is kinda burned from the other night, and I feel I’m missing complexity in the taste. I’m sure its there. For the most part, I taste a bit of chocolate, coffee, and a lot of bitterness. Too much bitterness, which I’ve been tasting in all beers of late, probably because of the burnt tongue. I’d love rerate this with a more functional palate, but at $10 for a bomber, that’s asking a bit much (especially for a college student). Still, this sits as my highest rating to date. It’d probably be a 4.8 or even 4.9 if I could give it a full evaluation. I’ll keep it on the list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2005
This pours with a large, long-lasting tan head over an opaque black beer. There is more head on this after an hour than many Imp Stouts have at the pour. The aroma is complex with toasted nuts, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. Smooth complex and warming. The big bottle suggests this is one to share with someone who deserves a good one. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2005
Black as the night. Looks like engine oil. Has a thick, creamy Yellow/beige head. Aroma from wood, tar, raisin, plum, molasses. Some coffee is sensible too. Thick, fullbodied, warming alcohol flavour, with notes of tobacco, dark chocolate and hops. Somewhat salty finish. I didn´t think that it could get any better than the regular Yeti........but......This one is really tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Duff’s big bottle. Lingering aged aroma. Fills the mouth with soft but strong flavours. Uniform insistent fizz intrudes. Lingering flavour, edging into melted plastic, but never harsh or insulting. I hadn’t enjoyed the regular Yeti in Kilburn, but this is soft, with enough spaces to experience the flavours rather than have them simply assault the senses. Here I find that I can explore what’s on offer without my palate being burned or destroyed in the process. And the more I have the more I want to explore. There is something quite attractively compelling about the brute strength of this beer. Something roughish and intriguing. Sweet and, yes, pleasant. It could be earthier. It could have more live edges to it - as it stands it feels a little lifeless, despite the fizz. But it invites, encourages and rewards further investigation. A decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled - St Albans BF - Yet again massive props to Duff. A very generous haul from yer man. A black coloured stout with a good tan coloured head. The aroma is thick, bready and malty. No roastiness to speak of. The taste is again thick and fruity. Chocolate notes . More like a black barley wine, seems to be cheating on the stoutiness, and very hoppy. I did enjoy it as my points show but just felt it a little out of style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005. Nice one Duff!!! Black beer with red/beige head. Aroma blows you away. Tarry, treacle, molasses. Most intense beer you could make of a stout. Rich and thick in mouth with a big hop wallop on the end. Wish I could put over how much flavour there is in this. Happily sit for an entire evening with a couple of bottles of this, just enjoying the aromas. 4.8/5.0 Re-rate Draught at Norrebro, Copenhagen. Minty grapefruit. Yes, I love the hops, yes I love the smoothness Bit of wood on aroma. Bit of whisky malt. Intense and interesting. REally good dark choc and this espresso coffee edge. More choc than coffee. I mean it’s still a really good beer. Lovely hop on finish too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2829) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Almost black with a nice head. Malt and liquorice aroma. Roasty malt & coffe flavor with raisins in the background. The flavour last "forever". A beer for cold winter nights and good books.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
(Bottled@Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Almost pitch black with beige, lacy head. Very malty, smooth, licoricey and mildly fruity aroma. Dark-bready, extremely malty and quite bitter flavor with hints of roasted coffee and licorice. Very full-bodied, bitter and slicky palate with almost no carbonation. A nice and roasty, licoricey imperial stout. Slightly harsh bitterness for perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 (Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Black with a wonderful lasting brown head. Great aroma from vanilla, malty and milky, with notes of tar and licorice. Flavor from cocoa, tar and licorice, malty chocolate, some vanilla, salty and a bit peppery. Very strong and warming wth out tasting of alcohol. Has a long bitter finish and a wonderful body. One of the best beers on the festival...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2005
(bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival) Black as coal with a firm brown head. Deep and sweet aroma of black coffee, flowers, vanilla, coconuts and alcohol. Bitter flavour of coffee, wood, hops and unsweetened chocolate. Sweet undertones of vanilla. Long bitter and woody aftertaste.

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