rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown 22 oz. bottle with an elegant silver foil neck and cap covering indicating this to be a special release. The beer poured dark brown/black with an opaque body. The head was brown and thick, and curtain like lacing was persistent.
The aroma was very mellow and subdued despite the room temperature serving conditions. The nose was mostly just chocolate and oak.
The taste was sweet with oak dryness, and a touch of burnt grain hull astringency. The citric hops that were immediately in the regular Yeti were nowhere to be found here. The body had also thinned some more. Unlike the regular Yeti however, the flavor felt more melded and complimentary.
The mouthfeel was silky smooth and soft. Carbonation was limited, and aftertaste was pleasantly sweet. The alcohol only showed up and a mild after burn in the belly.
Oak ageing has definitely domesticated the Yeti, and made him into a suave fellow. All abominable characteristics have now vanished. Unfortunately so have the hops.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a frothy, quite large, creamy dark brown head, that jumps out of my glass after forming a 4 inch thick head. The beer is a pitch black color that allows no light to come through. The aroma is interesting, there is a note that is a interesting mix of wood and roasted malts. I get notes of rich espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and an actual woody note. The taste is sweet up front with a subtle yet rich vanilla note that moves to a soft creamy note of rich chocolate. This beer is so creamy and smooth in the mouth, it is very reminiscent of a chocolate shake. Wow I am quite impressed here, this beer is quite a bit more interesting and flavorful than the regular version, which was perhaps a tad too bit simplistic. The oak adds a whole other dimension here that really brings this beer to a new level. As the beer warms up the oak starts to kick in a bit more, the finish becomes a bit more astringent with a solid tannic note. I am definitely enjoying this beer, especially since I was not expecting much from another oak aged brew.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour is deep deep brown, with a generous tan head sitting atop for about half the glass. aroma is strong with the standard roasted coffee scents, but there are wisps of oak and chocolates coming out as well. i didnt have to make any effort to extract the aroma, it just jumps right out at you. flavor has a strong chocolate character, with coffee and vanilla tones at the center of the mouthfull. the end of the taste is strong with hops, and this is where i was able to pick up the oak flavor. it wasnt alot, but it was definitely there, and i thought it balanced off some of the bitterness. i do have to knock off a point for the alcohol taste that is present, not overbearing, but distinctly noticable. if you dont mind the hop profile as part of an Imp. Stout, this is the beer for you...as for me, I plan on letting a few bottles age and hopefully mellow out.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown hue with a small tan head. Aroams of the same; soy, chocolate coffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied with flavors of chocolate, soy, a slight hop bitterness, and a vinuous finish. The oak isnít overpowering and adds to the complexity.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was sampled at the 12 hour Belgian Beer Festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad 2005..thanks goes out to JohnC for sharing a bottle, and Alex for bringing another..lol! This beer pours a generally light black color with hints of ruby red and a thin tanned head and very little lacing if any. The aroma is hoppy as all hell...its a wonder this was even barrel aged... I didnt get any oak at all, and this hadnít calmed down one bit it seemed. Some chocolate, malt and vanilla could also be had in the aroma, but it was mostly pine cones and hops. The flavor was medium bodied with little carbonation but once again, excess hops. There was no oak presence, just tons of hops, chocolate, and tons of roasted malts. It was a very complex beer, but somehow extremely disappointing as I was expecting it to have mellowed by now. Tongue coating chocolateness once you get past the overbearing hoppiness. When this beer calms the hell down, it will be nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This impy stout pours with a black body topped by a thin to medium thick, dark brown head with some lacing. The aroma is slighlty sweet yet sour with a touch of alcohol, some woody notes and a little roastiness. Slighlty sweet yet mostly bitter with a little wood, a touch of roastiness in the finish and a touch of alcohol. Full bodied and smooth.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 Dark & thick with a quickly dissapating dark tan head. Aroma of melted licorice, hops, roasted barley, and slightly vinious & cedery. Very evident wood character in the flavor with some more licorice notes and assertive hop bitterness. Leafy, tobacco flavors linger as well. Re-rate 09: original score 3.8, but that needs upwards adjustment...it really is a nice cozy and extremely earthy beer bursting with positive soil and wood notes, super cashmere body, and a great winter-time/hungover beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this beer has a dry, smokey flavor, with an oaky aroma. this was a good beer but not great. very dry & sharp.
jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Did a vertical with the regular Yeti, and as skeptical as I was, this is even better. There is more round-ness to the mouthfeel, with the oak really evident in the nose. Espresso shot with vanilla bean, more subtle than the hoppiness of the regular, but oh so good.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aha, finally great divide makes itís way to Oregon, and with the oak aged yeti non the less. Pours black with a smooth tan head. Aroma starts with some rich roasty coffee notes and not really much oak to be found. The flavor has a slightly more oaked flavor, but it still didnít impart a big character in this beer, although thats not really a bad thing because many beers have too much oak. The thing i was really unhappy with in this beer was the big bitterness and the big acidity. This really covered up a lot of the flavor of this beer for me. Alcohol was present throughout and a very lively carbonation thinned out the mouthfeel quite a bit, although it still remained fairly heavy. I think i will need to rerate an aged bottle of this to let some of the hops die down and flavors mellow.