ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Wonderful, milk chocolate, hoppy aroma. Fully opaque body. Light brown head. Wonderful lace. Engine oil consistency when poured. Full flavored. I am floored by this brew. First class. Definitely better than the regular Yeti. Caramel notes, some oak. 75 IBUs are perfect and this is a perfectly balanced brew. I have had some really good Imp. Stouts: Dark Lord, Bear Republic Black Bear, Town Hall Czar Jack, but I donít think any of these was as intensely pleasurable as Oak Aged Yeti. Get your hands on this brew. Thanks Tar.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 1st Batch) Pours a dark brown body with a small brown head. Aroma of strong spruce and some vanilla. Flavor of spruce (lots of it!) with some chocolate and vanilla. Somewhat bitter finish. Very hoppy for what would be expected from an Imperial Stout. Thanks for sharing Kevin!
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 The Lure:
Coffee beans and malt roastiness coincide in a well-balanced union with piney hops and bourbon barrel notes. This appears wealthy, full of vanilla, chocolate, star anise, etc.
Roasty bitterness prevails in a rich panorama of molasses, dark chocolate and dry resin. Vanilla sweetness of the oak barrel fits perfectly with the rich malts...Light citrus, a drop of cream and oncoming dryness all contribute to a comfortable, bulky, and never agressive flavor presentation.
The firm and friendly handshake of a genius.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Opaque black with burnt brown head. Looks strikingly like a big shot of espresso. Smells of vanilla, roasted malts, carbon, alcohol. Initial tastes arenít as scary as youíd think. Itís pretty smooth. Lots of vanilla and sweetness to it. It doesnít hide the roasted flavors though - that comes through loud and clear in the middle with some ester. The finish is good with some roasted flavors, some malt and carbon. Mouthfeel is full and rich, with some numbing from the alcohol. All in all, a great relative for the yeti, a remarkable imperial.
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tar Black. Big lacing work complements the filmy brownish head. Strong extremely dry aroma which managed to dissimulate the oak much more than Iíd have anticipated, I wouldnít notice it at all blind I assume. Ashes like, roasty dryness (which I like to describe as pencil shavings) backed by more dark bread overtones and woody counterparts. Bitter black chocolate dominates the palate, but it doesnít hide the coffee nuances and vegetal and citrusy hops. Very hoppy in fact which contributes to the high level of dryness that lingers on and lingers on. Smooth medium body, a bit chalky or phosphoric towards the finish. I sincerly expected more, but I canít say Iím disappointed not to have just yet another barrel dominated freak show. It just didnít feel even as good as what I remember from the regular richer, chocolatey Maverick/yeti imperial Iíve had a year or so ago and I could understand it has a fine markup on it.. Thanks for the bottle Ernest.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oak, vanilla, orange-pine resinous hops and roasted malts in the sweet aroma. Opaque black body with a thin but lasting cover of brown head that laces well. Strong roasty flavour with a fair orange hop tone. Big chocolate flavour is bittersweet. Strong oak-woody flavour with notes of vanilla. Very dry medium-light body seems somewhat thin, perhaps due to the barrel-aging? Snifter glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle enjoyed with Claude, MartinT and Rastacouere.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma doesnít clue me into this being an imperial stout. Itís so hoppy, it could be a rich barleywine to my nose if I were blindfolded. The flavor gives more chocolate with lots of big grapefuiting hops, plus vanilla, wood, roasted nuts. Very dark brown, some good head. An unsophisticated palate. A long, dry finish of coffee and chocoate, with lots of hops all through the end. Thanks Kevin!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, snifter. Large, frothy, brown head slowly fades into this awesomely jet black beer. Chocolate, coffee, caramel malts. Pine and citric hops. Oak, vanilla, molasses, alcohol. Aromas are all huge and balanced. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Finishes a tad thin, alcoholic, grassy, astringent. Medium full body, sticky up front/slick in back, average carbonation. The bottom line is: I like the looks, the malts, the oak, and the mouthfeel up front. But the finish is much less than I was expecting. The conundrum is: how is this so much different than the regular Yeti to me? The solution is: have a regular Yeti!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours like motor oil with an attractive tan head. big aroma of chocolate and roasty with with wood showing vanilla booze and toffee. rich and silky smooth mouthfeel. beautifully balanced between the beer and the barrel with roasted malt, espresso, raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla beans, toast amd booze. delicious.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cherries, vanilla, toffee, caramel and whiskey are all present in this very appetizing aroma. Alcohol is slightly noticeable as well. The pour is perfect - oil can black with a perfectly even, tan head. For as much going on in the body, this beer is incredibly well balanced and smooth. Dark chocolate and roasted coffees blend beautifully in the body. An absolutly wonderful warming sensation in the finish makes this beer top dog. I do think I enjoy the regular Impy slightly more, but that will probably change every few months.