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 (1516) - 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.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very dark dark brown thick pour, with a small tan head. oaky/roast coffee aroma. taste is chocolatey, lots of roasty coffee, and plenty of oaky flavor as well. finishes nice and bitter, with a long aftertasete. i split a bomber with a friend, but I think like 8 oz would be a better serving size for me, I got kind of sick of the flavor after awhile. Very very good though, nonetheless.
Beaver (1315) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a viscous and totally opaque black. It has the darkest brown head Iíve ever seen on a beer. The head is a thick and heavy dimpled cream that retains well and leaves a good amount of lacing.
Its aroma is chocolate, dark fruits (fig), vanilla, and strong oak (almost corky) notes with some hops and alcohol.
The flavor is chocolate, vanilla, cream, oak and figs followed by a surprisingly big bitter (and slightly alcoholic) hop finish. It has a lingering sharp bitter and alcoholic (almost fuel-like) sticky aftertaste that I found to be too much - it really detracted from my enjoyment of the beer. The mouthfeel is full and creamy.
Overall, this would be a very fine Imp Stout, if not for the unappealing aftertaste (and finish to some extent). I thought Left Handís Oak Aged version was much better balanced and better overall.
TAR (2506) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 Virtually opaque. Creamy smattering of caramel foam. Vinous nuanced nose of PNW hops mixed with tobacco, ink, and salty tannins muffle the elegant roastiness. Beautifully bodied with lush carbonation and an oily body. Initial iron twinge gracefully unites with a vinous twang of red grapes and ink over a captivating bitter espresso malt frame. Remarkably, the bodyís delicateness keeps the vinous acidity from becoming overly coarse, although the fruitiness remains omnipresent. Awash with rigid ďgreenĒ hops, which, when factored in with the roast and salty tannins, create a savory bittersweet chocolate/salmiakki fusion. Burnt malts lend some smokiness, which, along with the faint oak, deepens the flavor by imparting a touch of scratchiness to the body. Otherwise, the oak continues to taper toward the finish where the dryness is unexpectedly limited. A heart-stirring example, rivaling Siberian Night (brewpub version) in its elegant interplay of fruit & malt softness and understated complexity, minus the liberal hop levels of this.
JMerritt (1816) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Peoria Intíl Beer Festival. Black with a ight-brown head that is massive in size and mostly lasting. Aroma: chocolate malts, pine-sap, and cereal grains. Oak? Whereís the oak? Moderately bitter flavor, biting at times, with a marshmallowey, gooey malt backbone with light coffee notes. Pillowy soft mouthfeel. Very good, but I donít think the oak-aging did a hell of a lot.