biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid black in color with a sustained, craggy tan head. Enticing aroma’s of hops, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, earth. Huge body with a relatively dry finish. Big hop flavor rounded out with roast and caramel. I get a bit of root beer flavor. A bit chalky, but not in a bad way. The oak is not very apparent. Maybe some tannins. The alcohol is well hidden.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
not opaque, but definitely black with a little crimson when held to the light. head is light to medium brown and somewhat lasting. the first thing that hits my nose is the powerful hoppiness. mild cocoa and coffee notes. flavor is quite bitter, alcohol is mildly pronounced, lots of roastiness in the flavor again wild cocoa, big burst of roastiness in the finish. i’d like to say that after 1100+ beers, that i could tell this one is oak-aged. frankly, i can not. however, it’s still a great beer.
Ratman197 (8850) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THis is a nice imprvement on the regular Yeti. Its a beutiful dark beer with a lot of hops, something I really like in a stout. Nice oak flavor but is much better on tap than in the bottle. Ibet this would be even better aged in a Tennessee whiskey barrel!
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Wow, OK, we really have something here. Dark-side-of-the-moon blackness. Dark tan head is really rocky and lasting. Sticky lace forms a new ring with every gulp. Ginormous texture is thick and rich, and not unlike bunny fur dragged across the tongue (not that I’ve ever done that). Complexity exudes throughout, with wafty elements of yeast, wood, chocolate and smoke. Hints of vanilla and chocolate-orange -- curiously enough. Malts are exuberantly rich and divine, with syrupy caramel and dark chocolate. Electric hops garner attention with elements of grass and earth, as well as a full-blown balancing bitterness. Elements of tobacco linger in the background, enticing and complex. What an awesome beer! It gets better every time I try it, and I think the current sample (Feb. ’06) is better than ever.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker than night with a thick brown head, that fades fast. Roasted malt nose with strong hop aromas and an underlying fruit to it. heavey in the mouth with sweetness in the start and a drying bitter finish of both burnt toast and big hops. Lot’s of fruit, plums, raisens, light blueberry, with big piney hops and faint citrus in the background. As far as the Oak goes, it show’s up in a woody, burnt vanilla way. Personally I think this beer needs time to settle down so that one could enjoy some of the sublties that seem hidden behind the big hop/malt body. It doesn’t get much bigger, I’ll make sure to re-rate after a couple of years.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amazing beer. Thick and syrupy. Black. Huge hop aroma as soon as the bottle was opened. Flavors of plums and oak; sweet malt. Complex. Very rich and heavy; it would be difficult to drink an entire 22 oz bottle in one sitting.
Thanks to Obisbeer for the sample.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
New bottle - Deep ultra black, thick dark mocha colored creamy head. Complex notes of vanilla, new oak, grapefruit, ground expresso, with a hint of chocolate, and a splash of bourbon. Unfortunately, the aroma was the best aspect. Initial sips hit me with a burned plastic note. It was very well bittered and burnt, with balance very hard to come by. However, it did get a little better as it warmed. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, drying bitter finish. Definitely needed more time on the wood to mellow it out. Still decent and worth a try though.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 ***Re-rate*** ,,, 2003 bottle... Wow. The more time this one spends in the bottle, the better it gets. The harsh, burnt, bitter notes have mellowed. They’ve matured to become malty flavors of caramel and milk chocolate. Score adjusted. Set this brew aside for a year or so to truly enjoy it! *** Original rating... Bottle. Pitch black ale with a large, creamy, brown head. Good retetention with excellent, ink-blot lacework. Smells like oak, vanilla, grapefruit and coffee. The flavor is a bit disappointing. A touch sweet at first and then BAM!, here come the way bitter hops and burnt, ashen flavor. Tons of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied. Astringent and alcoholic with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, bone dry finish. Based on others’ ratings, this was a pretty big disappointment. Way too bitter for an oak aged beer. Probably could’ve used another several months in the company of those oak chips. A really good brew, but nothing exceptional.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First bottles off the line complements of mjames, one of the more respectful raters to join up with the Boise crew on his way through. Thanks Mike!
Pitch black with a sticky head. Earthy columbus hops, light oak, mirepoix, good! Well rounded, much less bitter than the regular with vanilla notes rounding the palatte. Vanilla finish, a bit more acidic. Some tannin like qualities. Smooth, more balanced than the regular.
Ernest (6012) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is absolutely opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a strong note of raw wood, other notes of vanilla, varnish, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Seriously...ehhh...wayyyy too much raw wood aroma (which comes across in the aftertaste as well, as if I’ve been sucking on a piece of wood). As big as the aroma is in other ways, the wood (and a varnish-like smell, oddly enough) really hurt the score in that respect. Still looks great and has a luscious mouthfeel, but damn...ease down on the wood, guys!