StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great thick pour and black as night. Thin, swampy tan head with web cast lacing on the snifter. Aroma is rich milk chocolate, oak, triple-distilled whiskey, brown sugar and maple fudge. Enchanting and modest. Flavor is wood-fired, roasted pecans and unsweetened dark chocolate. Reminds me of a bakery that let flames lick a round of baguettes. Heavy, singed and slick on the palate. Malts reign supreme - one of the most roasted renditions Iíve had. Hops help to enrich the ensconcing presence. Finish is burnt, almond-buttered toast, and some bourbon remnants tacked on the end. A fine stout, worthy of imperial status and fit to present to our newly appointed czar, John Negroponte.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
While it is the only Imperial Stout that Iíve ever had, it is most definitely the best stout that Iíve ever had. A very complex and drinkable brew, it had a creaminess with strong chocolate and coffee tastes and aroma. The head was a caramel/gray color that Iíve never seen before. I highly recommend this beer. Great stuff.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/ rocky brown foam. Roasty aroma of chocolate & coffee w/ piny hops & notes of vanilla, oak & licorice. Thick, chewy feel. Complex flavour of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, & molasses, w/ notes of piny hops & oak.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Below is my review for the regular Yeti. The Oak Aged Yeti is similiar is appearance and mouthfeel. To the below, all the flavors are the same but rounded out a bit smoother. Some vanilla and port-like berry flavors mixed into the smell and taste too. Hints of bourbon. Other than that, no major differences. Would be more interesting to age though, I would bet it develops better than the regular.
Pours like motor oil. Thick, opaque black with a thick creamy brown head. Looks like a frothy milkshake. Quite lacy and tantalizing. Smells like milk chocolate with some coffee bitterness underneath.
Taste is a wave of roasty dark malt. Thereís a coffee bitterness that steps right up and bites you. Sweet malty chocolate, mily offset by that powerful mocha bitterness. The mouth is surprisingly creamy with that lingering coffee bean aftertaste. Tasty beer and surprisingly drinkable.
A newcomer to ATL and a welcome one. A fantastic imperial stout that takes no prisoners.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 I know nobody is gonna like this but I donít care, this was a big dissapointment, I really was expecting some vanilla flavor in it and there was none, it was very hoppy and bitter which took away any good flavor, it didnít really taste bad but didnít taste awesome like I expected, I guess I expected too much. It was just your normal average Imperial Stout, way too much money spent at $7 for 1 22oz. bottle. Wow how 3 years have changed. Black pour, big tan head. Aroma is big leafy green hops, and some wood. Flavor is coffee, chocolate and just a touch of roasted malts, then slams you with hops like crazy, ctrus and resin, plus minty northern brewers. What a damn hops bomb. Some oak lays in the background with a touch of smoke but no vanilla. Really abrasive with the hops, lay off will you?
Dogbrick (11021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I remember the bitterness of the regular version of Yeti being the only thing that kept me from liking it a whole lot more than I did. Luckily with this iteration the almost overdone hops are reined in by the aging. The beer is thoroughly black with a thick dark brown head. Sticky rings of lacing. Big chocolate and hops in the nose. Rich and velvety with lots of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The vanilla advertised on the bottle is there in trace amounts. The finish is where the hops kick in again but they arenít overwhelming as in the non-aged version. As it stands I liked this one a lot.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 many thanks goes to footbalm for hooking this up.the oaked yeti poured a super black with a nice looking 1/2 inch chocolate head.as the head sat it left nice lacing/webbing.when it comes to looks,you cant get much better than this.as i gave it a wiff my nose picked up oak,chocolate,canilla,smoke,gram crackers,and hops.honestly,more hops than i usually detect in an imperial stout.now for the first sip.....wow!loads of oak and vanillafollowed by some pine-ish hops,smoke,chocolate,roasted malts,bitter chocolate...damn.like the energizer bunny,this just keeps going and going.the mouthfeel was very full and coated the inside of my mouth and throat.this is a big beer,for big beer drinkers for sure.although as other people have stated,it has just a little to much hops for me.other than that....i cant complain.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2006 1/29.06 Iím re-rating this because the first time I rated OA Yeti was early in my rating career, and I may have been over zealous. Since that time, Iíve experienced many totally rockiní beers, let alone imperial stout. While OA Yeti is a must have, my training forces me to knock him down a notch or two. The oaking marginally improves the standard Yeti.
5/31/05 Yes. This is a fabulous beer. Think, chocolate malted, fluffy, compact, long standing head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, and oh yeah oak. Quite a bit of hop aroma also. Very mouth filling. Viscous. Roasted malts and big hop bitterness. I recieved this through trade with hezron. Iíd kill for a case.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 (22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with bkelley68, thanks Brian!) I was so looking forward to this beer, expecting it to rival the other oak/barrel aged Imperial Stouts Iíve rated, but sadly, this one falls far short of my expectations. In fact, compared side-by-side with Great Divideís regular Yeti, this still falls far short. Somewhat subtle signs of oak (chip) aging, the overwhelming difference between this beer and the regular Yeti is the fairly potent floral hops nature of this beer. Itís strongly floral hoppy, but not strongly bitter from hops. Roast is dominant up front, but the sweetness and the floral hops overpower the moderate roastiness in the finish, which is quite an achievement actually. A touch of vanilla, but if I didnít read the description of the beer, I donít think I would have even picked up the vanilla. The nose is more roasty than the flavor, but still quite sweet and floral as well. Black in color, with a bit of medium brown at the edges. Medium-to-full bodied, just like Yeti, but the hops really cleans out the finish. A light brown head tops the beer, an inch or so in height initially, fading to a swirly film over time. Even as this beer warms, the floral hops still is too dominant for my tastes. It sat in my cellar for only about 10 weeks, and I think perhaps aging this a full year or so would do wonders, but maybe thatís just me.
Ungstrup (33771) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[Sampled tap at the brewery, thanks to Brian Dunn] A pitch black beer with a nice orange-brown head. The aroma is grassy combined roasted notes of chocolate. The flavor is sweet with loads of chocolate and loads of fresh hops, leading to a dry woody and hoppy finish. A fantastic beer, that came thru even though my expectations were high. Someday I want to try it side by side with the normal Yeti.