beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark planet stirs.
Big and black massed Earth creates mountainous jagged dirty brown snow peaks.
The snow melts into a small shallow pond after time aloft.
Tons of snowflakes and ash blow across the oily sky.
Charred hillside forests still greet the air with its scorched greenery bringing a fiery realm of blackened resinous heat.
The Valley below was indeed thick with vegetation.
Where once stood big branching oaks, tall climbing hop vines, supple vanilla bean pods, forever fields of barley grain and oat grain, and bountiful crops of cocoa plants, now sits a blackened scattered skeleton of leaves, twigs, branches, and trunks.
Whisky-like gases steam up from the black char of ash.
The air fills with a windy oakened oat sweet dust now as it wafts about enveloped within a heavy chocolate fog brought on by a period of cooling.
The air brings taste with it.
Charred barley and heavy set cocoa slip onto your tongue.
Breathe more inward and find hop vines still growing among the blackened vanilla pods.
Oily and resinous charred backwash builds on recourse as you exhale.
The gaseous whisky makes its way to the back of the throat.
Yet you do not choke.
It floats and coats much like the gassy ground from which it was purged.
It burns, but not more then the air itself.
Nothing of the mighty oaks has survived it seems.
Twisted, fallen, and smokened trunks at best.
The heavy chocolate fog amidst the atmosphere helps lift a cool transition inbetween breaths.
You can see.
You can feel.
Its no more a path as it is an opening.
Starting wide and almost slippery.
Narrowing as we go deeper into the Valleysí slope.
The breathing feels somewhat harder now.
The burning takes over.
The char and some gases takes over.
Not unbearable, but smooth as to the gills a of fish underwater.
Again, the chocolate fog breezes across your face cooling the air.
Only left is the charred resin of the Valley below.
Percolating and brimming with new bourne life out of its own ashes.
The surface is torridly smooth from peak to peak.
Life flourishes within its own obliteration
Beautiful; if it were.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour was medium blackish, with small white head to top it off. Nose was a bit oaky, chocolate, some vanilla, and descent alcohol. Taste was simlar, not quite as good as some other oak aged treats in my day, but good none the less.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from Rich. whoa, as soon as the cap came off, the room was filled with the strong aromas from this big brew! it poured like motor oil into my .3L snifter and looked great. the mouthfeel was full & thick. this is a very impressive Impy. Stout, but the flavors were quite overpowering and not in balance. maybe I should have let this one age for several more months. stil a very tasty brew! l
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Had this right after the standard Yeti. Much more complex, with the hops being more subdued. Iím not sure the oak adds that much, but the time to allow the hops to mellow out definitely does; the roasty character and complexity is much more accessible in this one simply because the hops donít distract. Solid beer.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
was supprised to see this at the store. pours black with a thin head. aroma of coffee, chocolate. and whiskey. taste is chocolate and alcohol. not to mention the whiskey taste which is just a little too strong. not bad but i liked the regular yeti alot more.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle. Dark black with a good sized light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, dark roasted malt and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor starts off mildly sweet with roasted malt and chocolate then quickly turns hoppy and bitter with a warming alcohol finish.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and black, with a gorgeous cocoa head. Aroma has chocolate and coffe, with a hint of whiskey. Dark fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke, and alcohol nicely presented in the flavor....Thanks, Wunderbier!
Tejas (931) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hmmmmm, I donít pick up any Oak aging in this one. I do however pick up alcohol, not that thatís a terrible thing. Nevertheless, as expected, this is one BIG tasty beer. I have to wonder though if the alcohol flavor doesnít mask some of the flavors that I detected in regular Yeti. Given the price difference of around $4 compounded with more flavor being released; Iím content with traditional Yeti. Unless of course Iím in the mood to drink one big bastard of a brew.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Draught House. Pours thick and black with a brownish tan head and great lacing. Nose of chocolate and vanilla with roast and oak. Huge chocolate and roast in the flavor with some vanilla and oak. There is also a smokiness to it. Nice full body, sticky with good carbonation and a long finish.
It is great to find this beer of draught. I will get some bottles and let them age.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2005 Side-by-side with the conventional Yeti. The color is the same but this has more of a peach head while the other has more of a darker beige. Aroma of the oak-aged is slightly more hoppy but in an antiseptic sense, and happily burns the nose with the high alcohol %@!. At this level thereís a simple Kahlua-like sweetness to the flavor and the alcohol has a chipotle quick-burn in the mouth and on the finish. Seems to also be a slight vanilla tint on the side of the tongue but this may be autosuggestive from the commercial description. The highlight of this beer is the nice, dry oak & hops finish. Nice beer, perhaps somewhat overrated for its 9.5% kickass properties.