hboldrick (2) - USA - APR 25, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very good stout but I could not detect the "vanilla character" from the oak aging. Maybe my palate is insensitive. However, I loved the dark chocolate color and the dark chocolate/coffee malts and the hefty hops. Overall, a well balanced imperial stout but not the best. I think Avery’s is ther best.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. The pour is thick, border-line oily. In the glass it is beautiful looking. Pitch black body topped by a dense tan head that leaves behine stunning sheets of weping lace. The aroma is really nice. Sweet chocolate malt, light citrus (grapefruit mainly) vanilla, toasted oak, over-roasted coffee, and roasted malts rounf the whole thing out. The flavor is loaded with oak. I mean lots of oak. The oak chips (rather than a barrel) lend a more woody flavor with light vanilla. This really cuts down on the bourbon aspects and I think as a result creates a wood aged beer that the bourbon haters might enjoy. The flavor is a bit shallow but still enjoyable. A lighlty harsh woody bitterness begins to dominant after the first few sips. The wood flavor lingers long after the other flavor fade away. Full creamy body. In the end I think a little less green wood flavor would help. Still an interesting beer though.
DYCSoccer17 (3481) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rating #950 side by side with the regular Yeti. Aroma is very earthy with malasses notes and cocoa powder. A certain mustiness is present. I detect vanilla and buttercreme. This ultimately had a more intriguing aroma than the non-oaked Yeti. Opaque dark dakr brown with a nice big frothy brown head. Gorgeous. Start is quite vinous and woodsy with the oak chips/barrel really coming through. Almost sour in the middle. Some vanilla is present as well. Roasted, bitter burnt chocolate to finish. Finishes smooth. Nice mouthfeel. A little too bitter and the palate isn’t as pleasant as the regular Yeti. Purchased from Town and Country in W. Springfield, Mass.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Black with a big chocolaty-brown head that is long lasting with a beautiful cascade while pouring. Alcohol in the nose through and through with some hops covering a fast relativly malt heavy nose that is piercing.
The head was kind of thick still when I attempted to taste this thing. The nose is almost entirely hops and is very agressive. At this point you realize that this is not a beer... this is a fist fight and it is going to be you or the beer standing in the end. From there the taste actually mellows out quite a bit and goes more malty with oaky notes here and there. As the beer warms up the hops definately calm down but by the time you are done drinking the entire bottle you are left wanting more. And can therefore be declared the winner of this match.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Black in color with a brown head. Good lacing. Thick malty aroma, a bit of oak and hops also in the nose. Full bodied and creamy. Malty smooth flavor with chocolate and a bit of wood showing. Really nice.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Dark as night with a nice thick dense tan head. Impressive looking stout for sure. A few minutes pass as I gaze at this beauty and the head is slowly shrinking leaving a thick coating on the glass. First whiff is hops for me. Next the oak surrounded by roasted and charred malts. Chocolate, coffee and alcohol follow. Mouthfeel is sensational. Smooth, slightly oily and full bodied with an even amount of carbonation. Really balanced in this department. Flavor is bitter chocolate, coffee, hops and more hops. Lingering bitter finish detracts a bit for me. On the second pour more of the oak bears itself in the aroma but is buried by hops in the flavor. Overall a quality stout. Not sure whether they achieved what they wanted though.
Pailhead (5567) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Nice chocolate, black licorice, roasted coffee, and hop aroma. Pours a very dark brown, virtually black with a tan head with decent retention. Nice lacing. Flavors of dark chocolate, black licorice, and vanilla to start with oak in the background. Nice roasted coffee finish with a nice hop balance. The oak really mellows out the coffee flavor of the regular. Smoother and maltier than regular. Very nice beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Richlikebeer. This is a great Imperial stout. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Finishes, rich, smooth, and dry.
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 2004/2005 bottle. Shared at Muzzlehatch’s house on 4/16/05. Dark inky black, thick looking liquid, with a strong tan head and plenty of foam sticking to everything. Aroma of strong and lightly sour molasses, tar, oily roast and black chocolate. Flavor is thick, syrupy and rich. Salty, bitter chocolate and dry raisins and brandy liqueur. Bitter hops attack on the finish with a dark, black coffee. This is insane. Full body, well-masked alcohol, over-the-top hops. Thick, lightly creamy/oily mouthfeel. Where’s the finesse? and more importantly, Where’s the oak?? I know oak chips do not impart near as great a flavor as solid oak barrels, but this one seems to only have a light hint of vanilla and just a hint of tannins. Oh well. This could get pretty good with age.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Eclipse black color. Large cascading beige head. Nice cascading action. I always enjoy looking at this action. Long lasting very thick head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, touch of vanilla with some oakyness. Lots of hops in there as well. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasty, chocolate and coffee. Lots of oak notes and tannins. Seems to be a little young yet. Flavors are a little unbalanced. Hops and oak dominate. Hides the 9.5% alcohol well, you can tell its there but it doesn’t overwhelm all the other flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.