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Crack open Yeti Imperial Stoutís sophisticated sibling -- Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Although these beers come from the same clan, they have entirely different personalities. Aging on a blend of French and toasted oak chips infuses a subtle oak and vanilla character into Yetiís already intense chocolate, roasted coffee malt flavor and hugely assertive hop profile. Who says you canít tame a Yeti? 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan thick head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasty. Big palate. Palate is smooth. Rich flavors. Excellent enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2566) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2005
black w/ a thick tan head that laced very well and stayed throughout the glass. The scent was first a nice blast of crisp grass hopps then a malt background w/ a tiny touch of sweet vanilla. The palate is thick full and creamy w/ some decent carbonation. The flavor was a bready roasted malty thing w/ a bit of a woody aftertaste, a nice hop finish and a subtle fruit taste as well as a warm alcohol finish. Overall a good balance of malt and hop made into a great sipping beer. Thanks to Dave for this fantastic brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Deep dark brown, with a light brown, thick head. Nice RIS aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, etc. Not sure if I get any BA qualities here, but I think I do detect hops. Palate is big and smooth, with lots of dark malt character balanced by very chewy hops. Very rich flavors here. I suspect that this will really gain favor with age and age a good long time, but it is also exceptional right now. Right up there with my favorite Russians, although it seems to have some of its own unique character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 Aroma is hoppy (cascade?). Alcohol, caramel, roasted malts. Chocolate. Appearance is dark, dark brown with a creamy brown/tan head. Very thick head. Excellent lacing. Flavor is of raw cocoa. Very well balanced. Alcohol isnít overpowering. Vanilla, mild oakiness, grapefruit undertones. Roasted. Palate is silky, creamy, powdery finish (think of eating raw cocoa powder). Tried the Maverick 2003 on 4/29/05. Really good. This is going to be a very ageable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Gorgeous pour - thick tan head with that leaves generous glass-covering lacing. Raisiny, coffee-like aroma with sweet chocolate undertones. Big malt backbone consisting of molasses cookies and semi-sweet chocolate. This is immediately offset by green bitter hops and bitter, acidic wood. Long-lasting, roasty bitter finish. Nice rich mouthfeel on this one, itís like a lesser cousin of Dark Lord. A well-made "big" imperial stout , I like the interaction between the hops and wood, they work well together to counteract the big malt profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Dark chestnut brown/black body, big creamy tan head. Strong chocolate aroma with plenty of roasted malts in addition to vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, and potent piney hops. The piney hops are nicely emphasized in the flavor (I donít remember these being so strong in the non-aged version...but I havenít tried that beer since it was called "Maverick Imperial Stout"). In that regard, this reminds me of Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, though the maltiness is still stronger here. A touch of grapefruit and caramel are evident as well. Oak flavors were surprisingly subtle. Incredibly smooth, creamy body. Delicious. Thanks John (JCW) for the sample!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Absolutely floored when I saw this at our local beer hunting tree stand (Jubilation). I had no idea it was in the works. This one did not disappoint. Dark as night, immediately evident as it flowed from the 22 oz neck. Aroma of a vanilla/hop latte. Thick body that tended to cling to the tongue long after the swallow. More than anything I noticed the sweetness on the front edge of the tongue, which was not present with standard Yeti. This beer is so well rounded and covered just about every satisfactory sense a mouth can fathom. I would predict a long standing top 25 run here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 12, 2005
This beauty pour dark dark brown with a huge fluffy bubbling light brown head. Big hop aroma almost resembles an IPA. Some chocolate in the aroma as well. Taste is coffee, hoppy goodness and more hops in the aftertaste. Creamy vanilla taste. Hops resemble Storm King. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Poured black with a big brown head. Aroma is big and thick. Chocolate, roasted malt backed by hops, vanilla, and alcohol. Chocolately flavor mixes with hops, and roasty goodness. Hop bitter finish lasts a long time. As does the alcohol warming. Full mouth feel is smooth almost chewy. Thank you sir may I have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Side by side down with non-oak aged Yeti. First bottle off the line thanks to mjames

Looks the same as the regular, but not as oil. The aroma is where the big differences occur. There is a huge hop presence. Cascades, I believe. Not a lot else is going on here. Itís refreshing, but un-Impy like. Some roast and chocolate eek through to make an appearence. A little alcohol. The taste follows the same suit as the aroma. Completely different. The hops show through, again bitter. This time it has more of the roast and a mocha flavor that blends very well. There are some hints of lactose in there. Very creamy and thick bodied. Finishes milky and bitter. Roasty and fruity as well. Thanks Mike... as said that night: first bottles, bitches!

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