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 doesnít overwhelm all the other flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I like the regular Yeti, a lot...and I love Oak, much more than Poplar or Maple...so, letís have some magic, eh?
off comes the cap and ridiculous, useless, silver foil...
Solid black appearance, utterly opaque, with a fine cap of fluffy brown foam on top...solid!
whiskey hits the nose first, followed by sweet fruit, whiskey meets wine? ...nice hops, forward malt, but, after proper inspection, the hops are bigger than expected, and that I like! Dark malts give proper balance, though, and linger lightly through the winey aspects and the deeper sweet bourbon tones.
Taste: wow! this is genius!..itís a chocolate bar, with a sweet cherry finish...
itís a brew for slowly, intermittently, sipping and savoring with a good book, or a fine film...the best things in life should accompany this beer.
Still a hoppy kick,a thrillingly complex flavor, many different accents and nuances entrancing the senses at irregular intervals...tasty, tasty, tasty...yum...yep, thatís really says it...yummy, yum, yummmm...(Homer-esque gargles ensue...)...this is a great brew, not too big, not at all punishing, very well-balanced, for what it is, and really, really nice!
I picked up 2 bottles, and itís apparently not enough...got to visit ye olde bottle shoppe, before supplies run dry.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my first 5 for appearance.A thick rich tan head with a mohagany sheen covers a black brew.Lacing of fine carbonation bubbles line the glass. I washoping fpr more in the aroma but there is some chocolate,oak and vanilla.Coffee bitterness really jumps out
in the first sip.Second sip and I come up with the vanilla and some oak.Seems a little thin on the tongue.Great blend of flavors,even more complex than I was expecting.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with ClarkVV. Totally opaque molasses topped by lustrous creme brulee and lacing the sides of the glass darkly....nostril-hammering burnt beans and dark chocolate with big piney hops...vinous on the tongue at first, bit chalky in the middle, chocolate and bitter greens (arugula comes to mind)...too roasty and harsh, somewhat moderated late with oxygen....barrel-aging certainly hasnít brought smoothness to this coarse monster, perhaps another year in the bottle would make it more palatable...certainly worth a try, but no great shakes amongst the competition in my book.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black, coffee hued edges, large foamy head - brownish, sticky lacing. † Hop nose, lots of heat. † Where is the Oak? † Simplistic light impy stout on the tongue. † Suprisingly light body and mouthfeel. † Roasted malt finish, light, sticky, minor hop bitterness, apple skin residue... where is the Oak? † I guess I expected too much. † Oak Aged Yeti? † Uhhhh..... yeah. † Thanks pdee! † I want my Maverick Imperial Stout!!!
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This isnít a bad little beer and may be the answer to those who donít like the barrel-aged fad. You donít get the bourbon or whiskey tones that accentuate the vanilla in this one, but you do get a pretty noticeable oakiness that melds perfectly into the relatively dry, chocolate malt of the the beer. Not the fruitiest of beers, but it does have a bit of cooked raisins and brown sugar.
Aurelius (4655) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really delicious raisiny, winey, chocolate candy aroma. Impressive viscous pour, clingy beer and tan head -- looks like used motor oil. Tangy, gingery, roast nut flavor. Impressive balanced bittering, moderate backend sweetness. Meaty body, long satisfying bitter finish. Sweet on the lips. Looking at the pour, I was afraid that this was going to be a soy sauce affair, but I am duly impressed. This was worth the $7.49/bottle, itís a world-class beer. Head and shoulders over regular Yeti.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfection in many ways. Much like the standard Yet, a wonderfull aroma. Beautiful in the English pint. Hoppy but balanced enough. Silky mouthfeel. Bold chocolate and roasted nut flavors. Finishes like pure satisfaction. Perhaps a bit more complex in the flavor profile than regular yeti. Very nice and a very big beer.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Pours black with a small brown head. Lots of aroma going on, roasty malty coffee as expected with a bit of hoppyness that I didnt. Light oak at most, hops seem to push it back a bit. I think aging will help this one along.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Black, with a brown head. Aromas are hops, chocolate, fruit, and coffee. Flavors are chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and fruit. Body is medium, but seems like it should be heavier. End is a little bitter, but not in a bad way.