Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Hm, I was just reminded that I had this with mjames at the Falling Rock. Just as good as the original, and I do feel that this beer benefited from the barrel aging process, unlike some that are way overdone. Good stuff. ReRate 12-04: WOW. Great oaked taste without the hassle of bourbon. Very creamy, delicate and balanced.
Bottle rating: Pours with oily viscocity, leaving a nice rocky brown head with great retention. Aroma is roasted malts with the slightest hint of whiskey. Also has the GD house aroma, if there is such a thing. Big taste of oak, chocolate, and roasted malts matched with a nice hearty smokiness. Alcohol in the mix as well but not offensive. Nice oily texture. Gotta say draft was better, but this beer rocks outta the bottle too.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Deep black, dark body, with a deep tan head... no light passing through this one. A very light bourbon and wood aroma comes out as it warms in my glass. Nice smoky chocolate, creamy, thick, very intense chocolate and bourbon-wood flavors evident. Mouthfeel is thick, and definitely chewy. A little bitterness, hoppy and dry on the finish. I didnít think Iíd like this so much more than the normal Yeti, but itís a pleasant surprise. Looking forward to more.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Draught at Great Divide. Opaque black body and light brown head with a ruddy tone. Aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Has the same coffee and chocolate notes of the regular Yeti plus a more rounded quality, port-like elements, and some oakiness. Finish is hoppy, bitter and smooth with an apparent dryness. Tannic quality from oak-aging helps fill out the body. A definite upgrade of a fine beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/1/04. On draft at Great Divide RB Tasting in Denver, CO 10/1/04. Pitch black with all the fixinís-- utterly opaque and a slight tan head with light, syrupy legs and fair lacing. Roasty toasty nose with surprising piney hop accents. First taste is lightly roasty with a big fresh hop bitterness and almost vanilla extract pungency. Extremely flavorful and delicious, with a subtle and elegant unfolding of flavors. I would have liked a little more of everything (burnt coal, toasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, dryness), but Iím sort of a whore for the huge beers, and this is damn nice as it is. Some dark sweet and sharp, almost tannic qualities to it. Robust, full and almost chunky mouthfeel, meeting a peppery sharp wood and lightly dry-hoppish finish. Chewy goodness. Odd to have the undeniable bourbony wine-like character to it when Iím pretty sure this wasnít aged in a bourbon barrel. Maybe itís the brightness of the fresh wood, or purely the *amount* of wood chips used. At any rate, it was damn good. I think the wood has really enhanced this beer nicely. It was a very good imperial to begin with, but this is one of the better cases where the oak has created a nice harmony with the other flavors that were already there.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at The Falling Rock. Dark black in color,with big brown head. Aroma is slightly woody, with dark roast, rasin, and hops as well. The wood mingles well with the roasty, chocolately, and vanilla flavors. Finsihes bitter and with warming alcohol. Somewhat drier than the original. Very good.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small tan head. Sticky, spotty lacing on the glass. Fruity, cherries and strawberry creme, light roast, hops and vanilla aroma. Taste was roasty, light chocolate but very creamy, toasted oak, some alcohol and was nicely hopped. A very interesting creation, certainly meets, and quite possibly exceeds its little brother. Thanks for the bottle Mike!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Sampled at brewery. Very nice, like the rgular Yeti, but with a dry tannic feel that is quite pleasant. Notes of oak, burbon, smoke, and chocolate. Very nice.
Rerate from bottle, 4/25/06: Opaque body with a chocolate mild thin dense head. Nose-decadent chocolate, cream, vanilla, and raisin. Taste-char, smoke, bitter, fig, raisin, mild dark chocolate, pine, acidic, roasted coffe. High acidity works well with the body. Nice.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at brewery. Thanks to Brian Dunn of Great Divide. The oak was just light enough to be really good with more of a fresh oakiness as opposed to full on bourbon flavor. Not too thick and a nice hop bitterness.
Kevin (2078) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
tap at the brewery. wonderful brew improves upon the original yeti. the toffee and roast flavors in this are accentuated with vanilla and a hint of chocolate. very rich and a wonderful bitter.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Black.
Drier than the original, perhaps and hint of oak, and more fruitiness in the nose. I still have never enjoyed Yetiís nose on draft. It truly doesnít do it justice.
Added winey fruitiness with deep chocolate, toffee, coffee and cocoa throughout and a small hint of honey and oak on the finish.
Another winner from what I personally consider to be Coloradoís best brewery.
Rerate, bottled version. Black color with a very large and thick tan head. How much can oak chips actually change a beer? Well, the overly excessive aroma hops and much less pronounced, but it also doesnít smell like oak either. Maybe an actually oak barrel would improve the aroma, rather than just mellowing the hops. The flavor however, is much improved. Itís not such a hoppy blast like the regular Yeti, but an onslaught of well balanced malt and fruit flavors, with a huge body.