bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled on June 25, 2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head stayed around for a while, and there’s a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like oats, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, and some vanilla. The brew tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit (raisins), bittersweet chocolate, oats, anise, and some coffee. There’s a good lingering bitter roasty finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy, slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this beer a lot, I think it’s another good addition to the Yeti series. I’d buy it again. $9.99 a bottle.
Minderbinder (1887) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with low brown head. Intense lacing. Aroma is of alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate,vegetal stuff. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, sligth roast acidity. Palate: Full bodied. Not too oily (goes toward dryness). Overall: Pretty good, classic-styled Impy.
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, dark brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate, cake, roasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot, resin), with notes of vanilla and alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy/creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
I’ve lost track of how many different variations of Yeti there are now (I kept skipping this one at the store, thinking for sure I’d already had it before), and while it’s gotten a little tiresome to see the endless tweaks, you can hardly fault GD for getting as much life as they can out of this one beer. After all, it is easily their best product. So here we are again with another Yeti...it looks fantastic, just how you would want a stout to look; sizable lasting head and effortless first-pour opacity. But like all the others, it fails to rank among the 4+ elite in this highly competitive style. This one sacrifices a fair bit of the roastiness of the regular Yeti for more sticky-syrupy sugars and much more prominent chocolate notes. This leaves the aroma a bit more simplistic than the regular version, and more difficult to drink as well, due to being more unrelentingly sweet. Impies are sweet almost by definition, sure, but at the end of the day they still need to be drinkable. This is only barely so. I would not happily be able to drink 12oz, much less an entire bomber. So alas, in the end, as with all the other varieties, GD still has yet to really *improve* on regular Yeti...which has minor problems of its own but is still the best of the lot.
deyholla (6714) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a creamy brown head that lasts throughout the beer and laces. Aroma has bitter dark chocolate and strong roasted malts with a touch of oats and a hint of raisin. Flavor has bitter roasted malts throughout the with bitter chocolate and a hint of pine in the finish.
after4ever (6168) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Pours jet black with a loose and creamy burnt tan head that sticks around forever and ever. Big sweet chocolatey roasty nose, a nice mix of sweet dark milk chocolate with some roasty malts and a tiny bit of cookie dough. Silky heavy body--rich and decadent. Not quite bordering on milkshake, but it certainly puts you in mind of one. Sweet chocolatey smooth mid palate. Get a little roasty in the finish, especially as it warms. A bit of a toccata and fugue on the place of cookie flavors in big beer--covers chocolate chip, oatmeal, maybe some fudge. But it’s not cloying or desserty, it just picks up those notes and makes something coherent with them within the context of a very nice impy. Another great down-the-middle interpretation from GDBC; they don’t so much rattle your spine with unprecedented creativity as they just do things beautifully, consistently, and sometimes better than damn near anyone else. They have this whole Yeti lineup just dialed. There aren’t many impy crews with this many variants that are all this good. You can only think of world-class beers to find better impy families than Yeti.
czar (4508) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
post-cascade + upright tasting sessions - ’coz we’re porks. pours very dark brown with a small dark crema, some retention and lacing. burnt caramel and marshmallows, rum, booze, bit of raisins, ashy, molasses - cloying sweetness. moderate carbonation, medium body, bold resinous finish. nice.
rxeight (1365) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid imperial stout. Lots of dark malt. Not much sweetness but not a whole lot of the stale european malt thickness. Some coffee. Really didnt taste the rasins which i wouldnt want to anyway. Insanely thick mouthfeel. Nothing that blew me away but just solid.
BMMillsy (1432) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from pops! Pours pitch black with a big brown creamy head. Aroma of big chocolate and dark fruits. Smells smooth and sweet. Flavor is big creamy chocolate, slight anise, and lots of dark fruits. Definite Yeti hop bitter in there but not as much as the others. Super creamy smooth and thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation on this. Very solid big stout.
LinusStick (2869) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious imperial stout. A little more tame than the rest of the series. Aroma was nice. Dark roasted malt and dark bittersweet chocolate. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was sweet and bitter with the roasted malt and chocolate taking control. The raisin was a pleasant surprise. Gave the finish a sweet dark fruit flavor that was hard to detect until it warmed. Mild carbonation. Very nice but I prefer the others for their harsher flavors.
MadRobin (1995) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Opaque, black-brown with a small tan head and very good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, plums, vanilla and oatmeal.
Taste of roasted malt, vanilla, alcohol, plums, raisins, chocolate, roasted coffee, ca and mild herbal hops.
Very full body and medium/low carbonization.
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