kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via trade with someone a long time ago, and I forget who. Pours a clear very dark black colored body under a very dark brown one inch foamy head. Amazing retention and lots of patchy lacing. Aroma is thick and full of roast, chocolate, and coffee. Lighter notes of alcohol, licorice, hoppiness, and caramel. Well balanced flavor between the hoppy bitterness, heavy malt, caramel and chocolate. Very big all around. Finishes with lots of chocolate and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and oily in texture with nice soft fine carbonation. Finishes a little sticky and warming. Pretty darn good. Not quite up there with my ultimate favorites, but still solid. The alcohol did get a little distracting by the end of the bottle though. Same overall score as the Oaked Yeti for me and I can’t really say that I prefer either version over the other, they’re both very good beers.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has an intense chocolate aroma. very dark with nice colored head not to thick but hoppy and tastey.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep dark brown with beige head, interse dark chocolate aroma and taste very rich, a very sexy stout
beerintervals (2) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, a huge beer. Very nice color and head. Scent is wonderfully hoppy. Taste is very hoppy, with some subtle sweet notes and the alcohol content is well hidden. I really dig this beer.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as coal w/ a medium sized thick, creamy froth. Aroma is full of chocolate cakebread. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Flavors of blackened steak and german chocolate cakebread puch you in the face right at the opening bell. As you are K.O.’d and falling other flavors come to mind as your life flashes by. Espresso, iodine, leather, sourdough, big fat day old charred coffee, tar, coconut. BAM! you hit the floor and the huge bitterness drills your palate to finish you off. This is a HUGE style. Malty sweetness meets a severe charred hop twitch. Submit you fool the Yeti cries. The intensity here is in the same league as Mephistopheles. You almost want to run from it. The oak aged version is a tad more tame and refined. This is the bad boy!
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
22 oz bomber
Bottled Fall 05(?), tamed 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint.
Poured black with a mostly lasting light brown frothy head with excellent lacing.
Smelt strongly of dark chocolate, dark coffee roast.
Taste was upfront strong bitter dark chocolate followed by an equally strong bitter coffee feel and moderate bitter grassy hops with a moderate toffee sweetness, and faint fruity esters, on a long smoky vinous perfumey finish. Mouthfeel was medium/heavy, syrupy, soft carbonation and light to moderate soothing alcoholic warmth, and moderate to strong astringency.
Overall, a great imperial stout that offers bold taste and aroma, and looks dangerously satisfying. Hits strongly but satisfyingly. A great winter warmer.
Side note: It is more well rounded in flavors and mouthfeel than its oak-aged counterpart, but this brew is as good as it gets flavorwise, whereas aging the oak-aged version would soften it and propel it over the regular version.
rauchbier (3775) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, DBF2005. Jet Black, good lasting coffee beige head and moderate condition. Pleasing aromas of coffee, chocolate and phenolic roasted barley in the nose, Sweet and alcoholic in the mouth with chocolate and roast barley joined with a fruity liquorice edge. Lingering sweet creamy coffee in the finish with alcohol warmth and a final flourish of liquorice.
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great imperial stout. One of the most balanced and enjoyable I have tried. Strong malty nose balanced with a crisp bitterness that leaves your palate wanting more.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6538) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this marvelous beer poured thick, black and oily with the darkest brown head I have ever seen. The aroma is a wonderful mix of roasty malts, sweet chocolate and light floral hops. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. The flavor is moderate floral hops, sweet chocolate and roasty malts. The finish is long with bitter malts and sweet chocolate. Overall a classic of the style and significantly better than the barrel aged version.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Free pour from bottle at Knoxville Brewer’s Jam ’06. Pours dark black, even against the bright sunlight, with a dark tan head. Aroma was strong on the chocolate, with notes of coffee, lots of molasses, and even some hop qualities shining though. Flavor was very rich chocolate and coffee, with a very nice roasty finish. Unfortunately, I somehow inhaled some of this into my lungs, and had trouble talking for an hour or so.