csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting 10/22, picked up the bottle in Colorado in late March. Itís spent some time in the cellar. 22oz bottle. Served at 58į in my NB worthy glass. First cold spell of the fall is happening outside, we have misty rain and the temps will be nearfreezing. The beer pours completely black, perhaps a sliver of maroon at the top that is topped by a small mocha colored head that dies away to a ring of bubbles and a few fractals in the middle. The smell is roasty and hoppy. The malt seems to have the upper hand on the malt, at least so far. Both are huge. There is a huge mouthfeel. The taste is milk chocolate at first with a dash of espresso. The finish is pure, oily hops finally overcoming the malt onslaught. The hops are piney, maybe a little earthy. The creamy mouthfeel lasts until the end when the warming alcohol and hops leave it somewhat astringent. The aftertaste is roasty and piney. I can see where this beer has the sheer "bigness" to survive a stint in the barrel. Tasty.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oily black color with a brown head. Aroma is sweet coffee and chocolate. Flavor reminds me of sweet molasses with dark chocolate and coffee. Very sweet but with a surprisingly bitter finish. I prefer the Oak Aged version.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black with a rocky dark tan head, roasted chocolate, coffee, grapefruit and molasses aroma. Flavor is mostly burnt chocolate with some slightly astringent alcohol notes and a fairly decent hop finish. Pretty good.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle: Pours a deep opaque brown black. Dark brown/tan head. Roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, intensely flavored nose. This is awesome. Big burly imperial ready for the cold weather. Molasses, dark fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, motor oil, tobacco, burnt caramel and toast. Thick viscous mouth feel, full bodied. Huge citrus, pine resin hopped up finish. Juicy! A great imperial in my opinion. I liked this bettter the the Oaked Yeti, but thats just me I guess. AWESOME!
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at LCRBM. one of the best at the tasting session. aroma: pine, resin, hoppy. taste: resinous, coffee, chocolate, a little earthy/smokey, bitter and hop( all in a very powerful taste explosion, from the begin till the end). very good....
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 6 fl.oz.) One of the greatest stouts Iíve ever tasted. Powerfull bitter notes from the hops, and sweet delecious notes of chocolate and caramel/coffee. Pours completely black, with a nice lasting off-white head. Itís definately not the last time Iíve tasted this great beer!
SudsMcDuff (6551) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as black as the night itself..Big Brown head, Great lacing!!! Big cocoa smell at first... not 2 sweet..not 2 bitter, goood! has a sweet roastiness to it that leaves good bitters behind in the yap.coffee+ bitter cooking choc flavours:::Has some heat in the back of the throat, probably due to the high abv, but not noticable in the taste, masked well, but a delicous brew with a black roasted kick! .........where is this "yeti?"
diabel (1619) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBG Low Countries 2005 Tasting Session
Brown head, excellent lace. Black body. Great nose of malts: nuts, chocolate, coffee, ... Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Somewhat acetic. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. Medium bodied. Nice Stout. Not overwhelming, but good by itís simplicity.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Bottle@Home, Feb 09, 3.8: Had this so many times by now and itís still great. But I also had so many other Imps now that I start to recognize the great from the god-like ones. And this isnít god-like, just great. Too one dimensional in the flavor. Bottle@LCRBM, Oct 05, 4.1: Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and blackcurrant. Black color, firm brown head, good lace, pours very thick. Strong flavors, sweet, strong roasted coffee, very bitter, very full and thick. Great example of the style.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich aroma of roasted barley, molassas, chocolate and coffee. Bitter roasted flavor is tempered by a dose of sweetness like molassas and brown sugar. Notable cascade hop presence as well (piney, spicy, floral) but not overdone. Very creamy palate. A pleasant surprise to find this on tap in central Illinois.