JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on bottle) Black as a grave, funny for a beer named after a snow-monster. Toffee-coloured head. Strong aroma of coffee beans and salted fish(?). Fullmalted taste, quite bitter, could be more smooth, but it seems lik the BU is too high for the alcohol and malts to handle. guess Ungstrup can bye ´em all of Jeppe without me crying.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Smell is of cherry with thick roasted coffee scent to it. Taste is sweet with a roasted bitterness to it, not as choclatey tasting as many imperial stouts but very nice. Roch creamy palate with a sweet coffee aftertaste that coats the mouth.
DarkElf (3037) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Yeti -- 22 oz bottle: Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC) (Maverick -- 22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jeffin7, thanks Jeff!) So what we have here is a side-by-side comparison of an aged 2003 Maverick Imperial Stout, and a new bottle the same beer, which has been renamed to Yeti Imperial Stout. Not surprisingly, the visuals are nearly identical, both pouring a jet black color, topped by half an inch of light brown head that fades down to a partial film within 5 minutes or so, with the Yeti showing slightly better retention in the long run. The moderately aromatic nose on the Yeti is fairly earthy, easily dominating the modest, roasty aroma, but with the Maverick, good heavens, the intense nose is strongly earthy, more deeply pungent than mulch or soy sauce or anything else I can think of. Flavorwise, the two beers are fairly close. Both are pretty intensely flavorful, very roasty, earthy, sweet, and bitter. Yeti shows more quite a bit more hops in the finish and therefore seems a bit fresher. Maverick is more intensely dark and earthy, every bit as bitter as Yeti, but with subdued hops contribution. And with the body, the Maverick is a bit more viscous, sitting somewhat heavier on the palate. I guess all this is no surprise, sort of what we’d expect with the aging of an Imperial Stout. In essence, as the beer has aged, the hops profile has diminished, and the flavor has become more deeply earthy and strong. I think I prefer the Yeti slightly, as it just seems fresher tasting and cleaner on the palate, but each are really great in their own way. Buy a case, drink some now, cellar the rest.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Une impérial stout tout ce qu’il y a de très complexe. Cacao, café, caramel, rôti, houblon. Pamplemousse aussi... Très intéressant. Bue après une Double IPA, j’ai eu l’impression qu’il y avait beaucoup de ressemblances dans les houblons aromatiques. Très bonne...
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, no date, not in my cellar for very long! The hop character surprises me; meaning its subdued nature is surprising...compared to the draft barrle aged version I had about a year ago...I remember being able to smell fresh hops in it...not so in this one...a malt monster, pours thick like oil...just like a really good imperial stout should...I think I base the appearance of these on how they flow from the bottle as much as anything else...but this one cascaded into a billowing deep brown head...its fade left lotsa lace on my Moneuse tulip...it was thick too, and darker at the top of the lace than the bottom...almost like something had been microwaved in my glass...I think I’ll really have to scrub this one when I’m done! Sweet & thick, but not overdone. slight roastiness of coffee, dark chocolate, maybe a dash of pipe tobacco and an underlying almost bourbon character to it...much more complex than the draft barrle-aged appeared to me (although I was quite intoxicate when I tried it and basically gulped down a pint of it in about 10 minutes)...I like this ones mellow hop character a lot, and I love the body. Quality beer.
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and black with a dark brown foam...nice...a coffee and chocolate dominated nose with hints of the awaiting hops...taste is very hoppy, but with a comfortable underlying sweetness...could use more body to balance it out...ends is a rather bitter aftertaste from the hops, which almost burns your tongue...still less than the oak aged version...
MiP (13836) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very strong, sweet, nice liquorice aroma. Black colour, dark brown head. Flavour is strong, fruity and sweet with nice aromatic hoppiness. Liquorice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a baige head. Light roasted sweet coffee chocolat hoppy aroma and taste, light alcoholic. Medium to full body and a sweet soft finish.
Gachupines (959) - USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black body with a dark brown head. Taste is dominated by chocolate and coffee with a strong hop presence. Surprisingly balanced however, and rather easy to drink for the style. This beer was quite enjoyable throughout.
joergen (21719) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at DBF 2005.
Black coloured with a beige head.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate and hops.
Nice flavour with lots of hops, chocolate, coffee and hops.
Long roasted and hoppy finish.