Gachupines (974) - 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 (22001) - 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.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 The commercial description says it is "almost viscous." Bullcrap. it is viscous. It made glopping sounds going into my glass. Extremely dark with a head that laces like a brown backout curtain. Heavy hop aroma with roasted bakers choclate in the background.
Tastes better than I thought it would. The roastiness comes through what is undoubtedly a great deal of hops. Still on the verge of being too hoppy to my palate, but the beer works well and is far superior to many of the wave of big imperial stouts I’ve had.
Tmoney99 (11350) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Large rocky light brown head that lasted thru the brew. Aroma was a heavy molasses and coffee. Full creamy body. Flavor was heavy complex sweet with a light bitter finish. Good brew.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to btg for the bottle. Pours an opaque black with a small brown head. Deep muted roast malt and slight cocoa aromas underneath a hoppy fruit sweetness. Almost sickly sweet in the nose, fortunately compensated quickly by a roast character. Caramel and chocolate frame a citrus hop note with lingers in the finish with a building alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is full and lusterous, but perhaps a bit too sticky.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Bomber purchased at the Foodery in Philly. Jet black pour with a dark brown head. Strong roasty smell to it, with the hops noticeable in the finish. Round, full roasty flavor without much coffee bitterness, though the coffee flavor is there. The hops balance it very nicely, bringing in the bitterness the roast usually would. Great dry finish. Not as interesting as it’s buddy from the oak, though.
lamas (1410) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Jet-black pour with thick cinnamony light-brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is of roasty malts, tons of hops and black coffee. Incredibly bitter and hoppy. Roasty and toasty. Earthy and piney. Sweet with hints of anise and vanilla extract. Very dry finish. Plenty of warming alcohol throughout.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Seems very carbonated for an Imperial Stout.. Fragrant malt cocoa aroma,nice smooth texture,rich mocha taste, with a velvety chacolate syrup aftertaste. Excellent brew, I enjoyed this more than the Hercules
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
opaque dark brown/black pour, dark tan head that lasts and laces. roasty/chocolate/coffee aroma. flavor is that of the aroma. roasty/chocolatey, with a decently hoppy finish. my only complaint is that it is a little sweet. nice thick mouthfeel. I like this better thant he oaked yeti, very good
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2005 Side-by-side with the oak aged Yeti. The color is the same but this has more of a beige head while the other has more of a lighter peach. This one also has a slightly richer appearance and lacing. Aroma of the conventional Yeti is simple but pleasantly fruity, with a little alcohol burn on the nose. Very full flavor with an interesting chipotle-like alcohol burn; yeah, hops are there but only on the finish. Ok beer but Great Divide has put out better.