MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark jet-black color, has a great tightly bubbled, brown head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Roasted chocolate, coffee and dark fruit aromas, sweet fruity plum-chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice burnt bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body with creamy and smooth, oily mouthfeel, alcohol somewhat shows as it warms, beautiful.
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deathly black color with a suprisingly thick, tan head. The aroma is slightly malty, but oddly laced with hops. Taste is a fairly rich mix of malt, caramel, coffee and roasted goodness, but again the hops are kind of throwing me off. It was alright, but too thin and not enough character to be an uber-Impy.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003, 22 oz bottle: Dark black body with a very dark brown head that has some serious staying powerl. Quite hoppy aroma comparable to a Victory Storm King with a deep maltiness of milk chocolate and light coffee notes. Taste is immensely balanced with a touch of everything required in a good imperial stout. Initially mild chocolate to start up and quickly fades into a bitter mocha-espresso dry roasty, hoppy finish. Body is thick, ultra-creamy, pretty carbonated. Very neat imperial with a stupendous balance and as much flavor as it should contain. Not my absolute favorite but a darn good one.
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is a weak but sweet chocolate. Starts with a chocolate/coffee flavor and finishes bitter. Easy to drink, alcohol is not noticeable. $4.79 for a 22 oz bottle; found at Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY. Label has changed, it is called Maverick instead of Yeti now - label lists 75 IBUs and 9.5% ABV.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in Colorado (Denver). Obtained from a beer store in Vail. 22oz bottle - whoopiee!!!!!!! Here we go....
Pours the deepest darkest black imaginable. The is as thick as motor oil - seriously. Head is a deep brown/tan colour and is well maintained in the glass. Very strong aroma. There is a lot going on here. Aroma is strong in alcohol, has a big bold cocoa and coffee scent. A slightly acrid component is present and is most likely explained by the intense hop component. I think I even detect a hint of licorice in the aroma. Flavour is just as intense. This is an 800 pound gorilla of a beer. Very very serious stuff. Initially, the taste feels sweet. A slight creamy feel is present in terms of taste texture. The finish is intensly bitter like chewing on espresso beans. Once tasted, a brief moment afterwards the warming effect of the alcohol appears. A very very nice example of an Imperial Stout.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Utterly opaque, big tan head. Not that much of an aroma compared with what I expected - it didn’t impress, but the deep roasty flavor and very thick, satisfying mouthfeel more than made up for it. Nice example of the style.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
TannerTavernboys rocks for letting me take this bottle with me. It pours black as night with a purple and orange head. This head just exploded out of nowhere too...it just kept enveloping the glass even though the pour was long since over....thick and undissipating. The aroma is chocolatey with vanilla, caramel, oak and hints of grape....yeah....grape! The taste is much the same with an overpowering chocolate graineyness and a hint of caramel in the finish. Little carbonation, dry and sweet finish. A nice beer, but a true pleasure to look at!
Dorwart (2370) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Decent head of dark brown foam. Very dense. Settles nicely. Nice rich aroma with black cherries, dark chocolate, roasted grains and a bit of licorice. Some coffee in there also. Underlying bitterness in the aroma is very hopefull. Color is a dark brownish black. Rich meaty flavor. Medium bodied. Bit of soy sauce and some tartness. Tons of roasted malts. Good amount of bitterness in there balances the sweet and rich malts very well. Finish is roasty and a bit salty with a good helping of hops. Lingering bitterness with a slick chewy coating in the mouth. Nice alcohol tingle and warming. A top notch imperial stout. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this one.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A big thanks to BrooklynBoy and JPDIPSO for this style. Pours blacker than the Ace of Spades, with a big deep brown head and great prolonged lacing. Aroma of big coffee, malt, chocolate, fruit, and cognac. Tastes malty, with tons of coffee, chocolate, nuts, and a rauchy roastiness. There is also some tart cherry flavor, milk stouty flavor, and hops in the finishing taste. Great mouthfeel. This one could be the TWIN of the Stone 2002 RIP, but it is ever so slightly drier at the finish. After two of these, not only will you see Yeti’s, but I suppose the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and Jimmy Hoffa as well. Just an amazing brew, and one of the Big 3 that will kick your ass and take your name from Great Divide. Maybe if you feed your girlfriend one of these, you’ll get to see her Great Divide. It’s worth a try. Cheers.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Agressively hopped (pine and grapefruit mostly). Aromas of chocolate, caramel, coffee and cask wood. Deep black with a brown head. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter finish. Heavy body, creamy/oily texture, average carbonation, slightly alcoholic. The bottom line is: dark, well balanced, low acidity.
3/20/2005. Just finished a full bottle of this. A little more acidity than I original detected, but still very good. Great at room temperature. Smooth, super thick, rich, roasty, hoppy...practically everything I could ask for. One big downside I didn’t see last time though: way too much carbonation. I’d bump this up a few points (4.6, maybe) if it had about a third less carbonation.