scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Sampled at a local BA Tasting (more recent batch?) – Black, tan creamy head. Rich dark cocoa-bourbon aromas ride warming waves of vanilla espresso and charred wood. Roasty black chocolate and burnt coffee flavors balance well on sturdy foundation of vanilla-whiskey and oak throughout. A touch of ABV softly shines through without issue. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Very nice now, but think age on this could make this unbelievable… cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
"Fourth sample on the Friday Night Yeti tour we took in our hotel room the night before Dark Lord Day 2010. Unmistakable Yeti Stout with a soft rounded bourbon theme. Midnight colored body, large frothy head that settles to a nice quarter inch leaving some legs of lacing behind. Burnt and toasted aromas with some faint grassy hops, followed by strong chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Rich and luscious mouth feel with a nice sipping pace. Big stout flavors subdued by smooth bourbon, wood and a trace of vanilla bean. Probably my favorite of the Yeti’s, although the Chocolate is a close second." DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2010
2008 bottle sample thanks to skinnyguy! Dark black pour, some cookie colored carbonation and wonderful rich aroma of dark chocolate and smooth whiskey. Flavor was just as good as the aroma, a complex blend of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and slightly boozy whiskey on the finish. Solid beer and well worth seeking this one out! nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle shared by someone awesome at DLD. I can’t remember who, as I was three - or even four - sheets to the wind by that point, but I did make some decent beer notes on this one, so here goes.
Pours jet black and slightly viscous with a one-finger tan head that leaves some swirls on the beer.
Aroma jumps out at you with everything you want from a beer like this. Very roasty with coffee, chocolate, oak, whiskey, and vanilla.
Flavor is similarly intense and awesome. The whiskey and oak really assert themselves thanks to this beer’s very long (20 month) residence in the -bals. I did not see barrels when I visited Great Divide, but hell, I guess they must be somewhere. The awesomeness of regular Yeti also comes through, with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and even some hops.
The mouthfeel is great, smooth and slick with fairly full body.
I am rarely one to speak badly of a -bal aged imperial stout, and this is not going to break that trend. This beer is awesome. They should make more of it. Drinkable for the 12.2%. I might be able to finish a bomber of this. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle shared by fonefan on 8/28/09 (#462/470): Pours an oily opaque with a small creamy, spotty lacing tan head. Aroma of rich dark caramely sweet maltiness with good vanilla whiskey complexity and notes of dark chocolate. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramely malty sweetness and oaky whiskey balance with good dark chocolate espresso complexity. Very enjoyable and well-balanced.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
Take an incredible beer and barrel age it in one of the best whiskey barrels available and the result is this beer. Just incredible. Can’t even begin to describe all of its characteristics. The depth of chocolate and wood and whiskey is truly marvelous. That said, I still think the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian is the best of the bunch. bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2010
750mL bottle #98/1104 from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours the usual opaque black with a soft chocolate-milk colored head that clings like mad. Aroma is powerful oak, whiskey, chocolate, and some vanilla. Flavor is very very boozy, with high ABV and the whiskey from the barrel aging. Lots of heat, but smooth otherwise. Interesting twist and worth the price for the experience, but I’m not sure this expensive version beats the original Oak-Aged Yeti. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 7, 2010
(bottle - 750 ml) Rating #2300. Dark and oily black pour with a thick tan head. Very syrupy. Aroma is heavy and flavorful with tons of roasted malts, barley, coffee, oak, vanilla, wood, and whiskey. Flavor starts out with a sweet vanilla and oak flavor sitting atop a very dark and heavily roasted middle. The whiskey comes in next and imparts a very nice warming sweetness without completely overpowering the beer. The oak and vanilla notes come back near the end and leave a very nice and lightly sweet finish on the palate. Thick and creamy with just enough of the whiskey flavor to really add to the beer and not take away from the flavor. Absolutely outstanding. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2010
750 mL bottle, #735/1104, shared graciously by NachlamSie. Pours very dark black with a fluffy tan head that eventually fades to a kind of oil slick. The aroma is chocolate, burnt raisins, light vanilla, some oak, a touch of charcoal, and a slight roasty coffee hint. The flavor is raisin and barrel char primarily, with some cocoa notes not too far behind. Some other dark fruit notes float around, like prune and blackberry. An edgy roastiness keeps it from becoming too sweet, as does the ashy bitterness that comes out toward the finish. The finish itself is slightly drier than I expected, which is quite nice. It leaves a lingering subtle vanilla aftertaste. The alcohol is very well masked in this, too. Quite a tasty one. NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2010
750mL bottle #735 of the most recent release shared with Tronraner. I am angered that this cost me $30. It is basically oak aged Yeti. I’d rather buy two bombers of the latter. Anyway, since it is basically oak aged Yeti, it is a tremendously delicious beer. We have a full bodied, very dark black beer. The aroma is of espresso, sharp hops and a good deal of wood and vanilla imparted from the bourbon barrels. The palate is thick, slick and creamy. The most distinguishing character between this and standard oak aged Yeti is this one is perhaps slightly more woody in flavor. A semisweet oaky note is a little more prevalent along with heavy flavors of espresso, chocolate, raisins, and molasses. What a delicious brew, but seriously, save yourself the $15-$16 and just get Oak Aged Yeti.