Strykzone (7360) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Can this be the equal of the Oaked Yeti? Incredibly rich and thick pour. A medium tan head sits on top and floats like it is a separate entity from the beer. Aroma is indeed espresso with that mix of chocolate and coffee. There is also alcohol and dark fruit. Feel is powdery and the thickness was more than just appearance. Flavor is espresso, dark fruit, alcohol, and a nice hop zing. This is an amazing beer and it can stand toe to toe to the Oak Aged Yeti. Quite and accomplishment! ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009
So excited to try this beer. Pours thick and black with a huge creamy, brown head. Looks like a chocolate milkshake. Aroms is rich with coffee, licorice, milk chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is big and creamy, the way a stout should be. Coffee and milk chocolate are the dominant characteristics, with a slight alcohol note. What a great beer, Definetly one of my new favorite imperial stouts. Would recommend to anyone! BeerFanDan17 (1120) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUN 2, 2009
A very tasty and powerful stout. This brew took a good hour to savor. It is complex, thick, strong, and flavorful. Dark as nice with a slight head. dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2009
The name says everything you need to know about this beer. It doesnt disappoint. Nice dark head w/smoothe complementing coffee notes (obviously) on top of a great stout. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2009
bomber march 9/2009...
a dark viscous black pour is capped by an orange tinted brown head. it is soft, spongy and leaves behind random lace spots.
lots of rich coffee on the nose with roasty grain, milk chocolate, vanilla, savory wood and some caramel.
the flavor matches the aroma with a barely bittered finish and a nice dryness throughout... big ol’ coffee aftertaste. it is very simple and uncomplicated... it reminds me of speedway’ s little brother.
it is medium bodied though light for the style which makes it terribly dangerously drinkable. the mouth feel is soft even though the carbonation is occasionally prickly. tasty stuff. 9/5/9/4/18/4.5
gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Black as coal tar and thick as 20w50 3,000 miles past due. Head is not overly thick but is a decadent color of chocolate mocha with intermittent orange hues. Head fell quickly back to spotty coverage with sparse large bubbles. Some lace but not as sticky as I would expect. A mesmerizing swirl to bring out the nose leaves a veritable vortex not unlike a galaxy. Nose is simple but powerful....roasty, dark chocolate, and fresh espresso. Flavor has some berry like sweetness, a touch of cabernet, strong espresso, bakers chocolate, hershey’s syrup, and brownie mix. Finishes warm with a mild alcohol burn coupled with ashened oak. Full bodied and smooth. Damn fine...damn fine indeed!! argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2009
(22oz bottle) Large milkshakey dark brown head atop black body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, rich coffee, dark and milk chocolate, some vanilla, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, espresso, some vanilla, vinous, roast, chocolate syrup. Light burnt in the finish. Remarkably smooth medium-full body. Alcohol more implied than really felt. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bomber - Thanks Bartzilla! Looks like Chocolate milk. Smells like a latte. A whole lot of chocolate and coffee and hops in this one. Bitter, yet smooth, strong, yet somewhat easy to drink. Very little Oak. Pretty solid. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
March 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled May 2009Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
A solid, but not aggressive pour, sneaks up on me and fills my 25cl tulip glass with three fingers of foam as well as overflowing a bit. The head is a full brown hue that is as dark as I can remember seeing in a long time. The beer is pitch black in color, though it does pass a hint of light around the edges if I really hunt for it (the hue is amber leaning, though it is still pretty opaque). The aroma has a sharp, acrid espresso character to it that is quite noticeable from the get go. The beer is a bit cold so in the microwave it goes for 15 seconds to make it cool. The warming smoothes out the acrid notes a bit, but they still play the dominant role here. Some aromas that do become noticeable though are a charred, blueberry-like, fruitiness, some notes of charcoal, a touch of sweet dark malt, charred tobacco, a toasted brown malt / biscuit maltiness and a touch of chocolate at times. The aroma is a bit simplistic in its overwhelming charred (both espresso and malt) character, though it is not bad.
The beer feels smooth and creamy as it first hits my tongue; it is not overly thick and seems a bit light compared to some heavy Imperial Stouts. Dark chocolate flavors are noticed along with an up front sweetness. Chewy, toasted and burnt whole-grain flavors are here along with a bread / cracker like middle. The finish has a burnt, lingering, roasted bitterness to it; there is also a huge hop bitterness here though, but I don’t notice the ample hop flavor presence that is in the regular Yeti. The flavor is somewhat acrid, with a touch of roast derived acidity, but it is quite a bit smoother than the aroma would have suggested. As the beer warms and my palate gets used to it, the beer picks up a lot more roasted fruitiness; notes of burnt prunes, figs and perhaps a touch of raisin are noticeable. It also picks up a touch of dark / roast grain burnt vegetal character at times in the finish, though this is pretty light. The fruit notes are accentuated by the hoppiness and the vegetal note is enhanced by the herbal hop notes. This has a nice, complex sweetness from the dark malt. Some spicy oak accentuates the acrid notes a bit as well as adding a touch of hotness to the finish. The oak is fairly muted overall though.
I definitely like the regular Yeti better as the espresso just makes this a bit too harsh. It is not a bad beer though and I find myself even enjoying it.
Bomber w/Naven. Pours dark as night with a head that looks like a Yoohoo drink. Flavor is definitely dominated by Espresso with the oak taking a backseat. All said, it is a great balance between the two dominant flavors and as it warmed up, the alcohol began to show. Oaked Yeti on it’s own is a great beer. The addition of espresso makes it a welcome diversion and is a pleasing ale I’d like to drink more frequently.