adrian910ss (2595) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAY 4, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a pitch black color with a medium sized brownish beige head. Sweet aroma full of fresh rich chocolate,vanilla,oak wood, with hints of malt and roasted coffee. Taste is sweet with cocoa and hints of vanilla, bourbon,oak, malt, and roasted coffee. Excellent !! ceejmeister (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006 does not count
Not for the faint of heart. This Stout smoothly delivers a lot of rich flavor. I expecially enjoyed the fullness of the hops. A creamy palate leads to a mellow and warm finish. restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Complex, robust, gorgeous, aromatic, strong alcohol content but not too strong. Not my favorite but definitely worthy of one of the highest stout ratings. tsp (113) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2006
(Bottle) Oh, this is what heaven is like.. :-) This beer is amazing in all ways, taste is extremely full bodied and powerful. Yet the beer is rounded and balanced and easy drinkable.</br>The beer pours black, completely black, with dark brown head. Notes of liquorice, heavy hops & burnt malts are the key elements in the taste. Notes of cocoa, coffee, smoke and sweet vanilla are present too. In short: an AMAZING beer! JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
This is a great beer but I felt the oak aging cut into the luxurious flavor I found in the lesser rated sibling of Yeti Imperial Stout. Maybe this needs to be cellared? Thank you Tidiaguy!
railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
GREAT STOUT A VERY SMOOTH BEER WITH A OAK AGED FLAVOR TO MAKE IT MELLOW OUT AND VERY EASY TO DRINK WILL TRY AGAIN Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2006
Upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle, the beer takes up a very short residence in by goblet an atramentous color, the head a modest but thick and creamy chocolate brown, as it slowly fades in the distance, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has a nice hint of oak, with a sweet malt backing, a perfect blend of toasted grains, chocolate and a whisper of hops, start is a bit sweet, the grain profile perfection and the top thick and rich. Finish is determined in its acidity, the hops spicy and perfect, also a bit of alcohol bitterness, aftertaste is as dry as my backyard desert, “WOW” what a treat, also notice a nice tummy warming, another winning and I must say monster beer from Great Divide. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Good, but I wasn’t totally blown away by it. Thought that the oak aging might have been just a bit heavy-handed. Definitely complex. An interesting beer if not my favorite. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 On tap at Brouwers in Seattle.Aleacolyte (13) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2006
The beer pours midnight black and beautiful with a small tan head. The aroma is a huge blast of straweberries, with some cherry, some oak, some apple, a hint of roast, and some cigar smoke. Vanilla is prominant in the flavor, along with hints of cherry and wild berries; these quickly yield to wood, cigar smoke, burst grain, bourbon, and coffee. The mouthfeel is pure velvet with a nice alcohol warmth in the background.
I would have liked to have had this served a few degrees warmer, at the high end of cellar temperature if not room temperature (note to self when serving the bottle in my cellar). And I wasn’t absolutely blown away by the beer, but think that might have been more a matter of the setting and the mood (I probably was more in the mood for a strong bitter IPA at the time, though I didn’t realize it) than a matter of the beer’s inherent qualities. The parts of whole certainly are first rate, and they combined plenty well.
Addition. Upon a repeat performance at Brouwers, this beer lives up to its promise and then some. This time, I was in the mood for exactly this beer, and it exceeded expectations. It also blows the (fresh) regular yeti out of the water, far more mellow on the hops than the regular yeti, allowing the complexity of flavor to develop on the palate throughout each sip. Marvellous.
22 oz bottle. Pours jet black with gorgeous tan/brown soapy head that leaves some thin lacing. Seductive cascading during pour and after each sip. Scent is predominantly roasted malts w/ hints of a fine port. The palate is exactly what one would expect from an imperial stout--smooth, decadent and incredibly rich/complex. An Excellent Imperial Stout!