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!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2006
22 oz bottle. Poured thick and black with a brown head that laced the glass. Big malt nose with molasses, caramel, and chocolate notes. Tried this one side-by-side with the regular Yeti. The oak-aged version has a stronger molasses nose and less sprucy hops. Slick and oily in the mouth with flavors including roasted barley, molasses, and alcohol. There is a distinct oak note that is most prominent at the end along with a strong hop bitterness. There’s a lot going on in that bottle. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - APR 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 Bottle, 49F Tulip glass, Wow talk about aroma big malts and huge hop notes, Caramel, Floral notes of cool winter pine. The appearance is very dark like caramelized molasses or chocolate syrup. With a head that lingers dark brown. Large amounts of hops begin to fill the mouth immediatly followed by sweet malts and bitter chocolate persuassions. Almost sticky sweet but the refreshingness of the hops prevents it. Light hints of fresh vanilla bean pod extract with heavy unpasturized cream dominate. This beer secretly and subtly fills your mouth with rich cream and twang. Truly this beer is worthy of its high ratings and zero I mean zero hints of alcohol. Fantastic. bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2006
Bottled. Pours blackish brown, with a big tan head. Caramel, coffee, vanilla, malt and oak in the nose and taste. Creamy, well rounded and full bodied. The most impressive feature of this beer is subtlty of the oak - unlike so many other oak aged beers it doesn’t leave you with the impression that you’ve been chewing on barrel staves. dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Hail mary full of grace the lord is with thee.
Sticky, cream dance, chocolate bliss, coffee, orgasm empty stomach, dry, Hop along suzy. Black death smile. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle warm sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma of coffee, hops, roast, and wood. Flavor is smooth, coffee, roast, and a bitter finish.