DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2009 1. Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 30/09/2005
Black rich on the palate and strong in alcohol. Slightly dry bitter roast finish.
2. On Tap at the Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver 13/10/2008
Some bourbon fruit and roast aromas. Small tan head. Black very strong in alcohol rich on the palate and fruity. A little dryness in a crisp and bitter coffee roast finish.
3. From the Bottle at Indulgences Etc, Denver 23/09/2009
Beige head. Big hop aroma. Very strong in alcohol and hoppy with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter roast finish. rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2006
It’s a freakin black hole. Hold your glass up to a light if you drink this and see if any rays pass through. My current glass is a St. Bernardus snifter. There was a nice brown head about a finger’s worth on the top of the beer when I finished filling up my glass from the 22 ounce bomber. The head lasted about 2 minutes and then became a ring around the inside of the glass. You can’t see the carbonation bubbles rising to the top; remember this is a black hole.
The aroma is hops! Yeah! And you can also get the aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. To me this is one of the best smelling things I ever smelt. (Hell yeah!) Now I’d say the hop smell is herbal and hits your nose well before you get the glass near it. If I sit here an inhale the bouquet long enough I can smell the alcohol and it is like rubbing alcohol. So, I quit doing that. I’m not even half way through this bottle and I’m feeling that 9.5% ABV. (Hell yeah!)
This one has a flavor whilst in your mouth and then as you swallow and then that aftertaste. In your mouth you can get a note of sweetness through the hops though there is a definite battle going on for your taste buds. I also got hints of the roasted malts and the chocolate malts. Now swallow it. Bang! Hops win! Hops win! In the end there is a bit of a bitter after taste on the back of the tongue.
The body of this stout is surprisingly light. I think the carbonation is just right. I’d drink it if it were flat. It’s smooth and I could drink it all night. My only problem is that I only have 1 other bottle waiting in the wings.
The beer’s overall ease of consumption is great! This is Heaven in a bottle.
It seems Yetis get better the older they get. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
One hell of a beer. For a stout this damn strong, it has an incredible sweetness and smoothness to it. It goes down incredibly easy and has rich delicious chocolate and oat flavors. Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
I thought this was good, but not 4.16 good. Taste is rich with choclate, coffee, with some nutmeg and cinnamon on side. Body was a bit thin and unenviting. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottled. Not many beers are worthy of a 5 rating for appearance, but this beer is beautiful. Pitch black pour with a perfectly brown roasted head. Initial nose is quite perfumy and delicate for an imperial stout. Supple aromas of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, wafer cookie, raisin, and oats. Tons of black licorice aromas stand out for me, and is the trademark that makes this beer highly memorable and truly unique. Deliciously creamy texture presents the flavors in a comfortable manner. Sorting the ingredients in my mind, I picture piles of dark chocolate chunks, toasted cracked peppercorns that have been cooked long enough to remove the spice and leave the nuttiness, fresh unroasted peeled coffee beans, and whipping cream. The hops are lighter than expected and leave a tantalizing tingle on the top of my tongue. Final smack of bourbon and the oak namesake. Another greatly appreciated gift from Tom.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Pours a thick, jet black with a large, dark brown head. Aroma is just about as good as you can get for an imperial stout. There are rich aromas of chocolate, espresso, hazelnut, caramel, toffee, raisin, earth tones, and citrus hops. Intense flavors slam the palate on the first sip. This beer is incredibly complex. It’s almost like a combination of an imperial stout and a scotch whiskey. The oak-aging really does wonders for the Yeti. The hops bitterness in the finish is great, and there are plenty of peppery spices to add to the already complex taste. This beer feels great in the mouth too. Definitely one of the best imperial stouts out there. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a beautiful 1.5 fingers chocolate brown head. Aroma of chocolate malts and vanilla. Flavors of wood, dark roasted malt, coffee offset by some peppery hops bitterness. Whisky like finish, some warming. Nicely done. thorvall (5) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2006 does not count
Smooth full aroma of dark chocolate and coffe, with an even more plesant, but still heavy, creamy taste on the tounge.
The Hops kicks in when the brew pours into your throat and you get a "kick" from the spicy but still non overpowering tastes. Truly a beer to appreciate.
Wery different from it’s younger sibling the "Yeti Imperial Stout" talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Pours like the original, black with dark tan, lasting fluffy head and nice lacing. Nose is suprisingly a little disappointing with the earthy, flowery hops are up front followed by roast, wood, and slight chocolate, vanilla, and anise. Soft, round, chewy, full, and suprisingly smooth palate. Taste is much different from original; less hop bitterness, less roast flavor (but still there), chocolate and vanilla now present, even a sweet malt taste. But the best part is the heavy oak flavor and the tennessee whiskey tinge that is, well... awesome (being a JD drinker). Long sweet, malty, oak finish with a slight alcohol warmth. The warming has made me like it even more than the original; more complex and the whiskey flavor really increased the drinkablilty. If you have tried Yeti, and like a rounder, less roasty, more wood-like, whiskey flavor, you will love this. One of my favs. slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2006
22 oz. Aroma was a bit more supressed than I hoped, but very good... DEEP malt aroma w/ alcohol backbone. The taste is insane!, the complex blend of beer, whiskey (bourbon), and wine even. Well I’ve never had the reg. Yeti yet this beer is complex beyond words, and would def. replace Rogue Choc. as my "spoil yourself w/ a great 22 and an amazing bowl on a rough afternoon" stout. Oh well. Brawley’s in Charlotte.