Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle: Jet black...like motor oil... yea yea yea... What makes this Imperial stout different. The head was unbelievable. Head was so thick you could make sculptures with it. When you finish a pint, you have lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass. The taste is very complex... has very defined roasted coffee and chocolate. awesome subtle oak and cedar flavor from the oak aged. The first part of the glass had a slight alcohol/hop burn... but quickly faded into a lovely sweet maltyness. Every sip brings a little different flavor. Some sweet, some fruit, some chocolate, some hop, some roasted coffee,, some hazelnut....tasted the alcohol a little too much.. but a I wonderful treat none the less jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Wow. I was really expecting to be disappointed..glad it was the exact opposite. Just looking at it makes salivate. Lacing is thick, clinging to the glass.
Well worth the $7.99 pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2006
Wow, this is definetly one of the best stouts I’ve ever tasted! Very very very smooth pleasing chocolate taste. Later it get’s hoppier. You just can’t stop drinking it! Very expensive in Denmark thoug. Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JAN 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Solid black - looked almost tarlike when poured from the bottle. Thin brown head. Fantastic almost dessertlike aroma of chocolate, espresso, vanilla (?) with a good kick of hops - I could probably spend days smelling this.
Everything from the aroma is doubled in the flavour except the hops, of which there is much more. Fantastic lingering aftertaste that lures you into another gulp.
I’ve only had three sips now and I’m already in love - when the glass is empty I’ll probably marry this one.
Magnificient. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Jet black, tan head, lacing, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, very nice... taste is chocolate up front, roasted malts, vanilla, and a touch of hops in the finish. Incredibly smooth and silky mouthfeel.
Tried this at the same time as regular Yeti and there was a noticeable difference.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2006
I have had this one 3 seperate times and had 3 different experiences with it. This last experience is the only one I have notes on and the worst experience with it. Poured black with a dark brown head. Aroma was bitter chocolate, coffee, some wood notes, and grassy hops. Silky smooth across the tongue. Flavor was bitter chocolate, coffee, some caramel, and finished with hops. This one tasted a lot closer to the regular Yeti. I would rate this specific sample a 3.6, but the rating I am entering is going to be my average experience with the beer as a whole. At its best I would give it a 4.5. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours oily black with slight tan head. Nose is ver nice. chocolate yet vinous in character with roasted malt sweetness. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with velvety chocolate and licorice notes. Alcohol blends well. Bittersweet finish. Great beer. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank> piscator34, thanks Kris. Deep black in colour, large lingering tan coloured head, lots of lace. The aroma was quite malty (dark chocolate), roasty, licorice, vanilla and oak. The flavour was quite sweet upfront, very roasty, rich chocolate cake, vanilla. Very bitter mouthfeel, large body, medium carbonation. Finishes roasty, lingering, burnt and dry. Very nice. CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Poured this beauty in a pint glass...I know, I know it should have been in a snifter. It truly poured like motor oil as black as night with a large dark tan head that laced the glass like linen. The wonderful aroma of oak and chocolate beg you to drink this. The first sip grabbed my tongue and slowly made it’s way down my throat leaving a warm sweet bitterness quickly giving way to a sweet vanilla aftertaste that will make you want to take another sip. This is one of the best imperial stouts I have had and if you like imperials and don’t try this one, you are really missing out. thornecb (5989) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Poured jet black into snifter with tan precipitating head. A few larger bubbles remain, but otherwise head sticks to edge of glass. Not a hint of glow comes through when held to a light.
Smells like chocolate...tastes like chocolate with a vanilla alcohol aftertaste. Not sweet like many imperials -- in fact, nice and roasted and bitter.
Palate is actually a little thick with soft carbonation.
Really quite enjoyable. Will be worth cellaring a few bottles.