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 (1289) - 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 (1115) - 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 (6159) - 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. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2005
22oz. Not having had the original Yeti formula, I feel as if I am missing some context for this, but I cannot say that it matters much, for this beer succeeds on its own. The salient feature of this beer seems to be the way the oak ’ s vanilla marries so nicely with the raw, near-menthol qualities of the hops. The malt seems as if it there more as a matter of logic (for nothing less than an imperial stout could bear the weight of all this oak and hops) than to provide a whole lot of flavor on its own, other than a good deal of bourbon--or is that just the oak again? Of course, my sinuses are a little wierd tonight. Very good stuff--there is a bit of a rush packed into this. Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
Deep dark stout with a thick moka head. Light chocolate and restrained hops in aroma, with cherry notes, and light vanilla as beer warms up. In mouth, restrained chocolate with notes of raisins, quasi vinous qualities, and roasted coffee beans. Rather nice but not as rich or heavy as expected. Medium to rich bodied. On tap at the Map Room, Nov.12 2005. Dorwart (2616) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Got a little too happy with this pour. Very large head of dark brown bubbles. Very small and compact with great density. Settles very slowly and leaves a thick sheet of doily lace around the top. Very light carbonation. Rich, roasty aroma with loads of sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, salt and terreaki sauce. Color is black as tar. Creamy smooth in the mouth. Slight woodness and tartness from the oak. Other than that just plain delicious. Sweet and malty without the harsh burnt coffee taste. Flavor is surprisingly short lived and I expected it to have a little more body than this. Creamy and smooth and hides its alcohol very well. A great imperial stout that will please those who are not fans of imperial stouts. Incredibly drinkable for such a huge brew.