gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
An excellent choice. A little sour, but very heavy. This is the thickest beer I have ever consumed. One of my top-5 beers ever chriso (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle (courtesy Duff) at St Albans Beer Festival, October 2005. This is a big, powerful fellow, no doubt. Pitch black, with a huge brown head. Deep, rich, burnt malt aroma. No coffee or chocolate to speak of, although some creamy chocolate notes develop on the palate. And, yes, I do get the oak. Soft vanilla smoothes out the chunky malt. Velvety feel, alcohol well integrated. Quite refined. Not a term I use much in relation to American beers, but it fits the bill here. I’m often a bit dubious about the value of oak aging, but it certainly does the trick on this one.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Pours black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of oak, pepper, and roasted malts. Taste is bourbon, oak, and sweet chewy malts. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Quite mellow and enjoyable for an imperial stout. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 On tap at Brauwer’s. I was really impressed with the regular Yeti, so I was excited to try this version. As with the regular Yeti, I didn’t get much aroma, and at least the way they poured it, it didn’t have any head. As for flavor, for me at least, the oak was overpowering. It tasted like somebody dumped a cheap California chardonnay into my Yeti. It was OK, but for me it detracted from, rather than enhanced, what I thought was a great brew (the regular Yeti). I had the same reaction to a bottle I tried. tennisjoel (1476) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 Rerate:
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Originally, this was a mind blowing experience, as I rated this a perfect 5. However, there are some detractions from this beer that I now notice, since I have sampled many more Imperial Stouts. After about 2/3 of this beer the alcohol becomes fairly noticable. Therefore, I am deducting a few points. Still a top of the line Impy Stout, but there are others such as Darkness and Dark Lord which are better.
The aroma on this beer is crazy. All kinds of stuff going on here. Raisin, plum, chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Huge beer, WOW! Thin layer of head, with good lacing. This is excellent! Everything you could ask for in a stout. The flavor is just huge. Not much else to say, other than challenging any other beer to beat this one. I don’t think any can. The one thing this has going on that other stouts sometimes lack is the amount of hops. I love it!
Total Score: 5
On tap at The Map Room. Looks pretty much the same as the regular Yeti except it lacked most of the head. The aroma and taste have hints of oak added to what is more toned down attributes of the unaged version. The ABV is well hidden. Very nice. JoeMcPhee (9451) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
22 oz bomber. Pitch black beer topped by a thich, creamy, brown head that lasts and lasts. Sweet chocolate aroma up front over dark plummy fruit, vanilla, oak, strong herbal hops and a big peppery character. Flavour is very roasty, charcoal, plum, sweet and salty licorice, chewy malts accented by prominent sweet oakiness and heavily roasted malts. Better balanced than the regular Yeti. As it warms, the hop profile become woody and the oak really comes alive. Lingering peppery aroma NachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 bottle. Oh Yeti, how I love thee. pours stark opaque black with a ridiculous dense dark tan head. The aroma is hugely powerful, it knocks me back with an onslaught of sweet barley and oak. Closer inspection reveals some piny hops in the mix. The flavor is gigantic with tons of caramel and chocolate covered by more than ample smoky, woody hops. This is a powerful brew.
[Addendum: March 21, ’07] Picked up another bottle of this in my hometown, it’s rare to get good beers around here, so it was just a matter of time. This a very solid imperial stout. It is just a shade friendlier than the regular Yeti Stout, but still has the assertive hop character and dense, full-bodied malt foundation. The hop edge has been replaced with a soothing bourbon character. Plenty of espresso notes abound along with hickory, slight piny hops, and the oak infused sweetness setting the base for the brew. Outstanding impy, I’m glad that out of the very few acceptable beers we get in my county (seriously, it’s not many) we get this one. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2005
This is, hands down, my favorite Imperial Stout...it’s all there...great body, great hops, lots of complex flavors including dates, figs, raisins, a wonderful citric underpinning of mandarin orange and grapefruit, vanilla, oak, and even a dash of sherry, with all the flavors coming through harmoniously...simply, a beautiful Imperial Stout. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from a 22 oz brown bottle at Beerfest. Aged on American and French oak chips. Black-hued Imperial stout having no discernable head. Aroma of soy sauce, toffee, roasted malt, and burnt raisins. Soft carbonation. Medium-to Full bodied with creamy texture that starts with mild roast malt flavor with hints of toffee, raisin/prune flavor and finishes with average bitterness. As far as Imperial stouts go, this one is on the mild side, not hoppy, and has a flavor that resembles a barley wine ale. A very good drinkable imperial stout.