JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Never thought I’d be sampling this Imperial Stout. Thanks to a trip to egajdzis he was good enough to offer a bottled sample. Coffee, and roasted oak flavor with a subtle whiskey undertone mix well to make a velvet smooth tasting imperial stout. Oak aged Yeti is well balanced. I wonder if I’ll ever get to sample this one again. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Pours nice and opaque black with a tan head. Nice lacing around the glass as the aforementioned head settles. Aroma is a nice blend of pine and hops, with a tinge of citrus. Flavor is a mixture of roasted caramel malt and hops, rounded out with a subtle hint of vanilla. An exquisite brew. Even better on tap (9/10 at Flying Saucer Houston). I would love a keg of this concoction; it’s 2345987234 times better on tap. Really. That much better. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Tasted from a bottled sample from egajdzis. Poured dark black with no head. Aromas of oak, smoke, and chocolate. Oak was stronger on the nose than the tongue. Tastes of chocolate and coffee as well. Nice light bitter finish. Very good beer and I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it! CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
On tap at brewery during Ratebeer gathering: Pours a rich obsidian with a dense, full brownish head. Has a sweet, roasty, enticing mocha oak aroma. Starts with a thick rich caramel chocolate sweetness and viscous palate. Oak flavor is evident, but not overpowering and very nicely balanced. Has a pleasant coffee-like hoppy bitterness that leads to a semi-dry yet sticky finish that hides the alcohol magnificently. This is a very flavorful and complex brew and the oak makes it even better. Many thanks to Brian and the entire crew at Great Divide for inviting us ratebeerians over. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Hm, I was just reminded that I had this with mjames at the Falling Rock. Just as good as the original, and I do feel that this beer benefited from the barrel aging process, unlike some that are way overdone. Good stuff. ReRate 12-04: WOW. Great oaked taste without the hassle of bourbon. Very creamy, delicate and balanced.
Bottle rating: Pours with oily viscocity, leaving a nice rocky brown head with great retention. Aroma is roasted malts with the slightest hint of whiskey. Also has the GD house aroma, if there is such a thing. Big taste of oak, chocolate, and roasted malts matched with a nice hearty smokiness. Alcohol in the mix as well but not offensive. Nice oily texture. Gotta say draft was better, but this beer rocks outta the bottle too.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2004
On tap at the brewery. Deep black, dark body, with a deep tan head... no light passing through this one. A very light bourbon and wood aroma comes out as it warms in my glass. Nice smoky chocolate, creamy, thick, very intense chocolate and bourbon-wood flavors evident. Mouthfeel is thick, and definitely chewy. A little bitterness, hoppy and dry on the finish. I didn’t think I’d like this so much more than the normal Yeti, but it’s a pleasant surprise. Looking forward to more.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Draught at Great Divide. Opaque black body and light brown head with a ruddy tone. Aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Has the same coffee and chocolate notes of the regular Yeti plus a more rounded quality, port-like elements, and some oakiness. Finish is hoppy, bitter and smooth with an apparent dryness. Tannic quality from oak-aging helps fill out the body. A definite upgrade of a fine beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 6, 2004
10/1/04. On draft at Great Divide RB Tasting in Denver, CO 10/1/04. Pitch black with all the fixin’s-- utterly opaque and a slight tan head with light, syrupy legs and fair lacing. Roasty toasty nose with surprising piney hop accents. First taste is lightly roasty with a big fresh hop bitterness and almost vanilla extract pungency. Extremely flavorful and delicious, with a subtle and elegant unfolding of flavors. I would have liked a little more of everything (burnt coal, toasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, dryness), but I’m sort of a whore for the huge beers, and this is damn nice as it is. Some dark sweet and sharp, almost tannic qualities to it. Robust, full and almost chunky mouthfeel, meeting a peppery sharp wood and lightly dry-hoppish finish. Chewy goodness. Odd to have the undeniable bourbony wine-like character to it when I’m pretty sure this wasn’t aged in a bourbon barrel. Maybe it’s the brightness of the fresh wood, or purely the *amount* of wood chips used. At any rate, it was damn good. I think the wood has really enhanced this beer nicely. It was a very good imperial to begin with, but this is one of the better cases where the oak has created a nice harmony with the other flavors that were already there. snowtiger (107) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2004
On Tap at The Falling Rock. Dark black in color,with big brown head. Aroma is slightly woody, with dark roast, rasin, and hops as well. The wood mingles well with the roasty, chocolately, and vanilla flavors. Finsihes bitter and with warming alcohol. Somewhat drier than the original. Very good. egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Poured an opaque black color with a small tan head. Sticky, spotty lacing on the glass. Fruity, cherries and strawberry creme, light roast, hops and vanilla aroma. Taste was roasty, light chocolate but very creamy, toasted oak, some alcohol and was nicely hopped. A very interesting creation, certainly meets, and quite possibly exceeds its little brother. Thanks for the bottle Mike!