scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2005
New bottle - Deep ultra black, thick dark mocha colored creamy head. Complex notes of vanilla, new oak, grapefruit, ground expresso, with a hint of chocolate, and a splash of bourbon. Unfortunately, the aroma was the best aspect. Initial sips hit me with a burned plastic note. It was very well bittered and burnt, with balance very hard to come by. However, it did get a little better as it warmed. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, drying bitter finish. Definitely needed more time on the wood to mellow it out. Still decent and worth a try though.
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 ***Re-rate*** ,,, 2003 bottle... Wow. The more time this one spends in the bottle, the better it gets. The harsh, burnt, bitter notes have mellowed. They’ve matured to become malty flavors of caramel and milk chocolate. Score adjusted. Set this brew aside for a year or so to truly enjoy it! *** Original rating... Bottle. Pitch black ale with a large, creamy, brown head. Good retetention with excellent, ink-blot lacework. Smells like oak, vanilla, grapefruit and coffee. The flavor is a bit disappointing. A touch sweet at first and then BAM!, here come the way bitter hops and burnt, ashen flavor. Tons of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied. Astringent and alcoholic with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, bone dry finish. Based on others’ ratings, this was a pretty big disappointment. Way too bitter for an oak aged beer. Probably could’ve used another several months in the company of those oak chips. A really good brew, but nothing exceptional. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
First bottles off the line complements of mjames, one of the more respectful raters to join up with the Boise crew on his way through. Thanks Mike!Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Pitch black with a sticky head. Earthy columbus hops, light oak, mirepoix, good! Well rounded, much less bitter than the regular with vanilla notes rounding the palatte. Vanilla finish, a bit more acidic. Some tannin like qualities. Smooth, more balanced than the regular.
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is absolutely opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a strong note of raw wood, other notes of vanilla, varnish, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Seriously...ehhh...wayyyy too much raw wood aroma (which comes across in the aftertaste as well, as if I’ve been sucking on a piece of wood). As big as the aroma is in other ways, the wood (and a varnish-like smell, oddly enough) really hurt the score in that respect. Still looks great and has a luscious mouthfeel, but damn...ease down on the wood, guys! mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Originally sampled in July, I just moved this over from the regular Yeti listing.
Tap at Falling Rock is labled "oak aged" drinking at the end of a long drinking day This beer is massively hoppy, pint is opaque black with a nice tan head, fun lace...no oak noted in the nose only massive doses of hops hops hops only the appearance shows its a IS...drinks quite hoppy, a bit of a bourbon note is buried underneath all the hops, some roastiness is in there, massive hops resin still allows some sticky sweetness to come through. Very large beer. I chugged down the last half of the pint like it was water, cause I had to leave. Boy, wish I could sit and let it linger.
JFGrind (2074) - 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 (13267) - 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.