MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Feb. 27, 2007; 22 oz. "bomber". What would happen if you interbred an excellent stout and a double IPA? This will give you some idea. Black pour, tan head. The strong hop bitterness of this one makes it stand out. Strong dark chocolate/coffee presence, with said bitterness preventing it from becoming cloying in any respect. If I had to stretch to find something "wrong" with this? Well, the ABV could, perhaps, be more well-hidden -- but that’s a very minor quibble. An excellent winter brew with which to curl up by the fire. I look forward to sampling more from Great Divide! Grovlam (4247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle. Tasting @ Per 23-02-2007]. The Oak Aged was a great experience, so I was looking forward to try this one out. Color was as the Oak Aged very dark. Left an average head that was again very dark and creamy like. Good lacing. Aroma nice but not nearly as complex as the Oak Aged. The wonderful vanilla aroma from the Oak Aged is completely missing here. And of cause the oak aroma is not apparent. What could be detected was chocolate, coffee, smoke, licorice, roasted, leather, earth, nutty notes. Some hops notes can also be found that accommodate a slightly dry catachrestic to it. Full bodied and carbonation soft. Flavor was moderated to heavy bitter-sweet. Finish was nice bitter chocolate that lingers for a long time. This is a great Imperial Stout, but it is difficult not to compare it with the big brother. And in my opinion the Oak Aged is so much better then the “regular” stuff. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottle. Sweet malt nose with some hop presence. Chocolate and pine aromas create a unique combination. Pours black with thin ruby-tinted head that sticks around the edge, lacing nicely. Completely opaque. Chocolate malts are balanced very well with the bitterness of the hops, it’s a very interesting bitter-sweet flavor. Palate opens hearty and smooth, and ends with a hoppy dryness. All around, a very complex beer. It’s very, very different from the Oak Aged Yeti, which loses much of the hop profile in place of oak and alcohol presence. doublebock (558) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Represents an ideal balance of robust roast flavor, maltiness and fresh hops tastes. Very chewy palate
caramel sweetness followed by pungent floral bouquest along the tounge. High alcohol content is subtly introduced Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours brown with a sparse but stubborn tan head. Smells of tarte malt, cherries, chocolate and spices. Tastes of spices and boozy.
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 Decent Imperial Stout by Great Divide. Flavor is robust and leaves you with a lasting dryness. Hops aren’t overwhelming but evident. Good beer. 2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
We saved this beast for the last beer of the evening. We knew that this beer was high on the rictor scale and we were up for the challenge. The initial black oil pour settled into a murky black body with a small brown fully diminishing head with fair lacing. The nose was excited with the sweet malt aroma emitting from our glass with hints of coffee and light tasted malts. The alcohol presence was not hiding. If it was any stronger, it would have slapped us silly. The initial harsh chocolaty sweet taste caused my palate to water and eventually lightened to a moderately sweet taste for a long duration on the palate. The medium to heavy creamy body was lively carbonated leaving the palate wanting more. It didn’t contain a harsh alcohol taste, but you could taste the strong hints of hops. We pared this offering with a dark Cote’d Or Belgian chocolate and we not disappointed. This definitely rivals the Smuttynose Imperial Stout.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2007
This just gave me the chills - Amber. This is an amazing stout. We will definitely be stock piling this beer if we are able to find this in the store – Sean.
Reviewed on January 11th, 2007.
wow. very thick, tasty beer. possibly the finest offering from great divide. great flavor, lasting taste. bottle from de reuze market, grand rapids. keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 A meal a bottle. The moment you begin pouring this beer you can see that it is thicker and of a higher viscosity than most other beers. Nice, creamy brown head. Deliciously full-flavored with a well-rounded, roasted, nutty molasses flavor ending in lingering strong bitterness. Although I enjoyed the quality of this stout, it’s too heavy and a little too bitter for me to enjoy on a regular basis. (However, I found myself craving it the next day.) I will definitely have this one again when the mood strikes. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
Great Divide has had their great brews, and having this one after the oak age yeti is somewhat anticlimatic, but it gives a good idea of how they filled out the body from this original conception. Chocolate notes are still as appetizing as ever, but compared to some ofthe tinfer imperials out there it falls a bit short. I’d still take a Sam Smith over this one, but would seriously have to debate it with the oak yeti.