burg326 (4111) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brass Tap, poured a hazy brown with aromas of roast, malt, chocolate and spicy belgium yeast. Flavors follow aromas, with a hint of oak, and a touch of hops.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Like all Yeti’s, this one pours an extremely dark mahogany to nearly black hue. It looks oily and viscous in the glass, as the short, fluffy head of mocha tinted foam fades to a swirly film with a bubbled-up edge. A slight stain of the glass is trailed by small, sudsy dots, but no real hard lace. Aromas are nicely balanced, sporting just as much coffee and dark cacao roast as it does fruity fig, caramel and toffee-glazed nuts. I get hints of cake and brownie, maybe even some toasted coconut. The yeast profile distinguishes itself as Belgian with its fruity spice and relative dryness (as compared to the base Yeti). Flavors pull together nicely, again balanced as can be, touching on dark chocolate, torched caramel, mocha, and stewed dark fruits. Yeast again imparts a hint of breadiness, fruit, and soft spice. It’s simple, yet effective, altogether. The palate is probably the biggest (and most pleasant) surprise in this brew. Expecting heavy residual sugar, I was almost shocked to find a relatively effortless body that has attenuated out quite nicely. There’s a creamy, aerated sort of feel that is certainly less hefty than the slick, oily Yeti’s that I’ve known in the past. All in all, this might be my new favorite Yeti variant. The inclusion of the Belgian yeast seems to have done this beer right. It is rare for me to really enjoy an imperial stout these days, but this one did the trick.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma- funk, chocolate, malts, roasted notes, big woodiness present
Appearance- extremely black with a foamy off-white head
Taste- silky smooth texture, familiar Yeti qualities, namely the huge roasted malts, and twinge of hops, a certain funk adds a different quality to this one though
Palate- nice and thick, super full-bodied without being cloying
Overall- Probably my second to least favorite Yeti, just in front of the original, but still in my top 50. This series is unmatched, with taste and price. Great Divide have it down to a science.
Nephilium (1443) - Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting blend of aromas... there’s a bit of alcohol heat noticeable, as well as dark roasted notes, and a touch of light fruity esters. Pours a thick opaque black, with a milk chocolate colored ring of head which leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass. Much lighter mouthfeel then I was expecting, with a sweet beginning, and a long roasted finish. It’s interesting, and I’m glad I tried it... this has not been my favorite of the various Yeti stouts.
freeofthoughts (680) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap pours dense black, dense roasted smell, very good beer with solid yeti notes but with a fruitiness that stands out. Plum, red apple, coffee, honey like sweetness, light grainy bitterness and a some pine that builds with warmth. Good but not amazing a little too all over the place. Solid brew.
douglas88 (6582) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the GABF after party. Pours a pure black hue with a medium brown head. The aroma is sweet and dry roasted cocoa and some banana and pepper. The flavor is a mellowed down Yeti with honey, dry yeast, some roast and chocolates, spicier than the original of course and some fruity banana esters. Quite easy to drink and nice.
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liquid coal pour with a 1-finger latte head that left some
sticky lacing. Aroma of cocoa, fresh brewed coffee, dark fruit, and bready yeast. Flavor also has a Belgian influence accompanied by chocolate and licorice. Thicker mouthfeel...a bit chewy!
Lubiere (10603) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark stout with a thin light mocha head. In aroma, smooth chocolate and floral hops, with smooth Belgian yeasts. In mouth, a nutty chocolaty malt, a bit of soy, not bad. Bottle at St-Bock’s 5th Anniversary, Oct. 15 2011.
DrSilverworm (7651) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, bottled 6/17/2011. Solid black color, minimal beige head. A ring of spotty lace. Like the regular yeti, this is a delicious, big chocolate/coffee stout... But this has an odd twist to it that’s hard to describe (I guess the mysteriousness is in the spice and fruit notes, judging from the informative label. I like it). Makes it interesting. Some hops. A nice, quick warmth through the finish. Very light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, very smooth. Nice complex bitter, then sweet, then savory taste. The 9.5% ABV is hardly discernible in this. I wouldn’t mind if the flavor was even bigger, I think. For one of the less-popular versions of Yeti, this is still a really impressive imperial stout. "Belgian" things are usually a bit much for me, but I think it complements the Yeti wonderfully.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger mocha colored head that has good retention, slowly fading into a thick lasting ring. Rings and streaks of lace left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a decent amount of spice and dark fruit to balance out the darker notes. Hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toffee and slight burnt toast smell without being acrid. Silky chocolate is the most dominat character but is countered by spices and Belgian yeast, giving off hints of dark fruit and pepper.
Medium bodied but slightly chewy and on filler end with a balance of zesty spice, silky sweet and sweet malt as well as sweetness from the yeast. Up front there is some zesty, peppery spice and a strong sweetness of dark fruit. Hints of plum, raisin and grape linger with the spice into the finish. Underneath there is an interesting malt profile with a nice balance of silky sweetness and roasted notes. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, burnt toast and caramel. Well balanced but the belgian yeast presence is a bit strong for me. Luckily the roasted character provides balance without being to acrid/burnt or overpowering. Pretty good.