DrSilverworm (8151) - 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 thatís 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 wouldnít 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.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This brew is a classic. All intended features shine well above average. What I like about this one is how drinkable it is. A serious I.S. yet classy and with finesse if you will. This will please the proponent while rendering a sense of ease and light footedness. I could have served myself a second bottle. A Yeti with a shave and tie. Beautiful beer, perfect.
kbutler1 (1376) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. First off, Iím a little hesitant as I am not the biggest fan of belgian style imperial stouts but Iíll give a try nonetheless. Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head. The begian yeast dominate the head to give off a roasty fruit like aroma. Medium mouthfeel. The roast stands out quite a bit for me and the carbonation is a litte high too. Overall, for me this beer just doesnít do it for me.
JStax (3532) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured on draft into a a snifter. Appearance is black with a tan to purple colored head of foam. Aroma is licorice, dark roast coffee, a light ester presence, and some dark chocolate. Taste is bitter dark chocolate and coffee, with the licorice and Belgian influence coming in faintly toward the bitter finish. Not my favorite of the Yetis.
craftbeerdesign (2228) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber on 10/7/11. pours a medium black with a small tan head. chocolate, roast and coffee nose with some lingering spice and light fruits. medium to full body - smooth > with light spice, light banana and cloves. big chocolate, coffee and roast. sweet finish with chocolate, coffee, light spice. I prefer my regular Yeti.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Guest draft on tap at Three Floyds (Munster, IN). Pours an opaque black hue, dark and ominous, preaching a darker brown moderate head that dies to a thicker film, lacing isnít all that great, a bit thin on swirl. Aromas are as expected, throwing clashing roasted and dark fruit, molasses and cocoa, biscuits, caramel, touches of spice. The Belgian yeast did some good, with a pretty big dose of sweetness, lingering dark fruit takes over with cocoa and roast trying itís best to dry it out. Initial is full bodied, offering good roast and cocoa up front, earthy and a touch ashy, with toast and earth, roasted coffee. Middle throws some dark fruit, apple, and sweet malts in the form of caramel, toffee, biscuits. The Belgian aspect is more powerful on the nose, letting the taste stay roast, toast, and cocoa/coffee dominant. Iíd have to say I rather enjoy that aspect of it, the Belgian yeast there, complimenting the flavors well instead of overrunning it. Still quite earthy/ashy/roasty. Actually very well done, I think. The nose kinda led me to believe it wouldnít be my thing, but the taste redeemed it.. As the yeast complimented. Finish is lingering roast, toast, and sweet sticky malts. Caramel and molasses meet dry roast, coffee, and cocoa, with that well worked dark fruit and light fruity and spicy Belgian yeast element.
hivemind (734) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared w James and Streets. Dark, almost-black pour with brown head. Aroma of roast, alcohol and some fruit. Taste is more boozey than regular Yeti and I definitely get some sweetness upfront. Not an insanely complex palate, but interesting enough. Chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side.
jredmond (6028) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with and courtesy of Brendan and streets. Pours a deep chocolate black with brown lacing. Aroma is spice, fruits, hops and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of coffee, chocolate and malts.
adam42381 (383) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on June 17, 2011 printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 2 finger creamy milk chocolate brown head. Head dissipates slowly into chocolate milk-like bubbles before leaving a small circle of sediment floating in the middle. Excellent lacing.
Smell: Milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Iím not picking up the Belgian notes I expected, but it still smells very good.
Taste: Dark fruits and molasses up front followed by chocolate malt in the middle before ending with roasted malt and a touch of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet with just a hint of Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. It goes down far easier than its 9.5% ABV would suggest.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. Iím a huge fan of the Yeti series of stouts and I must say that this one reigns supreme, in my opinion. If you get the chance, buy this one. Itís a great beer.