taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good dark pour. Thereís sweetness with dark fruit flavors. Most of the flavor is so intense it seems to overcome a lot of the Belgian yeast put in it. An interesting experiment on a very good beer. However, I think I like the original better.
DialSquare (2604) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Fermentation Lounge. Roasty coffee aroma. Tastes are typical yeti - chocolate, caramel, light licorice, dark fruits, and coffee. Slightly boozy in a good way. More of the yeast comes through compared to regular yetis. Solid stuff as always.
phaleslu (6343) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A new Yeti snuck up on me and I didnít even notice! But I saw it on tap at The Lackman and figured Iíd better try it because I didnít remember seeing anything about it before. Poured me a whole pint. Opaque, deep brown with a small, creamy tan head. This is exactly what I expected- a Yeti with a very noticeable Belgian character. Dark chocolate, coffee, citrus peel, Belgian yeast, musty notes, rich sweet dough, and figs. Full-bodied, modest carbonation, smooth, rich mouthfeel. Not my favorite Yeti by a long shot but interesting and still very nice.
Sammer (1029) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very unique tasting beer. A bit of everything going on here. Chocolate, coffee, yeast, hay, honey, tobacco and malt tastes. Complex, interesting and very good.
Cybercat (3268) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Highly tempting aroma has firm tones of sweet chocolate and hay with a strong undertone of quality coffee and nutty, caramel and brown sugar hints. It pours a gorgeous opaque dark-chocolate brown with a respectable, if not persistent, light tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Semi-sweet chocolate dominates the smoky flavor, which has coffee, nutty, molasses and licorice notes - quite the lip-smacker! Full-bodied texture is fairly fizzy, leaving behind a smoky, slightly sweet tingling finish. A must! Look for it, or trade for it!
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark black-brown with a smallish light brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, roasted malts and grains, black licorice, some smoke, and a little alcohol.
The flavor is a bit subdued for a yeti - some sweet grains, peaty malts, a watery middle, and a charred bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.
Overall, itís a bit more subdued than the other Yetis, but still nice. I didnít really get any Belgian characteristics, but a lot of peaty smoke comes out as it warms which was interesting. Not as good as the regular or the Chocolate Yetis.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Not overly impressed. Donít get me wrong. Itís a great beer, but I was expecting it to be much more Belgian. A little lighter than most of the Yetis but not that much different. Hid alcohol incredibly well. I also doubt that itís the smae recipe as the original Yeti or Iíve just really gotten used to piney hops over the years because this was nowhere near as hoppy or bitter as I remember the original being. It was almost like the beer was too much of a beast for the Belgian yeast to tame completely. The yeast showed up a little more as it warmed, but it almost detracts more than improves the beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark black that was basically opaque black in the glass with an average, tan to light brown head. The aroma had heavy, dark chocolate and strong coffee; moderate pine hops; light to moderate earthy, dusty and slightly fruity yeast; a little wood; tobacco and cigar paper. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and heavily bitter with long duration. There was chocolate, dark and bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, tobacco, cigar, black cherry, dark fruit, sort of piney hops, some fruity Belgian yeast, cherry and wood. The hop and malt bitterness blend incredibly well. The medium to full body leaned toward full and was oily and creamy and a little sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and a dry and lightly alcoholic finish.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Pours black with a dark thin head. Aroma is complex with subtle dark fruit, chocolate, buttered toast, ,alcohol, molasses, and light earthiness. Flavor follows aroma - sweet and malty with chocolate, honey, anise, and fruit. Sweet but not cloying finish. overall excellent but not particularly Belgian.
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Coles in Buffalo NY. Dark black pour, tan head. medium bodied. Roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate, coffee. Not gathering a ton of Belgianess here. Flavor is roasty, dark chocolate, slight sour yeasty twang upfront, some underlaying fruity yeastiness. Heavy roasted malt finish with a touch of booziness. Prefer regular & oaked but still pretty good
Drake (8214) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draft at Jackie Oís. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, spicy notes and a fruity finish. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, honey, spices, nutty notes and an herbal hop finish. Medium bodied.