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RATINGS: 970   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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We toned down the hops a bit to allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. A Yeti for summer? Hell yes.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SnakeTown (492) - SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Kolsvart oljig med stort mörkbrunt skum! Sjukt mycket doft av mörk choklad och kaffe! Smakar verkligen mörk choklad! ! Är väldigt fet och fastnar runt glaset! Grym öl!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1177) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
[Tap / 2010 vintage] Supernova black, topped with a luscious, creamy looking, deep-tan head made of very fine bubbles. Super deep, chocolatey aroma with both milky sweet & richly bitter aspects hitting at once. Underlying aromas of wood chips, fudge cake, & a mildly creamy, vanilla drizzle. Big oak flavors on the palate up front, a hint of alcohol that’s quickly smoothed out by deep, dense, rich chocolate malts & bittersweet cocoa morsels that come crashing in. Tastes like Devil’s food cake or a Godiva chocolate bar, with wood. Sweet, but balanced & slightly bitter... Mild notes of nuts, char, & dark chocolate linger into the aftertaste. Herbal, lightly ashy finish that tingles the throat - the mild contribution from the cayenne peppers, I’m assuming. Carbonated well, creamy & smooth body. While it’s not my favorite Yeti variants, it’s certainly up there. Delicious beer, through & through.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (2811) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pitch black color, brown lasting head. I get Hazelnuts at first, then cocoa comes along, quite roasted malty as well. Spicy notes. Complex. Flavor has cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Then there is the chili bite in the finish, not much but its there. Smooth, full bodied. Perhaps not as good as the basic Yeti version, but still very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nicke80 (53) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
75 cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours black with little head. Roasted aroma and a bitter taste of coffee. Very nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger DARK tan shade that retains itself quite well, if not brilliantly. Still, the dark head has a nice creaminess to it, and leaves behind some lacing on the glass. S: Holy onslaught of chocolate, Batman. The chocolate character isn’t very sweet - and I don’t care. Actually, no, I like that it isn’t sweet; it reminds me so much of mocha it isn’t even funny. The typical Yeti roastiness lies behind the bitter dark chocolate, and even the secret ingredient (cayenne pepper) can be picked up to an extent. Really, I can get just about every element used to make this - roast, hops, oak, you name it. T: To me, this is closer to normal Yeti than, say, the Belgian or (regular) Oak-aged variants. It starts with some fantastic roastiness, which is subtly augmented by some umami tones. The chocolate/oak/cayenne flavors appear near the back end, and all are strongly defined within each other. Both the chocolate and the oak are wonderfully subtle; the cayenne pepper on the finish, slightly less so. As someone who regularly cooks with cayenne, this is no problem whatsoever. I even note a kiss of piny hops. The way all the flavors dance around the palate is damn near enrapturing. M: It’s full bodied, creamy, soft, yet faintly dry on the back end. This is *slightly* thinner than regular Yeti, but not much. By no means is this easy to drink. That’s good - this is so gorgeously savorable that I don’t want this fleeting from the palate. O: I’ve never had a less-than-good Yeti variant, and all but one have been fantastic. This, natch, is fantastic. While it’s not very drinkable, it’s amazing flavor means that I could savor this all day. I’d buy a case of this, no problem.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
horto008 (156) - Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2014
This one is great because it is ridiculously smooth, flavorful, thick, and generally lucious. The Young’s Double Chocolate has been my pick for chocolatiness, and this gives it a run for its money (hint: the Yeti is thicker and earns the "Imperial" label). The best thing is that despite it being sweet, it has enough roast to keep it bitter. The alcohol is not even noticeable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slakemythirst (188) - - FEB 17, 2014
Tappad MAR 27 2012: Vansinnigt koncentrerad doft. Russin, spritinlagda körsbär, kakao och vanilj..etc etc komplex like a fox. Smaken i symbios med doften. Eftersmaken toklång. Lyckan över att ha låtit flaskan samla damm sedan 2012 är total. Great divide - great success.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (717) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Another great version of the Yeti. Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and cinmamon. Coal black and viscous color with a thin tan head. Weighty and smooth palate while coating the mouth. Roasted and oak flavors with a hint of choclate, which was good because too much could have ruined it. Keep them coming.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkSanta410 (184) - Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle from 22oz bomber. Date is April 2013. Pours an opaque black with thin khaki head. Aroma is chocolate with notes of wood, coffee and some sweet, slight vanilla bean. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, with vanilla and black coffee. Palate is thick and smooth. Lingering bitterness. Fantastic beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3245) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Poured a black color from the bottle with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, light earth, some oak and light tobacco. Flavors were a mixture of chocolate, booze, oak and some earth. Decent thickness enjoyable stout overall.


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