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RATINGS: 1101   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2099) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 revisit on a bottle now three months old (bottled 4/8/2010). interesting experiment. the aroma has dropped some of the lactic qualities and the bright hops have now been integrated. flavor has mellowed a bit but there is still a ton happening here. alcohol is not nearly as biting but the fresh cocoa flavor has also fallen off. the first bottle tasted like I had dumped in fresh cocoa powder and mixed it in. not a milkshake any longer but still very tasty.

super fresh one month old bottle (bottled 4/8/2010) poured black in color with a thick real brown head that looks great in the glass. aroma has milky chocolate, medium roast, milder barrel wood, and a layer of hops that really popped in the first glass. coats the mouth well with complementing carbonation and does not get too thick. flavor has nice creamy chocolate, a bit of bitterness, more roast than barrel wood, and a noticeable alcohol heat. certainly a big bold beer but I think this is too fresh for me as the hops are too bright and there is definitely some heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Opaque black pour with a dark brown head. Full-flavoring consists of chocolate, coffee, prunes, roasted oak, and a little vanilla in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Black beer, dark brown head, nice lacing. Dark chocolate with a very slight alcohol aroma. Multitude of chocolate flavors mostly of the milk and dark varieties. Mild alcohol flavor. Smooth full bodied beer with a whiskey like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11057) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Deceptively smooth chocolate imperial. Nice mocha mouth feel. Velvet texture. Toasted caramel bread nose. Jet black, as it should be. Rated 9/22/09

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
excellent brew. Chocolate notes are subtle but nice. I couldnít find the spice the label promised but this beer was really good. Donít pass on this one if you get the chance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1805) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2010
big bubbled brown head over a black body, aroma is incredibly sweet and milk chocolaty. Flavor is a lot more bitter than expected, but thatís a good thing. Black coffee and Dark chocolate with a little milkiness to smooth it out. This is complex but very easy to drink, if not a little sticky, though. The Yeti has never done me wrong! Bottle from Knightly Spirits, Orlando.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Poured dark rich, thick creamy head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, light vanilla and raisin. Rich malts, very little hops, with a definite spiced finish, which I was delightfully surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Motor oil with rich dark creamy head. Smells like a stout should. Chocolate (or coffee) usually isnít my style, but the flavors here all work perfectly. Rather than causing wincing from bitterness, the chocolate is more like a milkshake. I think I can feel the heat of the cayenne on my tongue. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2010 22 oz bottle courtesy of a previous mreusch trade and cellared for a bit. Thanks, Matt! Pours a thicker black brown pour, opaque, with a pretty dark brown head that is moderate in size, sticks around a decent amount and cakes, laces below average in quality, surprisingly. Aromas are a combination of sweeter caramel malts, chocolate, vanilla, the roasted malts are there, but not as powerful, some oaky vanilla tannins mix with a light floral hopping (Lighter than standard Yeti, but still pretty firm) cacao, coffee, and semi-sweet cocoa. Pepper might be there, but it isnít as obvious as other "Heat spiced" stouts Iíve had. Initial is fuller, thick and a bit chewy, full on the palate with roasted malts coming in a bit more, roasty coffee, and sweeter smooth chocolate and caramel malts, vanilla tannins from the oak play into the beer well, as the sweet and bitter chocolate take a big element in the beer, smoothed out vanilla and caramel, roast sits towards the back with light bitterness and a very well executed cayenne pepper heat that lingers a bit and travels down the throat into the finish. The nose was a little off for me, the flavors were spot on though, not a big beer in that regard but quite tasty, vanilla and chocolate mixing smoothly, proper bitterness, and very nice heat from the pepper. Thoroughly enjoyed. A more powerful aroma and perhaps a bit more gusto in the flavor department would have put it in 4.1 territory. It just didnít leave much on the palate for itís ABV and size, as the heat travelled down the esophagus and left a fairly clean palate, a bit sweet and a touch roasty. A great beer, regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Great Divide Brewing Company--Chocolate Oak Aged YETI Imperial Stout--Decadent--Lusciuos- Aged On Oak Chips With Cocoa Nibs And Spice Added--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 9.50% ABV--75 IBUís. (3.75 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial--Lacy rich espresso head. Opaque dark obsidian black color. Chocolate Oak Fig Hop front. Rich mild creamy sweet big oak bourbon chocolate espresso body. Hot EtOH hop spice taste bud destroying bitter end. Dry unbalanced body. Over the top Imperial Stout. Too much. Sampled 8/8/2009. 2 @ $10.99 Each.

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