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RATINGS: 1017   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle and served in my Expedition snifter: Basic near black with an initial huge fluffy beige head and good lace. The aroma is milk and bakers chocolate, vanilla, oak, roast, fig, molasses and earthy yeast. The taste starts very sweet with big chocolate overtones but the surprise comes when you are done drinking it and the sublime heat of the Cayenne suddenly shows up. Additionally there is an oaky, earthy, and coffee quality to this beer. The mouth feel is strange, chalky and syrupy but then that spice dries things out. The addition of the Cayenne pepper makes this interesting for sure but alas it is something I am not sure I would want again. I would rather have any of the other Yeti’s versions over this. That said, I bet this would rock with a good Mole Negro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (4946) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2009
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival 2009.Pitch black color. Very sweet perfumed aroma with apple, chocolate and vanilla. Thick sweet, roasty and very oaky flavor with coffee, chocolate and warming alcohol. Chili bites in the back of the throat. There are some good aromas and flavors but this is again too oaky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2009
22oz bottle. Large brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some floral/earthy, chocolate syrup. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, floral/earthy, light alcohol. Syrupy full body. Didn’t notice the cayenne or the oak, but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Good beer. Pours dark, thick head. Aroma was all chocolate and citrusy hops. Flavor was full and robust. Oakyness wasn’t too perceptible, but seemed to mellow out the beer. Good balance on this beer. Alcohol not overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
(Bottle from Weber St Liquor in Colorado Springs, CO). Black color. Medium size head that is light brown in color. Light chocolate aroma. Chocolate/cocoa and oak flavor. Long duration. Smooth finish with light alcohol. Creamy texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1491) - Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2009
22 oz. bottle- Pours pitch black with a tan 1 inch thick head, excellent lacing. Aroma is of bourbon and oak chips, flavor is of bourbon, chocolate and roasted barley. I thought it would have more of a chocolate flavor, but the strong alcohol flavor kind of overpowers it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruffhauser (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Kind of over-the-top with the chocolate. Sort of a gimmick, but I still drank the hell out of it. I don’t know how much of this you want to pound back, especially on a warm day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2485) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2009
More oak than chocolate but a decent drink either way. No head here. This is all vanilla and wood. A little touch of alcohol on the back end of the palate. I can’t conceive of drinking this in the summer as per the seasonal release schedule here. Going great with this slight chill we have going on here. Aroma is mostly molasses and licorice with a little bit of prune and vanilla. Flavor is woody, big vanilla, and smooth creamy chocolate texture. The finish is a bit alcoholic as I mentioned before but almost like a rich chocolate liquer dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Pours a deep viscous black with a foamy, sticky rich brown head that leaves a ton of bubbly lacing all around my Dogfish Head Snifter. Aroma is Oak, Bittersweet Chocolate, Roasted Barley, A touch of spices, vanilla. The first sip yields a thick slick oily mouthfeel that takes you into the land of roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, a touch of alcohol, hops, nuts, vanilla, spices, a little bitterness that numbs the tongue. Finish is bitter chocolate and a dab of spiciness from the cayenne possibly. Another solid Yeti sighting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle. Aroma has notes of molasses, cocoa, dark dried fruits, woody oak, toffee, and vanilla. Large tan frothy head that mostly lasted and left wonderful lace. Pitch black hue. Flavor is roasted malts, real chocolate, chewy molases, and coffee. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Very good brew with wonderful complex roasted flavors and a beautiful body. What more could a man want.

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