BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Miksu (4946) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
brenn79 (1491) - Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ruffhauser (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jrob21 (2485) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.