17thfloor (2413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle thanks to xnoxhatex! Bottled on June 15 2009. Pours a very gorgeous shinny dark dark brown with a very large tall foamy creamy khaki head 4.5. Aroma is really strange, quite light actually, having a very difficult time placing any of it, a dry woodiness, some dark chocolate, something sweet and candy like, something fruity and tart. Flavor is equally as strange (tasted on a clean palate), a nice woodiness sans the strong vanilla which is a plus for me, hardcandy-like sweetness, very sharp tart green apple, super sweet caramel, almost makes me cough, milk and dark chocolate, very light bitterness. My throat is irritated from drinking, harsh burn during and after swallowing, that cayenne is deceptive, massive butterscotch. Long lasting lingering green apple candy tartness. Body seems lighter than regular yeti, med/full, creamy with ample but pleasantly soft carbonation. Something is wrong with this when it tastes more like a sour green-apple sucker covered in caramel than a barrel aged chocolate stout.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, bottled 6/15/09. Poured deep brown with a fine cap of dark tan head. The aroma opened with sweeter cake-like chocolate and vanilla notes, backed by a dose of coffee and an unexpected dose of black and green peppercorns.. I clearly didnít read the description that mentions cayenne.. that and some alcohol really warmed up the back of the nose. The flavor started with sweeter, nicely-roasted chocolates that really worked well at the base.. vanilla, molasses, and cocoa-ey bitterness around.. the peppery heat began about 1/4 of the way through and escalated through well after the finish.. it had a bit more of the pepper than it really needed, otherwise this was tasty. Medium-plus bodied with low, but tight carbonation on the palate that gave a slow-rolling syrupy feel.. again the pepper was a bit much, but the other components and feel were solid.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 from the bottle at the great divide tap room. pours black with creamy tan head. huge green apple aroma with chocolate in the background. that green apple takes over the flavor mixing with chocolate and a charred malt flavor. a full mouthfeel that can be a bit sticky. Am I the only one that found this to be an acetaldehyde bomb? I sampled the Yeti too just to see if it was the same and yep! not as big of an acetaldehyde bomb but still very present. Hopefully, they turn this around and I can rerate a better bottle. 2.9.
10/31/09, 22oz bottle and a thanks to holdenn for knowing I needed another shot at this one. and boy did I...this bottle was a whole different story sans acetaldehyde. pours black with small off white head. the aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and pepper. flavors of chocolate and dark fruit, coffee, with a healthy dose of specifically cayenne pepper on the back end that sits long on the palate. i really did the cayenne and felt it clearly overpowered the cocoa nibs which iím cool with since i tend not to like chocolate added to beer and the other yetiís are chocolately anyways. tasty stuff for sure and a nice addition to the yeti family. 4.0.
sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in GD tap room. Pours black with a light brown head. Quite sweet with a light bitterness. Aromas of dark chocolate and a hint of toasted malts. Also aromas of pepper that actually makes the beer quite hot. Hints of vanilla. Full bodied soft carbonation. Hints of residual sugars in the finish. Nice balance between chocolate aromas and pepper aromas.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Texasbartender for this beer. Pours an obsidian black with a rich, creamy head and nice lacing. Strong aroma of cocoa, vanilla and chocolate mixed with a bit of smokey ash. Creamy mouthfeel with full coverage on the palate. Flavors of choclate, coffees and some pepper on the finish. Lingering capsaicin flavor after drinking...which I like. I donít think this is as balanced or as refined as the regualr Oak Aged Yeti, but an interesting take on it.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black, of course. with a creamy light brown head. chocolately aroma. chocolate yummy flavor, and the cayenne, a perfect finish! palate is full but not syrupy. i really dig this beer.
LearninBeer (311) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is almost candy like, smells of chocolate, cherry, a little vanilla and a slight smokey. The head is light brown, creamy, mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The color is dark dark brown almost black. The initial flavor is a full creamy mouth feel, tastes of chocolate,vanilla, a slight wine taste that hits the roof of the mouth, very good, has a little of alcohol burn.
jkwalking05 (3070) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, peppers, roasted malt and coffee. Taste is of chocolate and coffee, with a light pepper burn.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - AUG 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good beer, but not as good as the original. It says the hops have been toned down, which I think is to the detriment of the beer, but those who love chocolate will love this beer. Huge chocolate nose with a slightly watery body and spicy finish. Very nice, but i will stick to the original.
dchmela (2485) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bottle generously shared by Hopscotch. Big black pour with a hint of tan head. Big chocolate roasted grain aroma. Taste is thick and bitter chocolate, bitter hops and smooth roasted grain. Big thick tasty beer.