Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a small dark tan head. Aroma of dry cocoa, milk chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla. Taste is similar, with the oak being a little more subdued than other oaked GD brews. Mouth is on the light side of imperial stouts. Finish is lightly bitter and smooth. Overall, a nice brew.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery on 7/18/09: Pours jet black with heavy mocha head. Distinct cocoa aroma with molasses hiding behind it. Very sweet chocolate on the tongue. Then, the dark molasses and oak flavor hits second. Then, this finishes with a very slow cayenne burn. Not too full bodied and gains increasing complexity with warmth.
Note: this had significantly more cayenne than when I tried it from the bottle a month earlier. Iím anxious to let a few of these bottles age for a few years and see how it develops.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep black color. Aromas of cocoa and chocolate and a bit of wood. Nice chocolate flavors, the pepper comes through in the finish, but very subtle. Well rounded beer.
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle at the Relentless Thirst Gathering in Richmond, VA, 8.29.09. Pours a dark brown color with a small head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and leafy hops. Medium bodied.
malrubius (1557) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle in snifter. Black with light brown head and lace. Wood chocolate wet earth mushroom coffee aroma. Rich chocolate woody vanilla coffee with subdued fruit and strong chocolate bitter warm finish. Rich texture. Great, but not as great as regular oak or regular Yeti. As Espresso Yeti also proves, Yeti can not be improved upon.
UltraViolence (23) - USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too much of a good thing. Youíd think the chocolate added to a fine, upper echelon beer like the original Yeti would be a slam dunk. But itís not. Chocolate interferes with the taste, and a fine beer loses value. Stick with the original, which is almost unbeatable.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!Ö Midnight-black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Great retention. The aroma offers lots of dark chocolate and espresso, a lesser note of vanilla and a whisper of cayenne pepper. Ultra full-bodied and extremely velvety with prickly carbonation. Leans on the sweet side of balance. Very chocolaty with subdued espresso and an even more subtle blueberry note. Dark chocolate, blueberry, cayenne finish - bitterness remains as sweetness fades - dries out a touch and numbs the tongue. World class brew!
changeup45 (1700) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Pours black and thick and produces a huge fluffy brown head that sticks as a thin film on top. Some really nice lacing. Aroma is oak tree bark,chocolate, notes of cream and pepper. Flavors are smooth and a bit peppery, chocolate obviously there, oak, oats, and toffee are picked up as well. Creamy and somewhat peppery with firm bitterness hitting mid palate and more intense towads the finish. Good beer. I think I prefer the standard Oak Aged version though where the oak shines through more rather than being more complimentary to the chocolate.
radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark color with a deep dark tan colored head. Roasted aroma, with notable chocolate character, touch of vanilla, and a much more subdued alcohol presence than I had expected. Flavor is that of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and a hint of hops. Nice warming sensation, slightly bitter finish, and (as I said about the aroma). Not bad!
tennisjoel (1151) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with a lasting tan head. Aromas of oak aged yeti combined with a chocolate...the pepper is not noticed in the nose. However, I do detect it in the finish of this beer. It gives it an interesting and unique taste. I canít say this is better than original oak aged yeti, but I still am enjoying this quite a bit. There is a lot going on here.