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RATINGS: 1045   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11593) - 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 (428) - 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 (1559) - 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 (2629) - 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 (1537) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours pitch black in color with full foamy dark brown head. Aroma sweet, chocolate, roasted coffee and toffee. Taste dark chocolate, roasted coffee and oak with bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 bomber, bottled 7/16/09, from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, oily black with a thick, dark cocoa head and great lacing. aroma is very nice with notes of bitter chocolate, roast coffee, toffee malts, earthy hops, oaky vanilla, and a touch of chili pepper. flavor is excellent with big notes of dark, bittersweet chocolate, cedar wood, charred oak, earthy hops, licorice, and a definite spicy cayenne note leading to a warm, roasted finish. palate is full bodied and smooth with medium carbonation and well integrated alcohol. overall, a very nice version of the Yeti. *re-rate* bottle dated 3/28/10 - wow, this bottle is a good bit nicer than the last one i rated. aroma has more roast, cocoa, and sweet, woody oak with the flavor coming across as a wonderful blend of bittersweet dark chocolate with roasted malts, caramel, and just a hint of red pepper flake. this bottle is heads and shoulders above the last one. great beer. wow.

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