presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. Am I splitting hairs if I say I am missing all the great things about a big Imperial Stout that are hidden even if they are hidden in a great chocolate stout. I think the oak is bludgeoned aside by the big chocolate taste. There is no coffee. It is a completely different beer from the regular and oak aged Yetis. However it is a delicious chocolate concoction. A thick brown head on black beer with a great sweet chocolate pudding chocolate ice cream flavour. A good amount of alcohol in the nose and in the flavour. Nice hairs to split!
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2009
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
For a Yeti this tasted unrefined. The cayenne ruins it for me. The beer is just waay too hot, I got heartburn backlash after the third sip I took, and this is coming right off of Yeti, Espresso Yeti and Oaked Yeti. I mean it tastes like I’m drinking pepper juice. The yeti is a background agent in this brew and that is a very disappointing thing considering it is one of the family. Onto the chocolate: chocolate? I wouldn’t have been able to tell this beer was made with more chocolate than any other imperial stout. Its chocolate flavors are simply background and barely noticeable, the way choco flavors come out in stouts made without real cocoa. Overall I was pretty disappointed in this one being that it’s from my favorite lineup of stouts...
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, deep tan head looks like a milkshake. Aromas of roast and dark chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate, some roast notes, a hint of coffee, and some spicy heat on the finish. Nice, although a bit more burn from the pepper than I would have liked in my beer.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve had this bottle resting in the back of my fridge for quite a while, and its about time I cracked it open. The aroma is a very inviting roasted chocolate, a little bit of wood, vanilla and roasted marshmallows, very desert-y. The flavor comes off a little bit dry and chalky, not chocolatey as I wished. It really tastes dry and sharp, still quite choclatey, but think bakers chocolate and not eating chocolate.
Strykzone (4782) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours so thick, rich, and black! A smallish darker brown two toned head. Nice thick lacing. Aroma is gentle chocolate notes. Flavor is quite acidic and peppery and those flavors tend to bombard the palate making subtleties difficult to discern. There are roasted notes and nice chocolate. Whiskey and charred wood. Finish is hot pepper spice and chocolate. The pepper detracts and makes me ask "Why?" Still, this is an excellent beer but it does not come close to the Oak Aged Yeti. If beer was a book, that stuff would be in the Bible!
TheBeerGod (5166) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Jet black with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Looks like it could support the weight of a penny. Aroma is dark, roasted malts, chocolate, peppery spice and coffee. Taste is big roasted malt, chocolate, peppery spices, wood, caramel, and coffee. Body is thick and chewy with dense, creamy carbonation, lingering hop bitterness and mild spice notes. Ends with more peppery spices, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, coffee, cake, and bitter hops. Rather tasty!
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Very black, small beige head. Chocolaty tarry nose. Fairly sweet with full body. Tarry chocolate cake with salt and whisky. Dense and concentrated. Resiny bitterness that grows, grows and grows getting inky with some chili heat. More gimmicky than balanced, but still tasty.
Frovigalning (2881) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a pitch black liquid with a medium sized dark brown foam. It had a smell of chocolate, hops and coffey. Tasted of chokolate, oak, wood, smoke. It had a stingy mouthfeel. Complex. Very nice.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle opened by DuffManSW. Rating #186. Dark black pour with a decent brown head. Nice light chocolate aroma, a little woody and overall very fragrant. Flavor was more chocolate, roasty and a little bitterness, another really good Yeti, not a bad one at all. )
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a finger and a half thick tan head. Nice layered lacing. Aroma is light cocoa and herbal hops. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, and light oak and vanilla. Finish is slightly dry and roasty. Medium to full body. A very nice beer.