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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
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bomber shared with a friend. Pours a deep black color with some mahogany at the edges topped by a small, foamy tan colored head. Some drippy spots of lacing line the glass. The aroma just exhudes with rich dark and bittersweet chocolate with just a touch of roastiness in there. The flavor is just chocolate forward as the nose foreshadows. Rich dark and bittersweet chocolate melted and blended together with some light roastiness and hints of vanilla from the oak. I didnít get much of the cayenne spices but maybe just a dash of it on the finish. The flavor is definitely like a gourmet chocolate bar. I donít think I have had a beer with this much chocolate in it. Full bodied and silky smooth on the mouthfeel with balanced carbonation. This dark chocolate just lingers on the finish and gets a bit too sweet with the more you drink. This is a rich, decadent dessert beer for sure, and one that is very good in small doses. A chocolate loverís dream beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6044) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2012 (Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 19 Sep 2009) Black colour with frothy, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, black coffee, liquorice and toasted grain. Malty, roasted taste with loads of dark chocolate and cocoa, some coffee and roasted oats. Full body, smooth mouthfeel. Fairly dry. Decent cocoa bitterness. Very nice beer, almost in par with the other verisons of the Yeti, but with a chocolate twist to it. 8/4/8/4/16=4.0 Rerate: (Bottle 4 Aug 2012) Pitch black colour with dense brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark rye bread, prunes, a touch of espresso and spices. Malty, roasted taste with lots of dark chocolate and cocoa, dark rye bread, prunes, vanilla and a slight cayenne/chilli burn in the finish. Distinct, but fairly gentle, cocoa bitterness. Almost full body, slightly sweetish. Well balanced and very tasty. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 3, 2009
Drank it from the bottle. Fairly black in color. Little bit of foam. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, oak. Smooth and creamy body. Very nice!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (3631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bomber, bottled Jun 15, 2009. Opaque black with a sticky and lasting half-inch of creamy foam. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, oak and caramel. Flavor is milk chocolate, coffee, caramel and a finish of peppery oak, cured tobacco and alcohol. A little sweeter than expected at first, but the finish is long enough with peppery hot cayenne and earthy oak to make you want more. Heavy body is smooth and creamy, sticky and chewy, but still manages to finish tingly and slightly dry. Great contrast from the ultra-malty chocolate front to the tingly, dry finish. This brew is the only reasonable explanation for why the Aztecs are supposed to have liked bitter chocolate and hot pepper beverages :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2009
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 Iím 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 wouldnít 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 itís from my favorite lineup of stouts...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Iíve 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4836) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2009
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
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!

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