Drake (8030) - 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 (1646) - 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 (8861) - 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 (1715) - 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 (4445) - 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 (1161) - 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.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep brown black with tan head. Tastes like chocolate astronaut ice cream at first. Not bad. Syrupy smoothed out with a definite warming alcohol presence. This presence gets downright spicy...echos of peppers, espresso and mocha. The hotness is really apparent towards the end where it seems to have an assertive peppery quality which is interesting, but doesnít totally jive with the essence of the brew. I like it but frankly it went in too many directions if that makes any sense. Still a good brew though.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
i love the yeti, love it. this one? i really like. like a chubby girlfriend who has hot friends... you donít want to alienate her for doing so would jeapordize a shot with her friends. well, regular yeti and espresso yeti are her hot friends. nose is dark-roast bitter chocolate, almost like a burnt chocolate cake. black pour, light brown head. a bitter taste of roast, roast, roast, slight chocolate. remiinds me of how jamaica smells. good, but iíll chose something else first.
17thfloor (2429) - 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.