JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD at the SD Strong Ale Fest 09. Pours a dark black with light tan head. Chocolate, coffee, cocoa nibs, and then some spiciness coming from cayenne pepper. A touch of oak. An interesting imp stout with the pepper, which is quite enjoyable.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 12/4/2009. Bottle from WeeHeavySD opened at PP Strong Ale Festival. This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 22 oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, hints of oak and wood. Hops are earthy and mild. Good balance. Nice chocolate flavors throughout. There is a touch of pepper at the finish. Not as roasty as most Imperial Stouts, but the chocolate and the slightly pepper bite make up for it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of pepper.
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL. Totally different than expected. Pour was pitch black in color, nice brownish to tan colored head, subsides to a thin covering with good continuous to splotchy style lacing. The aroma was strong chocolate, vanilla, some oak, fusels, and something off in the grass-spice arena. The flavor was chocolate, bitterness (thought it was hops, maybe the chocolate nibs as labelled), spicey peppery finish, long lingering cayenne in the after after taste with a tad bit of burn. An intriguing way to heat things up, but I think I prefer a straight up hop approach.... unless you make an impy stout with too strong chocolate syrup messing things up and the hops dying, where you salvage the alco-bomb with a hot pepper afterthought. Not saying thatís what they did here, just sayiní. I kinda liked this.
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from WeeHeavySD opened at PP Strong Ale Festival. Thick tan lasting head. Black color. Mellow, chocolatey. Leans dry. No roastiness. Very good.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Pours deep ebony with a thin dark tan head of big-bubbled foam that leaves spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is complex - and a little musty with subtle notes of red wine, less subtle notes of espresso, and chocolate with a soft grassy earthiness. There is also a touch of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor has a great maltiness up front with chewy chocolate and coffee malt -- very nice start. The thick, tangy, viscous malt continues, leading to a mid-palate full of fruity esters, complex malts, and chocolate. There is a thick, tangy, viscous malt with a mesmerizing residual sweetness throughout. The finish is dry and chocolatey with wineline fruity complexity and booziness. The mouthfeel is effervescent but also smooth with a creamy thickness and a medium-full body. Overall, not as chocolatey as expected (or as chocolatey as I had hoped), but still a fantastic beer.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 9/20/2009 (Bottled on Jun 15 2009):
Pours an extremely dark brown colored body with an average tan color body, lasting. Bitter hoppy aroma, some sweet chocolateliness too. Something else inthe aroma, maybe the cayenne. Some cocoa. Really strong aroma. Cocoa taste, a little dry. Dry peppery cayenne finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Spiciness in the mouth. Dry, dusty mouthfeel.
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled on July 16, 2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is excellent. It smells like roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, oak and vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of a burnt/charred malt and smoky flavor. Thereís also some hot spice in the finish that gets a bit stronger the longer I drink the beer, I assume thatís from the cayenne. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís rich and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís easy to drink but I donít think I could drink any more than a bomber of this at a time. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, I liked it a lot.
luttonm (4619) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty deep pour with huge nose of sweet chocolate truffles. Choco nibs are perfect ingredient for this, which is ideally twisted by the pepper spices. Very interesting beer, tasty, subtle and mesmerizing.
OldGrowth (3238) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old note: Bottle form Samís Sweet, oak and chocolate. Not as strong as Iíd of thought. Blackish brown color, good head, spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Thick body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Well, I thought it came across as too much oak, seemed to mute other flavors on aroma, chocolate was stronger on flavor. didnít come together for me
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black with a thick creamy brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, alcohol, and a hop spice. Taste is sweet milk chocolate and this bottle has more alcohol flavor noticeable than the other Yetiís in a side by side tasting. Has a white pepper spicy finish. Very rich and flavorful.