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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7204) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Bomber, bottled 6/15/09. Poured deep brown with a fine cap of dark tan head. The aroma opened with sweeter cake-like chocolate and vanilla notes, backed by a dose of coffee and an unexpected dose of black and green peppercorns.. I clearly didnít read the description that mentions cayenne.. that and some alcohol really warmed up the back of the nose. The flavor started with sweeter, nicely-roasted chocolates that really worked well at the base.. vanilla, molasses, and cocoa-ey bitterness around.. the peppery heat began about 1/4 of the way through and escalated through well after the finish.. it had a bit more of the pepper than it really needed, otherwise this was tasty. Medium-plus bodied with low, but tight carbonation on the palate that gave a slow-rolling syrupy feel.. again the pepper was a bit much, but the other components and feel were solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 from the bottle at the great divide tap room. pours black with creamy tan head. huge green apple aroma with chocolate in the background. that green apple takes over the flavor mixing with chocolate and a charred malt flavor. a full mouthfeel that can be a bit sticky. Am I the only one that found this to be an acetaldehyde bomb? I sampled the Yeti too just to see if it was the same and yep! not as big of an acetaldehyde bomb but still very present. Hopefully, they turn this around and I can rerate a better bottle. 2.9. 10/31/09, 22oz bottle and a thanks to holdenn for knowing I needed another shot at this one. and boy did I...this bottle was a whole different story sans acetaldehyde. pours black with small off white head. the aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and pepper. flavors of chocolate and dark fruit, coffee, with a healthy dose of specifically cayenne pepper on the back end that sits long on the palate. i really did the cayenne and felt it clearly overpowered the cocoa nibs which iím cool with since i tend not to like chocolate added to beer and the other yetiís are chocolately anyways. tasty stuff for sure and a nice addition to the yeti family. 4.0.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3278) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009
On tap in GD tap room. Pours black with a light brown head. Quite sweet with a light bitterness. Aromas of dark chocolate and a hint of toasted malts. Also aromas of pepper that actually makes the beer quite hot. Hints of vanilla. Full bodied soft carbonation. Hints of residual sugars in the finish. Nice balance between chocolate aromas and pepper aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Thanks to Texasbartender for this beer. Pours an obsidian black with a rich, creamy head and nice lacing. Strong aroma of cocoa, vanilla and chocolate mixed with a bit of smokey ash. Creamy mouthfeel with full coverage on the palate. Flavors of choclate, coffees and some pepper on the finish. Lingering capsaicin flavor after drinking...which I like. I donít think this is as balanced or as refined as the regualr Oak Aged Yeti, but an interesting take on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2009
pitch black, of course. with a creamy light brown head. chocolately aroma. chocolate yummy flavor, and the cayenne, a perfect finish! palate is full but not syrupy. i really dig this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (400) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2009
The aroma is almost candy like, smells of chocolate, cherry, a little vanilla and a slight smokey. The head is light brown, creamy, mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The color is dark dark brown almost black. The initial flavor is a full creamy mouth feel, tastes of chocolate,vanilla, a slight wine taste that hits the roof of the mouth, very good, has a little of alcohol burn.

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