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RATINGS: 1030   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 shared 2010 bomber on 8/7/10... pitch black pour with a 2 finger tan head. big spice nose - the cayenne takes over - way too much for me... would like more chocolate - especially since its called "Chocolate Yeti...". some lingering oak as well on the nose. medium body with some cocoa, more hot spice and light oak. spicy finish with a bit of chocolate... this beer should be called Cayenne Oak Aged Yeti.

bomber poured into a snifter.... pitch black pour with a huge 3 finger tan head.... absolute beauty. aromas of mild chocolate, a touch of oak, and big roasted malts... I was hoping for a bit more out of the aroma on this one.... not quite up to par with the regular oak aged yeti.... medium body with slight chocolate notes on the sides with a huge spice presence up front that carries through to the finish... this spice dominates the palate and really conquers the beer.... i donít get much chocolate from this with the spice being so powerful... with that said, the spice adds a very nice and interesting element to the beer, but is turned up a bit too much.... wish there was more chocolate on this one and less spice.... overall a nice twist of an imperial stout, but its leaving me a bit confused and disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2009
On tap at Papago. Pours pitch black with a one finger creamy tan head. The nose is roasted malt, bakerís chocolate, cocoa and vanilla flavored coffee. The taste is lots of wood, burnt malt, bitter chocolate, coffee and a slight boozy finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Another delicious Yeti variation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Rich and chocolaty, roasted, sweet, and most enjoyably a slight hot cayenne bite in the finish. I think this is outstanding. Very interesting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
22 oz bottle split with Beerlando and others. Rich dark malts on the nose, tar, resin, pine, chocolate, coffee liquor all in the aroma. Pours black with a dense tan head. Rich bitter chocolate right off the bat, with a strong hop presence, oaky, vanilla, coffee liquor, bitter dark chocolate in the flavor. Very rich and decadent, a dessert in a glass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Pretty thin-bodied for the yeti, but still packed with flavor and aroma. Easy to sip, even on a hot summer day. Flavors and aromas of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a weird spiciness I canít put my finger on. Definitely not from hops, but something else. Not mind-blowing, but I dug it more than the coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
pours a jet black with a medium size brown head, and great lacing. smell is of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, some coffee, licorice, and a touch of vanilla. taste is creamy, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a roastiness, vanilla bean, and a little woody, end is dry and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2009
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured black with a beige head. aroma of dark roast, chocolate, coffee, and oak. flavor was dark roast, chocolate, coffee, spicy pepper, and dry oak. not a big fan of this yeti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Iím loving the way GD is stretching a bit these days, especially with the Yeti experimentation. My lingering thought with regard to this particular brew is "thatís a spicy meatball!" If youíve ever had one of those gourmet chocolate bars made by Vosges (and you should), this beer recalls the Oaxaca bar, with dark chocolate and ancho chiles. Mouthfeel and appearance are on par with the other Yetis, which is to say theyíre quite fine. I can imagine this beer coming across as a bit one-dimensional if youíre not in the mood for it. But I was in the mood for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose is orange peel, dark roast and molasses; chocolate peeking through. Medium body with a buzz and a lingering spicy bite. Taste is caramel, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, citrus peel and cayenne. Bitter, earthy finish. A nice twist on the regular Yeti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6033) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2009
22oz bottle thanks to Cletus. Iím a huge Yeti fan, so itís always nice to try a new version. Pours a pure black color with a massive light brown head. The aroma is sort of subdued; roasted malts, chocolate, kinda like a Guinness. The flavor is quite intriguing; loads of rich milky chocolate, light roasted malts, then the Cayenne- it really stands out in the finish which is spicy but not prohibitively so. A nice version of a favorite. Definitely different and nice. A Summer Yeti? Yep, this is it.

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