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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle from Party Source. Poured black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate malty, wood and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark chocolate sweet flavor with medium to heavy sharp sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex sweet stout beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6834) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bottle. Pours black with a full brown head. Aroma is full of dark chocolate notes with a licorice undertone. Flavor begins sweet with a sweet flavor before transferring into more of a dark chocolate flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2009
At great divide taproom... Pours close to black with reddish brown edges and a light tan head... Very oaky in the aroma with a bit of roasted chocolate... Smooth and creamy roasted chocolate with a fair amount of oak. Very nice and smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bomber from Lukas Liquors in Lone Tree. Pours thick dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits and some hops. Flavor is loaded with roasted malts and chocolate with some vanilla and oak. Silky smooth for all the roasted malt. Not overly chocolaty but it is there. Slight alcohol burn at end but this is a great imperial stout. Really good mouthfeel and carbonation. Really smooth. Another great version of Yeti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2009
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of grass, grapefruit, roastiness, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, grass, and some pepper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2009
A gorgeous creamy roasted peanut colored head is the intro for a unique and refreshing impy experience. Aroma is heavy roast malt, light coffee with milk and a sharp sugary depth of layered sweetness that smells like multiple chocolates at once. Taste of caramel, bitter sweet chocolate, and finishes with a peppery bite that replaces the usual alcoholic bitterness of heavy stouts. The real hit though, was the slighty salty, smokey presence at the aroma and flavor of this beer, very unique and welcome. The palate is syrupy smooth and somewhere between medium and heavy bodied all the way through to the finish. Awesome brew, glad to have two. Thanks Great Divide. 2009 22 oz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle from Samís. Pours black with big beige-tan head. Nose of vanilla, oak, chocolate, and hops. A bit nutty. Maybe a little too sweet, but Iím always sensitive to that. Similar taste, with nice finishing dryness thanks to the cayenne. Great crisp dry finish. Very nice, but Iím not typically one for a chocolate stout. Still, maybe the best Iíve had with that designation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2009
On draft @ Papago. Jett black pour with mahogany edges. A chestnut head peaked out of the glass, diminished after a minute or two, and left a good amount of lacing. Aroma was of dark cocoa and charred wood. Flavor was intensely chocolate, with only a slight bite from the alcohol, and had a ton of molasses and vanilla included. Creamy, but nowhere near that of BA Yeti. Looking forward to getting a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bomber, split with redlight. A dark mahogany body is ever so slightly translucent at the edges, crowned by a small head of mocha colored foam. Feathered, spotty fans of lacing mark the glass. The aroma explodes with chocolate, deep and dark, rich with bittersweet goodness. The oak seems more of an afterthought here, as the chocolate envelopes everything, even the underlying coffee roast. The flavor is equally striking, like a liquid chocolate dessert, intensely sweet up front with a bit of soft roast on the back end. I donít pick up any of the cayenne spicing, just massive wave after massive wave of chocolate. This reminds me of a base beer for Cigar City Hunahpuís, only scaled down a bit and not nearly as prominently spiced. Itís more chocolaty than both Foothills Sexual Chocolate and Southern Tier Choklat, two standard bearers for chocolate stouts. The palate is smooth, silky, and well balanced, though a bit sugary sweet after a few sips. This one is a decadent dessert brew, and though I certainly couldnít finish a bottle by myself, it is great in small doses if youíre a fan of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 Pours black with a medium sized brown-tan head. Aroma is significantly less hoppy than the typical Yeti with dark chocolate, cinnemon, toast, mild earthy hops, wood, and light vanilla. Tastes of dark chocolate, sweetened espresso, dirt, earthy hops, wood, traces of vanilla, and the cayenne is definitely making itself known. Finishes way hotter and spicier than I think is appropriate, but thereís still some good chocolate, oak and earth flavors swirling about well into the aftertaste. Thick bodied, but not too heavy at all, this somehow seems thinner than the other Yetis (that may be all that spicy heat talking though). Pretty good, but tone down the cayenne!

Aging this beer a year did NOT help, so donít bother. Itís a little oxidized and just overall worse than I remember. Donít be fooled by the appealing name, this is a disappointing Yeti.

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