talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 Bottled on 07-09. Similar pour as the others with an opaque black body and a dark tan, mostly full, mostly lasting, pillowy, frothy head which a leaves significant frothy head throughout and a frothy lace all over. Wow, the nose is much different than the others with less oak presence as well as less hop presence; notes of dark chocolate, dry cocoa, brown sugar, light molasses, burnt caramel, certainly some hot peppers, light vanilla, light scorched oak, and hops which are almost floral but still cedar-like. Flavor is similar but certainly different from the others; creamy chocolate malt and dark chocolate is prominent, some dry cocoa, spicy pepper is more than notable, burnt caramel, molasses, some dark fruits are now there (maybe date?, almost plum-like), light cedar, and some light vanilla and dry oak notes. Palate is good but not quite great with a full body, light warmth (seemingly more due to the cayenne), soft to lively carbonation, velvety, but not round or chewy and seemingly warmer than it is. Finishes very long with more scorched oak than the flavor started with, light cedar notes, but mostly chocolate, cayenne, and plum lingering. I do not know where to begin. Very different with less oak and hop notes than the other oaked Yetiís and more malt complexities. I cannot say that I this was better than the others but just different. The cayenne was a little more dominant than I would have liked, and that is coming from a person who loves spicy foods; it takes a little away from the malts. All in all, another great addition to the pack of Yeti but not quite the level of the original oaked Yeti. GD restores my faith in them as a very good brewery after their poor performance in Belgian-type beers recently. You gotta love the Yeti.
obguthr (4388) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Complex aroma of oak, spruce, chocolate, raisins, and brown sugar. Black pour with a medium creamy brown head, abundant lacing. Full bodied, alcohol evident. Flavors of prunes, raisins, and charred oak, black cherries up front. Dates and dark chocolate at midpalate. Vaporous and warm peppery plum finish. Fantastically complex, dynamic transitions, and reasonably good balance. Fruitier than expected. Not exactly what I look for in a beer, but it is making me rethink that. Eye opening and distinctive.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Danís Bachelor Party Extended Weekend Rating #12 of 90. Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours pitch black with nothing more to say. I think the nose is chocolate heaven, lots of malt, some vanilla. I think the taste is one ton of chocolate, some minimal coffee (maybe). I second guess myself because this baby capped Thursday night around 4am...a re-rate is definitely in order, I would like a legitimate shot at tasting the pepper. Regardless, 4am or not, this was tasty, I can tell you that!
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a large creamy tan head that left lacing. Aroma of chocolate, oak, vanilla, lightly roasted malt, caramel, light floral and citrusy hops and coconut cream eggs. Flavor of cocoa, oak, vanilla, caramel, nuts, roasted malt, toffee and yes...that cayenne pepper is there. The pepper was the most unique thing about this this. While not over the top at all and barely noticeable it was there and complimented the chocolate and roasted malt very nicely. The cayenne lingers a bit...nice.
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours deep darkness with full impressive brown head with lighter mocha streaks here and there. The aroma starts with a whiff of booze then oak. It then moves into notes of chocolate, vanilla, a bit of roasted malts and booze. The taste begins smooth and velvety with an initial flux of sweetness and chocolate quickly picking up solid notes of fresh oak cubes. It gets a bit boozy midway and into the finish where dark chocolate escorts your palate to the after taste with the aid of persistent fresh oak notes.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is oak, dark malt, alcohol, some dark fruit. The Taste is pretty much the same with a bitter chocolate bite. Very nice
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad, but a little disappointed. It sure doesnít beat out the regular Yeti or at the Oak Aged Yeti. The aroma and flavor is pretty much just dominated by bitter dark chocolate. I was hoping for more of a complex brew with more malts and roasted flavors. But itís fairly one dimensional.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a thick black with a small beige head, thin lacing. Aroma is bar mocha with a hint of vanilla, very sweet. Nice chocolate flavor, some vanilla with some sort of fire underneath, leaves a burn at the end, kind of like a mild chipotle pepper. Syrup like viscosity, very sticky. Very good, seems to lack a little of the balance of the regular Yeti or Oak Yeti, but worth a try.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks StFun! - Pours a thick dk brown with a small beige head...aroma is cocoa malt, roast and a bit of heat...flavour is very nice, cocoa, coconut, sticky malt, the back of my throat is a bit burny and I donít know if itís the sugar or the alcohol, but that is the only thing I hate about this beer, like acid reflux premonition...at any rate, I have a hard time comparing Yetiís against each other, so Iíll just maintain that they are all very good...
sridleyGTR (23) - Golden, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz served in snifter. Opaque black with a thin tan head, and it looks to have moderate carbonation. Dark chocolate is accompanied with pepper and musty wood aromas. Soft, creamy mouthfeel with a syrupy stickiness. Flavors of dark chocolate yield to bourbon and vanilla. The red pepper (read the bottle Ė itís in there) shows up in the aftertaste, and although subtle, it intensifies as you get deeper into the glass, and lends an interesting burn to offset the other flavors. Tasty brew, but give me the regular Ďol Yeti and Iím an even happier camper.