stoutbiiliards (17) - Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark with a nice head aroma of chocolate, coffee, some oak, pepper and alcohol. Flavor has a nice bitterness to go with the same elements from aroma, the heat from the pepper is a little over the top maybe but is still good.
travita (4335) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The look is black in color with a decent beige colored head. The smell is licorice, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, malts, and hops. The taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and goodness.
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great Nose makes this seem very promising. Pours a dense black with a rich chocolate colored head. Nose is Roasted chocolate and pepper and some nice malt complexity. Flavor is not very good though. No real chocolate flavor, no real vanilla like the oaked yeti and a really strange offputting bitterness. Kind of astringent and a clumsy chili pepper finish. A mess. This beer has great aroma a great body and great look but its lacking the most important thing. Taste. A poorly executed experiment by a usually solid brewery.
bhensonb (12171) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, so it’s likely very fresh. Pours a very dark brown with a large dark tan head. The aroma is pretty much chocolate and wood. Medium body at best with frothy carbonation. The flavors are intense. Lots of treacle. Lots of dark malt. Chocolate, smoke/oak, finishes with something peppery. Treacle and chocolate go a long ways in the end. Sweet? Sorta. Dry. Not really. Delicious? Oh yeah!
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours very deep brown, topped with a moderate-sized brown head. Aroma begins with dark chocolate and roasted malt, with highlights of espresso, pepper, hops and chili. Flavor of bakers chocolate, espresso, smoke, ash, and molasses, with oak in the background to round things out. There’s a little bitterness of dark chocolate and hops towards the finish, which are gradually overcome by chili pepper. Another nice interpretation of the Yeti!
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 Yeti’s 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 (4451) - 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
Dan’s 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 (4609) - 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 (7361) - 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.