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RATINGS: 1125   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger DARK tan shade that retains itself quite well, if not brilliantly. Still, the dark head has a nice creaminess to it, and leaves behind some lacing on the glass. S: Holy onslaught of chocolate, Batman. The chocolate character isn’t very sweet - and I don’t care. Actually, no, I like that it isn’t sweet; it reminds me so much of mocha it isn’t even funny. The typical Yeti roastiness lies behind the bitter dark chocolate, and even the secret ingredient (cayenne pepper) can be picked up to an extent. Really, I can get just about every element used to make this - roast, hops, oak, you name it. T: To me, this is closer to normal Yeti than, say, the Belgian or (regular) Oak-aged variants. It starts with some fantastic roastiness, which is subtly augmented by some umami tones. The chocolate/oak/cayenne flavors appear near the back end, and all are strongly defined within each other. Both the chocolate and the oak are wonderfully subtle; the cayenne pepper on the finish, slightly less so. As someone who regularly cooks with cayenne, this is no problem whatsoever. I even note a kiss of piny hops. The way all the flavors dance around the palate is damn near enrapturing. M: It’s full bodied, creamy, soft, yet faintly dry on the back end. This is *slightly* thinner than regular Yeti, but not much. By no means is this easy to drink. That’s good - this is so gorgeously savorable that I don’t want this fleeting from the palate. O: I’ve never had a less-than-good Yeti variant, and all but one have been fantastic. This, natch, is fantastic. While it’s not very drinkable, it’s amazing flavor means that I could savor this all day. I’d buy a case of this, no problem.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3998) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
(Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Chocolate Oak Aged ) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter after letting it warm up a bit. ABV 9.5% Pitch black colour on the body with almost two full fingers of thick and creamy, dari brown head on top, with good retention. Aroma has lots of milky chocolate, light alcohol, light vanilla, some wood and olive pit, cocoa. Taste is nicely bitter, I expected it to be cloying sweet but that’s not the case, dark bitter chocolate, some roasted malts, cocoa powder, the cayenne barely notable on the finish of the sip, just enought to make things interesting, well hidden alcohol. Full body, good soft carbonation, mildly sticky on the palate. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1268) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
Bouteille 650ml. Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée riche et onctueuse laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de malt torréfié, boisé, chocolat, cacao, léger côté épicé, cendré. Goût de malt torréfié, café, chocolat, alcool, cendré, houblon résineux. Carbonatation faible, corps dense, crayeuse.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingaugusta (157) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Pours near black with a frothy brown head. Nose is dark sweet chocolate and a little coffee. Some hops on the front with a tame chocolate malt sweeping in. Backside is semi bitter. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1965) - GREECE - DEC 28, 2015
650 ml bottle. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, licorice, caramel, wood. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with some spicy notes. Medium to full silky oily body with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (1049) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is tart cherry wood that mellows and reveals semisweet chocolate, dark fruits, and undertones of wood with some roasted notes. The beer is jet black and oily with a dark brown, reddish, dense soap head that has a mild, filmy retention and a good lace. The taste is highly sweet with a medium high bitter supplemental note. The texture is thick and sticky with a small fuzzy carbonation and full body. The taste is a dark, rich cocoa nibs and dark fruit blend with a finish that’s woody with notes of fudge, cocoa nibs, raisins, and nuts. The aftertaste is mildly chalky with dark chocolate and roasted nuts. It’s cloying and lingering.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mears (68) - - DEC 21, 2015
Best variant of Yeti. The chocolate tones down the oak aged and makes this one of my favorite brews.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (14596) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 14, 2015
Intensiv schokoladiger und malziger Antrunk. Weich herb, schokoladig würzig, dabei leicht alkoholisch. Würzig, intensiv, kurz brennend. Vollmundig, gut. 11/12/12/12/12/11

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandon1989 (467) - Euless, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Pours a dark black with a thick khaki head that leaves lots of lacing around the glass. The aroma is oak, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, and woodiness. The taste is woodiness and oak up front with some alcohol in the flavor as well and you pick up the chocolate and vanilla on the back end. I don't really pick up the cayenne in the nose or flavor.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clarkdvm (346) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Draft. Mild aroma. Definite chocolate flavor but oak aged is lacking. Still great beer, just thought would be different

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (1597) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 6, 2015
Thanks to Jon for sharing the bottle. Pitch black with a small half-finger head of brown foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Big roasted cacao, milk chocolate and bitter espresso aromas on the nose. Lots of roasted cacao and bitter coffee on the palate. Medium body with average carbonation. Finish lingers and is dry, roasty and bitter. Roasted bitter bomb for sure.


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