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RATINGS: 1074   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.


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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 isnít very sweet - and I donít care. Actually, no, I like that it isnít sweet; it reminds me so much of mocha it isnít 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: Itís 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. Thatís good - this is so gorgeously savorable that I donít want this fleeting from the palate. O: Iíve never had a less-than-good Yeti variant, and all but one have been fantastic. This, natch, is fantastic. While itís not very drinkable, itís amazing flavor means that I could savor this all day. Iíd buy a case of this, no problem.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2015
Black pour with a two finger, creamy to soapy brown head that has great retention and leaves some pretty nice lacing. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, oily toasted grain, slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies, roasted nuts and cooked dark fruits. Flavor is milk chocolate, roast, toffee, earth, dried dark fruit, light, fruity and earthy vegetal notes (the cayenne, maybe), a touch of smoke, dry licorice and a hint of husky grain. Heavy body, creamy, oily and syrupy feel, medium carbonation, moderate boozy warmth. Really good stuff overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (110) - New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2015
Huge chocolate aroma from freshly opened bottle. Loved that initial aroma. Not as prominent after pouring. Pitch black pour, froathy lasting tan head. Good lacing. Extremely smooth and velvet mouth feel. Thought it was going to be a bit bigger body wise but still very pleasing. Could have used more chocolate. That initial smell had me craving a deep rich chocolate flavor that wasnít delivered. Drank this as a dessert beer and didnít quite meet my needs for something sweet. Fairly balanced with a little more bitter than i was looking for. Had an earthly quality to it making it a bit savory imo. A nice chili pepper flavor comes through on the finish though that i appreciated very much. Unique but not something that leaves me wanting another...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (803) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2015
Bottled Apr. 2 2014. Pours black with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma has smooth roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild oak, and slight caramel. Taste is balanced. Dark malts, dark chocolate, cacao shells, caramel, and a mildly warm chili aftertaste in the throat. Medium-full body with a low carbonation. Oily/creamy texture with a dry finish. Overall interesting. Dark chocolate, fibery shells, and slight chili.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (366) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2015
10oz tulip on tap. Minneapolis. Pours dark black. Brown head. Aroma is heavy in chocolate. Alcohol. A little oaky. Taste is chocolate bitter. A little sweetness underneath. Body is full. Soft carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel. Long finish. Pretty decent. A little one dimensional.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (619) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
1pt 6fl oz bottle. Pours a glugulous black with a thin dark cocoa coloured head. Molasses, raisins, brandy, dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, and light citrus on the nose. Taste wise, LOTS of molasses, brandy notes, medium heat, a light hit of chili powder, and dried fruits that lead into more molasses with some very strong espresso notes, light ash, roasty malt, and some heat and decent bitterness in the super long finish. Not disappointing by any means, but Iím picking up ZERO chocolate, and the only oak Iím getting is in the nose. Go with the original Yeti, and have your face blown off.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RollE2k (45) - SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2015
Rating from 2010 bottle, drank in jan 2012. Aroma is pretty much mostly aloooot of dark chocolate. Apperance.: pitch black, with a medium head. Taste: When its cold, itís a bit fizzy and a little chocolate. With temperature you feel the oak-aging, and a great cayenne aftertaste gets obvious. Overall, it doesnít get much better than this. Its a great beer hands down. Although the 2012 bottle was levels below then 2010, so i donít know if there is alot of quality differences between the years?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1239) - Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Very dark. Thick tan head. Thick milk chocolate body. Coffee. Some oak. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3489) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Tap at Beer Junction, Seattle. Colour is black with brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, dark chocolate, distant hints of coffee and roasted malts.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UncleKorm (997) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Bomber bottle poured a black hue with a huge creamy lasting tan head and sticky lacing. Bold sweet roasty chocolate aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are strong bold roast, coca nibs, dark chocolate, vanilla and rum. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and some warmth in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
simont1 (359) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2015
A bit fruity and coffee like aroma, much more clearer oak than the espresso version, a bit aggressive espresso chocolate like aroma with a clear plum apricot fruitiness.


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