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RATINGS: 1017   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Pours out thick, blackest black, one-finger, creamy brown head, oily lacing, from the bomber courtesy of mixmasterob (thanks, Robert!): Nose of light, bittersweet cocoa powder, green peppers, cayenne, an oaky vanilla presence, and solid roast. Flavors of pieces of warm chocolate, slowly melted by a continuous underlay of alcohol brought on by the oak, and a kicked up heat of cayenne into and throughout the finish. Full-bodied, prickly carbonation. Drinkability: Sweet turns roasty and bitter, with added elements of spice to kick the palate in high gear - and dare I say, extremely memorable. Pairing: Dark cocoa chili habanero chicken. Rebuy: Yes. #469 on 28062010, DG.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (88) - Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2014
On tap at exit 6. Aroma delivers what it promises (oak, chocolate) but it could be stronger. Also I am getting some malt and wheat/grassy/earthy aroma. Looks great. Pitch black with thin brown clingy head. Tastes roasty, hoppy (but not as much as other yetis) with a great oaky chocolatey aftertaste. Palate is thick enough, a little too carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden, overall very well crafted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (696) - - JUL 12, 2014
Served in a 4oz taster at Churchkey in Washington DC or Rustico in Ballston.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4652) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Deep pitch black coloured body with a very oily touch on top and a nice large three centimetre tall rich brown head. Aroma of rich chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, prunes, raisins, alcohol and quite a bit more chocolate. Very full-bodied; Super strong chocolate, alcohol and roasted malt notes throughout with some vanilla, oak, raisins and earthiness noticeable. Aftertaste shows a little smoke and mushroom flavour with a lot of roasted malt, tons of caramelised sugars and a good oak and earthiness. Overall, a very nice imperial stout with a lot of chocolate flavours and a very nice yet somewhat subtle oakiness that makes the flavour a bit dry. A great deal of complexity and of course, a lot of alcohol throughout. I sampled this 65 cL bottle direct from the source at the brewpub in Denver, Colorado on 07-June-2014 sampled after hockey on 09-July-2014.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tantore (13) - Alabama, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Loads of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and malt on the nose. The palate follows through with the same except there is a lot of bitterness. I would have rated it higher if it had just a bit more sweetness. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (322) - - JUL 11, 2014
22 oz bottle. Iíve had this at the brewery multiple times, but Iím finally sitting down this evening to reflect on this great beer that Iíve admittedly overlooked at times. Pours a dense black with one inch of lasting tan head that settles to an uneven wisp and uneven lacing. Light only barely passes on the edge of the glass, with a slight hint of ruby hues displayed. Aroma is chocolate malt, slight oak and vanilla, and a hint of cayenne heat. Flavor is roasted malt, spicy notes (spicier than I remember it being!), oak complexity, and a sweet chocolaty finish. Alcohol is well-masked with the full flavor. Medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (931) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle shared at the Syb Pig. Snifter. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, cocoa nibs, cayenne, and roasted malts. Taste is similar with the sweeter chocolate first and then the chilis coming through at the finish. Nothing overwhelming...just subtle. Thick and creamy. Also finishes with a little vanilla. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGB (500) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours black with a lasting brown head. Light aroma of malt. Nice taste of malt and bitter chocolate. I feel like it's too bitter for the palate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gatortaylor15 (1) - Saint Augustine, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014 does not count
Great beer! Chocolate on the nose followed by a note of vanilla.The cayenne really comes through at the end once the beer warms up.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
A very nice imperial. Dark brown pour. Roasted malt and chocolate nose. Medium mouthfeel but a touch over carbonated. Flavor profile matches aroma with a hint of barrel aging. Nicely done.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stravale (2052) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle @ Post EBBC14 tasting at Norseman [290614]
Pitch black, yellowy tan head, very good lacing
Aroma of deep rich dark malts, rich dark chocolate, soft roast, so smooth, no booze at all, some soy, very complex, superb aroma
Taste of rich dark plain chocolate, soft spicy, very rich dark malts, soft savoury, mellow mellow roast, oh so smooth, very complex, massive malts, huge chocolate, slight wood, phenomenal
Palate - Soft carb, full body, very rich mouthfeel, fairly sweet palate. Finish is smooth, rich, long lingering tail of those fantastic chocolate rich deep malts
Overall - Absolutely phenomenal - the bottle was BBE 2012 so has obviously smoothed out. Hardly any alcohol. Itís one of the best beers Iíve ever had.


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