LinusStick (2618) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely perfect beer. I canít ever give the highest score for any category (stupid OCD of mine) but in my ratings this is perfect. Aroma was delicious. Big and full dark espresso with dark chocolate. This aroma hits you like a ton of bricks. Pour was perfect. Deep black with a dark brown one finger head. Taste was full and big. Strong and deep dark chocolate/coffee with a roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. This flavor is out of this world. Nice strong carbonation rounds this beauty out.
chewy (10) - , Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle. Phenomenal beer. Hard-pressed to find another espresso stout that does such a great job of balancing itsí components. Pours black with a generous brown head. Aroma of dark roasted espresso and bitter chocolate dominate, but vanilla and hops are also very present. Thick & creamy mouthfeel gives way to a dry lingering finish. Combined flavors of the espresso, hops and roasted malt are bittersweet and hide the alcohol well.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, at Night of the Barrels 2/20/09. Pours deep black, capped with a medium-sized brown head. Aroma is filled with espresso, along with chocolate, vanilla, and some oak. Espresso is less pronounced in the flavor, where dark chocolate takes the forefront. Wood, vanilla, and mils hops add complexity. Nice beer. Iíd love to have all the Yetiís side-by-side at some point, Iím not sure which I enjoy the most.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with Lindsey7638 so weíre sharing notes. Extremely dark beer in body, appearance and flavor. Extreme roast complex, dark burnt malts that are thick and rich and add hearty flavors to this viscous brew. The coffee flavor is absolutely perfect not canceling out the sweetness of the malts but aiding to the dark, oak aged mature flavors. The best YETI yet!
lindsey7638 (18) - , Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely dark beer in body, appearance and flavor. Extreme roast complex, dark burnt malts that are thick and rich and add hearty flavors to this viscous brew. The coffee flavor is absolutely perfect not canceling out the sweetness of the malts but aiding to the dark, oak aged mature flavors. The best YETI yet!
ChainGangGuy (4122) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Bullockís in Marietta, Georgia. I have misplaced my receipt, but I recall it wasnít exactly cheap. Bottled On: Feb 12 2009. So fresh!! Letís get to it!
Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a large, frothy, dark tan head. True, there may have been better some lace formation, but I found myself tossing back the glass so often that none could even gain a foothold on my Duvel tulip glass.
Smell: Roasty, fresh-brewed espresso nose welcomes in full notes of chocolate fondue, dark malts, fresh oak lumber. Some breweries get coffee additions wrong -- Great Divide got it right.
Taste: After the first sip itís hard not to shout out an "AWW YEAH BABY!" like youíre rooting hard for your favorite sports team. Dark, heavily roasted malts harmonize perfectly with the deep, sultry flavor of quality espresso. Add in a heavy-handed pour of dark chocolate sauce and heavy cream flavored with vanilla extract. Fairly sweet, but itís kept in check by the roasty, earthy bitterness, tannic wood qualities, and the cumulative, spicy, sprucy hop component. Hint of fruit. Very minor touch of alcohol warmth, like imbibing a complimentary shot of Godiva Mocha Liqueur. Finishes drying with a vast roastiness and lingering tastes of chocolate and oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Spoiler Alert: Itís absolutely delish, what can I say?! Rich flavors that know no bounds. Sometimes Iím hesitant to drink an entire bomber of something by my lonely, miserable self, but I cleared through this bottle in record time. One to sip and savor slowly, but itís hard not to chug it greedily like an insatiable fiend.
Swolf3 (261) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured black with small tan/ toffee colored head. Aroma of espresso and roasted malt. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Finished bitter that stuck around for while. Average carobnation and smooth palate. Just ok.
That1Guy (1747) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crushed with Jakebra at BSAF. Cask-conditioned. Lotsa coffee. Original recipe is still superior. Cool experiment, pretty awesome, but Great Divide has done better with this brew by itself.
GMCC2181 (1424) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2011 Bottle shared by wolf! and a couple bottle picked up at SL..... Poured into a snifter, motor oil black. Nice toffee colored head. Good aroma of espresso, chocolate and lots of roasted malts. Taste is close to the nose, lots of roasted malts, espresso and a big bitterness in the after taste the helps balance it but overall distracts for the taste. Average texture and carbonation level. Overall a solid impy stout.....
RSRIZZO (1810) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color is a solid black with a thick dark brown head. Aroma is sweet with roasted coffee scent and a hint of chocolate. Taste is rich, sweet and roasted. Starting with a full body it goes down with a sharp feel. Finish comes on sweet then a big roasted coffee flavor and a full bitterness. After taste of burnt chocolate and some oak with a bold alcohol feel. Not as good as I thought it would be, its a little on the harsh side but may be better as it ages.