Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 Last brew of the Richmond Gathering, 2/13/09 bottling. Black with a decent head. Coffee aroma. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, and espresso notes complement. Coffee unfortunately adds some acidity to this that I found detracted from the overall enjoyment. RERATE: 2/6/11. Glad to get to try this as a full bottle without my palate blown out. 12/20/?? bottling - maybe 2010 would be my guess? Black with a large deep brown head. Aroma is coffee, slightly burnt, a hint of chocolate. Flavor is a match, but hops definitely come through on the end with a fairly robust pine note. Not nearly as acidic as I remembered, and the hops had been lost before. I have to say that the hops didnít quite hang with the espresso, and actually overwhelmed it a bit in the end. But not bad at all. 1 point higher for aroma, everything else stays the same.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Odeed. Black with a creamy brown head. Espresso, roastiness, and dark chocolate aroma. Tastes of dark roasted espresso, cereal grain, oak, more coffee and a woody vanilla and bitter chocolate taste to the dry finish. Quite good.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tab @ Dís six packs and dogs. Poured motor oil dark. 1/2 dark brown head. Aroma of malts, coffee, and vanilla. I could smell it as soon as the waitress put it in front of me. Flavor of roasted coffee, oak, and malts. Slight bitterness in the end. Tastes mess very well. Nicely complex flavors. Canít notice the 9.5% ABV at all. Thick bodied. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black color with a dark tan head, very nice lacing. Aroma of dark chocolates and coffee, seemed a tad weak. Flavor was coffee and chocolates with some licorice and fruit in there as well. Full bodied with a bitter coffee finish that doesnít hang around. Very enjoyable.
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a thick, dense black with a moderate brown head. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak and a bit of alcohol. The flavors are very intense with tons of coffee, heavy malt, and lots of oak. The oak and the coffee clash a bit for me and the flavors just donít become cohesive. Strong coffee bitterness at the finish is a bit overpowering, at least for me. This one is a slow sipper for sure!
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Pours thick and black with a 2 1/2 finger mocha-colored, rocky head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice, decorative lacing. Coffee and chocolate on the nose, a touch of oak. Extremely complex mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation and heavy on the tongue. Starts off with the malty sweet chocolate and vanilla from the oak and ends with the hop bitterness that lingers, finishes with light alcohol. Seems nowhere near 9.5%, which is nice. Espresso all over this one. Great brew!
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little alcohol. Flavor is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, hops, alcohol, and a touch of vanilla. A little more sweetness, and this would be even better.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Malt and Vine. Pours black with a nice tan head. Big roasty coffee smell. Flavor is a little more complex, with chocolate and a little bourbon. Not as woody as I would have hoped, but very tasty. Thick, smooth mouthfeel with a nice bitter finish.
tgncc (2740) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strong roasted coffee, vanilla, maybe a little wood. The appearance is anopaque jet black, moderate tan head. The flavor again is dominated by the coffee beans, roasty, with some vanilla, and cream. More of the oak comes through as it warms. The finish is mainly coffee flavor, some hops linger in the background. (You really need to like coffee to like this.) A very good brew overall, not as enjoyable as the ordinary Yeti.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours pitch black with a thick tan head that clings to the glass as you drink it. Aroma was a bit disappointing. Subtle bitter chocolate, coffee, and grain. Nothing really stands out in the aroma. The rest of this beer shines. Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat silky and has a sharp spicy bite from the carbonation and hops combo. Flavor has very strong coffee, bitter chocolate, bitter hops, some vanilla in the background, and finishes with an alcohol presence. This is a solid brew.