hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz split with Dan. Completely black with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate with heavy roast up front giving way to sweet dark and caramel malts. Roasty and hoppy bitter finish throughout, with a very full body and light alcohol.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour with a dense tan head that lasts and lasts. Rich coffee, chocolate, and molasses aroma with a pronounced citrus hop note. Big roasted malts up front, strong flavor of brown sugar and a pronounced roasted hop finish. Thick full creamy mouthfeel. This just might be one of my new favorites. Good stuff!
kyzr (1362) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Motor oil dark with a brownish big head. Roasted coffee nose with hints of fruit. Flavor much the same, with more raisin, espresso and chocolate. Alcohol sneeks up on you. Nice toasty finish.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Black opaque body with a deep tan, tight head. Strong vinuous coffee nose. Spicy and earthy aromas. Full and smooth. Creamy body. Cola, burnt coffee and vanilla. Bitter chocolate. Rich and sweet with a nice alcohol burn. Rather lively. Great finish with a nice burn.
Bailz316 (248) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a syrupy black with small ring of tan head. Roasty, sweet and malty. Extremely rich. Coffee, chocolate prominent. Notes of caramel.. Vinious. Dry, bitter finish.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured dark, opaque brown-black with a generous rocky tan head. As it recedes, it leaves a nice trail of intricate lace. Aromas were malt, grain, dust, earth, coffee, cocoa powder, grapefruit, herbs, faint smoke and peat. Flavor was big, bold and absolutely wonderful, full of equal parts of smoky burnt malt and grapefruity bitter hops, with notes of sweet dark chocolate, espresso, toasted black bread, caramel, toffee, molasses, herbs, smoke and peat. Exquisitely malty and hoppy at the same time. I was encouraged to down this one way too fast and it was quite an effort to respect the 9.5 ABV. Palate was viscuous and mouth-coating, most appropriate.
Stefano (1957) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black color with a dark brown foam...nice...a coffee and chocolate dominated nose with hints of the awaiting hops. Flavour is strong, fruity and sweet with nice aromatic hoppiness. Liquorice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy. I really love this beer.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is beautiful I am inclined to mention. Jet black with long lasting, thick milkshake head. Looks yummy. roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet malts come first with piney resinous hops liingering in the foreground. Initially, chocolate and rich fruit cake come through strong , quickly followed by smoke, and coffee, and culminates with a bitter tinge. Not as smooth as it could be. I guess thatís just a preference, but it is my rating. On the whole, very good balance. I liked this more than the Oak Aged version. Less smoke overtones in my opinion. I dont know shit though. Anyway, the regular Yeti is choice. sorry if you read that whole thing.
Stine (1747) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On the contrary, my opinion is that this is very easy to beat (re: Expedition). Nice coffee and roasted malt aroma. Subdued sweet flavors of licorice and honey buried under a mountain of black malt, with a slightly dry hop finish. This is a sipper, but itís not as deeply gratifying/rewarding as one of its type ought to be.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Pours the blackest of black, to the point where the foam is bordering on a reddish brown. Lovely! A good head too, though while it dissipated somewhat quick, the lacing was very nice and stuck around to the very end. Aroma is more subtle than expected, but itís roasty and sambuca-like. Flavor is similar with some black coffee aspects and a little dark chocolate but nothing too sweet. The vanilla notes of the Oak Aged version are a bit lesser here. The finish, while being hoppy, is quite appropriate and I think it added a wonderful dimension to the roasty finish. Despite the strong hop presence in the finish, they only enhance the aroma rather than become it entirely. Carbonation was low, and mouthfeel was thick and creamy without much stickiness. Thereís a whole lot to like about this beer, but I think the Oak Aged version blends all of the flavors together a bit more. Even still, this is tough to beat.