Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Very unique tasting beer. A bit of everything going on here. Chocolate, coffee, yeast, hay, honey, tobacco and malt tastes. Complex, interesting and very good. Cybercat (5828) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Highly tempting aroma has firm tones of sweet chocolate and hay with a strong undertone of quality coffee and nutty, caramel and brown sugar hints. It pours a gorgeous opaque dark-chocolate brown with a respectable, if not persistent, light tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Semi-sweet chocolate dominates the smoky flavor, which has coffee, nutty, molasses and licorice notes - quite the lip-smacker! Full-bodied texture is fairly fizzy, leaving behind a smoky, slightly sweet tingling finish. A must! Look for it, or trade for it! Beaver (1798) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a dark black-brown with a smallish light brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 19, 2011
The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, roasted malts and grains, black licorice, some smoke, and a little alcohol.
The flavor is a bit subdued for a yeti - some sweet grains, peaty malts, a watery middle, and a charred bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.
Overall, it’s a bit more subdued than the other Yetis, but still nice. I didn’t really get any Belgian characteristics, but a lot of peaty smoke comes out as it warms which was interesting. Not as good as the regular or the Chocolate Yetis.
THOUGHTS: Not overly impressed. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great beer, but I was expecting it to be much more Belgian. A little lighter than most of the Yetis but not that much different. Hid alcohol incredibly well. I also doubt that it’s the smae recipe as the original Yeti or I’ve just really gotten used to piney hops over the years because this was nowhere near as hoppy or bitter as I remember the original being. It was almost like the beer was too much of a beast for the Belgian yeast to tame completely. The yeast showed up a little more as it warmed, but it almost detracts more than improves the beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark black that was basically opaque black in the glass with an average, tan to light brown head. The aroma had heavy, dark chocolate and strong coffee; moderate pine hops; light to moderate earthy, dusty and slightly fruity yeast; a little wood; tobacco and cigar paper. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and heavily bitter with long duration. There was chocolate, dark and bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, tobacco, cigar, black cherry, dark fruit, sort of piney hops, some fruity Belgian yeast, cherry and wood. The hop and malt bitterness blend incredibly well. The medium to full body leaned toward full and was oily and creamy and a little sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and a dry and lightly alcoholic finish. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2011
22oz bomber. Pours black with a dark thin head. Aroma is complex with subtle dark fruit, chocolate, buttered toast, ,alcohol, molasses, and light earthiness. Flavor follows aroma - sweet and malty with chocolate, honey, anise, and fruit. Sweet but not cloying finish. overall excellent but not particularly Belgian.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011
draft at Coles in Buffalo NY. Dark black pour, tan head. medium bodied. Roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate, coffee. Not gathering a ton of Belgianess here. Flavor is roasty, dark chocolate, slight sour yeasty twang upfront, some underlaying fruity yeastiness. Heavy roasted malt finish with a touch of booziness. Prefer regular & oaked but still pretty good Drake (13724) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Sampled on draft at Jackie O’s. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, spicy notes and a fruity finish. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, honey, spices, nutty notes and an herbal hop finish. Medium bodied. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2011
22oz bottle. Small tan head, brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some coffee/roast, nut, light orange. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast, coffee, faint spicy. Medium-full body, some stickiness, low carbonation. Tastes lovely, as the other Yetis, but minimal Belgian characteristic. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle from kegs and barrels. Pour black with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly. The aromas are milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla. The mouthfeel is dry and roasty with a heavy body and minimal carbobation. This was a great beer. Cheers! bigbish (712) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
J like the flavor of this stout. Very interesting and different from other shouts out there. Would buy again if I wanted to switch things up.