RATINGS: 1165   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17574) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle at ChrisOs Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia tasting. Lovely choc. Black, tan head. Lot of choc, lot of oak. Lovely choc, intense, god its good. So lovely. My beer of the tasting I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Oh lagunitasfan, you make me hot. Dark pour, spicy rye-like nose...from the oak I imagine, the chocolate coming across as candybar-like..but spicy with the oak, which works for sure. Flavors really bring all this into perspective in the most masterful way imaginable...really...its chocolatey, woodsy, spicy, but the flavors really pop out as imaginable and creative yet sweet enough to satisfy the most dense of tastebuds. Brewery spent hops and malts combine in the foreground for a very fresh, brewery fresh taint to it all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10061) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Black body, nice creamy brown head fades slowly. Flavour is less sweet, and much sharper than expected. Dry cocoa and roast. Feels a bit like there is a bit of a chile heat underneath it? That is odd... (Edit: So apparently that was on purpose ) Light alcohol and lightly woody finish, warming alcohol in the throat. 6+ Dry roasty aroma over sweet dark malt, tangy touches to it. 6+ Smooth average plus palate. 3+ This is pretty much the exact opposite of what I was hoping this beer would be. Cayenne????? WTF! Just give me a bottle of Yeti and some melted chocolate next time. (pout) On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bomber. Black and thick in the glass with a medium-sized light brown head and a bit of lacing. Nose is sweet burnt booze, cocoa, coffee. Very rich, sweet, and chocolaty to start with, along with a comparatively light amount of hops. The cayenne only just shows up at the very end as a gradual buildup of heat in the finish and into the aftertaste. Mmmmm. Yet another tasty Yeti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 [3071-20100702] Sample. Very coffee bean roast malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Rich roast malt flavour has some red wine and wood characteristics. Full body is quite boozy. Great balance. Also... Yeti for a dollar! A DOLLAR!! (8/3/8/3/16) 3.8
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)

[3882B-20110813] Bottle. Richly cocoaed roasted malt aroma has a deep, dark secret waiting to surface. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy brown head and some lacing. Chocolate roasted coffee beans flavour fulfills the promises in the aroma. Full body is rich and heavy. I could sit here and smell this for an hour. (9/3+/8/4/17) 4.1
(w/ jerc, others)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2029) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2010
2009 Bottle I purchased last summer. Thick dark black pour, heavy cookie colored head and nice strong roasted chocolate/espresso nose. Flavor is rich dark chocolate, some noticeable vanilla, and finished pleasantly creamy with a slight bite of lingering cayenne pepper on the aftertaste. A well balanced solid brew worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle tasting at work. Pours a wonderfully thick, opaque black "motor oil" with a medium, dark brown head that falls slowly and leaves nice, slightly broken lacing. Aroma is heavy dark chocolate with some caramel notes followed by a balanced malted backdrop and hints of piney hops lingering at the back. Taste is a spicy bitter chocolate that grows slightly sweet with the malted, creamy body and then falls back to a very balanced bitterness as the hops slowly take their place in the finish. Just wonderful... my personal taste would hope for a little less attenuation, (love the sweets) but its just fine the way it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2010
22 oz bomber from Tournament Liquors. Beautiful black pour with a thick luscious dark brown head. Not much to the aroma, slightly chocolatey with a bit of oak. The chocolate and oak really show up in the flavor. Finish shows a bit of the heat from the pepper and I get a bit of chalkiness. Overall, great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PapaSteve54 (4) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2010 does not count
I sampled this beer from a bottle while sitting at the Jersey Shore on a beautiful summer evening. This is a dark and heavy beer and as expected had a strong aroma. The scents of chocolate and coca were strong. The appearance was that of a thick dark beer with a nice head on pouring. This type of beer, along with the IPA, have been my favorites so far (I am new to sampling craft beers and rating them). I sampled this beer throughout an evening to monitor the taste changes as the beer became less and less chilled. The aromas and tastes as expected became more intense and complex. The beer stayed on the palate long after tasting, seemingly longer than other beers. I loved the taste of this beer. This is a great beer to sip on a beautiful summer evening while overlooking an ocean. I rated it almost perfect but just a little less as in my four beer tasting (Stone IPA, Stone Ruination IPA, La Chouffe, Great Divide Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti) I enjoyed the Stone IPA just a little more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Draft from Union Jacks. Pours opaque black with foamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and roast. Mild to moderate bitterness and moderate sweetness. It seemed a little bit spicy to me as well. Oily texture.

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