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RATINGS: 1170   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2030) - 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.

4.2
   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.

4
   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.

4.7
   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.

4
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (1002) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, espresso, tons of chocolate. Malty sweet flavor with a nice bitter chocolate finish. Extremely smooth palate yet very rich. Just as good as the original!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2010
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Pitch black pour with a fluffy tan head. Huge roasted malt, barley and chocolate aroma with some hints of coffee and oak. Flavor is big and roasty at the start. You really catch the wood and cocoa nib flavors near the middle with a heavily roasted malt and coffee finish. Didnt taste any cayenne, but the roasted and chocolate flavors were awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (6036) - GERMANY - JUL 7, 2010
Thanks to gn0sis for that bottle. Looks good, as well as the beer in the glass. Deep black, nice head. Starts strong malty, scratchy-woody, intense notes of chocolate and liquorice. Finish a bit milder, but still warming malty, modest alcoholic, much more bitter than the beginning. Nice Imperial Stout!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (16242) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours pitch black with a beautiful dark brown head. Aroma of boldly dark roasted malt, light chocolate, espresso, some smokiness, wood and some burnt malt. Flavour begins with light chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla notes and oak, and finishes with dry wood, smokiness, cayenne peppers. Truly an exquisite brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
(750ml bottle). Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of oak chips, resin, smoke. Taste is sweet with dry bitterness. Full bodied and dry finish. Good beer, but would have like chocolate to have more prominence (and sweetness). Still got the dry, woody taste from the oak chips as the dominant flavor.


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