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RATINGS: 1199   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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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3.9
piscator34 (2663) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
On draft at Stub & Herbs on Darkness Eve. Black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of dark chocolate, plum, spicy hops, and mild caramel. In the mouth there’s lots of roasted malt character with kind of a chocolate flavoured coffee thing going on. I’m surprised by how spicy this beer is, with some solid nutmeg and pepper flavours mixing well with the heavy malt and roast. Medium bodied and fairly bitter. Not over the top chocolate, which is nice. Not quite as good as the straight up oak aged Yeti, but much better than the espresso.

3.5
popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Pretty good stout, though something of a disappointment. I’m a big fan of chocolate imperial stouts and was very much looking forward to trying this one. Unfortunately, this beer is held back by a fairly rough boozy/acetone quality. The chocolate flavor is a little bit Hershey’s syrup-esque and not nearly strong enough against the other flavors. The nose seems to have some bland citrus pith/pine resin hoppiness, along with strong notes of vanilla and rum. Not much roast in this one. Mouthfeel is kinda up and down - good thickness but fairly harsh and hot. On the other hand, the appearance is superb - wall-to-wall black with a big brown head of creamy bubbles. One more quick disappointment - very little oak character. Can’t say that I totally get GDBC.

3.8
sebletitje (10421) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2010
bouteille
couleur brune foncée, mousse moka.
arôme, pour le style stout, cette dernière a un nez bien houblonne, malt chocolat, ressort aussi qcq notes de copeaux de chêne.
goût, houblon reste bien présent ajoutant une fine amertume au palais ainsi que l’amertume du chocolat. A noté aussi, qcq note de vanille, chocolat est épais au palais sans pour autant gâcher l’expérience. La présence de copeaux de chêne y est légère.

4.3
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Amazing chocolatey smell on a dark as night beer. Powerful taste of chocolate malt, alcohol with a bourbony aftertaste that gets stronger when you’re finished. Rich creamy deliciousness. A little bourbon heavy but awesome.

3.9
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle: &bnsp Black, moderate to large beige head, frothy, fairly spotty lacing.   Sweet roasted malts and cocoa on the nose.   More chocolate aroma than I expected.   Moderate stout, dry chocolate, cocoa, not real bitter, thankfully.   Smooth, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not a heavy beer.   Slightly chalky, finish is somewhat dry.   Not a big and robust as Yeti, but its clean.   The chocolate adds an interesting dimension to this one.   Decent.


4
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Poured dark brown, roasted malts, chocolate, wood, little vanilla, little coffee, slight hot pepper.

4.1
phaleslu (10747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. 2009 vintage. Pours a very dark, oily, opaque brown with a cascading brown head. Looks very nice. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate early, but it’s more like milk chocolate later, roasted malts, earth, oak, and alcohol. Flavor of bitter dark chocolate becoming milder milk chocolate, just like in the aroma, with earth, molasses, oak, cocoa powder, and roasted caramel malts. The chocolate has kind of a powdery quality in both nose and flavor. Full-bodied, with a thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. I like what the chocolate is doing here, and this is a lot mellower than the other Yetis. The bitterness disapears after a few minutes, whereas it’s much stronger in the others. This is my favorite of the bunch.

4.2
QuezXLV (422) - Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2010
One of the most sexy looking beers I’ve ever seen. Super dark body and a large tan bubbly head with even lacing. Intense hop and chocolate aroma.

4.4
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Bottle: pours pitch black with a brown head. The nose is rich and roasty, lots of dark smoke, vanilla and licorice. The chocoloate is up front, but the cayenne throws everything out the window. Alcohol strong? Maybe, or just cayenne. Bitter and sharp spicy? Or just cayenne. Who knows! Delicious though.

3.8
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Pour is a deep and dark abyss with a thin reddish brown uber-sticky head...smell is dry and chocolatey...lots of oak and cocoa...then a slight sweet note...coffee...taste is dry and really intensely flavorful...some cocoa, chocolate, oak vanilla...then there is something herbal too...I think it is the cayenne...interesting indeed...


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