RATINGS: 1182   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (16651) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Some cocoa aroma, but this is the only characteristic that is no potent. The appearanc of black oil with a gorgeous head of crimson tan creaminess close to that of Hunahpus. The flavor of a bold roasty stout with smooth cocoa flavors, not sweet though. Bitter notes and the spice from the cayenne settle in later slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 pours black with a thin brown head and thick lacing. aroma is strong with notes of chocolate, alcohol and candy. taste is spicy. notes of oak, chocolate, anise and licorice are apparent. finish is very spicy and bit boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (3070) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Black pour tan brownish head with a good amount of lacing ... lots of chocolate in the aroma .... mostly a cocoa taste with roasted malts and coffee with a bitter oaky roasted pepper finish .... roasted and pepper flavors come out more as it warms, but it is a well put together stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, and pepper. Short sweet start with malty chocolate in the middle and a strong pepper finish. The pepper becomes too damn dominant, especially when it warms. Its a shame. I had high hopes for this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2010
12 oz tap served in a pint glass. Pour was oily jet black with an inch of tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, hops, dark fruits, and roasted malts. Taste is the aforementioned, but there is some spice to it. I kept thinking it was really weird that I was getting spice, because I didnt know at the time that peppers were a part of the brew process. While this brew wasnt bad, I really wasnt into the spice or elevated hop levels. I prefer my imperial stouts to be maltier and also, leave the peppers out!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6217) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a heavy brown color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter back chocolate malt with light roasted malt notes. Taste is a very fine mix between some bitter black chocolate with notes of roasted malt and light dry roasted coffee. I couldnt really detect the oak to be honest though. Body had a creamy texture which I quite enjoyed with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and with some complexity and some great drinkability factor. Definitely something I would wish to have access to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
22 oz bottle. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, alcohol, earthy yeast and some spice. Color is deep, deep black. Pours a thick, rocky brown head that falls to a persistent half inch of lacy goodness. Medium bitterness with some residual sweetness. Thick and spicy on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. Perhaps a bit heavy on the oak for my taste but still absolutely delicious and surprisingly accessible. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2010
22 oz bottle, June 30, 2010. Pours a jet black hue with a creamy/frothy dark tan head (2 fingers thick). The nose is roasted barley, cayenne pepper, dark chocolate, charred oak, a hint of vanilla, and green pepper as well. The taste is big on roasted barley, followed by oak, vanilla, extra dark chocolate, and a hint of espresso. Tastes very similar to a cayenne dark chocolate bar (imagine that). The mouthfeel is thinner feeling than Yeti, Espresso Yeti, and Oak Aged Yeti. Still very nice and perfectly carbonated. I will have to track down another one to cellar with all the other variations I have. Great impy stout once again Great Divide!

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