RATINGS: 1204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger DARK tan shade that retains itself quite well, if not brilliantly. Still, the dark head has a nice creaminess to it, and leaves behind some lacing on the glass. S: Holy onslaught of chocolate, Batman. The chocolate character isn’t very sweet - and I don’t care. Actually, no, I like that it isn’t sweet; it reminds me so much of mocha it isn’t even funny. The typical Yeti roastiness lies behind the bitter dark chocolate, and even the secret ingredient (cayenne pepper) can be picked up to an extent. Really, I can get just about every element used to make this - roast, hops, oak, you name it. T: To me, this is closer to normal Yeti than, say, the Belgian or (regular) Oak-aged variants. It starts with some fantastic roastiness, which is subtly augmented by some umami tones. The chocolate/oak/cayenne flavors appear near the back end, and all are strongly defined within each other. Both the chocolate and the oak are wonderfully subtle; the cayenne pepper on the finish, slightly less so. As someone who regularly cooks with cayenne, this is no problem whatsoever. I even note a kiss of piny hops. The way all the flavors dance around the palate is damn near enrapturing. M: It’s full bodied, creamy, soft, yet faintly dry on the back end. This is *slightly* thinner than regular Yeti, but not much. By no means is this easy to drink. That’s good - this is so gorgeously savorable that I don’t want this fleeting from the palate. O: I’ve never had a less-than-good Yeti variant, and all but one have been fantastic. This, natch, is fantastic. While it’s not very drinkable, it’s amazing flavor means that I could savor this all day. I’d buy a case of this, no problem.

thomashall (1249) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 Dark brown thick pour, dark brown head. Taste is dry, ashy, some chocolate. Aroma is chocolate, oak. Pretty good.

Franckg (1920) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 Bouteille datée du 17/03/2016, bue après plus de 33 mois. Robe noire opaque avec un petit cerne de mousse. Arômes de malt torréfié, piment fort, cacao, café noir. En bouche, malt torréfié, cacao, piment fort grillé, grains de café. Arrière-goût de chocolat noir. Texture huileuse et un peu lisse, corps moyen.

Niall73 (2459) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2017
Tap at engine 15. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Surprisingly light aroma - milk chocolate. Medium body, medium carb. Soy, espresso, dark chocolate, lemon. There boozy heat, and it comes off a little harsh. OK. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

anstei (2747) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2017
Bottle, courtesy of Nische, many thanks! Pours, well, the same as the regular Yeti. Aroma is more floral, some more green peppers, also some dark chocolate. Body is heavy, sweet, more dark chocolate, a little spicy, feels less complex though. Still an interesting and very good take on the Yeti.

SinH4 (6573) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2017
Bottle, many thanks Nische and anstei! Black color with beige head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted. Taste is chocolate, roasted, earthy. Silky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Excellent.

hrabren (1953) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2017 0.33 l bottle brought by Višnja 666 and Pilot Goran. Thanks. Dark brown to black, small beige head. Barrel, roasty, nutty, chocolate. Dry. Thick, spicy. Medium body, spicy finish. Interesting.

KevinReddirt (238) - Midland, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 Sometimes you stumble into good fortune. Great Divide and the Yeti imperial stouts have been personal favorites and I happened to find this 22 oz bomber at Spec's in Lubbock, TX. Couldn't stand to wait any longer so here we go. The label says the bottle was put up on 2/3/17, bought in October and opened in December. The raven black liquid pours into my Buffalo Bayou tulip glass. The head is the normal Yeti dark mahogany brown, plentiful and long lasting. Lifting to my nose I find chocolate (duh), raspberry and some earthiness. A good sip now, Holy crap. Outstanding. Molasses, chocolate malt, dark fruit, a hint of brown sugar, charred wood. Dense and deep. Very full in the mouth. A bit of bitterness afterwards. A little heat too, unusual. Really nice. Great Divide, you have met my expectations and then some.

ttutony (952) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2017
Nearly black with a brown head. Roasted malt and chocolate with a nice oak backing. Bitter finish. Nice work

williamlantz (81) - - NOV 17, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2017 Black with tan head. Chocolate aroma, liquorice, burnt malt, whisky, dried fruits. Taste of cacao, coffee. Bitter. Medium body.

batneil (799) - - NOV 16, 2017
On tap at the brewpub. Pitch black with a brown head. Quite fizzy for a stout. Bourbon and chocolate flavours. Very good.

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