Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Pours out almost black with a decent tan head. Initially smells of coffee, chocolate and oak cask. Tastes of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, cognac and some mild aniseed elements. Nice warming finish. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Dark as night with a great looking chocolatey head. Roasted cofee beans, cooked caramel with hints of licorace. Hoppy chocolate taste with a WHACK of alcohol...but not in a bad way. madsberg (11774) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Huge brown dense head. Chocolate, roast and maltburnt in the aroma. Notes of spices like vanilla and cloves. Flavour is very smooth and balanced. Chocolate, roast, light coffee and spices. Liqourice notes. Alcohol is hidden well, but you sure can feel it as the brew leaves the bottle. Ends on a rather smooth chocolatish note with distinct sweet notes from the barral. Tasted side by side the normal Yeti, which I personally prefer because of the much more aggressive hoppy aroma and flavour. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Immensely dark pour, brown head. Full aroma, lots of vanilla, milk chocolate, mild hops, and some roast. BIg, full flavor and body. Some alcohol is present but overall it’s well masked. Very rich and it packs a punch. On par with the regular Yeti. If you like vanilla/chocolate more than massive roast/hops this Yeti is for you. If you like the roast and hops more, go with the regular Yeti. Thanks to TAR for this one. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Thick, deep oily black with a dark, dense chocolate head. Roasted coffee and earth in the nose with a bit of sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly mellow, well-rounded flavor for the style with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla oakiness, and rich roasted malt and hops bitterness. Extremely smooth mouth feel--really exceptional--with a long warm, bitter finish.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 I believe this was 2005 (strong hop presence). Enjoyed wtih my cousin Amanda during a visit to Mansfield. Pours an oily black with dark brown hints at the edges. Brownish head. The aroma had vanilla, burnt malt, oak, and citrus hops. The flavor was intense. Burnt malt, vanilla, woody roots and strong wood, strongish hop presence (more than I’d expected) and alcohol warmth. The body was creamy with woodish tannins. This could use some time to mellow. I think I have an older bottle in my fridge (not a blue/metallic label as this one had). I’ll do a comparison soon. I gave this a 4 mostly due to the potential I see if this gets some age to it. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Though I did not re-rate this officially, I believe I got my hands on an older bottle over Thanksgiving. I found that the hops were much better integrated and the overall brew was more enjoyable. I will bump the pallet up one point as a result, and I will adjust flavor and overall impression to reflect my general thoughts this time around.
Pours dark as night with a mocha colored head that dissapated quick leaving a small lacing on the sides of the glass.Sweet burnt aroma.Heavy burnt coffee flavors.The alcohol crept up at the end and warmed going down. TBone (17990) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled (BB 04/2006)ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Sampled side by side with normal version, thanks Mads!
Opaque black, small tanned head, roasted, woody, chocolaty aroma. Sweet, hoppy, oaky, roasted, liquerish. Good roasty aftertaste. I liked normal version a bit more.
Bottled. Pitch black with a tan head. Smells like chocolate milk, smoke, oak and malt. Flavor is chocolate, oak, smoke and coffee. Slightly dry finish. jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2005
big 22 oz bottle (i think?) for $8.99, and well worth every penny. gorgeous brown head on a black beer that ever-so-slightly tints garnet on the side of the glass. toast, roast, coffee beans and vanilla beans own the aroma, but even with the 75 IBUs there isn’t a noticeable hops aroma. very slightly alcoholic, but there’s so much thick malt and dark roasted body that the alcohol barely gets noticed. oak is hidden, but still there, especially in the finish. this is one nice stout. not TOO different from the regular Yeti, but both are excellent, excellent beers.