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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,705
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 178
Gots: 617 | FT: 26
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is another revered incarnation of our legendary imperial stout. 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. Another great Yeti? Hell yes.
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Ratings: 2,705 | Reviews: 861
Photo of RandoRider
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A tad too bitter for me, but then I guess I'm just a sweet guy

Photo of Beerma
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

YUM! SO good . COuld only drink one but smooth and flavorful!

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque and black with a dark tan head.
The aroma is all chocolate and roasty grains with a hint of coffee.
So tasty. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit with a hint of roast coffee. Just the tiniest hint of spicy warmth near the end of the swallow. A suitable boozy warmth. Touches of oak and vanilla as it warms.
A creamy and smooth mouthful.
Overall, an outstanding stout that I wish I could get regularly.

Photo of uvachief
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours pitch black with solid tan head. Nice lacing throughout as well. Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Some sort of oak barrel. Tastes mainly of county coffee with dark bitter chocolate with hints of vanilla. Smooth finish. Little hop bitterness but not much on the front and back. Little too thin in the mouth. Complex because abv is hidden. Good effort. Better than regular yeti.

Photo of Antg8989
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For those looking for something sweet, you may have to look elsewhere. But if you enjoy the bitterness of a very dark chocolate, you're in for a treat.

Photo of goalpucks
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully, leaving about a half inch of head. Taste is bitter dark chocolate with a touch of the oak on the tail. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It could stand to have more of a chocolate taste or maybe just a touch of sweetness. The oak is perfect and not overpowering. I plan on picking up more when I see them.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As if yeti wasn't awesome enough...

Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp into tulip. Nice chocolate coming through right away, but not as much as I would have hoped. Quite a bit of bitterness, some roasted malts, and some raspberry. Definitely getting some smoke. As it warms, the chocolate and bitterness pick up a bit. Overall, this is a great beer.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deliciousness. Awesome smells of chocolate and oak. Phenomenal taste. Love all the Yetis.

Photo of MaximalC
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a good finger’s worth of luxuriant mocha foam. This is what a top flight RIS should look like... Mild aroma smells of hot cocoa and dark chocolate with a kiss of chili spice. Wreaths of lacing adorn the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste features roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate from start to finish. The dash of chili powder touted on the label comes through just enough to add a subtle extra dimension--if I hadn’t known it was in there, I may not have even recognized it for what it is. The alcohol is well concealed, and the taste is quite dry on the whole, which invites you right back for the next sip. I understand that this is barrel-aged, but it’s one of the mildest barrel-aged beers I’ve encountered. It’s hard to discern any of the trademark barrel characteristics beneath the bitter roasted malt and chocolate. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation yield a vibrant, albeit slightly loose mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very nice, dry, drinkable imperial stout, and definitely a step up from their regular Yeti. It also looks about as good as a stout can. Barrel-aged is almost a misnomer, but that’s forgivable considering its quality.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 01 Apr 2015 at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma of cocoa, alcohol. No vanillin or malt.
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to irregular 2 -4 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent – complete curtains
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor bitter chocolate barely mellowed by the oak. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. No vanillin.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.

Photo of timontheroad
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3-13-15. An aggressive poured into a snifter yielded a big fluffy two fingered brown head that stuck around for about a good ten minutes. Some lacing. The aroma was very chocolate forward, with some mild coffee and dark fruit undertones. The taste had more coffee up front, with a very solid dark chocolate backbone. I did get some light raisin and molasses flavors as well as dark roast malt. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, and almost oily as it coated the palate and didn't fade quickly. Overall, this is just an outstanding beer - my favorite of the Yeti variants, all of which are great to outstanding in their own right. Super good beer Great Divide!

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright ebony under a 1” dark tan foam cap that produces thin sheets of lace. A suggestion of legs.
S: dark chocolate, coffee, roast malts, dark dried fruit.
T: Big rich chocolate flavors contributed by both the malts and the added chocolate with a light vanilla accent that suggest a liquid chocolate brownie. Dries slightly on the finish.
F: Chewy, very creamy. Some warming builds after a while.
O: a big flavored beer suitable for dessert or breakfast.

Photo of txbrewer
2.36/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The hops overpower what should be a good malty flavor. Seeing the name and description and then tasting mostly hops was quite a downer.

Photo of bluehende
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeti is great. This is the least favorite of the variants for me which means it is still great. Not a ton of chocolate.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review represents bottles consumed at less than 1-4 years after release. Pours midnight cavern on the dark side of the moon black produces 1-3 fingers of super frothy, shortlived to moderately lasting, mocha head that leaves nice, clumpy, sticky lacing to no lacing at all in older vintages. Aroma chocolate, caramel, dark roasted/burned malts, some coffee & vanilla/oak. Taste is extra rich dark, semi sweet chocolate, Hershey's Chocolate syrup, woody oak, roast, nuts, toffee, molasses, hints of fig, prune, coffee & leather with chili pepper in the latter half of the sip, a nice hop bite in the finish & bitterness in the aftertaste. Oaky vanilla is subdued (perhaps by the massive chocolate taste). Alchol presence is minimal in the nose but quite noticable in the mouth as warmth, spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, oily & silky. Very warming & prickly in both the mouth & throat especially in in the latter half of the sip & aftertaste. Holy cow, what a dessert beer!

Photo of tlema1
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, rich and boozy, I get bitter chocolate in the finish...great sipper

Photo of Austin32
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent chocolate flavor with hints of the oak aging. Hides the abv well with a nice smooth after taste. Highly recommend.

Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2009 vintage. Pours slightly darker than cola with a loose, khaki-colored head that slowly dissipates into a swirl. Nose expresses some chocolate notes and a slight char. Taste expresses cocoa, baker's chocolate and some notes of oxidation. Amazingly, this beer is still carbed. Body is light-medium in body with an even carbonation, but still a bit too assertive for the style. There's also a light acidity. Overall, a little past its prime; however, still solid after all these years.

Photo of AuntBea
3.27/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice dark color and good smell. Full body taste.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours an oily, jet black straight out of the bottle. Forms a nice, dense and thick finger of dark brown, burnt caramel colored head. Good head potential for the ABV, lower head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 4.5 - Tons of malts, virtually no hops. Medium sweet chocolates, light espresso coffee and super faint touches of cayenne pepper.
T - 4.75 - Not complex, but simple and BOLD. A TON of roasted, malty goodness upfront that fades into a warm medium sweet chocolate. Finishes warm with the cayenne pepper, not quite to the level of a Mexican hot chocolate, but enough to make it warming. Virtually no hop profile, low bitterness, but the chocolate isn't to that cloying, Hershey's syrup milk stout decadence level. It's just right. Well balanced between the sweet and savory sides of chocolate and cocoa nibs.
F - 5 - Thick, creamy luxurious mouthfeel. Full bodied stout we've got here!
O - 5 - What a stellar imperial stout. This stuff is kick ass and ages beautifully (pulled mine from the cellar after one year). If I see this again, I will buy a few to set back for special occasions and I highly recommend you to do the same!

Photo of gobuccos
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Pepper is bery subtle.

Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, completely opaque, pitch-black color with three fingers of chocolate-covered head that slowly dissolved into a semi-thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic! Tons of roasted malt, freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and brown sugar. Awesome aroma!

Taste: Wow!! Exactly like its aroma! Tons of roasted malt, up front, with notes of toasted bread, lots of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, some cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar-like sweetness. As the beer comes closer to room temperature, the more the oak and cayenne pepper comes through, making the beer ever better! Very, very delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely creamy! There’s no carbonation what-so-ever, which makes this an extremely smooth beer. With an ABV of 9.5%, there’s a nice, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! This is a great, awesome stout! I love the malt, the chocolate, the vanilla, the oak and the cayenne pepper, and the creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of OrangeMen
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours black, opaque. Rich mocha, deep cinnamon colored head, incredible depth of color, one finger thick, frothy. Fine lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Dark cocoa, deep chocolate aroma. Big roasted malts, vanilla and caramel creaminess. Dry oaky astringency, woody and earthy.
Taste- Big bitter dark cocoa, charred malts, some sweeter creaminess. Oak is very forward, astringent, bitter, very woody and dry. Hops linger on back end, definetly get the cayenne kick as well.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Lower carbonation.
Overall- Beer highlighted by big and bold flavors, nothing soft about this one. Intense bitterness from cocoa, roasted malts, and hops. The oak aging creates some more intense bitter flavors, very woody and earthy, dry oak. There is almost a saltiness on the aftertaste, perhaps from the cayenne, can definetly feel and taste the heat on the end. Overall, bold but enjoyable.

Photo of martyl1000
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sie Door, Chicago. Awesome, except for a cork, leather flavor.

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,705 ratings.