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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 161
Gots: 550 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009)
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Reviews by BigBarley:
Photo of BigBarley
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having reviewed other Yeti's extensively, I will eschew traditional reviewing format and focus on the things that made this one different.

The look and mouthfeel were the same... excellent for the style! The smell was very, very close to the standard yeti, with just a hint of oak and more emphasis on that creamy, sweet scent. The flavor was closer to classic Yeti than Oak, due to the Chocolate being the main event. Very sweet chocolate up front, but there's a smooth, woody, aged profile lingering underneath it all pleasantly.

This is my least favorite Yeti, but still easily outshines many, many beers out there today. Yeti is good people!

BigBarley, May 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow there is more to this version of the Yeti than I thought,cayenne...hmmm.Poured a jet black with a fluffy mocha colored head that left a creamy mass after leaving multiple sheets of lace as it settled very slowly.Aromas of vaniila/oak and bitter chocolate and some roastiness.Flavors start out with hefty roast and bitter chocolate with cayenne hitting in the finish wich is very noticeable by me,not sure how others have felt about the cayenne presence.Not sure if that cayenne presence is welcomed by me,its a bit annoying.I like the complexity and the uniquness but not my thing so much,although its not bad just for the record.

oberon, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Oak cafe - 2010 vintage. Pours a black super-nova color with a luscious and creamy looking deep-tan head comprises of bubbles so fine you can barely make them out. Good staying power and retention, though the lacing was minimal overall.

The aroma creeps out before you even bring this one to your nose. A deep, chocolate aroma hits your nostrils first - a sinister hybrid of sweet milky chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. An oaky, wood chips sweetness follows it up and keeps things leveled out. This one simply smells rich and robust, like a triple chocolate lava cake meltdown served on a burnt oak platter.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti hits the palate smooth and silky, thick, but not to the point of being chewy or sludgy, although it surly can hold its own. The canvas is constructed of heavy oak flavors and even some bourbon notes. I don't know if the barrels this was aged in previously held bourbon or not, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that out. Succeeding sips reveal an even more deep and dense chocolate flavor than the aroma would lead on - like a bittersweet, rich Devil's food cake or a melted Godiva chocolate bar.

As sweet as it sounds, it's never cloying, as the sugary explosion is held in check by the bitter side of the chocolate, as well as the robust and borderline-bitter nutty and dark chocolate aftertaste. Notes of char reside at certain places but don't take up too much of the bill. As the beer got warmer, a certain spice flickered up, almost herbal and ashy. Apparently it's chili powder? I wouldn't have guessed that - it almost could pass as an intensely dry hop profile. Not distracting, just slightly unexpected. Great carbonation, then again, it was from a tap.

Wow, I'm glad I finally got to try this one. On tap, nonetheless. And the 2010 version. Good night for me, I suppose. I think I prefer the Espresso counterpart to the Yeti series over this one, although it's been a while since I've had it. This one was no slouch, however. I have a feeling the entire Yeti series is worthwhile. Now I must seek out the rest.

tectactoe, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is black. That is if black were mostly black with a brown twinge . . . Completely opaque with a beautiful brown head. The nose is of very bitter dark chocolate, coupled with a wonderful aroma of medium roasted, coarsely ground coffee beans . . . Wow!

The beer smells so good that I have to dive in immediately! Pummels the palate with liquefied chocolate . . . Fudge, molasses, vanilla, and mocha. Oak tannin present. This beer is ridiculous. By the time you are getting a grip on the malt, which pleasantly assaults your palate, the hops are beginning to replace the sweetness of the malt with intense green bitterness that intensifies as the beer finishes. The beer finishes for minutes . . .

All the while, keeping all of the previously mentioned flavors present, and somehow getting more bitter. The ABV% is constantly in the background throughout, be ready and enjoy.

ExtraStout, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of DavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DavyJones, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.2%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/28/10 and reviewed yesterday, the day of all ones. Thanks to TCGoalie for the gift. I enjoyed this brew with zoso1967.

Into a snifter Yeti appears very dark with just an inkling of dark brown around the edges. The head is chocolate milk colored with great retaining power when swirled; it debuted at one and a half fingers from a split bomber. The lacing left on the glass is elegant, with pretty fine streaks and blobs.

This smell is crazy and has a lot going on. Milk chocolate is the most prevalent aroma, with the cayenne adding just enough of a spicy kick in my nostrils. When I excite the beer molecules a roasted malt scent is more noticeable. The oak chip aging adds a creamy and smooth vanilla aroma.

As soon as I opened my mouth for the sip I felt heat from the cayenne. Then when the beer hit my tongue, the chocolate melted in my mouth and was accompanied by a roasted malt presence that really tingled on the mid-section of my tongue. At the finish the cayenne really warms the back of my throat and combines with a dry coffee-like and hop bitterness to clean my palate. As the beer warms more and more to room temperature the cayenne is more pronounced in the flavor.

The mouthfeel was creamy, decadent, and medium-bodied at the beginning of the tasting when the beer was a little cooler. When the beer warms, the body retains some creaminess, but a biting presence from the hops and cayenne becomes a lot more pronounced.

This is nicely drinkable beer considering the addition of cayenne and the alcohol content. In fact, the component ingredients do a nice job covering said alcohol amount. The journey from about 50 degrees to room temperature is a fun one, as the character of the beer changes a lot in that range. This is a brew that I will look for again and is a complex and enjoyable sipper.

TCHopCraver, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -5.2%

OhioBobcat, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black with a generous cappucino colored head.

S- Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla. Not as peppery as I remembered from the first time I tried it.

T&M- Full velvety mouthfeel with chocolate dominating the palate. Subtle fruit and cream as red peppers fade in toward the finish.

D- Not something i'll drink often but quite tasty and i'll surely committ a couple to the cellar with the rest of my Yeti's.

brownbeer, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Tiernan, May 06, 2013
Photo of Spaten454
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

TimBeaulieu, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev -5.2%

SanFranJake, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ricksrealm, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SkiBum22, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black hole pour with a quarter inch of tan foam on top. Good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of rich dark malts and cocoa. Coffee, cream and oak. Mild hoppy bitterness. Vanilla and toffee work in with the underlying chocolate.

First sip brings big smooth dark malts upfront. Chocolate is vibrant with a bit of coffee as well. Vanilla cream moves into oak accents. A bit of cayenne heat on the finish is quite a nice treat for me. The spiciness and mellow heat really gives this beer some extra oomph. Well balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Would be a good desert beer for sure! Another tasty Great Divide brew. I'm looking forward to the Espresso Yeti in my cellar.

orbitalr0x, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

sabitu, May 24, 2014
Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

supa0525, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

bulldogg915, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of tjumfrid
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night. Chocolate syrup midnight swirl...if it were an ice cream. Might as well be...mmm.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, heavy stout smell.

T: Cocoa nibs. Nuff said.

M: Thick, heavy, full-bodied. What a stout should be. Cinder and milk chocolate...yeah.

O: Very delicious beer. I can't say I can differentiate too much between this and the espresso yeti, but who the hell cares. Both are phenomenal beers.

tjumfrid, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

warnerry, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

DWolf, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 7/16/09. Pours a dark black-brown with a creamy dark brown head that diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, with some cayenne and black licorice and roast.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with a lot of roast, some licorice and a tarry cayenne pepper bitter finish. The cayenne pepper adds a note of red hots that is interesting and gives a little burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an excellent beer. I like what the chocolate and cayenne adds to an already fine stout. I like this a lot better than the oak aged yeti. A little better in the nose and mouthfeel and this could be a perfect beer.

Beaver13, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

SmellsofMahagony, May 17, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -5.2%

TimoP, Sep 05, 2012
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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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