Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by ZeroSignal:
3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
650 ML bottle poured into a DFH Snifter
A - Dark black pour with muddy brown edges. Huge, billowing hot cocoa colored head. Excellent retention and a loose, but sticky lace.
S - Immediate smell is a bit boozy and reminds me a bit of rubbing alcohol. Although this subsides a bit as it sits it remains present. Otherwise, cocoa nibs, bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt fill out the nose.
T&M - Thick and rich with an overall excellent feel. The solvency present in the nose follows through to the tongue, and it's not entirely unpleasant; it actually adds a bit of contrast to the otherwise very smooth feel. Mild astringency makes one think of oak aging, but I think the woodsy taste is hidden by the booze. Nice balance of chocolate and breakfast roast coffee in the flavor with a mild bitterness.
O - Its strange that I find the boozy quality both to be a bit off putting and at the same time add some quality to the feel. Otherwise this is clearly a well crafted and tasty brew. I would happily revisit.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2011 01:49:58 | More by ZeroSignal
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I figured I'd do an aged review of this one since I've had a bottle sitting around a while. Bottle is from May 28th, 2010 so almost 4 years old.
A: Pitch-black pour with a very tall and very dense dark brown head. Great head retention as it slowly, slowly, slowly fades away. Lacing is not as substantial as a fresh bottle but still quite a bit. Impressive after 4 years.
S: Lots of chocolate, as you would expect. Sort of a bittersweet chocolate. Light dark fruits join it. Sort of a brownie-like aroma really. Aroma is much more subtle than I remember - typical of an aged brew in my experience.
T: Bittersweet chocolate and lots of it up front. Chili powder joins quickly with a surprising bit of bite to it in the middle. No real lingering heat, just a slight bite. Lingering chocolate into the aftertaste with hints of oak. Chili pepper starts to add up if you sip it a few times in a row. Very nice.
M: Medium heavy, smooth and silky. Goes down easy.
O: Interesting, I definitely like this aged versus fresh. My earlier review noted soy sauce and such. None here. This is straight mexican chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate with just enough chili powder bite. Age seems to have smoothed this one out, no sign of alcohol with well integrated flavors. Just spicy, chocolatey goodness. Delicious.
Review from 08-25-2012
Bottle is dated Mar 28 2012
A: Pours pitch black with a big, thick and dense dark brown head. Fades slowly, leaving thick and fluffy tendrils all over the glass. Head has a cool two-tone look as it fades. (4.5)
S: Roasty for sure with espresso and chocolate. Anise and meaty soy sauce. Some mild dark, dark fruit floats in and out. Just a touch of oak. (4)
T: A little soy sauce, dark chocolate and oak up front. The other flavors depart, leaving pure bitter dark chocolate in the middle. Chocolate remains all the way through the aftertaste. There is a bit of char, oak and anise in the finish. Mild earthy hoppiness to boot. I get a decent burn in the aftertaste too, not overly strong but it's there. Big, roasty stout in general but the chocolate is definitely at the forefront. A touch boozy. (4)
M: Heavy and full mouthfeel. (4)
O: I am a big fan of Yeti. One of the best easily accessible imperial stouts out there. This is my first foray into the variants and it's a nice one. Definitely heavy on the bitter dark chocolate and I happen to enjoy both the style and dark chocolate so I especially enjoyed this one. The little bit of chile pepper heat is a nice addition as well, can't go wrong with hot peppers and dark chocolate. YUM. (4.5)
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2014 04:05:16 | More by Dope
3.45/5 rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A: pours pitch black and some light-brown head. Strong lacing and no transparency
S: Really not too much on the nose even after teased quite a bit; disappointing. Sweet chocolate is all I can gather
T: Super chocolate punch and too much for me to really enjoy. Dominated the palate and taking over everything else except some coffee for me.
M: heavy and not very drinkable for even a stout.
O: Sad to say I was not too happy with this beer as it was more of a chocolate beer than oak or any other balanced flavor profile.
Serving type: on-tap
04-21-2014 21:46:23 | More by SavvyStudent
4.64/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Served from a bomber bottled on 3/19/14
A - pours a wonderful dark black with a quarter inch of thick dark tan foam which quickly fades to a light lacing mainly kept to the sides of the glass.
S - Immediate hints of dark bitter chocolate quickly joined by a sweet vanilla bourbon oaky characteristic which fades leaving only the chocolate and a hint of alcohol behind.
T - Think dark chocolate with a hint of oakiness, but not too much of either balanced with a nice malt bitterness that leaves you wanting more. The cayenne notes at the end are so subtle and yet somehow pull everything together beautifully.
M - fantastically viscous and smooth, no real alcohol comes through on the mouthfeel, just creamy and smooth all the way.
O - spectacular. Reminiscent of a KBS type beer. I would not be at all surprised if this improves more with age as the chocolate fades just a little and the oak evens out more than its already fairly smooth texture. I couldn't keep myself from trying what is now one of my favorite beers of the year, but I certainly look forward to cracking another bottle some months from now and seeing what has happened to this masterpiece. Overall this is one of my favorite styles of beer, and they nailed it.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 22:42:50 | More by topace
4.66/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great Divide Brewing Company - Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.
Look - Pours a thick viscosity dirty oil black with a nice sized mocha head that dissipates quickly. Good rings of lacing.
Smell - Molasses and chocolate. Roasted malt. Dash of hops. Slight peppery hints.
Taste - Rich and creamy chocolate and roasted molasses. Some bitterness from a small amount of hops. Nice faint peppery finish, not overbearing at all.
Mouthfeel - Heavy-bodied with medium carb. The pepper builds a bit as you drink it but it never gets extreme like some horrible pepper beers I have tried. Warm and boozy. Great drinkability.
Overall - Great brew, I love that they don't ruin it by overdoing the pepper. This is a carefully crafted and tasty as hell brew.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 16:09:59 | More by JMScowcroft
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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