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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 149
Gots: 514 | FT: 23
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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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, bottled on june 15th 2009. poured into old speck pint glass.

A - big big head, good brown colour, maybe its a dark tan. the foam is pretty creamy. the body is a solid black with a bit of light getting in at the bottom, which produces a ruby and cola coloured light. the head lasts a good long time.

S - a very potent nose. big roasted malts, and chocolate dominate the nose, while a light yeastiness and caramel fall into the background. one can even catch a glimpse at the fresh smelling hops. its a good smelling nose, and it has all of the right parts, but it just isnt that interesting.

T - they werent kidding when they said chocolate. the initial taste is a cocoa powder, bitter, and roasted malt mixture, and some very spicy alcohol at the back of the palate. that alcohol is quite spicy and kind of messes up the whole sweet chocolate thing going on. wow, yeah, that is really spicy, like a pepper or a hot pepper almost. the chocolate is indeed decadent and luscious. maybe this intense spicyness is some residual oak notes with vanilla? there is definitely vanilla somewhere in the mix, but defining where that spice is coming from is difficult. oh, they added cayenne. well I guess that explains it. intesting effect the pepper has on the brew. kind of a south american take on the chocolate I guess, mixing in cayenne and all. anyways. the finish is a great mix of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, and chocolate. the aftertaste is very hot and spicy with a bit of residual chocolate and hop bitterness. I really like the way they added cayenne, makes the brew very very interesting and fun to drink.

MF&D - the body was too light for the style, but having the cayenne added to the mix changes the game:I wouldnt want to be drinking an incredibly thick brew if it was this spicy. that would be too concentrated. the drinkability is also going to suffer because of the cayenne: this is not a brew of which I would want ot have more than one glass or bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 23:13:34 | More by erz316
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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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