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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

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Ratings: 2018
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%

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 etaggie09:
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: pitch black, with an espresso head that has great staying power. very impressive lacing. leaves a great, 1/8" cap that doesn't go away.

nose: some choclatey, bourbon, and oaky notes. malty, espresso notes. whiskey soaked cherries. like sniffing a good mixture of a manhattan and a beer. very enjoyable.

taste: cherries, espresso, malt, pepperiness. quite balanced. there is plenty of cocoa to balance the espresso in this, but i was actually expecting a lot more sweetness out of this. more of a dark chocolate and refined, peppery take on an imperial stout. there is definitely a cayenne pepper finish to this thing that i am liking a lot. it cleans up the palate so that you aren't overwhelmed by the heaviness of this beer.

feel: a good mouthfeel should be almost an afterthought. you shouldnt have to question it when you are trying to figure out the flavors that are in the beer. i haven't given a single thought to mouthfeel since i started sipping this beer. it is moderately carbonated and not too thick. in short, it is perfect for an imperial stout. i can't think of an improvement to make on it because i dont' think the flavor delivery would be any better with another mouthfeel.

overall: a very enjoyable imperial stout. not the best i've ever tasted, but it certainly got the job done. nice chocolate and coffee notes made it a slightly different take on the style, but the cayenne pepper gets to be a little much towards the end of the bottle. Still I am happy to give some more props to the brewery that makes one of my favorite amercian beers, old ruffian.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:36:56 | More by etaggie09
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3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 2.8.14
Bottled March 31, 2011

A - Pours a very dark brown with a small brown head with good retention.

S - Lots of oak comes through, then some chocoalte, a bit oxidized at this point.

T - Lots of oak, then some bitter chocolate.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Aged this one a bit long. More oak comes through and chocolate is more bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 04:59:59 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Furlinator


3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with 1/2 inch of tan head that quickly fades to a thin film on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of pine needles, burnt wood and faint (very faint) dark chocolate.

The taste is of smoked malt, grassy/piney hops and a hint of cocoa.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Too smoky, over-hopped and lacking in any chocolate presence. This is by far the most disappointing of all the Yeti variants (and, I've been disappointed by them all). SO MANY Imperial Stouts with SO MANY variants that not only surpass the Yeti franchise, but completely obliterate it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 04:38:23 | More by Furlinator
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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

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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.

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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.

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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