Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by jmalex:
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I'm opening this bottle tonight to celebrate the start of a long weekend and to watch the debut of the MLS's Philadelphia Union.
APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip deep black with a huge, creamy light brown head. It drops slowly to a still-large foamy cap.
SMELL: Bittersweet chocolate like a dark chocolate brownie pairs with an assertive hop bitterness to create a nice balance. The background is what you'd expect from Yeti - a rich roastiness coupled with a bitter astringency.
TASTE: Rich, full-flavored, and fudgy until the end. Dark chocolate expectedly dominates, but a firm piny hop presence cuts it with its sticky resins. Not terribly complex, but with these two polarizing intense flavors, perhaps it doesn't need to be.
MOUTHFEEL: Thick, thick, and thick. The silky texture is one of the stars of this beer, and a lower than average carbonation certainly helps.
DRINKABILITY: Brutally heavy, but it doesn't need to be anything else. No indications of the 9.5% alcohol are present at all.
A really nice beer, but doesn't quite reach the heights of the original or oaked version. Even still, get your hands on some if you can.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2010 02:31:15 | More by jmalex
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4.29/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From a 650 ml bottle (bottled May 29, 2013) into a snifter.
A-A normal pour produces about a half finger of dark brown head. Seriously, the head is walnut in color, not just tan or mocha, but seriously brown. The head recedes immediately and leaves no lacing. The beer is virtually black in the glass and still.
S-The aroma of this 10-month-old bottle still has plenty of chocolate flavor, as well as a good bit of spice. The oak provides a bit of dryness that balances out the blueberry and fruit sweetness, as well as some soy sauce. There is a also a bit of black licorice. Nice and complex.
T-The taste has more roasted flavors than the aroma, but I still get a good dose of chocolate, spice (chili powder, not pepper or clove), some soy sweetness and some molasses. I also detect some malty tobacco as the beer nears room temperature. Bitterness is pretty mild (especially when compared to the hoppier Yeti variants).
M-The feel is medium to full in body and the carbonation is below average in volume. A nice fit for the flavors.
O-This is a tasty beer. It is complex and changes in your hand as it warms. It is a bit rustic on the palate and it lacks the creaminess of the best examples of this style, so I don't know that it compares to some of my favorite chili-choco-stouts (like Bomb!), but it certainly paired up with the vanilla ice cream I had for desert tonight.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 02:55:18 | More by spoony
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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