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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1997
Reviews: 780
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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti opens to an aroma that is part Imperial Stout, with ash, tobacco, coffee, heavy whipping cream, caramel, and bits of molasses, but because of the chocolate oak aging and the added spices, also carries both milk and dark chocolate aromas, as well as oak and vanilla, and a faint rim of smoky, peppery spices, such as cayenne and paprika. Add to this thick slices of brown bread, toast crust, and biscuit, as well as a thin mélange of dark fruit esters, including fig, date, and plum, and the result is a beer of incredible range and variety that ultimately bears perhaps more resemblance to a spiced and spiked cup of gourmet mocha than to a beer. The overall effect is intoxicating, the beer nicely bridging the gap between stout and dessert, its only weakness being a somewhat weak presence.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of ash, tobacco, oily French Roast fresh-ground coffee, and black malt. These black notes are slowly joined by caramel and whipped cream, molasses and vanilla, baker’s cocoa powder, and touches of oak and charcoal, the latter combining with the 9.5% ABV to add a faint bourbon edge. Plum, fig, and date fruit esters add a bit of relief, but come in a distant second to the ash. The beer is definitely black and ashy, almost every flavor pushing the beverage further in this direction, and the aftertaste actually pushes the beer over the edge, being almost exclusively ash, black malt, and tobacco, strongly reminiscent of potent cigars and straight espresso. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite an amazing feat for an Imperial Stout, the dark, ashy, black malt notes in here stronger than seems possible, and fans of this style of stout should definitely put this on their must-try list. The sheer potency of these notes does, however, push the beer out of balance, and the result would likely be severely off-putting to many drinkers. Still, it’s hard to fault Great Divide for what is obviously an impressive amount of labor and savoir faire.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 16:16:33 | More by jondeelee
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black oil colored body topped with a espresso crema colored head. Tons of lacing persists as the head dies down.

S: Espresso, raw cacao nibs, and a hint of vanilla. A bit of alcohol booziness and fresh baked brownies. No hint of the cayenne in the nose.

T: Unsweetened chocolate, bitter coffee, and astringent oak. Reminiscent of a dark chocolate covered espresso bean. Deep roasted malt, fudge, and a slight spicy burn from the cayenne builds as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, with an astringent finish both from the oak and the malts. Great, but definitely an emphasis on the tannic characteristics of heavily roasted grain and oak.

O: Great beer. Oak and chocolate are definite players, but are nowhere near as prominent as I expected. Despite that fact, the base beer itself is great, and the bits of complementary flavor the oak and cocoa nibs round out the flavor nicely.

Serving type: bottle

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3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says: Bottled on MAR 18 2014

A: The beer is as black as oil, with a dark brown head the color of chocolate milk. The head stands up nicely and leaves rings of lacing. The head has a very nice color to it. Quite impressive.

S: The scent coming from the glass doesn't travel very far so I have to get really close to smell anything. There's a slight spicy woody scent and it has a bit of roasted grain scent as well. Very faint aromas of both chocolate and coffee. It smells good but it is very very faint. The scent of hops and alcohol come out as the beer warms up.

T: Lots of roasted bitterness but not harshly bitter, just bitter like a mellow coffee. Bitter cocoa flavor and some charcoal at the back end of the tongue. Some earthy woody flavors, a bit spicy. I get some hop flavor and bitterness out of it as well. It's not a chocolate-forward flavored beer. The chocolate is more of a complementary ingredient to the beer. The roasted grain flavor and spicy earthy flavors seem to dominate more.

M: It's a rather bitter beer, but it doesn't linger too long on the palate. Good carbonation and a full body that finishes with a tad of astringency.

O: This is a really good imperial stout and it is enjoyable to drink. It has a great deal of bitterness but doesn't make it too difficult to drink. The focus of the flavor profile is on the beer itself and less on the supplementary ingredients like chocolate. The earthy flavors, whether from the oak alone, or in conjunction with the hops, overpowers the chocolate. If you enjoy regular or oak aged imperial stouts, this will be up your alley and I recommend it. If you are looking for a chocolate beer, this one is sure to bring you enjoyment, but will likely leave you wanting more chocolate. It is only a tease. I leave that to be your choice. I enjoyed the beer and while I do find it to be outstanding, I would probably seek out a different version of Yeti. The chocolate just wasn't present enough to warrant a name on the marquis, so to speak.

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04-15-2014 16:51:25 | More by teromous
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3/18/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - pours dark and thick like chocolate syrup. A huge, creamy brown head forms and leaves a ladder of lace!
Smell - cocoa, brownie mix, vanilla, oak and a hint of alcohol.
Taste - coffee, vanilla, cream and cayenne.
Feel - full and creamy body; the cayenne provides a very interesting and exciting bite, the bitterness from the chocolate adds an excellent touch and they both hide the 9.5% ABV!
Overall - GD does a great job with their Yeti series; so far, they all have a handful of unique differences that make them stand out!

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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