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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,303
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 145
Gots: 510 | FT: 24
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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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Split with russwbeck.

Tasted side by side with Espresso Oak Aged Yeti.

A - Similar looking to the other Yeti versions; dark, flat black, with a half-finger of dark tan head. The head has similar retention to Oak Aged, with it having lower retention than the Espresso version. Surprising, this version has a lighter head than both the normal, Oak, and Espresso offerings. Leaves a thin strand of lacing, less than the Espresso version.

S - The nose of this is slightly disappointing, as I am personally not getting a whole bunch more chocolate in the nose than regular Yeti. Has the distinctive, hoppy smell and the oak influence in the form of wood and a bit of vanilla is apparent.

T - Fortunately, the chocolate comes through more in the flavor than in the nose. However, considering the name of the beer, I was expecting much more chocolate here, as I've had other stouts that don't promote their beers as having big chocolate notes that have more chocolate than this beer. Still lots of hops and oak, but as it warms, this one has the least amount of wood taste of the three Oak offerings (which is a good thing). If the bottle didn't say this had cayenne in it, I would be hard pressed to notice it, but it does seem to leave a tingling in the back of the throat. Even still, it's more of a feeling than a taste.

M - Mouthfeel is thin, relatively light-bodied with low carbonation. As noted earlier, there is a feeling of the cayenne pepper in the throat after drinking a bit of this.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Overall I'd say this was my favorite of the Oak Aged Yetis as the sawdust feeling of oak in the flavor is minimized here. Unfortunate, as normally I like the flavors that oak and barrels impart, but this series just took to a new, uncomfortable level.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 20:46:03 | More by nhindian
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Roxie_B

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Thin dark tan head black opaque body.
Smell: Floral notes, raisins, then cocoa, some alcohol. Almost disturbingly floral. Now I am disconcerted.
Taste: A little bit of hops, a little bit of malt. Oak and some not well hidden alcohol. Pepper. A wash of coffee then a whole lot of bittersweet chocolate that put a big grin on my face.
Mouthfeel: Got a snap and burn to it from pepper and alcohol then the creaminess comes behind. A bit like being slapped then hugged.
Overall: This is a darn fine stout. Just not particularly chocolatey I forgive the flowers and the sting. More socially acceptable than eating a can of chocolate frosting.
3.75

Not a bad stout, but if you are seeking a linear chocolate experience there may be better options out there for you.

Edit: And holy ABV batman! I may be a cheap date but after the entire bomber I am feeling somewhat ineh-inxot-polluted.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 03:03:23 | More by Roxie_B
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zac16125

South Carolina

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

Bottled on: 4/9/13
22oz bottle into a chalice

A: Opaque jet lack with 1.5 fingerss width of dense dark mocha colored head, which has good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing

S: chocolate, roasty, subtle peppery heat

T: cocoa, heavy cream, roasted malt, oak, peppery heat that slowly builds throughout the drink

M/D: Very smooth, appropriately low carbonation, full bodied, drinkability is average

O: another really good Yeti; well done

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 00:17:29 | More by zac16125
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Smells strong of chocolate, roasted barley, a bit of oak and a fair bit of booze.

T: Kind of harsh to start, the chocolate is there but its not particularly inviting. There are some hints of raisin hidden in here. Mellows as it warms, but still mostly tastes of bitter barley husks, wood and a lot of booze.

M: Decent body, nothing particularly noteworthy. What I expect for a big stout.

O: Ultimately disappointing. Not a horrible beer, but not one that is particularly well balance or well incorporated, especially with regards to the oak and chocolate. Entirely too aggressive and harsh for what should be a decadent and comforting beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 00:53:57 | More by trevorpost
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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%

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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: black as you would want it with a creamy coffee-brown head that didn't grow too large in this pour, but came back strong with a swirl and did leave some good lacing.

S: chocolate and oak is what I mainly get, unsurprisingly, but only with moderate strength. There is some underlying coffee notes as well. As it warms, I get a bit of the vanilla.

T: to me, the wood provides a backbone for all the flavors that are perceived throughout the taste. The front taste is chocolate and vanilla, turning more into a bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. In one taste a did get a light spice bite near the end that I guess is the cayenne. I didn't notice it in every sip, but my tongue did tingle just a slight bit more as the beer neared the end of the glass. The beer is not very sweet, but it stays well away from being too bitter.

M: smooth and silky with the beer at temperature. A little bitterness does sneak in at the end to give a little tug and dry the palate.

O: the feel and smoothness, combined with a neutral sweetness worked well for me. I could have used maybe just a tad more sweetness, but I am really splitting hairs at this point. I didn't care too much for the regular Oak Aged Yeti (too much bitterness), but the addition of some sweetness for this version did the trick for me. This could easily be a new one to add to my must-have list when I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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