Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Oak cafe - 2010 vintage. Pours a black super-nova color with a luscious and creamy looking deep-tan head comprises of bubbles so fine you can barely make them out. Good staying power and retention, though the lacing was minimal overall.
The aroma creeps out before you even bring this one to your nose. A deep, chocolate aroma hits your nostrils first - a sinister hybrid of sweet milky chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. An oaky, wood chips sweetness follows it up and keeps things leveled out. This one simply smells rich and robust, like a triple chocolate lava cake meltdown served on a burnt oak platter.
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti hits the palate smooth and silky, thick, but not to the point of being chewy or sludgy, although it surly can hold its own. The canvas is constructed of heavy oak flavors and even some bourbon notes. I don't know if the barrels this was aged in previously held bourbon or not, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that out. Succeeding sips reveal an even more deep and dense chocolate flavor than the aroma would lead on - like a bittersweet, rich Devil's food cake or a melted Godiva chocolate bar.
As sweet as it sounds, it's never cloying, as the sugary explosion is held in check by the bitter side of the chocolate, as well as the robust and borderline-bitter nutty and dark chocolate aftertaste. Notes of char reside at certain places but don't take up too much of the bill. As the beer got warmer, a certain spice flickered up, almost herbal and ashy. Apparently it's chili powder? I wouldn't have guessed that - it almost could pass as an intensely dry hop profile. Not distracting, just slightly unexpected. Great carbonation, then again, it was from a tap.
Wow, I'm glad I finally got to try this one. On tap, nonetheless. And the 2010 version. Good night for me, I suppose. I think I prefer the Espresso counterpart to the Yeti series over this one, although it's been a while since I've had it. This one was no slouch, however. I have a feeling the entire Yeti series is worthwhile. Now I must seek out the rest.
Serving type: on-tap
01-24-2013 04:52:45 | More by tectactoe
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4.01/5 rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a big, thick, dark brown head with excellent retention and long, fat lacing down the glass. Brew is almost perfectly black.
Big aroma of roasted barley and chocolate, in some order. Strong caramel malts and a hint of oak.
Very nice, roasty, smooth, rich stout. Lots of dark cocoa, and fistfuls of roasted barley. A hint of overripe dark fruit on the back-end. A little bit of cream, vanilla, and charred oak, but very minor. Very nice peppery heat on the back-end, as well. Slightly earthy hops provide some balance. The dominant flavors are without question roasted barley and chocolate.
Smooth, thick, creamy mouthfeel, lively without sting, no foaming, and almost no alcohol heat. Long, sticky retention.
This is a very tasty dessert-style stout, but it's dark and roasty enough - and the chocolate blended so well - that it could just as easily serve as a breakfast stout. Very tasty and well-crafted stout.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 18:05:24 | More by Roguer
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A- Pitch black with a 1 finger, dark khaki head. Good lacing and legs.
S- Chocolate, oak, band-aid, and a touch of pepper and vanilla.
T- Dark chocolate, coffee, oak, slight booze and a light touch of vanilla. Roasty finish with some grapefruit rind mixed in. Dry Baker's chocolate aftertaste.
M- Medium thick body. Smooth and silky. Drying.
O- Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti are two of my favorite beers on Earth, but this one just didn't quite live up in my humble opinion. Don't get me wrong, it was very good, just not mind blowing. There was a noticeable lack of tropical hops and depth in comparison to the others, and the bitter chocolate seemed to dominate the other flavors. I would never turn it down, but I would choose many more above it.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 00:43:15 | More by tmm313
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.
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
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
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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