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
More User Reviews:
4.64/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Served from a bomber bottled on 3/19/14
A - pours a wonderful dark black with a quarter inch of thick dark tan foam which quickly fades to a light lacing mainly kept to the sides of the glass.
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 22:42:50 | More by topace
4.66/5 rDev +10.4%
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
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
04-16-2014 04:19:23 | More by More_betterness
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 16:51:25 | More by teromous
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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!
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 18:01:23 | More by DenverHopHead
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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