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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2011
Reviews: 781
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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Reviews by thecheapies:
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, bottled 03/24/11. Very excited to finally crack this one open.

Very regal pour. Jet black with a deep brown head that fell kind of quick. Straggles of lace, but mostly syrupy legs on the glass. Rich and devilish.

Lovely medley of big woody oak scents and melted semi-sweet chocolate. I can pick up the slight spike of cayenne, intermingling with the big roasty flavors. Butter-cream, burnt coffee, mild vanilla, some mustiness, and a hint of star anise. Very nice.

Huge flavors! Chocolatey gluttony with a bitter hop juxtaposition. The oaky qualities take second chair to the bittersweet medley. Beautiful addition of chilies that perk up the back of the tongue on the finish with a lovely bite. Bakers chocolate, oak, anise, caramel, cayenne, and wonderful, wonderful booze! Unreal good!

Pretty smooth. Medium-to-heavy body, but thinner like medium. Happy with the carbonation. The initial sweet and spice outro is a dreamy cycle. Alcohol is not necessarily in your face, but this is still certainly a sipper.

Okay, this was the last of the Yeti series (minus Barrel Aged) that I had yet to try. Wish I had reviewed them all to determine my favorites. The Chocolate Oak Aged is an incredible beer. Hard to say if I like it more than Espresso Oak Aged. If you see it, you pick it up. End of story.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:21:29 | More by thecheapies
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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.

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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.

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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