Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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pDev: 5.57%
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

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.
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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, completely opaque, pitch-black color with three fingers of chocolate-covered head that slowly dissolved into a semi-thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic! Tons of roasted malt, freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and brown sugar. Awesome aroma!

Taste: Wow!! Exactly like its aroma! Tons of roasted malt, up front, with notes of toasted bread, lots of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, some cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar-like sweetness. As the beer comes closer to room temperature, the more the oak and cayenne pepper comes through, making the beer ever better! Very, very delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely creamy! There’s no carbonation what-so-ever, which makes this an extremely smooth beer. With an ABV of 9.5%, there’s a nice, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! This is a great, awesome stout! I love the malt, the chocolate, the vanilla, the oak and the cayenne pepper, and the creamy, smooth mouthfeel. (1,120 characters)

Photo of Dwtucker90
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a Deep Ellum Numb
comfort snifter at the Dancing Bear Pub, Waco, TX

Look: pours an oil black with a dark brown head that dissipates some but sticks around and clings to the glass.

Smell: dark chocolate, some vanilla notes, very balanced between the chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: dark creamy chocolate. Super dark heavy chocolate, almost like chocolate syrup. Lots of black roasted malt. A good amount of sweetness from the chocolate and an alcohol/cayenne finish that warms your throat and mouth.

Mouthfeel: syrup like stickiness. Medium carbonation but extremely thick and tasty.

Overall: this is definitely one of the best imperial chocolate stouts I've ever had. I place it a little above the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Although I'm not sure if it beats the deliciousness that is the espresso Yeti. I'll try and get my hands on that espresso/chocolate yeti as soon as possible to try it out. (930 characters)

Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have traded and have purchased this beer before it was available here in SD. What a great beer. Always stocking up this one for guests or to crack open from time to time.
A: Pitch black with some nice red light underneath
S: Chocolate, mocha, coffee
T: Man, this is a warm comfy beer that just goes down like slik silk.
M: Very heavy, and full body.
O: Goes well with chocolates and sweet desserts. (398 characters)

Photo of mcantu
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Great Divide is on point with this Yeti!

Appearance: Dark black no light coming through in this one. Beautiful frothy tan head about 2 fingers worth.

Nose: Wow! You get dark chocolate, vanilla, robust coffee,

Taste: Are you kidding me! You get dark chocolate on the front, the middle is subtle vanilla notes, a small hint of the oak and the finish is spectacular! Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness!

Overall one of my favorite in the Yeti series (452 characters)

Photo of DanielMB
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I bought a bomber of this at Total Wine, because they had a sale on all single beers. I paid almost $9 for it, so I had high hopes for this beer. They were all met, and then some! I started by pouring a little into a pint glass. It poured nearly black, as a RIS should, without much of a head. It tasted of cocoa, dark chocolate, spices, and coffee. It was absolutely delicious. It got even more complex-tasting and slightly spicier as it warmed up. The spices really brought out the deep, rich, dark flavor. This is a very high-quality offering, well worth the price. (568 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into Unibroue tulip. Bottled on 7/16/09. Totally black body with light brown, long lasting head, consisting of thousands of tiny, tiny tiny bubbles...lovely. Hops are present in the nose but so is strong alcohol, roasted/toasted malts and chocolate. Almost a brownie type chocolate smell. Taste is beyond what I expected based on the smell and ABV. What I am tasting should only be 5% ABV...amazing. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Can this actually get better with age? Can't wait to see. Bring on vanilla yeti!!! This offering is simply spectacular in every way, shape and form. (586 characters)

Photo of TheDTrain
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle split. bottle on 6/15/09. Thanks to Andy from BeerFM for generously sharing this one!

This one was incredible from start to finish. This thick jet black color has a strong aroma of bitter chocolate, vanilla, spice, and hints of wood from the oak. I didn't even realize it was 9% abv until it was nearly gone. A great balance. I just wanted to keep drinking this one. (379 characters)

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-Tap at Great Divide.

A- Very dark, hints of brown with a rich caramel/tan colored head.

S- Chocolate and oak.... slight vanilla notes. Roasted and chocolate malts.

T- Chocolate and oak balanced by hints of vanilla. Dark, bitter chocolate eventually takes over and comes out more and more as we warm toward room-temp. Hops are mild. The cayenne and coffee are ever-so-subtle.

M- Barely carbonated.... and smooth.... Creamy. The chocolate blends in so well with the creamy character... shake-like.

O- A magically robust yet drinkable stout. Balanced between bitter chocolate; hops; and a touch of coffee. The oak and vanilla (along with that hint of cayenne) add extra layers of complexity that take this beer to another level. I love GD's Yeti in all its various forms, but this one just might be the best.... This year's version, anyway. (848 characters)

Photo of JoePat
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass poured from a 22oz.
Pours black as night with a nic tan head that slowly disipates leaving lacing all the way down.
When first poured you get the malty cerial smell but that disappears quickley leaving a roasted bitter chocolate smell. The taste is malty, sweet, bitter, and fruity. It starts with the roasted malt and fruity taste moves to sweet and then the bitter chocolate hits. Smooth mouth feel with a bitter after taste. (451 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: Roasted malt and dark chocolate in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt (kind of like blackened toast), and a touch spicy from the cayenne.

M/S: Creamy, full bodied and in an ungodly and unholy way, amazing. Worth a trip to San Diego (the closest place for me to find it) from northern California to get it. (352 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep opaque sable that is just a whisker above black with a thick, persistent tan head. Rich mocha aroma is smoky and slightly sweet with a hint of toffee. Mouth-filling flavor is rich and smoky with tones of unsweet chocolate, fine coffee, molasses and toffee; it is sweet but not cloying and - WHOA! - has a little kick from the cayenne pepper that gets your attention without overwhelming the rest of the flavor. Lively, restless texture is sharp and strongly tingly. It leaves a nice chocolate and molasses finish, while the pepper nips at the tongue. Strongly recommended to stout lovers - and those who like beer that is different. (645 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a pitch black color, with solid tan head that fills the top of the glass then recedes slowly. Smell- milk chocolate, cayenne, dark chocolate, coffee, roasty bitterness. Taste- roasty bitterness, dark chocolate, faint hint of cayenne, followed by an ending of roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel- this one is perfect. Nice thickness, nice carbonation, goes down perfectly. Drinkability- this is the best Yeti I have tasted so far. Incredibly impressive. (479 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a bomber of this ridonculous stout (aged on oak chips and cocoa nibs) for my dad for his birthday.

Appearance (4.5/5): Pitch black body topped with a gorgeous dark tan brown head. This is a gorgeous looking stout. Tight bubbles and good retention.

Smell (4.5/5): Beautiful dark chocolate notes with no hint of booze. Dark fruit–fig, plum. Some light vanilla oakiness and some wood notes, too. But those are lurking in the very back. I don't detect the cayenne pepper that GD added to the beer.

Flavor (5/5): Oakiness plays a much bigger role in the flavor. Mouthwatering chocolate tones and dialed down hops. Love the interplay of chocolate and oak. Sublime. Light coffee bitterness. But this is a mellower beast than the original Yeti. Light alcohol heat at the very, very back that comes on late. Balanced.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Silky smooth mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable. Goes down like a cold glass of chocolate milk. SIMPLY PUT: Extraordinary.

Overall (5/5): Well this one was a total home run for Great Divide. I like sweeter Imperial Stouts, and this one is one of the best of the type I've ever had, if not the absolute best. All the components work well together. You can taste the chocolate, the oak, and the traditional coffee and dark fruit notes of an imperial stout, but none of these flavors dominates the others to such an extent that the balance of the beer is thrown out of whack. An amazing beer. (1,434 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a deep, rich black. The head is thick, foamy, creamy, and a very dark brown-cream color. It dissipates to a bubbly film with loads of lacing. The beer smells slightly alcoholic up front, but really it's masked by massive bitter chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and deep roasted malts. This beer tastes like a bitter chocolate dream. Rich roasted malts are a backdrop for all of the chocolate goodness here. A faint alcoholic burn, but it's very subtle. The mouthfeel is very smooth, balanced, and for 9.5% this beer goes down way too easy.

Overall, an exceptional, delicious beer that is worth the price. A great beer to sip and enjoy, and like I said, this goes down smooth. (721 characters)

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into New Belgium snifter

Poured very dark charred brown with a light brown caramel colored head and decent lacing. Definite smell of dark malts, chocolate/cocoa almost a hint of smoke and some spiciness. Intense flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, faint vanilla and smokiness - very delicious - also the cayenne pepper added plays a large role with the aftertase in a great way. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with little feel of the carbonation, but very pleasant. Overall I love and enjoy this beer and tend to grab a few evertime I stop in to the local beer shop. Can't get enough of it!

Enjoy! (628 characters)

Photo of MrStark
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance is just about black with a fluffy two-finger mocha colored head with pretty good retention that leaves nice little bits of lacing.

Smell certainly has the chocolate in it, not intense but fairly strong. Its followed buy the same aromas of the other oak aged Yeti's. Roasted malt, vanilla coffee and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste upfront is a nice dose of chocolate, the baking kind. This is followed by nice roasted malts, oak, coffee and a bit of spiciness in there as well which I assume is the cayenne making itself known. I detect some hops in the end, but like the bottle states they are more toned down then the other versions. Overall a lovely complex flavor with the chocolate providing a nice edge.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully thick, coating the mouth quite smoothly. There is a bit of burn on the tongue on the way down. Out of all the versions this is hands down the best feeling on the palate.

Drinkablity is wonderful! Quite tasty and goes down easy for me. There is a bit of a burn to it that lingers which gives it a interesting and pleasing character. Out of all the versions of this brew I'd have to say this is the one I like the most. A very good double stout that's certainly worth a try and I will have it again! (1,301 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black color with a small, tight cocoa head on top. Some killer lacing going on as the beer goes down the glass. Deep, black inky aroma-notes of dried fruit, vanilla and oak. Huge flavor! A great blend of oak, vanilla and dark chocolate. Plums and port wine come thru in the finish. Long, lingering roasted quality to it. Nice dry grainy taste. Dry cocoa flavor. Great body-a spoon would seemingly stand up in this one. Just a great beer-very drinkable and enjoyable. I could do several of these no problem. Oaked Yeti was NOT my thing-this is a whole other ball game. Well worth trying/cellaring/hoarding! (609 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black colored beer with a nice thick creamy tan head

Aroma: roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate

Taste: Nice bitter chocolate bite from cocoa nibs on the front end, smooth espresso/coffee notes, maybe some hops, a few hints of oak wood now and then, and finally the surprising finish, spicy cayenne!

Mouthfeel: very smooth, very enjoyable. Combination of tastes is like a subtle mole sauce. Alcohol is hidden, it does not taste like 9.5%

Drinkability: I love this beer! Great Divide has topped the already wonderful Oak Aged Yeti with this excellent Imperiel Stout. Bravo! (588 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Yeti and that's saying alot. I was blown away!

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy dark froth.

smell: dark heavy cocoa with some coffee.

taste: Nice chocolate flavor, good bitterness, not sweet. rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste. Love the pepper on the backend. it enhances the overall flavor experince of the beer.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: Yeti's are an a plus beer. This is the best of them. IMO (527 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looking more the part of espresso Yeti than the original or regular oaked, this one has more strength in its fudgy-looking brown head and stronger retention. likewise, it nearly plasters itself to the sides of my snifter.
I love espresso, but I enjoy this beer more than the espresso version. I think what helps that is the impression of espresso this stout imparts naturally, after which comes the addition of sweet, smooth, creamy chocolate. This one has the impression in different ways of both milk and dark cocoas. It has a bittersweet edge, while that creamy chocolatey edge still rolls through. It's sweet, complex and absolutely delicious, while the wood adds falvor and dryness to cut through it all perfectly while nothing detracts from anything else. I don't notice any cayenne except very slightly as it goes, and it mingles perfectly without coming close to taking over. Light vanilla hints complement precisely.
As with the espresso version, the feel is big, thick, rich and robust in a full body, though it goes slightly dryer this time. Sweetness cuts through the char found in that beer's finish, smoothing it out better.
I believe this is the most brilliant and masterfully crafter Yeti. I also don't believe it can be done better in many respects. (1,267 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thivk, fluffly brown head. the head fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a bitter chocolate aroma. I get some coffee scents as well. I get a slight woodiness also. I can detect a ever so faint hint of bread too.

This beer tastes like it smells. Massive bitter chocolate. Some coffee and roasted malts. Smokey wood in the finish.

This beer is full bodied, and creamy. It goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolaty aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly on the way down.

This beer wouldnt make a great session beer due to the alcohol content, and the aggressive flavor. It tastes great, but should be enjoyed slowly.

Overall: This beer is great. I really enjoyed the strong chocolate flavor and aroma. Some beers with chocolate in the name are way too sweet or overdone. this beer was well balanced, and just a pleasent drink. (893 characters)

Photo of mfunk9786
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is great in the bottle, but a goddamn masterpiece on tap. One of my all-time favorite imperial stouts, and the best barbecue accompaniment imaginable in the beer world.

It pours with a wildly dark brown head and a notably thick body. The aroma doesn't give everything away about the taste, which is a sock in the jaw of chile pepper heat and dark chocolate, with some oaky sweetness tying everything together. The chile isn't overwhelming, but it is a great compliment to the chocolate flavor and the beer is helped along by its thick body and milkshake-ish mouthfeel. Better than a lot of extremely hyped, limited imperial stouts out there. Give me this and Ten FIDY and I'll be happy to leave the Dark Lord for you. (728 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $6.50. Tapped into a 16oz Snifter from the Black Tap Handle marked Choco Yeti.

Aroma- Very rich and complex from the beginning. Strong chocolate aroma (almost a fudge base) and is very clean. Can tell there are tons of malt and a burnt finish on the nose. Tremendous!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, off-white head that persists all the way through the drink. Nothing like it! Darkest brown body that can be possible and leaves tons of thick lace.

Flavor- Very rich and deep chocolate tastes all the way through. Quite a bit of roastiness through the drink and then ends with a hint of coffee. Has a nice alcohol warming that lingers around and sticks to the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, Moderate Carbonation, Chewy and More Viscous than anything I've ever had! Leaves an unsweetened chocolate taste on the palate and can still notice a roastiness.

Overall Impression- The top beer I've had this month so far! Awesome body to it, huge amounts of chocolate I've never had before in a beer and is intense all the way through the drink. When John said this was their best beer on-tap, he wasn't kidding! I recommend this even to the non-stout people out there even though it is very viscous. I passed this around a table of all Belgian White/Hefeweizen fans and they all were impressed with my beer! (1,378 characters)

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours black - seriously black. No way light is getting through this. A healthy pour produced a four finger thick brown head that took its time dissipating to a noticeable layer that produced considerable lacing throughout the entire experience.

S: The first thing I notice is not the expected chocolate but the roasted malt. Don't get me wrong, the chocolate is there and it's like a delectable chocolate cake. Other typical stout aromas are present: toffee and perhaps a little caramel.

T: Hints of vanilla woodiness dance among the heavy maltiness and chocolate. I know the warming sensation comes from the alcohol but I swear there is a spice in there that compliments the chocolate well - perhaps cayenne (a spice you normally find in the really good coco).

M: Heavy bodied and thick. Warming almost to the point of burning (almost) but not quite. Creamy and pleasant going down. Despite the head it didn't feel that carbonated.

D: As stated above this is easy going down. This is a very complex beer and very enjoyable. So far I love the whole Yeti line. I really recommend this to people who enjoy the dark stuff. (1,129 characters)

Photo of halfgermanhalfirish
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a snifter.

A- pours a very dark chocolate color and you get an almost black beer after its in the glass. There was not much head with this one but I am using a large snifter so this is to be expected. There was some nice lacing left on the glass as I drank. This is a very nice looking beer but could had a little thicker head to be ideal.

S-The chocolate is the first thing that comes out as it should being a chocolate stout. I am getting some dark fruit sweetness next followed a slite burn on the end that I cant put my finger on. I am guessing its the wood from oak barrol or it could be alcohal. Overall it smells very complex and inviting. A snifter or wine glass is a must for this brew in order to take advantage of exceptional aroma. To be Ideal I would take away the slight alcohal burn at the end but thats being really picky of a pretty nice aroma.

T- The chocolate is first but not as strong as in the nose. I am also not getting the dark fruit that I was expecting from the nose. Instead there is woody bitterness coming next with a slight peppery burn on the end. The alcohal presence is there at the end but its not offensive as it is instead replaced by the woody oak barrol taste. The flavor profile works very well and translates to a very balance beer.

M- medim to heavy body coats the mouth very nicely. Very hardy brew.

O-In my opinion this is a world class beer. Its complex, robust, interesting, balanced and I really could not ask for much more in a chocolate stout. The chocolate with the oak just works. Its my birthday today so I was able to pair this beer with a piece of chocolate cake and I dont think I will ever be able to eat chocolate cake again with out a bottle of chocolate yeti. I would highly recomend this pairing if you are going to drink this beer. This was my first beer from Great Divide so I cant wait to try some of their other offerings. Dont pass this one up if its on the chelf. Its a must try.

One more note: If you prefer chocolate, drink this beer cold. If you prefer a woody flavor let it warm a bit befor you drink it. The chocolate fades and the aged oak flavor gets more intense as it warms. (2,176 characters)

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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