Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 861
Hads: 2,784
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 184
Gots: 673 | FT: 30
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had previously had the Espresso oak aged Yeti but had not had an opportunity to try this one. Although there are many, many barrel aged stouts I have had that were better, this had a nice, sweet, oak taste that made it very enjoyable to drink. (245 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.81 overall rating is accurate.

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. pint goblet (I think)
From: Monkey Paw Brewing in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $5.75
Purchased: July 21, 2015
Consumed: July 21, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, tan head when I got it. Great looking layered foamy spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, hazelnut, espresso, vanilla, chocolate syrup, dark cocoa, some bitter black coffee malts and chocolate milk. (Smell - 3.88)

Got oak right away in the taste. Also toffee, dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, hazelnut, roasty nuts, espresso, dark cocoa nibs, vanilla and boozy chocolate syrup. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.88)

This was a decent beer, but a bit disappointing overall. I probably wouldn’t order it again on purpose. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+ (1,138 characters)

Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours an oil slick with a thin tan head that goes away quickly. immense chocolaty and cocoa nose. taste and aftertaste again are strong chocolate (almost fudge-like) with some bitter oakiness and hops rounding it out. i honestly can't place the bitter burn as boozey or the cayenne that's supposedly in here, but either way it's an asset here with the thick, warming carbonated mouthfeel. this would be fantastic in a snowstorm. sign me up! (444 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with thick reddish tan head; good lace and carbonation. Chocolate and wood nose. Cocoa powder and wood on first sip; bittersweet dark chocolate in middle, with pepper and oaky wood finish. Dry, medium lite mouthfeel, with wooden tongue coating. Overall, the linger is wooden and I would have liked less barrel stave and more chocolate and hot peppers. (362 characters)

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks amazing, thick and creamy with a strong scent of coffee. Taste was a little bitter to begin with but sweetened up as i got through it. Its a very good stout with a unique taste compared to its competition.excellent. (221 characters)

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared bomber with my wife. Poured into Odell tulip glass.

L-Thick used motor oil with a light brown head. Such a fantastically sludgy looking stout. Moderate lacing down the side of the glass.
S- Woody vanilla, roasted malt, a little booze.
T- Dark chocolate, oak and vanilla, accompanied by some slight sweetness. Big roasted and burnt barley malt. Bitterness from the cocoa nibs and coffee-like roasted grain. Alcohol is masked well and only shows up in a nice slight warming with the bitterness at the end. I don't get any spice (wouldn't know there was any cayenne in here if not for the bottle description)
F- Thick, low carbonation, slick.
O- I love Yeti's and all their wonderful variations. Keep em coming! (720 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti pours a black color with a big tan head. There is a chocolate aroma. Taste is big with chocolate notes, and a big rich creamy malty body. Overall its very strong, noticeable hints of alcohol and it is very creamy. (240 characters)

Photo of Spiff
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great (5)- Dark, smell is good but gives a strong clue to the hoppy-ness of this beer which I am learning is a trademark of the yeti's. But the real Bigfoot smells too -so no surprise. Kinda piney - which some may like - but Not Spiff. More carbonated then I am used to for Oak aged beer (remember not a barrel aged beer- but aged with Oak chips ) The taste is at first delightful but the spicy effect of the hops steal the joy for me. Tingles on tongue - - and leaves me dry in the mouth. Probably not gonna drink it again. (530 characters)

Photo of Overworkedta
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a good beer. The IBU is high enough that even my hop loving IPA fan fiancé thought it was fantastic. Not overly chocolate and well balanced.

It's not for those who hate hoppy beers, though. It has some bite! (217 characters)

Photo of Scooter694
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of 22 oz. Bomber. Nice deep chocolate smell and oak taste upfront. Bitter finish. Would like to taste this with a year or two under it. Really enjoyed this Yeti (171 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark deep black, with a half inch dark mocha head, and a little bit of lacing near the top of the glass.

Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate, a little bit of pepper, and lots of oak.

This is absolutely delicious. I was worried the chocolate would make this too sweet, but they used a fairly bitter chocolate here. It's a little bit sweet, but mostly bitter. The oak character is really nice and fairly forward here, along with some vanilla, and a very slight pepper sting on the back end. Lots of great flavors here that all work well together.

This is silky and creamy, and fairly thick bodied, with a lower level of carbonation, still lively, but unassuming. It's really quite drinkable.

I always forget how good Yeti and it's many variants are- they're really some of the best stouts available on the market. (894 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours black as my soul, good finger and a half of dense brown head, excellent head retention.

S: cocoa, molasses, hot alcohol, a grassy note lurking

T: Surprisingly bitter from the cocoa and roast malts. Molasses, coffee and same grassy note from the aroma wanders through cocoa, vanilla, and licorice. Not picking up much of the cayenne.

F: big thick rolicking thing, with head that could pass for chocolate ice cream.

o: totally digging it as something different, but strikes me a bit bitter for an imperial stout, and starts out too bitter when cold.... this one begs to be near room temp, and even then it is a little sharper than typical for the style. Additional aging might round it out where I would score it higher. Pair it with a riotously sweet dessert (flan, coconut cream pie, baked alaska?), where the bitter cocoa can add counterpoint (856 characters)

Photo of exposd
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass darker color than any stout I've personally drank myself. I've never had the original Yeti by Great Divide so this is my first time giving them a try, but I've only heard good things. This brew is amazing quality and it shows with a nice mocha colored head with little to no lacing. Not as much to the nose as the taste, but the smell has a bit of roasted malt and a faint hint coffee. When it hits the tongue it shocks your palate at first but after giving it time, the velvety smooth mouthfeel is almost a bit thick but it warms up and grows on you. Lots of bittersweet flavor like drinking a bar of dark chocolate with a bitter flavor at first then sweetness coming on the back end. I wouldn't drink a bunch of these all night long, but something you've just got to try to experience and I will grab one again when this brew comes back around. (915 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque and black with a dark tan head.
The aroma is all chocolate and roasty grains with a hint of coffee.
So tasty. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit with a hint of roast coffee. Just the tiniest hint of spicy warmth near the end of the swallow. A suitable boozy warmth. Touches of oak and vanilla as it warms.
A creamy and smooth mouthful.
Overall, an outstanding stout that I wish I could get regularly. (412 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours pitch black with solid tan head. Nice lacing throughout as well. Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Some sort of oak barrel. Tastes mainly of county coffee with dark bitter chocolate with hints of vanilla. Smooth finish. Little hop bitterness but not much on the front and back. Little too thin in the mouth. Complex because abv is hidden. Good effort. Better than regular yeti. (410 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For those looking for something sweet, you may have to look elsewhere. But if you enjoy the bitterness of a very dark chocolate, you're in for a treat. (151 characters)

Photo of goalpucks
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully, leaving about a half inch of head. Taste is bitter dark chocolate with a touch of the oak on the tail. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It could stand to have more of a chocolate taste or maybe just a touch of sweetness. The oak is perfect and not overpowering. I plan on picking up more when I see them. (325 characters)

Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp into tulip. Nice chocolate coming through right away, but not as much as I would have hoped. Quite a bit of bitterness, some roasted malts, and some raspberry. Definitely getting some smoke. As it warms, the chocolate and bitterness pick up a bit. Overall, this is a great beer. (307 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a good finger’s worth of luxuriant mocha foam. This is what a top flight RIS should look like... Mild aroma smells of hot cocoa and dark chocolate with a kiss of chili spice. Wreaths of lacing adorn the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste features roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate from start to finish. The dash of chili powder touted on the label comes through just enough to add a subtle extra dimension--if I hadn’t known it was in there, I may not have even recognized it for what it is. The alcohol is well concealed, and the taste is quite dry on the whole, which invites you right back for the next sip. I understand that this is barrel-aged, but it’s one of the mildest barrel-aged beers I’ve encountered. It’s hard to discern any of the trademark barrel characteristics beneath the bitter roasted malt and chocolate. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation yield a vibrant, albeit slightly loose mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very nice, dry, drinkable imperial stout, and definitely a step up from their regular Yeti. It also looks about as good as a stout can. Barrel-aged is almost a misnomer, but that’s forgivable considering its quality. (1,208 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 01 Apr 2015 at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma of cocoa, alcohol. No vanillin or malt.
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to irregular 2 -4 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent – complete curtains
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor bitter chocolate barely mellowed by the oak. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. No vanillin.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4.25, Overall 4. (479 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3-13-15. An aggressive poured into a snifter yielded a big fluffy two fingered brown head that stuck around for about a good ten minutes. Some lacing. The aroma was very chocolate forward, with some mild coffee and dark fruit undertones. The taste had more coffee up front, with a very solid dark chocolate backbone. I did get some light raisin and molasses flavors as well as dark roast malt. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, and almost oily as it coated the palate and didn't fade quickly. Overall, this is just an outstanding beer - my favorite of the Yeti variants, all of which are great to outstanding in their own right. Super good beer Great Divide! (671 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright ebony under a 1” dark tan foam cap that produces thin sheets of lace. A suggestion of legs.
S: dark chocolate, coffee, roast malts, dark dried fruit.
T: Big rich chocolate flavors contributed by both the malts and the added chocolate with a light vanilla accent that suggest a liquid chocolate brownie. Dries slightly on the finish.
F: Chewy, very creamy. Some warming builds after a while.
O: a big flavored beer suitable for dessert or breakfast. (464 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review represents bottles consumed at less than 1-4 years after release. Pours midnight cavern on the dark side of the moon black produces 1-3 fingers of super frothy, shortlived to moderately lasting, mocha head that leaves nice, clumpy, sticky lacing to no lacing at all in older vintages. Aroma chocolate, caramel, dark roasted/burned malts, some coffee & vanilla/oak. Taste is extra rich dark, semi sweet chocolate, Hershey's Chocolate syrup, woody oak, roast, nuts, toffee, molasses, hints of fig, prune, coffee & leather with chili pepper in the latter half of the sip, a nice hop bite in the finish & bitterness in the aftertaste. Oaky vanilla is subdued (perhaps by the massive chocolate taste). Alchol presence is minimal in the nose but quite noticable in the mouth as warmth, spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, oily & silky. Very warming & prickly in both the mouth & throat especially in in the latter half of the sip & aftertaste. Holy cow, what a dessert beer! (1,021 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2009 vintage. Pours slightly darker than cola with a loose, khaki-colored head that slowly dissipates into a swirl. Nose expresses some chocolate notes and a slight char. Taste expresses cocoa, baker's chocolate and some notes of oxidation. Amazingly, this beer is still carbed. Body is light-medium in body with an even carbonation, but still a bit too assertive for the style. There's also a light acidity. Overall, a little past its prime; however, still solid after all these years. (493 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours an oily, jet black straight out of the bottle. Forms a nice, dense and thick finger of dark brown, burnt caramel colored head. Good head potential for the ABV, lower head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 4.5 - Tons of malts, virtually no hops. Medium sweet chocolates, light espresso coffee and super faint touches of cayenne pepper.
T - 4.75 - Not complex, but simple and BOLD. A TON of roasted, malty goodness upfront that fades into a warm medium sweet chocolate. Finishes warm with the cayenne pepper, not quite to the level of a Mexican hot chocolate, but enough to make it warming. Virtually no hop profile, low bitterness, but the chocolate isn't to that cloying, Hershey's syrup milk stout decadence level. It's just right. Well balanced between the sweet and savory sides of chocolate and cocoa nibs.
F - 5 - Thick, creamy luxurious mouthfeel. Full bodied stout we've got here!
O - 5 - What a stellar imperial stout. This stuff is kick ass and ages beautifully (pulled mine from the cellar after one year). If I see this again, I will buy a few to set back for special occasions and I highly recommend you to do the same! (1,178 characters)

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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