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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

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Ratings: 2005
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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Photo of Brenden


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 19:08:46 | More by Brenden
Photo of gatornation


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz pour @ town hall lanes

A-pours a dark black with just a hint of garnet a tan head with nice lacing
S-oak and chocolate with a sweet milk malt aroma
T-chocolate with sweet milk and nice barrel wood tastes a hint of vanilla
M- sweet and smooth with a BA wood finish that lingers on the palate
O-tasty and very smooth could of had another pour

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 01:19:33 | More by gatornation
Photo of Brew_42


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My GF ordered this on tap and asked me to try it and I pretty much drank all of her beer (I bought her another one though, I;m not a monster.)

Pours dark chocolate color with a tan head that hangs around.

Smells wonderful. Chocolate, coffee with a hint of sweetness.

Tastes- This is where the beer stands out. A lot of chocolate stouts are overly bitter and taste more like coffee than chocolate. This beer brings just the right amount of sweetness. Chocolate and coffee are right up front but there is a hint of vanilla that adds just the right amount of sweetness. Supposedly there is some cayenne powder in there but I didn't get it which is fine by me.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and thick.

Overall- Best chocolate stout I've had and one of the best stouts I've had in general. Try it if you see it and you will be pleased.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 23:35:17 | More by Brew_42
Photo of NODAK


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bitter, dark chocolate on the nose....even burnt malts. Aggressive. This isn't what I'd call a "dessert beer" from the nose.

Pours jet black with a thin head in my glass. Lacing is fairly minimal.

The cocoa is definitely at the forefront in this one. Again, fairly bitter dark chocolate notes....roasted....aggressive. There's a bit of woodsiness I'll assume is from the oak aging. In the body, I do notice some sweetness from the chocolate which is a nice respite from all the roasted, bitter notes. Twinges of bitterness play along the tongue on the finish.

This is certainly a chocolate malt forward stout as the name would indicate, but while I don't always enjoy aggressive, bitter chocolate stouts, there's enough of a sweet balance to make this one palatable to me....and the lack of a real aftertaste helps as well. In fact, as I drink this I become more and more impressed with it. Tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 00:16:31 | More by NODAK
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured notes of coffee, cocoa and lactose.

The taste offered waves of charcoal, dry coffee and soft chocolate, all coexisting with no single element overpowered any other.

The mouthfeel was nicely textured and of typical fullness for the style.

A very enjoyable and user friendly stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 23:06:18 | More by plaid75
Photo of SHerninko


4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap @ Whole Foods - Mile Post Pub (PA)
Looks great, I enjoy all the Yeti's. It was a bit too cold so I let it warm, taking a few sips every 5 minutes.
Overall, it is a great Imperial Stout, but the addition of the choco did not do much for my palate. I didn't want it to be SUPER sweet like some of the Southern Tier stouts, but it was very bitter and caused a drying of my mouth. Some intense smokey and charcoal type flavors in the aftertaste.
I have a bomber bottle and I will compare that to the one on tap.
Try it, but don't expect any sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2013 19:23:37 | More by SHerninko
Photo of rand


4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From tap to small goblet

Pours jet black in color, forms a small coffe-tan heat that never fully recedes.

The nose is semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and toasty, almost burnt malts. Lots of wood notes, the malts are toffee-sweet, blending nicely with the coffee-astringency.

The flavors deliver a chocolate-wallop, especially at the front of the sip. Nice woody undertone throughout. Big chewy mouthfeel accents the chocolate and coffee notes. Hops actually play a welcome roll here, lending a snappy astringency and drying some of the sweeter aspects. Finishes long and bitter-sweet.

Probably the best of the Yeti so far (at least of the accessible bottles). Flavor-profile stays balanced and compelling throughout the swallow, drinkable and interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 04:03:48 | More by rand
Photo of hustlesworth


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- extra dark black sums its up. There's no light gettin thru at all. The dense creamy head is one of the darkest I've ever seen and it holds itself well. The walls of my little snifter are blanketed with lace.

S- powerful aromas of espresso and dark chocolate with mineral water and roasted bitterness. Hints of oak and soil in the nose as well with deep earthiness. Somewhat pineappley booziness emerges as it warms.

T- almost overwhelming flavor of the darkest dark chocolate imaginable. Coffee and espresso flavors weave in and out of the cocoa with plenty of burnt wood and grains and a deep oakiness with only the slightest hint of vanilla sweetness and some curious heat. Caramelized sugars show themselves near the end and the finish is long and bitter with a healthy dose of herbal hops.

MF- huge sticky somewhat chalky body is offset by generous carbonation. Although the alcohol is almost imperceptible in the flavor, it's warmth is felt in the mouth and chest with an almost peppery kick and it contributes to a pleasant dryness on the cheeks. Sticky lips too.

D- subtle notes of oak compliment bold dark chocolate flavors to create a strongly flavored, yet sophisticated brew. Definitely not for those with a sweet tooth, this one is earthy and bitter and abominable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 23:47:54 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of 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
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black like oil, brownish head

S - Slight fruit smell, slight sweet bready with faint chocolate

T - Lot's of dark chocolate with some slight coffee notes, perfectly hopped beginning to end.

M - So smooth, full bodied, nice hoppy mouthful

O - 1 delicious beer. I recommend it

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 22:28:55 | More by jtd1969
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the brewery. Pours deeper black and more head than other "yetis". Nice roasted malt, chocolate, and dried fruit aromas. Really great chocolate flavors. Mild, flavorfull, and seems somewhat "aged". All flavors really blend together well. Its smooth, has a great mouthfeel, and is strong!
My favorite yeti for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 21:45:10 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Arborescence


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black. Long lasting massive head with a brownish tint.

Aroma: Deep aromas of roasted chocolate (malt) and espresso. A little bit of spice too. Malty.

Taste: Strong. Liquorice, coffee, and dark chocolate. Alcohol is evident, and the beer is harsher than I'd like, but tasty for sure! The oak aging makes this somewhat more bitter than I'd otherwise expect.

Mouthfeel: Soupy, but lighter than I expected. Medium bodied.

Overall: A great beer, but I was stuffed with food when I drank this, so it felt rather heavy at least in that state. Packs a lot of aromas and robust flavours.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 20:00:07 | More by Arborescence
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a stemmed fluted glass. On-tap at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver.

5.0 A: Black color. Awesome thick, creamy, light brown Yeti head. Great retention and glass covering lacing.

4.0 S: A little less refined that what I remember in the bottle. It's probably pretty fresh here, so that might have something to do with it. Still, it's a great smelling brew. Big roastiness. Tons of chocolate especially since the base beer is super chocolate-ty to begin with. Lots of chili influence in both spice and vegetal. Molasses and a light coffee.

4.0 T: The taste is different enough from the regular Yeti that it might as well be a completely different beer. Again, the chilies play a great role in this and make it like Hunahpu's second cousin. For the most part, it follows the nose. Lots of chocolate, roastiness, and molasses with coffee, oak, and caramel underneath.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with a touch of astringency.

4.0 D: Yeti is always a good option. It was great to have it so close to where it is made.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 20:02:02 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of One2Remeber


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, pitch black body. Head an espresso, deep tan leather appearance. Sits like a cloud not moving at all, most dense I've ever seen.

S: Complex to say the least. Roasted espresso, hints of black licorice and peppers, dark fruit undertones. Oak is the most prominent.

T/M: Malt bomb. Too many flavors up front making for a long lasting swish on the pallet. A strong boozy mouthfeel shows once the oak starts to shine, but it taken care of with an abundance of fluffy oats.

O: Besides Ten Fidy I can not think of many stouts that can compare. Perfect after a salmon dinner and some cherries on top of the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 20:38:17 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of DocJitsu


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black that is entirely impenetrable to light. The gorgeous mocha head attenuates with average speed, but does leave some lovely contrasting brown swirls of bubbles on the black surface of the beer. The aroma is characterized by smoke and coffee, but it can't prepare you for how big the flavor is. This beer is aptly named because it is a monster. Peat smoke dominates as it seems you're drinking a very dark roast barley purée with a magnum hop chaser.  Very resiny hop finish that lingers in the palate. I'm not sure I like it. I respect it. 

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 16:36:08 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of denver10


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a big mocha head and nice lacing. Smells rich and sweet of melted dark chocolate and roasted malts and just a touch woody. Flavor matches the aroma quite well with the dark, bittersweet chocolate in the forefront, some roastiness there, some oak, and some alchohol showing itself as well. A nice full, creamy mouthfeel to this. Overall, not usually a chocolate stout fan but this one is a definite winnier. Best of the Yeti series that I have so far tried.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 04:10:29 | More by denver10
Photo of UpToMeBeer


4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 20:04:09 | More by UpToMeBeer
Photo of KMcG


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this last night and put the review together from cryptic notes I took while trying not to show that I was reviewing a beer. The beer was poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pure dark roast coffee black, tan thin head

S: Chocolatey, malty, and toasty oak with hints of vanilla.

T: Dark chocolate, smokey, and has the slight heat of cayenne on the finish. The dark chocolate flavor as opposed to silky milk chocolate flavor gives this one some coco or espresso bitterness.

M: full body, bitter and smooth at the same time, medium carbonation.

O: A well-done stout that is worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 15:09:30 | More by KMcG
Photo of rhong187


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap in a tulip

A - jet black, appears to be very thick with about a finger of head

S - didn't detect a ton of chocolate, but picked up a decent amount of wood and almost a smoky aroma. i got a small amount of chocolate as it warmed.

T - predominant smoke and bitter chocolate notes, with a small amount of sweetness.

M - I found it to be a bit thin, with low carbonation. Would have liked more body to it.

Decent, but nothing really overwhelmed me. However if you're a fan of chocolate stouts, still worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 21:01:43 | More by rhong187
Photo of jamescain


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Dark black with a brown head about a finger thick that lingers for a long time as I let the beer warm up.

Aroma: Slight roasted notes, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, and subtle spices.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted grain, and a spiciness that builds on every sip. The cayenne adds a really nice dimension to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation and a spicy finish that slowly heats up after every sip.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, more then the espresso oak aged version. I like the complexity that was added to the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 16:12:34 | More by jamescain
Photo of bramsdell


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap the Nook into a goblet.

A: Poured a black body with a two-finger, coffee-like head. Actually, the head very much reminded me of the foam on an expresso. Takes it time to recede, and the beer has excellent retention, like it clings to the side of the glass for dear life.

S: The scent is subtle, considering the beer that follows, but it is smoky and roasted. Again, conjures a very dark roasted coffee brew.

T: Immediate flavors are the roasted malts and the darkness of the brew. Present are near-expresso flavors in terms of roasted flavor and intensity. However, the taste left on the tongue upon swallowing is an unbelievably pleasant and subtle dark chocolate sweetness. Not at all over-powering, this is truly a balanced taste. It is most analogous to taking a small bite of dark (~72%) chocolate after a sip of a very dark coffee.

M: Um...it's amazing. Thick, smoky, roast-y, a hint of sweetness. Very little carbonation, the focus is entirely on the flavor. This is what nearly every beer should feel like.

O: This is a truly fantastic beer. I have no caveats. It is the perfectly complex balance of roasted and sweet. If you don't like deep, dark roasted flavors, steer clear, but for everyone else, there is nothing bad to say.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 23:01:53 | More by bramsdell
Photo of Ungertaker


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer a few other times and finally decided to review it (my first review, so I hope I don't botch it).

I had this on tap at the Happy Gnome on August 23, 2011, served in a sniffer.

Appearance- Jet black, lacquer-like 
1/4" head, creamy/beige color

Smell- Chocolatey, nutty smell

Taste- Dark chocolate, cherries, slight boozieness, (not overpowering), a tinge of bitterness at the tail-end, much like eating a good dark chocolate truffle.

Mouthfeel- Heavy, smooth on the palate, carbonation remains throughout

Overall- This is a solid beer. The flavor is well-balanced with the chocolate not overpowering the other flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 21:01:49 | More by Ungertaker
Photo of DCon


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 22:28:42 | More by DCon
Photo of Retsinis


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer a few times now, time to review.

Review from notes

A: Poured from the tap into a tulip glass. The beer pours black with a half inch of tan colored head, that settles to a light film resting on top, depositing fairly consistent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I immediately pick up Coco nibs, followed by scents of dark chocolate, espresso, and mild pepper.

T: Initial draw I get oak, chocolate, and then cayenne on the throat. The cayenne is a bit off putting for me. The roasted malt, choclate, and alcohol are blending beautifully, but that cayenne, ack.

M: Little heat, medium to light carbonation.

O: Good, might be better with some age. For me the cayenne was off putting. A straight coffee & chocolate RIS would be great w/out the pepper, so for me, I hope this element fades more. I like chili beers, say Habanero Sculpin, but not in this case, at least fresh. The rest of the elements in the beer are great.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 20:07:44 | More by Retsinis
Photo of MrDonQuixote


3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served at Great Divide Tap Room in 10 oz pour:

A- Dark oily black with an inch or so of chocolaty dark foam

S- Intense chocolate, oak and a slight malt aroma

T- Super intense taste, too heavy for my taste, chocolaty to the max, with a strong punch at the end

M- Very smooth, Great consistency

O- Great for its style, a little more intense then the regular yeti imperial stout, not super my taste, however I can definitely appreciate it

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 20:56:52 | More by MrDonQuixote
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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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