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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

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Ratings: 2006
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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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From growler picked up two days ago from brewery...poured in St Bernardus chalice.
Pours black with brown head.
Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, dark roasted malts, carob, molasses.
Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of bitter chocolate, oak, dark roasted malts, molasses. This is big and bold with a strong astringent and dry finish.
Would accompany many desserts nicely.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2013 04:21:33 | More by DenverLogan
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night, pitch black, about a two finger tan head at the top that sticks to the glass with every sip to leave a nice lacing.

S: Nice subtle notes of chocolate and malts, slight hint of coffee, nose is not to extravegant on this one.

T: Lots of chocolate all over on this one, with slight hints of oak and nice coffee.

M: Full body, Medium carbonation.

O: Another great brew from Great Divide, thoroughly enjoyed this beer, nice warm feeling with every sip.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2012 21:22:37 | More by thedoubler55
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mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2011 02:21:49 | More by mfunk9786
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler filled at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting Mall.

A: Pours an opaque black with a small tight tan head that has dissipated into a thin layer leaving some decent lacing behind.

S: Smells of chocolate and dark roasted malts. There is also a very prominent herbal hop aroma as well. When the beer is cold the oak is more noticable.

T: The first thing I taste in this beer is a dark almost bittersweet chocolate followed very quickly by a bitter hoppiness. Espresso is also very prominent in this one. A wonderful aftertaste of dark chocolate and bitter hops. At first the oak is very pronounced, but as the beer warms the coffee and chocolate flavors take over. When it's warm the beer is similar in flavor to chocolate syrup, tho it retains the bitter aftertaste.

M: This beer is full bodied and leaves a behind just a tad bit of alcohol burn. Still very smooth and almost silky.

D: This beer has a very complex intense flavor profile. If you like chocolate, coffee, and hops you should love this beer, but it is a bit overpowering, and I don't think I could drink this one all the time.

This is deffinitly a quality beer, it's just a bit too much for me right now, and I prefer the original Yeti. If it ain't broke don't fix it!

Serving type: growler

07-19-2010 22:29:19 | More by spartanfan
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Phillyphilms

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gto from Growler at Grey Lodge. Took home before trying. Was very impressed.

Poured deep brown almost black with better head than expected for the style that had some ok lacing and reduced to little more than a ring quickly.

A dark chocolate malt dominated the nose which hid the presence of the almost 10% Abv.

Taste was great, lots of dark chocolate up front and the coffee toasted malty goodness you'd expect from the style. The oak aging was not something I could easily pick out but assume the smooth taste is a result of just that. I think the dark chocolate and 9abv overpowered the oak for me though.

Was medium to full body with a silky creamy finish that kept me wanting more and helped to hide the high alcohol.

Overall another great job by the boys and girls at Great Divide. Not a session beer by any means but the drink-ability of this could easily get me (or you) in trouble.

RESPECT

Serving type: growler

07-01-2010 20:13:54 | More by Phillyphilms
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mklinger

North Carolina

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

Bought a ghetto growler of this (1/2 gallon milkjug). Poured it into a snifter. Black, black, black color with a dark cappuccino head. Very good looking beer.

Aroma is super strong on the oak. This is followed by what I first thought was hot alcohol, but I now think is that hint of cayenne pepper in there. This was followed by the smell of roast/chocolate although this was more subdued than I expected. The oak really was the dominant character.

Taste is really complex. The first thing is creamy chocolate followed by burnt roast coffee flavor then some pretty substantial hop bitterness (eventhough they say it's lower here than in the regular Yeti, it is still really strong here). Then comes a bit of alcohol slight burn (or maybe this is some of the drying oak character) finally followed by a tingly front of the tongue sensation due to the cayenne pepper.

Mouthfeel is thick & rich & creamy. Nice character. I'm not completely sure I'm crazy about the cayenne in here, but everything else about this beer is awesome, and the tingly cayenne sensation is certainly interesting in here.

Serving type: growler

06-20-2010 02:03:51 | More by mklinger
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from a growler into an oversized clear wine glass. Purchased from The Lodge (Hilton Head, SC) for $17.

A: Spent oil black body with large, 1/2 finger chocolate ice cream colored head with good retention and prodigious lacing.

S: Dark malts with bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee grounds dominate. Some softer earthy hoppiness also is present. The spicy cayennne is not easy to detect except for the tingle in your nostrils.

T: Both sweet and bitter dark chocolate are the biggest flavors, but others including dark malts, earthy hops, and light hot pepper sensation sneaks in there. The cayenne is much easier to taste with warming and longer drinking. I'm not sure I like the cayenne addition, but it doesn't detract from the beer.

M: Typical big Yeti feel overall with full body. Carbonation is low and aftertaste is chocolatey with hot pepper tones.

D: An excellent RIS but not an improvement over the original.

Serving type: growler

06-11-2010 03:45:08 | More by argock
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karlbronson

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark malt brown on the sides and blacker in the middle

S: sweet malt, slight oak, slight chocolate, light floral hops

T: complex. malt undertones, and the cayenne creates real initial spiciness. once that quickly settles, it has a long bitter chocolate finish.

M: Spicy at first, followed by bitter. long spicy bitter finish

D: The spicy finish limits the drinkability of this one

Serving type: growler

04-22-2010 02:12:26 | More by karlbronson
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

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

growler from party source,poured into a snifter.this beer is pretty much pitch black.nose is dominated by oak,chocolate and vanilla,with some roasted malt and dark fruit lingering in the back round.i feel. like this beer is a bit too oak dominated,i think bourbon oak aging would have been better.oak and vanilla dominate this beer,with dark fruit,chocolate,and coffee lingering in the back. kinda the reverse of how it should be.

mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin.this beer kinda reminds me of new holland dragon's milk.overally pretty good,probably wouldnt get it again though.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2009 22:35:12 | More by wyattshotmaker
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topace

Massachusetts

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
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

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
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More_betterness

California

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
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teromous

Virginia

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
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

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
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oldmankoch

Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My third in the Yeti series.

This Chocolate Yeti definitely follows the outlined goals listed on the bottle which are akin to what I like to think of as an 80% cocoa chocolate bar...bitter, unctuous, fully satisfying chocolate goodness.

Appearance is roughly the same as the others in the Yeti line i.e. freshly poured espresso with a receding dark british khaki head and minimal lacing.

Smell is of chocolate, espresso, booze, backing malts and ash/char with hints of the vanilla bean.

Taste follows nose and outlined goals extremely well. This is the darkest thickest most bitter Yeti to date...but just like dark chocolate I'm an addict.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the beer leaves a nice charred coating on the palate.

Overall an awesome beer and definitely worth it seeking if your a Yeti fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:19:32 | More by oldmankoch
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SLeffler27

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like all Yetis, this one is rich with deep, velvety, chocolate brown, and a creamy, dark black walnut head that reaches one-half inch before quickly dropping to leave thin rings of lace above a viscous film.

A Dogfish Head snifter showcases the dominating chocolate liqueur upon opening. Chocolate concedes to roasted malt, oak, vanilla, molasses, and some licorice as the beer warms.

The flavor profile closely follows the nose only with sharper focus on the chocolate, revealing creamy fudge. Warming, as expected, elevated the flavors while a lingering finish highlights roasted qualities.

As expected, the body is full, almost dense, with alcohol prominent. Warming accentuates these properties, while fine carbonation adds to the velvety texture. A syrupy residue is left on the palate.

This rendition, as with all the yetis I have sampled, has an introspective quality that is best sipped over a long session.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 12:21:53 | More by SLeffler27
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spoony

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml bottle (bottled May 29, 2013) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces about a half finger of dark brown head. Seriously, the head is walnut in color, not just tan or mocha, but seriously brown. The head recedes immediately and leaves no lacing. The beer is virtually black in the glass and still.

S-The aroma of this 10-month-old bottle still has plenty of chocolate flavor, as well as a good bit of spice. The oak provides a bit of dryness that balances out the blueberry and fruit sweetness, as well as some soy sauce. There is a also a bit of black licorice. Nice and complex.

T-The taste has more roasted flavors than the aroma, but I still get a good dose of chocolate, spice (chili powder, not pepper or clove), some soy sweetness and some molasses. I also detect some malty tobacco as the beer nears room temperature. Bitterness is pretty mild (especially when compared to the hoppier Yeti variants).

M-The feel is medium to full in body and the carbonation is below average in volume. A nice fit for the flavors.

O-This is a tasty beer. It is complex and changes in your hand as it warms. It is a bit rustic on the palate and it lacks the creaminess of the best examples of this style, so I don't know that it compares to some of my favorite chili-choco-stouts (like Bomb!), but it certainly paired up with the vanilla ice cream I had for desert tonight.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:55:18 | More by spoony
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Great looking bottle and label that has a bit of a metallic sheen to it with a silver foil wrapped neck and cap that has the Great Divide logo stamped in red in the foil. Label gives a nice back story and description of the beer, food pairing suggestions, web info, ABV info, a bit of brewery info, and a bottled on date of 3/28/13.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 22oz brown bomber into a 16oz snifter led to a deep brown 2 finger head of a thick density atop a completely opaque jet black beer. Head retention was 5min 7sec before fading to a thin coating and thick ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of heavy smokey oak with rich milk chocolate aromas along with a bit of booze. A bit of pepper and anise, very slight hops, and a very good roast black coffee can all be detected in the nose as well.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very smokey with hints of oak and deep milk chocolate on the front end. Mid point is dominated by oak, milk chocolate, and an every growing coffee bitterness with a bit of pepper spiciness. Back end tastes of very intense roast coffee bitterness with slight hints of chocolate and oak. Has a roast coffee aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Thick and creamy with a full bodied nature. Very drinkable and tasty.

Overall/Comments: Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is just a decadent brew with an extremely complex flavor profile. The alcohol is very well hidden making this brew dangerously drinkable. Try it if you can find it. Classified as an American Double/Imperial Stout @ 9.5% ABV. Consumed 11/9/2013.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:31:17 | More by thegodfather1076
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StJamesGate

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Motor oil-esque anthracite black with purple-maroon-tan film of head that the ABV eats in a flash.
Plum, port, wood, dark cocoa, and whiskey with undertones of raspberry tart, rose petals, fig jam, earth, fudge - I could just keep going.
Molasses, soy sauce, and beef jerky to start, then baker's chocolate, a roasty hit of char, a blast of sweetness, and some corrective bitterness to finish.
Chocolate truffle and espresso grounds ending, a flash of oaky vanilla, and a long, clean wood linger.
Full, silky, loads of chew.

Jul 1, 2012 expiry date, so this has almost 3 years on it. I think that's pretty much knocked out the chili pepper and any hops, letting the wood come to the fore. It really drinks more like a port, with the depth coming through in waves, but also a bit punishing if you try to rush it. More than a bit umami, though cocoa wins ultimately.

Massive. Shames other RISs at 11%. Yeti stomps again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 22:25:13 | More by StJamesGate
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megahurts4

Louisiana

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

Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: chocolate, chocolate, and a malty light caramel.

Taste: rich malty chocolate, light oak, and a faint grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and slightly chewy yet smooth.

Overall:
This is a good stout. The flavors are bold and powerful without being overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:08:19 | More by megahurts4
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nice and black. Khaki head. Doesn't pour quite as viscous as some of its counterparts.

Aroma is very nice. Chocolate, roast and just a touch of pepper spice. If only the aromas came out more in the taste.

Taste is roasted malt, with woody, earthy notes. More subdued is the cocoa nibs; and the peppers are difficult to detect at all.

Medium mouthfeel. A bit sticky. Lower carb.

A nice beer but it doesn't quite compete with a lot of the imperial stout heavy hitters.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:27:41 | More by Powderhornphil
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/19/12, poured into a snifter

A-pours pitch black with a small fizzy dark tan head that reduces to a ring around the glass, some thin, short lasting lace left behind

S- roasty and chocolaty nose, light charcoal, lactose, cocoa powder, dark cherry. There is some oak character coming through that gives a hint of vanilla and a woodsy/earthy tone

T- dry bitter-sweet chocolate flavors with some toasty char coal flavors, there's a slightly tart dark cherry fruitiness that kicks in mid-palate and finishes dry with coffee/chocolate and a faint flavor of oak, peppery burn on the linger

M- medium-syrupy body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish, big alcohol burn on the linger

O- I was surprised at how much the heat of the pepper came through at the end, It makes me wonder how hot it would have been fresh. Overall, I enjoyed regular Yeti more

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:41:56 | More by Treyliff
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a wide mouth champagne flute.

A: What a great stout appearance. Black as night, still, big three finger chocolate head that ends up as 2 mm disc that leaves soapy big bubble lacing. Has some legs.

S: Chocolate and phenolic notes with strong roasted malts.

T: Big chocolate hit, some bitter nibs. There is a whispery hint of something spicy, bit it's not yeast spicy or cloves or anything like that. Vanilla at swallow.

M: Filling, creamy but not overly thick. toasty, vanilla hinted outbreath. Not very boozy.

O: World class oak aged stout. There's something about this stout that makes this very big stout extremely drinkable. I can't put my finger on it exactly. It is the only stout that makes me want to have chicken wings instead of dessert. I usually like Pilsners or AAL with them. Strange pairing possibilities?

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:33:53 | More by Scrapss
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KVNBGRY

Florida

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

Bottle dated April 2 2013
Had with a Publix Chocolate Cake...

Appearance - Black as night with a frothy almond skin head that hangs around and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma - Deep, dark chocolate nibs. Earthy hops.

Taste - Once again, deep, dark chocolate nibs. When it warms a bit, there's a touch of charred wood. Then chocolate malt, slight graininess, and a touch of earthy green hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and a touch thinner than the top tiered RIS's out there.

Overall - I'd like to try a vertical of a few years to see how it ages. I've only had this beer "fresh".

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 01:32:30 | More by KVNBGRY
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger DARK tan shade that retains itself quite well, if not brilliantly. Still, the dark head has a nice creaminess to it, and leaves behind some lacing on the glass.

S: Holy onslaught of chocolate, Batman. The chocolate character isn't very sweet - and I don't care. Actually, no, I like that it isn't sweet; it reminds me so much of mocha it isn't even funny. The typical Yeti roastiness lies behind the bitter dark chocolate, and even the secret ingredient (cayenne pepper) can be picked up to an extent. Really, I can get just about every element used to make this - roast, hops, oak, you name it.

T: To me, this is closer to normal Yeti than, say, the Belgian or (regular) Oak-aged variants. It starts with some fantastic roastiness, which is subtly augmented by some umami tones. The chocolate/oak/cayenne flavors appear near the back end, and all are strongly defined within each other. Both the chocolate and the oak are wonderfully subtle; the cayenne pepper on the finish, slightly less so. As someone who regularly cooks with cayenne, this is no problem whatsoever. I even note a kiss of piny hops. The way all the flavors dance around the palate is damn near enrapturing.

M: It's full bodied, creamy, soft, yet faintly dry on the back end. This is *slightly* thinner than regular Yeti, but not much. By no means is this easy to drink. That's good - this is so gorgeously savorable that I don't want this fleeting from the palate.

O: I've never had a less-than-good Yeti variant, and all but one have been fantastic. This, natch, is fantastic. While it's not very drinkable, it's amazing flavor means that I could savor this all day. I'd buy a case of this, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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