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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

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2,005 Ratings
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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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty treat. Vey dark brown body, with a bit of off-white head. Above average mouthfeel. Chocolate, ginger, and oaky wood.Aroma is a little boozy, roasty, chocolate. Well balanced stout, and chocolate works well here, less coffee is nice.Very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:08:32 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Knownfactor for sending me this one!

Pours a thick motor oil black with a huge 3 inch dark chocolate colored head. Lots and lots of ring lacing around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans, oak chips, and vanilla extract. The taste is dark chocolate, chocolate covered espresso beans, earthy wood, and spicy chili powder. It's interesting to see that they added cayenne to this beer as I think that it would be great even without it. Mouthfeel is super thick and creamy with low carbonation. There is a burn in the throat that could either be from the alcohol or the cayenne. Overall, this is an extremely good stout and another great Yeti variant. I am glad I have a few extra bottles in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 04:13:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest chocolate brown with a colossal cascading crown of cocoa powder colored cream. Extensive (and gorgeous) lace appears in the end and solidifies the perfect score. Some might have looked as good, but no American double stout has ever looked better.

It's easy to smell that GDCOAY was aged on both oak chips and cocoa nibs. The latter is more prominent than the former, but doesn't go overboard. Thankfully, roasted malt is not lost in the mix. It's interesting that 'spice added' appears in small print on the label. Wonder what it could be.

As mentioned in a previous review, Great Divide can do anything they damn well please (well, just about anything) with Yeti Imperial Stout and the final result will still be great beer. First impressions: this version isn't as good as Oak Aged and Barrel Aged and it's slightly less enjoyable than the standard Yeti.

There's a black peppery heat here that I don't remember from the others. If that's the mysterious added spice, the brewers could just as easily have left it out. And should have. In fact, the flavor and drinkability scores will have be knocked back to 4.0 if it doesn't fade with time and warming.

Otherwise, we have the usual onslaught of roasted barley malt, along with an impressive amount of melted Hershey bars, dark caramel, black coffee, black tea leaves and oak. Why in the world is this beer so hot? Drinkability continues to leak oil.

The mouthfeel is as expected. It isn't massive and sticky, but it's plenty big and creamy smooth. There's now little doubt that black pepper is present. Either that or the brewers forgot how to mask a 9.5% ABV, which is extremely unlikely.

Chocoate Oak Aged Yeti is pretty good beer, but it isn't anywhere near world-class. High expectations have quickly turned into mild disappointment, solely due to the heat wave that greets each mouthful. Never mind IBUs, Great Divide needs to publish BTUs. Here's hoping they can right the ship and fix whatever is causing this particular Yeti to be my least favorite Yeti yet.

**Another BA has just informed me that cayenne pepper is added to this offering. Not a good idea GD. Not a good idea at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 12:30:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick, opaque black as night liquid with a very full two inch plus head of tan creamy and sticky foamy lace on top.

lots of aromas of lactose and chocolate and a bit of coffee. I almost picked up some licorice in there as well. First thing that hits you is the ton of lactose sugar and a wall of chocolate. Deep german dark chocolate mixed in with some bron sugar and a touch of coffee. Definatly some licorice in here too. Super creamy. It had ample carbonation which really hung around well throughout the sesson and helped to give it a really full feel. Lots of creamy notes made this a definite dessert beer.

Well this was very full and to be honest it would be hard to drink alot of them simply for that reason however, there was really no hint what so ever of the abv

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:52:47 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


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

Big thanks go out to JosephLondon for sending me a couple bottles of this in a recent trade.

A: Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City snifter. The beer is black in color with a great mocha colored head.

S: The smell is not quite as intense as I would have hoped, but still good. A lot of chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight "burnt" aroma.

T: The flavor is really interesting. There is a great, semi-sweet chocolate flavor initially. This is followed up by a slight bit of "heat" from the cayenne, and then finishes with a nice bitterness.

M: The body is fairly full and thick, which is what you hope for in an imperial stout. The carbonation is fairly low too, which works well.

D: This is a solid all around beer. I love chocolate beers, and this one did not disappoint. The cayenne provides something different and it was a welcome addition.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 05:48:45 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rocky tan head that leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and scorched marshmallow with undertones of cayenne

Taste: Dark chocolate infused caramel with scorched marshmallow, up front; by mid-palate, both the hops and the cayenne come roaring in, with the cayenne leaving a burning sensation into the finish; chocolate syrup undertones, throughout

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; heat on the tongue from the cayenne

Overall: Wasn't expecting the cayenne, but love the impact it has on this beer

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:59:36 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a heavy brown color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter back chocolate malt with light roasted malt notes. Taste is a very fine mix between some bitter black chocolate with notes of roasted malt and light dry roasted coffee. I couldn't really detect the oak to be honest though. Body had a creamy texture which I quite enjoyed with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and with some complexity and some great drinkability factor. Definitely something I would wish to have access to.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:35:42 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate in Stouts is probably a better match than the time honored, yet failed marriage with peanut butter.

The beer opens like all other Yeti's; dark as you get, complete opaqness, a billowing tan head that rises to the brim and begs me to bounce quarters off of it. Retains even longer. Really, an ideal look.

Mellow and well blended aromas of cocoa, dark coffees, toffe, heavy cream, and bready maltiness. Low on fruity esters and restrained on spices from alcohols and phenols. Great Divide has great control of this beer.

Flavors are again balanced, though the chocolate notes are more prevailant than in other Yeti's. Nutty, caramel-toffee sweetness, rum-soaked sweet breads, deep Columbian coffees, and sweet/spicy alcohols round out the taste. The beer doesn't try to do too much, just simplify the variations and reinforce the present flavors with error-free, quality taste.

The body is very, very smooth- definately the smoothest of all the Yeti's. Harshness from grains and hops are again very restrained. Full, rounded, and creamy throughout. I keep waiting for the alcohol and hop bite in the end and it never happens. Though timid, it's solid.

This beer gives up on some of the complexity that regular Oak Aged Yeti displays, but is smoother than both regular and coffee Yeti's. The balance found here may be the better of the four. Although the beer is effortless and error-free, I keep looking for the subtle qualities that make me push it into the elite class of Imperial Stouts... and its just not there.

...but a chocolate and peanut butter Stout might make a great threesome.

Thanks jyounger30!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 01:52:51 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Thanks to Max for sharing this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a red wine glass. Pours a very dark brown color bordering on black with a thin mocha head and a bit of light lace on the edges of the glass. The nose is really nice with quite a bit of chocolate as well as some roast and light booze. There's a bit of vanilla there as well as a slight bit of oak.

The flavor is really chocolate-centric with a tiny oak presence, though that makes its way known more in the mouthfeel. Really nice and thick body. A bit heavy for all that much of. Some smooth vanilla is there in the finish. The finish also brings a touch of the pepper and I can't say that it really adds to the beer; in fact, it might detract a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 02:39:46 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

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

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin reddish tan head that died down, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate, licorice and wood are present in the nose.
T: As the beer warms up, the taste begins to become a little more rounded out and tastes more like the regular version of Yeti along with some notes of oak and hints of chocolate and licorice.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer hides its alcohol well, but the dryness makes it a little harder to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:38:56 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these during the days leading up to as well as the Brick Store Pub's recent Anniversary event.

Appearance: Pours out a jet black body with a smallish, tan-colored head. A simple, but commanding presence.

Smell: Lavish, chocolaty nose like sniffed a portion of Mozart Black liqueur. True, you'll easily find the blackened malts, oak additions, light (dark) fruitiness, and cayenne powder, but, by and large, it's chiefly a chocolate-scented aroma.

Taste: Dark, deeply roasted malts, ponderous and heavy, transition into a flavor of high percentage cocoa bars. Zip of oak with some subtle vanilla tones. Touch of dark fruitiness underneath. The hops and plenty of roasted malt bitterness, though appreciably less than previous Yeti renditions. Sure, there's some noticeable alcohol, but nothing glaring and nothing to make you think 9.5%. The promised, anticipated cayenne heat finally blooms prior to the dry, roasty finish. A small twinge of cayenne lingers beyond the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Very silky, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: There are some chocolate beers utilizing chocolate, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, etc, that just don't cut it, but this one does! Thankfully, Great Divide's COAY is really well done, very drinkable, and great fun.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 21:37:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow there is more to this version of the Yeti than I thought,cayenne...hmmm.Poured a jet black with a fluffy mocha colored head that left a creamy mass after leaving multiple sheets of lace as it settled very slowly.Aromas of vaniila/oak and bitter chocolate and some roastiness.Flavors start out with hefty roast and bitter chocolate with cayenne hitting in the finish wich is very noticeable by me,not sure how others have felt about the cayenne presence.Not sure if that cayenne presence is welcomed by me,its a bit annoying.I like the complexity and the uniquness but not my thing so much,although its not bad just for the record.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 21:08:05 | More by oberon
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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Jester King snifter.

I love my Bears, particularly when they're winning... Anyway, this stuff pours a lovely onyx topped by a finger or so of toasted tan foam. Honestly, the Yeti line must be the goddamn best-looking beers out there, man. The nose comprises cocoa, oak, roasted malts, light coffee, a hint of anise, and the vaguest possible sense of leather. The taste brings in more of the same, with the anise and leather contributing a surprisingly healthy bitterness to the proceedings, and with the oak taking a stronger precedence than I anticipated. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a solid offering, to be expected from this line, but the oak is a bit much for me here, especially compared with the other Yetis. Still, a damn fine drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 07:07:00 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, thanks be to the good doktorzee for smuggling this back from Colorado a few weeks back.

This beer pours a rather solid black hole, with the faintest of basal cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, densely foamy chocolate milk brown head, which leaves a low band of honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly and surely abates.

It smells of rich semi-sweet cocoa, lightly roasted, biscuity caramel malt, bitter black coffee, vanilla pods, subtle swirling smoke, a bit of dry black licorice, a hint of wood, and softly warm spice notes. The taste is big n' heavy bitter dark chocolate nibs, grainy caramel/toffee malt, tame espresso, sweeter anise, more oaken vanilla, a slight milky creaminess, and a further wispy, somewhat singed vegetal spice. No real sign of the 19-proof booze.

The carbonation is fairly innocuous, just providing a nice dull hum, the body a decent medium weight, and no more, with a nice creamy smoothness, punctuated here and there with some spicy and bitter pangs. It finishes off-dry, of course, but not nearly as sweet as expected - the wood, bitter chocolate, and Cayenne colluding well in the cause.

A pretty tasty and complex Imperial Stout, the guest ingredients used judiciously in creating a balanced, soft-stepping behemoth. I quite enjoy the lingering tingle on the tongue from the spice, too. Neat.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:55:25 | More by biboergosum
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Oak-aged Yeti, Decadent, Luscious, as they say.

Utter blackness, with a thick, solid brown cap of foam, chocolate frosting on a chocolate cake. Chocolate BEER-cake.

Aroma: Incredible. Wondrous cocoa, rich, enticing. Wish I liked chocolate...well, I "like" it, you know, I can appreciate it, I can understand it's better qualities, shall we say. ...

Deep, dark, delectable, ...roasty, lightly bitter, bittersweet espresso tones. Dry, and yet sweet. Nice balance.
Rich, and yeah, decadent, mmm, ...wow, ...not quite getting, the...oh, it's there. How did I miss it? The whiskey notes are getting bigger and bigger, some vanilla, cocoa, and the whiskey getting hotter and hotter.

Now, the whiskey's taken over from the chocolate...funny how that works.
Mmmm, mmm. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:57:04 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MasterSki


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Kentucky - strange that we don't get certain Great Divide brews in Chicago. Served in my Half Acre pint glass. Bottled June 15th, 2009.

A - Pours a black color, with hints of translucent red at the fringes. There's a big light mocha foam that dissipates and leaves fingers of lace and a thick cap. Most variants of Yeti look good, and this one is no exception.

S - Oak, faded citrus hops, and booze. There's also something spicy and unusual (after consulting the label I've determined it to be the cayenne pepper). There's some milk chocolate malt character, but for something with Chocolate in the title I expected a lot more. Weird, and doesn't totally work for me.

T - Taste has a little better integration of flavors. There's a lot of cocoa and oaky vanilla notes, as well as some caramel. Quite sweet, and the cayenne pepper is less obvious. There's also some floral hop character, although understated compared to fresh Yeti. Aftertaste is largely oak, and there's minimal bitterness.

M - Chocolate milk-like, with some light carbonation. There's a bit of warmth, but I'm not sure if it's from the cayenne or the alcohol.

D - This was one weird brew. It has some of the things I like about regular Yeti (appearance, feel), but the addition of more elements (cocoa nibs, cayenne, oak, etc.) makes this kind of a mess. I'll eventually finish my pour (split it with my wife), but I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:54:24 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 11/16/2006, poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, rich chocolate, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong sweet milk chocolate flavor that is quickly followed by the essence of oak aging. Then the hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a very mild but complementary hops presence to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Viscous and very smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good aged big stout to drink for a long time as are all versions of Yeti that I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:45:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of my Goebel's haul

Pours like 10,000 mile motor oil with 3 fingers of rocky brown/caramel colored head head. Nice viscosity to this, great head retention & good lacing

S: Dark chocolate, coffee & vanilla

T: Rich dark & milk chocolate, roasted grain bitterness, & some boozey vanilla up front. Dry boozey dark fruit dominates as this warms, plus some herbal hops along with vanilla & caramel, finishes dry, spicy from the pepper boozey hot with sublime chcolate & vanilla notes.
MF: Smooth, sticky, with low carbonation

Drinks a tad slow, the spicyness hotness is dragging an otherwise stellar offering down a bit. If you only have one bottle, save it until winter, or maybe even the next...First time I've really noticed this much hotness in any yeti iteration I've had. Still pretty damn tasty...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:38:45 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an aggressive oak character that compliments a subtle dark chocolate aroma. The taste is good. It has a sharp black malt bitterness that really hits you up front and carries through to the finish. The chocolate character isn't too pronounced, but it's noticeable. The oak aging adds excellent flavors that are quite complimentary to the black and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking double stout. The chocolate character could be better. The oak aging seems to squash the chocolate theme.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:02:28 | More by WesWes
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to check but this might finish out my Yeti ticking until chili vanilla bourbon barrel yeti gets released, only 150 bottles.

Beer is black with a dark tan / brown head, some lacing, bad retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and mildly chocolaty with some oak in there as well. I also smell some aged yeti. Not really impressing me with the levels in the aroma, even serving this in a tulip.

Wow this beer is more bitter than expected. It is quite ashy in the finish, nice bitterness from coffee? and chocolate? medium bodied, not as full as I thought, Decent beer...enjoying it still. I'd have it again but I think I like the regular better which is good news for me and my wallet.

GRRR....I was wrong, I never reviewed the bretty yeti although I did have it. I leave reviews like that to a real hardcore tickers out there...you know who you are.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 06:02:13 | More by drabmuh
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours black, with no highlights when it is held up to the light. The head is not very large, but what head is there is brown in color. The smell is roasted malt, with chocolate in the aroma as well. The taste is of milk chocolate with some hints of vanilla which I am assuming come from the oak. As dark as this beer is, it is not near as thick as other stouts like Ten Fidy, which adds to its drinkability. There is no alcohol detectable in the flavor, but you do get an alcohol warming sensation even though you cannot taste the alcohol. This stout goes down so easy that I could see the alcohol sneaking up on you in a bad way if you weren't careful. I need to buy some more of this because it is one of the best stouts I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:04:50 | More by Mora2000
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a thick, firm, light brown head that left thin, patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and some notes of oak and wood.

T - It tasted of chocolate, oak, and roasted malt with touches of molasses. It has a great spicy kick, almost like chipotle.

M - This is smooth and crisp with a warm alcohol heat. A medium to full-bodied brew.

D - This is a great brew, very complex and delicious. It was very spicy with a great chocolate taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 01:47:27 | More by zeff80
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the best of the Oak Aged Yeti series.

A: Big thick chocolate colored head of 2 fingers fades semi slowly with a nice lacing, over a pitch black super thick beer with legs the size of Italy.

N: Chocolate malt up the wazoo, with cocoa nibs, chocolate milk, bakers chocolate, etc etc etc. It's rich, with caramel, dark malts, sweet, semi bitter, molasses, slight booze, and a touch of chili peppers.

T: RIch and thick right off the bat, syrupy as well. Sweet, with a touch of warming booze and slightly tingly. Some light spicy pepper, cayenne, with lots of chocolate again, including but not limited to, baker's, cocoa nibs, malts, milk, melted smores, etc. Oatmeal also makes a showing, with more light roast, touch of vanilla and light oak, some earthy bitter hops and some bitterness from a slight earthy charred malt flavor. I do get some malted milk ball effect.

M: Very thick and rich, creamy, with good carbonation for the style.

F: Bitter is the key word here. More earthy bitter hops, and some bitter charred malts lingering, with more spicy lingering pepper on the back on the throat. Lots of malts and syrups as it coats the entire mouth for hours after the beer.Some roast and even a little coffee at this point. Some vanilla shines through with the chocolate as it all lingers, as well as some oak here and there. A little syrupy sweetness but somehow not sticky.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 00:06:20 | More by jlindros
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, darkly browned head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is nice and dark, perhaps not perfectly black, but pretty close in its opaque darkness; it shows no differently when held up directly to the light. The aroma is a mix of spicy oak, roasted coffee, toasted whole grain and some lightly hot alcohol. The aroma seems a bit one dimensional as a lot of malt complexity is drowned out by the spicy, raw oakiness.

My first sip is lightly sweet, thick and chewy; the middle is nicely chocolate tasting, but the finish makes this disappear except for some bitter cocoa notes. The finish has a significant oak character that provides a spiciness, some lingering astringency, a peppery oak note that now that I think of it is actually a spiciness that is actually from the cayenne that I had forgotten about up until this point. The roast grain contributes a significant bitterness to the finish and there also seems to be a green hoppiness here despite the "hops being toned down"; this mixes with the raw oak character and the cayenne to provide a sharpness to the end of each sip. This is a thick and chewy beer that is not so rich as to be overly cloying; the body has a fullness to it, but the beer is still fairly drinkable (at least for an Imperial Stout). A touch of chalky roast malt character comes out as the beer warms up and a bitter espresso note becomes more noticeable as well.

Despite my complaints of one-dimensionality, I am actually enjoying this; especially as the beer warms the oak character is held much more in check and in balance with the other flavor components; the aroma never really gets all that interesting though. The spicy cayenne adds a nice touch to the finish that this spice-freak enjoys; even if it is somewhat subtle; it lingers on the palate and lips quite nicely though. The beer is actually quite nice and definitely enjoyable over all. The aggressiveness of the oak, hops and cayenne in the finish really helps to tame the big sticky malt character that would otherwise dominate this beer. Chocolate flavors, while noticeable, are not anything out of the ordinary here, and could even be attributed to malt character (even though this beer does have chocolate in it).

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:13:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a thick looking black colored brew with a tan head that has a decent retention and light lacing. Te smell is loaded with chocolate, oak, a spice. The taste of the beer has a nice toasted note with the dark chocolate and spice. The mouthfeel is thick and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is awesome, really hits each note they strike on the label. Really worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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