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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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2,462 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 161
Gots: 550 | FT: 24
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 Sammy
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.

Sammy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

djrn2, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Oct 08, 2011
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 27, 2010
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!

BEERchitect, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
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

mikesgroove, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

jaydoc, Oct 21, 2013
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.

womencantsail, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, May 17, 2013
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Aug 07, 2009
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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,462 ratings.