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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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94
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2,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,321
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 149
Gots: 515 | FT: 23
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Sammy

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
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-07-2012 23:52:47 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-06-2011 22:35:29 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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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metter98

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
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brentk56

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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-05-2011 00:55:37 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

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
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Phyl21ca

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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-26-2011 14:19:17 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-13-2012 03:42:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-02-2011 16:32:16 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-17-2011 09:13:35 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

10-21-2013 02:03:54 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2013 20:52:21 | More by spycow
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oberon

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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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

10-28-2013 06:41:23 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

05-17-2013 01:55:09 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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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zeff80

Missouri

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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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.