Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +5%
I let this beer age 6 months. First thing you should do is let this beer sit out and warm for at least 30 min. The warmer it gets, the better it is. It is black as old engine oil and has a nice smell. Taste is real creamy coffee, chocolate, and slight alcohol. No hop presence. This is a great dessert beer that will get you feeling good if you drink the whole bomber!
12-16-2012 12:38:04 | More by irongator
4.05/5 rDev -4%
Appearance: Being added to a long list of the blackest most opaque beers I've seen. One finger brown soapy head that fades but laces well.
Aroma: Vanilla and cocoa bean. No hint of the alcohol.
Taste: Starts robust with a good balance of cocoa flavor as well as dark roasted malts that lend some sweetness to balance out the dark chocolate bitterness. A little of the oak character but luckily not as much vanilla as was in the aroma. No hops but that's to be expected and they aren't necessary here. The flavor is a tad one dimensional in the first half but is so good that it doesn't hinder the enjoyment. Aftertaste is slightly more complex. The dark malt flavors slowly fade giving a nice oak quality for a second before ending in dark chocolate and some coffee bitterness that lingers endlessly. Can't taste the 9.5% ABV, it's masterfully hidden.
Mouthfeel: More carbonation than I was expecting after a vigorous pour but definitely not overdone. Full bodied with surprisingly good drinkability.
Final Thoughts: Just keeps getting better as it warms. A great Imperial Stout. Would I drink it again? Yes, looking forward to the second half of the bomber as well.
12-15-2012 02:16:26 | More by JamesMN
4.85/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured a bottle into a snifter.
A- pours a very dark chocolate color and you get an almost black beer after its in the glass. There was not much head with this one but I am using a large snifter so this is to be expected. There was some nice lacing left on the glass as I drank. This is a very nice looking beer but could had a little thicker head to be ideal.
S-The chocolate is the first thing that comes out as it should being a chocolate stout. I am getting some dark fruit sweetness next followed a slite burn on the end that I cant put my finger on. I am guessing its the wood from oak barrol or it could be alcohal. Overall it smells very complex and inviting. A snifter or wine glass is a must for this brew in order to take advantage of exceptional aroma. To be Ideal I would take away the slight alcohal burn at the end but thats being really picky of a pretty nice aroma.
T- The chocolate is first but not as strong as in the nose. I am also not getting the dark fruit that I was expecting from the nose. Instead there is woody bitterness coming next with a slight peppery burn on the end. The alcohal presence is there at the end but its not offensive as it is instead replaced by the woody oak barrol taste. The flavor profile works very well and translates to a very balance beer.
M- medim to heavy body coats the mouth very nicely. Very hardy brew.
O-In my opinion this is a world class beer. Its complex, robust, interesting, balanced and I really could not ask for much more in a chocolate stout. The chocolate with the oak just works. Its my birthday today so I was able to pair this beer with a piece of chocolate cake and I dont think I will ever be able to eat chocolate cake again with out a bottle of chocolate yeti. I would highly recomend this pairing if you are going to drink this beer. This was my first beer from Great Divide so I cant wait to try some of their other offerings. Dont pass this one up if its on the chelf. Its a must try.
One more note: If you prefer chocolate, drink this beer cold. If you prefer a woody flavor let it warm a bit befor you drink it. The chocolate fades and the aged oak flavor gets more intense as it warms.
12-14-2012 03:03:02 | More by halfgermanhalfirish
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
Bottle from Distiller's Outlet, Poway, CA, bottled spring 2012 (aged 9 months)
a- dark, as expected. a touch thinner than the darkest imperial stouts. very little head, would have liked a bit more foam. less than a finger, nice dark taupe.
s- chocolate milk. lighter hop bill, so no hop presence. Malt is beneath the chocolate. alcohol is present, but not overbearing.
t- alcohol first, followed by chocolate. let it warm up to 55 for best taste. cayenne presence is felt after 3/4 of a glass.
m- not as creamy as other chocolate imperials. coats palate nicely.
o- my favorite version of Yeti, hands down. always worth having a few bottles around.
12-13-2012 20:02:08 | More by mrelizabeth
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.