Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,541
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 172
Gots: 557 | FT: 22
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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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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glass: Over sized wine glass

Appearance: Dark black, opaque, even darker than the original Yeti Imperial stout. A mocha colored head that doesn't retain.

Smell: Vanilla Ice cream (only present when you swirl) strong alcohol aroma.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, cayenne pepper. The alcohol and cayenne pepper combine for an exquisite yet sharp spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a thick creamy texture, nice subtle carbonation. Warming from the alcohol and peppers.

Amazingly delicious and complex stout. This beer is really fantastic and is a perfect example of why I like to try as many beers as I can, because every now and then you stumble onto something special like this.

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4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. silver foiled bottle dated 03/28/12 into a Great Divide Brewing Company "Yeti" branded snifter

Pours pitch black capped by a medium brown two and half finger fluffy head. Exceptional retention and bunches of splotchy lacing. Big, robust roasted malt, dark chocolate, charred oak, and chewy dark fruit on the nose. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, juicy black cherries, prunes, big toasty vanilla oak accents, and roasted chocolate malt. Finishes with more charred oak, cocoa powder, warming alcohol and just a touch of cayenne pepper spice that tickles the tongue. Huge full body, that is abundantly creamy and silky. Low to moderate carbonation. As far as imperial stouts that utilize cocoa nibs, this is one of the very best. Incredibly balanced between the roastiness and bitterness of the base beer, the sweet cocoa, the oak accents and the perfect amount of cayenne. This beer is a very complex masterpiece.

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3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml brown bottle with a foiled cap. Bottled on date of 3/28/12 on the label, making this beer about 10 months old.

The beer poured a dark briwn color with a light brown head that took up half the glass. Despite the huge head it didn't leave much lacing.

Nice aroma of cocoa, vanilla, and oak.

Bittersweet dark chocolate flavor from the use of cocoa nibs with bitter being the operative word. The vanilla and oak found in the nose are also noticeable, as is the pinch of cayenne pepper which adds a spicy kick that is especially noticeable in the aftertaste. Alcohol is also present. I would have preferred a sweeter chocolate and less bitterness, but it is what it is.

Smooth and creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and lingering alcohol.

Too bitter for my liking, but most others seem to like it, so decide for yourself.

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

On tap at the Oak cafe - 2010 vintage. Pours a black super-nova color with a luscious and creamy looking deep-tan head comprises of bubbles so fine you can barely make them out. Good staying power and retention, though the lacing was minimal overall.

The aroma creeps out before you even bring this one to your nose. A deep, chocolate aroma hits your nostrils first - a sinister hybrid of sweet milky chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. An oaky, wood chips sweetness follows it up and keeps things leveled out. This one simply smells rich and robust, like a triple chocolate lava cake meltdown served on a burnt oak platter.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti hits the palate smooth and silky, thick, but not to the point of being chewy or sludgy, although it surly can hold its own. The canvas is constructed of heavy oak flavors and even some bourbon notes. I don't know if the barrels this was aged in previously held bourbon or not, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that out. Succeeding sips reveal an even more deep and dense chocolate flavor than the aroma would lead on - like a bittersweet, rich Devil's food cake or a melted Godiva chocolate bar.

As sweet as it sounds, it's never cloying, as the sugary explosion is held in check by the bitter side of the chocolate, as well as the robust and borderline-bitter nutty and dark chocolate aftertaste. Notes of char reside at certain places but don't take up too much of the bill. As the beer got warmer, a certain spice flickered up, almost herbal and ashy. Apparently it's chili powder? I wouldn't have guessed that - it almost could pass as an intensely dry hop profile. Not distracting, just slightly unexpected. Great carbonation, then again, it was from a tap.

Wow, I'm glad I finally got to try this one. On tap, nonetheless. And the 2010 version. Good night for me, I suppose. I think I prefer the Espresso counterpart to the Yeti series over this one, although it's been a while since I've had it. This one was no slouch, however. I have a feeling the entire Yeti series is worthwhile. Now I must seek out the rest.

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,541 ratings.