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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,330
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 149
Gots: 517 | FT: 23
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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-22-2012 15:44:05 | More by Hopstout
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a deep, rich black. The head is thick, foamy, creamy, and a very dark brown-cream color. It dissipates to a bubbly film with loads of lacing. The beer smells slightly alcoholic up front, but really it's masked by massive bitter chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and deep roasted malts. This beer tastes like a bitter chocolate dream. Rich roasted malts are a backdrop for all of the chocolate goodness here. A faint alcoholic burn, but it's very subtle. The mouthfeel is very smooth, balanced, and for 9.5% this beer goes down way too easy.

Overall, an exceptional, delicious beer that is worth the price. A great beer to sip and enjoy, and like I said, this goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:25:45 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of cmannes


4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-21-2012 22:34:21 | More by cmannes
Photo of MouseFx

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle 2012 vintage poured into snifter, enjoying with doughanson78.

A: Black as night. When poured appeared thick, black velvet, exellent lacing.

S: Pharmacy strength dark cocolate, oak like background, sweet, when swirled, realeses a smoky sweet smell, slight rasin

T: Pharmacy strenght chocolate taste, light on the alcohol, back of your tounge zing, velety feel, warm chocolate taste on the sides of tounge, very drinkale

M: Smooth feel, light carbonation, Full of flavor, an explosion of coffe like chocolate, warm feel

O: A excellent cocolate quality, I would say a dessert beer to be enjoyed by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:24:20 | More by MouseFx
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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to MouseFx for sharing this. 2012 vintage.

A: Super black. Motor oil. One and a half finger milk chocolate colored head with great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Oak is subtle but very nice. A touch light on the aroma but very appealing.

T: Huge bittersweet dark chocolate upfront. Big roastiness and a light hint of oak. Some touches of anise in the finish along with chocolates coming back. Some alcohol.

M: Full body. Medium carbonation. Light creaminess. Alcohol sting.

O: Very good. Maybe the best Yeti I've had. I love chocolate so maybe I'm biased. Need to do a Yeti side by side.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:12:58 | More by doughanson78
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-20-2012 07:03:16 | More by cheefdaddy1
Photo of denver10


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a big mocha head and nice lacing. Smells rich and sweet of melted dark chocolate and roasted malts and just a touch woody. Flavor matches the aroma quite well with the dark, bittersweet chocolate in the forefront, some roastiness there, some oak, and some alchohol showing itself as well. A nice full, creamy mouthfeel to this. Overall, not usually a chocolate stout fan but this one is a definite winnier. Best of the Yeti series that I have so far tried.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 04:10:29 | More by denver10
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-20-2012 01:15:38 | More by cantfindme
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-19-2012 01:38:33 | More by JRod1969
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-18-2012 22:57:24 | More by marine1975
Photo of jordanblaskey


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottle date: April 19th, 2011.

Pours a creamy deep black. Think Wesley Snipes. The head on this beer is gorgeous.

Smells very sweet. Malty. Chocolate. Maraschino cherries. Woody.

Unbelievably smooth. The front of the tongue is strikingly similar to a quad. The oak stands out heavily in this one, but it all works. The chocolate is prevalent throughout. Notes of soy sauce, cherries and very slight malt dance around the palate as well. If I try to find it, I get a small alcohol burn post-swallow. Also catch a bit of spice on the backend.

One of my favorite aspects of this brew is it's mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation combined with it's creaminess keeps your mouth in the game.

Glad I aged this for a year (okay, fine...364 days. Give me a break, I couldn't wait.). Wish I would of done a side-by-side pour with a fresh Choco Yeti, but this beer is good enough to remember next time I step back into the Yeti's playground.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 05:55:44 | More by jordanblaskey
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-17-2012 15:33:16 | More by SaneMan
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep deep ruby, basically black, cant see a bit of light through it. Huge mocha colored head. looks like decadence. Oddly hoppy nose with a good amount of oak. Minty, piney, slightly citric, with undertones of cocoa vanilla and tar. Strange strange nose.

Rich thick and creamy like other yetis but the flavor seems kind of off. Well blended flavors of big roasted malts dark bitter chocolate and minty and piney hops that resonate throughout the sip. For being aged the hops are still quite present and unfortunately don't play off the oak, dark chocolate, and malt all so well. The oak covers up some of the sweeter bits I was expecting more of out of the beer. Layered yet blended in an odd way. The lack of chocolate and the abundance of oak really throw the beer through a loop. It's not bad, but it is a strange sensation. More time to age may make this one of the best beers ever though letting some of the oak and hops mellow out letting some of that chocolate really shine through. Some burnt characteristics work well but overall the oak is the star rather than the chocolate. The hops work nicely though as a big bitter finish reminding you that this is a Russian Imperial Stout. I'll see how laying one down goes. Unfortunately this yeti didn't meet the standard 5 star rating. Still very good as a standard RIS though.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:11:40 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Holland


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

A: thick brown head on a thick black body and nice lacing gives this beer an amazing appearance.

S: chocolate, roasted malt, huge tobacco smell, and bittering hops.

T: bitter, tobacco, roasted malt (but not smokey at all), and some smooth chocolate again. Great combination.

M: heavy body with medium carbonation.

O: not quite my style of stout, but it's delicious still. Tobacco is rampant in this with the mixture of the hops and roasted malts. Would be a fantastic beer for a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 02:28:12 | More by Holland
Photo of losdizzel


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

Another Yeti creation .
date on this bottle is 03-28-2012 pretty fresh for me .
Looks good and very very dark. Clings to the glass very well .
Crazy thick tho .
Smell sweet and sour, prunes almost cherry like well balanced .
Taste is thick and heavy, sweet ,finishes dry kinda spicy sorta crazy for me but a very nice beer .

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 02:23:42 | More by losdizzel
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-15-2012 03:04:33 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


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

22oz poured into a snifter

A: Pours "Yeti.". Yeah, Yetis are sexy. Black, great brown head. Great retention, ya know, Yeti.

S: Overwhelming oak and milk chocolate with some dark chocolate and roast in the background. While quite complex, oak is way, way strong like all the oak Yetis.

T: Again very strong oak, but this time bitter hoppiness, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate are all strong. They work very well together to create a nice flavor. Could use a bit more sweetness, though.

M: On the thick side with low but nice carbonation.

O: A bit heavy on the oak, but a great balance of sweet milk chocolate, oak, bitter dark chocolate, and roastiness. I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:11:54 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of beergod1


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 light booze. There’s a bit of vanilla there as well as a slight bit of oak. The flavor is really chocolate forward, with a tiny oak presence, though that makes its way known more in the mouth feel. Really full body. A bit heavy viscous and oily. 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, but it's interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:52:02 | More by beergod1
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

one of my favorites in the yeti series. this one pours very thick and oil colored, with a wild lacey mocha colored head that has good retention. smells like an imperial stout, strong and roasty to burnt. the chocolate doesnt make a huge appearance in the nose, but there is some subtle bittersweetness there. flavor has an almost hersey's syrup chocolate flavor to it, which is reduced in potency by the oak flavors that come into play. it ends up tasting quite nice, but its not as chocolately as i would have expected. all the robust flavors of the yeti remain intact. mouthfeel is nice, but this is a sipper and a bomber to share. huge body and alcohol burn remind you that its a monster. overall an excellent beer, and one to be enjoyed with close friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 17:52:45 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Scotchboy


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

22oz bomber shared by my brother and poured into my new Jackie O's tulip.

A: Opaque and ominous, dense fingers worth of mocha head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Woody & salty malts, this is definitely a Yeti...chocolate, immense roasted barley, hints of coffee, caramel, and oak.

T: Roasted malt, coffee bitterness, herbal hop notes, dark chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, toffee, lots of dark malty notes.

MF: Roasty dryness and bitterness, moderate to full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O: This Yeti is good but the base beer just isn't my favorite...still a nice stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 14:07:11 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of 4balance

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with a 2" tan head in a Duvel Tulip bottled date of March 28, 2012. Good lacing throughout.

Smells like smokey oak barrels, dark rich chocolate, roasted malts and some spice.

Tastes follow the smell, smokey oak up front (made me think of a house fire) with smooth dark chocolate up front, roasted malt, spicy cayenne to finish and hides the alcohol so very well. It's like a chocolate milk shake with vanilla, smoked oak and cayenne which lingers.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel that coats the mouth long after drinking.

Overall this is so good, little much on the cayenne but a great balance nonetheless. Will definitely drink again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:21:14 | More by 4balance
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-08-2012 05:44:20 | More by radlleb
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-07-2012 01:22:55 | More by Morey
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-07-2012 00:55:50 | More by Lantern
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-06-2012 01:27:13 | More by crobinso
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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