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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,416
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 161
Gots: 533 | FT: 21
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 SawDog505
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass, bottled on 3/29/12. Pours a slick pitch black with a 3 inch mocha head, plenty of webby lacing. Smell is loads of roasted dark chocolate, some coffee, molasses, and vanilla. Taste is huge roasted dark chocolate and it lingers, some may say one dimensional, but I think it is crazy good, like every other Yeti I have had. Body is large, kind of dry, plenty of life, and oh it goes down easy. I have been saying it for too long, but if I could have only one Brewery make stouts it would probably be Great Divide or maybe Founders, top notch again.

SawDog505, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Porterfanatic
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chilled glass.

Pours deep, dark black with a very small but robust tan head that laces beautifully.

Smells of chocolate, slight vanilla from the oak aging, and a roasty malty smell.

taste of sweet chocolate, smooth woodsy notes and a fantastic malt and roast coffee to back it all up. No discernible alcohol, or hops... oh, and the slight pepper bite at the end is AMAZING.

mouthfeel is great, almost dead on. Thick, creamy and refreshing.

Overall a FANTASTIC stout with an interesting pepper blast on the back of your tongue.

Porterfanatic, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of switzer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

switzer, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Swim424
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Swim424, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -5.2%

smutty33, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of SteinTilter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SteinTilter, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black/mild shade of deep brown body,
finger tan head, delightful lacing

S: big dark chocolate aroma, hint of vanilla,
roasted oak, solid malt

T: chocolate, vanilla bean, nutty/caramel,
light bitter roasted/oak malt finish

M: heavy/smooth/chewy mouth

O: POW! Another mighty fine GD offering.
I love their bombers and especially Stout series.
Will get again and recommend to others.

DELICIOUS, TREAT YOURSELF!

BeerLover99, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Kirby
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Kirby, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of DavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DavyJones, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured boss. 22 oz. bomber into 22 oz. Founders CBS snifter. Man pour.

Pours a jet black with a beautiful mocha crown that's 2-3 fingers. Left a few ounces in the bottle. The nose is a BEAUTIFUL dark chocolate scent. A tad of sweetness makes it like...a liquid Special Dark. There's some lovely vanilla roasted in. Great nose. The taste is roasty, but the sweetness tempers it considerably. I hate the burnt taste of a stout that's roasty and nothing more. However, the chocolate really shapes this up nicely. The mouthfeel is thick, rich, and smooth. Straight butter. The finish is bitter, even a bit hoppy. The aftertaste lingers for a considerable period of time. Overall...this is right up there with the Espresso Yeti as my favorite of the Yeti's...and represents one of the finer stouts out there in general. Very nice.

Retail1LO, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Hopstout, Apr 22, 2012
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.

JuicesFlowing, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev -5.2%

cmannes, Apr 21, 2012
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.

MouseFx, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of doughanson78
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.

doughanson78, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of cheefdaddy1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

cheefdaddy1, Apr 20, 2012
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.

denver10, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cantfindme, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JRod1969, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -5.2%

marine1975, Apr 18, 2012
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.

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

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

T:
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.

M:
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.

O:
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.

jordanblaskey, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of SaneMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SaneMan, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
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.

jtierney89, Apr 17, 2012
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.

Holland, Apr 17, 2012
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,416 ratings.