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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 144
Gots: 501 | 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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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black into my snifter with about a finger of brown head, retention is moderate but lacing is sticky.

S - Tons of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and oak, espresso, molasses, spice, and just a touch of hops.

T - Similar to the nose with dark roasted malts, lots of chocolate and spice for that matter, perhaps due to the cayenne and how fresh it is. Vanilla and oak are present as well as espresso and molasses. Not too much heat as far as ABV goes, but the spicy cayenne certainly lingers on the palate.

M - Full bodied, really thick and chewy, really coats the mouth and lingers on the palate.

O - I really don't know how anybody could not love the Yeti series. These are just great beers and wonderful variations.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:49:32 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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d4114

California

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

April 28 2011-

This was a great stout. Pitch black with a dark brown head. Got a lot of mocha and chardness on smell didn't get much oak or vanilla though. taste is of dark chocolate, dark malt, woodiness, and some vanilla at the back which really made it smooth. Really easy drinker for 9.5% and such a complex flavor, I could drink a couple of these and not be sick of it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 00:39:50 | More by d4114
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Majestic Liquor, in Dallas. Pours as thick and black as motor oil with a creamy, caramel-colored one finger head with great lacing and decent retention. Roasted malt and dark chocolate dominate the awesome nose with hints of vanilla, oak, burnt espresso, and alcohol. The taste is much the same. Roasty malt, dark chocolate, vanilla from the oak, and an awesome bite from the cayenne. It doesn't get much better! I'm a huge fan of chocolate and hot peppers so this is right up my alley. Had no idea when I bought it that it had the cayenne pepper in it. Although lots of reviewers have criticized it, I find it a welcome and unique twist. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a nice bitter finish. The cayenne is subtle at first, but really stands out as it warms. A very surprising and unique beer that I will definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 22:36:00 | More by beerdrifter
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its viscous jet black body doesn't allow any light through. Just under two finger's of rich and frothy chocolate milk brown head makes for the crowning feature of this fantastic looking RIS.

Heavily roasted barley get a nice kick of spice from what I'm assuming to be the cayenne peppers. The sweetness of the gooey dark chocolate is furthered by creamy vanilla notes coming from the oak aging. I get a bit of oak as well with more of a charred edge. Ripened plums sprinkled with brown sugar give me the dark fruit fix I love in RIS's.

The spicy cayenne pepper kicks the back of the palate almost immediately and does well at accentuating the dry, roasty, and charred characteristics of the beer. The more sips I take, the more prominent the spiciness becomes. Sadly, this feature takes away from the sweeter side of this beer. Perfectly sweet dark chocolate glides across the tongue and almost glides under the radar. Dark fruits and brown sugar are left at the tip of the tongue but take some concentration to pick up with the spiciness fighting for all of the attention.

Full bodied, silky, and decadent with an incredibly dry finish. Decently balanced but how much say the peppers have in the taste could have been lessened. Not a trace of the 9.5% ABV.

This is a wonderful, luscious, and full flavoured RIS that could have been so much more had the cayenne peppers been toned down. I do like how they further the roasty and dry characteristics of the beer but it becomes a bit too much as I continue sipping it. Although it is detectable, the chocolatey sweetness struggles to take center stage throughout with the spiciness demanding attention almost from start to finish. This is still a great RIS nonetheless and I would love to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 23:07:18 | More by ludachris
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – The darkest beer I have ever poured. Vigorous pour results in a 2 finger dark brown head that quickly went down to a thin layer, but leaves decent lacing. Minimal carbonation. 3.5
S – Roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, and slight vanilla 4
T – Smokey oak charges to the front, dark chocolate, malts and vanilla not far behind. I'd say the cayenne is slightly overdone, but that isn't quite right... a work in progress IMO. 3.5
M – Chocolate milk smooth and silky, moderately heavy with a enough carbonation to offset the full body. 4
O – A very interesting beer, but I'm not fond enough of it to seek this $10 bomber out again. And yet makes me want to try the espresso yeti. Drinkability is taken back by all the character in this beer, a very slow sipping brew for me. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 22:30:49 | More by rsdaugherty
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a deep black with a layer of fluffy browned head, patchy lacing and film littered across the glass. Really nice retention as well.

Heavy bittersweet dark chocolate with truffle and hops, roasted malt caramel and soft alcohol.

Hops with tempered sweetness, milky dark chocolate. Fudge and cocoa with molasses. Roasted dark malts with rich flavor, finishes strong, dry, and boozy.

Full body, decent carbonation, silky smooth and really pleasurable on the palate. Drinks fantastic, a bit sweet but if you like chocolate, it's tough to miss here.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 21:41:16 | More by xnicknj
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ghetto90007

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Pours pitch black. I can't imagine it being any darker. Dark brown head - a finger or two thick.

Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of oak.

Spectacular roasted malt, chocolatey sweetness. Has a really rich character. Hints of some spice, like maybe cayenne.

Full bodied, but the carbonation is enough to provide some buoyancy to this brew.

Enjoyable and drinkable offering from Great Divide. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 21:13:35 | More by ghetto90007
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at ? (possibly Pinocchio's, Media, PA)

Poured opaque black with a nice finger of tan head that receded to a tiny film. Roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma mostly. Very roasty malts on the tongue, with dark chocolate and some bitter coffee, vanilla and oak in the background. Alcohol is moderately noticeable and there's a slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, and very drinkable as a session ender.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 14:18:58 | More by Rifugium
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, bottled on April 7, 2011 and allowed to warm some before being poured into my Southampton snifter.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti pours an impenetrable black. About two fingers of caramel head come together to top the beer, which seems to be a lot for this glass. Retention is good, the last bit of foam never quite fades, but lacing is underdeveloped. The nose is a bit straightforward, gobs of milk chocolate with a hint of roasted grain. A lack of complexity can at least in part be made up for by potency, but the aroma isn't anywhere near pungent enough to pull that off. Once the beer warms though, a bit of the cayenne pepper becomes a welcome addition. The rich chocolaty flavors almost completely override the bitter roasted grain on my palate. Oak aging is barely appreciable, aside from maybe some vanilla contributing to the milk chocolate notes. Due to the initially muted aroma, I had forgotten about the cayenne added to the beer, but it's present from the start. It's barely noticeable up front, but slowly builds to a fairly peppery close. The heat is a bit intense at first, but as the beer finishes warming the rich milk chocolate extinguishes some of the burn and the cayenne settles down to a perfectly mild complementary note. I'd say the first half of the bottle rates about a 3.5 for taste and the second a 4.5, just from the variation in prominence of the cayenne, and so the beer as a whole ends up in the middle. The body, while creamy and smooth, is not as rich as I might have expected. That may be for the better though, as it seems the carbonation struggles at times to cut through the beer's maltiness. The end result though is a mouthfeel that's decent, but not as decadent as I might have anticipated. Overall Chocoloate Oak Aged Yeti was a solidly enjoyable drinking experience, especially once I got to the second half of the bottle. Between this and Hunahpu's, chillies are becoming one of my favorite additions to a stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 04:59:08 | More by axeman9182
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dsocaciu

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bottle poured into a wine glass (provided by the restaurant)

A: Jet black, with a tan head which doesn't last too long

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate

M: Fairly smooth and creamy

T: Dark chocolate in the front, followed by a bitter finish

O: I had this beer with a meal and it was complementary to the appetizer and entree. While I appreciate the addition it made to the meal experience, I certainly wouldn't continue to drink it post meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 16:26:46 | More by dsocaciu
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output01x

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottled On 3/31/11) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2-finger mocha-colored head that rests atop a nearly perfect black body with no traces of color when held to light. The head recedes after a few minutes to a thick and clumpy coating along and nicely uniform foam ring. Amazingly thick lacing defies gravity and grabs hold of all sides of the glass.

Dark chocolate and milk chocolate aromas combine with roasted malts to create a delicious nose. Notes of toasted nuts and mocha are also detected.

Bitter dark chocolate collides with dark malts to create a somewhat complex and indulgent flavor profile. An interesting roasted nut flavor coincides with the chocolate to add another layer. A faint alcohol warmth creeps in at the back of the throat as this beer warms. Unfortunately, the flavors are rather simplistic, even though the flavors ard both delicious and bold.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. It is creamy but not sticky with decent mouth-coating.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 06:02:04 | More by output01x
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into an Inland Empire Brewery pint glass. Bottle dated March 24th 2011..

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head. Head retention is only decent at best, but there is alot of sticky lacing that coats the glass. Nice...

S - Chocolate, coffee, some roastiness, and a small hop scent...

T - Wow, this one is pretty roasty. Lots of dark roasted malts, some coffee, dark chocolate, and a very miniscule hint of vanilla. Ends with an earthly hop finish, some lingering dark chocolate, and a little oak. Not a big fan of the hop presence in the finish, but after all, this is a Yeti. Was expecting it. Don't pick up much on the cayenne. Maybe a little in the finish, but nothing to noticeable. Abv is well hidden...

M - Nice and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Decent brew, but nothing I will go out of my way to obtain. Kinda how I feel about the Yeti series as a whole; just decent. Nothing above and beyond. Worth a try, but not something I would recommend...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 04:20:43 | More by comfortablynumb1
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 4/8/2010, purchased in Atlanta during the Christmas holiday.

Pours black with a significant medium deep brown head. Good head retention creates some lacing.

Smell is faint but consists of roasted malts, slightly sweet chocolate, and a little oak and vanilla.

Upfront taste is roasty with a little cocoa. Similar to the Espresso Yeti, the featured flavored becomes more present from middle to end with the finish tasting heavily of semi-sweet chocolate. Finish is a little peppery and oaky too.

Full bodied and creamy with little carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

This is by far the most chocolate-bar like beer I've ever had. Very chocolaty with a unique sweetness that seperates this beer from other stouts heavy on baking chocolate bitterness while also not similar to a milk stout. That said, it is good but nothing amazing.

1/29/2011

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:02:09 | More by sidetracked
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at yogis a deep dark chocolate black to a 12oz goblet with a foamy, small bubbled, dark mocha head with nice retention leaving lace to the rim.

aroma of thick, dark, creamy chocolate, a bit of espresso and vanilla in the wayback.

dark, semi-sweet baking chocolate up front, followed by creamy, sweet espresso roast and a wee bit of smoke.

big bodied, smooth and creamy, subtle coffee bitter, medium carbonation.

drinkable - one or perhaps two.

overall - great RIS, looks great, tastes better.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:14:45 | More by robwestcott
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours how you expect it to: pitch black. A dark khaki head of about two fingers sits on top of this pour. It sticks around for quite a few minutes, though it doesn't lace on this glass that well.

The nose starts off heavy with chocolate malt. Not a lot of roast character here, instead just a lot of straight-up dark malts. This is brewed with cocoa nibs and all, but it doesn't smell much like actual chocolate. Not that it needs to. I get a bit of brown sugar towards the back end of the aroma, and the cayenne pepper is actually perceptible.

This beer tastes even better than it smells. The actual dark chocolate component comes out, and it predictably works quite well with the abundance of chocolate malt flavors. The cayenne pepper begins as nothing more than a tingling sensation on the finish. As the beer warms though, the actual flavor of the pepper starts to emerge. It's never anything assertive, but it adds the extra layer of complexity that, for me, the standard Yeti lacks.

You want thickness? You got it. This iteration of Yeti boasts a sizable, er, size. I find it a touch overcarbonated on-tap, however. Overall, this beer is on par for me with the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. Both editions are an improvement for me over the disjointed, too hoppy, standard version of Yeti. Don't hesitate to try this beer if you see it at a bar or store shelf near you.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 04:33:29 | More by Reaper16
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Dan3279

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure if this was available in Ohio and I came across it today while I was strolling through Whole Foods. I jumped on it right away because its been a beer that I really have wanted to try.

When I bought the bottle at the store they had it in a refridgerated case and I put it in the fridge when I got home. I openend it several hours later and I realized that I should have kept it out of the fridge when I got home. I took my time sipping and enjoying the beer and the flavors really came out as the beer warmed up.

The appearance was dark as night with a tan colored head that left a small amount of sticky lacing around my pint glass.

The smell was great, dark chocolate, coffee and toasted malts.

Like I said earlier I enjoyed the beer more as it warmed up and the flavors really started to come out. You definalty notice the dark chocolate, coffee and malts from the aroma. At the same time pick up on the oak flavors and at the end you also notice the cayenne peppers.

The mouthfeel was good, the body was a tad on the heavy side but still very enjoyable. The carbination and alcohol are masked very well but the pepper does stick out. This is a fresh bottle being bottled six weeks ago. If I had a bottle to sit on for a year I'm sure it would be much more mellow and not as hot.

Overall this is a great beer, and glad I got the chance to enjoy it. I would love to get a bottle or two to sit on and see how the flavors blend together.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:36:00 | More by Dan3279
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KevinBrewer

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed one month after 'bottled on' date.

A- Inky black with hints of reddish brown around the edges when held up to direct light. Big thick brown head with moderate retention and nice lacing.

N- Nice earthy aromas of oak and grass on top of rich chocolate and vanilla, with a hint of booze pleasantly tingling the nostrils.

T- Wow. The cayenne is the first thing I notice. Being so fresh, it's tasting really spicy right now, which I'm loving. This beer has great aging potential though. Definitely going to pick up six or so for the cellar. The sweetness of the chocolate helps to check the heat, but the heat still wins. Also some roasted malt, coffee and vanilla-tinged oak underneath all that fire. Extra long spicy finish that tingles nicely in the throat.

M- Medium to full bodied, very thick and chewy. Moderate to low carbonation.

D- Overall, the beer is a little unbalanced with cayenne, but that's acceptable given it was bottled only one month ago. Seriously, your lips burn after a bomber. Get a few of these for the cellar because it is going to be phenomenal once the heat dies down and the flavors blend together with time.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 04:24:13 | More by KevinBrewer
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jpro

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Oak Barrel Tavern...

A: Serves up a dark, opaque, black; the thick and frothy mocha head leaves some substantial sheets of lace.

S: Oaky charred malts; a hint of alcohol; not much chocolate on the nose - just a ton of roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate; some near acrid roasty malts; super roasty; oak tannins; a big, earthy hop bite on the oaky finish.

M: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation; nothing too wild here.

O: A doozy sipper - that’s for sure. Good stuff, and hard to tell its 9.5% from the taste. This one’s a bit too oaky for me - I prefer the regular Yeti.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 02:24:28 | More by jpro
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This was one of the best looking pours of stout I can recall. I'm usually not much for appearance ratings to begin with, but this thing looked gorgeous - thick, ruddy brown head that stood 1" tall on a 3" pour in my tulip glass. The head remained for at least 5 minutes after the pour.

S: Cocoa powder, chocolate scratch-n-sniff stickers, and smores. Some serious sweetness underlying the chocolatey scents.

T: Tastes better than the scent, which is quite a compliment. It was a wonderful blend of chocolate and coffee flavors with an oaky presence in the background. Bittersweet and milk chocolate flavors (and hints of chocolate milk as well) are really the dominant flavors overall.

M: Good body. It's not nearly as thick or viscous as something like BORIS or even BCS. However, given the amount of head it had, it's not overly bubbly either. Nicely done.

O: This is a wonderful beer that I might actually like as much or more than Sexual Chocolate (gasp). Probably my overall favorite chocolate stout, and is worlds ahead of Southern Tier's offering. Glad I had a whole bomber to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:48:34 | More by jnn4v
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Bottled on April 6, 2011.

Appearance: Pitch black with huge brown head and pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Also, quite floral and spicy.

Taste: Fantastic malts upfront with bitter chocolate, molasses, vanilla and char all intertwined. Finish is more bitter and spicy, with hops, cayenne and a roasted bite. The cayenne becomes a little distracting.

Feel: Luxurious full body with low carbonation. Finish is quite dry and somewhat warming. There is also a burning sensation from the cayenne that, in my opinion, is a serious problem. I might like that feeling from spicy food, but not from what should be an extremely smooth Stout.

Overall: I like that Great Divide really tweaked the Yeti recipe for this one, by adding oak chips, cocoa nibs and cayenne, while lowering the hops. However, while I admire the ambition, the cayenne ultimately prevents this from being a world class Imperial Stout for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:25:48 | More by bsp77
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Super dark chocolate color w/ an almost perfect two finger chocolate head. This looks like one serious beer! Lacing is great on this one. Close to a 5, just not quite- still... an impressive beer.

S- Oak, Hops, chocolate, coffee, malt. Nice smelling beer. If I had one critique, I'd like it to be a little smoother smelling. The balance seems to lean on the oak and chocolate side for sure.

T- Wow. This beer is really nice. You definitely get the oak, chocolate, and malt in the taste. There's also a burn- like a chile burn on the backside and aftertaste. That's the only thing that keeps this from being a 4.5. Definitely a complex beer, and while this isn't my favorite Yeti... it's a good one. A sipper at 9.5%....

M- The overwhelming feel is that chilie burn. It's smooth for the first few seconds, then boom! That burn kicks in. Not a big fan of that. I'd like more velvety richness in the feel. This is the weakest part of this beer for sure.

O- A good beer, but not world class, and not my favorite Yeti. Still, this one is worth picking up if you like the style. Glad I got to try it...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:58:58 | More by jayhawk73
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle in wine glass. Bottled on by 3/24/2011

A - Beautiful. Pours a pitch black with a finger of gorgeous dark brown head. Exceptional head retention. Great lacing. The head on this is insanely impressive for an imperial stout at 9.5%.

S - Chocolate by the bucket full, oaky char aroma, glorious roasted malt and plently of coffee bitterness.

T - Up front some coffee bitterness and a touch of alcohol heat. Leads into a beautiful roasted malt display and a perfect chocolate malt finish. An oaky character is present throughout. The spiciness from the cayenne (all in the finish) is clearly evident and I feel is detrimental to the overall experience, as it presents itself as too similar to alcohol heat, convincing my mouth that the booze is poorly hidden, when it isn't. I prefer the standard Yeti and other variants, almost entirely due to the cayenne kick.

M - Creamy and full bodied, with considerable alcohol heat. Wonderful. The feel is a bit different from regular Yeti, with a bit more hotness that detracts from the experience. Something of an oily feel, presumably from the pepper.

O - Overall this is a brilliant beer, but perhaps a step below the standard Oak Aged Yeti. The chocolate is wonderful, but it drowns out some of the other flavors a little, resulting in a somewhat less balanced beer. A touch too hot, due to the inclusion of the cayenne. While the cayenne is a big detractor, I still find this beer just as irresistible as every other version of Yeti. A fascinating take on one of my all-time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 04:16:01 | More by greenmonstah
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daveytheformer

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

into a snifter

Pours black with a thick mocha tan head that fades to some moderate lacing.

Smells like roasted malt and cocoa mostly. A little coffee and oak as well.

Tastes like bitter dark chocolate. Nice roastiness from the malt. Some hop bitterness at the end and it seems like the cayenne blends right in with the alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall is a god beer but I'm not sure I'll buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 22:24:35 | More by daveytheformer
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AnPiobaire

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am enjoying this bottle of stout after returning home from bringing the wife and kids to a Yankees game. After walking 8 blocks through the south Bronx with my family this tasting is an out and out entitlement and I forewarn you that these results may be skewed.

That being said this Imperial Stout poured into a goblet with an inky blackness its unbarrelled brother did not. It had a rich cocoa colored head that dissipated somewhat but stuck around with some nice lacing.

The nose is fully loaded and funky, and when I say funk I mean George Clinton Bring Da Funk goodness. Notes of oak, leather, tobacco, coffee and chocolate abound.

This is one of those stouts that dance on the taste buds in the back of the tongue and throat. The oak shines through with bakers chocolate and coffee notes. All in all very nice.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy and has more carbonation then I anticipated but that does not detract from the goodness.

Overall this is a very nice addition to the Yeti lineup and I would certainly recommend it to anyone that enjoys these Imperial Stouts, you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:41:41 | More by AnPiobaire
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MaxSpang

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter...

APPEARANCE

This guy is as dark at the pupil in Yeti's eye. 2-3 finger dark-brown head with pretty good retention.

SMELL

Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt. There was a good amount of coffee, as well as black pepper, and just a hint of some hop presence. The cayenne pepper wasn't too prevalent in the nose.

TASTE

There was a big amount of - you guessed it, dark CHOCOLATE. It had a good roasted malt character. There was a slight coffee flavor, as well as a slight smokey flavor. Very little booziness, but it was masked well. It had a little bit of that black pepper taste. The cayenne pepper comes out at the end, and I found it to be quite pleasant after the big amount of sweetness this beer has to offer.

MOUTHFEEL

This is pretty thick - not as thick as other Imperial Stouts, but still very thick. It had a nice warming character from the alcohol, and it that little kick from the cayenne pepper. This beer is definitely a sipper.

OVERALL

A good beer, and a very interesting take on chocolate imperial stouts. I must say, I was more than a little worried when I found out that there was cayenne pepper in this beer, but it's pretty subtle compared to the other flavors in the beer. I now know why they don't advertise this as "Chocolate-Cayenne Oak Aged Yeti" - because I think it would be a turn-off for a lot of people, especially considering the cayenne is just a small percentage of the overall flavor. I'd definitely drink this again!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 23:05:14 | More by MaxSpang
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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