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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 153
Gots: 525 | FT: 23
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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 etaggie09


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

appearance: pitch black, with an espresso head that has great staying power. very impressive lacing. leaves a great, 1/8" cap that doesn't go away.

nose: some choclatey, bourbon, and oaky notes. malty, espresso notes. whiskey soaked cherries. like sniffing a good mixture of a manhattan and a beer. very enjoyable.

taste: cherries, espresso, malt, pepperiness. quite balanced. there is plenty of cocoa to balance the espresso in this, but i was actually expecting a lot more sweetness out of this. more of a dark chocolate and refined, peppery take on an imperial stout. there is definitely a cayenne pepper finish to this thing that i am liking a lot. it cleans up the palate so that you aren't overwhelmed by the heaviness of this beer.

feel: a good mouthfeel should be almost an afterthought. you shouldnt have to question it when you are trying to figure out the flavors that are in the beer. i haven't given a single thought to mouthfeel since i started sipping this beer. it is moderately carbonated and not too thick. in short, it is perfect for an imperial stout. i can't think of an improvement to make on it because i dont' think the flavor delivery would be any better with another mouthfeel.

overall: a very enjoyable imperial stout. not the best i've ever tasted, but it certainly got the job done. nice chocolate and coffee notes made it a slightly different take on the style, but the cayenne pepper gets to be a little much towards the end of the bottle. Still I am happy to give some more props to the brewery that makes one of my favorite amercian beers, old ruffian.

08-27-2011 21:36:56 | More by etaggie09
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

650 ML bottle poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Dark black pour with muddy brown edges. Huge, billowing hot cocoa colored head. Excellent retention and a loose, but sticky lace.

S - Immediate smell is a bit boozy and reminds me a bit of rubbing alcohol. Although this subsides a bit as it sits it remains present. Otherwise, cocoa nibs, bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt fill out the nose.

T&M - Thick and rich with an overall excellent feel. The solvency present in the nose follows through to the tongue, and it's not entirely unpleasant; it actually adds a bit of contrast to the otherwise very smooth feel. Mild astringency makes one think of oak aging, but I think the woodsy taste is hidden by the booze. Nice balance of chocolate and breakfast roast coffee in the flavor with a mild bitterness.

O - Its strange that I find the boozy quality both to be a bit off putting and at the same time add some quality to the feel. Otherwise this is clearly a well crafted and tasty brew. I would happily revisit.

08-26-2011 01:49:58 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of Ungertaker


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

I have had this beer a few other times and finally decided to review it (my first review, so I hope I don't botch it).

I had this on tap at the Happy Gnome on August 23, 2011, served in a sniffer.

Appearance- Jet black, lacquer-like 
1/4" head, creamy/beige color

Smell- Chocolatey, nutty smell

Taste- Dark chocolate, cherries, slight boozieness, (not overpowering), a tinge of bitterness at the tail-end, much like eating a good dark chocolate truffle.

Mouthfeel- Heavy, smooth on the palate, carbonation remains throughout

Overall- This is a solid beer. The flavor is well-balanced with the chocolate not overpowering the other flavors.

08-23-2011 21:01:49 | More by Ungertaker
Photo of Fenris244


4.05/5  rDev -4%

poured into my duvel tulip

Pours a jet black with a 1 finger creamy orange head, good retention and lacing

very roastey in the aroma, bits or dark and milk chocolate as a faint char and some coffee. also a good bit of nutiness.

The oak char is immediately apparent, chocolate is pretty strong as well, on the finish the coffe comes through nicely with some roasted bitter notes.

Heavier in body, a little hot to me but still smooth

over all, nice stout would buy again

08-23-2011 02:59:58 | More by Fenris244
Photo of DCon


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $6.50. Tapped into a 16oz Snifter from the Black Tap Handle marked Choco Yeti.

Aroma- Very rich and complex from the beginning. Strong chocolate aroma (almost a fudge base) and is very clean. Can tell there are tons of malt and a burnt finish on the nose. Tremendous!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, off-white head that persists all the way through the drink. Nothing like it! Darkest brown body that can be possible and leaves tons of thick lace.

Flavor- Very rich and deep chocolate tastes all the way through. Quite a bit of roastiness through the drink and then ends with a hint of coffee. Has a nice alcohol warming that lingers around and sticks to the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, Moderate Carbonation, Chewy and More Viscous than anything I've ever had! Leaves an unsweetened chocolate taste on the palate and can still notice a roastiness.

Overall Impression- The top beer I've had this month so far! Awesome body to it, huge amounts of chocolate I've never had before in a beer and is intense all the way through the drink. When John said this was their best beer on-tap, he wasn't kidding! I recommend this even to the non-stout people out there even though it is very viscous. I passed this around a table of all Belgian White/Hefeweizen fans and they all were impressed with my beer!

08-22-2011 22:28:42 | More by DCon
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours black with a fairly developed tan head. Not too bad considering the wood and abv. Smells of rich dark chocolate with underlying notes of oak and lots of malt. Clean and slightly nutty as well. The taste is good, but slightly less creamy or intense than one would think after the aromas. A bit more oak appears on the finish, lending a spicy note, but otherwise the taste is just a slightly more muted version of the aroma. The beer does have a big mouthfeel, with the alcohol detectable, but there is also a late creaminess to mellow things out a bit. Certainly a solid beer.

08-21-2011 02:35:05 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter, shared with 3 friends.

Bottle Date: Apr 07, 2011

A- Pours a two finger dark brown head, minimal lacing, which is surprising, thinner body compared to the other Yeti’s.
S- The alcohol is more apparent in this version, cocoa nibs are present, oak, dark malts, slight pepper spice comes out after it warms up a bit.
T- I pick up a nice oak flavor, slight cocoa, coffee, can taste the spiciness in the finish, cayenne, not the best addition to this beer IMO, would of tasted much better without the cayenne, still pretty tasty.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy.
O- Although this was my least favorite of the five Yeti’s it was still enjoyable, would be a much better beer without the cayenne addition, but other than that not bad.

08-20-2011 05:56:36 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of Retsinis


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

I've had this beer a few times now, time to review.

Review from notes

A: Poured from the tap into a tulip glass. The beer pours black with a half inch of tan colored head, that settles to a light film resting on top, depositing fairly consistent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I immediately pick up Coco nibs, followed by scents of dark chocolate, espresso, and mild pepper.

T: Initial draw I get oak, chocolate, and then cayenne on the throat. The cayenne is a bit off putting for me. The roasted malt, choclate, and alcohol are blending beautifully, but that cayenne, ack.

M: Little heat, medium to light carbonation.

O: Good, might be better with some age. For me the cayenne was off putting. A straight coffee & chocolate RIS would be great w/out the pepper, so for me, I hope this element fades more. I like chili beers, say Habanero Sculpin, but not in this case, at least fresh. The rest of the elements in the beer are great.

08-18-2011 20:07:44 | More by Retsinis
Photo of jm1229


4.43/5  rDev +5%

22 oz bottle opened on 8/16 and poured into a Stone IRS tulip. Bottled 4/7/11. Served at 55 degrees.

A- Pours jet black with a one inch creamy mocha head. The head quickly recedes and leaves nice lacing along the sides.

S- Smells very similarly to the standard Oak Aged Yeti. Yes, this is a great thing. Chocolate (as the name would suggest) is the dominant force here followed by some toffee and vanilla notes. Coffee as well. Smells great.

T- Almost exactly as it smells. Really excellent. Chocolate, vanilla, toffee. A little spice, too. Great roasted coffee aftertaste. Really outstanding.

M- Perfect carbonation and feel. Nice and thick. Chewy. Coats the entire palate. How is this 9.5%? It's incredibly smooth and drinkable.

O- Really similar to the standard Oak Aged Yeti, but being the chocolate fan I am, this edges it out. It also seems a bit more balanced than the original OAY. Extremely tasty beer. Big fan.

08-17-2011 08:27:11 | More by jm1229
Photo of kojevergas


3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

1 pint 6 fl. oz brown glass bottle served into a pint glass (500ml) in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Brilliant beautiful tan colour head of amazingly appealing creamy lacing, near perfect thickness, and incredible retention - especially considering the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Chocolate and toffee dominate. Some cream comes through, but it's actually quite a moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate and toffee certainly dominate, accompanied by decent caramel and cream. No roast comes through. The oak aging does manifest, but a bit too strongly actually. Alcohol certainly comes through, unwelcome and upsetting. It's complex enough in terms of flavour, but the alcohol obstructs. Well built but a touch imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. I can't make up me mind as to whether or not it complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Tough to drink, even though it's one of me favourite styles. It's just so damn high in alcohol, and that alcohol comes through. It's got a high price tag. It's certainly a sipper, best paired with oysters or strong fish and chips. I do like it, but the drinkability is its lowest factor.

08-13-2011 08:01:42 | More by kojevergas
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks to Josh for sending this my way. This is absolutely beautiful. The head is large and mocha colored with great tiny bubbles. The body is of course pitch black, appearing rather thick.

The aroma is typical of an imperial stout, leaning heavily on the chocolatey aromas. There is a nice dose of vanilla in there as well, most likely from the oak chips.

The taste is heavy on the bitter cocoa. The cayenne adds a nice touch of heat in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety, which eases the drinkability of this large brew. This is an absolute highlight for me and few beers can compare to Yeti in this category.

This is a fantastic beer; one of my favorite stouts of all time.

08-11-2011 03:54:10 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours black as nice with a gorgeous dark brown small head which quickly recedes leaving sticky dark brown lacing, wowzers...

Aromas smell like Mexican hot chocolate. Literally it smells like a freshly baked dark chocolate brownie. As it warms I get more of the sweeter milk chocolate and a slight bite which could be from the alcohol but I am guessing it is the chile additions. The bite could also be from some kind of oak aging. Dark roasted coffee smells are also there in the background but very secondary to the initial aromas I listed.

The tastes begin exactly like the nose did with dark chocolate fudge brownie goodness. Desert beer to the max. Copious amounts of milk chocolate, light roasted espresso and once again a nice hint of spiciness, bordering smokiness. Oak emerges on the palate as it warms slightly, but definitely secondary to the dark bitter cocoa which really coats the mouth. Smoky astringency continues to emerge and becomes too potent for my liking as it warms and becomes a bit of a chore to finish.

The mouthfeel is super full bodied and crazy chewy. Not cloying or sweet like you would think a chocolate stout would be but really nice and dry more towards the Russian Imperial Stout roasted/coffee/espresso/slight smokiness. Super viscous and dark chocolate to the max, yet the finish is saved by a nice spice to keep it from being cloying.

Overall a good beer from Great Divide once again. A serious beer for sure, becomes really chewy and sticky on the palate as you work your weigh through the 22 oz bomber, much more so than the original Yeti or the Oak aged Yeti which I can "easily" consume 22 oz of. Still good and worth a try especially because it is readily available to most and at a reasonable price point.

08-10-2011 23:59:50 | More by claspada
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A: pours a foreboding shade of black with impressive viscosity. A torrent of chocolate colored head explodes upon pouring, only to settle to a delightful mocha head.

S: chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla are harmoniously composed in the nose, but a tad quite. It is subtle and delicate, but I was hoping for something louder.

T: the delicacy displayed in the nose is carried over into the flavor, but with a warmly welcomed turn of the volume knob. it is not enough to merely mention the flavors found, for that would he neglecting the manner in which they are presented. This beer develops beautifully on the palate, with robust espresso-ganache giving way to sweet creme brulee, only to conclude with a gentle waltz between spicy red pepper and more chocolate.

M: the body is thick, velvety, and soft; almost light a chocolate mousse.

D: this ranks among the best of the yeti expressions, as well as among the best stouts in the market. Absolutely stunning.

08-09-2011 00:21:14 | More by Avagadro
Photo of mfunk9786


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

This beer is great in the bottle, but a goddamn masterpiece on tap. One of my all-time favorite imperial stouts, and the best barbecue accompaniment imaginable in the beer world.

It pours with a wildly dark brown head and a notably thick body. The aroma doesn't give everything away about the taste, which is a sock in the jaw of chile pepper heat and dark chocolate, with some oaky sweetness tying everything together. The chile isn't overwhelming, but it is a great compliment to the chocolate flavor and the beer is helped along by its thick body and milkshake-ish mouthfeel. Better than a lot of extremely hyped, limited imperial stouts out there. Give me this and Ten FIDY and I'll be happy to leave the Dark Lord for you.

08-07-2011 02:21:49 | More by mfunk9786
Photo of ChanChan


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

From notes:
Bottled April 7, 2011. Consumed May 4th 2011.

Appearance: Simply stout black, the head is dark fluffy tan about two fingers high. The head stays for a good while.

Aroma: Dark Chocolate and a little booze.This beer smells wonderful!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, the cayanne pepper is present and it reminds me of a Mexican chocolate icecream.

Taaste: This tastes like a dark bakers chocolate dipped in booze. The alcohol and oak are very present in the initial taste. In addition, the alcohol and cayenne pepper are both felt on the finish. This beer is quite bitter more so than the other oak aged yetis.

Overall: This is a typical presentation of an imperial chocolate stout. Not recommended for a beginner. The espresso stout is much tamer. Nevertheless, this beer will pair well with cheesecake, homemade brownies, and yes candied bacon ice cream!

08-04-2011 06:10:11 | More by ChanChan
Photo of adam42381


4.05/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on April 19, 2011 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger bubbly dark tan head which settles nicely without dissipating completely. Nice lacing. Looks very thick. This is what I expect an Imperial Stout to look like.

Smell: Sweet chocolate, roasted malt and a very faint hint of pepper heat from the cayenne.

Taste: Roasted malt and black pepper up front followed by bittersweet chocolate in the middle before finishing with smoky oak and bitter hops at the finish. The aftertaste is a combination of smoke and bitterness with the sensation of heat from the cayenne peppers. Well-balanced flavor with the alcohol well-hidden.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Nice beer for a cold winter evening. It may be a bit spicy for some, but I like it. I'm going to have no problem finishing the bomber.

Overall: Very good beer overall. While the cayenne may not be everyone's cup of tea, I really liked that Great Divide was willing to try it. I would put this up there with the rest of the Yeti stouts. Definitely worth giving a shot.

08-02-2011 20:02:53 | More by adam42381
Photo of ncfranklin


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

22oz bottle dated 04/08/2010 into a tulip.

A: Pitch black, big brown lacing head... yup, this is Yeti.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted to burnt malt with a sugary and coffee hint. Complex nose, but the chocolate dominates.

T: Big sweet milk chocolate up front before a middle of burnt roast bite expected of the style. The finish goes slightly dry, with a very high dark chocolate tang.

M: Thick and chewy, but with a nice velvety texture to it.

D: It's hard to go wrong with any of the yeti. The year and a half in bottle did this one some good of making it more of a chocolate show than a roasted malt performance. Balanced, and delicious.

08-01-2011 20:25:14 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of MrDonQuixote


3.38/5  rDev -19.9%

Served at Great Divide Tap Room in 10 oz pour:

A- Dark oily black with an inch or so of chocolaty dark foam

S- Intense chocolate, oak and a slight malt aroma

T- Super intense taste, too heavy for my taste, chocolaty to the max, with a strong punch at the end

M- Very smooth, Great consistency

O- Great for its style, a little more intense then the regular yeti imperial stout, not super my taste, however I can definitely appreciate it

07-31-2011 20:56:52 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of azdback


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a large tulip glass. The pitch I used to roof the house last summer wasn't as black as this beer is. Two fingers of creamy, pitted, sticky, hot chocolate colored head topped this gorgeous brew. Lace looks as it's gonna stick, but doesn't stay quite to the end.

Smells like sweet milk chocolate. There are some charred wood and alcohol there as well. There is a hint of pepper, probably from the cayenne.

Taste isn't as sweet as the smell. This is full of char and roastyness with the spice sliding into home plate. Some alcohol warmyness is there but the taste is masked well by the spice. As I sip this there are some roasty coffee and chocolate flavors, but as quickly as they appear, they disappear behind the spice.

Mouth is quite prickly, like the Saguaros of the southern part of my great state. The roast really comes out at this point. My mouth is kind of wrecked by the roasts and bitterness. Nice carbonation and full bodied to the end.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I loved the pepper in this. If you don't like spiciness then you are probably not going to like this. But for those of us that love this in a brew, buy this at will!!

07-27-2011 07:00:04 | More by azdback
Photo of jgurley


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours coal black with a thick head that's as dark brown as I've ever seen. good retention and lace. Smell is of espresso and dark chocolate overlaying toasty roasted barley with slight metallic notes. Taste is roasted malt and bitter unsweetened cocoa up front. Chocolate and espresso on the middle. Maybe a note of milk chocolate as it heads toward a bitter finish. There is definitely a chocolate milky aftertaste. This beer gets much better as it breathes and warms. All evidence of the metallic notes are gone. A touch of heat in the throat. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering in the least. Light carbonation with a slick, milky mouth. Excellent. I wish I'd thought to pick up a cheesecake or key lime pie to accompany this. My overall is 4.5, but I'd put it closer to a 4.8. World class.
Edit: I looked in my kitchen for a sweet dessert to have with this most excellent brew. It warmed in my snifter as I spread an insanely thick layer of peanut butter on a slice of bread. Then a decadent layer of blackberry jam on another slice. Really good with the sweet, creamy sandwich. The cayenne comes alive as this beer warms. I will have this again soon with a nice creamy strawberry cheesecake.

07-21-2011 01:15:33 | More by jgurley
Photo of scottfrie


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Bottled 28 May 2010.

A: Pours black with a couple fingers of dense, dark brown head that faded into a thick film that left spots of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Roasted and woody smelling, almost like lightly burned firewood. I also get the oak, but the chocolate was lighter than I expected. What is there though is dark smelling and bitter.
T: Waaay more chocolate than the nose suggested (thankfully). There is still a roasted woody character, but the chocolate is dark, bitter, and dominating. Coffee is light but comes out just a tad in the finish, and the aftertaste has a note or two of vanilla.
M: This beer is thick and pretty bitter actually. Carbonation is soft enough but the mouthfeel has a bit of a bite to it. The alcohol isn’t hot, but even after sitting in the bottle for over a year it still has a warming quality.
O: A very enjoyable brew. I may like the original and the other variations better, but there is certainly nothing wrong with this. Recommended.

07-21-2011 00:23:46 | More by scottfrie
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a deep, deep mahogany with a two-finger, coffee brown head with a bit of reddish hue. Great head retention and lacing throughout. Aroma of roasted chocolate and a bit of hops... not too strong. Flavor begins with a nice roasted chocolate flavor, not too sweet or syrupy, but the coco is definitely present. Hints of oak before the hops and spice take over. The cayenne is very noticeable and works well to counterbalance the chocolate notes in the beer. Gives it a bit of a hot finish, but the chocolate is not done as it lingers well into the aftertaste.

07-20-2011 04:27:43 | More by uustal
Photo of yemenmocha


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Sexy black pour, tan head, and nose rich with dark chocolates and espresso. Wow, what an appetizing appearance and nose! Palate offers huge BITTER chocolate/darkchocolate, cocoa, espresso bitterness, and some detectable hops too in all of this rich, desert-like goodness. Finish is incredibly chocolate bitter. Wow, bitter oh boy, bitter.

07-19-2011 03:36:03 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of jonandhisflask


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a 22oz 09' vintage

A Deep black and syrupy pour,looked like spent motor oil to a thin molasses, gave a great 1 inch tan head.

S Smells of chocolate, roasted malts and hops

T Awesome! i get a interesting Spicey hop, roasted malts and alcohol, transitions over to amazing dark chocolates, smooth maltiness came out in this vintage again ending with some spice due to the cayenne. such an awesome Beer, The 2011 Was very Up front with all these flavors, i suggest letting a few sit for 1-2.

M very smooth, creamy like. i had to hold back from slamming it haha. thick body medium carbonation.

O such an amazing beer, im always on the search for this treat and its brother variations.
looking to cellar a few of each variety.

07-17-2011 01:12:46 | More by jonandhisflask
Photo of Sky2625


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a glass mug. (this review is from notes taken on 7/10/11).

A - Poured dark brown, with a thick syrupy body. 1.5-finger medium-to-large bubble head starts a rich brown color and slowly fizzles down to a 1/2-finger light caramel head with sticky lacing.

S - Very prominent cocoa/chocolate nose to start, with a dark-roasted malt finish.

T - A flash of vanilla at first, immediately followed by very mild well-balanced chocolate swarmed with oak and dark roast malt notes. Then the cayenne hits, first as a bit of zip, but then increases to a sharp burn over the chocolatey finish, ending in a slightly bitter after taste. With cayenne.

M - Creamy smooth, with a bit of hot cocoa texture. The texture isn't at all grainy or unpleasant...it's actualy pretty nice. There's also sharp burn from the cayenne.

D - A great creamy dessert beer, or perhaps a campfire or winter warmer beer. The amount of cayenne I encountered, though, was a bit much for me, throwing the flavor and experience a little out of balance. A bit less would have been perfect for me.

Incidentally, I love that food pairings are listed on the bottle.

07-14-2011 05:03:23 | More by Sky2625
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.