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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 144
Gots: 496 | 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 Gushue3


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark black with brown mocha head

S-chocolate and boost smell. Roasty.

T- chocolate. Not overwhelming though. Slight booze kick with cocoa and roasty wood. Pretty awesome taste

M- Very smooth. Goes down smooth and feels good

D-definately want more. Well balanced, smooth, excellet.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:48:55 | More by Gushue3
Photo of CaptainTripps


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: A very dark brown in color - almost black. Poured a gorgeous dark tan head, about 2 fingers worth. Very attractive looking beer.

S: Big oak and chocolate aromas pour out of this beer when put into the glass. Roasted malts and barley are present along with some earthly hop character. Little bit of vanilla coming through as well.

T: Multiple waves of flavor hit your palate upon your first sip. Following the nose brilliantly, Big chocolate and oak flavors blast their way through followed by the roasted malt and barley combo. Some molasses and slight spice coming through.

M: A very thick milkshakey beer. Very very smooth that coats the palate nicely. Alcohol very well hidden and complements the flavors nicely. Carbonation pretty impressive as well.

D: Great drinking imperial stout that is pretty sweet and very hard to put down. Will be coming back for more and more of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 03:59:39 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of ne0m00re


3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

02/07/11- Had a 22 oz bottle of this one.
A: Nearly opaque black, it poured with a one-finger tan head that died quickly to a good flim and collar with some lacing.
S: Dark chocolate, fresh oak (typical of Great Divide's barrel-aged), and some vanilla, boozy and earthy with plums, raisins, and brown sugar. Pretty good.
T: Dark chocoalte, lingers like a coffee truffle, the fresh oak is mild and clean, and there are some raspberries. Nothing to write home about.
M: A little too spritzy, but otherwise OK.
D: Pretty decent. Half the bottle is good.

This is good overall, but not really the best example of a barrel-aged chocolate double stout. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 16:02:01 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of FosterJM


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

234th review on BA
Bottle to snifter
5/3/2010 bottle date

App- Lush, rich and smooth looking extremely dark brown that flirted with black in color. A perfect two finger light brown bubbly head. Lacing was very nice as well.

Smell- From the bottle notes I get the same smells. Oaky vanilla with some malt, chocolate and a touch of hops.

Taste- I really enjoyed this beer. It had a multi-faceted taste that was well done. The vanilla was done just right not to infringe on the chocolate taste of the beer. To my surprise I did a get a bit of heat on the back from the cayenne.

Mouth- Full bodied and low carbonation. A nice velvety drink. Improved the flavor of the NY steak I paired it with.

Drink- A really nice flavorful stout variation. The three yeti's I have had were very good. I think I should have gotten the oak aged 1st as to not be let down on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:12:17 | More by FosterJM
Photo of mcgwire756

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stirling Hotel served in a stemmed glass.

Pours jet black with a very small tan head. Medium lacing on the glass. Smell is of faint chocolate and molasses. The taste is of rich chocolate and cream with a little licorice at the end. This tastes like alcoholic chocolate milk. There is definitely some alcoholic burn in the mouthfeel, but in a good way. If it wasn't there I would of downed this beer in 2 seconds and at nearly 10% that would be dangerous. My favorite version of Yeti without a doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 09:50:05 | More by mcgwire756
Photo of rrski198


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Jet black with a big brown/red head.

S: Chocolate, dirt/earth, and hops. WOW! great aroma with an awesome balance of sweet and spicy.

T: Big time wood and earthiness. Bitter hops. SLightly metallic and burnt coffee/molasses flavors. They work well together.

M: Thick and rich. Bitterness puckers the mouth. Spicy booze. Mouth is still coated in sugary goodness.

O: Not bad. Love the balance with a great level of bitterness. Sweet and full of complex espresso and dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 15:19:37 | More by rrski198
Photo of rarbring


3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is dark, dark brown, the head is brown, high but settles rather quickly leaving little lacing. However it has good curtains.

There is definitely sweetness in the smell, vanilla and milk chocolate. Some smoked salt vibes as well.

The taste starts sweet, brown sugar, dark bread, then burned crust, brambles, cocoa and some grape peel as a finish. In all very mild and non-obtrusive.

Low carbonation, very smooth and compact, dry and a slightly burned feeling.

Very good but also very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 16:49:46 | More by rarbring
Photo of mjn5036

New Hampshire

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

I found this guy hiding in my refrigerator and it made my night. Popped the top and poured into a Piraat snifter. This one pours jet black and gives way to a massive three finger cocoa colored head lingers for a substantial amount of time. Extremely sticky looking lacing clings to the glass. This is a damn impressive looking beer.

On the nose I detect the cocoa. Musty, earthy hops are present as well as some toasted grains and lots of oak. Not a lot going on in the olfactory department on this one, fairly subdued.

The taste is much more in your face than the smell. The cocoa nibs are easily identified. Light vanilla and strong oak flavors mingle well. Faint earthy hops can be detected. The finish is hot and spicy - I can feel it in the back of my throat. The added cayenne is an interesting touch that makes this brew unique but not necessarily better.

Body is medium to heavy. Moderate amount of carbonation help the drinkability but the combination of flavor profile and alcohol content make it difficult to finish this bottle alone. The peppery finish takes away from the overall drinkability and in the end hurts the score on this one. Overall a nice brew and I'm glad to have tried it. I would like to see what some age did to this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:44:43 | More by mjn5036
Photo of mdaschaf


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with ruby highlights. Two finger tan/mocha colored head that lasted for almost the entire time I was drinking. Nice lacing as well.

S: Some chocolate and cocoa, a little weak actually, especially compared to the taste.

T: Great dark chocolate flavor, very rich. There is also some oak, a little vanilla, and a nuttiness as well. Really a great tasting beer.

M/D: Full-bodied, very dense. Pretty easy to drink, but it fills you up, and even though you want to drink more, your stomach says no. I had this paired with a triple chocolate cake and the pairing was unbelievable. They complemented each other so well. I look forward to having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 03:41:26 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Evil_Pidde


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

A: The color is pitch black with a medium-large dark brown thick/creamy head. Dissipation takes some time, but leaves quite nice lacings.

S: Sweet, almost syrupym roasted, a bit burnt malt. Rich chocolate together with vanilla/oak. Well balanced.

T: Sweet malt, rather smoked and burnt than roasted - very nice. Vanilla/oak balanced with the chocolate/ cocoa nibs. A bit dark dried fruits. Some bitter hops.

M: Thick and full syrupy body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is medium-long and mostly bitter.

D: A nice Imperial Stout - you would probably like this one. For my taste; a little to much smoke and oak.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 19:04:43 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of GatheringBrews


4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitchy deep brown, and a nice tan head results from an aggressive pour.

Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and a touch of smoke from the barrel.

Taste is outstanding. Slight sweetness, dark chocolate and fruit, hint of vanilla and smoke.

Finishes without any lingering aftertaste and exceedingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:12:07 | More by GatheringBrews
Photo of zoso1967


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

Shared with my fellow TCBA TCHopCraver on 1/11/11.

Bottled on 5/28/10

This yeti pours a deep, dark and nearly impenetrable black brown with a chocolate foam head that slowly melts into the dark viscous liquid. Looking up through the bottom of the glass I can only see slight traces of light through a deep brown liquid. There is a decent amount of splashy cocoa lace on the sides of the snifter. There is far more lace than I would have expected from a beer like this

The aroma has a whole lot going on. Chocolate is the first thing I pick up. It is a very milky chocolate and not as bitter as in most stouts. It also has a milky creaminess and some sweet caramel notes. There is also a nice kick of cayenne pepper that is quite hot in my nostrils when I take a deep sniff. I can detect just a hint of fruitiness that could be from malt or hops. Swirling brings out some light roasty notes and more fruitiness.

The flavor is delightfully rich with chocolate that transitions to roasty coffee notes. The cayenne comes through in both the end of the flavor and as a slight burn in the back of my throat. Caramel and some cream also emerge along with a hint of vanilla. This beer really is very nuanced and well integrated and I find it difficult to describe all the tasty components.

The body of this beer is on the full side of medium and has a very smooth texture. It has a fairly dry finish that reveals some hop bitterness to go along with the lingering cayenne heat.

For this being such a big and crazy beer, it is pretty darn drinkable. It is definitely not a chugging beer, but it goes down much easier than I expected. I really dig the spice and find that this is an excellent chocolate stout. Once again Great Divide does a fantastic job.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 18:59:14 | More by zoso1967
Photo of TCHopCraver


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

Bottled on 5/28/10 and reviewed yesterday, the day of all ones. Thanks to TCGoalie for the gift. I enjoyed this brew with zoso1967.

Into a snifter Yeti appears very dark with just an inkling of dark brown around the edges. The head is chocolate milk colored with great retaining power when swirled; it debuted at one and a half fingers from a split bomber. The lacing left on the glass is elegant, with pretty fine streaks and blobs.

This smell is crazy and has a lot going on. Milk chocolate is the most prevalent aroma, with the cayenne adding just enough of a spicy kick in my nostrils. When I excite the beer molecules a roasted malt scent is more noticeable. The oak chip aging adds a creamy and smooth vanilla aroma.

As soon as I opened my mouth for the sip I felt heat from the cayenne. Then when the beer hit my tongue, the chocolate melted in my mouth and was accompanied by a roasted malt presence that really tingled on the mid-section of my tongue. At the finish the cayenne really warms the back of my throat and combines with a dry coffee-like and hop bitterness to clean my palate. As the beer warms more and more to room temperature the cayenne is more pronounced in the flavor.

The mouthfeel was creamy, decadent, and medium-bodied at the beginning of the tasting when the beer was a little cooler. When the beer warms, the body retains some creaminess, but a biting presence from the hops and cayenne becomes a lot more pronounced.

This is nicely drinkable beer considering the addition of cayenne and the alcohol content. In fact, the component ingredients do a nice job covering said alcohol amount. The journey from about 50 degrees to room temperature is a fun one, as the character of the beer changes a lot in that range. This is a brew that I will look for again and is a complex and enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 17:25:30 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of birderbeerer


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

Deep black beer with a two finger brown head.

Smells earthy and roasty with sweet richness too.

Heavier and richer than Yeti, also drier. Cocoa is not as dry and dominating as many chocolate/cocoa stouts. It's well blended with the sweet and roasty malts. Herbal notes too. Still dry though. Creamy. More mellow than rich.

Very drinkable but heavy. Good, complex stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:53:02 | More by birderbeerer
Photo of elgiacomo


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled April 8, 2010. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thick black with a two finger brown head that leaves multiple rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is cocoa, dark chocolate and bakers chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, oak, as well as some heat. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is rich milk & dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla and oak and then the pepper heat on the finish adding a unique touch. Can't say if any heat is coming from the alcohol as the cayenne would cover it up anyway.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and velvety, low carbonation.

The chocolate aspect on this is quite good although I'm not the biggest fan of the cayenne addition. At the very least it makes for an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:20:07 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of VinnieVanGogh


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

Pours like a lightweight motor oil, with a thin, very dark tan head. Very dark almost black. Chocolate, and a little malt and alcohol on the nose. Drinking it, I didn't get as much chocolate as I expected, and the cayenne wasn't as present as I expected either. The oak was there, and it was quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:40:07 | More by VinnieVanGogh
Photo of PhxHorn


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark chocolate brown with not much head. I dumped it in fairly hard to get a half inch. Smells lightly of chocolate and malt, and tastes like a middle of the road imperial stout with a slight hint of chocolate. Not bad, no flaws, not great, but pretty good. Wouldn't turn down a free one, but wouldn't go out of my way for another.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:57:41 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of donteatpoop


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice thick mud colored head.

Smells of dark chocolates and molases, earth and oak.

Really well blended, the high alcohol content is not even noticed. Smooth and creamy texture, a real pleasure to drink. Definately worth the price. One for special occassions, and would undoubtedly age well.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 04:28:22 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: brownish, black with red highlights and brown head. 2 plus fingers of creamy big head.

Smell: lots of chocolate smell, can smell the cayennne too.

Taste: roast coffee and some chocolate. Strong cayenne pepper flavor that take your right to the threshold of too much, but never crosses the line. Oak and wood with some earthy flavors possibly some hops coming through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. On the high end of medium body, but not full bodied.

Drinkability: Good, but the cayenne makes this one more of a sipper!

Overall: I really enjoy beers that have chocolate and spicy flavors together, so i was excited to try this beer. The drinkability was hurt by the overabundant spicyiness from cayenne. Could have used more chocolate flavor. It was still enjoyable and i will buy more when it is released in 2011. i liked espresso oaked yeti better!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 00:19:37 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep reddish brown, filling the glass with imposing blackness. It creates a huge brown head with some diversity between medium-small and medium bubbles that recedes slowly.

S - From afar, there's a lot of chocolate in the nose, and up close there's quite a bit still. But it adds some dark fruit, really prominent wood notes, and a bit of heat from the peppers.

T - Wow - this is interesting. The oak comes out through the whole time you have it. The heat from the cayenne really comes through on the finish, and you have it stick to the back of your mouth once you've swallowed. I have to say, though, that I don't get a lot of chocolate here. For a chocolate stout, the chocolate from the nose is way out of balance with the chocolate in the mouth, and that's kind of disappointing. There's a hint of it, but I really get more of the cayenne than chocolate, which I like, but I don't think this is a great taste for something that is called a chocolate stout.
Edit: as it warms, the chocolate comes out a bit more on the sides of the tongue.

M - It's a pretty nice feeling beer, nice and creamy, not too robust, and the carbonation isn't killing you. It's full, but not offensive.

D - I like drinking this, but it's a little too powerful to be exceptionally drinkable. The heat from the cayenne that sticks in your mouth does make you want another sip, and the combined heat with the alcohol does have a pleasant warming effect as it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 01:12:03 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of Kegatron


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a wide mouthed tulip glass.

Pours a dense pitch black in the glass, with 1 ½ fingers of rich and frothy milk chocolate colored head. This hangs with a tight creamy finger across the top of the glass that just COATS the sides of the glass with thick frothy lacing. This just has a nice looking robust appearance to it, which wets the appetite for what's to come. The aroma smells of cocoa powder and smooth creamy vanilla. Burnt grains add a dark crunchiness to the nose, while chili notes warmth the nostrils up with a gentle spiciness. Just a touch of oakiness is present, as is some light beefy alcohol warmth.

The taste starts with chocolate and vanilla, which gives this a bold hefty sweetness up front. This gives way to a burnt and bitter back end of hops and roasted coffee. Wood dryness sticks on the edges of the profile and mostly hangs with the more roasted aspects of this in the finish. The pepper is really pronounced in the finish as well, leaving back a light fiery kick that warms the tongue and lips. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a robust creaminess that fills up the palate and prickles the roof of the mouth. This still has some chewy heft to it underneath but this is overall pretty smooth for the size and any residual warmth in the finish is mostly covered up by the roast and pepper notes.

Another decadent take on the Yet Imperial Stout here, with plenty of rich sweetness that was well balanced by a sturdy wall of roasted malt and hops plus the cayenne pepper addition was a welcome surprise that I didn't expect. I picked up plenty of vanilla and wood as well in the profile, so I was happy to see that the oak chips didn't get shortchanged either. This had a great all around balance to it and would make a great dessert beer. I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did but it really won me over.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 20:24:59 | More by Kegatron
Photo of rowingbrewer


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

Had this a few hours ago at a friends christmas eve party.

poured to perfection nice and dark, with a dark tan head. nice legs to it

smell was of rich dark malts, some chocolate and something else i couldn't put my finer on

Taste was excellent, i poured the beer when it came out of the fridge and it seemed like it was muted. as it warme to room temp in my glass the flavors became much more apparent, right up front you get the chocolate followed by some roasted malt flavor and a little bitterness, after you have swallowed you get a slight tingle/tickle in your throat from the pepper. It is quite pleasant. medium to heavy mouthfeel, drinkability was hard for me to gauge since this was the last beer of the night after a lot of food, so I was practically forcing myself to drink it because i was so full. but on any other day i could see myself finishing a 22 on my own.

all in all I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 03:44:37 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of Murchmac


2.1/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yeah, really bad beer here. Ive had all the other Yeti's too and loved them. This one not so good. Seems to be a spicy hoppy bitter chocolate mess. Was way too hoppy for any of the other flavors to shine through. Maybe some age would do it good, but really not an enjoyable beer the way I had it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:12:21 | More by Murchmac
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. Burnt brown body with a smallish tan head that leaves a touch of lacing here and there.

The coffee in the nose is quite strong, although certainly not as overpowering as in the Espresso version, though. Other powerful aromas include dark chocolate and a rather potent dose of cayenne. Notes of cocoa and oak are so light, one wonders if they're imaginary. Tastes big and bold, but 'busy', a mishmash of big chocolate sweetness, charred coffee and an unyielding peppery presence. Bitterness seems to be alternately enhanced and overwhelmed by the pepper. The cayenne is just too strong for my taste, and the oak is little more than an afterthought. Even the booziness is somewhat subdued, showing up as an aftertaste more than anything.

Overall impression: An odd brew fresh; perhaps it would benefit from some aging. Then again, a base for a marinade might be the best use of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 19:57:45 | More by PDXHops
Photo of MetalHopHead6


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

Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is thick, smooth, and delicious, with just a hint of chocolate.

It poured black, with a very short creamy dark brown head. The flavor had a slight smoked wood character followed by strong black coffee and a hint of chocolate. The feel was rich, thick, and remarkably smooth. The alcohol provided a sting at the back of the throat and a wonderful warmth.

I was afraid this Oak Aged Yeti would have an over-powering chocolate presence; however the chocolate is subtle, natural, and only one of multiple layers of flavor. With the smooth feel, and alcohol-warmth, the flavor is well suited to a dessert beer, a late night relaxer, or a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 20:14:01 | More by MetalHopHead6
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.