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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,460
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 161
Gots: 547 | FT: 24
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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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Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doops and I lined up four Yeti variants a while back. We did the base, Oaked, Chocolate, and Espresso, in that order. This was one of the bottles Doops dug up. Thanks for another great beer day man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big billowing two finger super thick looking tan/brown head with great retention. Poured out looking like thick black sludge. Jet black with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a decent film cap that remains the whole way and leaves sheets of nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Gorgeous looking, and exactly like the oak aged variant.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of roasted, almost burnt malt and some pure chocolate. Smoky with touches of coffee and woody oak notes as well. Quite nice, but not really as chocolate forward as I’d like.

TASTE: Much like the oak aged variant. Roasted, almost burnt malt, smoky with some bitter, pure chocolate. Some oak in there, but also much boozier than the other variants. Aftertaste is bold and persistent with oak, roasted malts, some pure chocolate and a good dose of alcohol. This is a really good beer, but it’s a little light on the chocolate and heavy on the heat.

PALATE: Medium body at best, a little lighter than the other variants, with medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth with a little scratch at the end, and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This was a good beer, but given how outstanding the Yeti series is, when lined up against the other variants, this one stood out as the definite weak link. Not as chocolaty as it could have been, and it is much hotter than the other variants. While the score is definitely respectable, all things considered, this one was actually a disappointment.

Jeffo, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of lostandwandering
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a jet black with a nice light brown head with good lacing.

S-Smells chocolaty and smokey with some vanilla from the barrels.

T- Such a complex set of tastes. I definitely get the chocolate as well as the smoke and oak flavors from the barrel aged stout. There is a lingering heat and if I hadn't read the label I would have never guessed the Cayenne. What an excellent ballance of flavors.

M- Nice and creamy. A little bit of carbonation, but not enough to take away from what this beer is meant to be.

O- Very well done. An excellent balance of everything the drinker was supposed to taste. Though I must say I was glad to be sharing the 22oz bottle with someone. I don' think I would have been able to drink it all on my own.

lostandwandering, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of bramsdell
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap the Nook into a goblet.

A: Poured a black body with a two-finger, coffee-like head. Actually, the head very much reminded me of the foam on an expresso. Takes it time to recede, and the beer has excellent retention, like it clings to the side of the glass for dear life.

S: The scent is subtle, considering the beer that follows, but it is smoky and roasted. Again, conjures a very dark roasted coffee brew.

T: Immediate flavors are the roasted malts and the darkness of the brew. Present are near-expresso flavors in terms of roasted flavor and intensity. However, the taste left on the tongue upon swallowing is an unbelievably pleasant and subtle dark chocolate sweetness. Not at all over-powering, this is truly a balanced taste. It is most analogous to taking a small bite of dark (~72%) chocolate after a sip of a very dark coffee.

M: Um...it's amazing. Thick, smoky, roast-y, a hint of sweetness. Very little carbonation, the focus is entirely on the flavor. This is what nearly every beer should feel like.

O: This is a truly fantastic beer. I have no caveats. It is the perfectly complex balance of roasted and sweet. If you don't like deep, dark roasted flavors, steer clear, but for everyone else, there is nothing bad to say.

bramsdell, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A black beer with a brownish head that faded to a decent ring and left some stick on the sides.

S - I didn't realize this was a pepper beer at first, but there is a lot of pepper in there. A bit of chocolate, but unlike something like Hunahpu this doesn't smell particularly great. There is a little bit of earth-tone in there (i.e. dirt) that I could do without.

T - Some chocolate, a little bit of pepper burn. This beer is really kind of a mess, nothing mixed well together. Some earth tones, touch or roast/char. Nothing I care for.

M - Full bodied, fairly creamy, moderate carbonation.

O - Not a great beer, kind of a mess, a hot, not in a good way. Not a beer I'd have again.

AgentZero, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened a bomber and split between two pint glasses. Ooo this is a great opaque black beer with a crazy thick chocolatey brown head. The head fades slowly to a nice layer and leaves some pretty solid lacing on the glass. Great presentation of this beer!

Aroma has some nice bitter chocolate notes, and the oak is definitely present. Alcohol is strong and blends well with the chocolate. Really I get a nice rich cherry cordial effect and I love it. Taste is hot with alcohol and I guess the hot pepper, but not after some strong chocolatey rich overtones, really the alcohol and cayenne take over fast though. It comes off as hot in the end and I think it's alcohol and the cayenne. At first I was blaming it all on alcohol until I read the label. Finishes with a nice burn down the throat and some lingering hop bitterness helps you say farewell.

This is a nice big-bodied beer, and really it does burn the mouth. Can't say much about mouthfeel when you are lit up like this. Interesting blend of flavors though and I do find this beer complex in the end.

ZimZamZoom, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

This brew pours black with a tiny head that doesn't stick around for long. The aroma is big on roastiness and chocolate, with a bit of a chili spice. The taste is good, it's got a solid roasty presence along with some 70% dark chocolate (not dark as night, but not quite sweet either.) The chili comes in on the backend and isn't quite as cohesive as it could be. It's still good tasting though. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the other Yetis, and the drinkability is pretty good. Not my favourite Yeti treatment, but not bad by any means.

shand, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, thick black full bodied beer with a thick tan head, awesome retention, and creamy walls of lace.

The aroma was of chocolate, vanailla, bitter cocoa, with coffee notes, roasted malts, and and earthy hops taking a backseat. Spicy notes and oak hints are in the mix.

The flavors follow the nose with strong milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, milk sugar, and vanilla hints in the front with oak hints, and earthy, spicy herbs in the back. A tiny bite from a rummy alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

Nice rummy burn in the finish follows a silky, creamy, chocolaty coat of rich, thick and smooth malt.

Overall, a delicious, complex, and sweet delicacy.

JayS2629, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of etaggie09
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

etaggie09, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ZeroSignal, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Ungertaker, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Fenris244, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

DCon, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Chriscrundwell12, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Retsinis, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of jm1229
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jm1229, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

kojevergas, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

andrewinski1, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

claspada, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Avagadro, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of mfunk9786
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mfunk9786, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of ChanChan
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

ChanChan, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of adam42381
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

adam42381, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of ncfranklin
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ncfranklin, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

MrDonQuixote, Jul 31, 2011
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.