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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,568
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 172
Gots: 565 | FT: 21
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

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.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark with a constant mocha brown head. Lacing is nice as well.

The aroma is very much chocolate with a significant amount of hops and roastiness. On the downside it had a bit of a mustiness to it. I'm not sure where it came from, but it was pretty faint and minimal.

The flavor at first was a bit too focussed on the hops. As it warmed up, the chocolate really came through though. While the chocolate was foundational and never absent, it was a lot less intense and far more subtle than I expected.

The bottle mentions that the hops were toned down to let the chocolates bitterness come through, but it seems like the hops bitterness was toned down, while the hop flavor was still high as any other yeti. The roastiness seemed to be a bit less though, so for the most part, the only bitterness was from the cocoa.

The body is Medium full, and a bit more than medium weight. The finish is moderately dry.

Overall, I went into this with a bit lower expectations than the rest of the Yetis. I was expecting a lot of chocolate, and far too much sweetness, as seems typical for chocolate stouts.

I couldn't have been more wrong though. The chocolate was very subtle yet obvious and very tastefully done. While I didn't like it as much as the regular yeti or the Espresso, I'm very glad that I tried it, and I think that any chocolate lovers would not be disappointed.

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A - Pours a creamy looking mocha head with great retention and some nice lacing. The beer is pitch black.

S - A little bit of oak and vanilla hits the olfactories first followed by chocolate and roasted malts. There is also a hint of alcohol.

M - Full in body with creamy carbonation. It has a fairly thick feel and isn't overly syrupy.

T - Oak character strikes the taste-buds initially along with some roasted malts. Chocolate shows up mid-taste and it finishes roasty with some alcohol presence.

A very good imperial stout overall. I wish I wouldn't have sat on it so long, would love to try it fresh. Will look for this one again.

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,568 ratings.