Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Enjoyed a month post bottling.
A: Aggressive to moderate pour yields 1 finger of dark brown head with superb retention. Pitch black liquid. Perfect.
S: Semi-sweet chocolate (specifically Ghirardelli chocolate chips) some slight coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon.
T: Sweet chocolate nicely countered by roasty bitterness. The finish is all bitterness in a black coffee manner. Very chocolatey in general, like a liquid 85% cocoa bar. Super nice. Cayenne, huh? Very slightly noticeable at the end.
M: Strongly bitter, chewy, some warmth at the end on the tongue and deep down. Cayenne or alcohol?
D: Delicious paired with chocolate chip cookies. I'd love to have more.
06-05-2011 22:49:37 | More by dfillius
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
22 oz bomber poured into a Ccb snifter.
A: Jet black. A smooth pour creates an impressive finger of mocha head that retains rather well for an imperial stout.
A: Big milk chocolate up front, followed by notes of roasted malt, oak, and some earthy hops. But let's not kid ourselves, the chocolate notes are the dominate traits of the beer.
T: Again, just enormous chocolate flavors. The roast and the earthy hops give a nice bitterness that lends some balance to the brew. The very interesting part is the slight heat from the peppers. The heat is not over bearing and really imparts a sense of uniqueness to his version of yeti. The heat also plays well with the oak barrels. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering heat from the cayenne.
M: creamy and smooth. Heavy body, just perfect carbonation for the style.
O: I was very impressed by this beer. I thought the chocolate, peppers, roast, and oak were all balanced extremely well. Just an outstanding brew and one I will be picking up more often. Skal.
06-05-2011 13:15:16 | More by Gtreid
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
We pour a thick, dark brown brew that exposes medium brown around the edges when held to light. It holds a brief one finger head of mocha colored bubbles that quickly dissipate to a course amalgamation towards one side of the glass. This becomes a curious ring of homogenous bubbles that refuse to depart. Carbonation appears very light and slow, but bubbles are producible with a heavy handed swirl. No sediment is noted. Aromas of oak barreling waft thickly off the surface of the beer. These are harmoniously intertwined with chalky cocoa nibs, heavy roasted malts, and a charcoal smokiness. Layers deeper we find a cakey sweetness, with hints at vanilla. Here too we find a lemony, citrusy hop character that is undeniable, cutting the darker aromas further. As the beer warms a hearty booze begins to seep out and into the nostrils. As we sip the mouth is met by dark, spicy malts, and a brighter than expected hop character. These play nicely together, with the cayenne pepper really shining through the more you swish each sip around the tongue. It actually delivers a surprising level of heat. The hops quickly bow out to this, leaving us with those dark malts, even darker chocolate, and a heavy palate of oak. These flavors, along with a sugary, dessert-quality sweetness flash across the tongue through the middle. The finish is marked with an even hotter cayenne pepper explosion that leaves you tingling half way down the throat. Chalky, dark malts also help bring the flavoring home, and full circle. The last flavors to leave are those of soft vanilla and bittersweet chocolate, appropriately. The aftertaste breathes with booze, hot and black peppers, and bright floral and citric hops. The body is thick and full, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left coated and astringently dried, due to both the oak action and the cayenne. The tongue is slick, but sticky. There is glorious slurpability and froth to each sip. This brew is doubly warming, from both the alcohol content and the spicy pepper inclusions. The abv is appropriate and this beer is more of a sipper, that you want to cherish.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew were some of the unexpected highlights through the flavoring. For such a dark stout, and one that is barrel aged, we were not really expecting the bright hop components here and there. Above all, what was most surprising in this regard was the cayenne pepper. While other beers will utilize such intense ingredients it is hard to find a brew with this so masterfully integrated, yet starkly independent throughout the tasting. This is truly a unique beer, standing way out from the rest of the style.
06-04-2011 02:53:06 | More by TheBrewo
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a pitch black color, with solid tan head that fills the top of the glass then recedes slowly. Smell- milk chocolate, cayenne, dark chocolate, coffee, roasty bitterness. Taste- roasty bitterness, dark chocolate, faint hint of cayenne, followed by an ending of roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel- this one is perfect. Nice thickness, nice carbonation, goes down perfectly. Drinkability- this is the best Yeti I have tasted so far. Incredibly impressive.
06-03-2011 02:07:00 | More by lnashsig
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
22oz bottle-> Partial pour-> CCB Snifter
Bottled on Mar 31 2011
A-> Black/very dark brown when held up to light. Hardly any light penetration. A gentle pour yields about 1+ finger of mocha colored frothy head. Some sparse lace develops on the sides of the snifter.
S-> Immediately get bitter bitter chocolate and roasted, borderline burnt coffee. Also get a fine, sweet, almost candied sugar cocoa/hint of oak aroma that blends with the chocolate...is that a tiny hint of vanilla? either way it's enticing to say the least...
T-> Very bitter baking chocolate is what hits first and foremost. Do get a bit of oak as well as dash of smoke flavor I think? Roasted malts shine through the middle for sure. I do get some hoppy flavors despite what others have said however they are no match for the complex competition amongst the other flavor players going on in this brew. Pretty spicy on the finish for a chocolate stout, must be getting some of the cayenne here which I think it accentuated by a significant amount of carbonation for the style, particularly on the finish.
M-> As mentioned, a healthy dose of carbonation coupled with what I believe is the cayenne makes this one a bit of a harsh drinker right now. Pretty velvety on the overall feel but with a pretty dry finish for the style. Full bodied no doubt.
O-> Pulled this one out of the cellar on a whim and although I'm glad to have tried it, it needed more time to mellow out. As mentioned this is a bit harsh right now yet I was worried that the Chocolate and other flavors might begin to fade so I decided to try this reasonably "fresh." (for a big stout anyway) Not sure if it is the cayenne or what but there is an itchy, spicy tingle in the back of the throat and I'm still not done with this beer. Taste was really interesting and reminded me ever so slightly of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, for what it's worth. Needed more time in the cellar in my humble eyes....
06-01-2011 03:29:08 | More by Fluke828
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
The color is black. That is if black were mostly black with a brown twinge . . . Completely opaque with a beautiful brown head. The nose is of very bitter dark chocolate, coupled with a wonderful aroma of medium roasted, coarsely ground coffee beans . . . Wow!
The beer smells so good that I have to dive in immediately! Pummels the palate with liquefied chocolate . . . Fudge, molasses, vanilla, and mocha. Oak tannin present. This beer is ridiculous. By the time you are getting a grip on the malt, which pleasantly assaults your palate, the hops are beginning to replace the sweetness of the malt with intense green bitterness that intensifies as the beer finishes. The beer finishes for minutes . . .
All the while, keeping all of the previously mentioned flavors present, and somehow getting more bitter. The ABV% is constantly in the background throughout, be ready and enjoy.
06-01-2011 01:39:05 | More by ExtraStout
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
650ml bottle generously shared by bobsy. Pours a viscous dark hue with glimmers of a deep mahogany/amber around the edges. Couple fingers of dark mocha head.
Nose is rich, dark chocolate, roast, molasses and a hint of an earthy spiciness. Flavor follows suits with more prominence given to the dry, spicy character of the cayenne. A real earthy dryness with a slight hint of metallic character, the pleasant taste of the actual cayenne with an ever so slight warming in the finish. Body is sweet and smooth, more bakers chocolate than milk, molasses, light roast. A really different Yeti version. I enjoyed it and would drink it again but it didn't wow me. Thanks Rob!
05-30-2011 14:56:24 | More by ritzkiss
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
I picked this one up because a) I've never tried this version of "Yeti" and b) This is right up my wife's wheelhouse!
A: After pouring a portion into my wife's baby snifter, I gave this a hard pour: Viciously dark, with a massive 3-4 finger peppery, dark mocha head that clung to the glassware as the liquid was siphoned.
S: It didn't smell like any version of "Yeti" that I've tried so far. A tad bit disappointing actually. I was expecting an oaky, chocolaty, dessert delight, but what I got was a few puff of chocolate milk and a bit of rusted metal.
T: Where was the oak? The chocolate dominated and then some. I didn't get much vanilla, but I usually don't detect that flavor in desserts either. I did enjoy the chocolate bar-like quality I got once I allowed the brew to warm a bit.
M: One thing is for certain on this "Yeti" series and I've said it over and over: I've NEVER detected even a trace of booze. For that, GD should be commended. Low carbonation and ridiculously gorgeous lacing.
With the exception of the barrel aged "Yeti" which I've had the rare privilege to sample different vintages on a couple of different occasions, my favorite off-the-shelf version continues to be the regular oaked-aged "Yeti." That said, I'm glad they make this one. Interesting experiment for sure!
05-27-2011 00:36:32 | More by Chaney
3.48/5 rDev -17.5%
A - pitch black and viscous. zero light getting through, thick 2-3 fingers of tan head that goes down to a thick layer leaving great lacing. I had this one on tap at the petrol and planned on giving it a review but decided to hold off from a combination of things.
A - got a lot more of an oak aroma than chocolate in the nose, the chocolate is there and dark, roasted malts are pretty big. good aroma and stands its ground.
T - the taste shows the roasted malt of course, more chocolate especially in the back and touches of vanilla that need a revamp...its a bit harsh right now...the oak flavor seems to be combating the chocolate and not complimenting it right now no hops here. the alcohol is present and needs to go away. while reading the bottle i notice it says it has cayenne WTF, maybe that is what needs to go away....
M - thick and heavy, its not smooth, im not sure if its the carbonation which is already subtle or the alcohol, but one of the two is keeping this from being just absolutely smooth...or it is the cayenne
O - after the first sip, i immediately thought this brew needs some time to round itself out and try and come together for a more smooth transition of flavors and feel. not bad at all though ill put two away and see what a year does because this one is about a month old and needs to grow the fuck up
05-26-2011 05:20:19 | More by JayAre46
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured in a snifter on 5/21
a- the beer poured, black as night, with a motor oil texture, eventually forming a brown head.
s- Chocolate and oak on the nose. There was a faint alcohol smell and overall woodiness from the oak aging.
t- The oak presence comes through in the taste, making this a beer with a lot of oakiness. I also detect the strong dark chocolate presence, which is slightly bitter due to the cocoa nibs. Slight cayenne pepper mixed in with the mild alcohol warms on the finish.
m- Full bodied beer with a slightly thick mouthfeel. Meant for sipping in smaller quantities
o- A very good chocolate stout, and the oak aging helps it to be more complex than other chocolate beers. However, I think the oak is slightly overdone in this beer. The 9.5% comes out in the beer as it warms, combined with the cayenne , making it less drinkable than i would like in an ideal chocolate stout.
05-25-2011 22:17:42 | More by JohnDaniels
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from 22 oz bottle dated 4/07/11 into a pint glass.
A: Pitch black with no light penetration at all, standard motor oil style. Huge 4 finger head with tons of lace and good retention.
S: A good amount of bubble gum on the nose. Strange. Under the bubble gum flavor some brown sugar and chocolate.
T: Taste doesn't follow the nose at all. Great chocolate bitterness and chocolate flavor. Hops are not detectable outside of a touch of bitterness on the finish. This is all chocolate, all the time. After a few good swishes I was able to pick up what seemed to be cinnamon and clove. Would love to know what they brewed this one with. Alcohol is well masked, but slightly detectable.
M: Oily and heavy, but still extremely smooth all the way down. Not harsh or astringent. Low carbonation, but enough to be satisfactory.
O: A good brew for someone who loves a bunch of chocolate in a beer that has the consistency of motor oil. That person would be me. Cheers to that!
05-25-2011 06:49:36 | More by dmsohyea
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter between cellar and room temperature. Bottled April 7, 2011. Opened on May 23, 2011.
A-Black pour with a thick creamy brown head.
S-Chocolate is front and present here, but more of a carob nose. Bittersweet, pungent and some slight hopping detected in the nose as well.
T-Rich creamy bittersweet palate leads with unsweetened chocolate nibs, oaking and vanilla hit the midrange along with an unusual ceyanne pepper note that carries through to an everlasting finish. Throughout it all, this has a strong whisky note, which is odd, because I thought this was oaked, not barrel aged. Some alcohol present.
M-creamy and well balanced.
D-Like all of the Yeti's, this is excellent. This is a bit young and hot, but will no doubt mellow into excellence with age. Actually, I think its a real testament to the quality of this stout that it is so drinkable when it is so young. While not terribly complex, the pepper is what makes this a standout. It reminds me of the high quality chocolates sold in the checkout line at my local wine store that feature various spices. It works, and its all good.
05-23-2011 21:06:57 | More by caddybuyer
4.05/5 rDev -4%
22oz bottle poured into cervoise. 2010 vintage.
A - Pours a nice deep black with a whipped-like creamy mocha brown head. Nice lacing with retention
S - Chocolately, semi sweet and sweet. Raisins, vanilla, wood, slight smoke
T - Nice blend of bitter and sweet chocolates, some coffee, vanilla and mild charcoal.
M - Very creamy, medium-head. Great!
O - Another, unsurprisingly, winner in the line of Yeti variants. Consistent and delicious, like most GD beers.
05-23-2011 21:00:45 | More by OakedCanuck
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Bottle dated 04/07/11, poured into snifter on 05/05/11. Not even a month old.
Blackness fills the glass topped by a dark brown, creamy chocolate head. Good retention and pretty decent lace. The nose is mostly roasted malt mixed with bitter chocolate, and a touch of caramel. The taste follows but adds a good amount of chocolate and a bit of coffee, vanilla, and wood. There is a nice touch of heat either from booze or cayenne- it's good either way. Full body, medium carbonation, thick mouthfeel, and slightly dry. Great beer! I would love to see how the flavors develop in the cellar as this was fairly fresh.
05-23-2011 18:16:48 | More by gnemesis
2.03/5 rDev -51.9%
Dark black body, dark milk chocolate head. Extremely dark and perhaps the darkest of the Yeti beers.
Cocoa, roasted malt, and something adding a bit of warmth which I would guess to be alcohol and perhaps hops, but it could be the cayenne mentioned on the bottle. It doesn’t have any real aroma but just a heat.
Just to open, this isn’t Yeti as I know it. They didn’t just reduce hops, they simply made this a non hoppy beer! Next, the cayenne isn’t just a touch of heat, it’s in your face! This bottle is extremely fresh but I’d be worried to age unless I knew the pepper would dull quickly, otherwise that flavor could take over. A good bit of chocolate here. The problem is the pepper doesn’t just add some heat, but it dominates the flavors at the end and just kills everything going well here. It also takes away what I would expect to be a nice bitter finish.
Creamy decadent and wonderful body, but that cayenne pepper finish is just terrible.
This is nearly undrinkable beer. I really hope age helps this (this beer isn’t 30 days old) beer a LOT because right now this is awful. Unless I’m told age resolves this heat, I cannot recommend avoiding this mess enough!
05-23-2011 01:17:39 | More by bobhits
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Poured slowly into my Duvel Tulip. The color is Jet Black with a small mocha head that quickly dissipates into tiny spots on the surface and a thick ring around the sides of the glass.
S: Smells predominately of chocolate and malt with touches of wood and alcohol. I really love how the chocolate stands out above everything.
T: Dark and Bittersweet chocolate upfront mixed with a little oak which quickly changes to a touch of alcohol and spiciness that leaves a tingle in the back of the palette and throat. When I read that this beer had cayenne in it I was a little skeptical but after having a few sips I can't wait to try to brew with some. It truthfully works quite beautifully.
M: This beer is very chewy and creamy with a heavy body and a fair amount of carbonation it's almost perfect.
O: I've definitely fallen in love with this beer. I might even say it's one of the best stout's I have ever had. I already plan to buy a lot more.
05-22-2011 18:09:53 | More by ixodus
4.72/5 rDev +11.8%
This excellent beer appears as dark and dense as a black hole. It has an excellent chocolate- like head. The aroma on the nose reminds me of a chocolate milk shake. The taste does not disappoint with a strong chocolate taste that finishes with a mild spicy kick from the added cayenne pepper. Bought it at the Ithaca Coffee Roasters in Ithaca, NY
05-21-2011 23:49:59 | More by angelogarcia3
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Great Divide night on May 18th, 2011 at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Served in a snifter.
A - Dark and thick like oil. Dark, chocolately brown head. Lace all down the glass.
S & T - What shows up in the nose comes out on the palate, so...tons of malt, some alcohol, smoked meat, charcoal, hickory, dark chocolate. A lot going on.
M - Super smooth. It's scary how easy this is to drink being a very strong Stout.
Great example of the style. Incredible at room temperature.
05-19-2011 05:24:23 | More by Gatch
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled date: Mar 31, 2011
pours your customary used motor oil black while yielding a solid 1" of frothy, mocha-toned head. very solid retention and a good amount of lacing. awesome looking imperial stout, stands out even in a category of countless competitors.
nose is good; relatively bold and headlined by chocolate (surprise, surprise) roasted malt, and woodiness, with a sort of undercurrent of booze.
flavor follows the aroma closely; dark/bitter chocolate and the roasted malt is there of course, as is a much stronger woody/oakiness than i picked up in the nose. some booze in the finish as well as a slight, misplaced touch of spice, but a really tasty offering. my one criticism would be that, while there is a significant chocolate presence, i'd expect a bit more from a beer billing itself as a chocolate imp stout.
creamy, viscous, chewy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.
overall this an awesome imperial stout. not up there with the best of the best (probably not even my favorite from the yeti series) but still a first-rate beer.
05-18-2011 04:29:54 | More by perrymarcus
3.63/5 rDev -14%
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti bottled in 2009 served in DFH signature glass.
A: Black as cliche with a brown, creamy head that does not persist. Splotchy lacing is present.
S: Bitter, dark chocolate, damp wood and earth. A little roasted coffee, too.
T: Sweet cocoa on front of palate, followed by damp wood and faint roast, then spicy peppers. Medium bitterness asserts itself and joins cocoa to form bitter, dark chocolate. Spiciness persists into finish, along with powdered cocoa.
M: Hefty, creamy body with medium carbonation. Warming from alcohol and peppers. A little drying.
O: Great Divide's Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is a slightly above-average take on the style. It falls well short of the best of class: CCB Hunaphu's and FFF Dark Lord De Muerte. Still, it is a reasonably enjoyable and widely available spicy imperial stout.
05-18-2011 02:59:47 | More by Wadsey
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
On tap at Toronado SD. Pours jet black, excellent tan head, 1" thick, can't do much better than that. Aroma was chocolate, cocao.
Taste, excited how lush, chocolate and not intrusive the alcohol was. Good hop bent to it as well, just the right amount of bitterness to not overshadow anything. Oak aspect of the beer seemed to be the contribution that led to the beer having a dry aftertaste, keeping the beer smooth throughout. Not much in terms of wood flavor.
This stuff was only like $6.50. Gotta love that.
05-17-2011 17:14:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from bomber into pint glass. Bottled on April 07, 2011.
A: Inky black, completely opaque, syrupy thickness, with a large, creamy, chocolate milk colored head with a slighty reddish tint that lasts forever. Thick, luscious lacing.
S: What you'd expect - a chocolaty oaked Yeti. Lots of dark and unsweetened chocolates, wood and vanilla notes from the oak chips, a little coffee and a mild astringency.
T: The oak really hits you first - like a slab of wood dipped in very rich dark chocolate. Some roasty notes peek through as well with a somewhat astringent bitterness from the cocoa nibs and hops biting the back of your tongue. The finish is long and hot thanks to the cayenne (which is a real treat. I for one love to put a pinch of cayenne pepper in my hot chocolate.) The spiciness is mild and leaves a little tingle on your lips. For me it's the cayenne that really makes this stand apart. Delicious. The oak is a little too intense.
M: Viscous, rich, syrupy, chewy, massively decadent body. Very creamy. Medium-low carbonation keeps this from being a sticky mess. Lip-smacking. The spiciness from the cayenne is just an incredible touch that pushes this over the edge. Outstanding.
O: This is one hell of an imperial stout. I think I prefer the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti by a small margin, but this is certainly a head-turner in its own right. This thing paired with a sumptuous raspberry chocolate tart or cheesecake, or even a nice thick marbled porterhouse would be out of this world.
05-17-2011 07:08:45 | More by machostacos
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
22oz bottle into tulip. 2011 release.
A: A jet black body holds a rich tan head, that has good head formation and slight retention. The lacing is left in a frothy thickness on the glass.
S: Nice roasted aroma, with notes of chocolate, vanilla and oak. Medium intensity aroma, with a nice malty presence.
T/M: The up front taste is a smooth full bodied mouthfeel, that has a complex level of flavors. Notes of chocolate, but not as much as I was expecting, as I found similar amounts of chocolate in the Oak Base Yeti. Vanilla from the oak and a underlining oak presence folds the portfolio together. The finish is relatively short, with a somewhat weak lingering taste. A bit on spice on the finish.
O: Overall, I enjoyed but I have thought more of the Espresso and Oak based a bit better. The Chocolate does not come through as much as I would have expected or liked. With that said, a really nice sipping,coco nibbed stout.
05-17-2011 01:33:23 | More by GDBEERMAN
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
This was my night cap while visiting Great Divide's tap room.
Dark as hell, beautiful chocolate milk colored head and lacing.
Roast and chocolate bomb on the palate. Not sure how else to describe it (also going from mental notes here, as we were halfway blasted at this point). Absolutely delectable.
Mouth feel was very good, but it almost felt too silky if that were even possible. An Imperial Stout at 9.5% should have a little more bite, IMO.
Incredible beer. Easily top 5 all-time for the imperial stout category.
05-16-2011 19:41:49 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
4.6/5 rDev +9%
Beer poured from bottle into Snifter shaped glass
A - Beer formed a little chocolate colored foam, which held very well; lots of chocolate colored lacing formed on the edge of the glass; body had a very dark chocolate/brown body; low amount of visible carbonation in the body of the beer
S - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate; deep roasted malt aromas come up behind all the chocolate; deep coffee, espresso beans; liquor bourbon notes
T - Light chestnut flavors hits the tip of the tongue and immediately turns into a quick-to-develop chocolate blast of flavor; roasted and mostly smoky malt taste; hop bitterness finishes the experience
M - Chocolate flavoring coats the entire tongue; smooth and milky feel; slightly effervescent; very bitter aftertaste
D - Wow, great drink; I love this stuff; right balance of roasted malt and chocolate flavors; love the deep blast of unique flavors; I've have many more
05-16-2011 18:47:48 | More by ferrari29
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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