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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

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2,008 Ratings
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Ratings: 2008
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%


Brewed by:
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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Benish

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bottle dated April 08 2013 into snifter glass.

Appearance: poured aggressively; an extremely dark brown mocha like head appeared. Very dense and thick but dissipated quickly. The foam looked rich in chocolate that it could have been good to eat! The beer is black as tar.

Smell: Lots of malted chocolate - like Whopper's candy. Also some oak with a bit of vanilla. Smelled almost delectable and sweet, maybe some molasses as well? Also picked up some mild cayenne.

Taste: a lot of flavors going on in this one. I instantly get sweet chocolate. The sweetness started to mellow out with the bitterness following up. The vanilla heightens midway. It ends with nice sharp twang of chocolate bitterness as well as a touch of heat from the cayenne at the back of the mouth. The flavor of cayenne is also prominent. The beer is smooth, the added pepper is subtle and the alcohol is barely noticeable until it warms up.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Maybe just a tad thin but doesn't deviate too much.

Overall: It's delicious. I wish I had a few more bottles of this since it doesn't distribute here. Just a tad bit of heat, tons of chocolate with some sweetness and finishing bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:58:22 | More by Benish
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a really good amount of head (you might want to watch it as you pour, it can creep up on you) which has pretty good retention. The head is a nice mix of dark beige and mocha while the body is a dark chocolate black. Plenty of lacing extending from the surface.

Nose- This does not fail in the chocolate department. Not only is there chocolate, but it's rich. Not rich enough to stave off the caramel, vanilla, and toffee that vie for space in the aroma but lush enough to keep them in their place. Very promising. No real roasted notes which might make this a very friendly beer in regard to my palate.

Taste- Starts off with chocolate (some hints of a dark chocolate or a woodiness) that seems to suggest milk chocolate but quickly echoes the oak and moves toward the caramel, toffee, and vanilla of the nose. The oak and vanilla linger on the finish. At the moment, the oak lingers a bit too much. The chocolate isn't that strong but it's definitely chocolate and not cocoa. The oak didn't seem to give me many problems on the second taste. It does reside in the linger though. Hints of cherries and raisins but this is a little simplistic for an imperial stout. The oak fades entirely and there is a mild oatmeal and greasy chocolate left on the linger. That's sounds bad but I don't mind it. Very good beer. Solid beer. Lacks complexity but has decent presence and amazing balance. This is an extremely accessible beer- think Young's if it weren't so generic. Some graham cracker.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied with a bit of slickness on the tongue. Probably a little too much carbonation but it's not a big distraction.

Drinkability- Very accessible chocolate stout with lots of balance. It doesn't amaze but still is a solid brew that shows absolutely none of its almost 10%.

Overall- Doesn't change the way I think about my palate; it's just a good beer. There are better stouts out there but of the chocolate variety, I can only think of Choklat or Sam Smith's. Worth at try and seems worth the 10 bucks a bomber. I will probably buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 05:00:15 | More by artoolemomo
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 3.19.12. Decided to drink in honor of this beer winning gold at GABF 2013. Poured into large tulip glass. Appears black with tan head. Great lacing on the glass. Smells of cocoa with supporting roast, spicy hops, and chocolate. Tastes velevery with layers of chocolate, roast, coffee, dark cake icing, and powdered doughnuts. Excellent mouthfeel with slight alcohol burn aim the throat. I love this beer. Yeti is great and this version simply kicks ass.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:59:01 | More by jwhancher
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- extremely deep brown, near black in color with a picture perfect caramel head of about a finger. Head is quite dense and full as it hangs around for a while before the ring and bubbles remain. Just the way a stout should look. Enticing!

S- Raw chocolate, coffee, espresso, cream, hint of vanilla, some booze, and a nice caramel finish. Complex and robust on the nose.

T- A well balanced chocolate imperial stout. I think the oak again really complements the chocolate, oat, espresso profile. I could probably use more chocolate (as usual), but it's a weak complaint. Balanced from start to finish.

M- I just love the feel of these Yeti stouts from GD. This one is also spot on. It is simply stunning. Full body, thick, and so chewy that I almost need a spoon. Alcohol is noticeable, but not in any way a detriment.

O- Maybe my fav from the Yeti line. I've found most from this brewery to be hit or miss, and this one is certainly HIT

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:28:10 | More by Bosoxfan20
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tjumfrid

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night. Chocolate syrup midnight swirl...if it were an ice cream. Might as well be...mmm.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, heavy stout smell.

T: Cocoa nibs. Nuff said.

M: Thick, heavy, full-bodied. What a stout should be. Cinder and milk chocolate...yeah.

O: Very delicious beer. I can't say I can differentiate too much between this and the espresso yeti, but who the hell cares. Both are phenomenal beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:27:32 | More by tjumfrid
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Archimetez

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black color, no light gets through. Head is weak and cream colored.
-- Grey label, black letters. Have to pay attention to pick up differences on self

S: Nice malty, smokey smell. Subjectively, the smoke smells campfire-esque

T: Great full body stout that finishes with a heavy smokey malt with earthy overtones. Smooth but clean finish.

M: NIce well rounded stout with a heavy smoke lingering taste. I personally like the overall stout, smokey taste.

O: Fantastic overall. Alcohol has been tempered and not overbearing, likely due to aging process.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 05:21:48 | More by Archimetez
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black color with a nice toffee colored head that eventually dies down and still retains a thick, even, toffee colored head around the perimeter of the glass.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, cocoa nibs, some vanilla, light oak, and slightly boozy aroma.

T - Dark, roasty chocolate malt from start to finish, a hint of oak, slight coffee presence, some vanilla, and a bitter chocolate and alcohol finish.

M - Full medium body and velvety smooth, slippery, a little sticky with some alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

O - A very solid stout, I don't hate, don't love it - worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:18:43 | More by jzeilinger
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VeganBrewz

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ran across this stuff at my local bottle shop while picking up some cider for a party. Forgot about it until I received an email from said bottle shop had it listed on sale. Picked up a bottle, and I'm damn glad I did.

Serving type/glassware: Bomber/tulip

A: Viscous, almost slightly syrupy. Dark, deep chocolate-brown approaching black in the glass. modest milk-chocolate brown head dissipates fairly quickly, with no lacing but a few small islands floating.

Smell: Cocoa, raisins, dark rum, vanilla, milk chocolate, brownie batter. This stuff is complex, and smells amazing! I couldn't stop swirling and breathing deep.

Taste: Sweet, with BIG cocoa powder up front - you almost get that "dry mouth" sensation you get if you've ever taken a taste of raw cocoa powder. Cake batter/fudge brownie, raisins. Slight molasses finish. Gets a bit boozy as it warms, with some coffee popping up as well. Usually I find that bigger beers get unpleasantly alcoholic the warmer they get, but neither the booziness or the coffee notes become sharp or bitter at all. Overall the alcohol is very well masked in this beer. Hop profile is *very* subdued here as well. The bitterness comes from the roasty and chocolate notes, which seems obvious and appropriate for this brew.

Mouthfeel: Nicely viscous, pretty close to full-bodied. A little slippery, a little sticky. Cocoa and molasses linger, but fade clean. Pleasant, light carbonation.

Overall: This beer is phenomenal. If you're a fan of sweet stouts or chocolate beers, this is a must-try. Two thumbs up for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 05:33:11 | More by VeganBrewz
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Jester King snifter.

I love my Bears, particularly when they're winning... Anyway, this stuff pours a lovely onyx topped by a finger or so of toasted tan foam. Honestly, the Yeti line must be the goddamn best-looking beers out there, man. The nose comprises cocoa, oak, roasted malts, light coffee, a hint of anise, and the vaguest possible sense of leather. The taste brings in more of the same, with the anise and leather contributing a surprisingly healthy bitterness to the proceedings, and with the oak taking a stronger precedence than I anticipated. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a solid offering, to be expected from this line, but the oak is a bit much for me here, especially compared with the other Yetis. Still, a damn fine drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 07:07:00 | More by TMoney2591
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BuffBeerGeek

Michigan

4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not going to be very critical, but this is an outstanding brew from Great Divide. It pours black, with a darker head. The smell is of chocolate and some toasted malts. The taste is very smooth, which masks the alcohol very well. Taste of chocolate, some coffee, and the oak aging sneaks in but is well paired. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost light, but it lingers a little after, but it makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 02:24:59 | More by BuffBeerGeek
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SeanDonahue

New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been storing this Great Divide for about a year. This was bottled in 2012.

The appearance on this beer is a very dark brown to almost black. Once poured into a tulip glass, it produced little to no head but it was a dark and delicious looking head.

The aroma has big chocolate and caramel notes. There is also that hint of alcohol that comes out after having been stored for a year.

This beer drinks very smooth. It has a powerful dark chocolate character. You also get very nice roastiness as well.

Overall, this beer is perfect for that chilly snowy night and right now, it's become one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:34:06 | More by SeanDonahue
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ADZA

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not possible without my good mate MrKennedy and tonight is prob about as dark as this pours a midnight black hue with a chocolate laced three finger head and lacing everywhere as far as looks go I'd be asking for her number,the smell is pretty much what is presumed its strong oak with an underlining of chocolate,cherries and booze,the mouthfeel is full,moderately carbonated and dry with tastes of oak,dark old gold chocolate,cherries,coffee and finished with a subtle dry heat from the cayenne and overall a top drop that I feel was best drunk this fresh and would drink again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 08:53:10 | More by ADZA
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a pitch black, oily, opaque body with a slow rising, creamy, bubbly, milk chocolate colored head that reduces slowly and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Absolutely beautiful and near perfect.

S- The smell is definitely not in your face but still very inviting. The most prominent aromas are freshly ground coffee, mocha, and rich milk chocolate. Slightly metallic.

T- This beer really lives up to it's name as far as taste goes. From start to finish, it's full of HUGE fudgy, chocolatey, cocoa notes. It's like drinking a chocolate fudge cake. In the background is vanilla which is probably brought on by the oak, but it isn't as forward as I would have prefered (-.25). The finish is nice and roasty, and the cayenne peppers add a little spicy note which really works!

M- Rich, thick, full-bodied, low carbonation.

A great variation of Yeti which definitely lives up to it's name. If you like chocolate, you will undoubtedly love this beer. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:41:11 | More by gcamparone
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A lovely dark pour, with a brown-tinted head that rose full and faded slow. My father said it reminded him of motor oil, "But in a good way!" The visual cues suggest greater weight than is actually present in the drink.

S: A strong current of chocolate with a powerful punch of booziness. You know you are in for something serious based just on your nose.

T: Excellent balance, with strong chocolate notes coupling with a nice hint of oak. The boozy notes present in the smell become far more subdued once you take a drink, but are still present.

M: Lovely. Very surprising, based on the visual, this beer actually is fairly clean and light on the tongue, at least for its type. A slight lingering presence after you swallow fades quickly, leaving you ready for another drink.

O: I'm a fan of the Yeti line, but this one is probably the best I've had. Surprisingly easy to knock back, this is one that could get you in real trouble if you don't watch your intake.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:16:21 | More by Tsar_Riga
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 11/16/2006, poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, rich chocolate, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong sweet milk chocolate flavor that is quickly followed by the essence of oak aging. Then the hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a very mild but complementary hops presence to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Viscous and very smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good aged big stout to drink for a long time as are all versions of Yeti that I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:45:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in GD snifter. Tan head lingers longer than most others in this style.

Smell is chocolate, coffee and sweet malts. Hint of banana

Taste is sweet and malty with lots of chocolate and coffee. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Slick and oily on the palate. Very full bodied. Average carbonation for the style.

Overall this was excellent! Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 22:22:42 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Brenden

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looking more the part of espresso Yeti than the original or regular oaked, this one has more strength in its fudgy-looking brown head and stronger retention. likewise, it nearly plasters itself to the sides of my snifter.
I love espresso, but I enjoy this beer more than the espresso version. I think what helps that is the impression of espresso this stout imparts naturally, after which comes the addition of sweet, smooth, creamy chocolate. This one has the impression in different ways of both milk and dark cocoas. It has a bittersweet edge, while that creamy chocolatey edge still rolls through. It's sweet, complex and absolutely delicious, while the wood adds falvor and dryness to cut through it all perfectly while nothing detracts from anything else. I don't notice any cayenne except very slightly as it goes, and it mingles perfectly without coming close to taking over. Light vanilla hints complement precisely.
As with the espresso version, the feel is big, thick, rich and robust in a full body, though it goes slightly dryer this time. Sweetness cuts through the char found in that beer's finish, smoothing it out better.
I believe this is the most brilliant and masterfully crafter Yeti. I also don't believe it can be done better in many respects.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 19:08:46 | More by Brenden
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti into a Belgian Tulip.

A - With a aggressive pour the thick black liquid is pure midnight with a skim of mocha head. Classic looking here.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bitter coffee.

T - Better than the smell. This will make you fat and happy. Roasted dark malts, lots of bitter chocolate, some light whiskey mid palate. Lovely stuff here my friend.

M - Nice and thick mouthfeel, smooth medium carbonation. Well done here too.

O - It's a winner for sure. Enjoy ! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:20:48 | More by fitrock2112
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottled on date of March 29, 2012 puts this at about five months old.

A: Inky black pour, one finger of brown head dissipates after a short time. Lacing is spotty.

S: Deep roasty char and soot. Acrid. Milk chocolate and cocoa nibs. Hint of chili-like spice. Chocolate covered raspberries. Oak contributes subtle whiffs of vanilla and wood. Mild spicy hop presence.

T: Milk chocolate and cocoa nibs capture all the palate's attention in the early going. Heavy roast picks up shortly after with flavors of smoke and soot. Reserved oily and spicy hops. Vague darkfruit far in the background. Oak adds a subtle woody backing. Spicy chili peppers pick up on the back end. Oak and pepper come on strong in the finish and linger for a good while, along with a muted chocolate flavor.

M: Thick, chewy body. Very creamy and silky smooth. Though it is big in body, it does not sit heavily on the palate. It has a creamy, airy sort of texture. Not dextrin-laden or chewy at all. Great mouthfeel.

O: The pepper in this beer is far more prominent than I remember, but I'm kinda digging it. It adds that extra dimension that makes this beer unique. A killer pairing with Mexican dishes in which mole is involved.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:45:50 | More by ryan1788a5
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a tan coloured head, looks really thick as it comes out the bottle.

The smell is milk chocolate, alcohol, even some cherries.

The taste starts out with milk chocolate, then transitions the an oaky smokey flavour then finishes up with bitter chocolate and a little alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thick, smooth and creamy.

Overall a big delicious beer, interesting and complex flavours.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 19:36:44 | More by Dave1999
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3sheets2wind

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very nice beer. But has some limitations the chocolate aroma is strong but it is drier than I would've anticipated. There is a lot of oak flavor as well as a good deal of bitterness. There is there a little head and only a small amount of lacing. Gets better as it warms up. I'm using this beer as a base for a chocolate stout cake. It should be epic. The gold standard for the Yeti beers is still the espresso but this is a nice change of pace

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 20:42:17 | More by 3sheets2wind
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/29/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, oak, vanilla, coffee, light cayenne, light char, light fruits, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of chocolate and roasted notes with some moderate fruitiness; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, oak, vanilla, toffee, light cayenne, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, light char, oak, vanilla, toffee, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and oak notes; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout as expected. All around awesome balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors with cocoa nibs and oak aging; and very smooth and lush to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:52:44 | More by superspak
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ElSid

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness Date: None

A: Pitch black with an espresso brown head that fades to faint layer.

M: Milk chocolate smoothness, brown sugar, and raisins. There is a base of earthiness and soil. There is a hint of wood which adds to the wonderful chocolate notes.

T: The chocolate opens up the palate along with a brown sugar sweetness. There is also some raisins and faint dark fruit which adds to the sweetness. Then comes earthy, espresso bitterness and wood which adds complexity. The finish is hot with rum like alcohol.

M: Smooth and syrupy thick with faint carbonation. Solid feel.

O: A solid chocolate stout with nice wood and chocolate notes. Capable but lacking the complexity needed to enter the upper echelon of barrel aged stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 05:14:44 | More by ElSid
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Brew date: April 2013.

The beer poured a deep, opaque chocolate brown, with only a 1/2 finger head.

Strong cocoa aroma from the head.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- more so than other Great Divide Imperial stouts I have tasted.

The cocoa taste is intense. Some vanilla.

In order to fully enjoy the balance of this beer, it should be tasted at warmer temps:52F+.
A refreshing maltiness at warmer temps.

Served colder, there is less balance. The finish is hoppy and bitter, even though the brewery states that it accentuated the cocoa and toned down the hops.

Warmer temps bring out the balance- all the tasting elements blend.

It is important to taste this beer in a snifter. I first started with a large balloon glass and switched to a snifter, which enhanced the taste.

Overall, a very good beer. I prefer the less hoppy, smoother Imperial stouts from Great Divide.
There is a lot of cocoa and hoppy bitterness in this beer- which seemed a bit over the top.
Regardless- a very good beer and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:16:05 | More by brureview
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heygeebee

Australia

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Platinum. Bottled 2011.

A - black 'n' tan, one finger dense head, spotty lace.

S - massive waft of chocolate when opened. Intense, and vanilla bomb as well. World class.

T - chocolate to the fore, but then a surprise adder of chilli warmth . Go figure. And roasts of coarse. Warmth taste takes over from the chocolate. Also coconut, and vanilla.

M - on money, medium weight, lightly carbed, velvety, luscious, all you could want for style. Alcohol well hidden.

O - sensational beer, but with a slight twist. Where did the chilli come from?

ADDENDUM.... - all these notes taken before either reading bottle label, or these reviews. Seems as tho my bottle had a lot more cayenne heat than anyone else's .. lots more ah well, it kinda detracted from the overall. Would have been mainly 5s without the heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:22:00 | More by heygeebee
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,008 ratings.