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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,324
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 149
Gots: 515 | FT: 23
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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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elliot23

Montana

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like motor oil the way it swirls in the glass. Pours a nice dark roasty caramel color. The nose is boozy and milk chocolate. Some coffee there but muted. The taste.. Mmmm, nice. Flavor is more milk and some dark chocolate. Coffee in there as well, almost like a warm mocha. Not much booz in the taste. Dark malts. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness from the malts. A little cayenne pepper in there on the back end that gives this a nice full circle finish. Very full bodied RIS. Drinkability is probably medium. It took me a while to put a bomber of this one back... Good stuff though.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:45:00 | More by elliot23
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

A tasty treat. Vey dark brown body, with a bit of off-white head. Above average mouthfeel. Chocolate, ginger, and oaky wood.Aroma is a little boozy, roasty, chocolate. Well balanced stout, and chocolate works well here, less coffee is nice.Very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:08:32 | More by Sammy
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crashlimo

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an dark black with a slight tan head. Leaves a noticeable lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate (a far more subtle chocolate aroma than one might expect). Notes of oak are prominent.

T: A bitter but not overpowering dark chocolate taste followed by a wonderful spiciness. Flavors of coffee are distinctive as well.

M: Full bodied and smooth. The high ABV is well hidden.

D: Not overpowering with either the chocolate or booze. Quite nice.

I like this beer for the same reason I love dark chocolate (and hate milk chocolate). It harnesses the great chocolate flavor without overpowering the yeti. Also, the spicy finish (I believe a hint of cayenne is responsible) is absolutely fantastic

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:53:54 | More by crashlimo
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass

Beer is black with some ruby/brown highlights and has a large tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving behind spotty lacing.

The nose is much more subdued than I had expected. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and a slight hint of dark fruits mix to create a very nice, inviting aroma. There is also a slight hint of alcohol, not too much, but enough to let you know that it boasts a fairly big ABV.

The taste seems to be dominated by chocolate and coffee. There are also some supporting flavors that give a little complexity to the brew; there are some dark fruits, some spicyness from the peppers, and just the slightest hop bitterness. The wood adds some vanilla notes that are barely noticable and almost seem out of place with the rest of the flavor profile. The alcohol is well masked, hard to tell that its 9.5%. Full bodied and slightly dry.

Overall this is a terrific beer, very well crafted

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 16:58:07 | More by CBlack85
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 9.5% abv. Bottled May 3, 2010. Black as night pour. Creamy mocha head. Very appealing as the head retentionscores high. When things finally fade, some nice spots of lace. A good looker here.

Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt up front. Some oak and vanilla. A whiff of alcohol. Licorice and molasses. More dark chocolate and milk chocolate at the end.

Rich, dark roasted malt, with layers of chocolate. Molasses, some cream as well. A bit of heat from the alcohol. Some tannins from the oak as it dries towards the finish. Chocolate lingers for a while.

Body seems just a bit thin, not the chewy monster I expected. Some heat from the alcohol. Nice lower amount of carbonation. Very nice, although I think I enjoyed the espresso better. Still, nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:35:53 | More by Bierguy5
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

A: pours a thick syrupy black, completely opaque, dark brown head, decent retention, some spotty lacing

S: deep dark bitter chocolate, lots of roast, a little bit of licorice and molasses, a hint of chile on the end

T: the front is big and sweet, lots of bitter chocolate and sweet malts, after the initial sweetness fades, the peppers come to the front, as I sip this, the heat builds up quite a bit and leaves the palate tingling long after being swallowed. Lots of interesting stuff going on here and lots of pepper character.

MF: thick, syrupy, chewy

D: this is a sipper for sure, it gets a bit hot about halfway through my first glass, also very thick. Overall, the flavors are complex and interesting. The spiciness from the peppers nicely offsets the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 02:20:23 | More by homebrew311
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beeragent

Texas

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

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark dark brown, almost black, forming a ½ inch dark mocha head. Medium lacing slides down the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T - The coffee/roasted malts coat the palate at the beginning, before the smooth chocolate flavor takes over in the finish, and a hint of peppery spices and wood. Very smooth taste, and the flavors blend very well although I don't detect as much of the oak. The alcohol is well hidden. After the swallow, the spiciness really comes out and remains on the palate.

M - Heavy bodied, slightly chewy, and very smooth. Low amount of carbonation throughout.

D - Awesome flavor, body, and aroma. I expected a little more chocolate flavor, as the roasted malts and coffee overpowered the chocolate. There is also not much of an oak presence, but the pepper presence is definitely there. Very interesting flavor combination!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 00:16:47 | More by beeragent
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin tan-colored head, which completely evaporated with time. No lacing; just a little collar on each. The body was completely opaque and jet black in appearance.

S- The nose is rich- overwhelmingly chocolate- like milk chocolate, with a little booze on the nose, a touch of vanillins, and a touch of oak fruitiness. Quite complex and interesting.

T- Flavor is overall disappointing. I'm getting some mildly sweet roasty malts up front, but they are quickly overwhelmed by toasted oak flavor and an intense wave tannin delivers an intense bitterness through the finish. Far less complexity than I would have hoped for from the nose. Where's the chocolate? Oh yeah- it's hidden beneath the oak haphazardly thrown into this brew...

M- A big chewy body with some creaminess imparted by a soft carbonation. Substantial astringency and some moderate heat from the ethanol. The astringency is what holds-back this beer form a better rating on mouthfeel.

D- Drinkability is hindered by the overwhelming bitterness and astringency. This is definitely a beer worth tasting... but not worth drinking 22oz. of...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 13:35:02 | More by jgasparine
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

1.98/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

22oz bottle into tulip glass at 45 degrees. Bottled May 3rd.

2F of sticky tan/brown head over jet black body with no edges. Great lacing.

Coarse aroma - burnt chocolate, dark fruits, strange plastic-like chemical quality, and dirty earth.

Cocoa up front, hoppy bite in the middle, but with a vodka-like alcohol burn on the throat in the finish... guessing that's the cayenne? Ashtray aftertaste - gross. It tastes like I'm breathing out a bad cigarette. WTF. Maybe this batch had too much cayenne dumped in??

Can't believe I'm drain pouring this after the amount of money I spent. This was the ONE beer I was going to have tonight. Pissed.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 02:49:30 | More by BeerImmediately
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour! Looked like ink coming out of the bottle and then the head rose, looking like a chocolate milkshake from the top. Two fingers' thick it compresses into one finger's thickness, leaving sticky lace as it falls. The lace is left behind, keeping a record of each sip as a tree marks each passing year with its rings.

Maybe it's just the name, but yeah, chocolate and oak come through in the nose, lying on a bed of toast. Vanilla also comes through, marrying it all together.

The taste is almost entirely different. The oak-aging leaves a slight bourbon impression on the palate, not as strong as stouts actually aged in bourbon barrels, but remember that bourbon gets its flavor from charred oak barrels. Same deal seems to be going on here. So there's a smoky, earthy quality. Bitter chocolate is also there with a stress on bitter. There's also a burn to it and I'm not sure if it's due to the alcohol, but it almost feels as if chili peppers were in use. I said "feels", not "tastes". And then I read the bottle and realized that they put cayenne in the beer. The smokiness gives it more of a chipotle feel to it though. Very complex.

The cayenne gives you a burn on the palate that could be masking the alcohol or working with it...hard to tell. It's a strange sensation and I wound up cleansing my palate before my second quaff just to be sure the beer wasn't interacting with anything I had prior. As much as I find this a little distracting (I don't drink chili beers for this very reason), the body is silky and on par with the best stouts. Most chili beers use crap beer as a base and let the chilies deliver the flavor. In this, the chilies are a punctuation mark to long, complex sentence. This is how chilies SHOULD be used in beer, even if I still don't much like it. And this coming from a chilihead who eats habaneros and bhut jolokia and makes his own spice rubs that send many into hyperventilation. I like to keep my loves separate. Oh, and that burn really sticks around. I going to have to grab a pretzel rod to get it out of my mouth.

I prefer the standard Yeti so far, but I've heard that the Espresso version is the best. I'll have to put that to the test one of these days.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:17:09 | More by Naugros
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Kendo

New York

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

Bottled on May 10, 2010, consumed on July 28, 2010 -- so this one's pretty fresh.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is BLACK. A finger chocolate-brown head settles fast, leaving just a small film on top. No lacing.

S: Chocolate, with a hint of coffee, then some bourbon as it warms. Mostly about the chocolate, especially on first blush.

T: First impression: roasted barley malt in a BIG way. Coffee bitterness seems to fight with dark chocolate bitterness for control. Alcohol heat is noted at the finish. The cayenne spice shows up late and lingers into the aftertaste. As it warms, the alcohol is more noticed, and I get a stronger sense of booze and bourbon.

M: Just about full bodied. A bit creamy in feel. Carbonation is medium - not fine, but not harsh.

D: Heat makes me slow down a bit -- heat from both the 9.5% ABV and the cayenne. It's still a solid drinker, but I can't help but wonder what some time in the cellar would do to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 19:59:11 | More by Kendo
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ZiggyStarbuck

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber I just cracked 10 minutes ago.

Appearance is pitch black, no light is getting through. Looks delicious. I don't even want to drink it, just admire it's beauty.

Smell is of rich dark chocolate (obviously), raisins, dark malts, molasses, some subtle espresso notes and some earthy floral hops.

Taste almost identical to smell. Very, very tasty. I love it. Not too chocolately, but it balances amazingly with the hops and malt. Not quite as good as the standard Yeti, but that is hard to beat. *EDIT* As the beer warms up, the cayenne starts to show itself. I absolutely love it.

Mouthfeel is thick, yet not syrupy, carbonation is higher than expected, but it's not a bad thing.

Drinkability is very good for a beer of this style, I could down a couple of bombers of this no problem (though I would be broke and drunk afterwards). Very highly recommended for fans of imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 04:58:33 | More by ZiggyStarbuck
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berpwillie

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours an opaque black color with extra large light brown head and good lacing that receded slowly. soft carbonation and strong chocolate smell. taste was the same with caramel and vanilla hints. woody oak flavor and spiciness were very potent. some bitter harsh hop flavor as well. finish was very harsh bitter, chalky and spicy. full bodied and long flavor duration. creamy sticky texture. very complex flavor, this beer is definitely not for the untrained palate. the plethora of flavors in this brew bite hard.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 17:50:27 | More by berpwillie
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Soilworker

Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled on May 10 2010.

A: Coffee black with a thick brown head. There is excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Hops are much more prevalent than I expected but I would assume this is due to the fact that it is quite fresh still with no age on it. Behind the hops there are dark rich malts along with pleasant notes of chocolate and some vanilla bean character. I sense some woody oaky notes that lightly linger throughout.

T: Huge amounts of roasted malts with a hints of burnt wood going along with it. Hops are no where near as prevalent as I would have expected from the nose but this is a good thing, but they are obviously still here and are a nice addition. Chocolate notes are here as well, in the background, and are more bitter and not necessarily sweet as one would expect. The oak seem to contribute subtle vanilla notes more than anything. Finish is lingering burnt malt flavor on the tongue with a nice warming sensation in the throat.

M: Thick and chewy. Moderate amount of carbonation.

D: This is quite a big and complex beer and it might get a little tedious to drink after a while. But I really enjoyed this one and could definitely have a few of these in the night if the ABV didn't slow me down.

Notes: This is my first Great Divide beer and I was thoroughly impressed with it. I will definitely be buying more before its gone and I plan on saving them till the winter months. Its a good thing its nice and cool in my basement :)

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 04:22:40 | More by Soilworker
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JRed

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque in body with bubbly milk chocolate head. Sweet aroma of dark chocolate mousse, chocolate shavings, hint of vanilla and wood, slight maple in the finish along with cinnamon. Strong in flavors of dark chocolate and oak characteristics, side notes of bourbon, cinnamon, and hop bitterness as an aftertaste. The oak rushes in towards the end of the drink and finishes dry. A bit of a woody, charcoal aftertaste settles in reminiscent of cigarettes. Thick in mouthfeel and sits heavily on the belly but not uncomfortably. A good yin yang going on here between the sweet and the ash.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:31:27 | More by JRed
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd give this one a try, since I received another bottle, thanks to my wife!

Appearance: Very inviting. Poured a dark opaque chocolate black/brown with a mocha brown two finger head that lingered.

Smell: Subtle chocolatey nose.

Taste: Palate was bitter dark chocolates, oaky, and spicy...decadant. The peppery spice becomes more apparent after the sweeter notes dissipate.

Mouthfeel: Body was medium, Creamy. Finish was long with a lingering spicy burn.

Drinkability: The re-taste went better than the inital bottle, I think there was less of the cayenne or whatever pepper they use. It seems better balanced that I remember previously.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 15:54:05 | More by JackieTH
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

this was a bit of a disappointment for me. I've never had any of the other yetis, but I will certainly try them because they must be better than this one given all the hype.

Pour looks great: extremely dark brown, almost black, with a nice deep tan head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smell is solid. A bit of bittersweet chocolate, as well as some richer chocolate notes. Some faint hop citrus and earthy tones, and a bit of alcohol.

The taste has a lot to it, but not necessarily in a good way. A bit muddled and a big let down given my expectations. Starts off with a bit of citrus hop flavors, and quickly rounds into notes of bittersweet chocolate, with some milkiness making its way in there. Then i get a good amount of heat, which I suppose is from the cayenne pepper, but it really clashes with the alcohol in the brew and makes it hard to tell which is which. The result really makes the back end of the flavor of this one much less enjoyable. The pepper is also overdone completely. I think with the chocolate and slightly burnt notes, a bit of cayenne could have done well, but the amount they added really hurt the flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid. A bit too much carbonation, but it is nice and creamy and smooth. Coats the mouth.

If it weren't for the clashing of the pepper and the alcohol heat, I think this beer would be awesome. As it is, though, it is just a decent imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:47:19 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, opaque brownish black with a mocha colored head about 2 fingers high which leaves a fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Immediately after opening the bottle the scent of chocolate entered my nose. Following that on the initial nose, faint scents of citrus were present along with a slight milky scent almost like a malted milk ball.

T: Reminds me of Left Hand Milk Stout. Present in the taste is a nice amount of maltiness followed by mocha and slight citrus notes. On the finish the hops were present along with a slight amount of alcohol.

M: Initially very smooth and slick feeling on the tongue. On the finish a bit of carbonation was present, seemingly a little bit too much, but not overly so. The alcohol while present was not overly powerful, but present nonetheless.

D: Definitely drinkable, quite enjoyable, I'd definitely buy another, though unfortunately I had to go on quite a trip for this, not local to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:31:09 | More by Daktyls
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Phelps

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a tasting on July 4, 2010. Had this one right after the espresso-aged version, which I enjoyed tremendously.

Looks: thicker than the espresso yeti. The head is a shade or two darker, a milk chocolate brown, with better retention and some nice layered lace.

Smells: hoppier than the espresso, which is interesting since the bottle says they turned down the hops on this one. Bright pine and grapefruit flavors strike the nose first. The chocolate is subdued here, replaced by a sweet whole milk flavor. Tangy dark fruits are noticeable as well, with a wooded oak vanilla background.

Tastes: spicy! It takes me a few sips to realize where the heat singeing my mouth is coming from -- it's the cayenne. The chocolate finally shows itself, with a pronounced dark chocolate tang. The pepper adds an interesting twist.

Feels: confusing. It's hard to distinguish the heat of alcohol with the burn of they cayenne.. The body's a bit runny, somewhere between medium and light. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinks: like a less-favorite child. I'd place this Yeti several notches below the espresso-aged version. While the cayenne adds something interesting to the drink, there's just not enough chocolate there to balance it all out.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 01:00:56 | More by Phelps
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yesyouam

New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is a solid black beer with a thick, smooth brown head that has incredible retention and lacing. It has a warm, rich chocolate and vanilla aroma with resiny oak tones. It's full bodied and very smooth with a light, clean finish. The flavor starts with oak: first resin, then vanilla. Then it's on to chocolate: first candy bar, then baker's chocolate. The chocolate bitterness fades in a spicy cayenne rumble. It's very tasty, very complex and very satisfying. The oak is a little heavy, but this is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 19:36:42 | More by yesyouam
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TheSarge

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive amounts of dark khaki colred head and a pitch black body.

In the aroma I detect vanilla, coffee, and some cocoa.

The taste is very complex. Very chocolaty, coffee, smoke, and a bit of char.

In the MF it's chewy and bubbly... Very warming in the end.

This is a beer for the cold. I'd love to try this one again in January vice July.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 02:06:35 | More by TheSarge
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler filled at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting Mall.

A: Pours an opaque black with a small tight tan head that has dissipated into a thin layer leaving some decent lacing behind.

S: Smells of chocolate and dark roasted malts. There is also a very prominent herbal hop aroma as well. When the beer is cold the oak is more noticable.

T: The first thing I taste in this beer is a dark almost bittersweet chocolate followed very quickly by a bitter hoppiness. Espresso is also very prominent in this one. A wonderful aftertaste of dark chocolate and bitter hops. At first the oak is very pronounced, but as the beer warms the coffee and chocolate flavors take over. When it's warm the beer is similar in flavor to chocolate syrup, tho it retains the bitter aftertaste.

M: This beer is full bodied and leaves a behind just a tad bit of alcohol burn. Still very smooth and almost silky.

D: This beer has a very complex intense flavor profile. If you like chocolate, coffee, and hops you should love this beer, but it is a bit overpowering, and I don't think I could drink this one all the time.

This is deffinitly a quality beer, it's just a bit too much for me right now, and I prefer the original Yeti. If it ain't broke don't fix it!

Serving type: growler

07-19-2010 22:29:19 | More by spartanfan
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice 1.5 finger creamy dark tan head sitting on top of a dense black beautiful beer which left some very decent lacing. I got the aromas of Chocolate, wood, coffee and bready dark maltiness. . . and then a little more chocolate. At first taste I got more hop pressence than i expected but I really liked that. Cocoa, coffee, and a bit of spiceyness rounded ou thte flavor. It was quite dry and balanced wonderfully with a clean aftertaste. A bit lighter on the palate than I had expected as well, still full bodied and beautiful, just lighter than I expected. very drinkable for the style and alc% as well. Very nicely done

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 11:34:25 | More by thepeter
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the best of the Oak Aged Yeti series.

A: Big thick chocolate colored head of 2 fingers fades semi slowly with a nice lacing, over a pitch black super thick beer with legs the size of Italy.

N: Chocolate malt up the wazoo, with cocoa nibs, chocolate milk, bakers chocolate, etc etc etc. It's rich, with caramel, dark malts, sweet, semi bitter, molasses, slight booze, and a touch of chili peppers.

T: RIch and thick right off the bat, syrupy as well. Sweet, with a touch of warming booze and slightly tingly. Some light spicy pepper, cayenne, with lots of chocolate again, including but not limited to, baker's, cocoa nibs, malts, milk, melted smores, etc. Oatmeal also makes a showing, with more light roast, touch of vanilla and light oak, some earthy bitter hops and some bitterness from a slight earthy charred malt flavor. I do get some malted milk ball effect.

M: Very thick and rich, creamy, with good carbonation for the style.

F: Bitter is the key word here. More earthy bitter hops, and some bitter charred malts lingering, with more spicy lingering pepper on the back on the throat. Lots of malts and syrups as it coats the entire mouth for hours after the beer.Some roast and even a little coffee at this point. Some vanilla shines through with the chocolate as it all lingers, as well as some oak here and there. A little syrupy sweetness but somehow not sticky.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 00:06:20 | More by jlindros
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

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

For my 800th review, I thought I would break out something different and special. So, I broke out this bad boy, bottled on June 15, 2009. With a year of age, lets see how she does.

Pours pitch black with a substantial, creamy, foamy, and thick, viscous tan head of much repute. The foam stays around quite a while and leaves copious amounts of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and alcoholick with freshly shaved bitter chocolate in the nose as well. Slightly fruity with metallic and chalky notes.

Quite a bit of raw, bitter chocolate in the profile. I would say it is like eating bakers chocolate mixed with pure cocoa chocolate; bitter and astringent but loaded with chocolate flavor. A bit of vanilla complements the chocolate nicely. Oaky without being boozy and bourbony. Nicely done.

A very solid beer. The chocolate is certainly noticeable but thankfully, it isnt that syrupy sweet chocolate that is prevalent in the majority of the chocolate subgenre. Borderline drinkable with this one weighing in at 9.5%, but solid overall. Alcohol is very warming and a bit hot but not too distasteful.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 19:38:27 | More by SaCkErZ9
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,324 ratings.