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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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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rocky tan head that leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and scorched marshmallow with undertones of cayenne

Taste: Dark chocolate infused caramel with scorched marshmallow, up front; by mid-palate, both the hops and the cayenne come roaring in, with the cayenne leaving a burning sensation into the finish; chocolate syrup undertones, throughout

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; heat on the tongue from the cayenne

Overall: Wasn't expecting the cayenne, but love the impact it has on this beer

Photo of Chincino
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured very thick and reminded me of pouring syrup as it went into the glass.

The beer is a very dark brown, almost black with very light brown head. The aroma is strong of chocolate and malts.

This is a good strong stout full of flavor.


Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle and poured into a tulip, dark thick inky black as night. The aroma is heavy chocolate and dark roasted malts. Taste is chocolate slight alcohol burn at the end but not too much. This is a nice stout and I could see some age making it a little better. great beer to end the night with or warm you up a little.

Photo of rhong187
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap in a tulip

A - jet black, appears to be very thick with about a finger of head

S - didn't detect a ton of chocolate, but picked up a decent amount of wood and almost a smoky aroma. i got a small amount of chocolate as it warmed.

T - predominant smoke and bitter chocolate notes, with a small amount of sweetness.

M - I found it to be a bit thin, with low carbonation. Would have liked more body to it.

Decent, but nothing really overwhelmed me. However if you're a fan of chocolate stouts, still worth trying.

Photo of dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark black with absolutely no light getting through thi s black hole with 2 fingers of rocky head. The head recedes VERY slowly, excellent lacing/coating.

Smells of hand made artisinal dark chocolates, heavily roasted coffee beans and roasted malt. Maybe so cocoa powder.l and vanilla....

Taste follows the nose. I might be catching some of the cayenne but not enough to take away from the awesomeness of this beer. Definitely getting some solid vanilla notes on the back end.

Full body and then some! This is a viscous and chewy stout. It's all kinds of thick and coats every square mm of your mouth with each sip.

Overall, this is a cash money beer. Glad I picked this one up on a whim regardless of some of the criticism this beer has been getting from the cayenne. This was one hell of a rich, decadent, chewy, viscous motha fuckin stout. Cheers bitches!

Photo of Jules11788
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch-black color; thumb-width light brown head, lots of lacing

S: Smoky wood, chocolate, coffee

T: Lots of bitter smoky wood, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee

M: Thick, rich and creamy, like chocolate milk; barely any hint of booze

O: This has lots of delicious bitter wood/chocolate/coffee flavors, balanced nicely by a round, smooth, texture that feels soft on the tongue, not harsh or boozy at all. Very delicious!

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

Wasn't a huge fan of the regular Yeti, so I went into this tasting a little hesitant. Glad to say, this beer pleasantly surprised me.

A: Deep dark brown liquid poured out of the bottle thick like motor oil. The beer displayed a 1+ finger head that was a burnt orange, ashy brown. The head was creamy and exhibited lots of lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, some hops poke through with some molasses and a hint of spice. Smells pretty damn tasty.

T: Cocoa, vanilla, some bitter hops, slight spice builds throughout. Lots of earthy undertones played perfectly with the bitter chocolate, but I felt the cayenne pepper became to pronounced by the end.

M: Silky, thick and creamy

O: As I said before, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and will definitely be drinking again in the future.

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

Poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Body is opaque black with a thick sudsy tan head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, vanilla, milk, and hops. Get a bit of the cayenne pepper in the nose.

Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, toast, raisins. Then you get a good jolt of the cayenne, which builds if you hold it in the mouth and with each additional sip.

Body is thick and has a creamy mouthfeel.

This tastes very good overall, but the cayenne is a bit overdone.

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

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Dark black with a brown head about a finger thick that lingers for a long time as I let the beer warm up.

Aroma: Slight roasted notes, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, and subtle spices.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted grain, and a spiciness that builds on every sip. The cayenne adds a really nice dimension to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation and a spicy finish that slowly heats up after every sip.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, more then the espresso oak aged version. I like the complexity that was added to the beer.

Photo of Jeffo
3.84/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of lostandwandering
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of bramsdell
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Ungertaker
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Fenris244
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of DCon
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Retsinis
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of jm1229
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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