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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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2,375 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,375
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 153
Gots: 526 | FT: 23
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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Photo of alleykatking


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown almost black color. Some light red hues when held to the light. One and a half finger mocha color that shows medium retention. Nice ringy and streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of chocoalte malts in the front of the aroma. Some light roast with a lot of vanilla in the middle. Some light oak and some hints of earthy hops. This beer when warms has more of a alcohol in the ending with light hints of the peppers.

T- A lot of roasted and chocolate malts in the front of this. The wood comes through a little green toward the middle with hints of vanilla here and there. The alcohol comes through in the middle as well and warms up through the ending. Chocolate malts come back in the ending with some light hops in the overall ending. The peppers come through at the end and linger for a bit after each sip.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Chocolate malts with light roasted and oaky flavors left on the palate. Chocoalte malts and pepper in the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. Medium to heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were actually blended well for the style. Hops and malts balanced great with the hints of oak. Clean flavors throughout.

D- This beer is a nice drinker flavorwise. The ABV and heavy feel to this limits it overall sadly though. One of my favorites in the Yeti series. I would love to split this with a fellow beer drinker.

12-08-2010 07:19:12 | More by alleykatking
Photo of stonermouse


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours with a dark chocolate brown body, with a milk chocolate brown head that never quits. This is one good-looking brew.

Smell is suprisingly muted, with light cocoa and a slight hint of bitterness. I'm glad it didn't beat me over the nose with aroma, however, because...

The flavor is an absolute cannon ball. Wow, this beer literally is a meal. Great dark chocolate flavor and nuttiness, and the spicy bite at the end is subtle but really interesting and surprisingly compatible with the bold chocolate. A slightly sweeter chocolate would've been more to my liking, but it's still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. Dense and full-bodied; just perfect for the accompanying flavors.

Drinkability is high, for a while, then you just get full. The flavors are so rich that one bomber was way too much. I would liken it to an ice cream sundae... a single scoop is nice, but a five-scoop sundae just makes you feel gross by the end. I should have shared this with a couple others.

12-08-2010 04:53:47 | More by stonermouse
Photo of BuckeyeOne


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Had on tap at Stub & Herb's.

Poured a near black with a tan head that left a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma is dark chocolate with a bit of burnt coffee, molasses, and vanilla.

First the dark chocolate (but tasted at first like they added powdered Hershey's cocoa mix) then the cayenne. I'm digging the cayenne. This is like drinking liquid mole. The flavor of the chocolate improves as it warms. Doesn't taste so much like cocoa mix but like syrup. Would like a bit more dried fruit and molasses.

It's medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Definitely pick up the heat of the cayenne in the back of the throat.

Not sure I could drink too many of these. While the alcohol is well-masked by the mole, this beer is a bit overwhelming. Maybe it would be better shared?

12-01-2010 02:40:53 | More by BuckeyeOne
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottled May 28, 2010.

Appearance -- Pours incredibly dark with two fingers of stiff dirty brown head.

Smell -- Mellow roast malt, dark chocolate, green oak, vanilla, leather, pipe tobacco, and some gentle pepper heat. Aroma is nice, but not great.

Taste -- Well-roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, woody oak, leather, anise, and a hint of gentle pipe tobacco. The dark chocolate character present is more earthy as opposed to sweet. The cayenne addition is initially subtle, with only the slightest shadow of capsaicin heat in the finish. A slow burn for certain. Lingering flavors of dark chocolate and oak.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and chewy with mild carbonation. Liquid velvet. Very satisfying.

Drinkability -- This was a pleasant surprise, actually. The cayenne was a nice addition. There's just enough spicy heat to cut the mild chocolate sweetness and elevate the beer out of the realm of 'just another chocolate stout.'

11-30-2010 04:06:27 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of BigB415


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

22oz bottle poured into my 22oz glass. For this beer I made sure my palate was clean since I haven't eaten in a while. Poured black with dark brown head. I can definitely smell some chocolate. When I took my first sip I noticed the cayenne immediately. It took a while for me to pick up the chocolate taste but I noticed it. I think the cayenne is a nice touch and that's what sets it apart from other chocolate stouts or oak aged stouts. As others said it's good for sipping since the pepper will eventually overload you if you gulp unless you like spicy stuff.

11-27-2010 06:48:45 | More by BigB415
Photo of chumba526


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Appears black with a thick dark brown head.

It smells of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and oak. There is also a bit of a raw alcohol smell: it slightly smells like bourbon.

It tastes like vanilla there is a slight woody taste. There is a nice dry bitter coco taste. There is a nice heat from the alcohol. The taste ends slightly spicy with a kick from the pepper. This is a pretty strong and intense beer but the multiple flavors of the beer go well with each other.

The carbonation is moderate low. There is smoothness to the beer.

The drinkability is limited as the beer has a bit of a spicy and hot kick to it.

Overall a great stout. Not my favorite of the yeti series but still great like the other yeti's.

11-26-2010 06:11:16 | More by chumba526
Photo of mikeborglum


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured 22 ounce bottle: Nice aroma with the chocolate and really sets up the flavor. A deep dark brown almost black color very opaque with a tall milk chocolate head and good retention. Obviously chocolate taste but the spicy cayanne finish is amazing. Lightened hop bitter taste with some alcohol presence. Nice full body sits well on the tongue with an oily texture but a little abrubt on the finish with the cayanne. Really nice stout and one you want to sip and enjoy or the spicy finish can overwhelm. Great after dinner.

11-24-2010 01:44:34 | More by mikeborglum
Photo of Thorpe429


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Thanks to Max for sharing this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a red wine glass. Pours a very dark brown color bordering on black with a thin mocha head and a bit of light lace on the edges of the glass. The nose is really nice with quite a bit of chocolate as well as some roast and light booze. There's a bit of vanilla there as well as a slight bit of oak.

The flavor is really chocolate-centric with a tiny oak presence, though that makes its way known more in the mouthfeel. Really nice and thick body. A bit heavy for all that much of. Some smooth vanilla is there in the finish. The finish also brings a touch of the pepper and I can't say that it really adds to the beer; in fact, it might detract a bit.

11-20-2010 02:39:46 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of vkv822


3.43/5  rDev -18.7%

22oz bottle into snifter.
bottled on May 3, 2010

Pours black with a frothy milk chocolate head.

The nose is of chocolate malts and oak upfront, as one would expect.

The taste is of sweet cocoa and very light roasty malts, with oak notes. There is a faint vanilla touch coming through from the oak. The cayenne starts out as a nice touch in the finish but soon becomes quite over bearing. I enjoyed the flavors at first but as I get further into the bottle it becomes a bit messy.

It has a smooth, creamy medium body with very well done carbonation.

I really don't know what to think, at first I wasn't very impressed, then the cayenne picked up and I really enjoyed it but as I progress through the bottle the cayenne has become over bearing and distracting. While the chocolate is there, I feel this should be advertised as spiced chocolate stout.

11-18-2010 04:20:47 | More by vkv822
Photo of sixthglass


3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

A: Black. The head on this is dark brown. Slight lacing

S: Sweet Cocoa, Oak, Slight Vanilla, slight booze.

T: Bitter Chocolate, Oak, Vanilla, Booze, Burn.

M: Good mouthfeel, coats and sticks, leaving a nice burning after taste.

D: This is a sipping beer for me, Not something I would drink on a regular basis. As the beer warms up.. the chocolate taste becomes less bitter and more sweet.

11-17-2010 20:13:22 | More by sixthglass
Photo of Blanco


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

pitch black, dark brown head, excellent lacing. the bottom of the glass shows hints of carbonation. smell is overwhelmingly of really dark chocolate and the dark fruit notes that it brings. the taste is probably one of the strongest yet pleasant chocolate note I've had in a beer. slight hint of spice from the cayenne, but not as much as I thought i would get (and I'm thankful for that). It adds just a touch of heat I find pleasant. think in the mouthfeel, yet not syrupy and some slight coating. Extremely drinkable especially for the ABV. this is right up there with every yeti offering i've tried yet. just a fantastic job.

11-15-2010 01:37:20 | More by Blanco
Photo of GPHarris


3.63/5  rDev -14%

2009 vintage

a - poured a dark black body with a light brown head into a snifter that left a good ring and sheeting throughout.
s - lots of vanilla and oak. some of the spice comes through the more this warms up.
t - the chocolate and spice really comes through in the taste with a hint of oak and vanilla. i love oaked beers and i love chocolate beers but the marriage of these two in this one seems a little off. the cayenne doesn't add anything to it in my opinion, it's just distracting.
m - thick, creamy and smooth.
d - good sipper. i love oak aged yeti but overall this disappointed me.

11-08-2010 17:25:06 | More by GPHarris
Photo of rapidsequence


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

22 oz bottle with a $11 sticker on it. Bottled July 16, 2009.

Appearance: Pitch black with the slightest little hint of red around the edges. Brown, frothy head with good retention. Spotty sheets of lacing.

Smell: Really great smelling chocolate aromas. Sweet and bittersweet. Vanilla and caramel too. A little oak. A little hint of grassy hops.

Taste: I didn't smell a lot of oak, but there's quite a bit of green oak flavor. The beer is of course dominated by roasty and chocolate flavor. The alcohol is noticable and hot from the middle to the finish, and is then replaced by a long gentle burn from the cayenne.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick in a good, big stout way. The heat from the booze and the burn from the cayenne becomes a distraction.

Drinkability: I think this beer would be much better without the cayenne. I'll take the regular Yeti instead. Yeah, I'm grading down the taste and the mouthfeel because the more I drink, the more I dislike the burn.

11-08-2010 01:43:37 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of paulozanello


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

Bomber opened at room temperature (60 F).

Pours a deep black and opaque color with lots of brown-reddish foam and huge amounts of lacing.

Smell is roasted malts, wood/oak, a little chocolate and lots of booze.

Taste begins with dark malts that are soon subdued by wood/oaky notes. I get some bitter chocolate also. Then towards the end comes an avalanche of Alcohol and cayenne peppers that makes my whole body get warm after I swallow.

I again get a very creamy and silky mouthfeel that I got from the regular Yeti but this one has so much noticeable Alcohol and hot spiciness that the drinkability goes downhill. Leaves your mouth aching and pulsating after the sip.

Body is heavy and carbonation is moderate to high. Aftertaste is a little chocolaty and spicy.

This is a big beer that is a little unbalanced but certainly interesting, but please share this with your friends instead of drinking a whole bomber in one sitting like myself.

I'll stick with the regular Yeti over this one.

11-06-2010 03:46:15 | More by paulozanello
Photo of Beejay


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Black. The head on this is a dark brown, and is a bit stronger than some of the other yeti brethren.

S: Sweet and oaky. A bit of booze in the nose as well as a decent amount of chocolate and vanilla. Nice soft vanilla flavors meld into the oak. The hops are definitely toned down in this. The other versions of yeti I have had were dominated by an earthy hop smell and taste, I don't miss them too much.

T: Nice oakiness right away, as well as a touch of booze. You catch a bit of the oak, and a subtle slow burn of the cayenne. The chocolate and vanilla are in there, but are harder to pick out. This is certainly an odd brew... I don't taste the peppers as much as feel them. They almost replace the hops in a very unique way. Quite an interesting beer! As it warms the chocolate starts to become a lot more present.

M: Nice medium body, the carbonation and the spice really make this beer feel active. A little syrupy, but the carbonation and spice make it feel a bit aggressive.

D: Not something I would drink everyday, but man is this an interesting beer. As it warms a the chocolate comes out a bit more. Very interesting. Touche.

11-04-2010 02:33:49 | More by Beejay
Photo of Traquairlover


3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

22-oz bottle poured into snifters.

A - Deep, rich mahogany which poured like engine oil, formed a caramel-mocha colored thick, fluffy head with very good retention, medium-heavy lacing as head recedes.

S & T = The cocoa nibs definitely make their presence known in the nose, but I am surprised to pick up more green vegetal hops scents than I expected. Not bad, just unexpected. Also present are caramel, frothed milk, some hints of bitter chocolate covered coffee beans, vanilla, perhaps traces of allspice and cinnamon.

M = Heavy body, good mouthcoating, nice smooth level of soft carbonation.

D = The drinkability on this one suffers somewhat from its big, bold flavors. Though it has a lot going for it, it also is somewhat difficult to take sip after sip. It is a good beer, and it does not have bad drinkability by any stretch, but it is not just an easy, dessert type beer.

11-01-2010 18:55:01 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Takahiro


2.78/5  rDev -34.1%

Shared a 750ml bottle between 2 people. Poured into a snifter.

A: pitch black color with brown foam, which dissipated fairly quickly.

S: chocolate, earthy hops, some mint, vanilla, licorice, and alcohol

T: big chocolate/caramel taste comes upfront. then alcohol dances with pepper spiciness. very oily, almost medicinal phenolics lingers on tongue/nose area and is followed by some hop aroma. hop bitterness sticks FOREVER, and it felt too much to me.

M: sticky oil, viscous motor oil. intense flavor. this bottle seem to have too much cayenne pepper. Not well balanced.

D: Not so well with this one. It's just too big, thick, and spicy to down this one. I had trouble finishing my portion.

10-29-2010 04:12:31 | More by Takahiro
Photo of TheDTrain


4.9/5  rDev +16.1%

22oz bottle split. bottle on 6/15/09. Thanks to Andy from BeerFM for generously sharing this one!

This one was incredible from start to finish. This thick jet black color has a strong aroma of bitter chocolate, vanilla, spice, and hints of wood from the oak. I didn't even realize it was 9% abv until it was nearly gone. A great balance. I just wanted to keep drinking this one.

10-28-2010 19:52:59 | More by TheDTrain
Photo of tewaris


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

On tap at Stub & Herb's in a 10 oz glass.

Appearance 4.5/5
Dark brown, looks black in the glass; with a dark brown, rich looking head that receded rather fast but left a decent lacing.

Aroma 3/5
Bunch of swirls coax a slightly chocolaty malt aroma, and perhaps oak. Some of the usual stout aroma when the beer got warm enough.

Taste 4/5
Dark malts, creamy chocolate and some oak that doesn't seem to meld too well, giving an impression of poorly done artificial flavoring. Still the base beer doesn't let this one taste too bad.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Good mouthfeel on this one with the right combination of roast, body, and carbonation.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Appropriate for the style and ABV.

10-28-2010 01:45:16 | More by tewaris
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into nonic pint...

A: pours an opaque black under the head that builds up as slowly as it disappears. the head itself is a mocha cappucino color and nearly as foamy as whipped milk. leaves thin spiderweb and thick arched lacing, and the head has excellent retention.

S: dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla, and woodsiness from the oak aging. The hop character from the original yeti is still present with aromas of earthy, piney, and lemony hops, along with celery salt

T: huge rush of cocoa and milk chocolate, with bittering coffee bean flavor, soon joined with the flavors of vanilla bean and oak contributed by the oak aging. finishes with unsweetened cocoa and spicy earthy hops, which layer with the cayenne pepper in the finish beautifully.

M: full bodied and creamy upfront which takes on a spicy and warming character that coats the mouth like melting chocolate. the "heat" from the cayenne pepper is what makes this one unique and full of life.

Overall, I feel that the Yeti and its oak aged counterparts are all among the best American Imperial Stouts that any brewery has to offer. Now I regret not buying one to age until next year.

P.S. I'd like to see more stouts of this style brewed with small amounts of peppers. Nothing overbearing, just a nice tingle.

10-27-2010 00:29:56 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

"Bottled on May 3, 2010"

Pours out a viscous, thick, oily black substance, looking like dark melted chocolate with a head of burnt gold on top. The head doesn't stay fluffy very long, but some semblance of it sticks around as a skim/crown combo the whole time.

Would it just be hyperbole to say the aroma is "mindblowing"? And so what? It really is an astounding thing to smell, reminding of Southern Tier's big coffee/chocolate stouts (Choklat, Jahva). Tons of gooey chocolate emanates from the snifter, hints of coffee roast, and a hoppy greenness offsetting the darker characteristics. The wood, while not really up front, lays back as a mellower layer. So do mineral and dark fruit aspects, but these are even subtler than the wood. A light flare of alcohol warmth colors everything in. My my my...a beautiful thing to behold.

Oh wait, I'm supposed to drink this too? Alright then. The chocolate is enormous, just absolutely huge. Rich, gooey, decadent. But it is, thankfully, hardly a one-dimensional chocolate-hammer. There are brighter notes here, thanks to the hops and alcohol, even a spicy element that pairs up with the alcohol to provide a welcome, never overdone bit of added heat. What I didn't realize until I read the label closer, already halfway into the bottle, was that this is actually brewed with cayenne pepper. Makes a lot of sense, and it's easy to ID now. Wood is, as with the aroma, dialed down and subtle, and that's for the best, as this could get almost too busy if the wood was screaming at the taste buds.

Texturally it's nearly perfect, but not quite. But oh so close. Slick, utterly round and even creamy, it stays alive and kicking thanks to some healthy carbonation. The bubbles disperse quickly and leave me thinking of puffed rice for some reason. It's there, but what you're feeling is actually thanks in part to air. Hmm. Another beguiling facet of C.O.A. Yeti.

Golly, this is amazing. Although not the flavor at the front of the taste profile, it's the presence of the cayenne that makes this shine, or at least stand out from the many other oak-aged, big-ass, double-chocolate, crazy-ass stouts out there right now. Would have been just as good without its addition, too. Held onto this for months, which is a record for me, maybe even too early to pop it open, being in the bottle for just under six months. No regrets at all, but I'll bet it will hold up for another several years, easily.

10-26-2010 23:20:26 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 9.5% ABV, Bottled on Jun 15 2009. Suggested food pairings listed.

Thanks to sweemzander for picking this up for me out in Michigan!

A - A tall pour unleashes a four-finger tan head that cascades slowly before ending in a super-dense pile. It rests lengthily above the midnight black beer and leaves thick curtains of lace behind. Perfect.

S - Smooth, rich milk chocolate makes the first appearance with a great opening. Notes of light oak add subtle delicate hints of character to the heavily roasted chocolate malt beer. Lactose finds it's way in, and this beer is surprisingly hoppy. Citrus and pine notes don't destroy the chocolate going on which is surprising. Light alcohol on the back end.

T - Slight hints at solvent alcohol are all that keep you grounded to the fact this is still a beer. Rich milk chocolate and notes of coffee blend to perfection in this bold stout. Light hints of hops don't let the sweetness get out of control.

M - Smooth and rich with a nice level of lactose sweetness in the mouth, it's full-bodied and balanced well with a lightly dry and bitter finish. There is a present alcohol feel but it's not distracting or cloying at all.

D - Sharing this was the way to go. It's too good to keep to one's self. Definitely a sipping beer though. So well balanced. I need to get some more of this asap.

10-22-2010 12:03:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

Big ol' bomber sent to me by mjmadden a while back, opened for my birthday...

A- Jet black, looks like motor oil. A finger of thick, mocha brown head. Probably one of the darkest heads I've seen on a beer. Good amounts of sticky lacing veil the sides of the glass, good head retention.

S- Lots of bitter chocolate with a touch of vanilla. A bit boozy and sweet. Quite a bit going on here, and overall pretty complex. Good amount of roastiness coming through as well, almost coffee-like.

T- Cocoa, vanilla and booze to start out with. Booze isn't too overwhelming, it just lets you know it's there. There's a good bite to it at the end from the peppers, almost numbs the tongue.

M- Thick, very heavy and smooth. Little carbonation. About right for the style.

D- Booze and pepper flavor get to me after a little bit. The complexity of it is more than enough to make me want more, but in the end it was a little too much. Good beer overall though!

10-16-2010 22:42:58 | More by kbeals
Photo of smakawhat


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

motor oil black pour, dark brown color, not too syrupy, pours a great brown chocolate head. Big tight head.

smell: intense chocolate malt, chocolate milkshake smell, cocoa

Tastes: slight pepper cayenne in mouth, choco senses are a bit overpowering not allowing for other flavors to come through, but it does taste like a chili chocolate bar, not much oak or vanilla as mentioned, some hops but faint, maybe even a little malty flavor...

Mouthfeel could have a little more body, just a tad more it's not totally watery.

A very enjoyable drinkable beer with or without food, although I cringe at some of their food pairing suggestions oysters... no...

10-12-2010 23:26:50 | More by smakawhat
Photo of jbertsch


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance is jet black with a frothy, coffee-colored head.

Aroma is seriously chocolately, but also gives you a sense of creme brulee, as well as a woodsy/oak/hickory note.

The taste puts milk chocolate up front and there's a sense of lactose in the middle. It finishes with a zesty zing thanks to the cayenne pepper (think mexican chocolate). The booze is definitely noticeable but not in the way.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and silky smooth. Drinkability is good enough, but the over-the-top flavor started to get tough to get a little tiresome at the end of the bomber.

Definitely recomended, but I'd prefer to share a bomber of this and not dirnk it all myself due to the intense flavor. (The cayenne pepper really takes over your mouth after a pint).

10-10-2010 16:12:16 | More by jbertsch
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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