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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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2,309 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,309
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 146
Gots: 509 | FT: 24
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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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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
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Pencible

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured pitch black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like milk chocolate and vanilla, with some citrus and a little oak and roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like citrus hops and rich dark chocolate, with some dry oak and sweet molasses and vanilla. It had a strong bitter aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It had very nice body; thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a very nice imperial stout, but I'm not sure if it was noticeably different or better than the standard Yeti or Oak-Aged Yeti. The alcohol was pretty hot, so this needed to be sipped. It seemed to highlight the citrus hops more than the chocolate flavorings, which was unexpected. But it's already quite tasty fresh, and I'm sure it will improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 18:25:09 | More by Pencible
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Docer

Washington

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

- Nice super dark rich brown... finger of mocha head down to a nice even thin layer left afloat.

- Certainly some chocolate present... grain, oats, sweet malt... bitter zing of coffee....

- Light ester to a rather delicious chocolate winner. Oak woody flavor blended with a bitter coffee and hop... sweet grain, oats.. rather good, and I think prefer over the espresso.

- Thick heavy body, slightly chalky... lightly sticky.

- Overall a solid stout... like the different offerings... but must say... I think I like the oak aged Yeti the best... the one that is not espresso or chocolate. But this is a close second.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 03:38:48 | More by Docer
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 6/16/10

Pours jet black with a lovely tan brown head crowning the top. The head lingers and sticks to the glass creating lacing art on the sides of the glass. This is one of the better dark beers I've seen come out of a bottle.

There is an even distribution between chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, and oak in the nose. Traces of nut exist somewhere in there as well.

The Taste: dark roasty malts upfront which transitions to chocolate and coffee. The end of the sip is quite spicy and bitter. It is a bit too much and takes away from what it is building in the front. I can't get over the spicy heat bite in this, very strange.

This is not as creamy as I would hope, feels thin on the tongue. The carbonation comes through right before the swallow and gets my mouth quite fuzzy.

I like this beer, but it doesn't quite live up to other Yeti's. The bitterness and spicy quality are a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 02:07:14 | More by TCgoalie
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Dubber55

New York

2.15/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Bottled May 28, 2010

Pours a pitch black with 1 finger mocha colored head. Some spotty lacing. Looks really nice.

Initially, I smell citrus. Lots of hops in the aroma. Then I smell coffee, a little bittersweet chocolate, and a lot of roasted malts.

This beer is heavy, burnt, dark, bitter, and roasted. The flavors consist of lots of hops, some citrus, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, and some sort of hot pepper. I have heard some people say cayenne- whatever it is, it doesn't taste good. Like somebody else said, it feels like someone is pepper spraying the back of my throat. I don't taste any oak or chocolate. It's astringent as well. Really unpleasant.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Pretty viscous and creamy. Low carbonation

Drinking this beer is a real chore. I choked down about 6 ounces and then I just gave up. I had to drainpour the rest. It is overly roasted, bitter, too hoppy, and too spicy. I taste the base beer but I don't taste any oak or chocolate. The spiciness and all the hops along with the alcohol completely mask all of the intended flavors of this beer. Its also overly roasted and astringent leading to lots of bitter, acrid, unpleasant flavors. Maybe with another year of aging this beer might be drinkable but, it's definitely not right now. I wasted $12 on this beer. Vile stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 01:40:11 | More by Dubber55
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours straight up black with a three finger mocha colored head. Great lacing...all the way up the glass.

S- extremely bitter dark chocolate. Getting some roasted malts too. Smells damn good.

T- holy chocolate! Sweet and bitter chocolate, roasted malts, a tinge of alcohol...the finish is really sweet after a bitter start. The alcohol...you can tell its there, but you really don't notice it. This is AWESOME.

M- thick, but not to the point where its a syrup. Perfect texture.

D- definitely a sipper. The chocolate flavors are so strong that this beer is destined to be a dessert beer...but dear christ is it good. Can just be a little much at times.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 22:29:01 | More by bigfnjoe
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Bottled on date of 4/8/10 poured into a snifter. Pours black in color with faint ruby hues around the edges when held up to the light. Head appears 2 fingers strong with a dark fluffy brown color that retains well and laces in faint patches about the glass. Aroma of this brew is full of chocolate smelling almost like a super dark chocolate milk shake. Also included in the scent is some alcohol bite, woody character and dark burnt grain in the back. Some citrus hops make their way through the nose as well. Taste has that classic bold double stout backing that is undeniably yeti. Big punch of bitterness upfront that is a mixture of bitter hops and burnt grain. Slight bit of tangy fruitiness possibly imparted by the yeast and pepper is included along with lots of dark chocolate notes through the thick chewy body. The finish of this version of yeti has lots of burnt grain bitterness tasting of course of dark chocolate, slight bit of coffee flavor and an ever increasing warmth of not only the alcohol but also the inclusion of cayenne pepper. Slight woodsy flavors take a back seat to the chocolate and cayenne. This full bodied brew has a moderate level of carbonation and is suffering a bit in the drinkability category mostly due to my own insistence on drinking this right away. It is quite "hot" right now and I bet would be a real treat with some age on it.

The pepper's contribution of heat is a little more evident than I was expecting but it works. I made it a point recently to try more and more stouts that had different types of peppers included and they always seem to have a similar yet unique citrus scent and flavor not found in other stouts. That might sound dumb but I don't know if it is just coincidence that the same hops are used or maybe the cayenne brings out a differnet level of citrus character but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:52:01 | More by stakem
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jjanega08

Minnesota

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

A= The pour is a beautiful thick black with a nice finger of head that is a nice dark brown color. The retention and lacing are both among the best I've seen.

S= The bottle says the hops are toned down a bit to make room for some of the chocolate in this beer but I still have a big hop presence in the nose. The dominate smell is for sure some of the deep deep chocolate however. There is a tiny bit of chili in the nose but not much as well as a small oak smell but again not much.

T= The hop presence isn't where it was in the smell. The chocolate is awesome with a great little chili note in it. The finish is a little bitter but I'm not sure if it's a chocolate bitter or a hop bitter. I lean more towards the chocolate bitter. There is a little chili heat on the mid back of the tongue. The oak doesn't shine through much and I was actually hoping for a little more vanilla or wood notes.

M= This is a really nice thick beer. Much thicker than the other Yetis I've had. Long lasting finish.

D= I was hoping this beer would be a good substitue for Hunahpu. I found this to be a little too harsh for a Huna substitue. This leads me to wonder weather or not it would age well. Worth seeking out and I will be drinking it again but it's no Huna.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 05:09:40 | More by jjanega08
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with a heavy,creamy coffee colored heading. Leaves globs of lacing everywhere.

Smell is mostly of very rich chocolates. Some burnt coffee aromas. An intense oak aroma with a nice bitter hoppy finish.

Taste is extraordinary.Starts out very hot on the palate. Quickly followed up by burnt chocolate malt flavors. Some bitter hops to boot to spice up the tastebuds and leave them watering for more. Finishes up with a hot burning sensation almost like this beer was brewed with jalopenos.

Mouth is full bodied and very well carbonated for the style. Very hot on the palate with a nice silky texture in the background but is simple no match for that cayenne.

A tremendous beer if I must say so. Some of the best stuff I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 17:40:47 | More by TheFightfan1
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russellaaron69

West Virginia

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

Before I get to reviewing I would just like to say that I absolutely love the original and Espresso Oak Aged Yeti.

Poured a beautiful black into my pint glass. Lots of coffee colored head that hung around for a good while. Good lacing with every sip. The smell was slightly startling not because I disliked it but because I hadn't read the bottle and didn't know it was seasoned with cayenne. I definitely picked up a nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Not much hops in the nose. What there is a lot of, though, is cayenne. I'm not complaining because I enjoyed it but I'm not sure why they would have added this to the beer. The taste was much like the smell. Nice chocolate and roasted malt up front. Then the cayenne kicks in. Its not horrible by anymeans...mainly because I really enjoy the taste of cayenne but it seems very out of place in this brew. A slight alcohol warmth comes in as the cayenne fades out. It definitely feels full in your mouth. Drinkability is good and I would definitely recommend this beer to a friend but give them a warning about the cayenne.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 08:54:37 | More by russellaaron69
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jsanford

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - Black with a thick & creamy chocolate mousse head that dissipates to a thick collar. Moderate lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt dominate. Slight vanilla and coffee

T - Bitter chocolate and roasted malt leads to creamy vanilla. Spicy pepper finish initially keeps the beer nicely balanced and from being overly cloying (more on this).

M - Full bodied and creamy. Coats the palate.

D - Here's where it all goes south. At the start of my 11oz. pour, the drinkability was good. However, the initial pleasant chili "heat" gradually built up in the back of the throat, sip after sip, until it got unpleasant and borderline painful. I've used the term 'pepper-sprayed the back of my throat" before and I can think of no more accurate term. Perhaps if I paired with some food, perhaps some smoked BBQ or the like, this would be a winner, but for now keep it far away from me.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:10:03 | More by jsanford
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black syrupy looking liquid into my goblet with a fairly large mocha colored head. Nice lacing to boot...

S- Roasted malt forenose. A bit of espresso comes through with undertones of the chocolate. A spiciness pops up here and there but settles very earthy.

T/M- Bitter roasted malt with an deep alcohol spicy finish. Little chocolate noticed and the oak comes and goes. The mouth is about how imperial stouts should be- barely any carbonation and decently full body.

D- I'm not really feeling this one like I thought I would. The alcohol is just a bit too much for me. I can definitely sip this one for awhile, but more than one in any given night would be a lot for me... Edit- bumping score from a 3 for overall to style and not drinkability now

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:06:54 | More by TheGordianKnot
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Phillyphilms

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gto from Growler at Grey Lodge. Took home before trying. Was very impressed.

Poured deep brown almost black with better head than expected for the style that had some ok lacing and reduced to little more than a ring quickly.

A dark chocolate malt dominated the nose which hid the presence of the almost 10% Abv.

Taste was great, lots of dark chocolate up front and the coffee toasted malty goodness you'd expect from the style. The oak aging was not something I could easily pick out but assume the smooth taste is a result of just that. I think the dark chocolate and 9abv overpowered the oak for me though.

Was medium to full body with a silky creamy finish that kept me wanting more and helped to hide the high alcohol.

Overall another great job by the boys and girls at Great Divide. Not a session beer by any means but the drink-ability of this could easily get me (or you) in trouble.

RESPECT

Serving type: growler

07-01-2010 20:13:54 | More by Phillyphilms
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a heavy brown color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter back chocolate malt with light roasted malt notes. Taste is a very fine mix between some bitter black chocolate with notes of roasted malt and light dry roasted coffee. I couldn't really detect the oak to be honest though. Body had a creamy texture which I quite enjoyed with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and with some complexity and some great drinkability factor. Definitely something I would wish to have access to.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:35:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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boomer31

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Loved each Yeti I've tried yet this was the toughest to land...except barrel aged of course.

A - Black as night and oilish with a light brown head. Just a beautiful looking imp stout

S - Peppers and a hint of chocolate. I don't get much of the oak and boy I hope it'll be in there!

T - Pepper up front then chocolate and some roast malt. Man those peppers stand out! I was not expecting the cayanne to be so apparent! As it warms up the pepper really hits the back of your throat and the chocolate lines my tongue. Interesting...but not in an enjoyable way.

M - Rich and creammy, very nice for an imp stout

D - As it warms the pepper and chocolate are becoming a bit much. It is warm out and it's not as enjoyable on a summer night like the bottle said it was going to be. It'll be a truggle to finish this bottle

Overall I'm not too pleased with the pepper in here. Love the oak aged version, like the espresso and the regular yeti. But this one is a bit frustrating. I just can't get over the pepper! Now that I have a Hunaphu I'm glad to hear they taste nothing alike!!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 23:30:54 | More by boomer31
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farrago

New Jersey

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

Surprisingly big head of close to finger's worth of dark brown foam, mix of all bubble sizes, not much lacing but good head retention in general. Pure black liquid, if black could be blacker, this would be it. In the nose the sweetness of the milk chocolate triumphs over the otherwise formidable roast, coffee beans, grilled nuts, toffee, comes on with oatmeal, wheat and raw grains, more hoppy kick apparent as it warms, little to no presence of fruit or citrus, seems to want to make sure they were not kidding with the word "chocolate" on the label. Full-bodied, here you find that missing kick, a first tastes like chili pepper infused chocolate. Sweetens some as you acclimate, but not much, more cocoa to mocha than chocolate, dusty texture. Roasty coffee takes down any caramel or toffee notes. Carbonation is demure, not absent but there are periods of inactivity. Maybe, just maybe, some orange peel otherwise, again, no fruit nor citrus. The hops add more punctuation than narrative and, really, with all that spiciness it is very hard to gauge the hop nuances, your mouth is kinda, err, on fire. Very pleasing to try and has personality, one bottle is more than enough pour moi.

Serving type: bottle

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