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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,537
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 168
Gots: 555 | FT: 23
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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 PhxHorn
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark chocolate brown with not much head. I dumped it in fairly hard to get a half inch. Smells lightly of chocolate and malt, and tastes like a middle of the road imperial stout with a slight hint of chocolate. Not bad, no flaws, not great, but pretty good. Wouldn't turn down a free one, but wouldn't go out of my way for another.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice thick mud colored head.

Smells of dark chocolates and molases, earth and oak.

Really well blended, the high alcohol content is not even noticed. Smooth and creamy texture, a real pleasure to drink. Definately worth the price. One for special occassions, and would undoubtedly age well.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: brownish, black with red highlights and brown head. 2 plus fingers of creamy big head.

Smell: lots of chocolate smell, can smell the cayennne too.

Taste: roast coffee and some chocolate. Strong cayenne pepper flavor that take your right to the threshold of too much, but never crosses the line. Oak and wood with some earthy flavors possibly some hops coming through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. On the high end of medium body, but not full bodied.

Drinkability: Good, but the cayenne makes this one more of a sipper!

Overall: I really enjoy beers that have chocolate and spicy flavors together, so i was excited to try this beer. The drinkability was hurt by the overabundant spicyiness from cayenne. Could have used more chocolate flavor. It was still enjoyable and i will buy more when it is released in 2011. i liked espresso oaked yeti better!

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep reddish brown, filling the glass with imposing blackness. It creates a huge brown head with some diversity between medium-small and medium bubbles that recedes slowly.

S - From afar, there's a lot of chocolate in the nose, and up close there's quite a bit still. But it adds some dark fruit, really prominent wood notes, and a bit of heat from the peppers.

T - Wow - this is interesting. The oak comes out through the whole time you have it. The heat from the cayenne really comes through on the finish, and you have it stick to the back of your mouth once you've swallowed. I have to say, though, that I don't get a lot of chocolate here. For a chocolate stout, the chocolate from the nose is way out of balance with the chocolate in the mouth, and that's kind of disappointing. There's a hint of it, but I really get more of the cayenne than chocolate, which I like, but I don't think this is a great taste for something that is called a chocolate stout.
Edit: as it warms, the chocolate comes out a bit more on the sides of the tongue.

M - It's a pretty nice feeling beer, nice and creamy, not too robust, and the carbonation isn't killing you. It's full, but not offensive.

D - I like drinking this, but it's a little too powerful to be exceptionally drinkable. The heat from the cayenne that sticks in your mouth does make you want another sip, and the combined heat with the alcohol does have a pleasant warming effect as it goes down.

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

22 oz bottle into a wide mouthed tulip glass.

Pours a dense pitch black in the glass, with 1 ½ fingers of rich and frothy milk chocolate colored head. This hangs with a tight creamy finger across the top of the glass that just COATS the sides of the glass with thick frothy lacing. This just has a nice looking robust appearance to it, which wets the appetite for what's to come. The aroma smells of cocoa powder and smooth creamy vanilla. Burnt grains add a dark crunchiness to the nose, while chili notes warmth the nostrils up with a gentle spiciness. Just a touch of oakiness is present, as is some light beefy alcohol warmth.

The taste starts with chocolate and vanilla, which gives this a bold hefty sweetness up front. This gives way to a burnt and bitter back end of hops and roasted coffee. Wood dryness sticks on the edges of the profile and mostly hangs with the more roasted aspects of this in the finish. The pepper is really pronounced in the finish as well, leaving back a light fiery kick that warms the tongue and lips. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a robust creaminess that fills up the palate and prickles the roof of the mouth. This still has some chewy heft to it underneath but this is overall pretty smooth for the size and any residual warmth in the finish is mostly covered up by the roast and pepper notes.

Another decadent take on the Yet Imperial Stout here, with plenty of rich sweetness that was well balanced by a sturdy wall of roasted malt and hops plus the cayenne pepper addition was a welcome surprise that I didn't expect. I picked up plenty of vanilla and wood as well in the profile, so I was happy to see that the oak chips didn't get shortchanged either. This had a great all around balance to it and would make a great dessert beer. I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did but it really won me over.

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

Had this a few hours ago at a friends christmas eve party.

poured to perfection nice and dark, with a dark tan head. nice legs to it

smell was of rich dark malts, some chocolate and something else i couldn't put my finer on

Taste was excellent, i poured the beer when it came out of the fridge and it seemed like it was muted. as it warme to room temp in my glass the flavors became much more apparent, right up front you get the chocolate followed by some roasted malt flavor and a little bitterness, after you have swallowed you get a slight tingle/tickle in your throat from the pepper. It is quite pleasant. medium to heavy mouthfeel, drinkability was hard for me to gauge since this was the last beer of the night after a lot of food, so I was practically forcing myself to drink it because i was so full. but on any other day i could see myself finishing a 22 on my own.

all in all I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of imperial stouts.

Photo of Murchmac
2.1/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yeah, really bad beer here. Ive had all the other Yeti's too and loved them. This one not so good. Seems to be a spicy hoppy bitter chocolate mess. Was way too hoppy for any of the other flavors to shine through. Maybe some age would do it good, but really not an enjoyable beer the way I had it.

Photo of PDXHops
2.25/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. Burnt brown body with a smallish tan head that leaves a touch of lacing here and there.

The coffee in the nose is quite strong, although certainly not as overpowering as in the Espresso version, though. Other powerful aromas include dark chocolate and a rather potent dose of cayenne. Notes of cocoa and oak are so light, one wonders if they're imaginary. Tastes big and bold, but 'busy', a mishmash of big chocolate sweetness, charred coffee and an unyielding peppery presence. Bitterness seems to be alternately enhanced and overwhelmed by the pepper. The cayenne is just too strong for my taste, and the oak is little more than an afterthought. Even the booziness is somewhat subdued, showing up as an aftertaste more than anything.

Overall impression: An odd brew fresh; perhaps it would benefit from some aging. Then again, a base for a marinade might be the best use of this stuff.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is thick, smooth, and delicious, with just a hint of chocolate.

It poured black, with a very short creamy dark brown head. The flavor had a slight smoked wood character followed by strong black coffee and a hint of chocolate. The feel was rich, thick, and remarkably smooth. The alcohol provided a sting at the back of the throat and a wonderful warmth.

I was afraid this Oak Aged Yeti would have an over-powering chocolate presence; however the chocolate is subtle, natural, and only one of multiple layers of flavor. With the smooth feel, and alcohol-warmth, the flavor is well suited to a dessert beer, a late night relaxer, or a winter warmer.

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

Bomber bottle / served on snifter.

A: Coal black with a nice brown foamy head. The foam vanished fairly quick, however it left some sticky residue on the glass, not a lot. It also had a small ring of foam around the edge throughout the session.

S: Roasted malt & coffee up front, followed quickly by dark chocolate. Nice hops accent and some pepper which could be coming from the oak.

T: Baker's chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a little bit of hops hit your palate right away. There's also nice smokiness, vanilla, and a spicy peppery finish that rounds things up nicely.

M: This beer is tongue coating, long lasting, and full bodied as an Imperial stout should be.

D: Definitely not a session beer, first because of the ABV and secondly it would be a wee heavy for a couple of rounds, IMO.

Note: I would pair this beer with a nice rib eye steak. I think the fat in the steak and the peppery feel that I got from the Yeti would complement each other to a tee.


Photo of GallowsThief
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte.

A - Can it be light black? It was. Maybe deep brown instead but she is dark. Nice creamy head with sticky lacing.

S - Nice boozy chololatey smell. Coffee and molasses as well.

T - Big in your face coffee and chocolate taste as you would expect. Oak comes through a bit not a whole lot.

M - Medium to full bodied. Creamy to start and nice alcohol warmness as it finishes

D - Another excellent drinking beer. Take it slow. Enjoy.

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

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into DFH snifter, just in time for Brewmasters. Bottled on May 28, 2010.

A: Pours a deep brown/jet black color with a nice thick dark tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Has some serious chocolate notes, with a hint of vanilla and some light floral hop scent. The smell of alcohol is also prevalent but is faint. Smells just like you would expect a nice Imperial Stout to smell like.

T: Up front taste is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and some bitters, but not as much as expected. There are hints of vanilla and oak, although very small but still present. The finish is that of roasted malts that stick around for a while.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation.

D: Drinkability is low, but not because this is a bad beer, it is actually quite delicious. It is low because it is a relatively heavy beer and you will prob fill up with the bomber and due to how rich the flavor is, this beer should be enjoyed with others.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

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

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.'

Photo of BigB415
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of chumba526
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of vkv822
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sixthglass
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Blanco
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of GPHarris
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,537 ratings.