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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,322
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 149
Gots: 515 | FT: 23
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is another revered incarnation of our legendary imperial stout. We toned down the hops a bit to allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. Another great Yeti? Hell yes.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009)
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HeightsEats

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very full-bodied with an assertive roasted vanilla flavor. Seems a lot like a typical stout until you realize that the aftertaste is strong cocoa rather than roasted malt. The cayenne in the finish is slight but noticeable. Very well-balanced and drinkable with surprisingly subtle alcohol flavor for a 9.5% beer.

Suggested food pairings of steak and chocolate mousse make sense, but the coffee aspect--even more than a typical stout--makes this an excellent beer with spaghetti carbonara or even bacon and eggs.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 00:24:17 | More by HeightsEats
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black color with a small, tight cocoa head on top. Some killer lacing going on as the beer goes down the glass. Deep, black inky aroma-notes of dried fruit, vanilla and oak. Huge flavor! A great blend of oak, vanilla and dark chocolate. Plums and port wine come thru in the finish. Long, lingering roasted quality to it. Nice dry grainy taste. Dry cocoa flavor. Great body-a spoon would seemingly stand up in this one. Just a great beer-very drinkable and enjoyable. I could do several of these no problem. Oaked Yeti was NOT my thing-this is a whole other ball game. Well worth trying/cellaring/hoarding!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:37:21 | More by lackenhauser
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Pours black, nice tan head, leaves slowly to ring. Lots of clingly lace after.

S - Dark, sweet, chocolaty, bready good stuff.

T - Burnt malt, chocolate, yeast, tangy.

M - Good balance for such a big beer, heavy side, good coating.

D - Rated it high, but honestly, I probably would tire even though I like it so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 04:45:19 | More by srandycarter
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bottle, nicely foiled with a really nice label with info about the beer and a clearly stamped "bottled-on" date

Appearance: Pitch black with just a hint of brown around the edges...completely and utterly opaque...a single finger of dense dark tan head soon fades to a thick ring and patchy film with good retention...beautiful beer overall

Smell: Lots of booze-soaked dark fruit, mild melted chocolate aromas, some mild/medium citrusy hops skulking aroud in the background, dark burnt grains...the chocolate is slight in the background; it comes and goes, while the dark fruit and booze stay up front.

Taste: Some dry woodiness up front, very earthy...some very dark chocolate in the background as the beer exits the palate...light hit of burnt grains on the finish as well, slightly astringent and mildly bitter. Hops presence is not quite as strong as it is in the aromas. The booze comes through fairly strong and at first I thought that's what was causing the weird stinging sensation in my throat, but according to the bottle there's a dash of cayenne in here as well, which is what I'm guessing the sting is coming from. Ends fairly dry and woodsy.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full

Drinkability: 1 22oz bottle, split two ways = perfect

Conclusion: Had been thinking about cellaring this a bit longer, but the wife and I got antsy on the first really cold night of fall. Paired this with some dusty dark chocolate and it was pretty tasty. This was not the chocolate bomb I was expecting it to be, but rather has just a touch of chocolate and is dominated by the woodsy/earthy flavors of the oak. The cayenne spice is really interesting, and I do mean REALLY interesting...I can't decide whether I love it but I sure don't hate it...Not something I'd drink all the time, and IMHO not quite as good as the regular YETI, but far better than the regular OAY and definitely something to try if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 02:27:15 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Ryan011235

Ohio

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

Poured into a snifter on 9/15/09

A - Slick, oily black with highlights of dark brown & burnt crimson. Poured a ½ inch head of moderately deep brown foam - looks like hot chocolate froth. Retention is ok, but on the thin side. Decent lacing, all things considered.

S - Huge malt nose: roasted coffee notes, cocoa, caramel & hints of toffee. Very smooth aroma with inflections of wood. Faint boozy undertones.

T - Follows the nose extraordinarily well & does not disappoint. Cocoa in the forefront. Undertones of other malty sweetness - caramel & a touch of coffee - in the middle. A mild spot of vanilla rounds it out. Pleasantly lacking in notably burnt or heavily toasted characteristics. The cayenne adds spiciness on the finish & builds over time.

M - Carbonation is toward the low side. Robust body. Smooth & creamy. Some alcohol heat present, but most heat seems to be from the cayenne lingering on the backend. A bit of grittiness is present, possibly from the cocoa.

D - I think this beer is superb & very drinkable, though it gets rather spicy by the end - which I am more than happy with. Worth a try if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 18:25:37 | More by Ryan011235
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Mora2000

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours black, with no highlights when it is held up to the light. The head is not very large, but what head is there is brown in color. The smell is roasted malt, with chocolate in the aroma as well. The taste is of milk chocolate with some hints of vanilla which I am assuming come from the oak. As dark as this beer is, it is not near as thick as other stouts like Ten Fidy, which adds to its drinkability. There is no alcohol detectable in the flavor, but you do get an alcohol warming sensation even though you cannot taste the alcohol. This stout goes down so easy that I could see the alcohol sneaking up on you in a bad way if you weren't careful. I need to buy some more of this because it is one of the best stouts I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:04:50 | More by Mora2000
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate malty, wood and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark chocolate sweet flavor with medium to heavy sharp sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid complex sweet stout beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:17:07 | More by tmoneyba
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nickd717

California

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

Bottle shared by photomike. Thanks, Mike!

A - Awesome appearance - pitch black with a large creamy brown head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, roast, marzipan, coffee, and earth.

T - Flavor is loads of mocha, reminiscent of Southern Tier Mokah, with roasted malt, caramel, oak, mild smoke, and a great cayenne pepper note. Complex and very tasty.

M - Full body and smooth and creamy on the palate. Some bitterness lingers.

D - Good for what this beer is. This is a phenomenal -bal aged (or at least chip/nib-aged) imperial stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 17:24:16 | More by nickd717
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into Unibroue tulip. Bottled on 7/16/09. Totally black body with light brown, long lasting head, consisting of thousands of tiny, tiny tiny bubbles...lovely. Hops are present in the nose but so is strong alcohol, roasted/toasted malts and chocolate. Almost a brownie type chocolate smell. Taste is beyond what I expected based on the smell and ABV. What I am tasting should only be 5% ABV...amazing. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Can this actually get better with age? Can't wait to see. Bring on vanilla yeti!!! This offering is simply spectacular in every way, shape and form.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 08:11:33 | More by KickbacksSteve
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Goblet

Pours black as night completely blocks out direct light with a nice 2 finger head that lingers well and laces down the glass, and stays around the edge.

Nose is pretty straightforward bready, chocolate, vinilla and coffee. Very sweet smelling overall great malt quality.

Flavor is dominated by rich roasted coco bean flavor with hints of vinilla and coffee in the finish. Oak ageing comes out in the middle with a very dry flavor. Small alcohol presence but nothing that dominates any part of the beer.

Its a tad undercarbonated but I question if it would take away from the complex flavors if it was anymore so than it is. Very rich and complex with a near heavy body.

Easy to drink but something that you actually want to take the time to sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 00:51:51 | More by SpecialK088
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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

Black hole pour with a quarter inch of tan foam on top. Good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of rich dark malts and cocoa. Coffee, cream and oak. Mild hoppy bitterness. Vanilla and toffee work in with the underlying chocolate.

First sip brings big smooth dark malts upfront. Chocolate is vibrant with a bit of coffee as well. Vanilla cream moves into oak accents. A bit of cayenne heat on the finish is quite a nice treat for me. The spiciness and mellow heat really gives this beer some extra oomph. Well balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Would be a good desert beer for sure! Another tasty Great Divide brew. I'm looking forward to the Espresso Yeti in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:54:36 | More by orbitalr0x
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erz316

Indiana

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

650ml bottle, bottled on june 15th 2009. poured into old speck pint glass.

A - big big head, good brown colour, maybe its a dark tan. the foam is pretty creamy. the body is a solid black with a bit of light getting in at the bottom, which produces a ruby and cola coloured light. the head lasts a good long time.

S - a very potent nose. big roasted malts, and chocolate dominate the nose, while a light yeastiness and caramel fall into the background. one can even catch a glimpse at the fresh smelling hops. its a good smelling nose, and it has all of the right parts, but it just isnt that interesting.

T - they werent kidding when they said chocolate. the initial taste is a cocoa powder, bitter, and roasted malt mixture, and some very spicy alcohol at the back of the palate. that alcohol is quite spicy and kind of messes up the whole sweet chocolate thing going on. wow, yeah, that is really spicy, like a pepper or a hot pepper almost. the chocolate is indeed decadent and luscious. maybe this intense spicyness is some residual oak notes with vanilla? there is definitely vanilla somewhere in the mix, but defining where that spice is coming from is difficult. oh, they added cayenne. well I guess that explains it. intesting effect the pepper has on the brew. kind of a south american take on the chocolate I guess, mixing in cayenne and all. anyways. the finish is a great mix of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, and chocolate. the aftertaste is very hot and spicy with a bit of residual chocolate and hop bitterness. I really like the way they added cayenne, makes the brew very very interesting and fun to drink.

MF&D - the body was too light for the style, but having the cayenne added to the mix changes the game:I wouldnt want to be drinking an incredibly thick brew if it was this spicy. that would be too concentrated. the drinkability is also going to suffer because of the cayenne: this is not a brew of which I would want ot have more than one glass or bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 23:13:34 | More by erz316
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep dirty motor oil black with a massive mocha colored head on top. Excellent retention and there is plenty of sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells very creamy and sweet. There's plenty of chocolate in the scent along with some fresh bread.

The mouth is very creamy and smooth. Plenty of coating velvet feel in this one. Carbonation level is moderate. This is a little more boozy than expected. There's a definitive chocolate flavor but there's also a slight sour note and a mellow bready finish. This is decently balanced.

This was good, but I liked the Espresso version better.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 00:23:56 | More by Onenote81
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msubulldog25

Oregon

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

Found this on-tap at Concordia Ale House (which means the bottle in the cellar can rest for a while). A pint pour, 'only' $5.75.

A: Blackness beyond reason, a soul-sucking depth that few stouts attain. Presented with only the scantest head, a rust-yellow ring of tight foam and razor-thin film. Band upon band of drippy lace. Looks dangerous.

S: Did I just say, 'Looks dangerous'? Smells dangerous, too. Not a ton of variety, but the dark/sweet chocolate, oat-y sugars, mild berry fruits and wafting booze all play nicely together. Hint of 'rubbing alcohol'...

T: Dark chocolate, sweet fruits, plenty of vanilla and spice. Barrel-aging lends a woodiness without pushing the dark malt and fruit out of the way. Spices grow as the beer warms, eliciting a peppery tingle; I've had chili-infused chocolate before and the flavor/feel is similar.

M: Remarkably smooth and creamy, hard to imagine there could be a nicer feel. Coating without being too punishing, silky like the finest melted chocolate, alcohol warmth (expected) but not tenacious. Wonderful.

D: To be respected at 9.5%, a sip-n-savor kind of stout. Beyond that, an absolute wonder; rich and savory, plenty of flavor, warming. That 'alcohol' in the nose/flavor was a little off-putting, so a slight downgrade. Very slight. Still a terrific beer; highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 22:38:55 | More by msubulldog25
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MisterDeeds

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an ultimate black, with no light whatsoever getting through it. Head appears a chalky tan/light brown and quickly receded to nothing.

Smell like the aging took plsce in bourbon or whiskey barrel. Oak and warm boozy odor, not picking much chocolate in the nose.

Before any taste at all, I can feel the tingle of carbonation. Surprising due to the quick fading head, and the darkness of the brew hiding any bubbles. A little bitter, possibly dark chocolate, quickly overcome by the boozy warmth, and what appears to be something like peppercorn in the finish.

Feels a bit thin for an Imperial Stout, but still decent. The spicy seasoning at the back end is very warm, but I could see some people having a tough time with it.

Drinkability all depends on the drinker, but the spicy kick could be a bit much for some.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:00:51 | More by MisterDeeds
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Wasatch

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Silver Foil/Capped
Bottled On: Jul 16, 2009

Poured into a chalice a very nice semi-thick black color, very nice carbonation, with an very nice thick creamy tan head, lots of nice sticky lacing and small islands left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate, coffee, toffee, nice little oak note. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of chocolate/coffee/toffee notes, nice hint of vanilla, and oak notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an amazing brew, way to go GD. Thanks Chuck!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 18:29:56 | More by Wasatch
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csmiley

Ohio

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

A - Pours pitch black with no light getting through at all. Not even at the very edges of the glass. Head is medium brown and tops out at just over one inch. Retention is very nice. It takes a while for the read to recede to a nice thick cap. Gobs of lace are left behind in the glass. Very nice looking beer. Nothing could be done to improve it in this category.

S - Mostly chocolate on the aroma. Milk chocolate is what I'm getting. Some fresh brewed coffee comes in at a distant second. A little alcohol is noticed but stays out of the way. Finishes off with bakers chocolate. Aroma is nice overall.

T - Taste is pretty phenomenal. No big surprise that chocolate dominates most of the flavor. Smooth milk chocolate starts it all off with a touch of cocoa that hangs out for a while. Chocolate takes on a burnt flavor around the middle. Alcohol is easy to pick out. Actually, the 9.5% comes across as borderline too warm. Some coffee is at the end and stays well out of the way of the other flavors.

M - Full bodied with a light carbonation that helps keep it smooth overall. Finish is big and warm. There is a dryness that works well to counter the heat.

D - Drinkability is good. The alcohol is easy to pick up but it doesn't hinder drinking the beer in any way. The limit is probably one bottle thanks to the 22 ounce bottle format. This is a very nice brew overall that I'll be having again. There is no doubt about that. This one could be in the running for my favorite Yeti version to date. Another great brew from Great Divide. Good job guys.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:25:57 | More by csmiley
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jrallen34

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drankt this beer from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark black with dark tan head that lifts about 2 fingers with decent retention and good lacing. Even in the light, this is a very dark beer.

The aroma is very pleasant and comples with lots of flavors. Most imperial stours are dominated with the aroma of coffee or chocolate, and while these are present in the smell you get mostly a very pleasant wood and vanilla smell. It was just a great change of pace.

The tatse was very good as well, complex yet very drinkable. The biggest flavor was a nice subtle context of oak with light vanilla and cherry, then notes of coffee.

It has a very nice mouthfeel, full and very lasting after you swallow.

You can drink this pretty well for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:20:09 | More by jrallen34
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HopHead84

California

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/27/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is black with a frothy light brown head, good retention, and good lacing.

The nose is milk chocolate with strong vanilla notes. Cayenne is subtle but noticeable. Some booze is evident, as well as raisin and plum notes.

The flavor is rich dark and mild milk chocolate with spicy cayenne notes. It's very interesting. The spicy burn lingers and it builds on itself and becomes pretty damn spicy. I imagine it was pretty intense when it was first released. While the cayenne was interesting, I eventually grew weary of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 05:27:06 | More by HopHead84
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 7/16/09. Pours a dark black-brown with a creamy dark brown head that diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, with some cayenne and black licorice and roast.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with a lot of roast, some licorice and a tarry cayenne pepper bitter finish. The cayenne pepper adds a note of red hots that is interesting and gives a little burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an excellent beer. I like what the chocolate and cayenne adds to an already fine stout. I like this a lot better than the oak aged yeti. A little better in the nose and mouthfeel and this could be a perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 06:34:43 | More by Beaver13
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roan22

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black colored beer with a nice thick creamy tan head

Aroma: roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate

Taste: Nice bitter chocolate bite from cocoa nibs on the front end, smooth espresso/coffee notes, maybe some hops, a few hints of oak wood now and then, and finally the surprising finish, spicy cayenne!

Mouthfeel: very smooth, very enjoyable. Combination of tastes is like a subtle mole sauce. Alcohol is hidden, it does not taste like 9.5%

Drinkability: I love this beer! Great Divide has topped the already wonderful Oak Aged Yeti with this excellent Imperiel Stout. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 23:11:17 | More by roan22
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chrhal1006

Pennsylvania

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

We purchased this bottle from Total Wine in Delaware over the weekend. We popped the top on it last night and the pour was very nice. Very dark with a nice thick foamy head that you would expect from a Stout. Not as thick as Guiness and settled rather quickly. The smell was really mild and we could not pick up much of anything except some charred wood.

The initial tast was very smooth. Could pick up sutle hints of chocolate, and a lot of that charred wood. It went down really smooth and was very easy to drink.

Want was neat was that as we got to the bottom the hints of chocolate became a lot more pronounced and the flavors really started to kick in.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 17:21:27 | More by chrhal1006
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everetends

Alabama

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

Alright, lets do this again. Due to the great BA crash of Oct 5, 2009, the review I posted last night disappeared. This is taken from notes and memory.

22 oz bottle I received from my girlfriend, she picked it up at Green's on Buford HWY in ATL. She had mistakenly consumed my only bottle on an earlier date while thinking it was just the regular Oak Aged version. No harm, no foul. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pour seems to be a somewhat viscous liquid hitting the glass and forming a black body. The body is shiny and glossy. Very nice indeed. Held to the light, there is absolutely no light getting through this body whatsoever. The pour got me about two fingers of medium brown colored head that built up easily and quickly. It does its best to stick around but falls in due time to a thin top cap. The foam has some nice sheeting but no stick. Probably the slickness of the beer is keeping any lace from forming. Not a bad looking brew, definitely wouldn't call it names behind its back.

S: Getting some chocolate coming out, thats for sure. Initially, the smell is mostly of some super sweet, manufactured, Hershey's syrup type chocolate aroma. It can be a bit much at times. As the beer warms a bit, some of the dark chocolates and milk chocolate come out. With that said, they chocolate syrup smell is still lingering and might even be dominating. There is a touch of vanilla coming through, along with some nicely place piney/resiny hops.

T: Grrr, yet again we have this chocolate syrup presence. Its not as crazy as the smell but absolutely there. Just very sweet at times and almost a bit manufactured. Reminds me of when I was a kid trying to stretch not enough milk by using way too much chocolate syrup. The dark chocolates are present and are actually quite nice. They are accompanied by some milk chocolate as well. The malts are nice and varied but I am mostly picking up on some caramel, and probably some more chocolate malts coming through. Vanilla is nice and light, just a touch of compliment. The label says they put in some cayenne to cut some of the sweetness, but I am not getting any of that at all. It might be covered up by the hops presence though. Good amount of piney hops coming through towards the back. These add just enough bitter to the sweet. I think the hops may have been the most well crafted portion of this beer. Don't get me wrong, its still a good beer. The other flavors do a good job of making up for the chocolate syrupy flavors. Not bad, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more diversity. Maybe a bit more noticeable cayenne and some dark fruits. Still good though.

M: Full bodied beer for sure. This has a nice wieght and heaviness to it. Carbonation has a bit of tingle to it, but its not enough to take away from the beer having some size. The ABV is pretty well hidden for 9.5%. Other than a slight warmth in the belly, I am not getting any heat on the palate or throat. This runs across the palate and teases both the sweet and bitter sides of the tongue. Aftertaste is pretty much just a lingering chocolate.

D: Not a bad beer by any means. It is a bit too sweet for my liking though. It just seems to have gone a bit too far in the sweetness direction. This puts it more into the dessert beer realm that should be shared with friends (a la Southern Tier). Sadly, I am all alone on this one but I will survive. This will be slowly sipped and savored though, you have no choice. I just feel that out of the Oak Aged series I have had so far, this is the weakest. The Espresso was just a better crafted beer in my opinion. That may be why this didn't live up to expectations for me since the Espresso version was so damned good. Ah well, can't knock em all out of the park. Still a good beer and I would definitely have this again in group setting.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 22:13:14 | More by everetends
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

Yet another subspecies has branched from the Yeti family tree; this one sports a dialed-back hop charge, cocoa nibs, and a little cayenne just for the hell of it....

Presented in a cooled bomber bottle caped in silver foil and served with a small tulip glass, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti pours opaque ebony in color with a topping of fine-grained espresso crema-colored foam. No trace of light perforates the edges of the drink, even when held before bright incandescent lamps, until very little brew remains in the vessel and the trace color is revealed as "crude oil brown". As the head relaxes into a lumpy sheet, sticky bands of khaki lacing cling to the sides of the glass. Supplementing pours really pump up the staying power of the head and turn the webby "lacing" into scattershot "sheeting".

The aroma is chocolatey with plenty of tangy dark roast and a note of oaky vanilla. A savory sniff of Devil's Food cake soaked in Bourbon, a whiff of Oreo cookies dunked in black French roast, and an indistinct drizzle of ripe orchard-fruitiness emerge as the encounter goes on.

The taste is loaded with dark roasted malts that run the gamut from caramel sweet to charred-and-acrid. Dark chocolate and earthy, dusty cocoa vie for attention, but ultimately get steamrolled by emergent vanilla and an odd note of tooth-squeaking tannins. As the drink warms a bit the tannic tang fades, leaving behind a more milk-chocolatey sweetness that carries through to the finish. Mushy fallen apple notes hint at the sizeable ABV, as does significant palate-drying and a spate of internal warming. Speaking of warming... between the alcohol by volume value and the little cayenne sparkle that lands in the belly, I'm about to open a couple of windows and turn on the fan! With more sips, more time, and more warming (both me and the brew), a squashy bit of sweet roasted pumpkinlike flavor that I suspect to be from the cocoa nibs takes a foothold on the flavor profile. More chocolate and black coffee kick fruity nib ass and banish it to obscurity late in the game. The beer is significantly better as it nears room temperature and my blood alcohol content climbs.

The drink is fullish-medium in body with very fine carbonation. A sipper best enjoyed not-cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 10:51:26 | More by cvstrickland
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Otesanek

Ohio

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

Bottled on July 16 oh-nine, drank Sept 2 oh-nine. 22oz bottle, with a strangely rusted cap under the foil, poured into my dogfish 22oz snifter. Drank this one while watching Mario Van Peeble's "Baadasss" (aka "How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass").

Flat dense black fluid, nice tall chocolate-milk frothy head, settles down to a foggy cap and solid ring of suds, tons and tons of sticky lace all over the glass. Looks wonderful. Aroma is slightly muted, faint brandied chocolate, some espresso, and a dusty minerality. Initial tastes of roast and alcohol. Its strong sweet chocolate flavor that rolls into a creme de cocoa booziness, long finish of wine and whiskey. I feel like this one needs some time to mellow out as the alcohols are a little harsh. Coats the mouth and throat with an ashy 90% chocolate character.

The drinking experience of this one is interesting, it starts out sweet chocolate and excellent imperial stout, just before and through the swallow I notice a heavy whiskey alcohol, some of that bite might be the cayenne, but there's no lingering heat to suggest that. This beer does pair wonderfully with a salted chocolate bar that I ate while enjoying my pseudo-documentary blaxploitation film.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 02:39:55 | More by Otesanek
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,322 ratings.