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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,330
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 149
Gots: 517 | 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 EnojysAnyBeer


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Jun 15 2009

A- Very dark brown, bubbly head on top of a pitch black body with dark brown edges. Decent lacing on my dimpled mug.

S- Lots of piney smells from the uber dose of hops and the volatile quality of the alcohol. Background of vanilla and bourbon.

T- Lots of chocolate and sweet, caramel flavors along with highlights of of roasted coffee and marshmallow. Hops are in-check and balanced by bold flavors.

M- The cayenne provide a very unique feeling that pairs well with the sticky, thick body and adds complexity.

D- There's alot going on in this beer and I'm glad I have a full 650ml bottle to enjoy

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 22:16:44 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Wow there is more to this version of the Yeti than I thought,cayenne...hmmm.Poured a jet black with a fluffy mocha colored head that left a creamy mass after leaving multiple sheets of lace as it settled very slowly.Aromas of vaniila/oak and bitter chocolate and some roastiness.Flavors start out with hefty roast and bitter chocolate with cayenne hitting in the finish wich is very noticeable by me,not sure how others have felt about the cayenne presence.Not sure if that cayenne presence is welcomed by me,its a bit annoying.I like the complexity and the uniquness but not my thing so much,although its not bad just for the record.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 21:08:05 | More by oberon
Photo of younger35


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

Picked up a bomber of this from Princeton Liquors for about $8. Surprisingly enough, haven't had either of the 'regular' Yeti's. Pretty excited to try this thing though. Definitely expecting good things especially since this bad boy has some Cayenne in it! Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours as black as a night's sky with a beautifully frothy two finger dark tan head. After a while the head dissipates completely leaving a super thin collar and not a whole lot of lacing.
Smell- A bit of raw earthy chocolate on my initial whiff followed by a strong roasted toast. The alcohol is a bit too present in the nose though, it smells way stronger than 9.5% honestly. A touch of vanilla and a light earthy oak character really bring some life to the nose. Maybe a whiff or two of a semi sweet caramel as well.
Taste- Starts fairly chocolaty with a lightly bitter roasted start. The cocoa nibs are definitely discernable and probably contribute that chalky sort of bitterness. The beer is very roasted with a smoky sort of char. Burnt marshmallow and a tinge of vanilla from the barrel I suppose but honestly I don't get any wood. I get the sort of quenching astringency from it but not the earthy woody oak. A touch of alcohol in finish along with that slow light burn in the back of my throat from the cayenne.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with an amazingly creamy feel. Some light tingly carbonation is present yet the beer still remains rich and smooth.
Drinkability- Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It's still sort of chocolaty with out any crazy sweetness. I vaguely reminds me of Southern Tiers Choklot the first year they made it (when it was still good) minus the sweetness. Not that it has that big of a kick of chocolate, it just has the sort of big bold flavors. Great beer that I'd definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 21:58:18 | More by younger35
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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

Pours a pitch black soupy night with a big tan head that lingers and turns to ice cream and leaves good lacing.

Nose does have significant chocolate presence. Some roasted malt, but not alot. A clear hop presence is there as well.

Taste is quite good. A good chocolate presence (without being overwhelming) mingles well with mild roasted malt profile. As we approach the finish, the hops make their presence known and provide some good bitterness in a smoky sweet world without getting too crazy. Aftertaste lingers on with roasted malt, slight bitterness, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is solid here. Nice and creamy, really fits in with the chocolate vibe. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is solid as well. Drinks shockingly well for the abv, and the smooth creamy mouthfeel goes down easy without getting cloying or soupy.

Overall i am really impressed with this actually. When i saw it on shelves i though, oh great here goes great divide going crazy with yeti adjuncts, this is probably gonna suck. Shit, was i wrong. This isn't some out of this world uber beer, but its a great beer that i would drink any time and will definitely revisit. A fine and decadent concoction. Good work.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:41:04 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of froghop


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a medium size brown head, and great lacing.

smell is of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, some coffee, licorice, and a touch of vanilla.

taste is creamy, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a roastiness, vanilla bean, and a little woody, end is dry and a little bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 01:39:18 | More by froghop
Photo of whoneeds8


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass black with thick brown head. Great lacing all over the glass. Smells strong like a bourbon and oak scents. The front of the palatte has a actual hop bite, that smooths into a sweet carmel taste. Then the aftertaste is a dark chocolate taste. The mouthfeel is a little dry and high in alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 23:28:28 | More by whoneeds8
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North Carolina

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

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Duck Rabbit head snifter.

A- Pours jet black with a quickly disapating tan head. It starts with a nice 2 or 3 finger head but does not last too long. There are some signs of carbonation in the glass after the pour but they leave quickly as well. There is no cling to speak of.

S- I get notes of chocolate(obviously) as well as roasted malts. There is a subtle alcohol smell that hides behind the chocolate and malt notes.

T- The chocolate notes start of the taste but I get roasted malts as well. The flavors combine together quite nicely and you aren't ovewhelmed by any one taste.

I had this after trying the oaked version and the espresso version as well. This beer is on par with the other versions. A good solid beer along with the other brews that Great Divide puts out. Not something that I would particularly have again but nonetheless a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 23:46:55 | More by cbros
Photo of hopdog


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a large sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasty, woody, some vanilla, and smoke. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, oakiness, and I was wondering what that mild burn was in the finish...cayenne. Medium alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:06:27 | More by hopdog
Photo of JEdmund


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

Thick and black with a dense, frothy tan head; looks almost chunky falling out of the glass!

Boozy bourbon, cocoa, espresso, vanilla bean

Taste & Mouthfeel
Seeming more subdued and less assertive compared to the other Yeti incarnations; profile seems to change dramatically from start to finish, first leading off with vanilla sweetness, followed by dry cocoa powder, and then finishing with just a dash of spiciness--very intriguing; body is full and the texture is like heavy velvet; manages to seem much lighter than a 9.5% beer

A fun and creative take on Yeti, though probably my least favorite version. It doesn't quite pack the punch overall like the others, and I'm not too into the spicy finish, though to be fair it is a light touch and not overbearing by any means. In all, though, it's a big tasty beer and one I'd drink again and recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 14:00:11 | More by JEdmund
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

22 oz bottle grabbed at Princeton's Liquors.

Pours a dark and opaque blackish brown, touch of very dark orange in the corners up to the light, insanely thick tan head forms, very slowly drops down to a thick layer and ring, some lace chunks on the glass. Smell is neat, a bit funky, some wood, chocolate milk, roast, toffee, more chocolate, dark fruit, quite sweet, brown sugar, vanilla, pretty neat. Taste is nice, sweet and fruity, some chocolate nibs, roast, vanilla, caramel and brown sugar, chocolate milk, bit of lactose sweetness, some floral hopping, raisin, real solid hop and dark chocolate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, a bit of warmth going down but well balanced and a pretty solid chocolate character. Nice beer! Didn't know until after that they put some cayenne in here, real pleasant heat that lingers in the back of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 06:05:41 | More by Viggo
Photo of peabody


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

Dark is this one. Two fingers of offwhite suds and lots of lacing adorn this pint glass.
Smell is cocao and malt. Dark fruits and raisin bran cereal.
Taste is bitter oak and dark chocolate that has a really sour taste to it.
Mouthfeel is great here with the risidual black chocolate lingering on for quite a while.
Drinability is not so great. 9.5% is a tad too much for a session brew!
I like this,

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:51:46 | More by peabody
Photo of JoePat


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

Served in a tulip glass poured from a 22oz.
Pours black as night with a nic tan head that slowly disipates leaving lacing all the way down.
When first poured you get the malty cerial smell but that disappears quickley leaving a roasted bitter chocolate smell. The taste is malty, sweet, bitter, and fruity. It starts with the roasted malt and fruity taste moves to sweet and then the bitter chocolate hits. Smooth mouth feel with a bitter after taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:41:32 | More by JoePat
Photo of GregSVT


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black with a big tan head that stays around for a bit and fades to a light covering of the top of the beer. Excellent lacing.

S: Not picking up much in the smell besides some roasted malt and a bit of cocoa and a slight hop presence. As it warms up more of the chocolate/cocoa flavors make their way through along with a fair amount of booze.

T: Taste is the roasted malt with a dark chocolate flavor and the hops from the nose show up in the finish. Not picking up much if any "Oak" flavor. Very balanced and complex...I like!

M: Coats the mouth with an oily viscous feel and has decent carbonation. Thick and chewy...good stuff.

D: This goes down incredibly smooth and is much better than the regular Oak Aged Yeti which I feel has too much hops. The 9.5 ABV makes it an occasional type of beer and not a session beer.

An excellent example of a RIS. Very similar to Ten Fidy or Stone's RIS. Can't wait to see what a year or so does to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:32:23 | More by GregSVT
Photo of br3wmeister


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

A- Large light brown head, good retention and mince lacing. The beer itself is essentially black.

S- Large sweet caramel and molasses nose up front. Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee and spicy pepper also in the aroma.

T- Very oaky, lots of vanilla ans smooth woody flavors. Also a lot of bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate and caramel. Some molasses and balancing hops as well with a nice spicy pepper after taste.

M- Full bodied beer with a nice smooth almost oily mouth feel. Slightly better and tingly on the tongue in the end.

This is a pretty darn good imperial stout. I love the peppery after taste!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 05:10:44 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of GarrisWH


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nearly opaque black that just barely lets light through, yielding a rich brown at the edges. Dark, two finger, creamy, tan head that descends slowly with solid retention, leaving behind some great lacing.

S - Sweet, chocolate, roasted malt aromas up front with hints of coffee and dark fruit also noticeable. The oak also comes through, imparting a woody/slight vanilla hint. Pretty substantial hop presence in the background along with a bit of alcohol.

T - Rich chocolate and roasted malt flavors come through first, with nice coffee flavor and hints of dark fruit in the background as well. The oak aging is definitely noticeable, with subtle, oaky and vanilla notes in there too. Hops appear later on, adding a nice bitterness and a somewhat dry finish. Very slight kick from the cayenne doesn't really show itself until the aftertaste. Interesting and complex, very enjoyable.

M - Full bodied and creamy, with fairly low carbonation that goes really well with this beer.

D - This is definitely a sipper, but overall, I really thought it was great, with a very nice complexity. Nice balance of flavors, and different than anything I've tried to this point. I wasn't sure how the cayenne would fit in, but it really just adds to the beer. I would not mind trying this one again at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:54:40 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of Kromes


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick, dense brown colored head. The aromas were initially mostly citrus hop with some roasted malts in the background, but as the beer sat and warmed a little, the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aromas started to become more apparent and alongside the hop aroma. The initial flavor is a nice mellow citrus hop with some roasted malt and then there is a good oaky flavor with some warm alcohol feel and flavor. The oak and alcohol carry into the finish where it meets up with the smooth chocolate in the aftertaste. For me the flavors are just about the best I've had. I like oaked beers, I like hops, I love stouts, and I like chocolate (but in small doses like in this beer). The mouthfeel is full and creamy smooth with a bit of peppery spiciness that accentuates the flavors. This beer is awesome!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:00:29 | More by Kromes
Photo of GilGarp


3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a chalice with very dark brown color with creamy dark head.

Aroma is familiar for yeti drinkers - hoppy and roasty. There may be a little chocolate sweetness but it's subtle.

Flavor is intense with huge roasty malt, lots of hop goodness, and a little chocolate. The surprising thing is the spicy finish. Apparently they used cayenne pepper. I know chocolate and pepper go well together but I'm not sure it's as successful in this beer.

Creamy mouthfeel and very full body. The bitterness, alcohol, and higher level of carbonation make it a difficult sipper. Actually, it's the red pepper in combination with the alcohol that gives quite an unpleasnt burn.

A good stout and certainly adventurous but unfortunately my least favorite Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 02:23:00 | More by GilGarp
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

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

Had a bottle yesterday while brewing. It was black with little lacing. Lots of vanilla and chocolate rush to the nose.
The taste is of bitter chocolate, and a very sweet vanilla note. The flavors were good but the mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. It is a little chalky as well. There was no perceived heat which was good, but I guess I was expecting a bit more roastiness to balance with the sweetness. I enjoyed this side by side with a peche mortel which was great, but this beer got a bit overshadowed.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 21:10:54 | More by mikey711
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

Nose is chocolaty malty and softly floral/fruity with fresh grassy aromas. Roast character is dark and sweet with caramelized sugar. Mild nut. Smells good.

Pours pitch black with massive creamy/foamy head that looks like mousse. Looks wonderful.

Luscious chocolate flavors. Rich semisweet with soft roasted sweetness. Some dark roasted woody tones, mild sharp woodiness. Mild nut and biscuit/toast. A big fat oak vein runs down the center that reminds me of a 2-3 use bourbon American oak (or perhaps a younger French oak... as if I could tell). Sharpness increases greatly with warmth and I can't decide if it's more from alcohol or wood or hop or what; it is kind of pungent like bittering Noble hops, with spicy/floral note of tobacco; it is also quite woody and resembles the sensation of sucking on a popsicle or corndog stick; it is also reminiscent of distilled spirits in its nasal bite - perhaps all three are present. Notes of grape in the finish.

Cayenne is the culprit! Fooled me. Funny that I could mistake its heat for alcohol/hops/oak when I know it so well in chili. Nice.

One of the oakiest beers I've had. A joyous beer for an oak-head such as myself. My only complaint is that I would like it thicker - it feels a little thin for a RIS. Other than that Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 01:35:33 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of champ103


3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown color. A large tan head rises to over two fingers. Lots of sticky spiderweb lace is left behind.
S: Malty with bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and some dark fruits.
T: Very sweet. Malty brown sugar with lots of chocolate and vanilla. Dark fruits are present. Some of that distinct Great divide hop flavor. An odd peppery spice as the flavor lingers.
M/D: A full body that is well carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden. A good beer to sip on.

Another quality Impy Stout from Great Divide. Not my favorite, but still highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 02:48:22 | More by champ103
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

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

(From notes)

A - Poured with a darker tan head that was frothy; very dense pure black color

S - Chocolate at first in the nose (lives up to the advertisement here); faint whiff of alcohol; roasted maltiness; faint hop and spice at the end

T - Dark chocolate, then some bittersweet characteristics; only a hint of booze; then spiciness at the end presumably from the cayenne, which burned the back of my throat a bit

M - Thick and luscious; very subtle carbonation; really good for the style.

D - Definitely a sipper, but even at that it was a bit lower for me than the Espresso, Oak, or regular Yeti. The warming nature was nice, but just a bit much for me.

Overall, a really interesting brew and pretty fun. I have to say that I prefer all other versions of Yeti to this one, but it's still a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:49:32 | More by Nickls
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins.

A: dark brown, verging on black, lighter brown head, about an inch or so worth, sticky lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: chocolate, smoke, definite oak notes of vanilla and wood. Booze as well. Oak is really raw and woody. Very nice.

T: not as much chocolate as I'd hoped for, but still a big chocolate malt presence. Oakiness adds a layer of vanilla. Underlying bitter hops as well. This seems a little more hop forward than other yetis. Still nice but not quite what I was expecting.

M: much thinner. Much much thinner than I had hoped for. That really knocks this down. Extremely dry and pretty warm alcohol as well.

D: easy to drink, but probably my least favorite yeti. Still a great imperial stout but the thin mouthfeel knocks it. Won't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:01:07 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of GeezLynn


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

Almost black, with the monster brown Yeti head.
Aroma is heavy oak, vanilla, chocolate malt and some pepper.
Flavor is very similar to smell. Sweet, malty oak flavors with a peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, clingy with a noticeable pepper burn.
Very drinkable, although as fun as the pepper is, it takes it down here for me.
Great beer. I didn't really notice much additional chocolate here relative to the other Yetis but the cayenne adds something different. I prefer the more balanced and smoother Oak-aged Espresso, but this not short on big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 03:15:17 | More by GeezLynn
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a dense brown head. Great retention/lacing.

S- Some coffee, light fruit (hops?), chocolate. Not too strong when it's cold. Vanilla and some oak/cayenne comes out as it warms. Pleasant.

T- Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, some piney hops, and that cayenne bite. Interesting, this beer is almost spicy. Definitely one of the more memorable stouts I've had. Almost no alcohol. The cayenne is a little much, though. A bit smokey with some woody undertones. The cayenne really mellows as it warms and the woody notes come out too.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation is a bit strong for the way I like my stouts.

D- The cayenne actually hurts this a little. Overall, a very complex and interesting beer. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 00:38:41 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass (for me) and a sampler glass (for my wife)

Tar dark in color, medium beige head with surprising lacing. Smells sweet, smokey with a cherry overtone.

Taste is bittersweet, with an interesting chocolatey bitterness mixed with a surprising hoppy bitterness. Strong chocolate notes and smokey background. Cherry from the aroma surprisingly absent. Chocolate comes out more and more as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, slightly gritty. Pretty drinkable, especially for an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 00:41:02 | More by snaotheus
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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