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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,414
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 159
Gots: 529 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009)
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Photo of KickbacksSteve
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.

KickbacksSteve, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
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.

SpecialK088, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
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.

orbitalr0x, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of erz316
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.

erz316, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
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.

Onenote81, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
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.

msubulldog25, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of MisterDeeds
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.

MisterDeeds, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
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!

Wasatch, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of csmiley
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.

csmiley, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
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.

jrallen34, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
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.

Beaver13, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of roan22
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!

roan22, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of chrhal1006
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.

chrhal1006, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of everetends
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.

everetends, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
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.

cvstrickland, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Otesanek
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.

Otesanek, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of medium brown head on top of an opaque black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Spicy aroma of chocolate and chicory with some cinnamon and vanilla. Smoke and dark chocolate, clove and pepper as well.

T - Thick, rich malt up front with caramel, toffee, chocolate, as well as almond and peanut flavors. Earthy, chicory spice notes in the middle mingle with the nutty toffee and chocolate. Spicy hops in the finish with moderate bitterness that leaves the palate awash with chocolate, smoke, and nutty notes as well as a lingering peppery warmth in the throat.

M - Thick, smooth body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish with lingering peppery heat.

D - Wow. I have now had four different versions of Yeti, and this is the best. The chocolate really ups the complexity, adding depth to both flavor and aroma while also lending a silky fullness to the mouthfeel. The lowered hop profile allows the malt to shine through better than in previous versions while still managing to keep this huge beer balanced. The chilis are an interesting touch as well, they amp up the spiciness of the alcohol and hops while also giving the finish a satisfying bite. Not only is this the best version of Yeti, it is as good an Imperial stout as I have ever had. I really liked this beer, and if I find more of it I am going to stock up.

nickfl, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Red Oak glass.

A-- Poured a jet black color. Motor oil color. With a very dark brown head. Got a 2 finger head and leaving very nice looking lacing. Extremly attractive looking beer.

S-- Oak, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. I get a bit of a coffee smell and then the pepper. ABV is much more obvious in this version than in the regular imperial stout.

T-- Oak first and then the chocolate later.

M--Same as above. Starts with the wood, then the chocolate. Longer it stayed in my mouth the more of a burn (pepper) I got. Not that heavy but gets you in the finish with a big burn. Somewhat creamy and full of flavor. ABV does hit you in the end.

D-- Not that big body wise until the end. I expected a bigger, chewy beer. Maybe a little too much pepper for me. Excellent balance of chocolate though. One 750 is enough for me. I much rather have the regular imperial stout over this, other Yeti is much more drinkable over this. Like I said it may be the pepper that I am not keen on. That being said I like this beer. Very interesting.

mulder1010, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: utterly black with a thick 2-3 finger dark tan head, with an attractive lace. Very nice.

Smell: nice roasted grains with a distinct and pleasant chocolate aroma.

Taste: oakey and chocolatey. I would say this is a very aptly named beer. The oak is actually more prominent than the chocolate, or at least it seems so because it's such a foreign flavor in a big stout. The oak combines very nicely with the alcoholic fruitiness; the chocolate simply complements the existing roasted malt characteristics. A very interesting flavor set, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: thick, creamy, almost unctuous. I highly approve.

Drinkability: this beer is tasty but very thick and very huge.

flagmantho, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy black with huge, fluffy dark tan head that is thick as can be. Nice lace and awesome head retention.

Chocolate, fresh hops, coconut and a hint of vanilla. Mouth watering!

Much like the nose. Big chocolate dominates. Some pepper, says they used a touch of cayenne in this and I can actually feel it in the finish. Light vanilla, rum and cola, coconut. Slight oakiness coming out. A lot going on here. Changes and develops flavors all the way through.

Nice soft and smooth feel. Spicy bite from the cayenne on the tongue and in the throat. Not as thick as some RIS can be.

The absolute best chocolate beer I've had. It's like drinking a cold mayan hot chocolate (mayan hot chocolate is dark chocolate with cayenne). So much going on and it's unlike any other chocolate beer because of the cayenne. Not a trace of the 9.5% ABV. Outstanding beer!

jera1350, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a fluffy 3" head that seems to last forever. Some lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of alcohol is detected by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, big dark chocolate flavor, prunes, nice bitterness, some alcohol, and a touch of spiciness late.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth to start, bit more syrupy late. Light dryness late too.

Drinkability: this beer went down smooth and rather quickly despite the style. Everyone should give this a try.

Gavage, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter. Purchased at Table & Vine, W. Springfield, Mass.

Pours pitch black, with a half-finger, fluffy, chocolate-brown head on top that settles rather quickly into a smattering of bubbles on top.

Nose is boozy, with loads of alcohol overlaying a body absolutely full of dark cocoa and vanilla, slightly nutty, and with a nice touch of dark fruit and a fairly bold cayenne note that grows as the beer warms. Boozy, rich, and spicy.

Taste is, like the nose, full of rich, cake-like, fudgy chocolate wrapped in vanilla, only now with a decidedly nutty, even woody note from the nibs and oak, and a very noticable cayenne note that contributes both flavor and heat. The cayenne note actually grows to dominate the beer as it warms, and as you drink more and more. It actually comes across a bit oddly, with flashes of a leafy, almost vegetal presence that kind of overwhelms the rest of the beer. Finish has a light mocha note of mixed coffee and cocoa, but the most prominent component is, again, the cayenne heat, which in this aspect (ie, the heat) isn't at all unwelcome.

Mouthfeel is slick, viscous, very lightly carbonated. Could actually use a bit more carbonation. Heat from the cayenne really becomes a big part of this beer.

Drinkability is very much dependent on how you feel about the cayenne. If you love the heat, and can tolerate the alcohol, this one is for you. But while this is a very tasty beer, I really feel like the cayenne could be toned down significantly to let the chocolate really shine through.

JohnQVegas, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch light chocolate head, dark brown in color

Smell: a huge oak smell and chocolate

Taste: sweet milk chocolate and cream--especially in the beginning, big dose of oak and cayenne in the end

Mouthfeel: heavy, smooth, sweet throughout, the cayenne also leaves a tingly sensation up and down my throat

Drinkability: Another amazing yeti. This may be my favorite of them. I love imperial stouts and pepper beers and this combines them with a great oak taste that is common in the oak aged yetis. This was an awesome beer worthy of saving for a big occasion. One per sitting cause of ABV but I want another.

tigg924, Sep 24, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Jet black in color. Medium/large foamy rich brown head that fades quickly to a small foamy layer that stays throughout the glass. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Chalky/barky. Dry cocoa powder and booze.

T- There is a lot going on in here. Powerful complex stout. Dry overall. After a few sips the Cayenne kicks in and consumes my palate. Real difficult to pick out flavors after that punch!

M- Creamy smooth. Nice even coating on the palate. Cayenne burn on the throat kills it though.

D- The cayenne killed it for me. After the first few sips my throat just burned from it and took away all of the taste. It does simmer down after a bit, but I'd be happy without it.

Yesac, Sep 23, 2009
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,414 ratings.