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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,592
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 182
Gots: 563 | FT: 25
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

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.
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Ratings: 2,592 | Reviews: 844
Photo of zhanson88
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours pitch black with a couple fingers of dark tan head. A small amount of lacing remains after it reduces down.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, and tons of chocolate are what come out first. I can also detect an woodiness and a good deal of coffee. Lots of strong scents in this beer. Very complex.

Taste: Wow, incredibly chocolaty. Lots of malt flavor as well. Some coffee as well as vanilla, with a touch of earthy woodiness. Chocolate is part of the name of this beer and it certainly lives up to that. For my taste, it's probably a bit too much chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very full bodied with just a touch of carbonation. Very smooth in the mouth. The taste lingers a long time in the mouth after each swallow. Even with the amount of chocolate taste in this beer, it is still very complex and I can taste all the other flavors. I liked this beer quite a bit, and look forward to trying the other Yetis.

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

Darkest chocolate brown with a colossal cascading crown of cocoa powder colored cream. Extensive (and gorgeous) lace appears in the end and solidifies the perfect score. Some might have looked as good, but no American double stout has ever looked better.

It's easy to smell that GDCOAY was aged on both oak chips and cocoa nibs. The latter is more prominent than the former, but doesn't go overboard. Thankfully, roasted malt is not lost in the mix. It's interesting that 'spice added' appears in small print on the label. Wonder what it could be.

As mentioned in a previous review, Great Divide can do anything they damn well please (well, just about anything) with Yeti Imperial Stout and the final result will still be great beer. First impressions: this version isn't as good as Oak Aged and Barrel Aged and it's slightly less enjoyable than the standard Yeti.

There's a black peppery heat here that I don't remember from the others. If that's the mysterious added spice, the brewers could just as easily have left it out. And should have. In fact, the flavor and drinkability scores will have be knocked back to 4.0 if it doesn't fade with time and warming.

Otherwise, we have the usual onslaught of roasted barley malt, along with an impressive amount of melted Hershey bars, dark caramel, black coffee, black tea leaves and oak. Why in the world is this beer so hot? Drinkability continues to leak oil.

The mouthfeel is as expected. It isn't massive and sticky, but it's plenty big and creamy smooth. There's now little doubt that black pepper is present. Either that or the brewers forgot how to mask a 9.5% ABV, which is extremely unlikely.

Chocoate Oak Aged Yeti is pretty good beer, but it isn't anywhere near world-class. High expectations have quickly turned into mild disappointment, solely due to the heat wave that greets each mouthful. Never mind IBUs, Great Divide needs to publish BTUs. Here's hoping they can right the ship and fix whatever is causing this particular Yeti to be my least favorite Yeti yet.

**Another BA has just informed me that cayenne pepper is added to this offering. Not a good idea GD. Not a good idea at all.

Photo of madarab55
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Angler's on Mass street in downtown Lawrence. Served in a tulip glass. I loved every minute of it. The head was a dark tan shade about a quarter inch thick. The finish was so strong I went to the bathroom and was still tasting it when I got back to the table. I could drink this every day and be a happy man.

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

Dark brown opaque body with a 1/2" of coffee colored head.

Chocolate and vanilla nose with a hint of coffee.

The chocolate is the centerpiece, but not overwhelming and balanced with a shot of vanilla. It's slightly bitter, but a baker's chocolate kind of bitter and not a hop bitter.

Mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation. Slightly hot.

Overall, a very good Impy Stout. I respect that they didn't use the chocolate in a gimmicky way and opted to make it known without detracting from everything else.

Photo of begforme4484
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black, dark dark brown. Has about a finger's with light chocolate brown head. Slight lacing on the glass.

First thing that hit my nose was chocolate. It overpowers some other slight smells, like some piney hops, roasted malts and wood scents.

First one the tongue is a nice greeting from the hops, which is quickly overpowered as the beer hits the rest of your tongue. Big chocolate flavor with a bit of vanilla and alcohol mixed in. Roasted malts also presents with a burnt coffee addition. Also a slight zing, which is more apparent on the aftertaste from the chipolte.

Mouthfeel is very fullbodied almost chewy. Very slight carbonation with strong lingering flavors.

Drinkability, it's a good beer, but I could not push passed one.

Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber dated May 10, 2010 poured into a snifter

A- A dark brown, almost black, with a two finger dark tan head.

S- Chocolate and alcohol/vanilla, hint of wood and roasted malts.

T- Dark, bitter chocolate that mixes well with the oak flavors. Hints of roasted malts and coffee.

M- Nice weight and thickness for the flavor, kind of silky and creamy.

D- This is a nice stout, but not as good as I was hoping. I was hoping for a sweeter chocolate taste and more complexity. I feel that it could have been silkier and creamier too. This is my first Yeti I will buy this again and I am still can't wait to try the others.

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

Had this on tap at Capone's on 9-15-2010.

Appearance- Arrived at my table looking like motor-oil with a milk chocolate, fluffy head. Around the head it's almost the darkest brown, still pretty close to jet black.

Aroma- Smelled like chocolate, not overwhelming though. Along with the chocolate you can smell piney hops, also not overwhelming. A very pleasant, non-overpowering scent.

Taste- I feel like Homer Simpson in that episode where he goes to the town made entirely of chocolate (including edible chocolate puppy). Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. There is also the slight hoppiness and cayenne on the back end.

Mouthfeel- It's the perfect thinkness and it's silky smooth. It sits under the toungue so nicely before it slides down into my belly.

Drinkability- It's hard to call this drinkable. Delicious yes, drinkable maybe. The cayenne-y spiciness and the high alcohol content may keep me from drinking more than one or two bottles but it's certainly tasty.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber into my Old Rasputin Nonic.

A: Pours a thick creamy dark black with an thick brown foam head. The head sticks around for awhile before becoming a nice thin layer. Ample lacing.

S: A decent amount of chocolate hits the nose first, but there are some hints of vanilla and espresso.

T: THe sweet malt flavor of the chocolate hints the palate first. In the middle the chocolate mixes with some bitterness. The back end has a nice blend of sweet malt and some bitter coffee.

M: Parts of the tongue are sweet but the roof of my mouth is getting a bitter coffee taste.

D: This is a big bold Imperial Stout. The alcohol is well hidden which makes this easy to drink.

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in SN 30th snifter. Bottled 5/28/1010.

A: Pours a noticeably viscous motor oil black. 2 fingers of dark brown head from a forceful pour. Head retention is decent and remnants of lace are left throughout the glass.

S: Dark roasty malt and milk chocolate. Black cherry and plum. Maybe a hint of rasberry liqueur. Hershey's syrup. Vanilla, oak, and carmel. Faintest indication of some cayenne pepper pops up here and there.

T: Big, rich, and chocolately. Roasted flavors are balanced by a nice bitterness coming from both the hops and the bitter cocoa. As the label suggests, this really does taste like a top quality chocolate bar. The flavor of high quality chocolate is perfect. The heat creeps up on you. Initially the spice is nearly unnoticeable, but 10 or 15 minutes each sip leaves a nice lingering spicy note.

M: Thick and viscous. About as smooth and silky as anything out there.

D: High. Rather complex. Supremely drinkable. This is a sweet beer, but somehow it never feels overwhelming.

Great. Yeti, in it's many forms, is as good as any big stout around. I feel like a broken record saying this, but if this were more difficult to obtain it would be rated higher. Get yourself some Chocolate Yeti.

Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a super dark with a milk chocolatey head

S - the nose is of dark chocolates, roasted malts, a hint of the cayenne, and some pine hops

T - dark chocolates mix nicely with some burnt malts. The burnt malt is noticeably roastier than other RIS's I have had. The chocloates and malt give way to a touch of hot cayenne that leaves a little bit of spicy heat on the finish that is intertwined with a little bit of piney hoppiness. Mixed in throughout is a little bit of sweet oak from the aging process. Pretty solid.

M - a little watery and thinner than I would have hoped.

D - this is a solid RIS. There isn't as much chocolate in this as I would have hoped, given its name, however the flavors that are present are nice. I didn't realize there was cayenne in this until I started drinking it. It works well in this beer. I don't know if I would buy this one again given the price point and the regular Yeti being superior. Worth a try, though.

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

Chocolate Oak-aged Yeti, Decadent, Luscious, as they say.

Utter blackness, with a thick, solid brown cap of foam, chocolate frosting on a chocolate cake. Chocolate BEER-cake.

Aroma: Incredible. Wondrous cocoa, rich, enticing. Wish I liked chocolate...well, I "like" it, you know, I can appreciate it, I can understand it's better qualities, shall we say. ...

Deep, dark, delectable, ...roasty, lightly bitter, bittersweet espresso tones. Dry, and yet sweet. Nice balance.
Rich, and yeah, decadent, mmm, ...wow, ...not quite getting, the...oh, it's there. How did I miss it? The whiskey notes are getting bigger and bigger, some vanilla, cocoa, and the whiskey getting hotter and hotter.

Now, the whiskey's taken over from the chocolate...funny how that works.
Mmmm, mmm. Love it.

Photo of tbart428
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like my dads unfiltered man coffee. Dark brown head around the edge of the glass that lightens toward the middle. leaves average lacing.
S: Smells like chili chocolate brownies and my alcoholic fathers breath at church on Sunday.
T: Bakers chocolate to harsh grain flavor to a harsh cayenne flavor that is not fitting with this beer.
M: Medium mouth feel with carbonation that creates a strange tingle towards the end.
D: Cayenne and heaviness of this beer make this a sipper. Glad I tried this beer but never again this beer was destroyed by the cayenne.

Photo of TK5150
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours black with a mocha brown head, with a darker brown around the edges of the head. Small, tight bubbles. Good lacing. The body is black in the glass, with no highlights when held up to the light.

S- Mocha, creme, chocolate, spicy cayenne. Grainy.

T- Grains (one of the most grainy tasting beers I've had in a long time), lots of chocolate, and spice. Hints of coffee throughout. The cayenne pepper heat/spiciness continues to grow the more I drink. Because of this, I like this beer less and less.

M- Fairly full bodied, coats the mouth with imperial stout and spice. Appropriate carbonation.

D- The cayenne does not work very well with the beer IMO. I'm getting acid reflux just thinking about it. I've thoroughly enjoyed other imperial stouts with other types of peppers in them, but this was just not doing it for me.

Overall, glad I got to try it. Interesting I did not notice much of any oak in this beer. A decent beer at first, but becomes overwhelmed by spice and falls apart for me. Will not have again.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Chocolate brown (surprise), dark brown 1-finger head. Great lacing.

S - Very chocolate-y with pleasant slightly sweet malt aroma. Not much oak aroma though.

T - Much better than aroma. Smarts with a very sweet vanilla and slight earthy hop flavor. Quickly moves to a chocolate alcohol/liqueur taste. Finishes with a dry wood and faint alcohol burn. Cayenne pepper adds a nice heat feel to the end of each swig.

M/D - Lighter body than expected, low on carbonation in a good way. Finishes dry on the palate with lingering wood and mocha flavors. High ABV is moderately present so it makes to be a nice sipper and warmer beer.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black. Nice tan mocha head. Smell of vanilla and toffee. Taste is bitter chocolate and
coffee. Nice hints from the oak, makes this a really great after dinner sipper. It warms nicely from the ABV but it doesn't hinder. Great flavors of vanilla, toffee, and mocha end with nia nice malt background. The entire Yeti series is a great tribute to the Stout.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a small mocha head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of cocoa and oak.

Tastes of big roasted notes. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate with some slight coffee and brown sugar notes. Oak adds some vanilla to the mix. Cayenne gives a little kick on the end to keep things interesting. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and leaves a little warming.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/2/2009

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. A large, foamy, tan head forms on top of the darkest of brown bodies. Patchy lacing left behind. Great Divide does a nice job with the appearance of their Yeti's.

Oak, vanilla and a bit of booze on the nose. A touch of spiciness jumps up now and then with the ghosts of faded hops. Chocolaty, malty and a bit earthy.

After taking a couple of sips the flavor profile seems somewhat muddled. Darker, cocoa-infused malts wash across the tongue at first, but are followed by some vegetable, soy-sauce soaked peppers. The oak mixes in as well, adding a touch of vanilla, but is mostly off-putting. Slightly astringent hops linger in the background. Maybe this beer is better fresh, because this is a bit of a mess with a year on it.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with some nice spice. The pepper spice and warming alcohol combo works well. Carbonation is a bit on the prickly side and the body seems a little thin for the amount of heat it gives off.

Drinkability is average. I've had other cocoa/pepper stouts in the past, but this one doesn't really pull it off. The flavor is fairly disjointed and seems to be a bit off. Maybe it's the year of age, but I think in general this beer is not one of the better Yetis Great Divide offers. Worth checking out if you've tried the others in this series, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an aggressive oak character that compliments a subtle dark chocolate aroma. The taste is good. It has a sharp black malt bitterness that really hits you up front and carries through to the finish. The chocolate character isn't too pronounced, but it's noticeable. The oak aging adds excellent flavors that are quite complimentary to the black and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking double stout. The chocolate character could be better. The oak aging seems to squash the chocolate theme.

Photo of elliot23
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like motor oil the way it swirls in the glass. Pours a nice dark roasty caramel color. The nose is boozy and milk chocolate. Some coffee there but muted. The taste.. Mmmm, nice. Flavor is more milk and some dark chocolate. Coffee in there as well, almost like a warm mocha. Not much booz in the taste. Dark malts. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness from the malts. A little cayenne pepper in there on the back end that gives this a nice full circle finish. Very full bodied RIS. Drinkability is probably medium. It took me a while to put a bomber of this one back... Good stuff though.

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

A tasty treat. Vey dark brown body, with a bit of off-white head. Above average mouthfeel. Chocolate, ginger, and oaky wood.Aroma is a little boozy, roasty, chocolate. Well balanced stout, and chocolate works well here, less coffee is nice.Very good drinkability.

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

A: Pours an dark black with a slight tan head. Leaves a noticeable lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate (a far more subtle chocolate aroma than one might expect). Notes of oak are prominent.

T: A bitter but not overpowering dark chocolate taste followed by a wonderful spiciness. Flavors of coffee are distinctive as well.

M: Full bodied and smooth. The high ABV is well hidden.

D: Not overpowering with either the chocolate or booze. Quite nice.

I like this beer for the same reason I love dark chocolate (and hate milk chocolate). It harnesses the great chocolate flavor without overpowering the yeti. Also, the spicy finish (I believe a hint of cayenne is responsible) is absolutely fantastic

Photo of CBlack85
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass

Beer is black with some ruby/brown highlights and has a large tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving behind spotty lacing.

The nose is much more subdued than I had expected. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and a slight hint of dark fruits mix to create a very nice, inviting aroma. There is also a slight hint of alcohol, not too much, but enough to let you know that it boasts a fairly big ABV.

The taste seems to be dominated by chocolate and coffee. There are also some supporting flavors that give a little complexity to the brew; there are some dark fruits, some spicyness from the peppers, and just the slightest hop bitterness. The wood adds some vanilla notes that are barely noticable and almost seem out of place with the rest of the flavor profile. The alcohol is well masked, hard to tell that its 9.5%. Full bodied and slightly dry.

Overall this is a terrific beer, very well crafted

Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 9.5% abv. Bottled May 3, 2010. Black as night pour. Creamy mocha head. Very appealing as the head retentionscores high. When things finally fade, some nice spots of lace. A good looker here.

Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt up front. Some oak and vanilla. A whiff of alcohol. Licorice and molasses. More dark chocolate and milk chocolate at the end.

Rich, dark roasted malt, with layers of chocolate. Molasses, some cream as well. A bit of heat from the alcohol. Some tannins from the oak as it dries towards the finish. Chocolate lingers for a while.

Body seems just a bit thin, not the chewy monster I expected. Some heat from the alcohol. Nice lower amount of carbonation. Very nice, although I think I enjoyed the espresso better. Still, nice beer.

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a thick syrupy black, completely opaque, dark brown head, decent retention, some spotty lacing

S: deep dark bitter chocolate, lots of roast, a little bit of licorice and molasses, a hint of chile on the end

T: the front is big and sweet, lots of bitter chocolate and sweet malts, after the initial sweetness fades, the peppers come to the front, as I sip this, the heat builds up quite a bit and leaves the palate tingling long after being swallowed. Lots of interesting stuff going on here and lots of pepper character.

MF: thick, syrupy, chewy

D: this is a sipper for sure, it gets a bit hot about halfway through my first glass, also very thick. Overall, the flavors are complex and interesting. The spiciness from the peppers nicely offsets the sweetness.

Photo of beeragent
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark dark brown, almost black, forming a ½ inch dark mocha head. Medium lacing slides down the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T - The coffee/roasted malts coat the palate at the beginning, before the smooth chocolate flavor takes over in the finish, and a hint of peppery spices and wood. Very smooth taste, and the flavors blend very well although I don't detect as much of the oak. The alcohol is well hidden. After the swallow, the spiciness really comes out and remains on the palate.

M - Heavy bodied, slightly chewy, and very smooth. Low amount of carbonation throughout.

D - Awesome flavor, body, and aroma. I expected a little more chocolate flavor, as the roasted malts and coffee overpowered the chocolate. There is also not much of an oak presence, but the pepper presence is definitely there. Very interesting flavor combination!

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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