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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,538
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 169
Gots: 555 | FT: 23
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009)
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Photo of Lunch
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Yeti snifter at the appropriate temperature (12/31/09-01/01/10).

A: Pours a deep oily black with an incredibly thick and creamy 2.5 finger mocha head with exceptional retention and some thick spotty lacing. This is exactly how and Imperial Stout should look.

S: Exceptional bouquet with chocolate, both dark and milk, and oak dominating the aroma. The smell is extremely rich and tones of roasted malt and espresso are found as well as just the slighted hint of citrus hops.

T: Chocolate and oak roll onto the palate with some bitterness and creaminess as well as a nice degree of sweetness. Roasted malt comes into play as well with some espresso and fresh coffee. The finish is quite creamy with a slight bitterness and citrus character. The cayenne pepper is slightly apparent leaving a prickly spicy heat that combine with some booze. Very rich indeed.

M: Full-bodied with smooth and prickly yet creamy carbonation and a slight spiciness from the cayenne pepper.

D: This is certainly a chocolate and oak forward Imperial Stout, but that is exactly as it is advertised. Quite rich and thick, but I had no problem finishing the bomber. The 9.5% abv. mildly comes into play, but it is surprisingly minimal.

Overall this was another wonderful version of the Yeti and another solid offering from Great Divide. Certainly one of the best chocolate in-fuzzed Imperial Stouts on the market. Highly Recommended.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amazing pour produces a rich, decadent brown liquid that sloshes into the base of my tulip glass; darker hues swirling with lighter khaki tones beneath a milk chocolate colored head on this beer - and the head is ridiculously thick and creamy, a full 3.5 fingers deep on the pour! Awesome head retention throughout. Really, this beer looks like a chocolate mousse dessert topped with chocolate whipped cream. So excited and I haven't even tasted the damn thing

S: Notes of milk chocolate, dark baking chocolate and cocoa powder and a earthy oak note dominate the nose early on; a quick flash of something citrus highlights the arrival of hops. However, this beer is all about chocolately goodness and boy does it bring it in the nose.

T: Pure unadulterated goodness. The chocolate flavors kick things off with a barrage of milk and dark chocolate, followed by lighter hints of smooth vanilla, a honey-like sweetness and woodsy oak-barrel notes; then a quick flash of hops fades into a bold roasted coffee flavor and more waves of chocolate. Then I start to get the hints of cayenne pepper which the label speaks of, adding a nice touch of heat to balance out the initial sweetness and to play with the lingering roasted/toasted notes.

M: Velvety smooth and creamy... just like you want from a big stout

D: A Yeti for the summertime? I'll take this stout any time! Really enjoyed this as the booze remained in check throughout and the most heat I got out of this beer came from the addition of cayenne. Awesome. In the pantheon of Yetis, I still think the Oak Aged variant reigns supreme, but its neck-and-neck between the original Yeti and this Chocolate Oak Aged offering for second place. In any case, I don't think you can go wrong, so long as the Yeti name is on the label

Recommended.

Photo of soupyman10
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yeti hasn't failed yet - I'll definitely continue to try its various iterations.

Deep brown with amber highlights. Small tan head that dissolves down to a fine film.

Aromas of huge chocolate and roasted malt. Mild but very nice. Not the most complex.

Huge chocolate flavor. Roasted malt. Dried fruit. Delicious, if, again, not super complex. A hint of oak.

Huge creamy body, smooth and subtle carbonation.

Big delicious brew. Not the most complex, but very nice nonetheless.

Photo of jampics2
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bottle split with the guys at Adam's tasting.

Black with a mocah, sticky head. Looks nice.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Nice nose.

Taste is chocolate, roast, then a cayenne pepper heat that takes over.

Creamy, nice body. Overall, drinkability suffers from the strong heat from the pepper, but this was nice.

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

Obtained in trade from JosephLondon (many thanks!). Bottled on June 15th, 2009. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Immense ecru head foams angrily out of the glass. Retention is average and lacing is dense and sticky, yet thin. The liquid is an opaque bistre-tinged/brown-glass shade of black if black has shades.

Vanillin, coconut, and burnt cocoa in the nose. Lightly roasted malt, chocolate bread, and coffee as well. Faint cherry-like esters from the alcohol.

Sensual parade of flavors on the palate: chocolate liqueur, truffle, cinnamon, ganache, molasses, black bean molé. Sweet, but then dry in the finish with more wood notes and an extended lingering after-taste of thin, poblano-infused champurrado.

Thick chewy mouthfeel with mild astringency and some tannins from the oak. Rather warming from the cayenne combined with the ABV.

An excellent dessert beer, though the primary ingredients are subsumed by the additives. A festive brew that I would pick up every once in a while if it were in my distribution network...

Photo of UA8
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle labeled July 2005? Maybe 08 hard to read.

A- Pours a dark coffee black with a thick dark brown head. Bit of a gusher issue upon opening.

S- Cocoa, raisins, caramelized/ burnt malts. Hiding in the background is the cayenne.

T- Leads with dark chocolate bar notes, midpalate has burnt malt notes and a hint of dark dried fruit. Finishes bitter and spicy with the cayenne showing some smokeyness.

M- Very smooth and soft. Quite enjoyable medium light carbonation that enhances flavor but doesn't ruin the viscous mouthfeel.

D- This is a tasty stout just like it's brothers, however I really could have done without the cayenne it really takes the drinkability down quite a bit for me. After trying several spicy pepper beers I've decided that I just plain don't want it in my beer.

Photo of Kallessin
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like motor oil. Has a brown cocoa color head that's somewhat subdued with a ring of large bubbles around the glass. There's a thin film of foam over the top.

The aroma has tons of chocolate and roasted malt. I pick up some molasses, figs with some notes of alcohol. It's very sweet. It's not really all that complex but is nonetheless an amazing smelling beer.

The flavor, much like the aroma, has tons of chocolate and roasted malt and again, is very sweet. There's a little coffee with some vanilla flavors, figs and some woodiness from the oak. There's a moderate amount of bitterness and the alcohol comes through. The cayenne pepper is there in the finish with some nice hot and spicy heat. It tastes a lot like the Lindt chili dark chocolate bar, which is a favorite of mine. Red pepper mixed with the chocolate is a perfect match.

It's very smooth and creamy with some warming alcohol and heat from the cayenne. Very rich and full bodied.

This beer is outstanding with the rich chocolate and the heat. Another great winter sipper.

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

From nots. Excited to try another version of Yeti, being a big fan of the other versions.

Thick black with creamy mocha head and good retention and lots of lacing. Off to a good start.

SMELL Boozy first, then oak, roast and some vageuly chocolaty sweetness in the end. Booze and oak dominate.

TASTE Far more bold and nuanced than the nose. Some moderate bitterness and booze up front followed by oaky and chocolate flavors, and a mildly malty sweet middle, with roasty flavors rising in the finish.

FEEL A sharp bite up front and strong warming are unfortunate distractions from a rich, full bodied sensation. Some lingering bitterness.

OVERALL kinda hot, and the chocolate is not prominent. Some cellar time will likely do it some good. Not as smooth as the Espresso Oaked Yeti. Yet, still a really good and interesting example of the style.

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

A black opaque color, with a dark tan, three inch high head, that laces and clings to the glass. The scent of oak comes through with the woodsy fragrances of caramel and vanilla. Dark roasted malt comes along for the ride, bringing a slight twang of alcohol at the end. The taste of chocolate comes out right at the front, followed by wood and vanilla esters. There are dark bread flavors brought by the malt, bringing raisons and dried fruit flavors as well. The finish is surprising, with a grassy and citrus bitterness, that lingers for some time. A rich and smooth texture, coats the palate, the warm feeling of alcohol hits the throat. The palate is left with dry and arid feel. This beer has a deep rich color, strong and complex aroma. The plethora of flavors, with the heavy and rich texture makes this a must try beer. This beer is would be mostly served with desert, but try it some spicy Mexican or some hot wings.

Photo of philmont
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at J. Clyde's the other day on cask. Presented with a thin brown head and dark as night. Very smooth with medium mouthfeel. Little hops in flavor but chocolate flavor is very evident. Also has chocolate aroma. Very drinkable, would like to try it on tap or bottled.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

... 22 picked up over the weekend at Brewforia... sharing with Brenda.. mine is a half glass pour into my Delirium goblet.. beautiful 3 finger dark brown head with incredible retention and lacing...

Nose is chock full of cocoa .. some yeasty esters remind me of sweet cherries.. a little plum..

Flavor is much more agreeable than the Yeti I had recently... I prefer the lesser hop profile and bitterness.. it makes this beer seem much more luxurious.. sorta decadent.. chocolate cordial.. a bit like those chocolate liquor bottles that always show up at work during the holidays.. more like a well made milk chocolate than cocoa.. some vanilla shows up pretty prominently as it warms... nice medium full body with great smooth/small bubble carbonation..

Very nice... I would do a better review, but the wife needs me to help with some living room work.

4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4

Photo of jdflyer06
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz into an etched snifter

A: Dark pitch and not letting any light through at all. Leaves a one finger head that goes away pretty quickly but leaves a nice thin bit of head throughout the drink.

S: As I expected. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, overripe cherries. Not extremely complex but it hits the mark as advertised. The hop floralness is overshadowed by more coffee and chocolate overtones. Oaky/woody as it warms, with a hint of vanilla.

M: Rich and creamy with a nice dry finish. Carbonation is spot on and the burn from the cayenne is curious. If I didn't know it was in here, I would almost miss it. It leaves a subtle tingle on the palate that is actually quite pleasant.

T: Plenty of cocoa up front. The dryness of the beer reminds me of cocoa powder not fully disolved, but it's not bothersome. Bitter and smokey as it finishes with more of a coffee feel. The alcohol is pretty well hidden due to the bitternes of this one which balances well with the subtle sweetness. The cayenne contributes some spice but is not overpowering in the flavor profile.

O: Another excellent offering in the Yeti series. It's much more drinkable than the Espresso Oak Aged offering in that it's a bit lighter doesn't pack the coffee wallop. Still, I couldn't drink more than one of these in a night. Split with a friend and enjoy!

Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it sure pours like an Imperial Stout.. Tan creamy head rises three fingers that shows decent retention and finally begins to collapse with the weight of gravity. Virtually black with no light getting through. Sporadic lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is pretty assertive. Roasted Malt, Chocolate syrup

There's more to this than initially meets the palate. My first sip focused on the Oak... It just popped for me. As I continued through the glass I was struck by the amount of other flavors contained in. Vanilla.... & dark roasted malts.. charcoal, dark chocolate and then the oak again and again. Almost the slight heat of pepper here. (is there pepper in this?.. I have to read the label) The wood notes are almost a little to raw. Wood like..

Full bodied, slightly acidic, slight tingle of chili heat.

Certainly one to savor over the evening

I think I rate this 3rd among the Oak Yeti's. The Espresso first, the regular 2nd and then this. All in all, a very good line-up

Photo of xanok
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This is my favorite chocolate beer.

A-Extremely dark brown pour that looks black in the glass. Two fingers of beautiful tan head.

S-Smell isn't so much chocolate as it is roasted malts and oak. Has a burnt quality to it.

T-A more pronounced version of the smell. The roasted malts are fantastic. The finish is a bit on the bitter side.

M-Extremely smooth going down. Mouth feels a bit hot afterwards. Body is rich and full. Carbonation is medium to heavy.

D-The high abv is hidden well until the aftertaste. As mentioned earlier, it's a very smooth beer.

This beer is quite the accomplishment for Great Divide. Most chocolate stouts I've tried either end up with too much or too little chocolate. The ones that find the balance usually have no complexities to it. This brew has none of those issues.

Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich, dense and compact yet fluffy dark tan head... Only moderate retention, especially considering how thick it looked when poured... Left a a misty veil of lace... Some very slow small deliberate carbonation climbs along the sides of the glass as you tilt the glass back and forth... Opaque black color... Loads of foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The aroma is much more subdued that the rest of the Yeti family... Gone are the roasted malts... They are replaced by a subdued and delicate blend of sweet rich milk chocolate and a slight tad of cayenne pepper, though enough to tingle the senses...

T - The roasted malts reappear as part of taste... It is the first to hit the tongue... This is followed by a sweet milk chocolate component... Then the cayenne pepper is present, but is neither to strong or off putting... It's just enough to grab your attention and add a slight bit of character to this brew... I'm not sure what I expected from the cayenne and I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it, but I keep sipping away so that's a good sign...

M - Medium to full bodied, but closer to full... Distinct carbonation on the tongue... Slick and chalky... Viscous... Very smooth... The pepper sits on the back of the tongue and lingers... A slight burn lingers in the back of the throat...

D - Unique... The focus of this brew is certainly the addition of cayenne pepper... It dominates the taste and mouthfeel components... It's not bad, but I'm not sure this is a brew I would seek out in the future...

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

I'm a huge fan of Oak Aged Yeti and Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, so I hope this one follows suit...

Pours pitch black with 4 full fingers of head in my tulip glass. Ultra thick lacing left behind. Perfect.

Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. After digging deeper, luscious chocolate and oak begin to creep in...but they never quite get fully exposed due to the hop aroma.

Tast is big roasted malts up front, a quickly disappearing chocolate character, and a floral hop finish. Oak is prominent mainly in the aftertaste. The peppers are hidden at cold temperatures, but as it warms they begin take center stage. I'm honestly surprised by the lack of complexity in this one...it tastes fantastic but truthfully I tasted just as much chocolate in a 6 month aged bottle of Espresso Yeti as I do in this. Weird. If I didn't have certain expectations based on the name, I would simply label this a wonderfully crafted Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is between medium and full, with a fairly high levels of sharp carbonation. This one would benefit it it were heavier or creamier. The spiciness of the cayenne peppers begin to show in the finish as the beer warms closer to 60 degrees and it leaves a bit of a sting on the lips and tongue.

This is definitely a solid imperial stout. Very unique as well. If the chocolate was a bit more prominent I may have liked it more. Recommended.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/20/2009 (Bottled on Jun 15 2009):

Pours an extremely dark brown colored body with an average tan color body, lasting. Bitter hoppy aroma, some sweet chocolateliness too. Something else inthe aroma, maybe the cayenne. Some cocoa. Really strong aroma. Cocoa taste, a little dry. Dry peppery cayenne finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Spiciness in the mouth. Dry, dusty mouthfeel.

Photo of lord2464
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The chocolate yeti has perfect color in both the body of the beer and the frothy dark brown head. The aromo combines chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The impression of bourbon comes from the oak age. The initial flavor impression is reminisent of the smell and the alcohol adds a certain sweetness. The cayenne makes for a hot mouthfeet that initially reminded me of the impression of fussel alcohol... The mouth feel was initially very rich, but as the caspicum from the chili pepper accumulated the hot impression became bothersome. Overall a good beer that I would like to try without the cayenne.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on July 16, 2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is excellent. It smells like roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, oak and vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of a burnt/charred malt and smoky flavor. There's also some hot spice in the finish that gets a bit stronger the longer I drink the beer, I assume that's from the cayenne. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink but I don't think I could drink any more than a bomber of this at a time. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, I liked it a lot.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - opaque black pour forms up three fingers of dark mocha head. Much lacing on the glass as it fades and holds at a thin but solid cover.

Aroma - some light oak mingled with toasted grain, oak coming out much more as it sets up. No sign of any chocolate though.

Taste - good roasty grains, dark chocolate, and the oak all in concert. The swallow shows some abv, enhanced by the cayenne. Nice finish, warm, chocolatey, with the oak. Lots to enjoy here.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, a nice big body, slightly muted carbonation.

Drinkability - a great brew. At length, the oak tends to dominate, likely assisted by the cayenne. I would have liked to picked up a little more of the chocolate, but still, this one's a keeper.

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

(Served in a snifter) Bottled on June 15 '09
A- This beer has a jet inky black body that stains the glass as it is poured in. There is a thick chocolate milkshake creamy head that laces to the glass and stays after the beer is finished.
S- The fresh rich chocolate malt aroma blends with a plywood aroma. There are yeasty aromas that blend with white chocolate notes and black malt to finish.
T- The nice full oak flavor melds with rich chocolate malt and a soft chili heat in the finish. The chocolate malt grows more in depth and richness as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that blends with the chili pepper heat, and a creamy texture.
D- This beer has a nice rich chocolate flavor with an interesting pepper heat that is just enough to add character but then grows a bit to much as the beer warms. The oak is nice but becomes overpowered by the chile peppers as does the malt.

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

Pours dark brown, basically black, almost opaque with some ruby highlights sneaking through when held up to the light. About a one inch thick, rocky head lasts quite well.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, with a touch of coffee, and semi-sweet dark chocolate. Oak makes an appearance, but isn't the star of the show in the aroma. Maybe slight alcohol note in the background, but not much.

Flavor is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, with typical oak and vanilla notes you would expect from an oak aged ale. Definately a kick of spicey heat comes through in the aftertaste, which is enough to punch out any possible alcohol notes. Not much hop bitterness comes out, but a little bit of a dark chocolate bitter bite sneaks out in the end.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Somewhat thick, but silky and smooth. Reminiscent of a Hershey's Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs square, if they added some heat to the mix. Probably like something you would get in an offering from Vosqes-Haut. The heat is surprising and stays with you for a while, but gives this a unique twist. If I were to tweak it, I would turn down the heat just a little, and let the chocolate come out more. Certainly worth sampling again.

Photo of yuriruley
2.53/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - looked good nice and dark with a good head. Was the best part of the beer.

Smell - oak subtle chocolate, ok smell, but nothing special.

taste - All I could taste was oak and some alcohol, no chocolate or anything else. The oak flavor was an overwhelming flavor, hard for me to even explain.

mouthfeel - Good feel, not too thick, kind of creamy, decent carbonation.

Drink - Not my cup of tea, at first I was ok with it even though the taste was less than impressive. But it started to make me feel ill pretty quickly. I drank maybe 6oz then drain poured it.

Notes: Biggest let down of the year, especially since I liked plain old yeti quite a bit. I am depressed that I had to drain pour such an expensive beer. I am not even sure what was going on in this beer. Guess it could be the chips versus barrel age, I have no idea I am too new to the world of beer to be certain. All I know is that oak flavor was way too overpowering for me.

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

Pour - you guess it! It pours dark as night and thick leaving some "legs" streaming on the inside of the glass. The head is big and thick, tan in color with some tightly packed bubbles all crammed together.

Aroma - lots of vanilla bean and musty oak right off the bat along with a good deal of sharp alcohol that tickles the nose. There is some hoppiness still present in this along with some caramel and toffee smells. No chocolate present...yet.

Taste - marzipan is the first thing that comes to mind. Marzipan combined with cocoa powder, Mexican chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, honey, oaky vanilla and a nice little kick of cayenne in the finish. The spicy heat that the cayenne adds is really nice, I quite like it.

Overall - I've read that people felt the cayenne dominated the flavor of this beer and I'd have to disagree. Both the chocolate and the cayenne were quite subtle but together made this variety of Yeti quite unique. Very smooth and easy to sip and enjoy. Excellent version of the Yeti with lots of subtle complexities.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This Yeti pours pitch black in the center of the brew with a little bit of light dancing around the edges.

S: Smell is a bitter cocoa, but not overwhelming.

T: Phenominal! It starts mellow with smooth oaky velvetness, then gives way to a bitter chocolate in the middle. Lastly the chocolate is complimented with a peppery heat from the cayenne, which finishes this beer off perfectly and seems to be a perfect fit. Admittedly, the cayenne was odd at first, but it grew on me quickly. You can tell Great Divide mellowed the hops for this one and that was a good thing in this case.

M: Silky and smooth with just the right amunt of carbonation.

D: Excellent for an RIS. I can't down one after another of these, but I could alternate quarter glasses between lighter beers.

My favorite of the Yeti crew and my personal favorite RIS. Great job GD.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,538 ratings.