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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 172
Gots: 562 | FT: 21
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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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Photo of Tilley4
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip...

Bottled in June 09 so almost a year old at this point...

A midnight black appearance with the merest of dark browns just at the outer edge of the glass when held up to light...a surprisingly persistent head sits atop and lingers before finally fading away to a thin layer of foam... Swirling the glass leaves a thick oily residue revealing the thickness of the brew... A very imposing looking beer...

I'm immediately assaulted by a wave of dark fruits and licorice followed by a pleasant mixture of booze and dark chocolate... The cocoa nibs definitely have a prominent place here but they weren't the first thing I noticed.. The dark roasted maltiness of this is pungent and there's a surprising amount of hoppiness in this as well... Very reminiscent of the regular Yeti but somehow richer smelling... As this warms, I could swear I almost detect the cayenne as well but I can't be sure...

First sip brings a lovely wave of the cocoa mingled with a terrific base of rich deep dark roasted malts, a sharp biting hoppiness and a healthy wallop of booze... The cayenne plays a healthy role here and really mixes well with the dark chocolate aspects of the beer...the sweet spiciness of this beer is very unique and finishes strong with the cayenne creating an unusual lingering burning sensation on the palate...

Super thick and creamy with an enjoyable mouth-coating aspect... Very rich and luxurious mouthfeel...

Overall, I liked this one quite a lot... Right up there with the regular Oak Aged Yeti and miles ahead of the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti... Not overly complex but doesn't have to be... It is what it is and I like it...a real treat...

Photo of jmalex
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm opening this bottle tonight to celebrate the start of a long weekend and to watch the debut of the MLS's Philadelphia Union.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip deep black with a huge, creamy light brown head. It drops slowly to a still-large foamy cap.

SMELL: Bittersweet chocolate like a dark chocolate brownie pairs with an assertive hop bitterness to create a nice balance. The background is what you'd expect from Yeti - a rich roastiness coupled with a bitter astringency.

TASTE: Rich, full-flavored, and fudgy until the end. Dark chocolate expectedly dominates, but a firm piny hop presence cuts it with its sticky resins. Not terribly complex, but with these two polarizing intense flavors, perhaps it doesn't need to be.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick, thick, and thick. The silky texture is one of the stars of this beer, and a lower than average carbonation certainly helps.

DRINKABILITY: Brutally heavy, but it doesn't need to be anything else. No indications of the 9.5% alcohol are present at all.

A really nice beer, but doesn't quite reach the heights of the original or oaked version. Even still, get your hands on some if you can.

Photo of rregan
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 bomber

A- It is a syrupy pour. It is pitch black color with an inviting brown head. Nice retention and lacing.

S- There is a lot of scents going on. A roasty, chocolate aroma right off the bat that fades into a short-lived boozy smell. An oak scent throughout as well as a subtle sweetness from the vanilla.

T- The taste is mostly dark chocolate taste enhanced by a subtler roasty coffee taste. There is a bit of bitterness there too.

M- The beer feels really smooth. A little on the light side, lighter than I would like, but satisfying nonetheless. There was a surprising spiciness on the back end. It was not until I read the label that I realized there was some cayenne added.

D- It is a unique brew. The chocolate, oak, and coffee notes all blend together for a great tasting beverage and the cayenne finishes it off making it very distinct. I would definitely have another.

Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 7/16/09, drank on 3/21/10. Got in a trade with Lunch, thanks Paul!

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2+ fingers of tan head. A little bit of carbonation evident and great retention and lacing.

s - Smells of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee, and maybe a hint of alcohol. A nice mix.

t - A bittersweet chocolate taste dominates mostly. Also getting some hops, roasted malts, and hints of oak, coffee, and alcohol. Not getting any of the dark fruits in the taste that I smelled.

m - Full body and moderate carbontion. Pretty smooth. Body makes it a sipper for sure.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good stout. I enjoyed the chocolate/dark fruit smell quite a lot. I'm more of a fan of sweet chocolate as opposed to bittersweet chocolate, but this still taste great none the less. I would definitely try this beer again.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. A thick syrupy pour produces a 3 finger tan head. Excellent head retention. Thick lacing.

S. Smell is amazing. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, some alcohol. A little bit of dark fruit. Some hops. Oak, vanilla. Lots of smells going on, very complex.

T. Taste is dark chocolate. Coffee, roasted malt. Oak, vanilla. Extremely smooth. A little bitterness. Chocolate flavor is delicous, but not overpowering.

M. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Full bodied. Very smooth finish.

D. Drinkability is very high. This is a delicous beer. For chocolate lovers this might be the best Imperial Stout out there.

Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 16, 2009

Chocolate Yeti pours a very dark mahogany color. It's opaque. I'm not seeing any light or highlights at all. A dark mocha crown tops it off nicely. It's thick and fluffy. It's easily two and a half fingers deep. Retention is excellent. Lacing is relatively sticky and thick.

The nose is good. Chocolate is very prominent throughout. It smells slightly sweet, but mostly bittersweet and cocoa-esque. Light dark fruit notes are present. Oak is noted, but doesn't come through all that strong. It does, however, add a nice vanilla aroma. This bottle is about 8 months old, so hops have largely faded. There is some residual evidence nonetheless. Alcohol is blended well and isn't all that noticeable.

In typical Yeti fashion, Chocolate Yeti rocks! This is delicious. Chocolate is obviously large and in charge here. Bittersweet, cocoa flavor is abundant throughout. Oak is a nice complement and gives it a lot of complement. Vanilla is noted, but isn't all that strong. There are light dark fruit notes, and some faint, earthy hop flavors. They're pretty much gone at this point. I understand that the hops were toned down in this release (compared to other Yeti variations), but probably waited too long to experience them at their best anyway. Alcohol is surprisingly tame for a near 10% beer. It finishes a little bitter and cocoa-y.

Chocolate Yeti has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. It feels a little bigger with warming, but still feels a tad thin. Carbonation is light, and it does have a smooth feel. A little more body would still be helpful. Drinkability is very high. I'm really enjoying this bomber. The flavor is great and it goes down far too easy. I'm still shocked that this nearly 10%. It's deceptively strong.

At this point, it's readily apparent that it's difficult to screw up a beer when you're starting with Yeti. Great Divide is not lost on that point. I really like what they've done with these Yeti releases. Each one is a little different, but is strong enough to stand on its own. Personally, I think Chocolate Yeti could use a little more muscle on the nose and a little more body. That's about all I'd change. Very strong release all-around otherwise. Highly recommended.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber, bottle has a "bottled on" of june 2009 - so its about 9 months old.

A - jet black with half inch tan head

S - as expected, chocolate is noted in the aroma, along with coffee

T - not too sweet, not too dry. the flavors are very balanced and blended.

M - medium body, not too thick but creamy

D - had no problem with the 9.5% abv. not a sipper - but a drinker

Photo of CampusCrew
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Yeti and that's saying alot. I was blown away!

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy dark froth.

smell: dark heavy cocoa with some coffee.

taste: Nice chocolate flavor, good bitterness, not sweet. rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste. Love the pepper on the backend. it enhances the overall flavor experince of the beer.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: Yeti's are an a plus beer. This is the best of them. IMO

Photo of DmanGTR
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes in 12/12/09

A - poured dark and oily, ruby hues in the light with a light tan head. Well retained and scant lace. 4.0

S - Vanilla, dark chocolate, some woodiness and caramel. Coffee aromas are low. Very nice and full in the nose. 4.5

T - Quite complex here, many layers to peel back. Chocolate, roastiness, and your standard imperial stout robustness stands out. Light tannins and cherry come through, mixed with vanilla and more cocoa. Finish is long with a hint of blackberries and roast. 4.5

M - medium bodied and smooth/velvety carbonation. 4.0

D - quite impressive. I would gladly finish a bomber or two in an evening (and promptly fall asleep) 4.5

Photo of beerwolf77
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #300! This called for something special. Thanks goes out to exiled for this beer.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black. No light gets through even when held directly in front of a lamp. Three fingers of mocha hued head fills my glass. After some serious waiting the glass is covered with thick chuncks of lace.

The aroma is rich chocolate malt. It has a great sweetness like a melted hershey bar that I don't usually get out of chocolate beer. I get just a hint of pepper and hops after some warming.

The flavor is good but not as powerful as the nose. The chocolate is there but the hops and mnalt seem to balance it out. The cayanne is present in the finish making my throat tingle.

Full chewy and silky body. Hardly any carbonation.

Overall an awesome variation of one of my favorite russian imperial stouts. Long live the yeti.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split amongst friends at a recent gathering. Thanks goes out to Swimsum for bringing this treat!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful light brown, foamy head piles up to about a finger in height and retains well. Body is black and opaque. Looks very thick. Good lacing too. Very impressive for a barrel-aged beer.

Smell: Cayenne, cocoa, and light vanilla. That cayenne smells awesome! Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot going on in here besides that. The chocolate is nice, but the mild vanilla is all I get from the barrel.

Taste: Cocoa is big upfront, but the cayenne comes through nicely in the finish. The spiciness builds with each sip - really love that aspect! Caramel, black pepper, and pizza dough are also there, though the oak barrel is hard to find. I absolutely love the cocoa-cayenne combo!

Mouthfeel: Milky, lightly carbonated, full, and creamy. Finishes a bit oily too, leaving some long-lasting spiciness. Excellent!

Drinkability: This was such a delicious and unique beer! The chocolate and cayenne worked together so beautifully, and while the oak barrel didn't seem to have much effect, this beer was already interesting enough. Would love to land a bottle of this for myself!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, darkly browned head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is nice and dark, perhaps not perfectly black, but pretty close in its opaque darkness; it shows no differently when held up directly to the light. The aroma is a mix of spicy oak, roasted coffee, toasted whole grain and some lightly hot alcohol. The aroma seems a bit one dimensional as a lot of malt complexity is drowned out by the spicy, raw oakiness.

My first sip is lightly sweet, thick and chewy; the middle is nicely chocolate tasting, but the finish makes this disappear except for some bitter cocoa notes. The finish has a significant oak character that provides a spiciness, some lingering astringency, a peppery oak note that now that I think of it is actually a spiciness that is actually from the cayenne that I had forgotten about up until this point. The roast grain contributes a significant bitterness to the finish and there also seems to be a green hoppiness here despite the "hops being toned down"; this mixes with the raw oak character and the cayenne to provide a sharpness to the end of each sip. This is a thick and chewy beer that is not so rich as to be overly cloying; the body has a fullness to it, but the beer is still fairly drinkable (at least for an Imperial Stout). A touch of chalky roast malt character comes out as the beer warms up and a bitter espresso note becomes more noticeable as well.

Despite my complaints of one-dimensionality, I am actually enjoying this; especially as the beer warms the oak character is held much more in check and in balance with the other flavor components; the aroma never really gets all that interesting though. The spicy cayenne adds a nice touch to the finish that this spice-freak enjoys; even if it is somewhat subtle; it lingers on the palate and lips quite nicely though. The beer is actually quite nice and definitely enjoyable over all. The aggressiveness of the oak, hops and cayenne in the finish really helps to tame the big sticky malt character that would otherwise dominate this beer. Chocolate flavors, while noticeable, are not anything out of the ordinary here, and could even be attributed to malt character (even though this beer does have chocolate in it).

Photo of Gosox8787
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Vintage 2009 bottle (bottled in June 2009) poured into my Smuttynose snifter in two parts. Eight months old since bottling.

Appearance: Dark, deep brown brew. Completely opaque and about as close to black as you can get. One finger beige head recedes nicely into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Oak is the first note to hit my nose. Chocolate and coffee also are in full effect here. Some dark fruit sweetness rounds out the nose nicely and adds some depth. The strength of the oak does come off rather strong and even burns a little.

Taste: Oak spice is the first note here to hit my tongue, much like the nose. Coffee notes are here in force as well. The chocolate notes are not really here as much as I expected considering the name of the beer. The real highlight here is the dark fruit (raisin, plum) and brown sugar notes that offer a nice round sweetness. The overall flavor profile is smooth and outstanding. Aftertaste is some oak burn with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and chewy. Not much carbonation and very smooth. The ideal mouthfeel for a beer like this where you want to sip.

Drinkability: Extremely smooth and well balanced. There is some warming effect after each sip, but the alcohol is dangerously hiding. Certainly a beer that you could have a lot of. Drinkable despite the style and the high ABV.

Overall, a smooth, balanced and flavorful imperial stout. The oak adds nice balance and a spice note that really adds depth. Certainly lived up to my expectations. A great brew.

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

Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

I have to say I was worried about this beer by the bottle mention of cayenne use.
It ia a very good looking beer, with a dark brown, nearly black color with reddish highlights, nearly two finger thick milk chocolate colored head, fluffy.
Aroma is very good chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, minimal grassy hops.
This is nearly full bodied, with a very good and interesting flavor. It starts with a load of sweet malts, and lots of chocolate, with minimal grassy hoppiness to provide some balance. As the beer warms up and I take added sips, the peppery flavor keeps mounting, hot enough to really identify pepper, but never enough to become uncomfortable. It actually produces some balance, and makes it easy to keep drinking this tasty brew.
I would love to have more of this one; amazingly, the chocolate and cayenne blended very well in this stout.

Photo of jsh420
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 06/15/09

pours black - now most stouts are dark brown - this one is black - with a big 2+ finger tan head that left lacing all over the glass

smell - not that strong - chocolate oak some hops

taste - by far one of the best stouts out there and the best yeti i have had - oak first then the wonderful chocolate malt and then the hops

mouthfeel - a medium to heavy body that has perfect carbonation - creamy smooth

drinkability is great - i just wish i i could find this beer closer to home and didnt have to drive 100+ miles to try it

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

Very dark brown color with a brownish head that retains well but doesn't leave a lot of lacing. The nose is strongly chocolatey, with coffee, caramel, and a touch of biscuit on the malt end. Somewhat fruity, and with a touch of booze.

The flavor notes are strong and full: cocoa, rum, dark fruit, coffee, alcohol; not necessarily in that order. Big and smooth, almost creamy but a little high on the carbonation. Finish is long and bittersweet. Great mixture of coffee and chocolate, pretty great beer.

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

Out of a bomber this beer was a genuinely opaque black color with a thin tan head. The retention was good and the lacing off the collar consistent. Commanding and, dare I say, even menacing. The aroma was of chocolate, wood, alcohol and roasted malt; big but simple. The flavors were similar with the addition of dark fruits and herbal hops that added some bitterness to offset the sweet elements. Chocolate dominated the beer, but as one who has enjoys such sweetness in my beers (and candy, and women...), I enjoyed it. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, the body full and the carbonation medium/low.

Photo of atsprings
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel snifter pours a deep opaque black with a nice frothy light tan head. Aroma is a nice blend of roasty malts and Hershey bar-like milk chocolate. The taste is a wonderful blend of rich chocolate, oak and smooth roasted malts. There is even a nice hint of Bourbon in there as well. The beer is medium bodied with its alcohol well hidden by smooth carbonation and a hint of dryness. This one is a truly special beer, one I'll certainly have again.

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

poured into Duvel tulip. bottled on July 16 2009

A: pours thick black brown with finger thick dark brown head. sticks to glass very well.
S: chocolate, dark roast malt, slight oak and alcohol.
T: strong chocolate and dark malt. slight coffee as well as oak. sweet chocolate aftertaste. alcohol is noticeable.
M: this is obviously an Imperial stout, thick sticky almost chew-able.
D: great sipper, goes fast though found myself picking up my empty glass a few times.

Photo of MasterSki
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Kentucky - strange that we don't get certain Great Divide brews in Chicago. Served in my Half Acre pint glass. Bottled June 15th, 2009.

A - Pours a black color, with hints of translucent red at the fringes. There's a big light mocha foam that dissipates and leaves fingers of lace and a thick cap. Most variants of Yeti look good, and this one is no exception.

S - Oak, faded citrus hops, and booze. There's also something spicy and unusual (after consulting the label I've determined it to be the cayenne pepper). There's some milk chocolate malt character, but for something with Chocolate in the title I expected a lot more. Weird, and doesn't totally work for me.

T - Taste has a little better integration of flavors. There's a lot of cocoa and oaky vanilla notes, as well as some caramel. Quite sweet, and the cayenne pepper is less obvious. There's also some floral hop character, although understated compared to fresh Yeti. Aftertaste is largely oak, and there's minimal bitterness.

M - Chocolate milk-like, with some light carbonation. There's a bit of warmth, but I'm not sure if it's from the cayenne or the alcohol.

D - This was one weird brew. It has some of the things I like about regular Yeti (appearance, feel), but the addition of more elements (cocoa nibs, cayenne, oak, etc.) makes this kind of a mess. I'll eventually finish my pour (split it with my wife), but I won't be buying this one again.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-nearly net black in color letting just one hue of red through. a creamy dark coffee colored head forms and lingers...still there. very good retention leaving a solid lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is quite nice and brings dark chocolate, hints of milk chocolate, a nice blend of the oakiness and some vanilla.

T-the taste is great and a bigger, slightly nicer version of the nose. there is more chocolate in the taste, hints of bitter dark chocolate but lots of milk chocolate. the oak fades in with hints of the vanilla (as advertised) with just a touch of sweet dark fruits next and then the cayenne pepper kicks in with just a note of booze.

M-extremely full bodied, it is so thick and creamy, you could eat this like a piece of cheesecake. perfectly carbonated

D-wow, this is awesome! very straight forward and drinks as advertised; but huge flavors and done right.

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

Pours an opaque black with one finger tan head with pretty good retention, spotty but thick lacing. Smell: sort of a powdery milk chocolate, baker's chocolate, a bit oak/wood, leafy and slightly citric hop note, a little peppery (edit: noticed it says cayenne on the label... got something between white pepper and paprika). It's all a little understated though. Taste: syrupy dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, a little roast, notes of vanilla and pepper. Dry peppery finish with a touch of alcohol. A little more interesting than oaked Yeti, but the regular Yeti is where it's at. July 16 2009 bottling.

Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The ol' Yeti pours the infamous opaque black into the tulip, damn thick brew with a marshmallow tan head trying to foam out. It leaves a thick sheet of lace as the evening passes.

An aroma of a chocolate bar dipped in coffee, poured into a malt shake tempts me. And the quaff does not disappoint, thick / creamy, rich and full of the previous flavors. Even a raspy hop hint in the finish. Vanilla bean mixed with espresso coffee kicks in and makes this one hard to put down.

But I must, the big booze is listed on the label, even though it's nowhere to be found in this brew - another classic from GD. Darn fine brew.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti pours midnight black into the glass with a small, creamy brown head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is subtle yet oaky, with notes of vanilla and maple. Hints of chocolate and alcohol are also detected.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is moderately chewy with a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor has a lot of oak, with sweet chocolate, roast malt an earthy nuttiness blended in. It finishes bitter with a hot cayenne pepper burn at the end. Once gone chocolate and cayenne pepper notes linger on the palate.

This is definitely a sipping beer. The high alcohol is subtle, and the spicy end was a bit of a surprise.

Photo of mwilbur
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Bottle says it was bottled on Jun 15 2009.
A: Pours an extremely dense brownish-black with 1/2 inch dark tan head. No light comes through with backlighting.
S: Wow! I wasn't expecting a bright grainy hop note to hit first, but that's what greets me. As you get into this and as it warms, chocolate, oak, and vanilla come through.
T: Nice warming alcohol, chocolate, and oak notes. The bright grainy hop note is still here, but more in balance. With warming, vanilla comes through and the chocolate becomes more recognizable as cocoa nibs. And with warming, the hint of heat noted at the finish also becomes more recognizable as a splash of cayenne. Wow! This is like a great stout combined with a mexican chocolate nibby bar. Tremendous.
M: Medium body. Smooth with a spicy kick at the finish from the cayenne. The cayenne lingers perfectly on the palate...just enough to let you know it's still there, but not overpowering.
D: A very, very interesting brew and one that will improve with cellaring. Although the strong hop notes were a pleasant surprise, a bit of mellowing in that regard will only help this already strong concoction. I doff my hat to Great Divide. Seek this out and make sure to cellar some too. For full enjoyment, make sure to allow this to warm.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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