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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 869
Hads: 2,834
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.55%
Wants: 187
Gots: 687 | FT: 29
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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:
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 Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp into tulip. Nice chocolate coming through right away, but not as much as I would have hoped. Quite a bit of bitterness, some roasted malts, and some raspberry. Definitely getting some smoke. As it warms, the chocolate and bitterness pick up a bit. Overall, this is a great beer.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a good finger’s worth of luxuriant mocha foam. This is what a top flight RIS should look like... Mild aroma smells of hot cocoa and dark chocolate with a kiss of chili spice. Wreaths of lacing adorn the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste features roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate from start to finish. The dash of chili powder touted on the label comes through just enough to add a subtle extra dimension--if I hadn’t known it was in there, I may not have even recognized it for what it is. The alcohol is well concealed, and the taste is quite dry on the whole, which invites you right back for the next sip. I understand that this is barrel-aged, but it’s one of the mildest barrel-aged beers I’ve encountered. It’s hard to discern any of the trademark barrel characteristics beneath the bitter roasted malt and chocolate. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation yield a vibrant, albeit slightly loose mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very nice, dry, drinkable imperial stout, and definitely a step up from their regular Yeti. It also looks about as good as a stout can. Barrel-aged is almost a misnomer, but that’s forgivable considering its quality.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 01 Apr 2015 at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma of cocoa, alcohol. No vanillin or malt.
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to irregular 2 -4 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent – complete curtains
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor bitter chocolate barely mellowed by the oak. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. No vanillin.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3-13-15. An aggressive poured into a snifter yielded a big fluffy two fingered brown head that stuck around for about a good ten minutes. Some lacing. The aroma was very chocolate forward, with some mild coffee and dark fruit undertones. The taste had more coffee up front, with a very solid dark chocolate backbone. I did get some light raisin and molasses flavors as well as dark roast malt. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, and almost oily as it coated the palate and didn't fade quickly. Overall, this is just an outstanding beer - my favorite of the Yeti variants, all of which are great to outstanding in their own right. Super good beer Great Divide!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright ebony under a 1” dark tan foam cap that produces thin sheets of lace. A suggestion of legs.
S: dark chocolate, coffee, roast malts, dark dried fruit.
T: Big rich chocolate flavors contributed by both the malts and the added chocolate with a light vanilla accent that suggest a liquid chocolate brownie. Dries slightly on the finish.
F: Chewy, very creamy. Some warming builds after a while.
O: a big flavored beer suitable for dessert or breakfast.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review represents bottles consumed at less than 1-4 years after release. Pours midnight cavern on the dark side of the moon black produces 1-3 fingers of super frothy, shortlived to moderately lasting, mocha head that leaves nice, clumpy, sticky lacing to no lacing at all in older vintages. Aroma chocolate, caramel, dark roasted/burned malts, some coffee & vanilla/oak. Taste is extra rich dark, semi sweet chocolate, Hershey's Chocolate syrup, woody oak, roast, nuts, toffee, molasses, hints of fig, prune, coffee & leather with chili pepper in the latter half of the sip, a nice hop bite in the finish & bitterness in the aftertaste. Oaky vanilla is subdued (perhaps by the massive chocolate taste). Alchol presence is minimal in the nose but quite noticable in the mouth as warmth, spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, oily & silky. Very warming & prickly in both the mouth & throat especially in in the latter half of the sip & aftertaste. Holy cow, what a dessert beer!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2009 vintage. Pours slightly darker than cola with a loose, khaki-colored head that slowly dissipates into a swirl. Nose expresses some chocolate notes and a slight char. Taste expresses cocoa, baker's chocolate and some notes of oxidation. Amazingly, this beer is still carbed. Body is light-medium in body with an even carbonation, but still a bit too assertive for the style. There's also a light acidity. Overall, a little past its prime; however, still solid after all these years.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours an oily, jet black straight out of the bottle. Forms a nice, dense and thick finger of dark brown, burnt caramel colored head. Good head potential for the ABV, lower head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 4.5 - Tons of malts, virtually no hops. Medium sweet chocolates, light espresso coffee and super faint touches of cayenne pepper.
T - 4.75 - Not complex, but simple and BOLD. A TON of roasted, malty goodness upfront that fades into a warm medium sweet chocolate. Finishes warm with the cayenne pepper, not quite to the level of a Mexican hot chocolate, but enough to make it warming. Virtually no hop profile, low bitterness, but the chocolate isn't to that cloying, Hershey's syrup milk stout decadence level. It's just right. Well balanced between the sweet and savory sides of chocolate and cocoa nibs.
F - 5 - Thick, creamy luxurious mouthfeel. Full bodied stout we've got here!
O - 5 - What a stellar imperial stout. This stuff is kick ass and ages beautifully (pulled mine from the cellar after one year). If I see this again, I will buy a few to set back for special occasions and I highly recommend you to do the same!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, completely opaque, pitch-black color with three fingers of chocolate-covered head that slowly dissolved into a semi-thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic! Tons of roasted malt, freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and brown sugar. Awesome aroma!

Taste: Wow!! Exactly like its aroma! Tons of roasted malt, up front, with notes of toasted bread, lots of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, some cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar-like sweetness. As the beer comes closer to room temperature, the more the oak and cayenne pepper comes through, making the beer ever better! Very, very delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely creamy! There’s no carbonation what-so-ever, which makes this an extremely smooth beer. With an ABV of 9.5%, there’s a nice, pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! This is a great, awesome stout! I love the malt, the chocolate, the vanilla, the oak and the cayenne pepper, and the creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours black, opaque. Rich mocha, deep cinnamon colored head, incredible depth of color, one finger thick, frothy. Fine lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Dark cocoa, deep chocolate aroma. Big roasted malts, vanilla and caramel creaminess. Dry oaky astringency, woody and earthy.
Taste- Big bitter dark cocoa, charred malts, some sweeter creaminess. Oak is very forward, astringent, bitter, very woody and dry. Hops linger on back end, definetly get the cayenne kick as well.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Lower carbonation.
Overall- Beer highlighted by big and bold flavors, nothing soft about this one. Intense bitterness from cocoa, roasted malts, and hops. The oak aging creates some more intense bitter flavors, very woody and earthy, dry oak. There is almost a saltiness on the aftertaste, perhaps from the cayenne, can definetly feel and taste the heat on the end. Overall, bold but enjoyable.

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Photo of VTR
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was excited to finally see this sitting on the shelf. I poured into a snifter after chilling in my fridge. S/Roasted malts, chocolate, and hops. The chocolate was slight. T/It was very thick for a great mouthfeel. Where is the chocolate? I only got a slight chocolate flavor. All I tasted was roasted malts and hops. The start was nice but the chocolate never really came. The finish was hops and bitterness. I let the stout warm thinking it may help develop the flavor but alas it did not happen. The stout was relatively young bottled in 04/14. Maybe age would help this mature? IDK....I would be willing to purchase this again and give it another go maybe with some age. If I could do this all over again I would have passed this up and not the expresso Yeti sitting right next to it.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The depth of this beer is endless. Superior thickness and feel give way to a nice black licorice, dark chocolate, and oaky profile. Thick and chewy, this beer is all about the feel as it drains down your gullet. Sure, other stouts may absolutely nail all the flavors, yet this beer is feel first and taste later. My first of the Yeti family, I look forward to trying the other members...

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a 1 finger brown head, aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, more chocolate and roasted malt in the flavor and a thick, almost viscous body with light carbonation well hidden alcohol and long legs. This is one of the best of its class and a moderately priced option if one is looking for a big stout.

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Photo of wasso67
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a very dark thick brew with a great brown head with good carbonation and lacing. Moderate head retention. Aroma is of malt and chocolate with a bit of toffee. First sip is chocolate shake goodness. Huge mouthfeel, almost syrupy in nature. Bread, toffee, caramel and dark chocolate malt dominate. Just a hint of bitterness at the finish. High alcohol content guarantees a crisp slightly bitter finish. Could drink all night if it didn't put me to sleep so damn fast!

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Photo of mcantu
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Great Divide is on point with this Yeti!

Appearance: Dark black no light coming through in this one. Beautiful frothy tan head about 2 fingers worth.

Nose: Wow! You get dark chocolate, vanilla, robust coffee,

Taste: Are you kidding me! You get dark chocolate on the front, the middle is subtle vanilla notes, a small hint of the oak and the finish is spectacular! Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness!

Overall one of my favorite in the Yeti series

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark brown almost black with a think tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: malt, chocolate, coffee

T: very malty and heavy dark chocolate, slight coffee

M: full with lower carbonation

O: solid stout

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours pitch black, a finger or so of a dark brown head. decent retention and a small lacing left behind. some thick viscous brown left behind as it swirls. opaque due to the darkness.

Smell: dark chocolate. espresso, wood. roasted malts. a good amount of bitterness and sweetness but slightly on the bitter side.

Taste: opens up with chocolate and a little bit of dark fruits. opens up into oak flavors, along with some alcohol. back end is full of bitterness. burnt and roasted hops, burnt sugar, espresso, earthy hops. some more alcohol plays in at the end

Mouthfeel: heavy, bitter and some alcohol warmth. a bit too far on the bitter side for me.

Overall: I really like the regular yeti but this is a step down. too much espresso and bitterness, whereas the regular has a lot of char to it, which I prefer. overall fairly good but with yeti being easy to get and better (and in 12 oz) I don't see myself returning to this.

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Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Serving: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Perfectly black with a nice red hue dancing around the edges. The thin head fizzles
quickly and offers no lacing.

S: Chocolate notes hit up front, followed up by coffee, malt and spices. I detected hints
of raisins or some other dark fruit as well.

T: A wonderful mixture of vanilla and chocolate hit the tongue first. Then the secondary
but yet equally important second wave comes knocking and says "hello, there's cayenne
and holiday spices in here too". The aftertaste is the all important Imperial aspect of the
beer, finishing the experience with a satisfying "wow!"

M: A little dry on the tongue but with the appropriate amount of carbonation.
Nice and chewy, however.

O: Just like the other beers in the Yeti line, this one is another winner. The combination
of the ingredients perfectly balance out into a highly drinkable stout, perfect for cold
nights spent next to the fireplace, drinking more bottles of this brew.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -51.9%

Bottled date of 03.19.14.
Poured into a tulip on 05.30.14.

A: Midnight black with no red. 3 finger brown head that retains well and looks like pudding.

S: Vanilla, cocoa, espresso, oak.

T: Oak woodiness dominates. Cayenne pepper and chocolate are subtle.

M: Creamy.

O: The oak was way overdone in this one. The cayenne pepper was strange and did not go well at all with the rest. At 9.50% ABV, this did not need any more heat. The chocolate base was good, but was barely there. This was completely unbalanced, so it went down the drain. I couldn't get the awful taste out of my mouth.

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Photo of scotorum
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Cellared for over a year.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a; Opaque black with an inch tall tan head which receded to thick even surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s; Chocolate!

t: Espresso and dark chocolate followed by a sharp bitterness. Some throat burn from the high ABV. The coffee flavor may mask or blend with any taste coming from the oak aging, although some of that seems to show up later as a smoky woodiness in taste and aftertaste, as does the cayenne pepper in the form of a lingering throat burn.

m: Full and smooth. A beauty, just what a stout should be.

o: A tasty and powerful flavored Imperial stout.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Jet black with dark brown head. ~1.5" when poured aggressive.

S - Lots of wood, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol

T - Oak, bitter chocolate, alcohol, and slight pepper finish.

O - It's a good version of the YETI, but some of the oak/chocolate flavors are a little harsh and the alcohol / pepper finish is a bit hot/overpowering. If I get this one again I'm going to age it longer to see if it mellows. Prost!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.12/5  rDev -1%

Good, oak-y taste and mouthfeel - dry, but could benefit from more thickness.

Flavor lacks depth - lots of bourbon and some oak - but no real chocolate flavors. Roast quality also lacks depth. Good bitterness on the finish with some nice sweetness

Ultimately, this is a great beer and I'm nitpicking, but this beer falls outside the top tier due to the above complaints

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Really disappointed in this one. High hopes going in and just a cliff dive from smell to taste. I wanted to love this one and was expecting this to outdue the original but it fell well short. If i had this blindly you could never convince me that this was the chocolate variant. Tasted exactly like the original. "Hops toned down", exactly as hoppy as the original. No real chocolate nose or taste. Smoother in taste than the regular but less Roasty. Same killer creamy mouthfeel. That's the only thing saving this beer. I'd easily chose a evil twin or westbrook stout over this one. I will definitely try again and i would recommend because I am certain they mixed up the labels on this one.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick gorgeous pour of a deep flat blackness. The head was a thick congealed cloud of dark brown foam.

The nose is a touch lighter than I expected with a dry chocolate malt, whipped cream, vanilla, roasted coffee and smoke.

Mmmmm, dessert! You get chocolate and the taste of an after dinner coffee at the same time. There is a bit of spiciness, like a Jalapeno heat, with some Graham cracker maltiness, roasted ember, caramel and maybe toffee.

This is rich and thick with a tinge of alcohol and spiciness.

Saved a good one for my 1000th review, but I knew that Great Divide would deliver!

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Photo of tlery
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Almost black, opaque, with a dark tan head and lace retention.
S - Chocolate, barley, vanilla, some smoke, and a touch of oak.
T - Starts with malt and dark chocolate, then a bit of happiness and raisin, and finishing with vanilla, a little bit of cayenne, and charred oak. Coffee flavors are present throughout.
M - Definitely thick and creamy. Seems to coat the mouth. Very little heat, which is surprising. Super long, dry finish that almost seems peaty.
O - Extremely impressive addition to Great Divide's Yeti line. Made a beer float using this and malted vanilla gelato, resulting in the discovery of my new favorite dessert!

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.