Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 861
Hads: 2,783
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 184
Gots: 673 | FT: 30
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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 Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of VTR
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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... (391 characters)

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of wasso67
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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! (480 characters)

Photo of mcantu
5/5  rDev +21.1%

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 (452 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (265 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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. (996 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -51.6%

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. (589 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

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! (414 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%

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 (372 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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! (592 characters)

Photo of tlery
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
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! (635 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Midnight black in color and impenetrable to light. A half inch mahogany head is sitting on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma of bitter roasted barley is intense but there's also a light sweetness from the chocolate and a light plum note. There is an intense bitterness from roasted barley. The back of the palate is evened out with a hint of sweetness from the chocolate and in the finish the bitterness appears again. The mouth is creamy and moderately carbonated. (459 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a big, thick, dark brown head with excellent retention and long, fat lacing down the glass. Brew is almost perfectly black.

Big aroma of roasted barley and chocolate, in some order. Strong caramel malts and a hint of oak.

Very nice, roasty, smooth, rich stout. Lots of dark cocoa, and fistfuls of roasted barley. A hint of overripe dark fruit on the back-end. A little bit of cream, vanilla, and charred oak, but very minor. Very nice peppery heat on the back-end, as well. Slightly earthy hops provide some balance. The dominant flavors are without question roasted barley and chocolate.

Smooth, thick, creamy mouthfeel, lively without sting, no foaming, and almost no alcohol heat. Long, sticky retention.

This is a very tasty dessert-style stout, but it's dark and roasty enough - and the chocolate blended so well - that it could just as easily serve as a breakfast stout. Very tasty and well-crafted stout. (921 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 04/12/13
Drank: 07/24/14

A- Pitch black with a 1 finger, dark khaki head. Good lacing and legs.

S- Chocolate, oak, band-aid, and a touch of pepper and vanilla.

T- Dark chocolate, coffee, oak, slight booze and a light touch of vanilla. Roasty finish with some grapefruit rind mixed in. Dry Baker's chocolate aftertaste.

M- Medium thick body. Smooth and silky. Drying.

O- Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti are two of my favorite beers on Earth, but this one just didn't quite live up in my humble opinion. Don't get me wrong, it was very good, just not mind blowing. There was a noticeable lack of tropical hops and depth in comparison to the others, and the bitter chocolate seemed to dominate the other flavors. I would never turn it down, but I would choose many more above it. (784 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Thin dark tan head black opaque body.
Smell: Floral notes, raisins, then cocoa, some alcohol. Almost disturbingly floral. Now I am disconcerted.
Taste: A little bit of hops, a little bit of malt. Oak and some not well hidden alcohol. Pepper. A wash of coffee then a whole lot of bittersweet chocolate that put a big grin on my face.
Mouthfeel: Got a snap and burn to it from pepper and alcohol then the creaminess comes behind. A bit like being slapped then hugged.
Overall: This is a darn fine stout. Just not particularly chocolatey I forgive the flowers and the sting. More socially acceptable than eating a can of chocolate frosting.
3.75

Not a bad stout, but if you are seeking a linear chocolate experience there may be better options out there for you.

Edit: And holy ABV batman! I may be a cheap date but after the entire bomber I am feeling somewhat ineh-inxot-polluted. (894 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 4/9/13
22oz bottle into a chalice

A: Opaque jet lack with 1.5 fingerss width of dense dark mocha colored head, which has good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing

S: chocolate, roasty, subtle peppery heat

T: cocoa, heavy cream, roasted malt, oak, peppery heat that slowly builds throughout the drink

M/D: Very smooth, appropriately low carbonation, full bodied, drinkability is average

O: another really good Yeti; well done (468 characters)

Photo of trevorpost
3.22/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Smells strong of chocolate, roasted barley, a bit of oak and a fair bit of booze.

T: Kind of harsh to start, the chocolate is there but its not particularly inviting. There are some hints of raisin hidden in here. Mellows as it warms, but still mostly tastes of bitter barley husks, wood and a lot of booze.

M: Decent body, nothing particularly noteworthy. What I expect for a big stout.

O: Ultimately disappointing. Not a horrible beer, but not one that is particularly well balance or well incorporated, especially with regards to the oak and chocolate. Entirely too aggressive and harsh for what should be a decadent and comforting beverage. (715 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black as you would want it with a creamy coffee-brown head that didn't grow too large in this pour, but came back strong with a swirl and did leave some good lacing.

S: chocolate and oak is what I mainly get, unsurprisingly, but only with moderate strength. There is some underlying coffee notes as well. As it warms, I get a bit of the vanilla.

T: to me, the wood provides a backbone for all the flavors that are perceived throughout the taste. The front taste is chocolate and vanilla, turning more into a bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. In one taste a did get a light spice bite near the end that I guess is the cayenne. I didn't notice it in every sip, but my tongue did tingle just a slight bit more as the beer neared the end of the glass. The beer is not very sweet, but it stays well away from being too bitter.

M: smooth and silky with the beer at temperature. A little bitterness does sneak in at the end to give a little tug and dry the palate.

O: the feel and smoothness, combined with a neutral sweetness worked well for me. I could have used maybe just a tad more sweetness, but I am really splitting hairs at this point. I didn't care too much for the regular Oak Aged Yeti (too much bitterness), but the addition of some sweetness for this version did the trick for me. This could easily be a new one to add to my must-have list when I can find it. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle

A — Pours a deep and thick black color into the glass. There is a dark brown, thick head on top of the beer. Leaves behind some sticky, spotty lacing, looks a bit oily.

S — Smells a bit sweet of cocoa powder, bitter coffee, chocolate, caramel.

T — Tastes richly roasted and dark, little bit of sweet chocolate but not nearly as sweet as anticipated, very nice chocolate, cocoa, and coffee tones.

M — Full bodied, thick, long lasting finish.

O — Great overall, the Yeti series of beers is just remarkable. (545 characters)

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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