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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 Franziskaner
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of trevorpost
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.41/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of macher0
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Dark, dark brown, nearly black. An aggressive pour yielded a small amber head that retreats to a minimal film. No laces.

S. Chocolate, coffee, neutral oak, dark roasted malts all at noticeable levels. Hints of vanilla. Mild aroma.

T. The taste follows the nose consistently. A noticeable bitterness, not at all sweet. Major notes of coffee, dark malts, neutral oak, and some hops. No booze. A moderately bitter ale.

M. Moderately smooth, moderate carbonation, medium body.

O. Very balanced and consistent. Excellent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours really dark with a mocha creme head that laces the glass expertly. Decent clarity as far as sediment, but make no mistake, there's no seeing through this beer.

SMELL: Big and roasty. Lots of alcohol, black licorice, and dark chocolates.

TASTE: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oaky tannins, and booze. The strength of the beer is more tame in the flavor. Oak, raw chocolate, char and heavy malts. As it warms more chocolate and vanilla come out, getting close to candy bar and roasted marshmallow status. A small heat builds in your throat and belly from the heat of chiles and alcohol.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium carbonated, completely rich beer.

OVERALL: Chocolate Stout aged in oak with peppers. There's alot there.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

March 2012 bottle. Opened May 2014. Edit: aging this beer really failed to impress. Re-reviewed fresh and it was great.

April 2014 bottle. Opened June 2014.

A - Thick, tar black pour. Almost no highlights at all. Creamy dark khaki head has great retention and low lace.

S - Rich dark chocolate, molasses, touch of burnt brown sugar, mesquite roast, hint of coffee, and warm bread.

T - Cocoa nibs, strong raisiny chipotle heat, dry roast, burt toast, and booze.

M - Smooth, medium frame with a light, dry finish.

O - Not sure what happened to the aged version of this beer, but the fresh bottles are drinking beautifully.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A coarse but dense tan head surmounts an utterly opaque dark amber body. The head retention is superb, the lacing is thick and Belgian-like.

Aroma: Deep aroma of espresso and bitter cocoa and sweet alcohol. Juicy herbal hops are present a well, but for all of their presence, seem more of an accent, than a dominating presence.

Taste: Opens with prominent roasted malt and bitter cocoa notes, as the taste progresses, sweet alcohol offers a graceful flourish, both spicy and warming. Later in the taste, cold coffee appears, as well as a fairly strong herbal hop presence, which, nonetheless, struggles against the omnipresent roasted malt, espresso and bitter cocoa. Finishes with a lingering and strong roasted malt note and strong herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, creamy, extraordinarily rich and very full, with graceful carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rich and pleasant, very drinkable, extreme, but nonetheless, excellent, but best taken in small servings. I find it difficult to imagine drinking a bomber of this by myself.

presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served ina Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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Photo of DanielMB
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I bought a bomber of this at Total Wine, because they had a sale on all single beers. I paid almost $9 for it, so I had high hopes for this beer. They were all met, and then some! I started by pouring a little into a pint glass. It poured nearly black, as a RIS should, without much of a head. It tasted of cocoa, dark chocolate, spices, and coffee. It was absolutely delicious. It got even more complex-tasting and slightly spicier as it warmed up. The spices really brought out the deep, rich, dark flavor. This is a very high-quality offering, well worth the price.

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Photo of Bone53
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Black as can be with a one finger brown head. All Yetis I've had look amazing!

Smell: chocolate, coffee, vanilla

Taste: Not as much chocolate as I had hoped. Bitter roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Some heat comes through. Flavors come out more as it warms, but also becomes more bitter.

Moutheel: Medium mouthfeel for the style. Goes down smooth but a bit boozy and bitter

Overall: Good, but not great. The booze and bitterness needs to be toned down a bit with more sweetness from malts. I prefer some of the other Yetis to this, but it's still worth a try!

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

Poured 22oz bottle dated 4/2/14 into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours black with a finger and a half of rust/tan head. Light webby lacing.

S-Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, roast, some coffee.

T-Tastes of big dark chocolate and cocoa, caramel, roast, some peppery heat towards the end.

M-Mouthfeel gives a full body with a dry finish. Low carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel.

O-Overall a decent chocolate imperial stout was expecting more a chocolate smell and taste.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a foil wrapper around the cap and a bottling date of 4/8/13. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Body is a deep, dark walnut brown that might as well be black and allows pretty much no light through. Atop the body is a two finger head of creamy tan foam with moderate retention, eventually fading to a swirl of film across the top of the liquid and a moderate sized ringlet around the edge of the glass. Lacing is spotty and intermittent.

Smell - Big notes of chocolate, cocoa nibs and spice burst through off the bat, as well as a pretty heavy presence from astringent boozy heat. There is also a nice bit of vanilla and wood from the oak, with some tannins that contribute a bit of harshness to the aroma. Of course, there is also some roasted malt char to round it out.

Taste - The chocolate isn't as aggressive here as I might've expected given the aroma, with the big roasted malt characteristics taking center stage alongside considerable heat from the booze and nice oak tannins and woodiness. The vanilla is subtle, and really gets lost in the more aggressive flavor profiles from the cocoa nibs, booze and heavy malt presence. I allowed it to warm over the course of the pour, hoping the vanilla would peek out a bit more, but really the alcohol just became more aggressive. A little unbalanced for my taste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a somewhat harsh mouthfeel that lingers with a bit of burn after the liquid is gone, which gets more pronounced with time--a cumulative effect likely from the cayenne.

Overall, a decent beer, but in the end, the interplay between the various elements is a little too chaotic for a continued enjoyable experience of the life of the bottle. I had to break this bottle into two sittings to finish it off. The booze and mouthfeel were just a little too much of an assault on my palate. There are other "Mexican" imperial stouts that I would reach for before this one, although it's relative availability is a definite plus.

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Photo of JayPeso
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 4-2-14. Poured darker than I was expecting but not quite like motor oil. Nice chocolate brown head that left lacing throughout the glass. Aroma was great with some coffee, chocolate present. Mouthfeel was really smooth and did not feel like a thick or watered down stout at all. Taste was enjoyable at first with vanilla and oak characteristics throughout, but the cayenne definitely made its presence known in the aftertaste and very soon overwhelmed any other flavor profiles I was getting in the glass. The cayenne aftertaste became stronger after multiple tastings. A very complex and well crafted beer but unfortunately for me, I was expecting the chocolate to be more apparent and wasn't prepared for the spices to take over.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Bottle King in Livingston. I haven't had a beer from Great Divide in a while and even though it's nearly summer here, I wanted to give this a go since I had never had it before. While strong, this was incredibly smooth and not hoppy at all. This allowed the range of flavors to shine through nicely, to the point where I had no problem downing this bottle all by myself.

This had a bottling date of March 19th, and tasted just as fresh as a 2 1/2 month old beer should. The pour was lively, which a dark, thick brown hue, and a creamy chocolate head that didn't quit until I was halfway down my pint glass. The back side of my drinking apparatus was coated in rings as I made may way down this and although the aroma could have been a bit more alluring, there was enough of the cocoa nibs to give me a hint of what was to come in the taste. Lots of that was present, along with the vanilla, a mild taste of hops, alcohol, and a nice bitter chocolate kick in the end. The pepper didn't make this spicy but it lent some warming that lingered once the flavors settled down and the carbonation was spot-on, even if it wasn't that visible or detectable to the taste buds. Creamy and just a bit thick, this reminded me of soda without the sugar or artificial feel, as there was enough here to scrub away the darker notes sip by sip.

Sure, this was strong and I felt a slight warming as I made my way through the bottle. The vanilla was subtly present from start to finish as it melded well with the chocolate bitterness that eventually shone through. Had this been brewed with oatmeal, this could have been a truly fabulous beer. As it was, this turned out to be a solid take on the style that was light enough to be enjoyed during the non-winter months. A great beer of this style should make the imbiber feel like royalty and that was the case here, as Great Divide has another winner on its hands. Take some time out and enjoy it for all its worth.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at St Gambrinus. 12 ounce pour for $5.

The pour was the typical Yeti - dark and muddy. A thin khaki colored head barely formed on top. The lacing was uneven and rocky and a bit brown colored.

Coffee and chocolate are the first aromatics. The coffee is bitter and the chocolate is sweet. Not much in the way of hops. Really good but the aroma faded quickly though.

The taste was sweet at first from the candy bar sweet chocolate but I quickly found a burnt tobacco or leather taste. Very strange. I was expecting a taste similar to the nose. *after further investigation I found there is cayenne pepper in this. Maybe that is what mixed with the sweetness to give me that burnt/heat feeling.*

Mouthfeel was nice for a high ABV brew. Not bitter at all from the lack of hops, and thick enough to coat your tongue leaving you wanting more of the cocoa nibs they put it.

Was slightly disappointed with this after loving the other Yeti's. Just not a fan of the heat on the finish for this style.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date April 02, 2014 printed on the label, so this is some pretty fresh beer right here, especially considering the hefty 9.50% abv. My first encounter with this beer, and also my first of any of the Great Divide Yeti beers. Expectations are moderately high given the beer's current high rating.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a slick motor oil black; thick and viscous as hell. Straight pour down the center conjures about two fingers of dark creamy chocolate mocha head that leaves behind nice scattered lacing as it recedes. Beautiful.

S - Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, and cream are initial, dark coffee bean roast comes next, followed by a subtle piney hop smell on the finish. Lightly boozy.

T - The taste is very nice, but it is a bit different than I was expecting. Creamy vanilla, oak wood, hints of bourbon, alcohol warmth, cocoa / chocolate, coffee bean roast / bitterness. The cayenne pepper heat is distinctly noticeable on the finish. The vanilla creeps out more as the beer warms.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy, with some pretty moderate alcohol heat on the finish, which when paired with the cayenne feels pretty hot. Medium full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice example of the style, but I do believe I drank this beer a bit young. I can definitely only see this beer improving with age, and I wish I had waited a while to crack this one open. Definitely looking forward to trying more incarnations of this imperial stout though.

Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti ---4/5.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black thick and viscous. Small head with a lazy hazing afterwards. Smell is slightly chocolate with a surprising light fresh scent. Taste is very good. Hides the ABV well. Not sweet at all and the hint of chocolate is there. A very good beer.

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Photo of toppoop
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - aggressive pour lead to a great two toned head. Never seen anything like it. Tan on top, and brown on the bottom. Guessing once the bottle stopped burping the consistency of the forming head changed.
S - good chocolate with a hint of coffee. Nothing special.
T - definitely chocolate dominating this, then the spice kicks in. Overall a good balance between the two.
M - this one is near and dear to me since I love spicy fare. The stout aspect is what is to be expected of a stout and the spice heats up the mouth and hangs with you for a bit.
O - great take on the yeti with the accentuated chocolate and added spice.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Devide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti

Poured into pint glass

A: Deep black with tan head . . Just like it should.

S: Roasted.

T: Delicious. Slight alcohol burn on the end.

M: Smooth and thick, rich and creamy.

O: A fantastic stout. Enjoyed this very much !

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Photo of delta490
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. So much. The bottle has a bottled on date of 1 April 2014. It poured out of the bottle a deep rich black, completely opaque and no light gets through. Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass, it gets about a finger of dark creamy mocha head. The head has minimal retention, but hangs on around the circumference and leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is rich and complex, with hints of Yeti Stout (coffee, molasses), oak, and cocoa with a nice earthy undertone. The taste is equally complex and delicious, closely mirroring the aroma but just that much more flavor. The body is thick and oily and there's a little bite of spice. Despite it's large ABV, there isn't any alcohol esters. This is a world-class stout.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in @garuda s review: " Massive beer with a lot going on. Chocolate up front, then roasted malts, transitioning to a dry oakiness. Cayenne pepper in the finish that starts out as complimentary, then builds through the end of the bottle. The spice really sticks around and becomes a little overpowering for my liking, especially for a "chocolate stout". Full body at first, then thins out a bit as it warms." Couldn't have said it better, or as well. Really get a peppery kick toward the end. I usually love a good stout at 50 degrees and up to room temp, but this one got worse the more it warmed. I smell some tobacco in there as well. This one came across very bitter to me also. Maybe if you are really into dark chocolate you wouldn't notice. Reminds me of Southern Tier's Chokolat in that regard. Not terrible, but just too much. Fairly disappointed. One and done for me.

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