Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,758
Reviews: 874
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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 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.

Photo of ImusBeer
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a 22oz Bottle at the house.

Poured up black with a dark tan head the died after a few minutes into a rim around the edge of the glass, medium lacing on the sides of the glass as you drank.

Hints of chocolate and a slight oak aroma for the nose. The taste began with chocolate and then roasted malt, finishing with a slight coffee and then molassas.

The mouth was very smooth with a silky warm texture, you could feel alcohol warmth as well. This is a great stout almost the feel of a milkshake and not a beer. Very pleasant.

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

Poured into a snifter. From a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a dark deep jet black with and oily consistency and a dark tan almost brown head. Nice chunky bubbles and some dense medium ones. Retention is intense. So appetizing. Nice sticky lacing.

S - smooth milk chocolate is quickly present with a nice back end of roasted coffee like malts. Some nice hop nose on the back end but mostly roasted malts and chocolate, chocolate and chocolate plus some woody smells as well from the oak.

T - Chocolaty sweetness up front. Very sweet like cake. Smooth and followed by a nice roasted feel of mild coffee. There is a nice woody finish in there as well definitely aged with oak chips. It adds a nice balance to the very sweet chocolate notes. Some brown sugar hints with malt. There is some hop character that can be perceived as well along with the nice sweetness. Very attractive and complete stout. There is some nice spice character as well almost peperry in the after taste. Very nice.

M - Creamy and smooth with some nice CO2 hints as well.

D - Medium. High ABV and intesne flavors.

Edit: Ok as this beer warms the spices come out in droves!! OMG what an interesting and complex beer. Delicious! My mouth is on fire! i love it!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as dark as midnight with a creamy frothy mocha head that recedes slowly.
Smells of vanilla and milk chocolate are dominant on the nose. Slight higher alcohol on the nose and a roasted coffee deep underneath it all.
Tastes of milk chocolate and coffee up front. Slight hop in the middle melds into a spicy pepper taste that disappears quickly. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn with a roasted bitterness that boarders on ash.
Thick viscous creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, thick body.
I quite enjoyed this one. This has everything I want in a stout and the subtle pepper certainly added a nice touch. I only wish I could afford to indulge myself with this one more often. Bring the price down and I'll buy lots of this!

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

650 ml bomber poured into the snifter. Bottled on date of 7.16.2009.

The choco yeti pours a deep brown color with a pretty tan creamy head. No lacing to note. Smell is pretty subtle with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is delicious with lots of chocolate coming out on the palate. Hints of espresso beans and vanilla also pop out in the flavor profile. Pretty complex tasting, but great nonetheless. Mouthfeel is thick/full bodied. Overall a really good beer, but the espresso aged yeti gets my vote for the best of the group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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


Photo of soupyman10
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Huge creamy body, smooth and subtle carbonation.

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

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

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

Black with a mocah, sticky head. Looks nice.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Nice nose.

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

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

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Kallessin
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of sprucetip
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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


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

Poured from a 22 oz into an etched snifter

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Aroma is pretty assertive. Roasted Malt, Chocolate syrup

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

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

Certainly one to savor over the evening

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

Photo of xanok
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,758 ratings.