Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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pDev: 9.69%
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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 cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of philmont
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4 (875 characters)

Photo of jdflyer06
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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! (1,346 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 (985 characters)

Photo of xanok
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich, dense and compact yet fluffy dark tan head... Only moderate retention, especially considering how thick it looked when poured... Left a a misty veil of lace... Some very slow small deliberate carbonation climbs along the sides of the glass as you tilt the glass back and forth... Opaque black color... Loads of foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The aroma is much more subdued that the rest of the Yeti family... Gone are the roasted malts... They are replaced by a subdued and delicate blend of sweet rich milk chocolate and a slight tad of cayenne pepper, though enough to tingle the senses...

T - The roasted malts reappear as part of taste... It is the first to hit the tongue... This is followed by a sweet milk chocolate component... Then the cayenne pepper is present, but is neither to strong or off putting... It's just enough to grab your attention and add a slight bit of character to this brew... I'm not sure what I expected from the cayenne and I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it, but I keep sipping away so that's a good sign...

M - Medium to full bodied, but closer to full... Distinct carbonation on the tongue... Slick and chalky... Viscous... Very smooth... The pepper sits on the back of the tongue and lingers... A slight burn lingers in the back of the throat...

D - Unique... The focus of this brew is certainly the addition of cayenne pepper... It dominates the taste and mouthfeel components... It's not bad, but I'm not sure this is a brew I would seek out in the future... (1,530 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge fan of Oak Aged Yeti and Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, so I hope this one follows suit...

Pours pitch black with 4 full fingers of head in my tulip glass. Ultra thick lacing left behind. Perfect.

Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. After digging deeper, luscious chocolate and oak begin to creep in...but they never quite get fully exposed due to the hop aroma.

Tast is big roasted malts up front, a quickly disappearing chocolate character, and a floral hop finish. Oak is prominent mainly in the aftertaste. The peppers are hidden at cold temperatures, but as it warms they begin take center stage. I'm honestly surprised by the lack of complexity in this one...it tastes fantastic but truthfully I tasted just as much chocolate in a 6 month aged bottle of Espresso Yeti as I do in this. Weird. If I didn't have certain expectations based on the name, I would simply label this a wonderfully crafted Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is between medium and full, with a fairly high levels of sharp carbonation. This one would benefit it it were heavier or creamier. The spiciness of the cayenne peppers begin to show in the finish as the beer warms closer to 60 degrees and it leaves a bit of a sting on the lips and tongue.

This is definitely a solid imperial stout. Very unique as well. If the chocolate was a bit more prominent I may have liked it more. Recommended. (1,388 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/20/2009 (Bottled on Jun 15 2009):

Pours an extremely dark brown colored body with an average tan color body, lasting. Bitter hoppy aroma, some sweet chocolateliness too. Something else inthe aroma, maybe the cayenne. Some cocoa. Really strong aroma. Cocoa taste, a little dry. Dry peppery cayenne finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Spiciness in the mouth. Dry, dusty mouthfeel. (380 characters)

Photo of lord2464
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The chocolate yeti has perfect color in both the body of the beer and the frothy dark brown head. The aromo combines chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The impression of bourbon comes from the oak age. The initial flavor impression is reminisent of the smell and the alcohol adds a certain sweetness. The cayenne makes for a hot mouthfeet that initially reminded me of the impression of fussel alcohol... The mouth feel was initially very rich, but as the caspicum from the chili pepper accumulated the hot impression became bothersome. Overall a good beer that I would like to try without the cayenne. (601 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on July 16, 2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is excellent. It smells like roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, oak and vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of a burnt/charred malt and smoky flavor. There's also some hot spice in the finish that gets a bit stronger the longer I drink the beer, I assume that's from the cayenne. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink but I don't think I could drink any more than a bomber of this at a time. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, I liked it a lot. (730 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - opaque black pour forms up three fingers of dark mocha head. Much lacing on the glass as it fades and holds at a thin but solid cover.

Aroma - some light oak mingled with toasted grain, oak coming out much more as it sets up. No sign of any chocolate though.

Taste - good roasty grains, dark chocolate, and the oak all in concert. The swallow shows some abv, enhanced by the cayenne. Nice finish, warm, chocolatey, with the oak. Lots to enjoy here.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, a nice big body, slightly muted carbonation.

Drinkability - a great brew. At length, the oak tends to dominate, likely assisted by the cayenne. I would have liked to picked up a little more of the chocolate, but still, this one's a keeper. (730 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter) Bottled on June 15 '09
A- This beer has a jet inky black body that stains the glass as it is poured in. There is a thick chocolate milkshake creamy head that laces to the glass and stays after the beer is finished.
S- The fresh rich chocolate malt aroma blends with a plywood aroma. There are yeasty aromas that blend with white chocolate notes and black malt to finish.
T- The nice full oak flavor melds with rich chocolate malt and a soft chili heat in the finish. The chocolate malt grows more in depth and richness as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that blends with the chili pepper heat, and a creamy texture.
D- This beer has a nice rich chocolate flavor with an interesting pepper heat that is just enough to add character but then grows a bit to much as the beer warms. The oak is nice but becomes overpowered by the chile peppers as does the malt. (934 characters)

Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, basically black, almost opaque with some ruby highlights sneaking through when held up to the light. About a one inch thick, rocky head lasts quite well.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, with a touch of coffee, and semi-sweet dark chocolate. Oak makes an appearance, but isn't the star of the show in the aroma. Maybe slight alcohol note in the background, but not much.

Flavor is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, with typical oak and vanilla notes you would expect from an oak aged ale. Definately a kick of spicey heat comes through in the aftertaste, which is enough to punch out any possible alcohol notes. Not much hop bitterness comes out, but a little bit of a dark chocolate bitter bite sneaks out in the end.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Somewhat thick, but silky and smooth. Reminiscent of a Hershey's Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs square, if they added some heat to the mix. Probably like something you would get in an offering from Vosqes-Haut. The heat is surprising and stays with you for a while, but gives this a unique twist. If I were to tweak it, I would turn down the heat just a little, and let the chocolate come out more. Certainly worth sampling again. (1,207 characters)

Photo of yuriruley
2.59/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - looked good nice and dark with a good head. Was the best part of the beer.

Smell - oak subtle chocolate, ok smell, but nothing special.

taste - All I could taste was oak and some alcohol, no chocolate or anything else. The oak flavor was an overwhelming flavor, hard for me to even explain.

mouthfeel - Good feel, not too thick, kind of creamy, decent carbonation.

Drink - Not my cup of tea, at first I was ok with it even though the taste was less than impressive. But it started to make me feel ill pretty quickly. I drank maybe 6oz then drain poured it.

Notes: Biggest let down of the year, especially since I liked plain old yeti quite a bit. I am depressed that I had to drain pour such an expensive beer. I am not even sure what was going on in this beer. Guess it could be the chips versus barrel age, I have no idea I am too new to the world of beer to be certain. All I know is that oak flavor was way too overpowering for me. (953 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - you guess it! It pours dark as night and thick leaving some "legs" streaming on the inside of the glass. The head is big and thick, tan in color with some tightly packed bubbles all crammed together.

Aroma - lots of vanilla bean and musty oak right off the bat along with a good deal of sharp alcohol that tickles the nose. There is some hoppiness still present in this along with some caramel and toffee smells. No chocolate present...yet.

Taste - marzipan is the first thing that comes to mind. Marzipan combined with cocoa powder, Mexican chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, honey, oaky vanilla and a nice little kick of cayenne in the finish. The spicy heat that the cayenne adds is really nice, I quite like it.

Overall - I've read that people felt the cayenne dominated the flavor of this beer and I'd have to disagree. Both the chocolate and the cayenne were quite subtle but together made this variety of Yeti quite unique. Very smooth and easy to sip and enjoy. Excellent version of the Yeti with lots of subtle complexities.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. (1,091 characters)

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This Yeti pours pitch black in the center of the brew with a little bit of light dancing around the edges.

S: Smell is a bitter cocoa, but not overwhelming.

T: Phenominal! It starts mellow with smooth oaky velvetness, then gives way to a bitter chocolate in the middle. Lastly the chocolate is complimented with a peppery heat from the cayenne, which finishes this beer off perfectly and seems to be a perfect fit. Admittedly, the cayenne was odd at first, but it grew on me quickly. You can tell Great Divide mellowed the hops for this one and that was a good thing in this case.

M: Silky and smooth with just the right amunt of carbonation.

D: Excellent for an RIS. I can't down one after another of these, but I could alternate quarter glasses between lighter beers.

My favorite of the Yeti crew and my personal favorite RIS. Great job GD. (851 characters)

Photo of Cakanator
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid finish brew for dessert, BGBBD final course at sierra. This dinner had everything including great brews, but the chocolate yetit had something to prove in the final course and it showed up great. Great hop characteristic that I expected in a dessert style brew, not cloying or sweet. It wasn't the best of the night, but it was the best choice for dessert, and in reality is the best variation of Yeti to date. Marvelous. (427 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled on: JUN 15 2009

A: Pours a charcoal black that shows off some ruby hues at the edges of the glass. Creamy and bubbly, one finger of dark brown foam. The head quickly recedes to a thick and bubbly ring that doesn't leave much lace behind.

S: Aromas of bittersweet cocoa, vanilla, fudge, rum raisin bread pudding, moist new oak, cherries, and milk chocolate. Awesome!

T: The taste is a slightly muted version of the smell. Chocolate kind of takes a backseat to the boozy rum/bourbon flavors going on here. Also, the chocolate takes on a smoky/ashy flavor, too.

M: Lulls you into a sweet creamy feeling but the cayenne pepper starts to prickle mid-palate and a boozy burn comes on strong in the middle and on into the finish.

D: Very nice, but I was glad I was able to share this with Heather. This guy is pretty boozy! (916 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber, bottled in Jul 2009. poured into a DFH snifter.

A - pours a giant, chocolate milkshake colored mountain of bubbly and frothy foam. it leaves marks all over the glass as it slides down. the beer itself is about as black as you can get.

S - cocoa powder, some bitter milk chocolate, hints of kahlua and bourbon. as it warms the chocolate gets stronger, same with the boozy-ness. no doubt this spent some time in a barrel.

T - again, tons of chocolate strikes first, then followed by the bourbon and a strong alcoholic burn...but a pleasant awakening one. very subtle vanilla and an unexpected spiciness. the overwhelming chocolate and sweetness starts to overwhelm a bit.

M - nice subtle carbonation...big thick mouthfeel to counterbalance the alcohol bite/warming.

D - combination of the sweetness, alcohol, and heaviness keep this going down at a snails pace. very enjoyable, but the last few ounces of this bomber are putting up a good fight. perfect to share for dessert. (988 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to google cache for helping me recover my review.

Opaque and black deep crimson gleaming through the edges only when held directly in front of light. Big creamy frothy malted milk colored head. Retention is very good leaving thick sheets of lacing along the side of the glass.

Strong but now overpowering chocolate aroma noted. Smell is balanced by smooth vanilla and oak presence. Cayenne is picked up but is subtle. Rich roasted malt is there but plays more of a supporting role. Booziness is there but well masked.

Rich and decadent flavor as a generous layer of cocoa is picked up immediately. Chocolate is not the sweet candy bar flavor found in many stouts more a less refined but more complex bitter cocoa. Deep roasted malt qualities are the but much as in the nose I find the to be more complimentary. Oak and vanilla intermingle with the more dominate flavors creating a rather enjoyable complexity in the brew. Cayenne sits in the back with just hints of heat and leaves a light peppery tingle on the back of the tongue.

Rich smooth and creamy. Full mouthfell. Carbonation is light but appropriate.

Possibly my favorite of the Yeti family, though all are exception. Drinks incredibly well, goes down easy. One to savor and enjoy, overall very impressed. (1,281 characters)

Photo of slaintemhor
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bomber I had back in June of 2009. The colour was black with a very thick mocha coloured head. The aroma was quite chocolate and cocoa like with hints of coffee. On the palate, a delightful creaminess, lightly oaky, sweet, bitter chocolate, hoppy, vanilla, creme brulee, a hint of cayenne and one helluva long finish, Liked it so much I ordered a case from a local purveyor. I'll be interested to see what this is like in a year or so. (437 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look of this one is amazing, but a black RIS with a good head always puts me over the top. Well this one is black folks, no brown edges or color scale on this black monster. Comes with a cocoa head that fades to a thin lace over the top of the brew. Leaves sexy alcoholic legs with light lacing.

The smell is of 99% baking cocoa. This smells like melted cooking chocolate, and that is the strongest chocolate smell I have every experienced in a beer. A hint of the peppers with some ABV is also present but is shadowed greatly by the chocolate.

Chocolate, chocolate, peppers! This is a fine tasting brew. Just to start off, I paired this with a chocolate bunt cake for dessert and I was in cocoa bliss. Amazing desert beer. The chocolate complexities in this one are exciting, because there is a harsh bitter cooking chocolate with a sweet milk chocolate taste that just blend so well on the tongue. Then, out of nowhere there is a chili hotness paired with the ABV hotness that makes your mouth radiate. Flavors are being hammered into your palate, so delicious. There is also a faint vanilla flavor pushing through in the aftertastes. Beautiful tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is just good because it does come together nicely in the tastes but the chili with ABV with bitter cocoa is a blundering catastrophe on your tongue. The palate is demolished by the end of this one by the overwhelming flavors.

The drinkability is low because this is a slow sipper. This is a great beer to drink with dessert and read with. Lots of strong flavors that are not favorable for gulping.

Great brew.
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Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to JosephLondon for sending me a couple bottles of this in a recent trade.

A: Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City snifter. The beer is black in color with a great mocha colored head.

S: The smell is not quite as intense as I would have hoped, but still good. A lot of chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight "burnt" aroma.

T: The flavor is really interesting. There is a great, semi-sweet chocolate flavor initially. This is followed up by a slight bit of "heat" from the cayenne, and then finishes with a nice bitterness.

M: The body is fairly full and thick, which is what you hope for in an imperial stout. The carbonation is fairly low too, which works well.

D: This is a solid all around beer. I love chocolate beers, and this one did not disappoint. The cayenne provides something different and it was a welcome addition. (851 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle that I bought at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI for $11.49 during a recent trip there. I remember loving standard Yeti and so I was excited to find this one. Label mentions: BOTTLED ON: JUN 15 2009. 9.5% ABV. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang labeled Westvleteren style goblet. The label reminds me of a classic Hershey's chocolate bar wrapper, very cool effect. I also like the great "Yeti" silhouette in dark brown against the silver background. Lastly, I also like the cool "Great Minds Drink Alike" cap under the silver foil cover.

A I am very pleased to report that the look of this beer is very much like the Oak Aged Yeti in that there is a huge, creamy light brown head that remains satisfyingly in place for 3 to 4 minutes and the body is an oil black wonderfulness. I think that the Oak Aged Yeti edges this one out, however, since its head was just a great looking, dark brown nastiness. Really great look in its own right, though. 4.5

S Not easy to smell, this beer. I pick up a trace of chocolate, maybe some dark roast malt and no hops but I am sure that (at least) the dark roast malt will make a comeback. I smelled this beer several times and the smell is just not very strong. 3.5

T Sure enough, the dark roast malt did make a grand appearance and then came the chocolate and then what I thought at first was the oak but now I suspect is likely hops but the label mentions that they "toned down the hops a bit." Whatever the source, there is a bit of a bitterness that I did not think went well with the chocolate softness and the bigness of the dark roast malt. I have heard of bitter chocolate and have enjoyed some nice dark chocolate but there is so much else going on in this beer I thought the bitterness here was unwelcome. 3.5

M Smoothness, bigness is there but I would have liked more thickness to the feel. After the initial sensations of big taste, alcohol, it kind of slipped away. 3.5

D Not that good due to: 1) ABV 2) Style lends itself to drinking only one and 3) that bitterness which was less of a problem with the Oak Aged Yeti that I had last night really drove down the drinkability here. 3.0

Notes: I could not help but compare this with the Oak Aged Yeti, a fair comparison I think. All by itself this beer really delivers on its promised bigness but has that bitter sting, too obvious alcohol and is ultimately too thin for my tastes. It remains interesting, something that could be considered by anyone who is a fan of the style. Lastly, it is a bit expensive. (2,573 characters)

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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