Chocolate Cherry Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

Chocolate Cherry YetiChocolate Cherry Yeti
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,767
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,050
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.11%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
96
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  3
Gots
  9
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Chocolate Cherry YetiChocolate Cherry Yeti
Notes: Chocolate Cherry Yeti is the newest version in our revered Yeti Series. We’ve tweaked the hop bitterness for this special release and then added sweet and sour cherries and cacao. The roasty malt backbone of Yeti melds perfectly with the cherries and cacao to make this one smooth sipper. A Yeti in a cherry orchard can be a great thing
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black with a thick fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, cherries, chocolate

Flavor: roasted malts, chocolate, and cherries of course, coffee, and some vanilla, not much booziness

Body/Overall: full bodied, very nice imperial stout

Feb 27, 2021
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 19.2-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: Tioga-Sequoia 13-oz. tulip
Price: $29.99 for a mixed 3-pack of Yeti’s + Great Divide Brussels glass
From: Cheers Deli in San Carlos (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Nov. 12, 2020
Consumed: Nov. 19, 2020
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 28, 2020

Stopped by Cheers Deli for the first time and forever for a sandwich. Picked up a 4-pack of Kern Nelson IPA, but then when I was waiting for the sandwich I saw this deal. After some thought I figured it was a great deal and I went with it. It was three variants of Yeti - Chocolate Cherry Yeti, Big Yeti and S’mores Yeti - plus a Great Divide Brussels glass for $29.99. All ones I wanted anyway (plus the peanut butter one) and for cheaper than most places. Put the Kern beers back and picked this up. Back of the can read, “Chocolate Cherry Yeti is the newest version in our revered Yeti Series. We’ve tweaked the hop bitterness for this special release and then added sweet and sour cherries and cacao. The roasty malt backbone of Yeti melds perfectly with the cherries and cacao to make this one smooth sipper. A Yeti in a cherry orchard can be a great thing.” I’m a sucker for cherry stouts and especially chocolate cherry, so had a lot of hope going in.

Poured a pitch black color with three fingers of tan frothy head. Calm setting underneath the head with no noticeable bubbles. Very good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled milk chocolate, black cherry, roasty malt, cacao, coffee, brown sugar, cocoa, molasses, nutmeg, caramel, wood, light char and dark fruit. Not as good out of the can. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was much better. Damn this was good. In order got milk chocolate, coconut, almond, black cherry, cocoa, brown sugar, coffee, cacao, caramel, semi-char wood, molasses, nutmeg, dark fruit, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, leathery tobacco and toffee. Fairly smooth for 9.5 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just loved this beer. Not as much cherry as I would have thought, but I kept getting the coconut which was a surprising addition. World-class. (Overall - 4.50)

4.37 | 97 | A

Feb 07, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

19.2 oz stovepipe can, date 9/8/20

Pours jet black with dark brown head, good head retention. Aroma of dark chocolate and mild roast and cherry. Taste is similar, and only a slight sweetness in the finish. Full bodied, silky feel.

Feb 04, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

19.2oz canned 9-8-20, opened 1-17-21.
Black stout with a 1 finger tan head. Good retention, falls to a ring. Plenty of lacing left behind.
Roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso in the nose. Really nice aroma but not getting any of the cherry.
Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt char...the cherry is very subtle and slightly sweet/tart.
Full body, medium carbonation, hefty bitterness and a long, roasty off-dry finish.
Another delicious Yeti variant.
Outstanding.

Jan 18, 2021
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard from an extra tall can into a snifter glass, forming a few fingers of brown head that soon faded to light lacing. Deep brown body that leaves legs throughout. Smell is delicious dark cacao with just a hint of cherries. Taste follows the smell, with primarily dark cacao with cherries lingering. Some sweetness, almost no bitterness (unlike standard Yeti), but by no means a dessert beer. Just shy of medium bodied, a little oily, and light carbonation. Amazing chocolatey stout that doesn't go too far in any direction.

Sep 24, 2020
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Teku glass from a 19oz can.

Appearance: semi thick body coming off with extra bubbles and a dark tan head which initially rose one and half finger's length off the body.

Smell: Heavy malty Choctaw aroma which lingers on to the nostrils.

Taste: Bitter chocolate with hints of coffee bean and a mild touch of cherries. Chocolate is quite overpowering. Slight brown sugar feel right at the end just sticks with you as you finish every little sip.

Mouth: Medium to full carbonation. Sticky body, slight sweet finish. Tart feel at the end.

Overall: Good brew, little twist to the original which I would not have changed but everyone is chasing a carrot these days. Salud!

Aug 17, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

19.2oz stovepipe can poured into a CBS globe. Jet black pour with a dense, dark mocha head; cherry; cocoa; dark chocolate; dark caramel; roast/char; cinnamon; smoky coffee; molasses; jammy; hint of vanilla; thick; sweet and dry-ish. A fine Yeti variant with lots of different & authentic flavors.

Jul 23, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz can

Pours opaque black, tan head is thick and dissipates slowly to lacing.

Aroma of cocoa and tart cherry.

Flavor is cocoa, roasted coffee bean, toast, mesquite, walnut, and some light fresh cherry.

Full body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Good taste, drinks pretty easy, no flaws. I could do with a more viscous body or a bit more of the cherry taste, but these are mild quibbles. Solid stout, not too rich or cloying. Worth trying.

Jun 27, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L:. Pours a thick oily black with a small brown tan head and no lacing.

S:. Fresh brewed coffee, earthiness, roasted malt, a mineral note and a touch of cherry. I don't get the strong chocolate, I usually get from the Yeti series.

T:. Sweet cherry, roasted malt, earthiness, a mineral note, some chocolate, little bit of chocolate but not as much as I expect from Yeti.

F:. Slick thick big body.

O:. Solid stout but doesn't quite live up to the Yeti name

May 01, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 3/13/20
Had on-tap at Great Divide Brewing in the Denver International airport in Denver, CO

Appearance - Served up in a snifter, black in color with a hint of brown where light can penetrate. Thin, broken layer of suds with a ring around the edge of the glass. A few broken lines and some small spotting make up the lacing.

Smell - Sweet and slightly roasty aroma. Hint of chocolate and faint cherry.

Taste - Dark and roast upfront, coffee and dark chocolate, followed shortly by some milk chocolate sweetness. Fruity cherry comes in mid-taste and butts head with the roast a bit. Good flavors, but they don't blend all that well in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with fair carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy body before a semi-dry and slightly boozy finish.

Overall - Not bad, but maybe my least favorite Yeti offering to date. The balance simply isn't there.

Apr 11, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2/6/19, had 4/12/19.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with a one and a half inch foamy head with very good retention and some foamy lacing. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, some molasses, light smoke and licorice, faint cherries. The flavor is more directed to the chocolate, then roasted malt, vanilla, smoke, light molasses, faint cherries. Has a light hop bitterness. Smooth, fairly creamy, a good fuller body, well carbonated.

The chocolate comes through really well. The cherries, not so much. Good, but not as good as some of the other variants. Enjoyable. Worth a try, but don’t think you’ll have a cherry festival.

Mar 17, 2020
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flagmantho from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 19.2oz tall can into a tulip. Canned 1/23/20.

Appearance: totally black body with no light admitted through; head is a thick finger of compact dark-brown foam. It looks great.

Smell: rich, roasty, charcoal aroma with just a little hint of cherry. Perhaps not terribly complex, but it's got a lot of volume and really seems well-composed.

Taste: sweet and roasty all at once; there's a fair chunk of bitterness at the end, but it plays well with the chocolate notes. The very finish is an ashy dryness that I really like. And all throughout the middle -- delicious cherries. They play perfectly with the chocolate character present here; really wonderful.

Mouthfeel: good body with a good carbonation and a really smooth creaminess. I dig it.

Overall: this beer already had a leg up, because I like cherry beers so much as a general rule. However, it also stands on its own merits as a good stout with a great fruit twist.

Mar 17, 2020
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a deep cinnamon head. Good retention and lacing.
Nose is rich, dark chocolate. A touch of tart cherry, roasted malt. Coffee
Taste follows. Upfront is a big wave of roasted malt and chocolate. Followed by subtle sweet and tart cherries. Finishes with a fudgy chocolate covered cherries
Smooth creamy body.

Mar 15, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Southern Growl in Greer SC.
Pours with an essentially black body that is topped by a decent beige head.
Full, boozy body with medium-light carbonation.
Chocolate and subtle cherry appear in both the aroma and the flavor. Some coffee and bourbon linger in the aftertaste.

Mar 06, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

19oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.
Canned on JAN 23 2020. Aggressively poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Opaque and black as used motor oil. large rich mocha colored head with a red tint and great retention, tons of thick lacing. No carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Caramel/toffee type malts, chocolate, fresh ground coffee, roasted nuts, licorice, toasted dark bread and dark fruits (raisins and dates), a bit of vanilla and cherry.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dried dark fruits, licorice, roasted nuts, burnt sugar, light spicy hops and a bit of citrus peel. The cherry is there but it tastes pretty artificial, like how Luden's cough drops tasted years back, kind of off putting.

Feel- Medium/full bodied with an incredibly smooth, creamy texture. Light bitter finish, sublimely soft carbonation on the tongue.

O- Tasty and dangerously easy to drink, the base Yeti is there, can barely detect any alcohol at all. I just find the cherry a bit off. I guess if you're in to cherry candy this would be right up your alley.

Mar 02, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide Chocolate Cherry Yeti Imperial Stout, 9.5% ABV. Pours thick and black, with a 3+ finger brown head. Nose is cherry and cocoa. Taste is roast malt, chocolate, and cherry, and is equal parts sweet, tart, and bitter. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent. The cherry came off a bit medicinal vs. natural.

Feb 25, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dense, dark tan head, with zero leakage until you get to the very edge of the glass. Gorgeous beer. The cherries stand out on the nose, as they should, and the cacao is also a significant presence, as are the roasty char notes.

The cherries are also the star on the taste. There’s no relenting through the taste, though they do allow the cacao and char flavors to slip in the back door to provide balance. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, I just wish it had a little broader shoulders.

If you like cherries and chocolate, you’ll love this beer, IMHO. Truly a pleasure to drink and savor on a bitterly cold night in Northern Indiana. Very well done.

Jan 19, 2020
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HardTarget from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Black glass, dark tan halo of foam, leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. A slightly more ruby edge goes a bit red.

Aroma: Cherry grape skin tannin, light roasted grain, mild citric hop note.

Taste: Cherry juice, Yeti, and a fairly harsh metallic edge as it dries out in the finish. Of the 3, the Yeti is the most subtle of the flavors, it's somewhat overwhelmed with the amount of cherry flavor. There is a little chocolate bitter in the finish, which may be contributing to the metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low to almost still carbonation, oily texture, drying hot finish.

Overall: A little disappointed. Love Yeti. Love Cherries. Who doesn't love chocolate/cacao? I get that you would need a lot of cherries to show up in a Yeti, but I think they ended up a little overdone. The metallic note that randomly shows up is also a disappointment.
Kudos for swinging for the fences, this looks great on paper and I hope they try again, but re-calibrate.

Nov 29, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of quite roasted, slightly caramelly malt and sweet'ish black cherries, as well as some chocolate. Taste is a great balance of quite roasted malt, slightly caramelly malt, dark, bitter chocolate and slightly sweet and tart black cherries, as well as just a hint of herbal, bitter hops. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some roasted malt, dark chocolate and black cherries lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While this may not be too complex, it just has an excellent balance of roasted malt, dark chocolate, both sweet and slighty tart cherries and bitter hop notes going on, which all complemeted each other very well while this never becomes too sweet. The roasted, bitter, chocolatey notes really are on the forefront here, while the cherry subtely remains in the background, providing some lightly sweet and tart notes, which is the perfect way to a stout like this for my personal taste. Body/mouthfeel could be richer, but really isn't too bad at all.

Nov 28, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of fluffy mocha colored head. Good lacing and below average head retention

S: Roasty, a little vanilla and coffee

T: Follows the nose, a little cherry and leafy hops up front with much dryness ( woody & roasty ). Much roastyness and dryness, some dark cherry and woodyness. Finishes dry, roasty with leafy hops and maybe just a little vanilla & cherry

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, warming

I expected more, Yetis usually please/wow me. This is pretty good, just not in a league with most of the other itterations

Jul 28, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - very dark brown / close to black - nice 2 finger head out of a 22oz. bottle - dark tan foam that has a slight reddish hue - great head retention

Smell - slight tart cherry and dark fruit - charred wood and burnt grains - some hoppiness wafts upward - chocolate undertone

Taste - blast of bitterness upfront from both hops and heavily roasted/burnt grains - sweet cherries fade in and stay around for a bit and are even apparent in the aftertaste - coffee and chocolate and toffee flavors swirl in as the sweetness fades back to some bitter black grains

Feel - Nice and thick - great full bodied feel

Overall - really good tasting beer here - it may be a bit too heavy on hops for a stout and a bit too heavy on bitter roasted grains - a bit less would have been better to bring out more of the chocolate & cherry flavors (which is in the name after all) - still a really good beer and would pick up again

Jul 03, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the first series I fell in love with, the yetis. This one is typically robust, with the cherry taking on more of a dry skin flavor. This fits in naturally with the bitter chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, leather, smoke, black pepper, earthiness, chicory, and licorice. Smell has the cherry as more tart but overall more muddled than taste. Feel is chewy, dry, robust, and medium weight. This would hit the spot on a cool autumn night

Jun 20, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark near black shade of brown. Thick mocha head that falls away to leave great lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate, campfire, and a hint of the cherries. Flavor follows the nose, with the cherries more prominent. Feel is on the thicker side of medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Overall a nice beer.

Jun 03, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Form the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This nice imperial pours a
coal black with a nice head of dark tan foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin clumping pool, and displays some nice lacing.
Nose of char, mild coffee notes, dark cocoa, and moderate
cherry notes. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with dark cocoa
and mild coffee with a hint of cream and mildly tart cherry notes
with a balanced herbal hop note on the rear with heavy char
flavors on the back. Nice mouth feel; full body, medium light
carbonation that is lifting and lightly prickly, with a rich char
heavy finish that is lightly dry.

Overall, a nice twist on an old favorite....not my favorite of
the incarnations, but it is still very solid.

Cheers

May 05, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a massive, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A subtle, yet enticing, aroma of chocolate, cherries, malt, caramel, and spices.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt (present throughout), lots of cherries (more than expected), a hint of caramel, light spices (cinnamon), and a lot of chocolate. A very solid, sneaky flavor. At first it's a little underwhelming, but gradually its flavors emerge. It has a nice subtlety for a big beer like this. Quite sweet and dynamic.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely likable, well-crafted beer. Drinkable.

Apr 29, 2019
Chocolate Cherry Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 96 ratings