Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #365
Ranked #1,293
4.23 | pDev: 9.22%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Notes: 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 VABA
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very dark color with a slight tan head and lacing
A- Aroma has abundant Chocolate with slight Oak chip and spice hints
M-The taste follows the nose with a generous Chocolate flavor with added spice and Oak chip to round complement the flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A very well done Imperial Stout

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Bottling date of 'MAY 02 2016'.
Black colored body, with a very thin edge of back lit medium brown. Two fingers of dark tan head. Leaves a few string of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with chocolate, vanilla/oak and a slight spicy note.
Taste follows the nose, with a rich chocolate and vanilla combination, and the added spicy note.
Medium mouth feel, texture is quite smooth. Good carbonation.
I expected the chocolate in this but I did not expect to get the slight cayenne spice note. Well blended.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark and bitter chocolate predominate, cayenne is there along with mild alcohol heat. Not overly sweet. Enjoyable, but not among my all time favorites.

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Photo of techdiver
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was an older bottle, paired extremely well with an aged cigar. The first pour still had a decent head and little lacing. The malty profile was enjoyable, and I could use a few more bottles

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Photo of bobv
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 24th, 2011.
Moderate pour yields a 1 and a 1/4 inch tan head over a very, very dark brown body with some nice sticky lacing. After a few minutes the head dissipates down to a thick ring with clumps floating on the surface. Nose of chocolate, espresso grounds, and roasted malt. Taste of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bitter chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate; in other words: Chocolate! Nice feel and overall, quite a nice, surprising treat for such an old Imperial Stout. Cheers!

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Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz, Dec 16 2017 version, poured into a tulip glass, pitch black with active carbonation and three fingers of dark tan head that dissipates slowly.Once drinking it, it moves to a thin lace pretty quickly. Shockingly, the smell is heavy chocolate and cocoa powder, with maybe a tinge of spice and wood. The taste starts with chocolate, gets bitter, moves to faint oak, then a slight twang of spice before going back to bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium, not heavy but full, and the carbonations comes in medium low. An interesting concoction in that nothing seems overpowering in the mix, the roasted malts from the base seem to win out in the end.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been forever since I’ve had this and have never reviewed it. But this is the first stout I had besides anything from FFF, and it really convinced me to start trying others.

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle into a snulip glass, this beer pours out pitch black and forms a pinky width of dense, creamy and mocha/caramel colored crown. Leaves some lacing.

The nose is heavy with burnt and roasty malts mixing with a sweeter chocolately side too. Bitter bakers chocolate and oak.

The taste comes in with the hop presence before turning into the burnt, bitter baker chocolate and roasty malts.

Bitter on the mouthfeel and dry from the oak. Alcohol hidden well but the bitterness and hop presence still makes it sharp.

Overall, I’m glad I tried this again. This is not really what I remember from it at all. I remember a lot more chocolate and not as much bitterness. But palates and style preferences change.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with no light coming through at all, rich, deep, full creamy mocha colored head, head dissipated into a mocha colored soapy film, surprisingly, lots of lacing, low carbonation, looks full, rich, and like motor oil.

A: Lots of aroma but its lacking chocolate, tons of dark fruits, dates, figs, plums, espresso, deep rich notes of roasted malts, slight note of milk/sweet chocolate aroma, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Same notes as the nose with an addition of oak, vanilla, and chocolate, it's pretty bitter as the chocolate adds a layer of complexity that is not present in the nose, a mix of bitter/sweet/milk chocolate, oak comes through pretty strong as well with a light vanilla note, finish is dry like chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts, aftertaste is chocolate, fresh ground dark coffee, and light dark fruit notes. There is also a touch of cayenne spice that softly lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, dry finish, it's like motor oil coffee.

O: That added touch of cayenne gave this another kick that I really enjoyed, lots of complexity and depth in this beer, I do wish that the chocolate had a greater presence on the nose but it balances well on the taste, a well made beer.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with large frothy mocha head.
Aroma has bitter chocolate, coffee, yeast, malt, oak.
Taste is bitter chocolate, spices, lots of coffee in the finish, some heat as well.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color almost black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated nicely semi-thin film of lacing running sporadic all around the glass. The smell had milk chocolate bouncing with a oaky/woody dryness all around it. Subtle vanilla slides in underneath. As it warms, some super light cayenne pepper does make a light presence. The taste was dry and milk chocolate sweet. Lingering sweet cocoa to heat-like aftertaste, nice. Spicy cayenne in the finish. On the body, this one sat about a medium on the body. Heat definitely helps it have a great sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels light enough to allow the heat and pepper become a bit drying with a decent stickiness about it. Overall, wonderful imperial stout that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Tracywithbeer24
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like chocolate covered cherries. really nice head. very pretty colors. Tastes like Mexican hot chocolate. As dark as they come, light can't penetrate it like a black hole.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a beautiful mocha brown head that unfortunately fades quickly.
S- A wonderful chocolate malt smell. Lots of sweetness. Black licorice.
T- A wonderful baked chocolate taste to add to the wonderful yeti. The oak raste makes this incredibly smooth. Slight licorice. Another wonderful stout!

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not my favorite yeti of the three I tried. The oak age was smoother. All taste of chocolate. This one did not manage to make me think desert above the othervimperial stouts. Still good.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours oil black with a chocolate head that sits

Smells of alch, bakers chocolate, oak, dark fruits, earthy,chocolate syrup as it warms, hint of vanilla,caramel

Taste is bakers chocolate, alch, creamy, vanilla, malts, spicy

Overall a fantastic beer! Will deffinetly drink again

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Photo of justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Jet black with 2 fingers of creamy dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

Baker's chocolate, cocoa nib, and dusted cocoa. Caramel, toffee, and butterscotch.

Baker's chocolate, dusted cocoa, and cocoa nib. Caramel and toffee. Roasted barley, earth, and charred oak. Pine resin and cayenne pepper linger.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth, warming, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness and lingering heat on the back end.

Chocolately and warming version of the Yeti. The cayenne heat adds an interesting finish. The perfect beer for a cold, wintry day.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid black with a dense mocha foam cap.

Smell is intensely roasty, and I find myself repeating, not in a bad way, that these oak aged Yetis are really oaky and woody, but sharp and bright somehow. I also get hot cocoa, and light moss--nature!!! If a stout could be considered like a walk through the ponderosa pines, I think this would be it.

Taste is chocolate, nice dry fresh crisp oak, and woody leaves. I find myself enjoying the Espresso variant a bit more.

Tangy, frothy, and perfectly dry.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber dated APR 29 2016... (8 1/2 months aged) ,into a Cigar City snifter.

Creamy,brown,1 finger head,leaves a brown ring around the glass with patches in the middle.Silky,jet black,with no light coming through the glass.Light / slow carbonation

On the nose I get chocolate,dark fruit,cherries,hops,and some roasted caramel.

On the palate I get chocolate,cocoa nibs,vanilla,and bitter hops.Smokey wood aftertaste,with a dry chalky finish.

The body is very heavy and thick,little bit of tingle on the tongue from the hops...Nice warming beer.

This one and the brand Yeti are 2 of my favorite imperials.Can't wait to try another bottle in 6 months.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.72/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Optics are normal, head is voluminous and has good lacing. Aroma was off for me - definitely some chocolate in there but there is some hops and that cayenne really turns it into a very vegetal green pepper. Taste rebounds somewhat but that heavy spice note is not blended in very doesn't wreck it like it does the aroma but definitely hurts the overall quality. Lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate upfront with that vegetal note creeping in towards the back. Probably the worst Yeti variant I have tried.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark & evil looking, it may be the thickest beer I've ever poured with a lazy chocolate colored head that took its time to form. Aroma hints of grain & alcohol but hops & chocolate are its main features. The flavor is chocolate & you can never have too much of that but It does tend to hide the barrel flavors. There's not much carbonation but it still has plenty of zing for the tongue. It's is a thick & tasty chocolate milk shake.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring this into the glass was quite a surprise - It's probably the thickest, blackest, oiliest-looking beer I have ever poured into a glass. Plenty of dark, espresso-like foam on top. Even a small portion of it is absolutely impervious to light. Smells of wood, malt, chocolate and oatmeal. The taste is a bit like riding a mad bull; tons of whiskey, chocolate, malts, oak and a subtle bitterness in the background. Aggressive, but just what I was expecting given the fact that it's aged. It's very heavy, goes down very slowly. Ideal serving temperature is probably a bit colder than room temperature. Anyways, great beer if you're looking for something stupidly strong and delicious.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't remember just how much I paid for this (picked it up in June in Ohio), but whatever. Heard some great things about Yeti, and this sounded too good to pass up.

Turns out, it's alright. Oak? Yes. With the chocolate and malts, it comes off a bit as ashy, which I don't mind. It's a subtle smoke and/or smoked meat flavor that I dig. I don't find that it tastes much like cocoa -- it's a more bitter chocolate that's a bit more "biting" than soft and luxurious. The feel, though, is big, almost like molasses in body.

In sum, not blown away, as if you couldn't tell. It tastes like dark chocolate and oak... it's not as rich I was hoping for, and I don't feel like it stands up to others in its class.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: chocolate, sweet, more like milk choc, than dark choc. Malt. Appearance: dark black, big tan head. Very pretty. Taste: chocolate, wood, ash, Feel: low carbonation, pasty finish. Very nice , the extra sweetness probably knocks this down a few pegs compared to the other yeti’s I’ve tried, but this is still very good."


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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 03/17/16

Appearance - Pours midnight black with the faintest light penetrating the thinnest edge, revealing a deep cola brown. The head is cocoa powder in color with a slight reddish tinge and peaks at a fingers width before peeling back in fair time to reveal a thin layer of suds with a thicker island of bubbles in the center. Not much for lacing outside a few small orphaned spots found few and far between.

Smell - Cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of vanilla with faint booze.

Taste - Bitter punch of dark chocolate and roasted malt upfront. Lesser milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness come in by mid-taste, but ride beneath the dominant bitterness. Light peppery heat hits near the end. Finishes with cocao and roast bitterness, light booze, oaky wood and a bit more spicy heat, all of which linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Slick, velvety texture gives this brew a smooth, drinkable

Overall - If you don't like bitter chocolate, steer clear. This is an aggressively bitter and full-flavored cocao bomb. Maybe the best version of Yeti; certainly my favorite of those I've tried thus far, and I've tried most of the common Yeti offerings.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a nice tan head that reduces to a ring fairly quickly.
S - Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate.
T - The flavor is definitely dark chocolate and roasty. The vanilla comes on in the middle. The finish has just a hint of chili. Tastes like a slice of dark chocolate cake minus the sugar.
M - Carbonation is lower than average, mouth feel a little thicker than average.
O - A very nice desert beer that avoids the sweetness typically associated with chocolate dominated beers.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap in a large snifter. Opaque black in color with an almost char/ash colored head about a finger or 1.5 fingers touch that holds fairly well and left a decent lacing throughout. Smell is intense (as with Yeti and all its variants). It smells instantly of chocolate, then coffee, and lastly the cinnamon, and chili. No oak in the nose, disappointingly, but still a wonderful smell for sure. Taste is huge with classic imperial stout flavors at first, burnt malt, coffee, char, maybe a bit smokey, and a tad sweet, with chocolate flavors prominent. Then the spices make themselves very well known, and they work better than I'd expect, and the oak flavor really comes through, tying it all together and adding a very nice finish to it all. The body is very full and it feels like smooth, spicy, sweet velvet on the palate. Overall, this is my least favorite of the Yeti variants, but still very, very stellar. Love this shit and definitely worth the not so tiny price tag. I would highly recommend this, anytime and can't wait to try the express variant, the only one I've yet to try.

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