Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated April 2 2013
Had with a Publix Chocolate Cake...

Appearance - Black as night with a frothy almond skin head that hangs around and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma - Deep, dark chocolate nibs. Earthy hops.

Taste - Once again, deep, dark chocolate nibs. When it warms a bit, there's a touch of charred wood. Then chocolate malt, slight graininess, and a touch of earthy green hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and a touch thinner than the top tiered RIS's out there.

Overall - I'd like to try a vertical of a few years to see how it ages. I've only had this beer "fresh".

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger DARK tan shade that retains itself quite well, if not brilliantly. Still, the dark head has a nice creaminess to it, and leaves behind some lacing on the glass.

S: Holy onslaught of chocolate, Batman. The chocolate character isn't very sweet - and I don't care. Actually, no, I like that it isn't sweet; it reminds me so much of mocha it isn't even funny. The typical Yeti roastiness lies behind the bitter dark chocolate, and even the secret ingredient (cayenne pepper) can be picked up to an extent. Really, I can get just about every element used to make this - roast, hops, oak, you name it.

T: To me, this is closer to normal Yeti than, say, the Belgian or (regular) Oak-aged variants. It starts with some fantastic roastiness, which is subtly augmented by some umami tones. The chocolate/oak/cayenne flavors appear near the back end, and all are strongly defined within each other. Both the chocolate and the oak are wonderfully subtle; the cayenne pepper on the finish, slightly less so. As someone who regularly cooks with cayenne, this is no problem whatsoever. I even note a kiss of piny hops. The way all the flavors dance around the palate is damn near enrapturing.

M: It's full bodied, creamy, soft, yet faintly dry on the back end. This is *slightly* thinner than regular Yeti, but not much. By no means is this easy to drink. That's good - this is so gorgeously savorable that I don't want this fleeting from the palate.

O: I've never had a less-than-good Yeti variant, and all but one have been fantastic. This, natch, is fantastic. While it's not very drinkable, it's amazing flavor means that I could savor this all day. I'd buy a case of this, no problem.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a very little brown head
S-toffee with a light oak, vanilla, and alcohol smell
T-the first sip was oak, but in the next few sips the chocolate, toffee, come in strong. Then you get a hop bitterness in the aftertaste that finishes with a vanilla flavor
M-low carbonation with a syrupy feel
O-very interesting beer with many thens going on. Every sip you would get a new taste
22oz into a pint glass

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber split at a 2013 yeti tasting. bottled on: MAR 28 2013

pours a very dark brown with a decently dark brown head. darker than regular yeti, head at least. a sweet roasty nose. the chocolate is of the bittersweet variety. woody, very oaky in fact. minor vanilla notes. the chocolate comes out, but not like you would expect from a beer with the word chocolate in it. not a sweet rich chocolate, but definitely bittersweet.

this was good, but certainly not my favorite in the yeti bunch from this year. out of the oak aged yeti's, I actually preferred both the straight oak and the espresso to the chocolate.

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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