Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti
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Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bottle dated April 08 2013 into snifter glass.

Appearance: poured aggressively; an extremely dark brown mocha like head appeared. Very dense and thick but dissipated quickly. The foam looked rich in chocolate that it could have been good to eat! The beer is black as tar.

Smell: Lots of malted chocolate - like Whopper's candy. Also some oak with a bit of vanilla. Smelled almost delectable and sweet, maybe some molasses as well? Also picked up some mild cayenne.

Taste: a lot of flavors going on in this one. I instantly get sweet chocolate. The sweetness started to mellow out with the bitterness following up. The vanilla heightens midway. It ends with nice sharp twang of chocolate bitterness as well as a touch of heat from the cayenne at the back of the mouth. The flavor of cayenne is also prominent. The beer is smooth, the added pepper is subtle and the alcohol is barely noticeable until it warms up.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Maybe just a tad thin but doesn't deviate too much.

Overall: It's delicious. I wish I had a few more bottles of this since it doesn't distribute here. Just a tad bit of heat, tons of chocolate with some sweetness and finishing bitter.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a really good amount of head (you might want to watch it as you pour, it can creep up on you) which has pretty good retention. The head is a nice mix of dark beige and mocha while the body is a dark chocolate black. Plenty of lacing extending from the surface.

Nose- This does not fail in the chocolate department. Not only is there chocolate, but it's rich. Not rich enough to stave off the caramel, vanilla, and toffee that vie for space in the aroma but lush enough to keep them in their place. Very promising. No real roasted notes which might make this a very friendly beer in regard to my palate.

Taste- Starts off with chocolate (some hints of a dark chocolate or a woodiness) that seems to suggest milk chocolate but quickly echoes the oak and moves toward the caramel, toffee, and vanilla of the nose. The oak and vanilla linger on the finish. At the moment, the oak lingers a bit too much. The chocolate isn't that strong but it's definitely chocolate and not cocoa. The oak didn't seem to give me many problems on the second taste. It does reside in the linger though. Hints of cherries and raisins but this is a little simplistic for an imperial stout. The oak fades entirely and there is a mild oatmeal and greasy chocolate left on the linger. That's sounds bad but I don't mind it. Very good beer. Solid beer. Lacks complexity but has decent presence and amazing balance. This is an extremely accessible beer- think Young's if it weren't so generic. Some graham cracker.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied with a bit of slickness on the tongue. Probably a little too much carbonation but it's not a big distraction.

Drinkability- Very accessible chocolate stout with lots of balance. It doesn't amaze but still is a solid brew that shows absolutely none of its almost 10%.

Overall- Doesn't change the way I think about my palate; it's just a good beer. There are better stouts out there but of the chocolate variety, I can only think of Choklat or Sam Smith's. Worth at try and seems worth the 10 bucks a bomber. I will probably buy this again.

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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 3.19.12. Decided to drink in honor of this beer winning gold at GABF 2013. Poured into large tulip glass. Appears black with tan head. Great lacing on the glass. Smells of cocoa with supporting roast, spicy hops, and chocolate. Tastes velevery with layers of chocolate, roast, coffee, dark cake icing, and powdered doughnuts. Excellent mouthfeel with slight alcohol burn aim the throat. I love this beer. Yeti is great and this version simply kicks ass.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- extremely deep brown, near black in color with a picture perfect caramel head of about a finger. Head is quite dense and full as it hangs around for a while before the ring and bubbles remain. Just the way a stout should look. Enticing!

S- Raw chocolate, coffee, espresso, cream, hint of vanilla, some booze, and a nice caramel finish. Complex and robust on the nose.

T- A well balanced chocolate imperial stout. I think the oak again really complements the chocolate, oat, espresso profile. I could probably use more chocolate (as usual), but it's a weak complaint. Balanced from start to finish.

M- I just love the feel of these Yeti stouts from GD. This one is also spot on. It is simply stunning. Full body, thick, and so chewy that I almost need a spoon. Alcohol is noticeable, but not in any way a detriment.

O- Maybe my fav from the Yeti line. I've found most from this brewery to be hit or miss, and this one is certainly HIT

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 3,075 ratings
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