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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/29/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, oak, vanilla, coffee, light cayenne, light char, light fruits, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of chocolate and roasted notes with some moderate fruitiness; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, oak, vanilla, toffee, light cayenne, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, toast, light char, oak, vanilla, toffee, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and oak notes; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout as expected. All around awesome balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors with cocoa nibs and oak aging; and very smooth and lush to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness Date: None

A: Pitch black with an espresso brown head that fades to faint layer.

M: Milk chocolate smoothness, brown sugar, and raisins. There is a base of earthiness and soil. There is a hint of wood which adds to the wonderful chocolate notes.

T: The chocolate opens up the palate along with a brown sugar sweetness. There is also some raisins and faint dark fruit which adds to the sweetness. Then comes earthy, espresso bitterness and wood which adds complexity. The finish is hot with rum like alcohol.

M: Smooth and syrupy thick with faint carbonation. Solid feel.

O: A solid chocolate stout with nice wood and chocolate notes. Capable but lacking the complexity needed to enter the upper echelon of barrel aged stouts.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

Poured into a snifter. Brew date: April 2013.

The beer poured a deep, opaque chocolate brown, with only a 1/2 finger head.

Strong cocoa aroma from the head.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- more so than other Great Divide Imperial stouts I have tasted.

The cocoa taste is intense. Some vanilla.

In order to fully enjoy the balance of this beer, it should be tasted at warmer temps:52F+.
A refreshing maltiness at warmer temps.

Served colder, there is less balance. The finish is hoppy and bitter, even though the brewery states that it accentuated the cocoa and toned down the hops.

Warmer temps bring out the balance- all the tasting elements blend.

It is important to taste this beer in a snifter. I first started with a large balloon glass and switched to a snifter, which enhanced the taste.

Overall, a very good beer. I prefer the less hoppy, smoother Imperial stouts from Great Divide.
There is a lot of cocoa and hoppy bitterness in this beer- which seemed a bit over the top.
Regardless- a very good beer and worth trying.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Platinum. Bottled 2011.

A - black 'n' tan, one finger dense head, spotty lace.

S - massive waft of chocolate when opened. Intense, and vanilla bomb as well. World class.

T - chocolate to the fore, but then a surprise adder of chilli warmth . Go figure. And roasts of coarse. Warmth taste takes over from the chocolate. Also coconut, and vanilla.

M - on money, medium weight, lightly carbed, velvety, luscious, all you could want for style. Alcohol well hidden.

O - sensational beer, but with a slight twist. Where did the chilli come from?

ADDENDUM.... - all these notes taken before either reading bottle label, or these reviews. Seems as tho my bottle had a lot more cayenne heat than anyone else's .. lots more ah well, it kinda detracted from the overall. Would have been mainly 5s without the heat.

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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 3,089 ratings
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