Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass a deep brown head, with some lacing and it is sticky.

S-Dark chocolate (not super sweet like ST's chocolate) some oak and a tad bit of roasted malt.

T-Good deal of dark chocolate, bitter chocolate, still not overly sweet. Slight vanilla and oak.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and creamy.

O-A nice beer, was not expecting the dark chocolate but it ended up being a great change of pace for a chocolate stout and it came out great.

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Photo of tviz33
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of SHerninko
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap @ Whole Foods - Mile Post Pub (PA)
Looks great, I enjoy all the Yeti's. It was a bit too cold so I let it warm, taking a few sips every 5 minutes.
Overall, it is a great Imperial Stout, but the addition of the choco did not do much for my palate. I didn't want it to be SUPER sweet like some of the Southern Tier stouts, but it was very bitter and caused a drying of my mouth. Some intense smokey and charcoal type flavors in the aftertaste.
I have a bomber bottle and I will compare that to the one on tap.
Try it, but don't expect any sweetness.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - nice, dark and motor oilish, great for a stout. Dark tan head lacing around the glass diminishing as it sits.

Smell - typical soft metallic smell of a stout, nice chocolate and hints of cocoa and coffee

Taste - A bit more metallic than I would like, but it has nice chocolate notes mixed with the thick stout mouth feel. Nice all around with the oak notes coming through in subtle vanilla. Nice.

Mouthfeel - very good for a stout, nice and thick, not too thin and "weak" for a big stout.

Overall - Really well done and nicely aged in the oak for the correct amount of time to mix with the other flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of brock146
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark beer with a dark chocolate colored head. Leaves nice lacing on glass.

A lot of booze and sweetness on the nose along with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Black coffee, mocha, resinous hop bitterness (surprisingly), sweet and the oak flavor also stands out

Mouth feel:
Very smooth and creamy. This beer is quite sticky too.

Pretty good stuff by GDBC. Just like the bottle says: "decadent" "luscious"

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointed, perhaps because I love the regular non-chocolate, non-oak-aged Yeti. Chocolate (in the form of cocoa nibs) was subtle, so it can stand alone (i.e., you don't have to drink it as a dessert beer). Didn't really appreciate the oak at all- chocolate, coffee, and other flavors kind of overwhelmed it. But drinkable. Alcohol was well-hidden. And fresh.

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Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Artjsantos
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rjp217
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured very dark brown, almost black into a snifter. Left a 1 finger dark brown head, looked amazing. The smell was awesome. I immediately got dark chocolate, whipped cream, then light coffee notes. Absolutely the best smelling beer ive had. It made my mouth water. Taste was immediate dark chocolate much like the nose, then I got lingering ash, a lot of it. There was a milk cream taste built in between so definitely a 3 part taste for me of dark chocolate-milk cream-ash. The booze presence was more noticeable then I expected. It wasn't off putting but it let you know it was there. Overall, this a very good post dinner beer to sip, relax and enjoy. The smell is outstanding and the flavors jive pretty well. It's a fine chocolate stout for sure and one you should try and have once, if not just for the aroma..

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Great aroma of lightly toasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and oak. Flavor follows with toasted malt, chocolate, charred coffee. Finishes somewhat dry with a nice long residual taste of hop bitterness and toasted malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess. All the yeti varieties are very nice stouts and I'm surprised I waited so long to review this one. The chocolate nicely integrated and the whole stout is well balanced. Close in profile to a well made Russian Imperial stout, but a bit hoppier on the finish. Tasty.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Choo choo! Like the Union Pacific, this bad boi is solid down the line. Scent like the Ghirardelli I got my boo for being my boo, and sexi textures like my baby mama after she got her hair did. Like a chocolate blizzard, Raul has his ski's on and he is ready to rumble!

99 problems? At the moment, Raul got none.


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Photo of jondeelee
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti opens to an aroma that is part Imperial Stout, with ash, tobacco, coffee, heavy whipping cream, caramel, and bits of molasses, but because of the chocolate oak aging and the added spices, also carries both milk and dark chocolate aromas, as well as oak and vanilla, and a faint rim of smoky, peppery spices, such as cayenne and paprika. Add to this thick slices of brown bread, toast crust, and biscuit, as well as a thin mélange of dark fruit esters, including fig, date, and plum, and the result is a beer of incredible range and variety that ultimately bears perhaps more resemblance to a spiced and spiked cup of gourmet mocha than to a beer. The overall effect is intoxicating, the beer nicely bridging the gap between stout and dessert, its only weakness being a somewhat weak presence.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of ash, tobacco, oily French Roast fresh-ground coffee, and black malt. These black notes are slowly joined by caramel and whipped cream, molasses and vanilla, baker’s cocoa powder, and touches of oak and charcoal, the latter combining with the 9.5% ABV to add a faint bourbon edge. Plum, fig, and date fruit esters add a bit of relief, but come in a distant second to the ash. The beer is definitely black and ashy, almost every flavor pushing the beverage further in this direction, and the aftertaste actually pushes the beer over the edge, being almost exclusively ash, black malt, and tobacco, strongly reminiscent of potent cigars and straight espresso. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite an amazing feat for an Imperial Stout, the dark, ashy, black malt notes in here stronger than seems possible, and fans of this style of stout should definitely put this on their must-try list. The sheer potency of these notes does, however, push the beer out of balance, and the result would likely be severely off-putting to many drinkers. Still, it’s hard to fault Great Divide for what is obviously an impressive amount of labor and savoir faire.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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