Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#995
Reviews:
912
Ratings:
3,106
pDev:
9.24%
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of OStrungT
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thivk, fluffly brown head. the head fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a bitter chocolate aroma. I get some coffee scents as well. I get a slight woodiness also. I can detect a ever so faint hint of bread too.

This beer tastes like it smells. Massive bitter chocolate. Some coffee and roasted malts. Smokey wood in the finish.

This beer is full bodied, and creamy. It goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolaty aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly on the way down.

This beer wouldnt make a great session beer due to the alcohol content, and the aggressive flavor. It tastes great, but should be enjoyed slowly.

Overall: This beer is great. I really enjoyed the strong chocolate flavor and aroma. Some beers with chocolate in the name are way too sweet or overdone. this beer was well balanced, and just a pleasent drink.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P:  Pitch black body with a thick decadent full finger of creamy head that resembles melted chocolate ice cream.  Thick creamy lacing that surrounds the glass. 

S:  Huge chocolate aroma, smokey oak and dark bread. 

T/M:  Creamy and full bodied with massive Dutch chocolate flavor surrounding the palate. Cinnamon lurks in the back ground along with oak, and subtle smoke.  Finishes with a creamy timid dryness with lingering bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is more apparent as it warms but has a nutty wood flavor and is quite nice.

O:  Holy crap!  This is simply amazing in all facets. I can't find any flaws in this decadent delicious brew. The nitro really brings out the creamy deliciousness and is probably  the best beer I have ever had.  I'm overly impressed with Great Divides masterpiece. 

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Photo of BostonHops
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled date: Mar 31, 2011

pours your customary used motor oil black while yielding a solid 1" of frothy, mocha-toned head. very solid retention and a good amount of lacing. awesome looking imperial stout, stands out even in a category of countless competitors.
nose is good; relatively bold and headlined by chocolate (surprise, surprise) roasted malt, and woodiness, with a sort of undercurrent of booze.

flavor follows the aroma closely; dark/bitter chocolate and the roasted malt is there of course, as is a much stronger woody/oakiness than i picked up in the nose. some booze in the finish as well as a slight, misplaced touch of spice, but a really tasty offering. my one criticism would be that, while there is a significant chocolate presence, i'd expect a bit more from a beer billing itself as a chocolate imp stout. creamy, viscous, chewy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall this an awesome imperial stout. not up there with the best of the best (probably not even my favorite from the yeti series) but still a first-rate beer.

(originally reviewed: 05-18-2011)

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of kjyost
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle May 10, 2010. Acquired in trade via TheSevenDuffs. Thanks! Bomber poured at ~6C into a Duvel snifter, and let warm over the session. Paired with a Tia Maria chocolate chip cookie cake for my birthday dessert.

A: Rich black, with a light tan head that needed to be prodded out of it. Drops quickly and leaves little lacing.
S: Cocoa, Quik syrup, Oak aging is apparent. Later it comes as a rich dark chocolate. Fairly one dimensional though.
T: Chocolate and light roasted malt. Vanilla, and oak flavours pair nicely. Not syrupy sweet, thankfully. Finishes cleanly, but the roasted bitterness builds to be acrid over the pour.
M: If I had a smaller pour (8 oz pour), I would likely have this much higher, but the flavours near the end that linger were getting to be harsh and unpleasant.
O: A nice beer in small quantities. Why breweries inset on having a big beer like this in such a large serving astounds me. Smaller bottles can be sold individually and shared too!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a bottled on date of JUN 02 2009...damn near exactly 3 years old. Pours a viscous black color with very little light penetration and still manages a luscious brown head that sticks well, even after all this time.

Cocoa powder leads the way and is followed by raisins, alcohol and still a moderate leafy hop presence. Carob and licorice come along as it warms.

Taste is quite a bit different from fresh...which I wasn’t a huge fan of. The best part of the aging for me is the complete loss of cayenne pepper, I hated that part of the beer when this first came out. This aged one displays a rich smoothness with a mellowing of the alcohol and hops; a big improvement, IMO. The oak is noticeable, but not dominant. This is the best Yeti I have ever had and has convinced me to buy a couple of these next time I see them. It has been at least a couple years since I last bought a Yeti of any variety; I kind of gave up on them after multiple disappointments. I had a 2005 regular Yeti that just didn’t hold up well and the unpaged Espresso and Belgian members did not impress. I really enjoyed it and so did the wife, I’d definitely recommend aging this one.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottled on MAR 28 2012

Pours a black body and brown head. Laces the glass. You really can’t ask for much more from a big ol’ stout like this.

So much chocolate in the aroma of this thing. It just beckons you to start sipping right away. You get dark and a lighter milk chocolate character. There is some roast, vanilla, oak, and a slight alcohol presence.

Did someone say chocolate? Yeah, it’s here. The chocolate hits first with a little sweetness before being followed immediately by the roastiness. The bitterness is a lot more toned down from some of the other Yeti’s, but still pops out at you. The oak comes out more in the aftertaste as your mouth dries. It took a while to detect the cayenne. It just lingers in the background.

A med-full bodied brew. It’s a little drying. Goes down smoothly with the perfect amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel on all the Yeti’s I’ve had so far are just spot on.

This made the perfect compliment to a night of Tom Waits tunes.

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Photo of dubmax
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Jake351
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz's (only size bottle produced...as far as i know)

Apperance-Wow! Got a strong 3-1/2 finger's worth of foam...which is BROWN! Previous Chocolate stouts I've only gotten white foam..so the suggestion is that the cocoa nibs and roasted malts have really permeated the brew. It really speaks that they have put in the ingredients (chock-full)that the label's description provides. The liquid is dark as a sky of midnight.

Smell-Warm toasted berries with a malt syrup..if that makes sense. Sweet and bracing.

Taste-Wow! Sweet entry-taste with VERY well-hidden alcohol notes, (only a touch of alcohol peeks thru at the end) and a slightly bitter finish that reminds you...yes, this IS a stout.

Mouthfeel-Syrupy at first, but that is only fleeting. Thick, and not a drink for a hot lawnmower day per se. The mouthfeel demands sipping it, perhaps with a chocolate dessert?

Overall-Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. Did I mention the word 'Awesome'?

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night, pitch black, about a two finger tan head at the top that sticks to the glass with every sip to leave a nice lacing.

S: Nice subtle notes of chocolate and malts, slight hint of coffee, nose is not to extravegant on this one.

T: Lots of chocolate all over on this one, with slight hints of oak and nice coffee.

M: Full body, Medium carbonation.

O: Another great brew from Great Divide, thoroughly enjoyed this beer, nice warm feeling with every sip.

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Photo of DavidST
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on Mar 28, 2012. This pours a thickish pitch black with a decent mocha tight bubbled head which leaves a glass coating lacing. The smells are of dark chocolate, of dark roasted malts, a little alcohol. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is great, lots of dark and milk chocolate, nice sweetness milk sugar type of taste, some bitter dark roasted malts. Love it.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black, half finger dark tan head. Lacing is alright.

S - Oak, dark chocolate, expresso and sweetness of vanilla.

T - Starts out like an oak yeti with a good amount of roasted malts. Then it fades into bitter dark chocolate and lingers on the finish.

M - Somewhat thin for the style. It's not water just not what I expect out of great stouts. Leaves a dry finish.

O - Great addition with the chocolate. Regular yeti flavors come through along with the oak to produce a great beer.

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2/5  rDev -52.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 3,106 ratings