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.

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Photo of TheRicker
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of lionoa7x
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Mar 28 2012

A: Pours a thick pitch black with a 1.5 finger tan head. Head fades over the course of 5min. Some nice lacing, i could probably count my sips if i didnt swirl.

S: First I get an oaky dark fruit / roasted malt aroma. Certainly has some chocolate overtones that become more dominant as it warms up. Alcohol is there, perhaps complimented by the cayenne spice.

T: This is already one complex beer that will only get better. Starts off as one would expect a regular yeti, then some oak kicks in and fades into a chocolate aftertaste.

M: Still pretty fresh, this has a fairly high level of carbonation. Remains smooth and creamy though. Certainly warms you up.

Overall its a very enjoyable beer that I would recommend to anyone who likes stouts. Would be a great one to age.

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Photo of GreatBloomer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Pitch black, pours with some lacing, light internal carbonation, clearly not translucent

S: Quite fragrant, heavy cocoa powder, espresso, some vanilla as well, a definite wood characteristic, malty, touch of alcohol, complex

T: Mimics the nose, great combination of smoke, cocoa, wood, spice, very flavorful, definitely heavy, complex and powerful

M: Extremely heavy in the mouth, but still very smooth, moderate espresso aftertaste, only a bit drying

O: Heavy fragrance, flavor, and smooth as well, awesome complexity, a must try

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark, opaque, brown-to-black coloring with a chocolatey brown colored head that looks slick, sits low, and clings to everything it touches. Aromas are deeply sweet and darkly roasted, with a touch of Mexican drinking chocolate and roasted coffee, with a hint of booze. Flavors are rich and smooth, with a roasted, dark coffee backbone that has bittersweet cocoa highlights. Woody and earthy highlights throughout, it truly feels like you are eating a big, fat chunk of dark chocolate. The aftertaste is bittersweet, with a dark roasting that lasts through to the finish, which lingers behind with a coating along the palate. Strong, solid brew with heavy flavors, a creamy body, and a good, potent punch.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
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%

Photo of bum732
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Coffee roastiness, chocolate, some oak.

L: Thick, black, tan creamy head that dissipates.

T: Sweet chocolate with a slight coffee roastiness. Medium bitterness with some oak. Heat starts to make an appearance in the finish. Fairly dry. Heat stays on the palate with a touch of alcohol. More chocolate as it warms.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Chocolate and oak fairly subtle, love the heat in this beer. Just a great beer.

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Photo of neckbracesub
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PaulMc
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Tash2360
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, bottled on March 28, 2012, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, totally opaque, produces a finger of creamy tan head that recedes to a thin collar over the course of a few minutes, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Sweet chocolatey aroma, light and milky, some coffee and alcohol on the end.

T- Big burst of dark chocolate and cocoa, dark, gooey and bittersweet, has a bit of smoke and espresso. Has some notes of oak and vanilla hidden beneath. Chocolate really comes out in the finish as well, which is a really delicious blend of roasty, charred grain and bittersweet dark chocolate. A bit of spicy heat lingers on the palate, which complements the chocolate really nicely.

M- Full-bodied, carbonation is low, feel is thick, chewy and creamy.

O- A really nice chocolate beer, very drinkable, the huge chocolate flavors and subtle spice are really nice.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date April 7, 2011.

Over a year later we drink.

Popped the cap and the brew was angry my friends! Dark, heavy foam came spewing out so I quickly poured it into a pint glass. Awesome colors. Pitch black motor oil liquid and a dark brown foamy head that stains the glass. Major staying power during the session.

The smell very dark chocolate and roasty, toasty malts. Some cocoa, cinnamon, leather and tires (rubber) also.

The taste is kick ass. Heavy chocolate malt up front and a big espresso like finish. Smooth yet the hops are present but are very well masked here. Not sure how they accomplished it but they did. There is also a nice spiciness on the swallow. Well done. Almost like I'm drinking a bittersweet chocolate bar.

Smooth mouthfeel but a little thin for this beast.

Overall I was lucky enough to find this albeit out of my own state. This monster was all that I expected and more. The only slight negative was the thin mouthfeel but that is really stretching for a negative. Worth the effort to find this elusive creature.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pure black body, no highlights at all, topped by four fingers of dark tan rocky foam. Drippy lace in abundance.

Powerful assertive deep dark chocolate aroma. Hints of vanilla. Whiff of coffee. Trace of alcohol.

Taste is wonderful deep rich dark chocolate. Like a glass of milk that's half Hershey syrup. Vanilla around the edges, and assertive att the swallow. Warming alcohol in the belly afterglow. Note of pepper in the finish.

Rich lush slick mouthfeel is all you can ask for.

A terrific chocolate stout, heartily recommended.

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Photo of Omer4176
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of One2Remeber
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, pitch black body. Head an espresso, deep tan leather appearance. Sits like a cloud not moving at all, most dense I've ever seen.

S: Complex to say the least. Roasted espresso, hints of black licorice and peppers, dark fruit undertones. Oak is the most prominent.

T/M: Malt bomb. Too many flavors up front making for a long lasting swish on the pallet. A strong boozy mouthfeel shows once the oak starts to shine, but it taken care of with an abundance of fluffy oats.

O: Besides Ten Fidy I can not think of many stouts that can compare. Perfect after a salmon dinner and some cherries on top of the glass.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black that is entirely impenetrable to light. The gorgeous mocha head attenuates with average speed, but does leave some lovely contrasting brown swirls of bubbles on the black surface of the beer. The aroma is characterized by smoke and coffee, but it can't prepare you for how big the flavor is. This beer is aptly named because it is a monster. Peat smoke dominates as it seems you're drinking a very dark roast barley purée with a magnum hop chaser.  Very resiny hop finish that lingers in the palate. I'm not sure I like it. I respect it. 

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of crossovert
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

It pours an inky black with a nice foamy tan head that leaves walls of lacing.

The smell is just delectable. Hard to mess up a chocolate oak aged brew. The smell is chocolaty and rich, nice coffee, and some wood and oak tones with some vanilla.

The taste is nice. A bit of heat but not too much. The oak really is noticeable, really pronounced woody character. The cayenne is barely noticeable adding not heat but pepper flavor. There is a deep burnt malt richness, some toastiness, and a nice bitterness. Dark fruits round out the flavor.

A rich and complex brew.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this up on my last big beer run for porters and stouts. Honestly, the name was so clever I wanted to buy it by name alone, but I have had some other brews by GDBC that were really spot on, so I wanted to try this out. Poured from a pint bottle into a snifter

Appearance – Pours as black as motor oil with a big, pillowy, three finger tan head with good retention and lacing. Good carbonation

Smell – I poured fairly aggressively to get a good aroma from it and for head development, which is what I do with a lot of brews. Strong cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, with more subdued hints of the oak barrels it is aged in. I could smell it while I was pouring, and didn’t even have to agitate to get the aroma, although it made it even stronger when I did.

Taste – Smooth, velvety, like a big chocolate/cocoa milkshake mixed with beer. A nice bitter bite towards the finish, but the chocolate and cocoa are certainly the prime movers. Really impressive taste on this one.

Mouthfeel – Fairly heavy bodied, finishes like silk, good mask for the ABV. I also like the bitter pop towards the finish as well, it isn’t just chocolate milk mixed with beer.

Overall – An excellent beer, good representation of the American Double/Imperial Stout style. Probably one of the smoothest beers I’ve had in a while, deserved its reputation and everything I had heard about it before hand. Highly recommended, I would buy it and drink it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for 10.50 at D's Six Packs Date marked Mar 28, 2012

A - Damn carbonation is great on this one I got at least two inches of heavy mocha head (hard pour to get good aroma) and underneath is a pitch black solid looking thick stout.

S - Definitely more subtle than I expected but from the bottle was some great chocolate and in the glass I am getting more espresso and anise.

T - Quite good I can see how it got such a high reputation. Smooth almost velvet like complexly with underlying anise and coffee but I love how the Belgium like chocolate shines mid palate in every sip. Totally worth the price.

M - It is medium to heavy in body but as I type half of my glass is gone. Noted is some excellent mocha lacing throughout.

Overall definitely a treat of a beer much more balanced than the ST Chocolat with smooth and creamy texture that keeps you sipping yet strong anise and coffee notes. It's a tie up between this and espresso yeti both are great beers.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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