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 denver10
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a big mocha head and nice lacing. Smells rich and sweet of melted dark chocolate and roasted malts and just a touch woody. Flavor matches the aroma quite well with the dark, bittersweet chocolate in the forefront, some roastiness there, some oak, and some alchohol showing itself as well. A nice full, creamy mouthfeel to this. Overall, not usually a chocolate stout fan but this one is a definite winnier. Best of the Yeti series that I have so far tried.

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Photo of cantfindme
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jordanblaskey
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottle date: April 19th, 2011.

Pours a creamy deep black. Think Wesley Snipes. The head on this beer is gorgeous.

Smells very sweet. Malty. Chocolate. Maraschino cherries. Woody.

Unbelievably smooth. The front of the tongue is strikingly similar to a quad. The oak stands out heavily in this one, but it all works. The chocolate is prevalent throughout. Notes of soy sauce, cherries and very slight malt dance around the palate as well. If I try to find it, I get a small alcohol burn post-swallow. Also catch a bit of spice on the backend.

One of my favorite aspects of this brew is it's mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation combined with it's creaminess keeps your mouth in the game.

Glad I aged this for a year (okay, fine...364 days. Give me a break, I couldn't wait.). Wish I would of done a side-by-side pour with a fresh Choco Yeti, but this beer is good enough to remember next time I step back into the Yeti's playground.

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Photo of SaneMan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep deep ruby, basically black, cant see a bit of light through it. Huge mocha colored head. looks like decadence. Oddly hoppy nose with a good amount of oak. Minty, piney, slightly citric, with undertones of cocoa vanilla and tar. Strange strange nose.

Rich thick and creamy like other yetis but the flavor seems kind of off. Well blended flavors of big roasted malts dark bitter chocolate and minty and piney hops that resonate throughout the sip. For being aged the hops are still quite present and unfortunately don't play off the oak, dark chocolate, and malt all so well. The oak covers up some of the sweeter bits I was expecting more of out of the beer. Layered yet blended in an odd way. The lack of chocolate and the abundance of oak really throw the beer through a loop. It's not bad, but it is a strange sensation. More time to age may make this one of the best beers ever though letting some of the oak and hops mellow out letting some of that chocolate really shine through. Some burnt characteristics work well but overall the oak is the star rather than the chocolate. The hops work nicely though as a big bitter finish reminding you that this is a Russian Imperial Stout. I'll see how laying one down goes. Unfortunately this yeti didn't meet the standard 5 star rating. Still very good as a standard RIS though.

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Photo of Holland
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: thick brown head on a thick black body and nice lacing gives this beer an amazing appearance.

S: chocolate, roasted malt, huge tobacco smell, and bittering hops.

T: bitter, tobacco, roasted malt (but not smokey at all), and some smooth chocolate again. Great combination.

M: heavy body with medium carbonation.

O: not quite my style of stout, but it's delicious still. Tobacco is rampant in this with the mixture of the hops and roasted malts. Would be a fantastic beer for a cigar.

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Photo of losdizzel
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another Yeti creation .
date on this bottle is 03-28-2012 pretty fresh for me .
Looks good and very very dark. Clings to the glass very well .
Crazy thick tho .
Smell sweet and sour, prunes almost cherry like well balanced .
Taste is thick and heavy, sweet ,finishes dry kinda spicy sorta crazy for me but a very nice beer .

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a snifter

A: Pours "Yeti.". Yeah, Yetis are sexy. Black, great brown head. Great retention, ya know, Yeti.

S: Overwhelming oak and milk chocolate with some dark chocolate and roast in the background. While quite complex, oak is way, way strong like all the oak Yetis.

T: Again very strong oak, but this time bitter hoppiness, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate are all strong. They work very well together to create a nice flavor. Could use a bit more sweetness, though.

M: On the thick side with low but nice carbonation.

O: A bit heavy on the oak, but a great balance of sweet milk chocolate, oak, bitter dark chocolate, and roastiness. I'm a fan.

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Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color bordering on black with a thin mocha head and a bit of light lace on the edges of the glass. The nose is really nice with quite a bit of chocolate as well as some light booze. There’s a bit of vanilla there as well as a slight bit of oak. The flavor is really chocolate forward, with a tiny oak presence, though that makes its way known more in the mouth feel. Really full body. A bit heavy viscous and oily. Some smooth vanilla is there in the finish. The finish also brings a touch of the pepper and I can’t say that it really adds to the beer, but it's interesting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorites in the yeti series. this one pours very thick and oil colored, with a wild lacey mocha colored head that has good retention. smells like an imperial stout, strong and roasty to burnt. the chocolate doesnt make a huge appearance in the nose, but there is some subtle bittersweetness there. flavor has an almost hersey's syrup chocolate flavor to it, which is reduced in potency by the oak flavors that come into play. it ends up tasting quite nice, but its not as chocolately as i would have expected. all the robust flavors of the yeti remain intact. mouthfeel is nice, but this is a sipper and a bomber to share. huge body and alcohol burn remind you that its a monster. overall an excellent beer, and one to be enjoyed with close friends.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared by my brother and poured into my new Jackie O's tulip.

A: Opaque and ominous, dense fingers worth of mocha head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Woody & salty malts, this is definitely a Yeti...chocolate, immense roasted barley, hints of coffee, caramel, and oak.

T: Roasted malt, coffee bitterness, herbal hop notes, dark chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, toffee, lots of dark malty notes.

MF: Roasty dryness and bitterness, moderate to full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O: This Yeti is good but the base beer just isn't my favorite...still a nice stout overall.

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Photo of 4balance
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with a 2" tan head in a Duvel Tulip bottled date of March 28, 2012. Good lacing throughout.

Smells like smokey oak barrels, dark rich chocolate, roasted malts and some spice.

Tastes follow the smell, smokey oak up front (made me think of a house fire) with smooth dark chocolate up front, roasted malt, spicy cayenne to finish and hides the alcohol so very well. It's like a chocolate milk shake with vanilla, smoked oak and cayenne which lingers.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel that coats the mouth long after drinking.

Overall this is so good, little much on the cayenne but a great balance nonetheless. Will definitely drink again. Recommended.

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Photo of radlleb
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Lantern
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber bottled Mar 21, 2012 to pint glass April 3, 2012 the beer arrives an opaque deep black with black edges. It's like light is absorbed by the beer. A nice 2.5 finger slightly tan khaki head, excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is that of roasted malts, sweet malt, a hint of alcohol, a hint of chocolate, and a hint of booze. Oak takes a back seat. Similarly the flavor is full bodied and rich and dominated by roast with a subtle yet satisfying smooth malt sweetness coupled with chocolate. If I didn't know this was oak aged I wouldn't guess as there isn't much oak character. It's good though in flavor, though the heat is a bit forthcoming. Finishes so creamy and smooth with a lingering mild bitter chocolate sweetness. Overall, not my favorite version of Yeti though still a tremendous beer.

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Photo of gaffm
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of herman77
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle April 7th 2011.

A: Black with a light brown head. Nice bubbly lacing that sticks around.

S: Dark milk chocolate, sweet roasted malt and I swear I can pick up a bit of the spice too from the cayenne.

T: Lots going on. You get a nice semi-sweet chocolate taste up front, with some vanilla and oak notes as well as the bitterness from the roasted malt and coco nibs. You can taste the hint of cayenne pepper in the finish. It is a little bit stronger than I hoped it would be. If it wasn't for the cayenne, I think this would get a 5 for taste. The spice does linger for a long time.

M: Fuller body. Thick and lower abv. Nice and smooth.

O: Good drinkability, just like the rest of the Yeti's I've had, it hides the abv really well. I think this is my favorite of the Yeti family. I could probably do without the cayenne, but it does keep it interesting and adds a nice twist.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-Tap at Great Divide.

A- Very dark, hints of brown with a rich caramel/tan colored head.

S- Chocolate and oak.... slight vanilla notes. Roasted and chocolate malts.

T- Chocolate and oak balanced by hints of vanilla. Dark, bitter chocolate eventually takes over and comes out more and more as we warm toward room-temp. Hops are mild. The cayenne and coffee are ever-so-subtle.

M- Barely carbonated.... and smooth.... Creamy. The chocolate blends in so well with the creamy character... shake-like.

O- A magically robust yet drinkable stout. Balanced between bitter chocolate; hops; and a touch of coffee. The oak and vanilla (along with that hint of cayenne) add extra layers of complexity that take this beer to another level. I love GD's Yeti in all its various forms, but this one just might be the best.... This year's version, anyway.

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Photo of Iowacraft
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,072 ratings.
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