Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti
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Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

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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  rDev -5.2%

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured thick and darkest brown into the glass with a massive cocoa colored head that stuck around covered everything. It was magical and I think I heard it whisper Thoreau.

S: Cocoa jumps out ahead of lighter dark chocolate. There is some noticeable wood and vanilla with a hint of cinnamon?

T: So damn big and smooth. Dark roasted malt floods the palate floating on notes of rich cocoa and dark chocolate. Its not overly chocolatey but well done. Some subtle notes of coffee, wood and vanilla but then something unexpected: heat. This beer is spiced with something that gives a sweetish cinnamon and chile spice. I get it mostly in the finish. Chocolate balance is perfect.

M: It supports it without taking anything away: big, thick and chewy but not a sandwich.

O: Superb. I am hording this beer. The chocolate is so well done and balanced and the spice makes it incredibly interesting to drink. I split the bottle with Yogi and wanted more.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pitch black beer with a beige colored foam ring.

S - A good oak wooden scent mixed with chocolate and yeast.

T - Upfront is the chocolate clearly noticeable as is a little booze. The aftertaste is rather spicy.

M - A soft chocolate booze.

O - Excellent, but spicy though.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Photo of jcomp21
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tastey lots of flavour!

A- pours black with 2 finger brown medium sized buble foam. Settles quickly.

S- roasted malts, chocolate, woodiness.

T- sweeet chocolate, roasted malts

M- good thick body very creamy. Alchohol burns a bit down in the tummy

overall great bear better than average very intense

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

Bomber, bottled 03/24/11. Very excited to finally crack this one open.

Very regal pour. Jet black with a deep brown head that fell kind of quick. Straggles of lace, but mostly syrupy legs on the glass. Rich and devilish.

Lovely medley of big woody oak scents and melted semi-sweet chocolate. I can pick up the slight spike of cayenne, intermingling with the big roasty flavors. Butter-cream, burnt coffee, mild vanilla, some mustiness, and a hint of star anise. Very nice.

Huge flavors! Chocolatey gluttony with a bitter hop juxtaposition. The oaky qualities take second chair to the bittersweet medley. Beautiful addition of chilies that perk up the back of the tongue on the finish with a lovely bite. Bakers chocolate, oak, anise, caramel, cayenne, and wonderful, wonderful booze! Unreal good!

Pretty smooth. Medium-to-heavy body, but thinner like medium. Happy with the carbonation. The initial sweet and spice outro is a dreamy cycle. Alcohol is not necessarily in your face, but this is still certainly a sipper.

Okay, this was the last of the Yeti series (minus Barrel Aged) that I had yet to try. Wish I had reviewed them all to determine my favorites. The Chocolate Oak Aged is an incredible beer. Hard to say if I like it more than Espresso Oak Aged. If you see it, you pick it up. End of story.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Brabander
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Farunderpar (Joey) brought this beer with him at the tastingday @ de Molen in Bodegraven, Holland. This tasting was organized by THE beerlady of Holland, Fiona de Lange.

We had this one after the Belgian style Yeti and this Chocolate version is WAY BETTER! The chocolate brings this beer on a higher level, simple but good beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of hardy008
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black with a two finger mocha head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, cocoa nibs, oak, and cayenne pepper.

The flavor has chocolate, cocoa nibs, oak, cayenne pepper, and alcohol. Sweet, balanced with some bitterness from the dark roasted malt, along with some heat from the cayenne.

Full bodied with average carbonation. The cayenne pepper leaves the most noticeable aftertaste. Not a bad imperial stout, but I would have liked it better without the cayenne pepper.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Photo of Flux
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 minutes out of the fridge. Poured into a rinsed pint glass.

A- Very dark, highlights of brown with a rich caramel colored head. Small drifting solids, either yeast or unattenuated protein. I'm not alarmed.

S- Chocolate and oak overflow with a richness that is cut by the sweeter vanilla notes. Roasted and chocolate malts. not detecting too much hops on the nose.

T- The chocolate and oak seem to be balanced on the tongue with hints of vanilla and molasses. The dark chocolate eventually takes over. Hops are extremely mild with chocolate malts and notes of roasted and then mild coffee undertones. Read on the label that cayanne was added. Did not detect this upon the first few sips, however, after a few consecutive sips actual heat is definitely felt on both tongue and back of throat. I would say this is a good balance for any sort of "peppery" heat to be had in a beer such as this. Any more would perhaps kill the delightful "what is that extra ingredient?!" that I cherish with beers like this. The cayenne tends to build even more as the beer is drank.

M- mild carbonation, and smooth.

O- This is a really fantastic and robust stout that isn't cloyingly sweet. It is balanced between the bitterness from chocolate, hops, and coffee. The oak and vanilla notes mellow it out and the cayenne is just that happy surprise at the end.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jpbebeau
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated MAR 31 2011 to tulip.

A: Pours a very very dark, but not pitch-black black (there's a hint of reddish-brown to it) and a fluffy dark brown head that dissipates but intensifies in color as it does so. Heavy lacing initially. Thick legs.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa—no surprise. Combined with the roast malts, it reminds me of a fancy coffee drink. Hints of the oak. Vanilla. A deep inhale brings a little alcohol with it.

T: Initial flavors are as I'd expect, given the nose. Dark chocolate, even some hops in here. But I am surprised by just how big the drying oak finish is. It stays with me, hanging at the back of my throat. There's some heat back there, too: oaky, peppery, alcoholic.

M: Not quite as thick as I would've liked, and a little more carbonated as well. Still, overall it's smooth until the finish kicks in.

More oak than chocolate, which isn't what I remember from having this the first time. While this is a good beer, I'd like there to be a little bit more for me to enjoy in the second or two before the oak takes over. Or at least a memory I can take away from this beer besides the finish.

A mildly surprising disappointment.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 3,103 ratings