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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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Reviews: 899 | Ratings: 3,027
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having recently tried the regular Yeti, and the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, I was looking forward to cracking open this one. It didn't disappoint, but was also my least favorite. The appearance of the three is quite similar. I enjoyed this in a snifter. It's a black brew with a mocha head. The nose was very chocolate forward. This did not carry over to the flavor as strongly. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. It's full bodied. I found the finish a bit gritty. All in all a solid brew. Glad to have given it a try. Cheers!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate and oak. Tastes chocolatey and smooth, with nuances of woody oak and maybe a touch of vanilla. Not too sweet but not bitter either. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall a good, balanced oak-aged stout.

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Photo of LouZ
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice pour from bomber yielding a finger of mocha head with decent retention. Enticing aroma of chocolate with taste to match, adding in some vanilla and oak before finishing with a distinct bitterness of the cocoa rather than hops, as advertised. Feel is thick and viscous, which I love. Well balanced. A delicious stout worth savoring as desert.

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Photo of predikit
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured super thickly, an inky dark brown that sluiced from the bottled with a viscosity I haven't seen before in a beer. Settled in the glass black letting absolutely no light through. The head was a dark tan, and stuck around for ages and ages, leaving lacing everywhere as it went. First time I've been taken aback just after a pour, so this beer can wear my first 5 rating for look proudly.

Smell is more normal, rich deep chocolate tones, roasted oats, molasses, with a hint of raisin.

The oak is very subtle, sweet to start, until the strength of the chocolate bitters just takes front and center stage. The alcohol is the next flavor, adding some sharpness and warmth and charred wood tones take the finish. A slow drinker, and powerful.

Can't get much more full bodied than this, it is also super creamy and smooth. Despite that, it has a very clean finish, with only a slight chewiness at the end which carries the bitter aftertaste.

It's been a while since I've had a good stout, and I'm certainly glad I chose this one.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick with a decent mocha head medium lacing. Smells oak toast and roast. Taste follows with sweet smokey and oak vanilla flavoring slight chocolate with a cayenne finish. A great complex big stout a lot to be found especially as it warms. Perfect winter stout.

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Photo of L0ne
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From backlog. 22oz bottle, May 2015.

Pours inky black with a finger of mocha colored head. Lots of smoky, oaky char and decadent chocolate. Vanilla comes into play (presumably from the oak). Plenty of roasty sweetness, but not cloying, and well balanced by the barrel flavors. Full bodied with some alcohol warmth and fruitiness. Delicious!

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an oil black with a thick and fluffy two finger dark caramel color head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is roast, chocolate, vanilla, and a little bit of heat from the cayenne. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a bit of oilyness. Overall a nice stout from great divide, although the cayenne is a little off putting for me. I will look forward to trying the other yeti variations.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just happened to see a bottle of this and realizied I hadn't had this carnation of Yeti yet. Having loved every Yeti I've tried this one didn't dissapoint.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Btl MAR 28 2013

Pours an oily black with a tiny milk chocolate colored collar of foam. The nose was mild roasted malt with bitter dark chocolate. Taste was more of the same, but stronger than I was expecting. Not much spicy heat, but it doesn't hide the strong booze very well. Still was great even with the high amount of warming alcohol. Very slick and silky on the tongue. Nice brew. I'm going shopping for a '15 soon.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and slick like motor oil with a thin layer of light khaki foam.

Huge chocolate aroma that one would assume to get, but roasty, vanilla, and woody undertones are noteworthy as well.

Dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and a lingering bitterness.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, roasty, sweet, bitter.

Overall, age softens the oak/woody flavor and aroma as well as tones down the booze, but is still fantastic fresh.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown, almost jet black. Has mocha brown bubbles. Very pretty. Smells very bitter chocolate, roasted malts, small nuttiness, with a mild alcohol scent. It smells very good. Taste reflects the smell perfectly, with emphasis on the dark bitter chocolate flavors. The bottle says cayenne pepper is added for a small spiciness to the beer but I cannot taste or feel any hear, minor disappointment but it is a very good tasting beer. Strangely enough, the alcohol is slightly present in the smell but not so much in taste. It is perfectly creamy, thick bodied. Compliments the heavy flavors well, reminds me of a Mexican hot chocolate in texture. This is an exemplary beer that I will definitely purchase and seek again and again.

Serving type: 650 ml bottled on April, 15, 2015

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is great, it's unbelievable heavy with dark chocolate malts. Then there's some coffee and a nice touch of oak. It's more like a belgian stout because the dark chocolate and oak make it bitter, it really isn't on the sweet side.

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

I had previously had the Espresso oak aged Yeti but had not had an opportunity to try this one. Although there are many, many barrel aged stouts I have had that were better, this had a nice, sweet, oak taste that made it very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. pint goblet (I think)
From: Monkey Paw Brewing in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $5.75
Purchased: July 21, 2015
Consumed: July 21, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, tan head when I got it. Great looking layered foamy spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, hazelnut, espresso, vanilla, chocolate syrup, dark cocoa, some bitter black coffee malts and chocolate milk. (Smell - 3.75)

Got oak right away in the taste. Also toffee, dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, hazelnut, roasty nuts, espresso, dark cocoa nibs, vanilla and boozy chocolate syrup. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a decent beer, but a bit disappointing overall. I probably wouldn’t order it again on purpose. (Overall - 3.75)

3.78 | 85 | B+

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours an oil slick with a thin tan head that goes away quickly. immense chocolaty and cocoa nose. taste and aftertaste again are strong chocolate (almost fudge-like) with some bitter oakiness and hops rounding it out. i honestly can't place the bitter burn as boozey or the cayenne that's supposedly in here, but either way it's an asset here with the thick, warming carbonated mouthfeel. this would be fantastic in a snowstorm. sign me up!

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

Black pour with thick reddish tan head; good lace and carbonation. Chocolate and wood nose. Cocoa powder and wood on first sip; bittersweet dark chocolate in middle, with pepper and oaky wood finish. Dry, medium lite mouthfeel, with wooden tongue coating. Overall, the linger is wooden and I would have liked less barrel stave and more chocolate and hot peppers.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks amazing, thick and creamy with a strong scent of coffee. Taste was a little bitter to begin with but sweetened up as i got through it. Its a very good stout with a unique taste compared to its competition.excellent.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared bomber with my wife. Poured into Odell tulip glass.

L-Thick used motor oil with a light brown head. Such a fantastically sludgy looking stout. Moderate lacing down the side of the glass.
S- Woody vanilla, roasted malt, a little booze.
T- Dark chocolate, oak and vanilla, accompanied by some slight sweetness. Big roasted and burnt barley malt. Bitterness from the cocoa nibs and coffee-like roasted grain. Alcohol is masked well and only shows up in a nice slight warming with the bitterness at the end. I don't get any spice (wouldn't know there was any cayenne in here if not for the bottle description)
F- Thick, low carbonation, slick.
O- I love Yeti's and all their wonderful variations. Keep em coming!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti pours a black color with a big tan head. There is a chocolate aroma. Taste is big with chocolate notes, and a big rich creamy malty body. Overall its very strong, noticeable hints of alcohol and it is very creamy.

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Photo of Spiff
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great (5)- Dark, smell is good but gives a strong clue to the hoppy-ness of this beer which I am learning is a trademark of the yeti's. But the real Bigfoot smells too -so no surprise. Kinda piney - which some may like - but Not Spiff. More carbonated then I am used to for Oak aged beer (remember not a barrel aged beer- but aged with Oak chips ) The taste is at first delightful but the spicy effect of the hops steal the joy for me. Tingles on tongue - - and leaves me dry in the mouth. Probably not gonna drink it again.

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Photo of Overworkedta
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a good beer. The IBU is high enough that even my hop loving IPA fan fiancé thought it was fantastic. Not overly chocolate and well balanced.

It's not for those who hate hoppy beers, though. It has some bite!

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Photo of Scooter694
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of 22 oz. Bomber. Nice deep chocolate smell and oak taste upfront. Bitter finish. Would like to taste this with a year or two under it. Really enjoyed this Yeti

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark deep black, with a half inch dark mocha head, and a little bit of lacing near the top of the glass.

Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate, a little bit of pepper, and lots of oak.

This is absolutely delicious. I was worried the chocolate would make this too sweet, but they used a fairly bitter chocolate here. It's a little bit sweet, but mostly bitter. The oak character is really nice and fairly forward here, along with some vanilla, and a very slight pepper sting on the back end. Lots of great flavors here that all work well together.

This is silky and creamy, and fairly thick bodied, with a lower level of carbonation, still lively, but unassuming. It's really quite drinkable.

I always forget how good Yeti and it's many variants are- they're really some of the best stouts available on the market.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours black as my soul, good finger and a half of dense brown head, excellent head retention.

S: cocoa, molasses, hot alcohol, a grassy note lurking

T: Surprisingly bitter from the cocoa and roast malts. Molasses, coffee and same grassy note from the aroma wanders through cocoa, vanilla, and licorice. Not picking up much of the cayenne.

F: big thick rolicking thing, with head that could pass for chocolate ice cream.

o: totally digging it as something different, but strikes me a bit bitter for an imperial stout, and starts out too bitter when cold.... this one begs to be near room temp, and even then it is a little sharper than typical for the style. Additional aging might round it out where I would score it higher. Pair it with a riotously sweet dessert (flan, coconut cream pie, baked alaska?), where the bitter cocoa can add counterpoint

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Photo of exposd
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass darker color than any stout I've personally drank myself. I've never had the original Yeti by Great Divide so this is my first time giving them a try, but I've only heard good things. This brew is amazing quality and it shows with a nice mocha colored head with little to no lacing. Not as much to the nose as the taste, but the smell has a bit of roasted malt and a faint hint coffee. When it hits the tongue it shocks your palate at first but after giving it time, the velvety smooth mouthfeel is almost a bit thick but it warms up and grows on you. Lots of bittersweet flavor like drinking a bar of dark chocolate with a bitter flavor at first then sweetness coming on the back end. I wouldn't drink a bunch of these all night long, but something you've just got to try to experience and I will grab one again when this brew comes back around.

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,027 ratings.
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