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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 05-30-2009

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Reviews: 907 | Ratings: 3,056
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with garnet highlights. Small tan head. Some delicate lace.
Chocolate and cocoa nose. Roasted malt. Vanilla.
Strong bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla.
Near perfect.

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Photo of Eli2814
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Never had yeti, but went in with high hopes based off its reputation.
The look was great, super dark, even the head was a dark brown.
Chocolate hits the nose first, a little oak, a little roasted malt.
the taste was stellar. Alot of chocolate, but still felt like beer hahaha about halfway into drinking it, I started noticing a spiciness on my tongue that didn't feel like alcohol. After reading the label, found out it was cayenne! A very nice touch.
The mouthfeel was thick, but smooth. Such a well hidden abv, it'll sneak up on you if you're not careful. The cayenne leaves the strangest (but still enjoyable) tingle on the tongue.
Overall, best stout I've had this year. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, would certainly recommend it.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/21/16

L-Pours a black with a 3 finger frothy mocha head. Lacing is good and rings the glass.
S-Dark chocolate with woody overtones from the oak. No Cayenne here. Tame overall.
T- Cocoa nibs up front. Not really sure how I missed the Cayenne in the nose, because it's certainly present here. Cayenne lingers on the tongue after the cocoa and bitterness fade. Not overwhelming, but strong enough. Maybe too strong for my personal taste. Not getting much vanilla from the oak in the flavor. I feel like the cayenne and oak are clashing.
F-Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Low carbonation and the mouthfeel is on the full side of medium.
O- I think I'd like this alot more with the cayenne toned down or absent. Otherwise it's a above average imperial stout.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle dated 3.21.16. black with a brown head. not much lacing, looks nice though.

not getting much on the nose. bit of malt and oak, some light chocolate and maybe a touch of vanilla.

taste is pretty nice.... good oak/wood presence with a great bitter chocolate and a touch of spicey booze on the finish, not hot at all though. feel is creamy and thick.

overall its very good but not as rich or complex as other examples of the style.

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Photo of RancidAggro
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just poured a 2014 cellar aged into a sniffer glass. Poured nearly black with dark brown head that was gone after about five minutes. Light lacing on the glass. Beer is magnificent! Well worth the wait. When I uncapped the bottle it foamed over the edge which gave me pause. If the beer was damaged by the aging process then it is unnoticed by me. Choclatey and smooth with a warm bitter finish. Definitely picked up on the heat at the finish as I pondered the taste and was a nicely surprised.

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

On tap at Victors, poured into snifter

Black on tap, dense rich Brown two finger foam cap

Nice Roast malt aroma

nice chocolate and coffee Roast taste


very nice beer

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly dark black pour with over an inch of tan head on the top. Good chocolate aroma is top notch, oak is minimal.

Taste drops more waves of chocolate, chocolate malt and 2 row. Not overly sweet, well hopped. I imagine the dry mouthfeel and finish are byproducts of the oak, well done.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark black...almost impermissible to light. Thick brown head, dissipates quickly. Aroma is akin to chocolate milk mixed with baking chocolate. Pleasantly bitter and sweet, a little booze shines through at the end. Could have a bit more richness, but killer beer none the less.

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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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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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