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Chocolate Oak Aged YetiChocolate Oak Aged Yeti

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 siradmiralnelson
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. A thick syrupy pour produces a 3 finger tan head. Excellent head retention. Thick lacing.

S. Smell is amazing. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, some alcohol. A little bit of dark fruit. Some hops. Oak, vanilla. Lots of smells going on, very complex.

T. Taste is dark chocolate. Coffee, roasted malt. Oak, vanilla. Extremely smooth. A little bitterness. Chocolate flavor is delicous, but not overpowering.

M. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Full bodied. Very smooth finish.

D. Drinkability is very high. This is a delicous beer. For chocolate lovers this might be the best Imperial Stout out there.

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

Bottled July 16, 2009

Chocolate Yeti pours a very dark mahogany color. It's opaque. I'm not seeing any light or highlights at all. A dark mocha crown tops it off nicely. It's thick and fluffy. It's easily two and a half fingers deep. Retention is excellent. Lacing is relatively sticky and thick.

The nose is good. Chocolate is very prominent throughout. It smells slightly sweet, but mostly bittersweet and cocoa-esque. Light dark fruit notes are present. Oak is noted, but doesn't come through all that strong. It does, however, add a nice vanilla aroma. This bottle is about 8 months old, so hops have largely faded. There is some residual evidence nonetheless. Alcohol is blended well and isn't all that noticeable.

In typical Yeti fashion, Chocolate Yeti rocks! This is delicious. Chocolate is obviously large and in charge here. Bittersweet, cocoa flavor is abundant throughout. Oak is a nice complement and gives it a lot of complement. Vanilla is noted, but isn't all that strong. There are light dark fruit notes, and some faint, earthy hop flavors. They're pretty much gone at this point. I understand that the hops were toned down in this release (compared to other Yeti variations), but probably waited too long to experience them at their best anyway. Alcohol is surprisingly tame for a near 10% beer. It finishes a little bitter and cocoa-y.

Chocolate Yeti has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. It feels a little bigger with warming, but still feels a tad thin. Carbonation is light, and it does have a smooth feel. A little more body would still be helpful. Drinkability is very high. I'm really enjoying this bomber. The flavor is great and it goes down far too easy. I'm still shocked that this nearly 10%. It's deceptively strong.

At this point, it's readily apparent that it's difficult to screw up a beer when you're starting with Yeti. Great Divide is not lost on that point. I really like what they've done with these Yeti releases. Each one is a little different, but is strong enough to stand on its own. Personally, I think Chocolate Yeti could use a little more muscle on the nose and a little more body. That's about all I'd change. Very strong release all-around otherwise. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber, bottle has a "bottled on" of june 2009 - so its about 9 months old.

A - jet black with half inch tan head

S - as expected, chocolate is noted in the aroma, along with coffee

T - not too sweet, not too dry. the flavors are very balanced and blended.

M - medium body, not too thick but creamy

D - had no problem with the 9.5% abv. not a sipper - but a drinker

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Yeti and that's saying alot. I was blown away!

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy dark froth.

smell: dark heavy cocoa with some coffee.

taste: Nice chocolate flavor, good bitterness, not sweet. rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste. Love the pepper on the backend. it enhances the overall flavor experince of the beer.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: Yeti's are an a plus beer. This is the best of them. IMO

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

Review from notes in 12/12/09

A - poured dark and oily, ruby hues in the light with a light tan head. Well retained and scant lace. 4.0

S - Vanilla, dark chocolate, some woodiness and caramel. Coffee aromas are low. Very nice and full in the nose. 4.5

T - Quite complex here, many layers to peel back. Chocolate, roastiness, and your standard imperial stout robustness stands out. Light tannins and cherry come through, mixed with vanilla and more cocoa. Finish is long with a hint of blackberries and roast. 4.5

M - medium bodied and smooth/velvety carbonation. 4.0

D - quite impressive. I would gladly finish a bomber or two in an evening (and promptly fall asleep) 4.5

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #300! This called for something special. Thanks goes out to exiled for this beer.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black. No light gets through even when held directly in front of a lamp. Three fingers of mocha hued head fills my glass. After some serious waiting the glass is covered with thick chuncks of lace.

The aroma is rich chocolate malt. It has a great sweetness like a melted hershey bar that I don't usually get out of chocolate beer. I get just a hint of pepper and hops after some warming.

The flavor is good but not as powerful as the nose. The chocolate is there but the hops and mnalt seem to balance it out. The cayanne is present in the finish making my throat tingle.

Full chewy and silky body. Hardly any carbonation.

Overall an awesome variation of one of my favorite russian imperial stouts. Long live the yeti.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split amongst friends at a recent gathering. Thanks goes out to Swimsum for bringing this treat!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful light brown, foamy head piles up to about a finger in height and retains well. Body is black and opaque. Looks very thick. Good lacing too. Very impressive for a barrel-aged beer.

Smell: Cayenne, cocoa, and light vanilla. That cayenne smells awesome! Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot going on in here besides that. The chocolate is nice, but the mild vanilla is all I get from the barrel.

Taste: Cocoa is big upfront, but the cayenne comes through nicely in the finish. The spiciness builds with each sip - really love that aspect! Caramel, black pepper, and pizza dough are also there, though the oak barrel is hard to find. I absolutely love the cocoa-cayenne combo!

Mouthfeel: Milky, lightly carbonated, full, and creamy. Finishes a bit oily too, leaving some long-lasting spiciness. Excellent!

Drinkability: This was such a delicious and unique beer! The chocolate and cayenne worked together so beautifully, and while the oak barrel didn't seem to have much effect, this beer was already interesting enough. Would love to land a bottle of this for myself!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, darkly browned head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is nice and dark, perhaps not perfectly black, but pretty close in its opaque darkness; it shows no differently when held up directly to the light. The aroma is a mix of spicy oak, roasted coffee, toasted whole grain and some lightly hot alcohol. The aroma seems a bit one dimensional as a lot of malt complexity is drowned out by the spicy, raw oakiness.

My first sip is lightly sweet, thick and chewy; the middle is nicely chocolate tasting, but the finish makes this disappear except for some bitter cocoa notes. The finish has a significant oak character that provides a spiciness, some lingering astringency, a peppery oak note that now that I think of it is actually a spiciness that is actually from the cayenne that I had forgotten about up until this point. The roast grain contributes a significant bitterness to the finish and there also seems to be a green hoppiness here despite the "hops being toned down"; this mixes with the raw oak character and the cayenne to provide a sharpness to the end of each sip. This is a thick and chewy beer that is not so rich as to be overly cloying; the body has a fullness to it, but the beer is still fairly drinkable (at least for an Imperial Stout). A touch of chalky roast malt character comes out as the beer warms up and a bitter espresso note becomes more noticeable as well.

Despite my complaints of one-dimensionality, I am actually enjoying this; especially as the beer warms the oak character is held much more in check and in balance with the other flavor components; the aroma never really gets all that interesting though. The spicy cayenne adds a nice touch to the finish that this spice-freak enjoys; even if it is somewhat subtle; it lingers on the palate and lips quite nicely though. The beer is actually quite nice and definitely enjoyable over all. The aggressiveness of the oak, hops and cayenne in the finish really helps to tame the big sticky malt character that would otherwise dominate this beer. Chocolate flavors, while noticeable, are not anything out of the ordinary here, and could even be attributed to malt character (even though this beer does have chocolate in it).

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Vintage 2009 bottle (bottled in June 2009) poured into my Smuttynose snifter in two parts. Eight months old since bottling.

Appearance: Dark, deep brown brew. Completely opaque and about as close to black as you can get. One finger beige head recedes nicely into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Oak is the first note to hit my nose. Chocolate and coffee also are in full effect here. Some dark fruit sweetness rounds out the nose nicely and adds some depth. The strength of the oak does come off rather strong and even burns a little.

Taste: Oak spice is the first note here to hit my tongue, much like the nose. Coffee notes are here in force as well. The chocolate notes are not really here as much as I expected considering the name of the beer. The real highlight here is the dark fruit (raisin, plum) and brown sugar notes that offer a nice round sweetness. The overall flavor profile is smooth and outstanding. Aftertaste is some oak burn with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and chewy. Not much carbonation and very smooth. The ideal mouthfeel for a beer like this where you want to sip.

Drinkability: Extremely smooth and well balanced. There is some warming effect after each sip, but the alcohol is dangerously hiding. Certainly a beer that you could have a lot of. Drinkable despite the style and the high ABV.

Overall, a smooth, balanced and flavorful imperial stout. The oak adds nice balance and a spice note that really adds depth. Certainly lived up to my expectations. A great brew.

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

Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

I have to say I was worried about this beer by the bottle mention of cayenne use.
It ia a very good looking beer, with a dark brown, nearly black color with reddish highlights, nearly two finger thick milk chocolate colored head, fluffy.
Aroma is very good chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, minimal grassy hops.
This is nearly full bodied, with a very good and interesting flavor. It starts with a load of sweet malts, and lots of chocolate, with minimal grassy hoppiness to provide some balance. As the beer warms up and I take added sips, the peppery flavor keeps mounting, hot enough to really identify pepper, but never enough to become uncomfortable. It actually produces some balance, and makes it easy to keep drinking this tasty brew.
I would love to have more of this one; amazingly, the chocolate and cayenne blended very well in this stout.

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Photo of jsh420
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 06/15/09

pours black - now most stouts are dark brown - this one is black - with a big 2+ finger tan head that left lacing all over the glass

smell - not that strong - chocolate oak some hops

taste - by far one of the best stouts out there and the best yeti i have had - oak first then the wonderful chocolate malt and then the hops

mouthfeel - a medium to heavy body that has perfect carbonation - creamy smooth

drinkability is great - i just wish i i could find this beer closer to home and didnt have to drive 100+ miles to try it

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

Very dark brown color with a brownish head that retains well but doesn't leave a lot of lacing. The nose is strongly chocolatey, with coffee, caramel, and a touch of biscuit on the malt end. Somewhat fruity, and with a touch of booze.

The flavor notes are strong and full: cocoa, rum, dark fruit, coffee, alcohol; not necessarily in that order. Big and smooth, almost creamy but a little high on the carbonation. Finish is long and bittersweet. Great mixture of coffee and chocolate, pretty great beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a genuinely opaque black color with a thin tan head. The retention was good and the lacing off the collar consistent. Commanding and, dare I say, even menacing. The aroma was of chocolate, wood, alcohol and roasted malt; big but simple. The flavors were similar with the addition of dark fruits and herbal hops that added some bitterness to offset the sweet elements. Chocolate dominated the beer, but as one who has enjoys such sweetness in my beers (and candy, and women...), I enjoyed it. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, the body full and the carbonation medium/low.

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Photo of atsprings
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel snifter pours a deep opaque black with a nice frothy light tan head. Aroma is a nice blend of roasty malts and Hershey bar-like milk chocolate. The taste is a wonderful blend of rich chocolate, oak and smooth roasted malts. There is even a nice hint of Bourbon in there as well. The beer is medium bodied with its alcohol well hidden by smooth carbonation and a hint of dryness. This one is a truly special beer, one I'll certainly have again.

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

poured into Duvel tulip. bottled on July 16 2009

A: pours thick black brown with finger thick dark brown head. sticks to glass very well.
S: chocolate, dark roast malt, slight oak and alcohol.
T: strong chocolate and dark malt. slight coffee as well as oak. sweet chocolate aftertaste. alcohol is noticeable.
M: this is obviously an Imperial stout, thick sticky almost chew-able.
D: great sipper, goes fast though found myself picking up my empty glass a few times.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Kentucky - strange that we don't get certain Great Divide brews in Chicago. Served in my Half Acre pint glass. Bottled June 15th, 2009.

A - Pours a black color, with hints of translucent red at the fringes. There's a big light mocha foam that dissipates and leaves fingers of lace and a thick cap. Most variants of Yeti look good, and this one is no exception.

S - Oak, faded citrus hops, and booze. There's also something spicy and unusual (after consulting the label I've determined it to be the cayenne pepper). There's some milk chocolate malt character, but for something with Chocolate in the title I expected a lot more. Weird, and doesn't totally work for me.

T - Taste has a little better integration of flavors. There's a lot of cocoa and oaky vanilla notes, as well as some caramel. Quite sweet, and the cayenne pepper is less obvious. There's also some floral hop character, although understated compared to fresh Yeti. Aftertaste is largely oak, and there's minimal bitterness.

M - Chocolate milk-like, with some light carbonation. There's a bit of warmth, but I'm not sure if it's from the cayenne or the alcohol.

D - This was one weird brew. It has some of the things I like about regular Yeti (appearance, feel), but the addition of more elements (cocoa nibs, cayenne, oak, etc.) makes this kind of a mess. I'll eventually finish my pour (split it with my wife), but I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-nearly net black in color letting just one hue of red through. a creamy dark coffee colored head forms and lingers...still there. very good retention leaving a solid lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is quite nice and brings dark chocolate, hints of milk chocolate, a nice blend of the oakiness and some vanilla.

T-the taste is great and a bigger, slightly nicer version of the nose. there is more chocolate in the taste, hints of bitter dark chocolate but lots of milk chocolate. the oak fades in with hints of the vanilla (as advertised) with just a touch of sweet dark fruits next and then the cayenne pepper kicks in with just a note of booze.

M-extremely full bodied, it is so thick and creamy, you could eat this like a piece of cheesecake. perfectly carbonated

D-wow, this is awesome! very straight forward and drinks as advertised; but huge flavors and done right.

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

Pours an opaque black with one finger tan head with pretty good retention, spotty but thick lacing. Smell: sort of a powdery milk chocolate, baker's chocolate, a bit oak/wood, leafy and slightly citric hop note, a little peppery (edit: noticed it says cayenne on the label... got something between white pepper and paprika). It's all a little understated though. Taste: syrupy dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, a little roast, notes of vanilla and pepper. Dry peppery finish with a touch of alcohol. A little more interesting than oaked Yeti, but the regular Yeti is where it's at. July 16 2009 bottling.

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Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The ol' Yeti pours the infamous opaque black into the tulip, damn thick brew with a marshmallow tan head trying to foam out. It leaves a thick sheet of lace as the evening passes.

An aroma of a chocolate bar dipped in coffee, poured into a malt shake tempts me. And the quaff does not disappoint, thick / creamy, rich and full of the previous flavors. Even a raspy hop hint in the finish. Vanilla bean mixed with espresso coffee kicks in and makes this one hard to put down.

But I must, the big booze is listed on the label, even though it's nowhere to be found in this brew - another classic from GD. Darn fine brew.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti pours midnight black into the glass with a small, creamy brown head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is subtle yet oaky, with notes of vanilla and maple. Hints of chocolate and alcohol are also detected.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is moderately chewy with a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor has a lot of oak, with sweet chocolate, roast malt an earthy nuttiness blended in. It finishes bitter with a hot cayenne pepper burn at the end. Once gone chocolate and cayenne pepper notes linger on the palate.

This is definitely a sipping beer. The high alcohol is subtle, and the spicy end was a bit of a surprise.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Bottle says it was bottled on Jun 15 2009.
A: Pours an extremely dense brownish-black with 1/2 inch dark tan head. No light comes through with backlighting.
S: Wow! I wasn't expecting a bright grainy hop note to hit first, but that's what greets me. As you get into this and as it warms, chocolate, oak, and vanilla come through.
T: Nice warming alcohol, chocolate, and oak notes. The bright grainy hop note is still here, but more in balance. With warming, vanilla comes through and the chocolate becomes more recognizable as cocoa nibs. And with warming, the hint of heat noted at the finish also becomes more recognizable as a splash of cayenne. Wow! This is like a great stout combined with a mexican chocolate nibby bar. Tremendous.
M: Medium body. Smooth with a spicy kick at the finish from the cayenne. The cayenne lingers perfectly on the palate...just enough to let you know it's still there, but not overpowering.
D: A very, very interesting brew and one that will improve with cellaring. Although the strong hop notes were a pleasant surprise, a bit of mellowing in that regard will only help this already strong concoction. I doff my hat to Great Divide. Seek this out and make sure to cellar some too. For full enjoyment, make sure to allow this to warm.

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Photo of ImusBeer
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a 22oz Bottle at the house.

Poured up black with a dark tan head the died after a few minutes into a rim around the edge of the glass, medium lacing on the sides of the glass as you drank.

Hints of chocolate and a slight oak aroma for the nose. The taste began with chocolate and then roasted malt, finishing with a slight coffee and then molassas.

The mouth was very smooth with a silky warm texture, you could feel alcohol warmth as well. This is a great stout almost the feel of a milkshake and not a beer. Very pleasant.

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

Poured into a snifter. From a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a dark deep jet black with and oily consistency and a dark tan almost brown head. Nice chunky bubbles and some dense medium ones. Retention is intense. So appetizing. Nice sticky lacing.

S - smooth milk chocolate is quickly present with a nice back end of roasted coffee like malts. Some nice hop nose on the back end but mostly roasted malts and chocolate, chocolate and chocolate plus some woody smells as well from the oak.

T - Chocolaty sweetness up front. Very sweet like cake. Smooth and followed by a nice roasted feel of mild coffee. There is a nice woody finish in there as well definitely aged with oak chips. It adds a nice balance to the very sweet chocolate notes. Some brown sugar hints with malt. There is some hop character that can be perceived as well along with the nice sweetness. Very attractive and complete stout. There is some nice spice character as well almost peperry in the after taste. Very nice.

M - Creamy and smooth with some nice CO2 hints as well.

D - Medium. High ABV and intesne flavors.

Edit: Ok as this beer warms the spices come out in droves!! OMG what an interesting and complex beer. Delicious! My mouth is on fire! i love it!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as dark as midnight with a creamy frothy mocha head that recedes slowly.
Smells of vanilla and milk chocolate are dominant on the nose. Slight higher alcohol on the nose and a roasted coffee deep underneath it all.
Tastes of milk chocolate and coffee up front. Slight hop in the middle melds into a spicy pepper taste that disappears quickly. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn with a roasted bitterness that boarders on ash.
Thick viscous creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, thick body.
I quite enjoyed this one. This has everything I want in a stout and the subtle pepper certainly added a nice touch. I only wish I could afford to indulge myself with this one more often. Bring the price down and I'll buy lots of this!

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

650 ml bomber poured into the snifter. Bottled on date of 7.16.2009.

The choco yeti pours a deep brown color with a pretty tan creamy head. No lacing to note. Smell is pretty subtle with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is delicious with lots of chocolate coming out on the palate. Hints of espresso beans and vanilla also pop out in the flavor profile. Pretty complex tasting, but great nonetheless. Mouthfeel is thick/full bodied. Overall a really good beer, but the espresso aged yeti gets my vote for the best of the group.

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Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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