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RATINGS: 1011   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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. A Yeti for summer? Hell yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Awesome Yeti base. Chocolate addition was nice, giving it a wholesome, earthy, nutty flavor. Some milk chocolate and lactic sweetness elements, too. Not sure how I felt about the cayenne pepper, though. It was kind of hard to tell where the hot began and the alcohol ended, or vice versa. At times it seemed a bit overpowering. But it was interesting, nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Pour is pitch opaque black with a light brown head. I suppose there’s a bit of chocolate in the nose. I get a lot of the oak. I think the chocolate comes off as malty. That’s a good thing, right? I find the flavor king of mild. More oak and hops than anything. Huge body and a medium dry finish. Hmmmm. Is GD messing to much with a good thing?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours darl brown, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, hops, vanilla, and wood. Flavor is chocolate, wood, alcohol, and vanilla. Peppers are subtle in the flavor, but there is certainly heat after swallowing. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bomber at Dmacs UFC-100 tasting. Pours a deep dark almsot pure black with a shimmering tan head- fades a bit. Aroma is nutty dried chocolate, dried cocoa powder, with a spicy peppery cocoa nib hint, yeasty doughy and a bit underwhelming. Flavor is more zesty , peppery, nicaraguan nibs, toasted malts, dried nuts, ligth dried fruitiness, dusty dried hot chocolate powder, yeasty and a bit dull and dirty with a slightly harsh finish. Not that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUL 25, 2009
A monsterous beer. Gargantuan chocolate notes...brandy, whisky, rum, lots of alcohol burn and a crazy sweet tingle. Drank some of this on a hot July night...not the best time to try it. Will certainly pick up a few of these for thje winter. Would age well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (2973) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009

7/23/2009: Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is pretty much black in color with a tan-colored head. This beer is seriously lacking aroma. It is just kind of sweet and dry with a hint of cocoa nibs. Roasted malts and sweet orangy citrus can be found in the flavor, but WHERE’S THE CHOCOLATE?! This beer is sweet with some "green" bitterness and lots of pepper. Weird... The alcohol is pretty obvious too as this beer is a bit hot right now. It has a medium-full body and a sticky texture. Overall this is my least favorite of the Yeti beers. The straight-up regular Yeti is the best with the Oak Aged just behind. Both the new espresso and chocolate versions seem to detract from the original beer. This particular beer may improve with some age, but I will not be wasting $10/bottle on a gamble to find out! There are too many other, better beers for that price or less that are great now and later!

650 ml bottle (Bottled on Jun 15, 2009 / 9.5% Alc by Vol.) shared by abankovich [BA]. Thanks Adam! Rating #77 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4289) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with excellent retention leaves spiders as it slowly recedes. Oaky chocolate aromas. Full and oaky with chocolate in the finish. Cayenne really kicks-in in the lasting bitter espresso finish - knocking this up a notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Black pour with a foamy tan head. Light hop aroma with some hints of dark chocolate, some smoke, toffee, oak, and espresso. Quite understated aroma; given the name you would expect more chocolate. Thick, rich dark chocolate taste with just a hint of oak. This is a world class imperial stout that certainly lives up to the Yeti name. That being said it is my least favorite of the Yeti’s (which is like picking your least favorite Playmate; she’s still beautiful). I will also add that after about half of this bottle the cayenne pepper begins to be felt. There is some burning in the back of my throat that is not alcohol. It’s interesting, but I would have prefered the brewer leave that out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Picked a bottle of this up at Pauly’s in Lowell after having the Espresso version. Is this the new Smoke from the Oak or something? At least it tastes better.... Pours a viscous black with a soapy brown head. Smells predominantly of oak, but the cocoa is more apparent as this one warms. Tastes of both with added notes of plum, toasted malts, and Hershey’s syrup. Nice, but the weaker of the 3 versions of Yeti from the Oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Rich dark pour and thick tan head that slowly settles to a fine film. Espresso, alcohol and light cream on the nose. Complex flavor & creamy body. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roast, and light oak. Strange that this is a summer seasonal this would’ve been even better in the colder weather

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