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Review: Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (Bottle)

Considering it’s our one year birthday here at GBQ I thought I’d throw a bunch of reviews out there for you guys in celebration. Probably the most difficult to find of the sometimes elusive Yeti’s, Chocolate adds cacao nibs to create a creamy dessert beer. There’s also a good bit of dark fruit in the aroma and taste, accompanied by vanilla from the oak, and a powdered chocolate finish. Overall, I like this at least as much as the regular Yeti, though maybe not quite as much as the double espresso oak aged. 

Niko (FF) Score = 9.5/10

Review: Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (Bottle)

Wow this in a phenomenal beer. There’s big notes of roasted coffee that rivals any coffee shop in town (seriously why drink coffee, when you can drink coffee and beer?…. and get drunk!). There’s also some great vanilla/cookie dough sweetness that is absolutely essential for rounding out the flavors, a task that many coffee stouts fail to achieve. I’ll attribute the sweetness to the oak chips in part, so credit Great Divide for that call. What can I say, this is one of the best stouts you can find, and isn’t too far from perfection.

Niko I (FF) Score = 9.75/10

Beer of the Month- March

Looks like winter has come and gone, but that certainly didn’t stop me from enjoying some big bruising snowy night brews last month. I may have given out as many 9+’s as ever before, so if you’re looking for great beer, the March reviews might not be a bad place to start. Anyway, my top three are all stouts aged in some type of barrel, which is fine by me. 

Winner: Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Second Place: Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged BORIS

Third Place: Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Cognac Barrel Aged)

Review: Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti (Bottle)

The standard Yeti and Espresso Oak Aged versions are both phenomenal stouts. So I know that the espresso oak aged uses oak chips not barrels, but I’m not sure if this one does the same. I couldn’t find the info on their website so if anyone knows y'all should share your oh so valuable insider beer knowledge with me. Anyway the flavors are very distinct regardless - less coffee, more burnt smoky oak character. There’s a lot of chocolate and the mouthfeel is very thick and oily. There’s some vanilla but not as much as I would expect from the oak. The result is a unapologetically big beer fit for the adventurous. I can just picture a bunch of old men in the woods with massive wooly beards sippin’ on this stuff in their fireside mugs, getting ready to go hunt the Yeti himself. 

Niko I (FF) Score = 9.5/10